Nobody wants to deal with a car accident.
As painful as an accident may be, the negotiation process and finally reaching a settlement in a car accident case can be even more painful for some.
Therefore, it’s crucial that you have a good car accident lawyer on your side.
However, it’s not always a guarantee that you can find a personal injury lawyer, as there are many factors that the lawyer has to consider before they agree to represent the case.
The track record of a lawyer is their portfolio, which is why they aim to win every case.
They have to pick and choose their battles wisely to ensure that their case win rate is as high as possible.
Therefore, if you’re in a highly unfavorable position, it can be challenging to find a personal injury lawyer that will be willing to work with you.
This can be especially true for law firms with a contingent payment plan because if they don’t win the case, they don’t get paid.
Many personal injury attorneys operate on a “you don’t pay unless we win your case” basis.
So, if they think the chances of winning are small, they may not want to dedicate the time and resources to represent you.
You need to make sure that you have your case reviewed by an auditor or legal consultant. This way, you understand your chances of winning the case if it were taken to court and will be able to determine whether you should take another route to resolve the matter.
Some personal injury firms require upfront payment or even a retainer for their services.
If so, the fess you will pay them to represent you as your car or motorcycle accident attorney may exceed the compensation you would receive if you win your case.
If you have to spend $1,000 to take the case to court, but the most you can get back from the case is $500, then it’s clear why you shouldn’t pursue the case in court.
From a lawyer’s standpoint, it’s a waste of time to venture into a court battle where the payoff isn’t worth the trouble. Sometimes, even when there are merits in taking the case to court, whether it’s to protect your rights or for the pursuit of justice, the lawyer may still not be willing to take on the case.
It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare all the evidence and file for all the required applications. For example, you need to have a detailed version of your medical history, driving history, criminal record, and everything in between.
The process of gathering all of this evidence is not easy, and it takes a lot of time, effort, and money. After that, you still need to gather witnesses who are willing to testify for you. If there’s not much to gain from winning the case, then there’s no reason why the lawyer would want to do it.
Another reason why a personal injury attorney may not want to take your case on is that it’s not a personal injury case at all.
Much like any other profession, each lawyer has a specialization, and they don’t want to tarnish their track record by taking on a case in which they’re not well-versed.
For example, it’s not hard to understand why a tax attorney wouldn’t want to represent you in a federal offense case, as that’s not their area of expertise.
The lawyer has the right to reject to work with a client no matter the reason, much like a shop or restaurant has the right to deny service to a problematic customer.
As long as the refusal to work isn’t based on discrimination or prejudice against the client’s race, age, gender, or religious beliefs, it’s entirely legal for the lawyer to deny service to any client.
You need to learn all the industry standards and etiquette on how to work with a lawyer so that you don’t accidentally offend them in any way.
What’s more is that you need to operate based on mutual respect as people, as that’s the key to building an effective professional relationship with your lawyer.
Do you need compensation or legal advice for your personal injury case? Get in touch with us today!
Suddarth & Koor are attorneys in St. Charles, Missouri services St. Charles County, O’Fallon, Warren County, and Lincoln County, Missouri.