In­jured woman sees not a penny of her set­tle­ment

The News-Times - - OPINION -

I am a re­tired nurses aide. I live in el­derly hous­ing. I fell on black ice this win­ter as I was cross­ing the street to get my mail.

I broke my hip and had to­tal hip re­place­ment. I hired an at­tor­ney, as there was no sand or salt on the ice, the road I live on is a pri­vate road. A set­tle­ment was reached for $15,000 or more — I re­ceived none of it. No ex­pla­na­tion was given to me. My at­tor­ney said I get noth­ing.

I had planned to use some of this set­tle­ment to move closer to my fam­ily, as I have other health issues since this fall.

I am 75 and can’t be­lieve an at­tor­ney could be so un­scrupu­lous. I have a paper that states I was sup­posed to get a third of this set­tle­ment! I in­tend to fight this with ev­ery breath I take.

I also now realize at­tor­neys don’t like to go af­ter other at­tor­neys.

Sharon Stil­son Zi­linek

Bethel

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