Many variables must be considered by a personal injury attorney when deciding whether or not to take a case. Remember that taking up a case comes at a high cost and takes a long time. As a result, before deciding to take on a case, they will evaluate a variety of criteria. Continue reading to learn about three of the criteria we consider when deciding whether or not to accept a claim. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation if you feel you have a viable claim.
Whether the accident was caused by a personal injury
First and foremost, we must evaluate whether or not the injury is a personal injury. Remember that not every injury is a personal injury, therefore we must be able to establish that the damage was caused by another person or entity acting carelessly.
That, however, is insufficient. We must also be able to show that the person who was negligent owed the injured person a duty of care. Finally, we must show that the harm resulted in damages. For example, if a person was scratched in a vehicle accident but experienced minimal discomfort, did not miss work, and was cured in a few of days, they did not incur damages.
The injury was significant
Some accident victims are extremely fortunate and escape with only minor scratches and bruises after an event that could have resulted in catastrophic injuries. Their instances usually do not qualify filing a personal injury lawsuit since they do not have enough losses to justify it financially. In the end, it may be preferable to simply accept the insurance company’s settlement offer. A person who is dealing with a life-long handicap, on the other hand, should always speak with a personal injury attorney before making any decisions.
Whether taking the case makes financial sense
Before deciding whether or not to take a case, we must weigh our time and out-of-pocket expenses. Remember that we work on a contingency basis, which means that we are not paid unless our clients are paid, and we are not paid until we win. We have lost money if we devote time, money, and resources in a lawsuit and do not win it.
If you feel you have a case but are unsure if it has validity, call The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. We don’t get paid until you do, so there’s no need for us to attempt to sell you on a losing case. Give us a call right now and we’ll get started.