Coye Law Chronicle: June 2017

June 2017

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We Need to Have a Talk ... WHEN DO YOU GET A SECOND OPINION ON YOUR CASE? Our Office, Our Families, Our Clients ... We Work to Make a Difference in People’s Lives

We recently took a family trip to London and Spain and had a wonderful time. But the travel part? That was less great, especially on the way back. We flew with two different airlines, taking a commuter airline from Barcelona to London to make our connecting flight back to Orlando. We got to the airport in Spain, and there were mechanical problems and delays. Talk about a warning sign! Then, they had to send a new plane to get us. Another warning sign! Then, the new plane had mechanical issues with the hydraulic lift. Warning sign number three … and sure enough, we missed our connecting flight. It got me thinking about the “warning signs” in my own line of work, signs that you need to get a second opinion on your legal matter. We meet people all the time for second opinions on claims that they’ve taken to other attorneys first. Most of the time, they don’t know when to seek help from another lawyer. I’ve noticed a few specific warning signs from helping out these clients, and I’d like to share them with you. One warning sign that you might want another opinion from a different law firm is if you haven’t had any follow-up from the lawyers and their team on your case. If you met with them months ago, and they said they would gather information and do interviews, but they haven’t talked to you since, it might be a good idea to ask another attorney about your claim. This is especially true if you try to make an appointment with the original firm and can’t get one. Similarly, if you have finished your medical treatment and informed your attorney,

but they haven’t made any claims on the insurance company, you need to find out what’s going on. And if you’re on year three of the four-year statute of limitations and the attorney has sat on the claim, you need to get someone else to look at your case.

it to someone else. Remember, it doesn’t make the first attorney a bad lawyer. It just means that you want to see if another good lawyer can find something they missed. If an attorney tells you that they want to take your case, or that it’s a great case, but they don’t have time to do so, go somewhere else. If it really is a great case they’ll make time. They’re probably just letting you down easy and don’t want to tell you the truth, which is that they don’t think they can help you. The good news is, that’s just their opinion. Go get a second one. At the end of the day, it never hurts to have someone else look at your case. And if you see the warning signs up ahead, don’t feel bad about politely telling your lawyer, “We need to have a talk ...” and then finding another attorney. – Wade Coye

“Remember, it doesn’t make the first attorney a bad lawyer. It just means that you want to see if another good lawyer can find something they missed.”

These things can be pretty cut-and-dried “you need a new lawyer” situations. Often, though, the truth is more complicated. For example, it’s not uncommon for a lawyer to accept a case and look to make an insurance claim, but then be unable to find insurance to make a claim against. This happens all the time in situations where the at-fault driver in an auto accident is uninsured and you don’t have uninsured motorist coverage on your own policy. In this situation, get copies of everything your attorney has prepared and take


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