Your attorney should be your best resource and biggest cheerleader in your workers’ compensation case. He or she will do their best for you while also providing realistic legal advice that fits your situation.
However, there are circumstances where your attorney simply is not doing their job. It is possible to fire your workers’ compensation lawyer, but this really should be a last resort. Getting new counsel can be complicated, but if you feel like you are having problems in your attorney-client relationship or that things are not getting done, it may be time to make that move.
Keep in mind that workers’ compensation cases can end up being a long, drawn-out process. Sometimes, how quickly the workers’ comp timeline moves is outside of your lawyer’s control. Some cases really can take years to conclude, no matter how fast your lawyer works. However, if your attorney is not getting back to you, and it seems like their inaction causes the delay, you still have options to address your work-related injury.
Why You Need a New Workers’ Comp Lawyer
These are a few reasons you should fire your workers’ comp attorney:
- My current workers’ comp lawyer doesn’t seem to know much about the law.
- My current lawyer doesn’t seem to be doing anything.
- My current lawyer doesn’t answer phone calls or emails.
- My lawyer doesn’t tell me what is going on in my case.
- My lawyer doesn’t seem to know my name or what my case is about when I set up calls or appointments.
- My attorney is asking me to do things that I’m uncomfortable doing or saying.
If you are unhappy with your lawyer for any of these reasons, that is likely a red flag that you hire a new workers’ compensation attorney. If communication is lacking or your attorney is not taking action on your behalf, that can also mean that they do not care about your case, and you will not get a good result.
You and your lawyer should operate as a team in your workers’ compensation case. They should provide knowledgeable advice and suggestions, and you should be able to trust that they know what they are talking about and that you can rely on their advice. You should be able to ask questions and get clear, timely answers. Communication, knowledge, and expertise in workers’ compensation law are all very important.
How to Find a New Workers’ Comp Lawyer
Once you know what you do not want in a lawyer, it is sometimes easier to pick out what you want in an attorney. Some of the most important characteristics that you should look for include:
- Knowledge and experience
- Consistent and reliable communication
- Plan of action to address your workers’ compensation claim
- Focus on an excellent attorney-client relationship
You can often tell when an attorney is familiar with the workers’ compensation practice area. Those who are familiar with workers’ compensation law can evaluate the facts of your case and give you a pretty good outline of what will likely happen next in your case. They can often tell you what you should get in terms of workers’ comp benefits as well.
If your lawyer cannot provide this information or gives you a wishy-washy answer, that is a sign that they are not familiar with this practice area, and you may want to look elsewhere.
Hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer starts with doing some research. You can talk to friends that have been through work injuries, check online reviews, and review social media posts and reviews. Getting others’ experience is one of the best ways to ensure that you have a lawyer that will try their best for you and take your needs into account.
Speak to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
The team at Krasno, Krasno, and Onwudinjo focuses on workers’ compensation and seeking social security disability benefits for injured workers. We pride ourselves on being experts workers’ compensation so that we can provide the best possible legal advice to each client. We know that you need someone on your side that can answer your questions, advocate for you, and be there for you when you need a reasonable sounding board. We also know just how crucial your workers’ compensation benefits are to you and your family.
Our firm has a proven history of excellence, and we have a reputation for putting our clients first. We have more five-star reviews than any other Pennsylvania workers’ compensation firm. We also have a unique vantage point to serve injured workers because we offer case reviews by a former workers’ comp judge.
Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you. You can start by reviewing the additional resources on our website. Then, contact us to set up a free consultation for practical legal advice that fits your unique situation. At our law office, you are more than just a file number—we know your name and your situation. Give us a call today!