How To Fire Your Workers Comp Attorney Without Hurting Your Case
Your attorney should be your best resource and biggest cheerleader in your workers’ compensation case. However, if you lack trust in your attorney or you feel your attorney-client relationship is lacking in any way, it may be a good idea to find a new lawyer.
Reasons To Fire Your Workers Comp Lawyer
- My 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 lawyer isn’t familiar with the details of my workers’ comp case when we meet.
- My attorney is asking me to do things that I’m uncomfortable doing or saying.
Reasons Not To Fire Your Workers’ Comp Lawyer
Keep in mind that workers’ compensation cases can end up being a long, drawn-out process. Some cases can take years to conclude, no matter how fast your lawyer works. If you are frustrated about how long your case is taking, know that this is likely not your lawyer’s fault unless there’s further evidence they’re not working on your case.
Moreover, when more than one attorney has worked on your case, they must split the attorney’s fee according to the amount of work each has done. Since the state usually caps attorney’s fees at 10%-20% of the total workers’ comp benefits offered, many attorneys are hesitant to accept workers’ comp cases with multiple attorneys unless the settlement offer has potential to be especially large.
Long story short– you should be able to trust that your lawyer knows what they are talking about is is doing the most to win your workers’ comp claim. You should be able to ask questions and get clear, timely answers. Communication, knowledge, and expertise are all very important, and if your lawyer lacks any of these qualities, seriously consider hiring a new attorney.
How to Find a New Workers’ Comp Lawyer
While finding a new lawyer can be stressful, follow these tips to make sure your next lawyer is the best person for your case.
What To Look For In A New Lawyer
Some of the most important characteristics that you should look for in a new attorney include:
- Knowledge and experience
- Consistent and reliable communication
- Plan of action to address your workers’ compensation claim
- Focus on an excellent attorney-client relationship
Good lawyers can evaluate the facts of your case and give you a pretty good outline of what will likely happen next in your case. If your potential lawyer cannot provide this information or gives you a wishy-washy answer, that is a sign that they are not familiar with workers’ compensation law, and that you may want to look elsewhere.
Where To Start Your Search
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 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 firm, you are more than just a file number—we know your name, your claim, and what to do to get you the compensation you deserve.
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