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Don’t Rush Into Firing Your Lawyer

[featured_image]I’ve had lots of calls recently from people who already have a lawyer representing them in their Georgia personal injury case but are not happy with that lawyer and want to change. I tell these folks that since they are currently represented it is not appropriate for me to give advice concerning their case, but I do tell them generally my thoughts about changing lawyers.

  • I’m not in favor of firing your lawyer without a very good reason.  Sometimes, there are good reason to fire your lawyer.  However, it is not typically a good reason to fire your lawyer if you just do not like your lawyer’s opinion about the value of your case when your lawyer explains it to you.  On the other hand, it could be a good reason if your lawyer can’t or won’t explain to you how she arrived at that value.
  • Like everyone, lawyers only have so many hours in a day. Your lawyer may not get things done as quickly as you like, but if he or she is working on your case, be patient. While it’s certainly alright to inquire what work is being done, be reasonable in the number of times you call. If every client called us every day for an update, we would never get anything done.
  • Don’t fire your lawyer until you are sure that is the right decision. You may not find another lawyer who will take the case. I think the better course of action is to tell your current lawyer that you are not happy and that you want a copy of your file so you can get another opinion about whether what your lawyer is telling you is the best course.
  • Before you fire your lawyer, I believe it is very important to ask for a face to face meeting to discuss your dissatisfaction.  If you can’t get a face to face meeting, that may also be a sign you need to change.

While firing your lawyer may be what you need to do, it is very important not to make a rash decision. For one thing, there are downsides to firing your lawyer.  If you do decide to fire your lawyer (or if you have not hired one yet), the key to getting a good lawyer is doing your homework.

 

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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