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Can I Change Attorneys During a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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At MLG Injury, our personal injury attorneys in Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi know no one expects to be injured by another person or party’s negligence. Likewise, when they look for help with their physical, emotional, and financial recovery in the form of a personal injury lawyer, they may not know what to expect from the legal process.

Whether it was a television commercial, billboard, or online search that led you to your current attorney, there are times when you may have doubts about the law firm’s ability to produce results. If this is true in your case, you still have options to pursue the best outcome with another attorney.

If you were wondering if you can change attorneys in the middle of your personal injury case, the short answer is, yes. Yes, you can. Both state laws, and rules of ethics, allow you to pursue legal results with a different attorney.

However, there are a few things you should consider first.

What are the Most Common Reasons Injury Victims Switch Attorneys?

All personal injury cases are unique, and so are the reasons attorneys navigate the legal process the way they do.

There are also multiple reasons why their clients may want to switch personal injury lawyers in the middle of their cases.

That may include:

  • Feelings of not being heard, or that their story is not being told.
  • Inconsistent advice.
  • Inexperience or unprofessional demeanor.
  • Missed filings or other important deadlines.
  • Misunderstanding the nature or scope of their client’s injuries.
  • Not feeling comfortable with the attorney or law firm.
  • Personal differences have led to disputes.
  • Poor communication.

Our Florida personal injury attorneys know that clients can become easily frustrated by the lack of progress in their cases — especially when they involve catastrophic injuries and complex negotiations. That is why we provide straightforward legal advice, so our clients understand the legal statutes and thresholds that must be met to pursue results. When our clients have realistic expectations, our partnerships become stronger.

What to Expect When You Switch Personal Injury Attorneys in the Middle of Your Case?

When you decide to pursue a different law firm’s advice for your personal injury case, it is important to let them know why you are dissatisfied with your existing legal representation.

After they understand your existing challenges, ask what they will do differently. Who will be the point person who speaks with you directly about your case, whenever you have questions or need a status update?

Your new attorney should be willing to discuss your case strategy, the legal steps they will take to pursue results, their financial recovery estimates, fees, and the approximate timeline for completing your case.

Be sure you have secured a new lawyer before you let your previous lawyer go, so they can manage the transition properly and in writing. Keep in mind, there will be delays during the transition.

That includes the time it takes to retrieve a copy of your case file, evidence, documents, and other important information associated with your personal injury case from your previous attorney.

Your new counsel will also have to notify the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure all inquiries are now directed to the proper firm. Patience is necessary during these first few weeks, so your new attorney can absorb all the information they need to properly represent you.

If you have questions about switching law firms, contact our skilled personal injury attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn more about your legal rights and options.

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