Why Won’t a Personal Injury Lawyer Take My Case?
If you have been injured and have discovered that no personal injury attorney wants to take your case, you may wonder what the reason is. It may be that the attorneys you have worked with are refusing to tell you why they will not take your case or that you do not believe the reason they are giving you. Read on to find out the facts about why some personal injury attorneys may have turned down your case.
You Did Not Suffer Serious Injuries
The most common reason that a personal injury attorney may have decided not to take your case is that you did not suffer serious enough injuries. This can be a hard thing to hear because it may seem as though the attorney is telling you that your injuries were not serious. That is not the case.
The fact is that if the injuries are not likely to lead to a significant monetary settlement then it is likely not to your benefit – and certainly not to the benefit of an attorney who works on a contingency basis – to take it to court. This may be a better time to settle the claim.
It is Not Clear Who Was at Fault
Proving a personal injury case is not as simple as showing that you were injured and that your injury caused damages – we must also be able to prove who was at fault. If you were in a car accident and it is your word against the other involved party then there may not be enough proof to show that they were at fault. In this case, an attorney would not likely take your case.
Your Case May Be Too Complex
Smaller law firms or sole proprietors may not have the resources to take on your complex case. When you work with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas as your personal injury attorney, we have many attorneys and associates on staff. If the issue is that there is complex evidence, we have expert witnesses who can help. This would not likely be enough of a reason for us to turn down a case – but it could be for a smaller firm.
The Statute of Limitations Has Expired
Though there are exceptions, statutes of limitations prevent you from filing a personal injury lawsuit after certain timelines have expired. For example, if the at-fault party is a government agency then you have only six months to file a claim. In most other cases you would have two years. Note that in some situations, such as an injury that was not discovered until years after an accident, you may still be able to file.
If you want to know if an attorney will take your case then your best move is to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 to request a free legal consultation. We will carefully consider the facts to determine if it has grounds for us to take the case.