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Can I Fire My Lawyer?2 minute read

It may be really tempting to think that rather than do your homework before hiring a lawyer you’ll just take a chance that the lawyer promising he can make you rich really can. After all, if it doesn’t work out, you’ll just fire him and hire someone else.

It’s typically a little more complicated than that. Can you terminate your lawyer in Georgia? Yes you can, but he may have already done things that affect the ability of the next lawyer you hire to recover what she thinks the case should be worth. Here are some examples of what I’ve seen when people called me after firing their original lawyer.

Rather than the client seeing a doctor of her own choosing, the lawyer sends the client to a chiropractor or doctor who runs up a big bill but has not thoroughly diagnosed the client or effectively treated her injuries. It is very important to get good medical treatment from the start of your case. You may have been having symptoms of some serious injury, but if those symptoms haven’t been properly treated and documented, it can be very difficult to prove that the injury was caused by your accident.

Also, many times the first lawyer has already been negotiating settlement the case with the insurer and offered to settle the case for less than I think it is worth. Have you ever heard the saying “You can’t un-ring a bell.”? When your lawyer starts talking dollars and cents to an insurer, he’s rung a bell. It’s very difficult for me to ever get an insurer to voluntarily pay more than a previous lawyer offered on a case. It’s very frustrating to review a case that I feel certain could have been settled with the insurer for considerably more than the previous lawyer offered. While that may can be fixed by going to trial, filing suit and going to trial in a personal injury case in Georgia involves risk, usually several thousand dollars in expenses, and a lot of stress on the client.

Finally, changing lawyers mid stream can give the insurance company the impression that there is something wrong with a client’s case. This is true even if it’s the lawyer who is the problem.

There is no reason to rush into hiring a lawyer. Don’t hire a lawyer on impulse because he has a flashy personal injury ad or makes big promises to get you a wallet full of money for your injury. Do your homework. In my final article in this series , I’ll discuss what sort of homework you should do.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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