A legal way to get US Cellular to hear your out — and give you compensation
This is particularly true when the company makes a mistake that costs you money. Like most cell providers, US cellular user agreement means that even if the mistake wasn’t yours, they have a policy of you pay first, then ask questions later. Basically, if a mistake was made, you still have to pay or risk having your service suspended with additional fees and then you have to point out the mistake and try to get your money back after.
So you end up trying to reach out to customer service on the phone and you get met with people who don’t have the power to fix anything. You try to email someone with more authority and your emails end up down a black hole. You try to make an appointment to speak with someone at the corporate level who has the authority to fix this, and it gets ignored.
Then there is the risk that someone says they’ll fix it but they don’t so you have to just keep trying all over again.
So what can you do other than feel like you were completely taken advantage of?
Doing business with such a large company can leave you feeling very powerless especially when there doesn’t seem to be any strict chain of command or anyone in charge with whom you can speak. Even services like US Cellular have contracts that try and prevent you from taking legal action. They usually include something in the contract that’s called a forced arbitration Clause. This means that you’re not allowed to take them to regular court if something goes wrong.
And for a lot of people even a seemingly small app like US Cellular might be the only affordable and available method of transportation around your city even if you know they have bad customer service or an unresponsive staff.
Thankfully you can use arbitration as a great way to get a satisfactory solution to your problem with the company without having to sue them. This is great because it appoints an impartial arbitrator, someone who’s familiar with the situation and will look at both sides equally. The decision they make is binding, too, which means that the company no longer controls the outcome.
Arbitrations handled by the American Arbitration Association® is an option which complies with the Statement of Principles of the Consumer Due Process Protocol, which means:
Once you notify the company that you are going to pursue arbitration, they know immediately that they are going to be on the hook for more money than they expected. Firstly, they might have to pay out whatever it is they owe you and secondly they might have to pay for the process of arbitration. As soon as the accounting department gets wind of these additional costs, they become much more willing to meet your demands as long as your demands are reasonable.
If they are still unwilling though, you have the option of a reasonable, fair, and transparent hearing without having to spend any money. Our FairShake process will help you file for arbitration. It won’t cost you anything unless you win.
After you start your arbitration process, you remove any advantage that the company had. Now you are on equal footing because the neutral arbitrator examines both sides of the issue without any bias. The first step to giving you the necessary leverage to solve your complaint is to formally raise the issue with the company.
At FairShake we help you do this. We send a demand letter to the corporate office to start the process of resolving your case before you file arbitration. This process starts the clock on how long they have to make a reasonable offer to solve the issue. Usually that’s 30 days but your user agreement with the company could stipulate a different amount of time. Either way, roughly half of companies will make you an acceptable settlement offer during this time frame and then the issue is resolved without ever needing arbitration. But if they do not give you a reasonable settlement, the next step is to file the case with the American Arbitration Association. FairShake will put together all the official arbitration paperwork for you and guide you through the next steps.
If you take your case to arbitration, you have the option of hiring an attorney. In legal terms, if you decide not to, you are bringing your claim “pro se”. If you decide that you want to go forward without an attorney, check out some information from The American Arbitration Association’s Pro Se Case Administration Team.
There are lots of common complaints people have with US Cellular that fall under specific laws. The more specific, the easier it is to get high compensation on your own. However, for things that are a bit more complicated, such as illegal use of robocalls, something that violates a federal law, it might be in your best interest to have an attorney there to help you maximize the potential value of your claim.
Start by telling us about your issue with US Cellular. With FairShake, we take away the frustration of trying to work with such a large service provider. We help you get a solution and we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with your service, you don’t owe us anything.
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