No one wants to be in a position of having suffered a serious enough injury that they are in need of an experienced personal injury attorney. When they then find that the attorneys they turn to will not take their case, it can be even more devastating. Keep reading to find out why an attorney may not be willing to take your case. If you would like to speak to an attorney who will give you an honest assessment of your case, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000.
1. It is Possible There is a Conflict of Interest
All lawyers must follow conflict of interest rules, which do not allow an attorney to work with someone if there is a chance that one of their previous clients would be a party to the lawsuit. For example, if you are trying to hire an attorney to handle a car accident you were involved in against the city of Los Angeles, and you find an attorney who has previously defended the city of Los Angeles, then they would not take your case due to a conflict of interest.
2. Your Accident May Not Qualify as a Personal Injury Case
Personal injury attorneys work in specialized areas. They can help with things like wrongful death, car accidents, and head injuries. You may have a case in another area of expertise but if you take it to a personal injury attorney, they are not going to take your case.
3. You May Have Consulted with Too Many Lawyers
In most cases, it is not a bad idea to get a second opinion. That said, if you have been turned down by several attorneys, this may be a sign to an attorney that your case is not a good one. It may be that your case lacks enough evidence to prove it, or that the amount of money your case is likely worth is not worth it to the attorney. Whatever the specifics of the reason, if you have seen half a dozen attorneys then this may be a bad sign.
4. The Statute of Limitations Has Passed
There are applicable statutes of limitations that affect every personal injury case. These laws specify how much time can pass between the day of the injury/damage and the day you can file a claim. In California, this is generally two years but there are exceptions. For example, if the state or other government office is the plaintiff then you will only have six months.
This is just one of the reasons that it is wise to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 as soon as possible. We can carefully assess your case and determine the best option to move forward. Our free consultation includes a brief review of your case as well as legal advice. Call us now.