This Is very important to me because I am the victim of a pharmaceutical pill and it’s after effects that the FDA did not give warnings about prior to me taking it and I suffer from uncontrollable seizures that cannot be controlled by med’s or diabetic diet because it was brought on by a pharmaceutical pill (brain damage) and I suffer from other complications from the pill. I employed 2 lawyers around July 20th 2009 to help me sue the pill Co., (Joe Flores/Joe Flores Law Firm and Lizzy Santiago/ Matthews and Associates Law Firm) who had me thinking I was going to a court room and were telling me I was going to a court room for 1 ½ to 2 years to fight for an award but I later found out they were dipping into a pot set aside for victims of the pill and I was never going to a court room, but they did not tell me that. I got the questionnaire from Lizy Santiago on August 4th 2009 and sent it back filled out August 5th 2009. They agreed to work with me after I sent the questionnaire back to them and they sent me the consent to hire and represent form from Lizy Santiago’s office on August 13th 2009 and I sent it back filled out August 17th to 20th
2009. So on 10-6-2010 I called Lizy because a lot of time had gone by without hearing from them and she assured me everything was ok and not to worry, they were fighting for me. Joe Flores called me on (1-31-2011) @ 9:50 AM and said “Call me back later today, I have good news!” So I called him back the same day at 2:45 PM on (1-31-2011) and he abruptly broke out with the word’s “I got your money!” and I asked him how he did that without me being in the court room and he said “we” settled and I said that I didn’t want to settle, I wanted a trial by jury and he tried to convince me that the settlement he got was grand and good and I asked him how much he got and he said so proudly “$15,000” and I told him that I had exceeded that in emergency room bills just from the seizures alone, and that was $25,000 dollars, not counting future treatment or therapy’s. And he continued to pressure me to think it was a good deal so I said ok and agreed to the $15,000, so I asked him when I would get the money and he told me it would only be a few weeks and to call him back in an hour, so I called him back at 3:46 PM on (1-31-2011) and we talked about 9 more minutes and he congratulated me and such. I called Joe back on (3-31-2011) at 10:29 AM to ask where the money was because the few weeks he mentioned had gone by and bills were piling up and he assured me it would get to me in a few more weeks and a few more weeks went by so I called again on (4-25-2011) @ 1:00 PM and this time his tone changed and he told me don’t worry about it, it would get to me. I called him back the same day (4-25-2011) @ 1:16 PM and told him he had told me a couple of times I was getting the money and it hadn’t happened and wanted to know what was going on and he hung up on me. Joe called me back (4-25-2011) @ 3:25 PM and tried to tell me I’d get the money in a few more weeks again and I told Joe that because I did not get the money on several occasions that he planned, I was going to give him one more chance to get the money to me or I was going to file a complaint and he hung up again and then called right back the same day (4-25-2011) @ 3:42 PM and told me if I filed a complaint or asked for the money again that I would never see the money at all. So I gave it a good few months to cool down between us, but no money came to me. By (10-6-2011) I call Lizy @ 1:53 PM to see what is going on and she said I’ll call you, she never did call back. I call Lizy again on (11-22-2011) @ 10:11 AM to see if I would get the money and she said I didn’t know when to be quiet and she would think about talking to Joe and hung up on me. I was very scared at this point and tried to call Lizy again (11-22-2011) @ 10:18 AM a few minutes later to clear things up but she was heartfully and soulfully distant with me like I had never felt from her in the year I was e-mailing her and talking on the phone with her. At this point my family and friends start to ask me why he keeps beating around the bush with the money because now I can’t work and my friends were helping me. Months went by and I never did see the $15,000 he said he got me. What’s also very cruel was he sent me Face Book friend requests on (10-11-11) @ 12:29 AM and (10-11-11) @ 2:29 AM and on (11-01-11) I feel to taunt me and to let me know he got over on me because this was after we had started to argue about the money and he told me I was not going to see the money and was trying to avoid me by phone or e-mail. And So I wrote to the Texas Lawyers Bar for help and filed a complaint on (10/24/11) on Joe Flores and (11/26/11) on Lizy Santiago about the lawyers not paying me and they refused to help. The Texas Lawyers Bar said they didn’t think Joe Flores or Lizy Santiago did anything wrong and dismissed the complaint. During the complaint process Joe and Lizy knew I was serious about the complaint