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Reasons why an attorney may not take your personal injury case

Man and woman sits at a desk with hands clasped. marital problemWhen you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, probably the first thing you think to do is sue the person responsible.  You want to be reimbursed for your lost time at work and any medical costs related to the injury.  Plus many people feel they need to prove the other person was at fault and make them correct whatever action caused the injury.  All these reasons are excellent reasons to file a personal injury case.  You might think you will have a difficult time trying to pick the best attorney to represent you from all the attorneys that are listed online or in the phone book.  You might be surprised to know that sometimes an attorney may not want to take your case on.  Why is that?

One reason may be if the defendant has government immunity.   Even though a government or an agent of a government can be sued, the rules are a bit tougher.  They must be very negligent or malicious in their actions or intentions to be found responsible.  An attorney may not feel your case has enough merit to overcome all the hurdles involved in a case where there is a potential for government immunity.

Another reason may be the way in which you were hurt.  If you slipped and fell down a flight of stairs due to a wobbly step, you may have been hurt badly.  But if you only got some bumps and bruises, there may not be enough evidence for a jury to award any damages.  Plus, if you had any part in the cause of your injuries (perhaps you were horsing around on the steps), a jury will not consider a financial settlement.

And if the lawyer does not believe your case is a winnable case they may elect not to represent you.  A lawyer is in business to make money.  Representing someone takes a lot of time.  And as we all know, time is money.  They are not going to want to waste time on a case that can’t be won.

If you have been injured, through no fault of your own and are out money for missed work and medical bills, always check with an attorney about your case.  What you may feel is a sure thing, may look differently to a professional.  Listen to the advice of your attorney on whether to proceed or not.