Thu 11 Mar, 2010 01:57 pm
I am waiting for some response from my lawyer and am wondering how long is considered appropriate. Been 3 years since accident i was in, was sent to see a specialist 1.5 yrs ago and my lawyer is still waiting for an opinion of legal/ medical causation from this guy. Specialist has asked for an extensive visit over a year ago, but i was never sent to do this by my law firm. I've pointed this out to my lawyer but with no response. It's been several months since our last email between lawyer and myself . I can't help but wonder if the law firm is afraid to make the investment of me seeing this specialist again or if they feel the guy is trying to milk as much money as he can before giving an opinion. In the meantime, i have been unable to drive for periods of time and have lost my job of ten years as a result. Starting to feel like small potatoes to this firm without this guys medical/legal opinion. I was told that the firm does not want to bother the specialist, but isn't a year and a half without him even seeing me a bit much, especially considering his wanting to see me again? Wanting to fire my lawyer, but i'm not the one with all the schooling behind me, any suggestions?
First, get the lawyer on the phone and see if you can get satisfactory answers to these questions. Email is helpful for documation; it is also very easy to set aside and become forgotten. It is also easy to deliberately ignore.
If you don't get satisfactory answers, go with your feelings. Legal education be damned. You don't have to be a professional butcher to recognize baloney. This is going to mean a new lawyer starting out essentially from zero, but you might have to go that route. Hopefully, your new lawyer can get the current guy's work product, but I don't know if that is a requirement.
Better than the phone - go to the lawyer's office if it is at all feasible (try to get an appointment first but even if you cannot, go anyway). Do not be denied. You need not be nasty about it but they have not done their duty by you -- they need to keep you informed of the progress of your case, even if the progress is "not much".
And they will hate it if you are sitting in their waiting room with potential clients and complaining (out loud) about the fact that the firm isn't giving you the time of day.
... Been 3 years since accident i was in,...
That's the legal limit for filing a claim - 3 years is statute of limitations. Forget everything else, call another lawyer or contact your local D.A. asap.
I think you should not waste your time here.Better you should change your lawyer.
To get the personal injury compensation is a hazardous process you should consider other organizations or lawyers for a second opinion.