with the Texas Lawyers Bar and had one of their secretaries from Matthews and Associates called me and said “We really want to give you your award, do you have your diabetes papers from the Doctors office?” And I said “Diabetes??? Where did that come from? Why didn’t you tell me I needed a diabetes diagnosis two years ago when I hired Joe and Lizy? Because I would have hired different lawyers for my seizures. Joe and Lizy were hired to fight for my seizures and the Tardive Dyskinesia and the high blood pressure that the Seroquel had caused and why are you asking me that now that I have filed a complaint with the Bar against Joe Flores and Lizy Santiago? Because Joe told me I already had an award waiting for me so why do I need more papers one and a half to 2 years into the case? Papers I was never asked for in the first place, not to mention they took the job on the grounds I had seizures, Tardive Dyskinesia and high blood pressure from the hospital records at Methodist Hospital, Prespatarian Hospital and Parkland Hospital, evidence they accepted to take my case along with other evidence like the Seroquel records, and Parkland Hospital already gave me two diabetes test that came back negative in the mists of my emergency room visits with them because the doctors wanted to rule out all they could to help me?” Then she hung up on me. And I wrote to the Houston D.A. and Corpus Christie D.A. for help because this is where Joe Flores’s and Lizy Santiago’s offices are at and they never really got back with me and would not return my calls or e-mail and the e-mail they did send me ere saying they needed more evidence or they didn’t get it, or it was always something that prevented them (The D.A.) from pressing charges. So I wrote to the Gov. and Texas Attorney Gen. to look into the Texas Lawyers Bar and Lawyers but they did not respond at all. Then I wrote to the U.S. Attorney Gen. and the President of the U.S. to look into the actions of the state of Texas, but no response at all. I also wrote to Lizy Santiago’s Boss (David Matthews) who owns (Matthews and Associates Law Firm) the firm Lizy works at a few time and he won’t write at all ether so I wrote a few e-mails saying if he did not write back or respond I would say he was condoning the actions of Lizy and Joe and aiding and abetting and covering up fraudulent criminal activity in the theft of funds against me. So I am coming to the real leaders of the U.S., “The People” “The Public”. This will also help Americans understand people more and the after effects of a failing Gov. as “We the People” should act now and swiftly as we must show American attorneys they cannot steal from victims of physical impairment from mishap by pills that were supposed to help me, but instead crippled me. So I tried to run from my problems by driving to California in 2012 because my leaders would not help me and the ultimate happened, I had a seizure behind the wheel and wrecked my van on I-10 in El Monte, CA. The state of California has asked me not to drive while in their state and that is understandable, I have uncontrollable seizures and do not need to be behind the wheel. Thank goodness I did not hurt anyone or myself and my friend let me come back to Texas where she helps me on a daily basis. After I had filed the Petition with Change.org and filed with Ripoff Report.com and started my blogs on Google Joe Flores e-mailed me on (6/23/13) 10:14 PM and told me he did not see any money from my suit, even though he had told me months prior he had an exact amount of $15,000 for me and he said in the e-mail “I withdraw as your lawyer and I’ll press charges against you for telling people what happened and cyber bulling me. I never got any paper work saying they quit and they never told me that they had quit. What I did not know is he sent my mother a more detailed letter than mine an hour earlier (6-23-13) 9:41 PM. My mom forwarded the e-mail to me on the (6/24/13) 6:07 AM and it looked as if he had edited my e-mail and said in my mom’s e-mail that we can settle, but don’t call him (how can we settle if I’m not allowed to call him? And Joe said I was urging people to harass him in my petition on Change .org”. This letter is the petition and I never asked anyone to harass him. And also lied again and said I threatened him with violence. Misleading / Mixed messages from Joe again!) and he said he withdrew from my case years ago in the e-mail to my mom even though it’s only been a year or two, but again, I never got any type of letter saying they quit and they never told me they quit while working for me, not to mention I had filed with the Texas Lawyers Bar while Joe and Lizy were still working for me and we were arguing about the money and Joe or Lizy never mentioned they were going to quit or had quit at any time at all. Lizy sent me an e-mail on (6/26/13) 7:54 PM stating “Mr. Waters: We have tried to contact you multiple times regarding the confidential settlement. My records indicate you released