While a case rejection is not often the case, personal injury attorneys can turn down clients for a number of reasons. This article explores some of the most common reasons why a lawyer will decide not to take your case. It is always useful to reach out to a professional and you can do this regardless of the manner in which the case evolves from onwards. Our team of Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you with an initial consultation.
The circumstances of the accident
The manner in which the accident took place can, in some cases, depict how the settlement and/or the negotiation will turn out. An experienced lawyer can turn down a case if they feel that the plaintiff can also be accused of negligence
and the final settlement will thus be greatly reduced (also reducing the final lawyer’s fee).
The seriousness of the injuries
While some claims have a solid foundation and the injuries were serious, even life-threatening, some clients present cases that literally not worth the time and the possible costs to bring forward evidence, make the testimony and negotiate for obtaining the compensations. The severity of the injuries is, in fact, one of the most important factors in a personal injury case.
The time limit
The statute of limitations in California
is two years from the date of the accident. When victims do not file their claim within this two-year period, they can lose their right. If a lawyer is aware that you simply brought the case too late, he or she may refuse to take on a case that will be dismissed because the statute of limitations has passed.
When choosing to work with a personal injury lawyer
you have the right to be selective about who represents you. In fact, the relationship between the plaintiff and the lawyer is important for the future evolution of the case. Just as it is your right to work with the professional you this is best prepared to handle your case, the attorney has the right to decline some cases, especially when the lawyer’s payment is only due after the final settlement is received.
For a first initial consultation that could give you a clearer image about your case, we invite you to contact us
and talk to one of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys