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Car Accident / 12.21.2023

Can I Get a New Lawyer During an Injury Case?

Getting the Right Representation for Your Personal Injury Claim

One of the most challenging things to do after an accident is choosing a lawyer who will represent you in your claim. Finding a good lawyer can be overwhelming and frustrating. What happens when you feel like the lawyer you chose is no longer a good fit? 

At Richard Schwartz & Associates, we understand the challenges that injury victims face when trying to find the right lawyer. We are here to help. Our legal team works with you one-on-one to ensure that you get the outcome you deserve in your case. If you have been injured in an accident and need to retain an attorney or switch personal injury lawyers, contact our office to schedule a free consultation. 

Can I Fire My Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you are unsatisfied with the job that your attorney is doing or you believe they are not operating in your best interests, you can retain new legal counsel. Knowing there may be financial repercussions for severing ties with your previous attorney is important. 

Most personal injury lawyers accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning they front the cost of your lawsuit. If you decide to get a new lawyer, you may be required to pay the costs associated with their representation up until the point you have secured new representation. 

It is always recommended that you speak with your current attorney about any concerns you have. Open communication can help prevent an attorney-client relationship from becoming negative. However, if you cannot resolve the differences, it may be time to consider new representation.

Reasons to Get a New Lawyer During an Injury Case

There may be several reasons to consider new representation during an injury case. Again, it is important to try to resolve any problems with your current legal team before moving on due to the potential financial implications.

Reasons to consider a new lawyer:

  • You do not receive prompt communication about your case. For instance, if calls and emails go unanswered for an unreasonable amount of time. 
  • You do not believe your attorney is operating in your best interest.
  • You have found or believe there is a conflict of interest in your case.
  • There has been no progress in your case, and there is no explanation for the stall. 
  • You do not trust your attorney.
  • Your attorney has missed deadlines in your case.

These are only a few of the many reasons that you may want to reconsider your attorney. You should know that when you retain a new lawyer, it will take time for them to get up to speed on your case. Again, this could have financial consequences since you may need to compensate your previous attorney for any work they are doing on your case. 

Contact Our Office to Learn More

If you were injured in an accident and are considering retaining new legal counsel, contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation. Our lawyers will work with you to understand your grievances and help determine whether a move to a new lawyer is a good decision based on the circumstances of your case.

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