When you're in the process of obtaining a financial settlement after suffering an injury, there may be times when you don't hear from your lawyer. This can be disconcerting, but it's a normal part of the legal process. It could be due to court proceedings, which often have a backlog of pending cases, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your case could be waiting in line for months or even longer.
During these long waiting periods, you may not hear from your lawyer and they may not be very responsive if there is nothing new to report. These months of limbo can be frustrating, but these delays can also be unavoidable. Lawyers should communicate with their clients about their case, the status of their case, the evolution of their case, and ensure that their clients hear from them. If a lawyer does not contact their client, it can be a sign of negligence or malpractice on the part of the lawyer. If your lawyer doesn't contact you about your case, you should hire one who will.
You deserve to have an attorney who answers your calls and emails, and who always keeps you informed about your case. A good lawyer should always be there for you when you need help or have any questions. After all, this is your case. You don't have to put up with being ignored. You have the right to expect regular, open, and honest communication with your lawyer. If your lawyer doesn't contact you about your case, you have the absolute right to exonerate them at any time and find someone to make you and your case a priority.
We understand how tumultuous and stressful the period after a car accident can be. That's why our Michigan lawyers are committed to communicating with you about your case and keeping you informed about your case so that you understand what's happening and have all the information you need to make the best decisions for you and your family. Michigan Auto Law's special approach to caring for, protecting and communicating with our clients ensures a level of service that no other personal injury lawyer in the state can match. It's not normal that you don't hear from your lawyer. While a good lawyer will want to maintain regular and open communication, all Michigan lawyers also have an ethical duty to keep clients informed about their cases and to respond promptly to client questions and concerns.
When your lawyer stops communicating with you and ignores your calls, emails, texts, or letters, or when they don't keep you regularly informed about the status and evolution of your case, you can and should fire them, request a second opinion and hire a new one. Your lawyer has a duty to communicate with you about your car accident case (and should want to) respond to your emails to ensure that you are informed about the status of your case and to ensure that your questions are answered so that you understand what is happening and why. There's no excuse for your lawyer not to return calls. If you call, it's because you have any questions or need information. You may need to know about your insurance benefits or about an upcoming statement or why your adjuster said or did something, or most likely didn't do it in time. By not answering your calls, your lawyer doesn't contact you about your case and leaves you in the dark.
In most cases, it's quite easy and normal to change lawyers if you're not satisfied with their service. If you haven't heard from the lawyer who handled your case because they're constantly with other clients, constantly in court, or simply not available, they may have dealt with too many cases. Take yourself very seriously if your lawyer doesn't contact you and you don't hear from them. If this is happening in your situation, it's important that you take action as soon as possible. Don't wait until it's too late - find another attorney who will make sure that they keep in touch with you throughout the process so that nothing falls through the cracks. Your legal rights are important - don't let anyone take them away from you by ignoring them! Make sure that whoever is handling your case is doing so responsibly by staying in touch with them regularly.