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How To Change Your Personal Injury Lawyer In New York

Can I Change My Personal Injury Lawyer In New York?

Yes. You can change to a new personal injury lawyer in New York at any time, for any reason, and as many times as you want without any extra cost to you.

TIP: Get a free consultation with another personal injury lawyer for a second opinion before you fire your current personal injury lawyer.

Be aware that although you are allowed to change your personal injury attorney, you may not be able to find another personal injury lawyer willing to take your accident case. That’s why you should get a second opinion before you fire your current personal injury lawyer.

If you already changed your personal injury lawyer and are trying to change your personal injury lawyer again to a 3rd lawyer, it may be more difficult unless you have a very valuable personal injury case.

Note: You should get a second opinion if you went to a personal injury lawyer who did not want your case or after taking your case your personal injury lawyer no longer wants to represent you.

We have represented many personal injury clients who were turned down by other personal injury lawyers. We settled a car accident case for $750,000 for a client in the Bronx who had back pain and went to a lawyer who didn’t want the case until she got some medical treatment. If that lawyer took her case, she probably wouldn’t have been happy with him and he probably would have settled it for $15,000.

Can I Get A Second Opinion From A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Yes. People frequently get a second opinion from another doctor. It’s the same with lawyers and personal injury lawyers don’t charge a fee for a consultation or even a second opinion!

You Think You Hired The Wrong New York Personal Injury Lawyer

Often you liked the personal injury lawyer when you signed the retainer but afterward, the lawyer doesn’t seem interested in you or your case and the lawyer won’t communicate with you anymore.

Most common reasons people change their personal injury lawyer:

  • My lawyer doesn’t return phone calls, emails or texts and I cannot get to speak with my lawyer.
  • I only get to speak to my lawyer’s secretary.
  • I can’t find out what’s going on with my case.
  • I’m not getting my No-Fault disability checks and my lawyer isn’t helping.
  • I get the feeling that I am bothering my lawyer.
  • My lawyer actually said, “I’m too busy to handle your case”.
  • My lawyer seems rude.
  • My lawyer wants me to settle my case for too little.
  • My lawyer doesn’t want to take my case to trial.
  • My lawyer doesn’t seem interested in my case.
  • My lawyer doesn’t seem to know me or my case when I call.
  • My lawyer doesn’t want to represent me anymore.

We recently became the second law firm for a client because he was unhappy that Cellino & Barnes wanted him to settle his accident case for $25,000. We settled his case for the entire $100,000 insurance policy.

Will It Cost Me Any More Money To Change My Personal Injury Lawyer?

No. Your legal fee will remain the same at 1/3 of what the personal injury lawyer gets you, no matter how many times you change your personal injury lawyer.

We will work out with your previous lawyer how much of the 1/3 legal fee will be paid by us to your previous personal injury lawyer.

Will Changing Lawyers Hurt Or Delay My Personal Injury Case?

No. In fact, if you’re reading this, you are probably unhappy with your current lawyer and it’s probably for a good reason. Another lawyer will probably be able to get you more money and maybe even quicker.

Do I have To Call My Personal Injury Lawyer To Change Lawyers?

No. Your new personal injury lawyer will contact your previous personal injury lawyer to arrange to transfer your file.

How Do I Change My Personal Injury Lawyer In New York?

Just call us or give your name and number to the operator in the chat window for a free second opinion with no pressure. If you sign a retainer with us, we will contact your personal injury lawyer and arrange everything. You won’t have to speak with your lawyer or do anything.

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Why Does My Lawyer Want Me to Pay Money?

Should I pay money to my lawyer if I have an accident in New York? No. Your personal injury lawyer should never ask you for money!

Personal injury lawyer asking for money

“I just had an accident and called a lawyer. I signed some papers and now my personal injury lawyer is asking me for money. Do I need to pay money?”

That is the question we were asked by a new client who had a broken hip in a motorcycle accident in the Bronx.

He went to see an accident lawyer but the lawyer wanted money upfront for medical records and a medical report. This isn’t the first time someone told us that an accident lawyer wanted money up front!

The injury lawyer also told him that he would have to stay out of work for three months! He was lucky that a friend told him to call us.

We told him that we would never charge him any money unless we settle his case and it would be paid out of his settlement money. We also told him that we did not care if he went back to work.

When Should My Lawyer Charge Me for Case Expenses?

We will never ask you to pay money for anything either up front or during your case. We will deduct the expenses for your accident case at the end of your case from your settlement money.

New York personal injury lawyers are required, as of April 1, 2014, by the Appellate Divisions of the New York State Supreme Court to include two options in the retainer regarding your payment of case expenses.

One option requires the personal injury lawyer to pay in advance and be responsible for all case expenses in the event the case is lost.

The other option allows you to pay the case expenses in advance. If you choose to pay the case expenses in advance, you will lose your money in the event your case is lost or your lawyer no longer wants to represent you for your accident and you cannot find another lawyer.

Why would you want to advance the expenses for your accident case? Because if you choose to pay the case expenses in advance, your legal fee will be lowered by 1/3 of the amount of your expenses.

Example of the two options, if your case settles for $100,000 and expenses are $1,000

If your lawyer pays the case expenses in advance:
$100,000.00      Total settlement
-$33,333.33 33 1/3 legal fee
-$1,000.00         Expenses (paid back at end of case)
$65,666.67        Amount to you (no income tax on money for pain-and-suffering)

If you pay the case expenses in advance:
$100,000.00      Total settlement
-$1,000.00         Expenses paid back at end of case
-$33,000.00       1/3 legal fee
$66,000.00        Amount to you (no income tax on money for pain-and-suffering)

We have not had any clients who wanted to advance case expenses and we prefer to advance the case expenses because it makes it much easier for us.

Why Would My Accident Lawyer Ask Me for Money?

If your accident lawyer is asking for any money up front or during the case, it either means:

  1. The lawyer doesn’t have confidence in your case or
  2. The lawyer has money problems.

Why Shouldn’t I pay Money to My Accident Lawyer?

  1. If your personal injury lawyer doesn’t have confidence in your case, you could lose your money if you pay up front.
  2. If your personal injury attorney is asking you for money now, it’s highly likely that your attorney will ask you for money later again during your case! What will you do when you’re a lawyer calls you 8 months from now and asks you to pay $1,500 for a doctor’s report?

Do not pay money to an injury attorney

If you are injured in an accident, your personal injury lawyer should never ask you for any money!

We charge a 1/3 legal fee which is also paid at the end of your case and only if we are successful.

See our SIMPLE FEE GUARANTEE and easy to read but detailed article about how much it costs to hire a personal injury attorney and the difference between other accident attorneys and us.

See what is included in our legal fee and what expenses we do not charge you.

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