How Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Decide to Take a Case?
Whether your personal injury lawyer decides to take your case or turn it down, it is up to them.
But, what are the factors that influence this decision?
Is there anything you can do to make your personal injury claim more favorable to a Personal Injury Attorney?
Well, of course, there is!
Some personal injury law cases are far more appealing and valuable than others.
If you want a personal injury lawyer to take your claim, consider these five facts before you make a call to schedule your free consultation.
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The Top 5 Facts a Personal Injury Attorney Considers Before Taking Your Case
Who Is Liable For The Accident?
The first and most important determination in whether a personal injury lawyer will take on your case is who is liable for the accident.
The term liability refers to the party at fault. If the police report and witnesses both say you caused the accident, a judge or jury would likely think the same thing.
Therefore, most lawyers will not take your case because you were liable for your injuries.
If this is the case, your best chance would be to beat your ticket and have the fault over-turned in traffic court.
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Were You Injured In The Collision?
A case with clear liability but little to no injuries or damages is almost worthless to an attorney.
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they do not get paid until you receive a settlement.
Therefore, they cannot afford to take on a personal injury claim that they know will pay out next to nothing.
If you did not incur significant damages and you suffered no injuries, the likelihood of receiving a decent settlement offer is extremely low and not worth an attorney’s time.
How Long Was The Gap Between Your Accident and When You Received Medical Treatment?
Most professionals recommend seeing an Accident Doctor or Chiropractor no longer than 72 hours after an accident occurred, although same-day treatment is always recommended.
72 hours is regarded as a reasonable amount of time to see a medical professional after an accident happens, according to most insurance companies.
How Much Medical Treatment Do You Require?
In addition to seeing a doctor right after the accident, your attorney will also need to make sure you have attended all of your follow up appointments and are continuing your treatment.
If you think you are well enough to stop visiting your doctor and neglect your doctor’s orders, the insurance company will use this against you and potentially invalidate your accident injury claim.
The monetary value of your case is tied to your non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship, inability to participate in favorite activities, and your “loss of enjoyment.”
Compared to economic losses, these damages are much harder to calculate and prove. Your attorney will weigh a series of factors when they evaluate your non-economic damages.
They will consider:
- How severe your injuries are and your long-term outlook for recovery.
- The type and duration of your medical treatment.
- How long you may experience pain and emotional distress.
- The extent of your limitations after the accident.
- How your injuries impact your lifestyle and relationships.
Based on the above factors, your attorney will come up with a range of monetary values for your non-economic damages.
Have You Talked To An Insurance Adjuster?
If you spoke to an insurance adjuster, your attorney would need to know what you disclosed and if you provided a recorded or written statement about the accident and extent of your injuries.
If you have done this, it is a giant red flag to your potential attorney. Insurance adjusters often try to get accident victims to give a written or recorded statement about the accident and how it happened.
They will also want to know about your injuries.
They will attempt to engage you in conversation, where they will subtly try to get you to tell them about the accident and the extent of your injuries.
At this time, politely refuse discussing any of the facts. If you want to win your case, it is essential not to give details about the accident or injuries. This is because you may leave something out, discover an injury later, or your injury may become worse than you originally thought.
Providing an incomplete or inaccurate statement to the insurance company will result in them invalidating your claim later on.
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