How A Personal Injury Lawyer Decides Who To Represent

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When you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer, the process can be both confusing and emotional. You’re probably hurting physically, and you have no idea what to do next. Should you call a lawyer? Is this worth the cost? How do you find one that will be affordable and successful? These are some of the questions that run through your mind when you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, but they can quickly be answered with an understanding of how a personal injury lawyer decides who to represent.

I only take cases with a tangible damages amount


This is a simple concept. If my client, John Doe, gets into a car accident where he has to get his shoulder surgically repaired but suffers no other injuries, then I won’t represent him because there’s no damages amount to collect. The damages are in reference to money awarded by a judge or jury as compensation for financial loss due to injuries caused by another party.

I won’t represent you if you don’t call me back


Every day, I get between five and 10 calls from people who have been injured in an accident. And every time, I have to explain to them that they aren’t going to get help from me unless they call me back. Here’s why.

I won’t represent you if your case is too old


Because of statute of limitations rules, if your case is older than a certain number of years in most jurisdictions, it’s not worth taking. I’m sorry to say that, but it’s true. The lawyer you hire should work with you and not get angry or frustrated because you don’t remember details. If your case is too old and too many facts are missing, I can do nothing to help you.

I charge my clients to help them have realistic expectations


I don’t work on a contingency basis—you won’t owe me if we can’t win your case. I always let my clients know upfront what my rates are, and what their responsibilities will be during our time together.

This transparency helps me stay honest with myself about how much time I should invest in any case, and it allows my clients to make an informed decision about whether or not to hire me for representation. And you can always ask questions of me as your case moves forward!

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There are no guarantees that an attorney will get his/her client’s compensation


The job of a personal injury lawyer is to protect your legal rights. The main purpose of having an attorney is to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries. However, if you hire a personal injury lawyer, there is no guarantee that he/she will be able to get compensation for you. There are several factors and events that could prevent your attorney from being able to settle or win your case. The most common reasons are

Hiring an attorney should be the client’s choice, not his or her family’s choice


Hiring an attorney for a personal injury case should be your choice, not your family’s. If you get pressured by your family to hire an attorney, consider whether you’re doing it for yourself or for them. Before you say yes, ask some questions and make sure that you can trust and rely on your lawyer throughout your case.

Every case and situation is different, which is why we evaluate each case based on its merits.


One of my go-to questions is, What were you thinking? I know it sounds trite and perhaps even juvenile, but a lot of what happens in an accident could have been avoided if someone had been thinking clearly. For example, a recent case involved a client who was hit by a pick-up truck. He was simply walking across a parking lot.

We provide our services on contingency fees. This means that we only get paid when we win your case, so we have skin in the game.


We work on a contingency fee basis: The money for our legal services comes from collecting money when we win your case. We only get paid if we collect, so we have real skin in the game: If you don’t pay, we don’t get paid. This approach to billing aligns our interests with yours.