Legal malpractice is a type of negligence in which a lawyer harms his client. This generally refers to lawyers who act in their own interest, lawyers who breach their contract with the client, and one of the most common cases of legal negligence is when lawyers don't act in time for clients. If you come to the conclusion that you simply can't work with your lawyer anymore, fire your lawyer and find someone new. You can also ask a second lawyer to evaluate the actions of your first lawyer and advise you on paying (or refusing to pay) any bills you receive, filing a complaint with your state attorney's disciplinary agency, or suing the lawyer for malpractice.
You have every right to fire your lawyer at any time and for any reason. Seriously consider if you are convinced that the lawyer is doing a bad job or if your relationship with the lawyer has become intolerable. Malpractice can be intentional or accidental. Normally, I would say that you would have to consult the terms of the contract (advance agreement) with the lawyer to see if there is any way to recover that money, but since there is no contract, I am not sure what you have agreed to.
State bar associations are primarily concerned with punishing lawyers (although rarely severely), not with compensating clients. My lawyer doesn't keep me informed about my case. I ask to see her or make an appointment or talk on the phone, right away, she will call him, but I never do. I don't know what the problem is until it's too late.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning that they receive a percentage of the damages that you receive. If an important decision has to be made about the direction of your case, it's reasonable to make a list of the pros and cons and discuss it with your lawyer. I have sent several videos and images to my lawyer with quotes of him drinking beers and drinking strong alcohol while taking care of my son. Possibly the worst-case scenario is that your lawyer appears unprepared in court, as that can affect the outcome of your case or procedure.
If you owe money to the previous lawyer for the expenses, the former lawyer has the right to claim payment of those funds if they are not being challenged. Second opinions are relatively cheap: an hour or two of the time a lawyer spends talking to you, plus the time spent reviewing documents. First of all, it charged me a% higher than what other personal injury lawyers in Texas charge. Another week has passed since then and it seems strange to me that, throughout this whole process, apparently no one returns your calls for a month or months in a row.
If you are not satisfied with the strategic decisions of your lawyer or with the arguments that the lawyer has presented on your behalf, you may want to go to the law library and read a bit to learn more about your legal problem. Basically the same situation for me, except that I received a higher settlement than I thought and my whole situation was greatly facilitated by the lawyer I had. My lawyer told me that he will seek 40 thousand dollars, for emotional damages and discrimination, but in the end he only offers me 1500 dollars, of which he keeps half, so I will only receive 700 dollars.