The simple answer is yes you can hire a new lawyer. However, before you do that, you should make an appointment with your present attorney and discuss the concerns that you have. There may be a simple answer as to why there is a delay. Some cases take longer than others due to the nature of the injuries or who the insurance company or attorney is on the defense. If you are still not satisfied that he/she is the right lawyer for you, make a change. Be sure to ask any new lawyer if they...
There is no set time for the defendant/insurance company to offer to settle a case. They do not have to settle at all and can require that you try the case. Based on your injuries and the medical bills, you should make sure that your lawyer is prepared to try the case if the defendant/insurance company does not make a fair offer to settle your case (Which they rarely do).
You may have two separate claims. The first claim is against your employer under workers' compensation. The second would be against the owner of the building for its/their negligence in failing to properly warn of the problem and fix it. You should contact a personal injury attorney who is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney.
Was the DUI dropped after you lawyer received discovery from the State, went to court on your behalf and spoke with the prosecutor and argued why the matter should be dismissed? If so then no, the lawyer earned his fee by getting the matter dismissed. If it was dismissed before the lawyer did anything then that is a different matter. What happened to the other ticket(s) you received with the DUI?
The fact that your license is restored before the court date is not a defense to the charge. Most judges and prosecutors take driving while suspended for a DUI very seriously that is why the penalties include mandatory jail. Assuming it was a first offense DUI and this is the first and only driving while suspended and the officer will come into court and tell the prosecutor he wants to help you out, you might get a break. I agree with the lawyer you spoke to.
It is unclear from your question whether this is a second offense or third or subsequent. The penalties for a second offense are 48 hours to 90 days jail not 6 months. Jail is mandatory for a third or subsequent, 90 days of which can be served through an in-patient treatment center. The answer may be different if there was an accident with injuries or based on the number of years between offenses. Bottom line, you need to take her car away before she kills someone or herself.
Yes there is automatic jail if she is found guilty of the offense. The length of time is between 10-90 days for a first offense. These are serious offenses. However, there may be defenses available to her and she should definitely be represented by counsel for this matter. There are other penalties and issues raised by your question that can be answered by retained counsel.
The first thing you need to do is post bail so the court will recall the warrant and schedule court on your matter. Next you need to contact an attorney to help you with this matter. These are serious charges and the penalties are significant. You mention not wanting to "deal with jail and community service." The likelihood is that with a good attorney you will not have any jail time. You do not say what your BAC was and whether you are charged with DUI and underage DUI or just underage....
Unfortunately, it is the insurance coverage you had on the date of the accident that governs, not the date of the lawsuit. Increasing your insurance limits now will not have any impact your coverage for the accident which will be limited to the $100,000.00.
There are too many factors to give you a specific answer. As the others have mentioned, the carrier, injuries and whether you are subject to any threshold all effect how long it takes. Call your lawyer and ask him for a status update.