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Former client alleges deceased Collinsville attorney mishandled work comp case

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 19, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — A Fairview Heights man is suing the estate of his former attorney, Herman Carl Runge Jr.,  alleging breach of duty for failing to properly handle his workers' comp case.

Rodney Ross filed a complaint on June 14 in Madison County Circuit Court against Marla C. Runge, executor of the estate of Herman Carl Runge Jr., deceased, alleging that the defendant Herman Runge failed to comply with Illinois Worker's Compensation rules. Ross had claimed he was injured on the job with Power Maintenance Constructors while working as an operating engineer and hired the decedent as an attorney to take the injury case.

According to the complaint, Ross claims he was injured while working as an operating engineer with Power Maintenance Constructors. He hired the decedent as his attorney. 

However, he alleges that his Illinois Workers' Compensation claim was filed on the docket, but was dismissed, foreclosing his ability to receive a settlement on his claim. 

The plaintiff alleges Herman Runge failed to properly monitor the worker's compensation docket for an older case that had been dismissed off the docket and failed to reinstate the plaintiff's claim when the defendant received notice that the case had been dismissed.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in a sum of $50,000 plus costs of suit and such other and further relief as the court deems appropriate. 

He is represented by John H. Hustava in Collinsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-835

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