Knowing When You Need a New Lawyer
It is not uncommon for people to hire an attorney after they have been injured. Whether the injury occurred as the result of a car accident, a slip and fall or a number of other factors, seeking compensation is often the only way that people can pay their medical bills.
When people choose a lawyer, they may do so in any number of ways. Some people look online and some use word-of-mouth. Many times the relationship starts out on a positive note and the case begins to progress smoothly. Unfortunately, the relationship may head south and people could be left wondering whether or not it is time to abandon ship.
If you are wondering whether or not you are stuck with the attorney you initially hired, the answer is quite simple: No. At any point during your case, you have the option of firing your current attorney and hiring a new one. Here are some signs that it is time to seek new legal representation.
1. No Communication
You should be able to count on your lawyer to communicate with you. Assuming you are asking relevant questions and are not contacting your lawyer on an hourly basis, you should reasonably expect an answer to any question within 48 hours. You should also expect to be updated to any changes or progress in your case.
2. Repeated Requests
Does your attorney ask you for paperwork you have already filled out? Are you being asked to submit forms you’ve already handed over? If this is the case, find a new lawyer. It’s normal to misplace a piece of paper. It’s not normal to misplace multiple copies of important documents.
3. No Progress
Your lawyer should move steadily ahead with your case. There are times when you and your attorney will have to patiently wait for someone else to make a ruling or perform a task but, realistically, your case should either be moving forward or you should know exactly why it has stalled.
If your lawyer frequently petitions the court for extensions, find out why. Your attorney should be able to give you a clear, precise reason as to why they are extending the time limit on your case. If the reasons don’t make sense or if there are no reasons at all, it is time to find a new attorney.
You are not stuck with the first attorney you choose. Keep in mind that it is your case and your outcome. If you do not believe that your current attorney is working in your best interest, move on. You always have the option to hire a different lawyer.
If you have been injured in Austin and need an attorney, call our office. We will review the facts of your case and let you know what your options are. Call now for assistance or browse our website for more information about our firm.