Florence, AL asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Alabama

Q: Can I fire my lawyer and negotiate on my own ?

I was in a car accident where the other party admitted fault ( I was rear ended at a high speed ).

I hired a lawyer but he is not trustworthy, doesn't respond to my questions in a nice way, and hides all my medical bills from me. He acts like I am stupid for asking questions about my case. I'm done with him.

So I have significant injuries and so does my passenger..we both hired the same lawyer. He doesn't deserve 30 percent of what I settle for and I refuse to give it to him. At this point I have estimated we have roughly over 10k in medical bills , but he has not sent them to me. He will not let us chose our own doctor. And the doctors are phony, they have no idea what they are doing. I am in a lot of pain with my arm and they do not seem to care.

How can I fire my lawyer and send my own demand letter to the car insurance company? Also, since we were both injured in the same wreck , do we need two separate demand letters or one?

2 Lawyer Answers
Hunter Garnett
Hunter Garnett
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Licensed in Alabama

A: You’re entitled to terminate your lawyer at any time. However, the lawyer will likely be entitled to a lien for his attorney’s fee.

You can negotiate your own settlement. However, your healthcare providers and/or health insurer have a right to be paid back out of your settlement funds. In fact, the auto insurance companies likely won’t settle your case unless they’re permitted to pay your medical providers and health insurer directly. You can negotiate with the medical providers and health insurers yourself as well.

Lastly, if you have underinsured motorist coverage then there is a process for making a no fault claim on your own auto insurance. This process can be tricky.

It is typically best to have a lawyer who handles these processes for you. You are entitled to change lawyers at any time if you’re unhappy with your current representation.

Tim Akpinar and Mitchell G. Lattof Jr agree with this answer

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Clients can always dismiss their attorneys, and vice versa. However, as my colleague points out, there could be grounds for a lien, depending on the amount of work performed by an outgoing attorney. Good luck

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