What to Do If My Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Ignores Me?

BY: Koszdin | Saturday, December 29, 2018.

The fact that your workers’ comp attorney is not responding to your calls and emails is outrageous, unless he/she has legitimate reasons for the delay in response…

In some cases, communication issues with your workers’ compensation lawyer can be resolved, while in other cases, it might be a good idea to fire your attorney. You know what they say, “There is plenty of fish in the sea.”

There isn’t some kind of shortage of Los Angeles workers compensation lawyers in California, so do not worry. We are going to help you arrive at a conclusion of what to do next if your workers’ comp attorney is not responding to your phone calls and emails, or otherwise ignores you.

Find out why your Los Angeles workers’ comp attorney isn’t responding

First and foremost, what if there is some legitimate reason for the lack of communication between you and your lawyer? What if your workers’ comp attorney is busy with another case? What if he/she is on vacation? What if it’s the holiday season (in case you’ve missed)? What if your lawyer has been in some kind of an accident? Or what if he/she is in the middle of a marathon?

Our workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry advises you to think twice before banging on your attorney’s office door and demanding an explanation in a hostile and aggressive manner. More often than not, lawyers do not get in touch with their clients too often unless there have been some developments in their case or they are in the middle of a critical stage in their workers’ comp case.

Workers’ comp cases can take months or even years to settle or litigate, which is why it is understandable why your Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney does not feel the urge to get in touch with you or respond to your emails and calls every single day or hour.

You have to understand that more often than not, workers’ comp lawyers in California have absolutely no control over many stages of a workers’ compensation case. In fact, it may take a few weeks or even months to get your hearing, deposition, or independent medical examination on schedule. Before you have a scheduled date for your case, you can only imagine that it isn’t much you and your lawyer can discuss in the meantime.

When it’s time to fire your workers’ comp lawyer

However, in no way does it mean that your workers’ comp lawyer can keep you in the dark about your case or ignore your questions about your case. If you have not received a single response after multiple efforts to get in touch with your attorney (via email, phone calls, or any other means), you may want to consider hiring another lawyer.

Lawyers have an ethical duty to keep their clients informed about their cases. If your workers’ compensation attorney in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California has not been returning your calls or responding to your emails for a few days or weeks, it’s time to start thinking about getting a new workers’ comp attorney onboard.

However, you need to understand that both the unresponsive and new lawyer will probably have to share attorney fees for your workers’ comp case, which, in turn, is not exactly an affordable option. If your current lawyer ignores you, you may want to schedule a free consultation with our Los Angeles workers compensation lawyer at Koszdin, Fields & Sherry. Call our offices at 818-812-5639 or 800-747-3447.

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