Personal injury lawyers put a great deal of time into the cases they handle. Therefore, they want to use their time wisely by only accepting worthwhile cases. When evaluating a case, a personal injury attorney will consider a number of factors. The case might be worth pursuing if…
The Accident Qualifies as a Personal Injury
The first job of a personal injury attorney in evaluating a case is to make sure it qualifies as a personal injury. It isn’t enough for an injury to occur; it must be provable that it occurred on account of someone else’s negligence. The responsible party must have owed a duty of care to the victim, breached or violated that duty, and had their failure cause harm.
The Injury Was Severe
Some accident victims get lucky and avoid serious injury in potentially catastrophic accidents. However, unless an accident comes with significant financial impact, it likely won’t bring about compensation in a claim. For example, an accident leading to permanent disability will probably result in more damages than one involving bumps and bruises.
Taking the Case Makes Economic Sense
The time and out-of-pocket costs associated with a case can add up. For a case to be worth taking, there must be a sufficient return on investment present. Typically, personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis. Meaning, instead of paying out of pocket, you pay the attorney a percentage of your winnings, assuming the case is successful. If the case is not successful, neither the victim nor the lawyer will receive any money. This is a business judgment: attorneys want to feel comfortable that the amount of time they put into a case will be of value to everyone, including the client.
Find Out What Your Case is Worth
No two personal injury cases are the same. At Morgan & Morgan, we have more than 30 years of experience trying cases in court – we know what yours is worth. Find out by filling out a free case evaluation today.