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Can You Change Your Lawyer in Your Personal Injury Case?

By October 21, 2019May 26th, 2022No Comments

It’s best to hire a lawyer when you’re pursuing a personal injury case. But finding Redding CA lawyers you can trust may be challenging. Still, finding a qualified lawyer is key to ensuring you have the legal representation you need and deserve. Since the vast majority of personal injury cases actually don’t go to trial at all, but rather are settled out of court, having a great lawyer will help your circumstances greatly.

There are many different types of personal injury cases. You need the right lawyer to represent you and your specific case. But just because an attorney has represented other clients facing cases similar to your own in the past, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the best person to represent you. You may already have a lawyer, but what if they aren’t the right fit or you don’t feel confident in their abilities? Can you change lawyers, and if so, is it too late to do so?

Whatever your reasons are for wanting a personal injury lawyer, know that your lawyer should be there to assist you. However, not all lawyers are created equal; even if you’ve hired legal services, you may want to change your lawyer for a new one. Can you change your lawyer in a personal injury case? The answer yes yes, you can, and there are circumstances in which you should.

Your Lawyer Has a Conflict of Interest

If your attorney knows the other person involved in your personal injury case or has a personal or professional affiliation with a company you actively creating a case against, then this might indicate a potential conflict of interest. You don’t want to work with a lawyer who may have a possible attachment to the other party or their affiliates in any way, as this can hurt the outcome in your case.

In order to “fire” your attorney, especially if you have already listed your attorney of record with a court filing, you will need to make your request through the court system. You can choose to have a new attorney assigned to you at the time you release your current one.

You Aren’t Getting Along

The relationship you have with your attorney for your personal injury case is an intimate one, and you should get along well. If you don’t, then you will not be able to be fully honest with your lawyer about your needs. Alternatively, you may feel uneasy about moving forward with your case or about your attorney’s ability to represent you. Whether you don’t get along with your current lawyer because they are not meeting your needs or because they aren’t the skilled accident attorney you desire, you will have to request in writing that you forfeit representation by your current attorney and pay all fees to date before switching to a new lawyer who better meet your needs.

Get a consultation from your lawyer prior to going to court. You can usually obtain a free consultation from a lawyer of your choice in many cases. You should have a new lawyer in mind before you cancel legal representation with your current one. If you have already secured legal representation but are now questioning that decision, contact us today. We’d be happy to meet with you at our Redding Office and discuss the ways in which we can ensure your best interests are protected. Contact Reiner, Slaughter, & Frankel today for your free consultation.