It may never occur to an accident victim that a Tennessee personal injury attorney may not be willing to represent them in an injury claim. However, there are valid reasons why a lawyer may not accept a car accident or motorcycle accident case. Below are seven reasons why a lawyer may tell you “no” when you meet with them to discuss your accident claim.
Why a Lawyer May Not Help with Your Car or Motorcycle Accident Case
1. Unable to Establish Liability for a Claim
Tennessee is a fault state for motorcycle and car accident claims. To recover compensation for your damages, you must establish that the other party caused the crash. If there is insufficient evidence to prove fault, an attorney may not accept the case.
2. The Time to File a Lawsuit Has Lapsed
Also, your time to file a personal injury lawsuit for an accident claim is legally restricted. If you wait too long to contact an attorney, it may be too late to file a lawsuit.
3. Conflict of Interest
The attorney may have a conflict of interest that prevents them from taking your case. For instance, the attorney may represent or have represented one of the other parties involved in the claim or the insurance provider for one of the parties.
4. Low Value for the Case
If the amount of damages is too low, it may not be worth the attorney’s time and cost. The attorneys’ fees in most personal injury cases are based on a contingency fee. If the value of the case is too low, the attorney may spend more time on the case than he will be paid when it settles.
5. There Is No Way to Collect Payment
If there is no insurance coverage for the claim and the defendant has limited resources, obtaining a judgment against the defendant is worthless. In addition, you must be able to collect insurance proceeds or enforce a personal judgment to recover compensation.
6. You and the Attorney Do Not Have a Good Rapport
For an attorney to represent you effectively, you and the attorney need to communicate well. If you do not agree on the basic elements of your case, the attorney may tell you that they cannot represent you. Attorneys understand that clients may have doubts or questions about various strategies and legal decisions, but an attorney needs the client to trust him to make legal decisions that are in the client’s best interest.
7. The Attorney Does Not Handle Cases Involving Specific Factors
Finally, some personal injury lawyers may not handle car accident and motorcycle accident claims involving certain factors. For example, an attorney may not represent clients who were involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver. A lawyer may also not take cases involving government entities or commercial vehicles.
Contact a Tennessee Personal Injury Attorney to Help
If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident or car accident, speak with a Tennessee personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can evaluate your claim to determine, as well as which legal strategy gives you the best possible outcome. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Cummings Law today. You do not need to handle your injury claim alone. We are here to help you.
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