I have no idea what you are talking about. The Attorney cannot leave your Workers' Compensation case without your permission or the Judge's permission. If he does, you will probably be given a chance to find another Attorney.
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Any attorney that is in that situation would advise the client that he may have aconflict that would prevent him from continuing to be the attorney of record. I would ask him for an explanation and would see what other calif attorneys here think but if an attorney has a conflict this is what must be done
I don't know what it means to "disclaim" a case. A lawyer cannot withdraw from a case without either you signing him off or a judge signing him off. He cannot simply walk away from you.
Don't cut off your nose to spite your face. it takes time to settle a case. If the $5,000 was a good deal then, it's probably still a good deal now. If you'd signed the paperwork when offered, you'd probably have your money by now. Instead, you have nothing but headaches.
I can't see how the insurance company is sueing you for $6,000.00. In 33 years, I've never seen that.
When your attorney shows up at court for the trial and asks the judge to be let out of the case, you can agree or not. The judge can let him out or not. If he's out, the judge will probably give you some time to find another attorney but remember, you've already got a black mark against you over this fiasco. On the chance that your attorney gets out, you may want to spend the next three days looking for your new attorney.