If you were hurt in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, an experienced car accident attorney can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries. It is important to research lawyers who handle auto collision cases and interview your top choices when deciding whom to retain. However, you need to keep in mind that you are not the only one making a choice. The attorney is also evaluating your case and may not agree to take your case.
Why a Lawyer May Not Want to Represent You in Your Car Crash Claim
It is important to understand why attorneys decline to take car wreck cases because not all are tied to whether or not a person has a strong claim against the other driver. Here are some common reasons:
- Problems proving fault. The first thing that an attorney will evaluate is the other driver’s liability for causing your accident. If the other driver was not negligent or it is too difficult to prove, he may decide not to take your case.
- Inadequate damages. In a car accident case, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, if the lawyer decides that the amount of damages you would receive does not justify his work on your case, he may decline to represent you. Some lawyers only handle cases that could have larger settlements, so it may not mean that your case is weak if your case is rejected for this reason.
- Conflict of interest. Your attorney may have a conflict of interest that ethically prevents him from taking your case. For example, if he represented the negligent driver in the past, he could not represent you.
- Statute of limitations expired. If you waited too long to contact an attorney, the statute of limitations, which is the deadline to sue, may have expired. In this situation, it is unlikely that a lawyer would be interested in taking your case.
If an attorney declined to take your case, you should not give up pursuing your claim against the negligent driver. Take advantage of our offer of a free consultation to have your case evaluated and to get your questions answered. Call our office today to schedule your appointment with one of our experienced car accident attorneys.