March 12, 2020
Written by: Anthony Ivone
6 Reasons An Attorney May Not Accept A Personal Injury Case
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There are times when a personal injury attorney may decide not to take your case. Some inside of your control and others outside your control. Here are six reasons an attorney may not take your case. 3 you can’t control and 3 you can.

What You Can’t Control

  1. There’s A Conflict Of Interest

You can’t always know the history of your attorney. Their past clients. Their personal relationships with people and businesses and familial bonds. If your attorney formally represented a company or individual whom your case is against. This would be a conflict of interest and lead them to decline your case for ethical reasons.

  1. Other Attorney’s Have Declined

Attorney’s may decline to handle your case for a variety of reasons and if you happen to come across an attorney who declined, because of conflict of interest or other reasons stated. Another attorney may decline to handle your case. Because your case wasn’t attractive to another attorney. In their mind, perhaps the other attorney saw something they don’t currently see.

  1. The Settlement Amount Is Too Low, or The Cost To Litigate Is Too High

Whether the settlement amount you stand to make is meager, or the cost of litigation far exceeds the settlement. An attorney may decline solely because there’s simply no money in it for them or you.

What You Can Control

  1. It’s Just Too Late To Sue

All personal injury cases have what’s called a “statute of limitations”, which is a deadline for the window of time you have to file your claim. If it’s past the deadline, your case will simply be thrown out.

What You Can Do

Go see your attorney ASAP so you can get immediate council on how to proceed. Don’t wait.

  1. They Don’t Trust You

If an attorney meets you for the first time and feels as if you’re lying to them or that you’re not telling them the whole story. They may decline to handle your case. Because your attorney needs to be able to trust what you tell them to build a successful case. If there is no trust, your attorney is unlikely to take you on as a client

What You Can Do

Be open and honest with the attorney. Genuine open communication is the best first step towards having a good working relationship with your attorney.

  1. They Don’t Feel You Trust Them

An attorney needs you to trust them to do their job. At the end of the day, they are a consultant who is representing you on your behalf. If you give them a reason to believe you won’t give them the liberty to handle the case effectively. They may just turn down your case.

What You Can Do

Trust your attorney. When you work with an attorney at Costa Ivone, you know you can trust the years of experience we have in the courtroom. Call us today for a consultation!

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