When you should get rid of your accident attorney
The number one complaint i have heard over the years is that clients get little communication from their personal injury attorneys. Communication is vital to you, the client, to keep you aware of where your case is and were it is going.
To better understand communication you need to be aware of how the whole personal injury process works. Little is done in the beginning of your case. They will send a letter of representation to the insurance company.
Personal Injury Cases Take time
Personal injury attorneys will generally gather medical records and bills while you are treating with doctor. Your case really does not start until you are finished treating with your doctor. Then the attorney will make sure he has all your medical records, receipts, and work you may have missed, etc.
However, this process can take time, and as a client you need to understand that in some cases one phone call is all that is needed to get medical records, or the attorney may have to actually send someone to go pick them up.
Some reasons why personal injury clients fire their Attorneys
Have you ever called your attorney only to be put on hold for 15 minutes or left voice messages that never get returned. This happens quite often, the signal this might send to a client is that your personal injury case is not important or the lawyer is to busy to help you. Emails are a really good way of communicating with a personal injury lawyer.
Believe it or not, Attorneys talk on the phone a lot, so emailing is always a good option if the phone just is not working. It might be that the attorney wants to get fired because your slam dunk case is looking pretty bad.
Your case takes to long
Some personal injury cases may take years to settle while others may settle in as little as four months. The time it takes a case to settle may depends on many factors. If your personal injury case is not going to be settled out of court, it really should not take more than 6 months to a year. If a personal injury case goes to trial, it may take well over a year to reach a settlement.
Your personal injury attorney is unprofessional
I have seen some unprofessional attorneys in my day. All the way from the way they dress to the nature of how they speak. Would you hire a personal injury attorney that worked out of their basement, or wore shorts to work. Most professional attorneys are generally very meticulous of how they look and act. They generally want you to meet them at their office, so they can show off their success. They are very proud of what they have accomplished.
Have you lost trust in your personal injury Attorney? He may have told you one thing and he did another. It’s easy to lose trust in someone when what they tell you does not become reality.
If you do decide to fire your personal injury attorney, make sure you have a valid reason for doing so. One thing attorneys do not like to see is a client who has had their case passed on from attorney to attorney. They may want you to explain why you have switched attorneys so many times and may not take your case because you have done so. If you feel you need to fire your attorney, make sure you have exhausted all possible means to resolve the issue before doing so.
The contract you signed when you hired your attorney may have clauses in it that protect the attorney. If the attorney has put any time in your personal injury case, he is due moneys from your settlement for his time. Some clients will say that the attorney has done nothing, but behind the scenes he may have invested a lot of time in your case, and time equals money. Just to setup a personal injury case file involves a case manager or legal secretary and anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours depending on the case and the information at hand.
Try and work it out
It would be wise if you are upset at your attorney, to cool off and communicate effectively. If you are having issues with your attorney, make sure he knows what those issues are before you fire him. Give your lawyer the opportunity to explain or to fix the issues. Firing your lawyer could have consequences you may not understand. If he has been working on your case for an extended period of time, you may owe him money.
If your personal injury case is in the trial stage and you fire your attorney, it may be hard to find an attorney to pick up your case. It’s important to get a copy of the paperwork you signed with your current attorney and go over it. It you don’t understand some of the paperwork, ask questions. You should ask these questions before you even sign the paperwork so you have a complete understanding of how the whole process works.