our firms from your service and declined the settlement offered to you. Please contact our law firm by phone to further discuss. Thank you.” I never declined the settlement; I was pressured into taking it and then I never got it. And why is Joe Flores in such denial even though his name is on the contract and Lizy is accepting responsibility and admitting there is a settlement? And if Lizy collected a settlement, why would Joe not collect or quit while collecting a settlement? After all, his name is on the contract and the contract says “Client agrees consents and understands that the attorneys are assuming joint responsibility for the representation of client.” I responded to Lizy Santiago by e-mail on (6/28/13) and said “You’ll have to e-mail me, I’ve lost everything. My van, work and my phone too. I’ve been homeless a couple of times too because I have no money. The seizures have taken over my life with the other problems/factors.” But too much time has gone by and the games were cruel to do to a person with neurological problems, seizures, the brain locking up thus losing control and ultimately conciseness (grand mal seizure). Lizy e-mailed back on (7-6-13) 1:32 PM and said “If you are still interested in settling your Seroquel claim, we will need you to provide an address where we can mail you the paperwork. We can send it via fed ex and you can send it back. We can then wire funds.” And I e-mailed her back on (7-8-13) 2:36 PM saying “A lot of time has gone by and my bills have piled up past $100,000 (pain, suffering, loss of personal items and the psychological suffering you and Joe and the Seroquel have put me through) and are continuing, my family has abandoned me over this also. I wrecked my van while having a seizure in California on I-10 while looking for legal help and medical help, and I never did ask you or Joe to settle and you never went after the Dr. who prescribed the Seroquel, you did not go after the hospital that allowed the Dr. to prescribe the Seroquel, you or I did not know the long term effects and did not know I would wreck my van or not be able to work again and now states in the United States are asking me not to drive in there state (California) because of the seizures. I need you to tell me how much you are giving me because as of now with the having constant black/white outs, hospital bills, can't drive anymore, high blood pressure, "constant" and unpredictable seizures that cannot be controlled by epilepsy meds or diabetic diet/treatments because the Dr.'s tried everything they knew to stop them and failed, tardive disk. and a care taker and the Dr.'s and care taker ask I do not take baths by myself or drive again not to mention my mother is from Hawai'i and we have family on 4 of the 8 islands and Lizy I'll never be able to surf or body board again . My life is over! How much money are you trying to give me? And Lizy, don't tell me a small number, I'm in a lot of physical trouble. Tell me a good figure/$ that will help me with the past and future medical bills and all of my pain and psychological suffering from between you and Joe and the whole ordeal especially with Joe. I also lost my bank account Lizy. I have no bank account to wire money to anymore. So give me a good round number to work with. The Dr.'s at Parkland Hospital want to continue research but I have no money for a primary or research Dr.'s.” But as of now, I still have not been paid at all. So please everyone, sign the petition. I have all and any evidence you need, 2 to 4 years of e-mail between the attorneys and I, phone records, witness's, and a recording (MP3) of the Matthews Law Firm even calling me and asking me for more work from their (past clients list) and you can hear me say "What about the money you never paid me for the first lawsuit?” and then she hangs up on me. Along with the consent form with the % of money they were taking from me. One of my biggest complaint is they took up my time and strung me along until the statute of limits (2 years) to file a case for me ran out to sue the pill Co. Please help; these lawyers stole my award money they said they had for me and wasted my 2 year statute to sue the company, and they did not ask me if they could settle because $ 15,000 is not enough to take on the future medical treatment and side effects of Seroquel with the pain and suffering and not being able to drive or take a bath by myself, when I could have hired competent, honest and good lawyers to do real legal work. I prefer a $ 4,000,000 - 5,000,000 settlement from the two firms Joe Flores /Joe Flores Law Firm and Lizy Santiago/Matthews and Associates Law Firm for several types of damages. I know for a fact Joe Flores/Joe Flores Law Firm and Lizy Santiago/ Matthews and Associates Law Firm steal money and they lied steadily to me and tried to confuse me by telling me multiple story’s and had a very mobster / mafia like mentality and attitude with me as time went on and I started to questioned their ethics (as Joe