Ask a Personal Injury Attorney: Can You Switch Attorneys in the Middle of Your Case?
It can be difficult to find the right personal injury attorney for your case. In some cases, you may think you have found the right firm only to realize that you have made the wrong choice. In this situation, many people stick with the attorney they have chosen because they are unsure if they have other options. Keep reading to find out what the process looks like and reasons you may choose to do so. If you need additional help from an experienced, compassionate, and aggressive personal injury attorney, contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
People Want to Change Their Attorney for a Myriad of Reasons
There are many reasons a person may consider finding a new attorney. They may not have a good relationship with their attorney and have lost confidence in their attorney’s ability to best represent them. They may not trust their attorney, they may not have their calls or emails answered, or they may feel that their case is not progressing at the rate it should be.
In some cases, the attorney may not have adequately explained their strategy, and the client could be unclear what is going on in their case, or the client may have come to believe that there is a conflict of interest. Sometimes clients just do not trust the judgment or ethics of their attorney.
You Can Change Attorneys but There Can Be Disadvantages
If you are working with an attorney you do not trust or feel has your best interests in mind, then we recommend switching attorneys. However, know that there may be disadvantages. For one, if the attorney you are working with is working on a contingency basis then you could end up having to pay their hourly rate for the time they have already spent on your case.
Note as well that hiring an attorney in the middle of a case puts you at a disadvantage because they will need to be caught up on your case. This can take both time and money. If you are considering changing your attorney, it is wise to first discuss your issues with them first to see if they can work to resolve them.
How to Find a Replacement Attorney
Once you have made the decision to hire a new attorney, you should look for someone with experience in the specific area of your case. For example, you do not want an attorney who only works on workers’ compensation cases when your case involved a dog bite. Then look at the case results, testimonials, and peer reviews of the attorney you are considering. , will give you an idea of past clients’ experience with said attorney as well as how respected they are by their peers.