My attorney dropped my Personal Injury or Car Accident case, what should I do?
An attorney may decide to no longer pursue your case for a variety of reasons. Paramount among these tend to be: aversion to litigation; inability to see a path to victory due to case problems; and concerns about the cost benefit of time and money spent on the case. But you still have options.
Do not speak with the insurance companyThis can sometimes be a fatal flaw that we see time and time again. Often times when a prior attorney drops a case, either the client or the insurance adjuster will initiate contact to discuss what happened. This is ALWAYS terrible for the client as the insurance company may be unaware of the difficulties with your case at that point and any statements by you will be utilized for finding ways to otherwise deny payment
Immediately seek out a new attorneyDo not get discouraged. As stated, there are numerous reasons an attorney may drop a case and you may still have an actionable claim. After your case has been dropped, many attorneys will be unwilling to take your case for the sole fact that another attorney dropped it. What may not be a right fit for one attorney, may fit for another. Additionally, many firms only take very straight forward cases without difficult issues to overcome. At Kent Law the vast majority of the cases we take and win were previously dropped or turned down by other attorneys and frequently the client has contacted three or four firms prior to us who've all turned down the case. Keep looking.
Do it quicklyThere are various time frames for each case that must be complied with. The moment your case is dropped you should immediately begin seeking new counsel to protect your claim. To aid in making your consultations as effective as possible, it is best to bring your entire case file with you. Should your case file not yet be available, still meet with the new prospective attorney as soon as possible and bring any and all documentation you have. DO NOT WAIT!