told me,) “You file a complaint or ask for the money again and you won’t see the money at all!” and telling me “I’ll put you in jail for talking about this and file slander charges against you!” Not only was I a client, but I am also a victim of Joe Flores and Lizy Santiago. I also know the Texas Lawyers Bar is either highly and grossly negligent or they are condoning the actions of theft and protecting Texas Lawyers who commit these types of crimes by saying “We don’t think they did anything wrong, case closed.” Especially after I filed a complaint like this one, with contracts, phone records/bills, e-mails, recorded phone calls and my witnesses (my mom and girlfriend). I believe Joe Flores and Lizy Santiago used me as a head count to collect (15,000 x 2 law firms= $30,000) from Seroquel / Astra Zeneca and tried their best to confuse me hoping I would give up the pursuit against them, especially after the Texas Bar denied my complaint, and I also believe if they stole from me this means they knowingly took from Astra Zeneca / Seroquel also. Joe Flores’s biggest mistake was telling me he settled without my consent and telling me he had an exact amount settlement in his possession for me, $15,000 and zero cents. Joe’s second biggest mistake was saying in an e-mail (4-25-11) “Mr. Waters and I had a teleconference. Apparently, there is some miscommunication on when his settlement can be distributed to him.” That e-mail proves there was money for me. I guess he forgot he wrote that e-mail. Joe’s third biggest mistake was e-mailing me (6-23-13) and telling me he never saw any money even though he said months earlier he had $15,000 for me. And also threatening me with imprisonment for talking about my personal experiences in my life and trying to silence my voice about telling the truth and infringing on my constitutional right to the freedom of speech. And Lizy Santiago’s biggest mistake was having the Matthews and Associates Law secretary call me and ask for more work from me from their past clients list while I ask where my money was from the first job and why I never received it (while being recorded). Lizy’s second biggest mistake was admitting in her latest e-mail (6-26-13) that she has a settlement for me that I supposedly refused and to call her so we can talk. But I no longer have a phone to call because I have no job because of the seizures and the unpredictability of them. More games from Joe Flores and Lizy Santiago. And the state of Texas lets this happen. And one more thing. Joe and Lizy started saying I supposedly refused the settlement or they had supposedly quit working for me after I filed the complaint with the Texas Attorneys Bar along with Joes 6-23-13 e-mail to my mom that said he never received money and quit years ago and that the Matthews Firm returned my file to me timely meaning they quit. But Lizys6-26-13 e-mail to me said I released them and/but there is money for me. On 10-19-13 Lizy Santiago sent me a letter stating because it’s been so long she can only give me $2,000, they can’t get their story strait. But Joe Flores and Lizy Santiago never did give me the money they owe me! They left me with thousands (over $50,000) in medical bills no money for future treatment and now I’m homeless having seizures in my van with no money for treatment. On Jan. 9 2014 the Texas Appeals counsel Gayle Vickers appointed by the Texas Supreme court said Lizy Santiago did nothing wrong by stealing from me and on March 20, 2014 the appeals Counsel Christine E. McKeeman said that Joe Flores did nothing wrong by stealing from me but I’ll show them soon. You don’t steal from me even if you think I’m a lesser person than you and cannot defend myself and you think I deserve it. Therefore they believe I deserve to be abused by them, but they’ll pay soon. This will not be over until I say so! I will force them to pay me, including the state, and now that the state wants to make themselves apart of the crime against me they will learn. They will pay for their criminal activity and aiding and abetting Texas lawyers in theft even if law enforcement and the courts fail! They will not escape justice, none of them, including Rick Perry, Greg Abbott, Barak Obama and Eric Holder for denying my cry’s and pleadings of injustice by Texas by U.S. Certified postage! They do not want to help me because I am a medical patient and a psychiatric patient and they are trying to provoke me to do something so they can say “See, he’s a nut”. This is how I know they (Texas Officials, Greg Abbott, Rick Perry, and Texas BAR) don’t care for people with medical or psychiatric problems as they desperately preach on T.V. because of my situation. And the world is watching you Texas and you will pay me! I will be filing a federal tort (lawsuit) soon and I will keep all posted on this subject.
- Joe Flores Law Firm
- Matthews and Associates Law Firm
Pay me the settlement I asked for from my lawsuit with them.
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