How Does Switching Lawyers Affect an Injury Claim?
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on April 21, 2021 in Personal Injury News. Updated on February 24, 2022
If you are thinking about switching to a new attorney to represent you during an injury claim, there are several factors to consider before making the switch, including who you would hire to take over your case.
Our New Jersey personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation with no obligation to hire us as you consider who you would like to represent you during your claim. Additionally, we do not charge you anything up front if you choose to work with us. We only get paid if we recover compensation on your behalf.
Why Do People Consider Changing Lawyers?
When an attorney fails to establish a connection with his or her client, the client may feel as if his or her interests are not a priority.
If your current attorney fails to return your phone calls or reply to your emails, you may feel that you are not a priority. While attorneys frequently take on multiple cases and usually have their calendars full, they should be making time to provide updates about your claim and discuss any concerns you may have.
Lack of Professionalism
Poor work ethic from an attorney handling your claim is another reason why someone may consider switching lawyers. Injury claims have deadlines and poor work ethic does not inspire confidence, particularly if your case goes to court.
Failure to Establish Trust
Establishing trust with a client is one of the most important first steps an attorney can take in a claim. A client who lacks faith in his or her attorney likely will not feel that every possible aspect and outcome of a claim is being considered. Additionally, the client may not be inclined to disclose important information about the case because he or she feels the attorney cannot be trusted.
Factors to Consider Before Switching
Depending on how far along you are in your claim, you may want to consider a few things before you decide to switch to a new lawyer.
First, it is important to know that if your current attorney has worked on your claim, there is a possibility that you would have to pay him or her for that time. Usually, your new attorney can work with your previous attorney to negotiate an amount to be paid out of any settlement or verdict you recover at the end of your claim.
Another factor to consider is whether you will be allowed to make the switch. If your case is in the process of litigation, meaning in the middle of a jury trial, a judge may not let you change counsel.
Lastly, you should probably have another attorney lined up to take over your claim before you fire your current one. This is to avoid any delays on your end and ensure you have legal representation throughout your claim.
Tips for Finding the Right Attorney to Represent You
When looking for a new attorney, you should read testimonials and see the reviews from previous clients to see if the attorney would meet your needs.
It would also be a good idea to review verdicts and settlements a firm has successfully recovered for their clients, as this may give you a better idea about what types of claims they have more experience handling.
Before committing to anyone new, you should call the firm and schedule an appointment to speak to an attorney about your claim and see how he or she may be able to help you.
Ready to Make the Switch? Call Us Today
At the Lynch Law Firm, our attorneys have experience handling a variety of injury cases and have been successful in recovering favorable jury verdicts as well as negotiating favorable settlements on behalf of many injury victims.
Since 1994, our firm has helped defend the rights of injury victims against negligent parties, including large corporations and major insurance companies.
Our attorneys are prepared to represent you through the process of filing your claim and going to court if need be.
Remember, our initial consultation is free, and we do not charge you anything while we work on your claim. We only get paid if you receive compensation.
Call us today at (800) 518-0508