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  1. #1
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    Question Can I Change Lawyers

    I sighned papers that a lawyer sent to me in the mail they asked to not date the papers I sent them back spoke with them they said my case is going fine and they are putting my file on a 30 day hold and they would leave it there till then they then said they would contact me in 30 days to see how case is doing I had no problems up until now I guess my stupid question is this lawyer my lawyer? By signing papers they have not called me in 3 months? I now need some assistance but am not sure they will specialize in my new condition. Can I get a different lawyer if need be without costing me twice for a second lawyer. Come settlement time if there is a settlement? They have done nothing for me as of yet not even a follow up 3 months later.

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    Default Re: Lawyer

    Did you contact this atty first...?
    Why would you sign papers when you don't understand what you are siging?
    Contact the atty and find out what/why you signed....

    Attys don't do "follow up" with a client... what do you want this atty to do?
    Are you being denied benefits?

    There is one atty fee awarded by the court, regardless of how many attys take on your claim.
    It would behoove you to keep in contact with your atty office... even if only by email.

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    Default Re: Lawyer

    I knew by signing the papers I would be making this AA my AA but then they said your case is fine there is nothing I can do for you no sense in getting me involved right now I agreed no need To ruffle feathers but it was confusing to me for them to say I will not do anything right now we will see in 30 days what your case is like. After I had sighned the papers didn't know if this normal but I guess I answered my own question they are my lawyer by the papers I've sighned now I will call him and have him try to get my pt for crps reinstated. Thank you for your quick reply

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    And yes I spoke with him in depth about my case before signing papers but it was a tendoitis simple cut and dry case now not so much with crps

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    Default Re: Lawyer

    Attys don't have anything to do with getting treatment authorized.. that is your Dr responsibility.
    attys handle disputed issues, and go to court for you to resolve those issues. Attys opinion on medical care means absolutely nothing.
    Just like your Dr opinion on legal matters in your claim...mean absolutely nothing.

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    Default Re: Lawyer

    IT is up to the client to keep the lawyer informed about what is going on. Anytime you have a new development in your claim, you need to let your lawyer know. Many lawyers will have you talking to a paralegal or other assistant in their office, and that is ok, as he or she will let the lawyer know.

    So I would advise you to call the lawyer and let the lawyer or his staff person know everything new that has happened on your end since you signed up. If you need something, let them know. They are not likely call you to find out if there is anything new going on, because as the client you have some responsibility to update the lawyer about your situation. And law firms don't have the time or resources to call all their clients up all the time fishing for new info. Most of those calls are wastes of time for the law office because there is no new info to be shared in the vast majority of cases. Therefore it is your duty to call the lawyer and share the new information.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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