Should You Switch Lawyers During a Workers Compensation Claim?

by James M. Hoffmann on Jul. 30, 2019

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: What if the lawyer doesn't seem to be a good fit for you. Your case isn't making any progress and you don't seem to be on the same page. Should you find a new lawyer?

A workplace injury can leave a deep mark on your life. Depending on the severity of it, you could potentially face months it even years of rehabilitation. Some injuries can result in working capacity or even total permanent disability, leaving the victim to struggle with doctor bills and recovery. Fortunately, under Missouri law you have a right to receive workers compensation and get the monetary aid needed to account for your medical treatment and lost wages.

It may seem like a straight-forward system, but in many cases in takes a while until the injured worker gathers enough evidence to prove that it is indeed his employer’s responsibility to pay the lost wages or medical bills. There are instances where it can be difficult to find enough evidence or witnesses to file a claim. It takes a good St. Louis workers compensation lawyer that can help you make sense the legal system.

But, what if the lawyer doesn't seem to be a good fit for you. Your case isn't making any progress and you don't seem to be on the same page. Should you find a new lawyer?


What Happens When Your Workers Comp Lawyer Is Not Doing His Job Properly?

If you're noticing a poor performance from your current lawyer, or if you're feeling that your interests are not represented well enough by them, then you're probably consider firing them and searching for a better attorney. Doing that in the middle of a time-sensitive case can be nerve-wracking, so here are some think you might want to consider first.


Is It Really the Lawyer’s Fault that the Case Isn’t Going Well?

This is a tough question to ask yourself. You might be biased enough to think it’s all the lawyer’s fault, but it is important to identify the correct cause why your case is dragging or not going so well. It might be unrelated to the lawyer.

However, if you notice that your lawyer doesn’t do much and is hard to reach, you might be right in trying to find someone else.


Do You Already Have Someone Who Is Willing to Take Your Case?

Even if you are right to fire your current lawyer, it is very important that you make sure you actually have a replacement first. Otherwise, you’ll be in the tough position of not having anyone to represent you. Interview a few experienced St. Louis workers comp lawyers. Having a safety net can make the difference from receiving workers comp or being left with no job and with no benefits. 


Call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 for a FREE and private consultation.


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