Difficult Questions: Can You Change Personal Injury Attorneys in the Middle of a Lawsuit?

Everyone who hires a personal injury attorney does so hoping that the choice they make will be the right one. However, it is not always the right fit. If you have hired a personal injury attorney, only to find that they are far from the right fit for you, then it may be time to change attorneys. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we find that some people are not sure if it is legal or ethical to do this.

Keep reading to find out the facts about whether or not it is legal and ethical to change attorneys. If you have questions about your own case, you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a confidential consultation with an experienced attorney.

Reasons a Person May Want to Switch Personal Injury Attorneys

Most people do not switch personal injury attorneys unless there is something not working about their case. Some common reasons that a person may decide to switch attorneys including the client feeling as though they do not have a good relationship with the attorney, they have lost faith in their attorney’s abilities, they don’t trust their attorney, they question the behavior or ethics of their attorney, or they cannot get their attorney to return their calls or emails.

Some people switch attorneys if they do not believe there has been sufficient progress in their case if they believe there is a conflict of interest, or if the attorney did not adequately explain their strategy to win the case.

The Complications of Switching Personal Injury Attorneys

You can legally switch to a new personal injury attorney but if you have hired an attorney based on a percentage fee of your award, you could end up having to deal with a financial hit. You may have to pay them their hourly rate for the time they have already spent on the case, and when you hire a new attorney in the middle of the case they are going to have to work extra hours to catch up – which can also cost extra.

Does this mean you should not switch attorneys? No. If you believe that your attorney is not going to win your case and you believe another attorney is, then it may still be worth it – both financially and personally – to switch to an attorney who can handle your case.

That said, we strongly recommend talking to your current attorney to discuss what you are unhappy with. It is entirely possible that they can make changes to get your case moving in the right direction. If you have not yet started working with an attorney and you need a top-rated Southern California personal injury attorney, reach out to The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.