Pqme 3 Weeks ago.
I was told the Pqme report would take 45 working days and at that point thats when I could speak with lawyer. I feel like I have no one to speak to about my case. No money and stressed.
You can always switch lawyers. However, your former lawyer is able to file a lien in your workers' compensation case to attempt to collect any portion of the fee that is ultimately awarded. The overall fee will be the same, but will be divided between the old lawyer and the new lawyer, usually based on time spent and/or results obtained. Often times this discourages a new lawyer from take over a case from another lawyer, since s/he likely won't get paid as much as if he had the case from the outset.
You can change attorney at any point in a case provided that you can find one that is willing to step in. Most attorneys are willing to do so provided that it is early enough in the case and the case has sufficient merit (value) to do so. If you have not yet spoken to your own attorney, this is unusual and not a good situation. I recommend that you make a specific appointment to meet with your attorney, not his secretary, paralegal or assistant. Write your questions down. Ask them to have copies of the important documents in your file, like medical reports, pleadings and correspondence ready for you. (you should have much of this already).
Your question does not have enough information so I will make a couple of general comments. If you re not receiving Temporary Disability benefits from the workers' compensation carrier, why haven't you applied for State Disability Indemnity? This is stuff you and your attorney should already have talked about and taken steps to get moving. Perhaps you have already received the maximum of 104 weeks of TD. Perhaps you have not paid enough in to collect SDI.
All of this has to be sorted out with your attorney. If you decide you want to change, find a good one here at AVVO or at www.caaa.org, the organization for attorneys that represent injured workers. Or, you can call me for a free consultation at (310)477-8800.
The information given is generic and does not constitute legal advice, which would only be given after a complete review of the specific facts of your case.
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