When a personal injury attorney considers whether or not to take a case, there are many factors they must consider. Remember that there is great expense and time involved in taking on a case. As a result, they are going to consider a wide range of factors before deciding to take on a case. Keep reading to learn about three of the factors we use to determine if it makes sense to take a claim. If you believe you have a valid claim, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
1. The Injury is a Personal Injury
First and foremost, we must determine that the injury in question constitutes a personal injury. Remember that not every injury is a personal injury so we cannot simply know that an injury occurred – we must also be able to prove that the injury was the result of another person or entity acting negligently.
However, that is not enough either. We must also be able to prove that the person who was negligent had a duty of care to the person who was injured. Finally, we must also prove that the injury actually caused damages. For example, if a person was scratched in a car accident and they had very little pain, did not miss work, and were healed within a few days, then they did not suffer damages.
2. The Injury Was Significant
Some victims are very lucky and get through an accident that could have led to serious injuries with just minor scrapes and bruises. Their cases generally do not warrant bringing a personal injury case as they likely do not have enough in damages for it to make financial sense. In that end, it may be better to simply accept the settlement the insurance company offers. On the other hand, a person who is living with a life-long disability should always consult with a personal injury attorney before deciding how to proceed.
3. It Makes Economic Sense to Take the Case
We must consider our time and out-of-pocket costs before deciding whether or not to take a case. Remember that we take cases on a contingency basis, which means not only that we do not get paid until our clients do, but that we do not get paid unless we win. If we invest time, money, and resources in a case and do not win it, then we have lost that money.
If you believe you have a case but want to find out if it really has merit, then you can contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We do not get paid unless you do so there is no incentive in us trying to sell you on a case that is not a winner. Call now and let us get started.