Do you feel strongly that your personal injury claim is valid, but you can’t seem to find a lawyer who will take your case? If so, the reason could be something other than your case being “unwinnable” or unmerited. In fact, there are many reasons why law firms choose to decline cases other than for reasons of validity. If this has happened to you, do not be concerned.
Continue reading to learn why this sometimes occurs, and what you can do to get your claim started on the right path.
Your First Steps to Making an Injury Claim
Finding a seasoned and reputable personal injury law firm is certainly the first step to making a claim for compensation. However, if your case was recently declined by a lawyer, it is best to learn why before continuing your search for another law firm. This information can help provide some understanding to how law firms work, which in turn can help you make the best choice for your claim.
Here are some common reasons why law firms turn down cases, even when they have merit to them:
✽ They are Too Busy.
A very common reason why law firms turn down valid cases is due to being busy. They simply do not have the time to take on another case, especially if the case is quite complex. It could be because they have several other lawsuits pending at one time, or they strictly work on a certain number of cases at a time. However, when this happens, they are usually prepared to provide inquirers with referrals to other respected or affiliate law firms.
✽ There’s a Conflict of Interest.
Although rare, from time to time a lawyer will be forced to decline a personal injury case due to a conflict of interest. When there is someone on the other side of the case who the lawyer knows personally, such as another attorney or one of the parties, it is considered unethical for them to take the case; and out of obligation, they would have to decline. Again, this is rare, but it can easily happen in small towns. In this situation, the lawyer would likely provide referrals.
✽ They are Small.
Sometimes, law firms must turn down cases because they are simply too small of a firm and do not have the level of resources needed to sufficiently take on a case. When a law firm’s current case load and resources are not enough to represent your claim, they may turn down your case. This is more likely for large or complex personal injury claims.
✽ Your Case is in the Wrong Category.
If your claim does not fit under the personal injury or tort law category, it will usually be turned down by a personal injury law firm. Additionally, if your claim is a civil tort, but it is very complex and requires specialized representation, such as medical malpractice cases, you may be turned down by a lawyer who does not specialize in such cases but should get referred to another law firm that does specialize in such cases.