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Why isn't my lawyer helping me with my personal injury case?

We really don't know. We don't know what you mean when your lawyer doesn't direct you. We don't know what kind of guidance you expect. We don't know where you are in your business.

Too many recommendations should not be expected at the initial stage of the consideration of a personal injury case. It may take years before a lawyer files a personal injury claim. 

The reason for the delay is often that your lawyer wants to know the full extent of your injuries, whether they will be permanent, how much work you will miss, how it will affect your life, and so on. Each of them affects the value of your business.

Let's assume that you were injured about a year ago, and your state has a two-year statute of limitations. Let's further assume that you are still being treated for your injuries. At this point, the lawyer may just want to wait to see how things are going. 

If a lawyer demands a settlement before he has a true understanding of your injuries, he may get too little money for you because of this impatience. 

Thus, your lawyer may well just want to wait as long as possible before contacting the insurance company so that the opposite party tries to settle the case.

Meanwhile, the lawyer will collect evidence. Photos of the car, corresponding videos, if necessary, a police report and so on. And all this evidence will become part of your dossier. A lot of work is done in the background, at the right time for your case.

At such an early stage, before filing a lawsuit, you have nothing to do but work on getting better. Follow the instructions of your doctors. Get the treatment you need to heal.

Until a lawsuit is filed, there are no discoveries for the opposite party. No interrogations that you have to answer. 

Neither you nor the lawyer are obliged to provide information to the opposite party. In short, there is nothing left but to collect medical records and wait. 

And this waiting may well continue until you get better or until the statute of limitations expires, so the lawyer has no choice but to file a lawsuit in your defense.

Let's say a lawsuit was filed. Well, until the time comes to answer written questions, which are called interrogations, you don't have much to do.

 At some point, you may have to testify under oath. The lawyer will prepare you for giving evidence and will help you, if necessary, with interrogations.

You see, as a client, you don't really have that many responsibilities. You need to get better. You need to live your life. You have to be honest with your lawyer.

I know it's hard to realize that there is something like this in the background of your life. It's hard to know what you should be doing at any given time. But sometimes you really have nothing to say except that you have to wait.

After all, the only person who can specifically answer your question is your lawyer. Ask your lawyer about what's going on. Ask what they will expect from you. Find out what plan they have for your case.

Now, if your lawyer ignores you, that's a different matter. Your lawyer should not ignore you. All lawyers must respond to their clients within a reasonable time. But the first step to figuring things out is to talk to your lawyer and get an idea of what's going on.

I can only tell you how some lawsuits can work. Only your lawyer can tell you how your lawsuit will work.

The best advice I can give you, and this is personal advice, not legal advice, is that you should do everything possible to get your lawsuit out of your head. 

Try not to dwell on it. Try not to let this strain you. Do your best to get better and live your life without letting the fact that the case exists overwhelm you.

When is it wrong to hire an injury lawyer?

You ask, “When is it wrong to hire a personal injury lawyer?”

It depends on how we define “wrong". Are we talking about morally wrong? Or are we talking about something strategically wrong?It's not the same thing.

From a moral point of view, it is wrong to hire a personal injury lawyer if you do not have a personal injury.

It is strategically wrong to hire a personal injury lawyer when you don't need a lawyer because there is no dispute pending.

I have a lot of experience as a claims settlement specialist, and therefore I have considered hundreds or thousands of claims for damages. 

My job would be to investigate the facts about what happened, assess where we are in responsibility, and then assess any injuries sustained.

Often the hardest part is assessing injuries. We need to determine the extent of the injuries and how these injuries have negatively affected the applicant's life now and in the future. 

That means we need to go through all the medical records. We usually wait for the applicant to either finish treatment or almost finish treatment before sending medical records.

I want to say that this is a process, and depending on how serious the injuries are, it will depend on how long this process will take.

Sometimes the applicant asks me during our initial conversation: “Do I need to contact a lawyer?”

There are some rules about what we can say before we cross the line violating the “unfair claims practices” law, although these laws vary from state to state. 

So I need to be careful, and I don't want it to sound like I'm rejecting the idea of bringing in a lawyer.

So I will tell them that hiring a lawyer is your choice. And we will be happy to work either with you directly or through your lawyer. 

We are satisfied with any method. However, just remember that if you hire a lawyer, he usually takes one-third of your final settlement. 

And up to this point, we had no arguments. If we have a dispute, you may need a lawyer. And you can always hire a lawyer later if it becomes necessary.

To tell the truth, I'd rather they hire a lawyer, but the company doesn't want me to say that. And why is this so? If they have a lawyer, then the lawyer does most of the work. 

Getting medical clearances and then sending medical records is a pain in the ass. And then we have to pay for these records, etc. 

And if a person contacted 8 or 9 suppliers, it takes a lot of time. But if they hire a lawyer, I don't have to do anything, and I just sit back and wait for the lawyer to send us a “package of requirements” with all the attached medical records.

Another thing is that when communicating directly with plaintiffs, they usually need to “hold hands" more. 

This means that we have to explain the process to them, and sometimes over and over again. (A lot of time.) I don't need to explain anything to a lawyer. They already understand the whole process.

Here's the bottom line.Do not hire a lawyer until you have a “dispute". Otherwise, you just give away one-third of your settlement. And sometimes all the lawyer did for you was send a few letters. And the lawsuit had to be settled with or without a lawyer.