Can You Switch Lawyers in the Middle of a Personal Injury Case?
Hiring a lawyer after a serious accident is one of the best decisions you can make. However, choosing the right lawyer after an injury accident is difficult and complicated. After all, there are a lot of personal injury firms in Arkansas and Tennessee. It may feel overwhelming to have so many choices. How do you know you’re making the right choice?
What if you choose a law firm and aren’t happy with how they are handling your case? Perhaps they’re not answering your calls promptly, or they simply don’t seem to have time to devote to your lawsuit. Maybe you’re having trouble communicating with the attorney handling your case, or you feel pressure from the law firm to settle your case.
If you are unhappy with the law firm you’ve chosen, what can you do?
Can You switch law firms in the middle of a case? The answer is YES.
While dropping your personal injury attorney and switching to another law firm might seem complex, it isn’t. Besides, your future and your case are simply too important to settle for lesser-quality legal representation. If you are not happy with the personal injury lawyer you’ve chosen, it’s time to get out of that legal relationship and choose a law firm that can deliver the results your need.
Why Would You Want to Switch Your Personal Injury Attorney?
There are many reasons why you may want to move on to a different attorney. These reasons can be highly personal. However, you do not need to justify your reasons to terminate your legal relationship. How do you know that you need to switch your personal injury attorney?
- Some of those reasons you might want to switch personal injury attorneys include:
Your personalities clash. You need to be able to work with your attorney while going through the legal process. If you and your attorney do not get along, this can become a problem down the road. It might be best to terminate the working relationship and move on when this occurs.
- Your attorney is unreachable. Attorneys are busy. However, your injury attorney should still make time to call you and update you on the progress of your case. If your injury attorney is difficult to reach, it might be a sign that they do not have the time to devote to you and your case.
- Your attorney is dropping the ball. If your attorney fails to show up in court, file notices on time, or make appointments, you may not feel confident that they can handle your case appropriately.
- Mistakes and errors. If your attorney sends you forms with errors or confuses your case with others, you may have a cause for concern. Negotiating and litigating a personal injury case takes a keen eye and attention to detail. Mistakes and errors could be a sign that your attorney is not committed to your case.
Should You Switch Your Personal Injury Attorney?
You’ve seen the red flags, and you have concerns about your attorney. But when should you make the decision to fire your attorney, and should you?
Your future is too important to accept mediocre representation. However, switching your attorney is not a decision to be made lightly. To determine if you should fire your attorney and switch law firms, consider speaking to other attorneys. Get a feel for what another law firm could offer you and how they might handle your case. An unbiased attorney can help you see what you’re missing and whether keeping your existing attorney is the right call.
Communication is key whenever making an important decision. Talk to your attorney and let them know that you are unhappy. Maybe they have a particular strategy that they’re working on or are not aware of your concerns. Give them a chance to “right the ship” and make the relationship better. However, if they cannot — it might be time to switch your attorney altogether.
Switching Your Attorney Comes at a Cost
Before making the ultimate decision to switch attorneys, remember that your attorney will need compensation for any of their out-of-pocket expenses before you leave. This could be more than you realize, and it helps to acknowledge this cost upfront. Ask your attorney for a breakdown of what you would owe if you decided to choose another law firm. This might help you determine if you should switch law firms or stick it out a little longer.
Why Hire Us?
Over the years, several clients have come to us from other law firms. In those situations, we work with the original firm to make the transition as seamless as possible, often collaborating to an extent with that firm to make sure nothing falls through the cracks. Most firms know how important it is to feel comfortable with the legal team handling your case and accommodate a change if you think it necessary.
If you’ve been injured and need legal representation, give us a call for a free consultation. We have years of experience helping Arkansas injury victims get the compensation they deserve, and we’d love to help you as well. If you’ve already hired a law firm and are looking to make a change, give us a call as well. We’ll review the details of your case to determine how best we can help.
With seven six offices in Arkansas and Tennessee —Little Rock, Springdale, Conway, Hot Springs, Bryant, Jacksonville and Memphis—our personal injury lawyers are here to help you through whatever comes your way.
Contact Rainwater, Holt & Sexton Personal Injury Lawyers today. Fill out a free case evaluation request form, which only takes a minute, or simply dial (800) 767-4815 and tell us your story. We offer FREE consultations in person or over the phone to better assist you.