My Personal Injury Lawyer Won’t Call Me Back!

This is a common lament among injury victims.  Many people tell me that they are unhappy, and sometimes downright mad when their personal injury attorney won’t respond to their telephone calls.  In Massachusetts, all attorneys have an ethical duty to keep their clients reasonably informed about the status of a case.  This is a standard that is case specific, but generally means that your personal injury lawyer must keep you reasonably updated about the status of your case.  If your personal injury lawyer won’t call you back, write him a letter indicating that you are going to end the attorney/client relationship if he does not call you back within the next five (5) business days.  This should get his attention.

Returning telephone calls to a client is one of the easiest things to do.  Unfortunately, many attorneys get into ethical hot water for failing to adhere to this ethical rule.