Updated: Jul 24
If You Need a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Get a Referral!
You got into an accident and got injured, your next logical step is to find a competent personal injury attorney to represent you in the court of law and seek the right compensation for your injuries, pain, and suffering.
What you don't know is that your nightmare might be just beginning. Here is the latest case of an unethical personal injury attorney that betrayed his oath to uphold the law and respect his clients.
A personal injury lawyer has been arrested in a theft case going back many years.
Beginning in March 2018, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detectives began to receive reports from many accident victims regarding a personal injury lawyer. All victims were clients of the same personal injury attorney, later identified as 53-year-old Matthew Dunkley.
They allege he misappropriated financial settlements the victims were to supposed to receive as a result of their personal injury awards, cases in which Dunkley represented them as a personal injury attorney.
The evidence shows that Dunkley, in addition to stealing his client's money, also took money from the insurance companies that were supposed to cover the victims’ medical expenses. The victims never received their settlements and are now being held personally responsible for all the unpaid medical bills.
At the time of his arrest, detectives believe nearly $2 million dollars were stolen from personal injury settlements. There are more than 39 charges filed against this attorney, possibly more. Apparently, this personal injury attorney began stealing from his clients as far back as 2012.
The State Bar had temporary suspended his license to practice law back in 2017 stating that the personal injury attorney "poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public"
One of the incidents involves a 5-year-old child who had been the victim of a dog bite injury, his personal injury settlement was never reviewed and medical bills never paid.
If you need a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, use caution! After doing a search online, you can still see a lot of the marketing material from this personal injury attorney offering his legal services to the public. Even after his suspension back in 2017, he was able to find new clients to steal from.
There are many great Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys, however, you must conduct due diligence when searching for legal representation. As a California State Bar certified lawyer referral service, we pre-screened and monitor personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles and surrounding areas.