Are you wondering why a personal injury lawyer may not take your case? There could be a number of reasons:
You Have Minimal or No Injuries
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means their attorney fees will be calculated by taking a percentage of what they recover for your claim. Because of this, if the value of your injuries is below $5,000.00, they may not take your case.
It Was Your Fault, Partially Your Fault, or is Difficult to Prove Who Was at Fault
If you were at fault, you do not have a claim for money damages. If you were partially at fault, you may still have a claim. An injury attorney’s decision to take your claim will depend on the percentage of fault and the amount of damages. If there is a strong liability defense, and damages are high, an attorney may still take your case. Lastly, if the case is a “he said, she said” situation, then an attorney may not want to take the case. The plaintiff has the burden of proof. This means that if you cannot meet that burden by a more likely than not standard, then you will lose the case.
There is No Insurance Coverage
If there is no insurance coverage to pay for the claim, then an injury attorney will likely decline your case. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer review all possible avenues of insurance is important. There are often multiple layers of auto insurance to review, including your insurance, the other driver’s insurance, and passengers’ insurance.
Your Expectations Are Too High
If you want a million dollars for a rear end car accident with whiplash and soft tissue injuries, an attorney may not want to take your case.
The only way to find out if an attorney will or will not take your case is to schedule your free consultation. Call today!