Can I Switch Attorneys in the Middle of a Personal Injury Case?


There are a number of reasons why you might want to change attorneys, particularly in a personal injury lawsuit. For such a case, your lawyer needs to work closely with you. There may be issues with this attorney’s style of work.

Why Would You Switch Attorneys In The Middle Of A Case?

It could be that the current lawyers are making mistakes. The paperwork may be full of typos or wrong information. They may be missing deadlines, or requesting extensions on deadlines without a particularly relevant reason.

It may be the case that you have difficulty reaching your attorney. You may be calling, emailing, or mailing letters without hearing or seeing a reply. If an attorney is difficult to reach, or slow to answer questions, it could make for a very difficult situation.

Perhaps your personalities clash. This may be nobody’s fault – merely a question of differing styles and approaches. If your current attorneys make you uncomfortable or offend you, it may be worth the time and expense of switching attorneys.

You certainly can switch to a new legal team. An important fact to bear in mind, though, is that you will need to pay your current attorneys for their out-of-pocket costs before you switch over. That payment, for the work they have already completed, will need to come directly from you, rather than from the settlement of the case. Since the case is incomplete, there is no guarantee with you will eventually win, so you may simply be held responsible for those expenses and legal bills. If it is worth it to you to have new representation, then it may well be worth the costs.  You also may have to pay your former attorney a portion of your settlement to compensate him or her for her work on your case.  Generally speaking if an offer has been made before you terminate your relationship, that attorney has a claim under quantum meruit, to the agreed upon fee on that offer.

If you are in need of assistance with your personal injury case, contact our Cincinnati based law firm today.