Personal Injury Lawyer
Sometimes we have someone who comes to our firm, after talking to other personal injury lawyers, and tells us they cannot find a lawyer for their case. They are often upset and frustrated because they don’t understand why. Rather than being given an explanation, they get an answer like “Sorry we are unable to help you at this time. Please talk with another lawyer.”
Why A Lawyer May Not Give You A Reason
You might not like the generic answers, but may be given one because all lawyers have different expectations for the types and levels of cases they will accept. For example, some lawyer will only take on high value cases. Others will only handle small to medium value cases. Just because one, two, or three lawyers turn down your case does not mean you don’t have a case or won’t find a legal advocate.
Furthermore, a lawyer is not going to tell anyone their case is “bad”, while the statute of limitations is running. It is smarter for a lawyer to provide you with a more generic, friendly response.
Rather than accepting the first few rejections by a lawyer, you should seek further opinions. It will also be a good idea to ensure you are dealing with lawyers who primarily handle personal injury law. If you’ve tried, and tried, and cannot find anyone to take your case, this article might help you to understand why.
The Most Common Reasons A Personal Injury Lawyer Did Not Accept Your Case
- Liability is not reasonably clear.
- Your case is not serious enough.
- The anticipated recovery is not substantially more than the cost to investigate the case.
- There are tort reforms and damage caps in your case.
- There are proximity issues.
- You don’t “care” about the money, you just want “your day in court”.
- You may be a poor witness and lack credibility.
- The value of the damage is too low.
- You had pre-existing medical conditions to the same injured area of the body.
- You waited too long to file a case.
Medical Care Issues
The timing and type of the medical care you received after your accident can have an affect on the strength and value of your case. By law, you have the right to ask for a reasonable amount of money for necessary medical care. However, it will be up to the defense or jury to decide whether or not what you are asking for is reasonable. Furthermore, the defense can call upon doctors to challenge any of the care you have received. If your bills are higher than the average amount of similar services, it could raise questions. The following are medical care issues that could weigh into a lawyer’s decision on whether or not to handle your case.
- You sought new medical procedures, experimental procedures, or care for unrelated matters.
- There are gaps and delays in between your medical care.
- You are going to a doctor who has already been investigated for fraud.
- You are not following the recommended care by your doctor.
The above factors may be considered by a personal injury lawyer Deer Park, TX offers before they accept your case; however, all cases and lawyers are different. Regardless of what you have been told, or think, you should consult 3-6 lawyers first.
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