If you are going through a personal injury lawsuit but you think that your attorney is not doing a good job of representing you, it's natural to consider firing him. But, can you? The simple answer is that yes, you can fire your personal injury attorney any time you feel like they are not doing their job properly. However, there are several considerations that need to be made before you can make this decision since the fee payment structure and other things in case of attorneys are slightly different.
Whether you are in Los Angeles, San Francisco or in any other part of California, the first thing you need before you can fire your personal injury attorney is a valid reason for doing so. You cannot simply fire your attorney because they weren't answering your calls. Since all attorneys handle more than one case at a time, it is natural for them to be busy with other cases. The only valid reason you have to change your attorney is that they are not representing you in the best possible way, or they are found committing illegal activities.
Another thing you should keep in mind when you are considering firing your personal injury lawyer is that they have a legal right to claim their payment for the time and effort they have previously invested in your case. You will be obligated to pay the lawyer you are firing their hourly charges for the time they have already spent on your case. You will also have to consider whether the new attorney would be willing to take up your case at half the payment of what is usually expected out of a case they take up.
Usually, changing lawyers in the middle of the case can cost you slightly higher than the usual charges you'd be paying for your case. However, the main reason why it is better to stick to your first personal injury lawyer throughout the case is because legal cases are complicated and there are several critical points in a case that your lawyer is aware of right from the start. Changing your lawyer halfway through the case would require you to brief the new attorney comprehensively so that no information related to your case is left out. If you think, however, that changing a personal injury lawyer is in your best interests, you can definitely go for it.
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