A botched personal injury lawsuit cost a Pennsylvania lawyer his license.
Peter Richard Henninger Jr. had his license consensually suspended for two years following the findings of the High Court’s Disciplinary Council Office.
The lawyer was investigating Henninger’s handling of a personal injury case involving a victim whose leg was locked in an elevator door at the Hollywood Casino in December 2014.
Henninger filed a notice of lawsuit on behalf of the woman in Dauphin County court two years later, but did not follow through.
The Schindler Elevator Corp. contacted him to obtain his client’s medical records and the claim, but three years have passed and he still has not provided the requested information.
Due to the lack of activity, and at the request of the defendant, a judge closed the case in February.
Henninger did not respond to any of the victims’ calls until she filed a complaint with the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.
At that point, he claimed that a settlement had been made, but he actually gave his client $ 25,000 of his own money and created a fake settlement record.
Henninger has now “admitted that he lied (to the client) and the ODC about getting a settlement offer from Hollywood Casino when in fact he had not engaged in any settlement discussions,” says the complaint of the board of directors.
It is against state rules of conduct for lawyers not to inform their clients about their cases.
No information regarding the status of Henninger’s $ 25,000 and no word regarding a potential new case for the client has been released.
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