When you have made the important decision to file a personal injury lawsuit you expect that the attorney you have hired will work hard to get the maximum settlement for your case. It is completely reasonable to expect that you and your attorney are on the same page. There are times when this is not the case. You may be disappointed that your attorney will not return your calls or seems vague with answers to your questions. This does not mean that they are not working in your best interest or that they are negligent in any way however it is important to feel confident that everything possible is being done to advance your case. The legal process is very complicated and each attorney has their own personal style of handling that process. If you feel that you are being ignored or dismissed with regards to your case it is possible that you should seek a second legal opinion. There is only one chance at getting fair compensation for the injury you have suffered and once it is resolved there is no going back and seeking more compensation for future problems that arise.
If you are unhappy with your attorney you have the right to fire him/her at any time in your case. It is important to understand that there are some important things to consider before you do. Communication is extremely important as your case progresses. You may feel left out of the loop or shut out completely and that is never acceptable. Even if you are in the middle of your case, the confidence you have in your representation is imperative for the eventual outcome. The amount that you pay in attorney’s fees will not be affected by changing attorneys. The attorney’s fees will be split between the two law firms. The amount paid to each attorney is decided based on the amount of work each of them has contributed to the case. You should know that when you seek a second attorney to take on your case, they will evaluate whether it is beneficial for them to take over from a financial standpoint. The bottom line is that your level of comfort with your attorney is crucial in the process of recovering the maximum settlement for your lawsuit. Don’t feel uncomfortable about asking questions or seeing another attorney to help you resolve your case. Your future and your recovery are the top priorities to consider when making the decision to change attorneys.