If you have been in a car collision in Coral Gables and have retained the services of an attorney, you are likely interested in pursuing fair compensation. Ideally, you have chosen well and you are happy with your legal representation. But what can you do if you’re not pleased with the attorney representing you in your Coral Gables claim?
In most cases, you do have the right to switch attorneys. Plaintiffs may take this step when they cannot get their attorney to return emails or calls or when they have a difference of opinion about the direction of the case. Some plaintiffs switch attorneys because they have concerns about the strategy an attorney is using or because they are not happy with where their claim is going (or isn’t going).
Can You Switch Your Coral Gables Car Collision Attorney?
In general, it is easier to switch before your claim is filed. Once it is filed, you will need to follow the correct process with the courts. In some cases, depending on how far your claim has proceeded, the courts may prevent you from switching attorneys because doing so would cause delays.
In general, switching can be as simple as finding an attorney you do want to represent you and having them help you with any process or paperwork which needs to be filed.
Before You Switch
Before you make a change to your Coral Gables car accident claim by changing attorneys, you may wish to:
- Consider what you stand to gain: Consider what didn’t work with your first attorney relationship. Is it reasonable to expect a different outcome with a new attorney? Would making a change really help your case?
- Understand what you’re looking for: Make a list of what you are looking for from your legal representation so you can share this information with your new attorney. Knowing what you are looking for, specifically, from legal representation helps you have good conversations about expectations.
- Understand the costs and risks: Do you understand how legal costs and your contingency fee arrangement (if you have one) may change with a new attorney? What do you stand to gain? What could go wrong? Weigh the pros and cons and make sure you understand what might not work.
- Talk to an attorney: Before you switch, talk to a few new potential attorneys. Discuss what hasn’t worked and ask them about their approaches. Look for someone with experience in cases similar to yours and someone you feel comfortable with. Do your due diligence and check reviews, past settlements, experience, and education of any attorneys you are considering. A good attorney is happy to share information about their experience and qualifications.
Are you looking for an experienced attorney? Contact Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free, no obligation consultation. Our legal team has more than 60 years of combined experience and Charles Flaxman of our team is one of fewer than 1% of attorneys who is part of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum— a prestigious organization only for attorneys who have secured million dollar and multi-million dollar settlements.