Even though it may not make sense to a lot of people, personal injury attorneys have to turn down cases from time to time. As you can imagine, there are many reasons why an attorney decides to decline a case. Here are several things that they will look at when deciding whether or not a claim is worth their time:
1. Are the damages suffered worth enough to take on the case? While this may sound selfish, it is important to remember that most attorneys work on a contingency basis. They only get paid based on the money won. A smaller settlement means a smaller payout.
2. Too difficult to prove fault. Remember, if an attorney cannot successfully prove that the other party is liable, the case will go nowhere in a hurry.
3. The statute of limitations has expired. In Massachusetts, for example, the statute of limitations on an auto accident is three years. After this, no lawsuit can be filed.
If you think you have a case, it is worth your time to get in touch with a personal injury attorney. Just remember that he may not be able to take you on as a client.