I hired a workers compensation a year and a half ago. I don't think the firm did much. That attorney left the firm and my case was assigned to another lawyer. I met with him and he struck me as grossly incompetent, unable to provide answers to some very basic questions. I need a competent lawyer. He served a lien with my employer. What is the old attorney entitled to as far as compensation? If he was the attorney I initially met, I never would have hired him.
What he's entitled to will depend on what he did to further your case. For example, if he filed a Petition for Benefits (PFB) and the carrier denied the benefits or failed to provide them in a timely manner, then he would be entitled to a fee from the carrier. If your accident happened on or after 7/1/09, then his fee will be tied to the amount the carrier spent on the benefit(s) he secured. He might also be entitled to a fee from you. If, for example, he secured an offer to settle that you decided not to accept, some take the position that he'd be entitled to a fee based on the amount of that offer. These are not the only possible ways that the lien could have value. Also, don't forget that, if the contract you signed when you hired the attorney mentions costs expended by the attorney on your behalf, the lien will almost certainly extend to require you to repay those costs. In short, sometimes changing attorneys can prove costly. In most cases, though, if you don't believe that the attorney is doing the best job for you, the cost of switching is justified by the peace of mind that you now have someone advocating for your best interests. So, at this point, if you don't have confidence in your current lawyer, you should set up a free consultation with an experienced attorney in your area and get a different perspective on your case. If you need help finding someone for a consultation in your area, please e-mail me, and I will send you some names.
They could get an amount of the final attorneys fees. It depends on the amount of time they had into the case and what they did.
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The amount of the prior attorney's lien is subject to many factors and cannot be answered based on this description. HIre a new attorney and let the new attorney figure it out.
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