When you are injured during an accident, you may wonder if you should pursue a claim. The best way to find this out is to speak with a personal injury lawyer. After a free consultation, the worst that can happen is that the lawyer refuses to take your case or explains to you why you are unlikely to win a personal injury case.
What Type of Cases Will an Attorney Accept
Your attorney will take into consideration whether your case falls into their range of knowledge. For example, if the attorney has primarily focused on car accident cases, they may not feel confident handling a slip and fall case.
Cases Involving Negligence
A personal injury attorney will usually accept a case involving negligence. Personal injury cases only result from events that are considered a form of negligence. For example, if you slipped on a floor that was unreasonably wet, this might be considered a negligence case.
Cases Involving Intentional Conduct
Your injuries might have been the result of an intentional act and might have even been a crime. If this is the case, your personal injury attorney might be able to help you build a case. However, there are some cases where you are unlikely to be compensated for your injuries.
Whether or Not Your Case Will Go to Trial
Some attorneys are specialized in negotiating settlements and other attorneys are specialized in cases that are likely to go to trial. However, even if an attorney cannot take your case, they may be able to refer to you an attorney who can.
Cases That Likely Won't Win
Some cases are less likely to win, such as cases that lack evidence, cases where you may be considered 50% at fault and have caused damages for the other party, and cases where you are unlikely to win due to court precedent or state laws.
Because filing a lawsuit can be expensive and time-consuming, it makes sense to turn to a personal injury attorney for a free consultation rather than filing a personal injury claim pro se and potentially losing your case.
Even if you might be able to win your case, you may decide not to file a claim because the damages you would receive would not justify the expenses. An attorney can explain to you what your case is worth based on how much your attorney has seen awarded in similar cases.
For more information, reach out to a personal injury lawyer in your area.