You believe you have a rock solid injury case and it seems pretty cut and dry. You go and visit a personal injury attorney and he passes on taking your case. This can be quite demoralizing, particularly if you feel that you’ve been harmed. So why did the injury attorney pass on your? There are quite a variety of reasons a personal injury lawyer will not take your case.
Its Too Late To File a Lawsuit
You may have an amazing personal injury case, but you waited too long to do something about it. The Statute of Limitations are statutory deadlines that outline precisely how long you have to file a lawsuit. For example, In Illinois the Statute of Limitations for a car accident is two years after the date of the accident. If you wait to file a lawsuit until two years and 1 day after the car accident, you will be barred from recovery.
No Damages or Minimal Damages
Your case may not have enough damages worth pursuing. Your case may not have enough economic recovery for an injury attorney to be interested. If your case is based purely on emotional damages, you will be hard pressed to find a personal injury lawyer willing to pursue it. Injury attorneys are going to be looking for cases where the client has suffered bodily or physical injuries.
The Cost Will Be Too High To Litigate
Personal Injury attorneys work off contingency fee agreements, and because of that they front the cost of case. This can become very expensive, very quickly. If the case drags on for an extended amount of time, the personal injury lawyer may have a lot of money tied up in the case that they aren’t getting paid on anytime soon. You may still have an amazing case, but the cost benefit ratio to that particular injury lawyer may not be in the cards.
Liability Is In Question
Not every case is not clear liability. Many cases involve a question of liability, meaning, who is at fault is in question. The evidence of your case may not completely clear you of fault. An injury attorney who feels they may not win the liability issue will very likely pass on your case.
The Attorney Doesn’t Take That Case Type
Not every personal injury attorney takes the same types of cases. One injury lawyer may focus his practice entirely around car accidents, but your case regards product liability of some defective product you bought. Your case may be a dream case, but the attorney may not have experience in that area and would feel uncomfortable taking that type of case.
Olson & Reeves is an Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm that practices in a wide array of case types, including:
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Slip and Falls
- Product Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse and CILA Abuse
If you’ve been hurt because of the negligence of another, we would love to evaluate your case completely free. If you can’t come to us, we will come to you. We want to help our clients and help them get there lives back on track. If we take your case, we promise that we won’t get paid until you do. Let us be your trial team.