Yes, your claim is your claim however, I must warn you in hiring and terminating multiple attorneys on your Georgia workers’ compensation claim can cost you settlement value in the long run. While it is true you will pay the attorneys fees you contracted for, if you have multiple attorneys they will be fighting over the attorneys fees, while the attorneys fighting may not affect you, my office will not take on claims where another attorney has represented a claimant for a significant amount of time.
Each attorney who is contracted is allowed to file a “lien” protecting that attorney for the time they have worked on your claim. Most veteran attorneys will not take on claims where there was an attorney for an extended period of time as they know they will not be paid for their work.
Some attorneys will “steal” cases, that means they will talk to “represented clients” and will sign them up and terminate their former attorney for them. In my opinion that is wrong and not to the way to handle the matter. My office policy is we will not discuss specifics of your claim if you are represented. If you have terminated your relationship with your existing attorney we will request proof prior to speaking with you. As you can imagine not all attorneys do this.
The bottom line is insurance companies tend to devalue cases with multiple attorneys, so think twice prior to terminating your attorney. That said, sometimes there are situations which require it, just make sure you have done everything you can prior to terminating your attorney so that at the end of the day you know that you were not able to continue working with that attorney.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, serving Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Bulloch, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne, Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Appling, Tattnall counties , who provides free information to the injured and the families of injured workers. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711.