Generally, you can switch personal injury law firms even after you sign on to have one represent your case. There is no reason why you should stay with an attorney who does not put your best interests first or who does not communicate with you about your claim.
As long as you have not yet signed a settlement agreement, you should be able to change law firms without needing anyone else’s approval. Our firm offers a free case review and works on contingency. If you choose to hire us after this initial consultation, we can handle the rest of the process for you.
How to Switch to a New Personal Injury Law Firm
There are no fees or penalties associated with changing personal injury law firms in most cases. However, you will need to follow a specific process to ensure your rights remain protected and all the case information makes it to your new attorney. The necessary steps are as follows:
Choose Your New Law Firm
The first thing you must do is to identify the new attorney. During a free consultation with our team, you can explain your concerns with the case and your current lawyer and discuss how we would handle things differently.
Once you select your new firm, you can move on to the next step. However, it’s crucial not to let your frustration get the best of you. You do not want to fire your current representation without finding a new one first, as this could delay the claim or jeopardize your rights.
Sign a Contract with the New Lawyer
Once you choose new representation, you can sign the contract with the new law firm. Before hiring us, you can ask questions to ensure you understand the agreement and our fee arrangement. Once you are ready, signing the contract permits us to advocate for you in this matter. Obtaining this permission is necessary before we can notify your old attorney and ask for your case records.
Let Your New Attorney Take It from There
After you sign your contract with our team, we will handle the rest. We can prepare and send the paperwork that notifies everyone involved about your change in representation. This will include your previous attorney, the insurance companies, and the court if your attorney filed a suit already.
We will also contact your previous law firm and ask them to:
- Cease working on your case
- Forward all your case files to us
Having access to your case files to date allows our team to catch up on the case without a significant delay.
For a free legal consultation, call (800) 537-8185
Common Reasons Why Claimants Change Lawyers
Many reasons why claimants want a new attorney are very specific and personal. In general, some of the most common include:
- They cannot contact the attorney representing them.
- The law firm does not return calls.
- They are not getting case updates.
- There has been no progress made after months, or sometimes a year or more.
- The firm does not seem to be concerned about the claimant’s financial stress.
No matter your reason, if it is important to you, you can consider switching lawyers.
What Should I Look for in a New Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people agree to work with the first law firm they speak to following an accident or injury. However, doing so may be a mistake, especially if you are on medications or do not have the focus to ask questions and ensure you are choosing a lawyer that is a good fit for you.
The following factors are some things to think about when hiring an attorney:
- Is this legal area their specialty? You do not want a family law attorney handling your car accident case.
- How many cases like mine have they worked on?
- Do they think they can settle my case, or will it go to trial?
- How long will it take to know if my case will settle?
- Can they connect me to a previous client with a similar case?
- Which lawyer will represent me? Can I speak with them?
- How and when can I contact someone about my case?
- How often can I expect case updates?
- Who will contact me and help me know what to expect?
- How does their fee structure work, and will I need to pay out-of-pocket costs?
How Long do I Have to Make a Move in My Case?
In some cases, the deadlines for filing a personal injury lawsuit arrive very quickly. For example, some states only offer victims up to a year to begin the civil process following an accident. Missing this deadline could prevent you from exercising your right to go to trial. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that you choose a lawyer and are happy with your selection well before this deadline.
Morris Bart, LLC Encourages You to Call Us About Your Case Today
If you are looking for a personal injury law firm or are considering switching attorneys for your case, call the Morris Bart law firm today. We represent clients in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. We work based on contingency fees.
You can talk about your case with one of our team members today for free. Call the Morris Bart law firm at (800) 537-8185 now.
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