A personal injury case can be an unfamiliar experience for most people, which is why they turn to an attorney to guide them through the process. Although recent statistics show working with a lawyer helps plaintiffs in accident cases recover more compensation on average than people without representation, not all attorneys are created equal. Some attorneys don’t meet their clients’ expectations, or a case needs a fresh set of eyes.
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about how and why you would change your attorney in a personal injury case.
- Can I Switch My Personal Injury Lawyer During the Case?
Yes. You can switch your personal injury lawyer at any time during your case for any reason. You have the right to terminate your lawyer’s services without any notice. If you feel it is in your best interest to change lawyers, you have the right to choose another attorney to represent you without needing to provide notice or even talk to your old lawyer.
Most personal injury cases are handled on contingency fees where attorneys get paid after a financial recovery is secured. This means the attorney fee you pay will not increase if firms are changed and that attorneys who work on your case and are entitled to a portion will split one payment between them.
- Why Would I Get a New Injury Lawyer?
People change attorneys in their personal injury and workers’ compensation cases for many reasons. It is often due to personality conflict, poor communication, missed deadlines, unprofessional conduct, conflicting advice, and lack of experience with the case. Nonetheless, this does not exhaust the list of reasons why you would need to change your attorney.
At the Valenzuela Law Firm, we understand that most people don’t know how personal injury cases work. It’s why we take the time to help clients understand the legal process, their rights and available options, and what they can expect as their case progresses.
- What is the Process for Changing a Lawyer?
The most important thing is to do your research and ask for referrals for new potential attorneys. Schedule a consultation with a new lawyer you’re considering hiring and know what questions to ask a potential lawyer to learn about their experience. You can also bring case records to your consultation with a new lawyer so they can see what your case entails and where it is currently at in the process.
Choose your new attorney before terminating your old one. Choosing a new lawyer first can help minimize delays and make the transition a smooth one. Your new lawyer can equally help review your existing agreement, terminate your relationship with your former lawyer in writing, inform the necessary parties of new counsel, and collect your case files.
Switching your attorney may sound like a significant change, but it can sometimes be the best decision for a case. By knowing your rights and working proactively to vet potential candidates, you can effectively change your lawyer during a personal injury case and continue fighting for the compensation you deserve. If you are looking for a new attorney or fresh eyes for your case, contact us today!