Every year, dozens of New York drivers and passengers find themselves in need of assistance from an experienced New York car accident lawyer. Having never worked with a personal injury attorney before, however, they are often baffled as to where to begin the process—and they may end up hiring a lawyer who is wrong for them and their needs.
If your current lawyer is not communicating with you or is pursuing a strategy you’ve objected to, it may be time to find a new lawyer. Here’s what to do.
1.) Consider the state of your current case.
It is often easiest to change your lawyer before an insurance company makes an offer. In this situation, you may end up owing your first lawyer no money out of pocket; any fees they have accrued in your case can be handled by the first lawyer filing an “attorney’s lien” with your second lawyer, so that their fees are paid out of the attorney’s share of any settlement you eventually receive.
2.) Understand why you want to change lawyers.
Write down the reasons you want to switch attorneys. Common reasons that people seek a new lawyer include a lack of communication, no clear strategy, or a failure to explain the crucial next steps of your claim, including what you can do to help your own case.
The better you understand your reasons for switching lawyers, the easier it will be to choose a lawyer who does not suffer from the same problems.
3.) Do some research.
Talk to friends and colleagues, use the Internet, and scour similar tools to find experienced car accident lawyers in your area. When you talk to a potential attorney, explain your problems with the previous lawyer and ask how they will avoid those problems. Choose a lawyer who gives you a clear, detailed game plan for resolving your situation.
If you need a lawyer after a New York car accident or you want to work with a different lawyer, don’t hesitate to start seeking help. The sooner you find the lawyer you need, the easier it will be to build your case and pursue the compensation you deserve. Call Proner & Proner today at (212) 500-1003 or contact us via our online contact form to learn more.
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