People are often puzzled by why personal injury attorneys decline cases. Sometimes they think they have a great case, and call every personal injury attorney in town, only to have their case declined time and time again. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee, which means that they must invest money and resources in each case they take, and turn down those cases that they will believe will result in a loss. They promise “no fee unless we win,” and can’t expect to stay in practice if they take too many cases they might lose.
There are some personal injury attorneys that will handle riskier matters such as some types of employment discrimination cases, but only if they believe the case has merit and that the client can afford to pay the fees. Here are 15 of the top reasons a personal injury attorney declines a case.