Law firms often receive many inquiries on car, pedestrian, bicycle, and boating accidents, and they do not take every case that comes their way. The facts are that some cases do not merit the engagement of an attorney. That may be because damages are too small, it is too difficult to tie the injuries and financial loss to the accident, or the prospective claimant has made procedural errors that damage his or her ability to collect damages.
Consider these three scenarios where you, as an accident victim, may feel as if you are not getting fair and just compensation for your losses in an automobile or other type of accident:
- The settlement offer seems inadequate – Insurance companies make more money when they limit insurance claim settlements. Initial low-ball settlement offers are more the rule than the exception, as companies try to capitalize on claimants who need the money in the short run.
- Your case has no merit – Certainly, there are individuals and even fraudulent operations involving doctors and lawyers who try to collect unfairly from insurance companies. Those companies are fairly skeptical of claims that may lack proper evidence, such as a police car accident report or what may appear to be excessive medical diagnostics. But they can make mistakes in being overly skeptical as well.
- Your case is compromised – If you failed to follow correct procedures in your accident, such as calling police to document circumstances of the case, it may reduce or eliminate your ability to collect on the accident. Or, if you failed to seek proper medical attention in the immediate aftermath you may have difficulty proving your injuries were due to the accident.
- There is no settlement offer – A refusal to offer anything does not need to be the last word. But the company is saying that they think you have a weak claim.
If you are confronted with any of these scenarios but consider it to be unfair, contact an accident lawyer. A law firm will not take a case if it has no chance of success, as the attorney works on a contingency basis (no win equals no compensation).