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Can I fire my lawyer or contact insurance carrier if he refuses? - fedupagain - 01-09-2013

HI everyone. I'm here in NY for thoughts, ideas and suggestions. I have made it through the frustrating and degrading workmen compensation process due to a permanent work related injury. My lawyer contacted me about 6 weeks ago to inform me that he was offered a settement by the insurance carrier on my case. I informed him to take it and let's get the offer for me to sign. I have tried to have him call me back for the last 6 weeks, but no response. Today, I spoke to his partner who informed me that he sent back a counter offer for 50,000 more. My agency is self employed and they do not have large sums of money to play with or give to me. I left several messages for my lawyer that it is NOT in my best interest to counter and agree to the original sum that was offered to me. WHat can I legally do? He is NOT returning phone calls or faxes. Can I contact the insurance carrier and move forward with them and still just give him his percent? Is there anything I can do? Thank you


RE: Can I fire my lawyer or contact insurance carrier if he refuses? - 1171 - 01-09-2013

the partner should have explained the process.
contact the state bar and file a complaint.
http://www.nysba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Public_Resources&ContentID=40748&template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm
contact other attys
choose one.
the new atty will file the necessary paperwork.



RE: Can I fire my lawyer or contact insurance carrier if he refuses? - nomeds - 01-09-2013

do not fire him !! unless you want to go through all of it again I would stay with him. also, you are not allowed to contact anyone involved with your case because you are already being represented by an attorney. if you can afford to, sit back and relax. it seems your lawyer is either wanting more money for himself, or he really is looking out for you by asking for more. I went through this crap already and watch out for the medical after you settle. make sure you are covered...


RE: Can I fire my lawyer or contact insurance carrier if he refuses? - nomeds - 01-09-2013

do not fire him !! unless you want to go through all of it again I would stay with him. also, you are not allowed to contact anyone involved with your case because you are already being represented by an attorney. if you can afford to, sit back and relax. it seems your lawyer is either wanting more money for himself, or he really is looking out for you by asking for more. I went through this crap already and watch out for the medical after you settle. make sure you are covered...