Unfortunately, this is what happens when you hire one of these large firms to handle your case--you're nothing but another settlement check to them. However, with that said, they are still your attorneys, and you should not be contacting the other insurance company behind their backs. You can always fire them (as well), and do it on your own (even though I would strongly advise against deal with any insurance company on your own). Just keep in mind that they will likely place a lien on your case in order to collect reasonable attorney fees for the work they have done on your case to date. Best of luck to you.
Very sorry to learn of your predicament and unfortunate dealings with attorney. Don't represent yourself. Ask those you trust and respect for recommendations; best way. Your attorney does have a lien for services rendered. Good luck.
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Demand a sit-down with your lawyer. If you're still unhappy, I'm sure you can find another one to help you. But don't try to settle it out from under them. That will only cause you more headaches
You have posted your question in a good place. There will be responses from lawyers in your area. I recommend that you meet with a new lawyer - someone you feel comfortable with. I am hoping that a lawyer from the Sacramento area will respond and get you on your way.
Schedule an appointment to meet with the lawyer, and if he/she doesn't return your call, you can send a termination letter, and retain a new one that will.
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One of the biggest complaints clients have about their own lawyers is lack of return calls and updates - i.e. "communication." A very strange thing considering we are supposed to be expert communicators... we usually enjoy talking and getting attention. Assuming a client is not being too pushy - as in calling every morning and evening for an update - he or she should expect a call back from the lawyer or at least a legal assistant (if the lawyer is out of town) within twenty four hours.
If a situation gets to the point where a client is fuming, the case is going to crap, and the defendant or its insurance company is calling the client directly because the lawyer has gone AWOL, it is probably time to send the lawyer a certified letter outlining the issues/complaints and demanding the file - all records - and... and this is the one that all of us lawyers really hate, so don't kill the messenger, counselors... a note at the end of the letter that says the next letter gets CC'd to the California State Bar.
If a case is really good, and there is enough money at stake, another lawyer may come on board... however, many of us don't like taking over the cooking of the stew when the first chef overseasoned it. The case could be beyond repair. There could be liens on the case from the previous attorney or the hack medical care providers he or she hired.
None-the-less, there are attorneys who will take cases midstream. Fortunately, many of us offer free consultations, so calling us should not be feared.
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You can settle, however, if you have an attorney they likely have a lien, and the opposing side isn't really supposed to contact you directly. I would find an attorney that you trust to handle your case and let them do their job. Best of luck.
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