15 reasons why a personal injury lawyer may drop your caseA personal injury attorney can drop their client’s case for any of the following reasons:
- The lawyer lacks the necessary competence or legal skills to continue representing the client.
- The client violates the terms of the contingency fee agreement.
- The lawyer has a conflict of interest.
- The client and lawyer cannot agree on a legal strategy or course of action.
- The attorney cannot continue working on the case without violating the rules of ethical and professional conduct.
- The client has been acting fraudulently.
- There has been an irreconcilable breakdown in the attorney-client relationship.
- The client is refusing to pay the lawyer for their services.
- The lawyer has a reasonable belief that their client has used or is planning to use their legal services to perpetrate a crime or fraud.
- The client is refusing to follow the lawyer’s legal advice.
- The attorney has learned that the severity of the client’s injury or the amount of damages is too insignificant to continue the representation.
- The client is ignoring their attorney.
- The client insists on pursuing something trivial or frivolous for the case.
- The lawyer becomes a key witness on a contested issue in the personal injury case.
- The client decides to fire their lawyer or terminate the attorney-client relationship.
Can a lawyer withdraw from your case in the middle of litigation?Yes, your lawyer can also withdraw from your personal injury case in the middle of litigation, but doing so is more complicated than dropping a case before it goes to court. If your personal injury lawyer wishes to quit in the middle of a civil lawsuit, they are required to obtain the court’s permission before the withdrawal. The court will review the reasons for the withdrawal before allowing the lawyer to terminate the attorney-client relationship and cease representation. Generally, a lawyer’s withdrawal in the middle of litigation is either “mandatory” or “voluntary.”
Can you hire another personal injury attorney after a lawyer dropped your case?While you may be able to find another personal injury attorney who would accept your case and continue representing you, it’s important to understand why your lawyer dropped your case in the first place. Typically, a lawyer will explain to their client the reasons for dropping their case. For example, if your case was dropped because you engaged in fraudulent, unethical, or illegal conduct, your attempts to find another lawyer who will agree to take your case may be futile. On the other hand, if your lawyer dropped your case due to a conflict of interest, because they were not competent enough to continue the representation, or for any other reason beyond your control, you can – and should – hire another personal injury attorney.
How can our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys help you?If a lawyer dropped your case, but you wish to keep pursuing your claim, contact our attorneys at Fetterman & Associates, P.A., to discuss your situation. The best thing you can do is schedule a free consultation with our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys and learn how we can help you. During a free consultation with our lawyers, we will:
- Explain to you why your lawyer may have dropped your case;
- Determine whether you can sue your previous lawyer for malpractice or breach of contract;
- Review the details of your personal injury claim;
- Give you an unbiased opinion regarding the possible outcome of your case;
- Determine whether it makes sense to continue pursuing your claim; and
- Offer you our own legal strategy for winning your claim.