Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Drop Your Case?
When a New York personal injury lawyer accepts a case, they do so with the intention of seeing it through to the end and achieving the best possible outcome. Furthermore, if there is a change in circumstances, they might decide to withdraw from it.
The short answer is – yes, a personal injury lawyer can drop your case. In this post, we will take a look at the circumstances under which a lawyer might choose to drop a case and what you can do if and when it happens.
Common Reasons Why a New York Personal Injury Lawyer Might Decide to Drop a Case
- If the lawyer lacks the legal expertise and competence to achieve a positive outcome (common in cases where an out-of-court settlement might not be possible, and the lawyer lacks the necessary courtroom experience to take the case to trial)
- If the lawyer believes that the damages that can be recovered are not sufficient to put in the required time and effort
- If the lawyer believes that they do not have sufficient evidence to establish the at-fault parties’ liability
- If the lawyer does not have the manpower, financial resources, and connections to build a winnable case against the at-fault parties
- If the lawyer has represented the at-fault party before or if they are associated with the at-fault party in any way and have a conflict of interest
- If the lawyer believes that they might violate the rules of ethical and professional conduct by continuing to represent the client
- If the client does not agree with the lawyer’s legal strategy and insists on pursuing something insignificant
- If the client insists on pursuing an outcome which might not be achievable
- If there has been an irreconcilable breakdown in the relationship between the lawyer and the client
- If the client ignores or refuses to follow the lawyer’s advice and acts in a way that could impact the case’s outcome
The Process of Withdrawing from a NY Personal Injury Case
Generally, it is easier for a personal injury lawyer to withdraw from a case before it goes to court. Once the litigation proceedings start, the lawyer needs to obtain the court’s permission to withdraw from the case. The court will review the facts related to the case and the lawyer’s reasons for dropping the case before granting the lawyer’s request to withdraw from the case.
What Should You Do After Your New York Personal Injury Lawyer Drops Your Case?
Once your lawyer withdraws from your case, you can hire another lawyer to handle your claim. Before you do so, it’s critical for you to understand why your case was dropped in the first place. If the lawyer withdrew due to any mistake on your part, you need to make sure you do not make those same mistakes again.
On the other hand, if the lawyer withdrew from your case because they were not competent enough or lacked the resources needed to build a strong case, you need to choose a capable and experienced personal injury lawyer with sufficient resources at their disposal.
Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Trust
If your lawyer has dropped your case, you might be wondering whether you can recover the compensation you are owed. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff in New York have more than 100 years of combined legal experience and have a track record of resolving cases that were deemed too complicated or unwinnable by many other firms.
If you have a legitimate case, we will represent you, put our expertise and resources to work, and fight aggressively to obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible. To discuss your claim with a resolute and cordial New York personal injury lawyer from our firm, call us today at 212-962-1020 or contact us online and schedule a free consultation.