This is a video in our LawTok series: Straight Talk with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Hey folks, Rob Morrin with Morrin Law Office here. I’m getting the question all the time: Will it cost more if I switch personal injury attorneys?
Some attorneys want you to make the decision as fast as you can, without doing your research. Some of these big firms, “Hire us. We’ve got armies of attorneys. We’re ready for you.” Great, great. But why don’t you do your research first and see if people are actually satisfied with the representation before you hire somebody, because sometimes it does cost you more to switch attorneys.
Now, I had this one case come in, it was a client who had some questions about his current representation. He had another attorney in Lexington, Kentucky with one of those big firms. And he said, “They’re saying all I can get is $12,500. I cannot work the same. I cannot do as much as I used to be able to do.”
I actually had some communications with this attorney in Lexington, with one of these big firms. And he swore to me, “You will not be able to get more than $12,500 for this client.” I said, “Watch me.” And what I said was, “If I do, you’re going to waive your attorney lien.”
So what an attorney can do if they represent you for a time with personal injury, is they can put an attorney lien and say, “Hey, we put this much work into your case. We’re owed payment.” He agreed. He said, “If you can get more, I’ll waive my attorney lien.” We got that client $45,000. I sent him an email, said, “I expect you to waive your lien. Thank you very much.”
What I try to do if someone comes to me and they’re represented by somebody else, I’ll send them back to their attorney. I’ll tell them certain questions to ask them and to make sure that their attorney is communicating with them and being a professional. If not, at that point, I’ll say, “Go ahead and fire them. You need a professional on your case to add the most value.”