Social Security Disability Appeal Case
We currently have an appeal case pending. We went to court once and the judge allowed us to postpone the hearing because our attorney did not obtain the medical records after we had waited 2.5 years for this court date. In fact, he hadn't even ordered the original report from the Social Security Administration that was used as a basis for the original denial of benefits! He did not read that report until the morning of the court case, in the courthouse!
I have called him 6-8 times in the past 3 weeks and he does not return my calls.
Question: Can I hire a different attorney?
If so, would the case have to start all over? (I think not, but want to ask.)
Would this attorney still have a claim to any retainer - in other words, will it cost us more?