It’s recommended that you schedule an initial consultation with a personal injury attorney before hiring him so you have the opportunity to ask him questions and determine if he’s a good fit for your case. During this consultation, the attorney will also be asking you questions to learn more about your case so he can decide whether he wants to take it or not. There’s no guarantee that the attorney you want to work with will agree to represent you. Here are some of the reasons why a personal injury attorney will not take your case:
Areas of Expertise
Personal injury law covers a wide range of cases, including traffic accidents, slip and falls, product liability, nursing home abuse, and medical malpractice, among many others. Some attorneys handle any type of personal injury case, while others choose to only focus on a few types. If you are interested in filing a medical malpractice claim, an attorney who focuses on traffic accident cases may not be interested in taking your case.
Chances of Winning
Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means they are only paid if they win the case. There is no reason for an attorney to take a case that he does not believe is winnable, because that means he will be working for free. An attorney may think your case is unwinnable if you do not have any evidence that the other party was liable or if it is not clear what injuries you sustained or when you sustained them.
Value of the Claim
Personal injury attorneys will carefully review your case to roughly estimate the value of your claim. In some cases, a personal injury attorney will not take your case if he believes that the amount of compensation he will be able to recover is too low to make the case worth his time. Some attorneys will only take cases if they believe they can win huge, six or seven figure settlements or verdicts.
An attorney can also choose to pass on a case if he believes the victim will be a difficult client. For instance, if an attorney estimates that your claim is worth $20,000 but you insist that you should be compensated at least $200,000, the attorney may not want your case because you have unrealistic expectations.
At Reisch Law Firm, we help personal injury victims who have been injured in car accidents, slip and falls, dog attacks, truck accidents, and more. We would be happy to meet with you to tell you more about our firm and how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call 303-291-0555 or fill out this online form.