Can a person being sued file bankruptcy?

Question Details: My son lost whole left arm at work at a tree service. They have no workers' comp nor any insurance. The owner wants to settle out of court for $20,000 but with $4,000 to the lawyer and 1/2 of remaining to the Medicare bill this will only leave him $8,000. Can he fire his attorney? Will he end up with 0 if they file bankruptcy?

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