Thank you for your interest in a free personal injury case evaluation. Unfortunately, based on your answers we will not be able to help you at this time.
Reasons You May Not Qualify
There are several reasons why we may not be able to assist you. These include:
Invalid Contact Information: Was the contact information you provided on the form correct? If your phone is disconnected or you provided an incorrect email address, this may explain why your submission did not go through.
Duplicate Submission: Have you submitted a form with us before? If so, we are not able to match you with an attorney a second time.
Not a Viable Case: Did you suffer a physical injury? Unfortunately, if you do not have any medical bills, history of treatment, or lost income, it may be difficult for you to find a personal injury attorney to represent you. These medical expenses and/or loss to your income provide a base for what you would seek in compensation from the other party.
While you may have some expenses that can be proven, the legal expenses involved in a case (such as court filing fees, expert opinions, and medical record costs) may be more than what you could expect to receive in a settlement or court award. Most personal injury attorneys will not accept a case if they believe the final legal costs will exceed the possible compensation amount.
Existing Representation: If you already have an attorney representing you, it would not be appropriate for us to submit your case for review. Your attorney has a vested interest in doing well for their client (you), since most attorneys charge based on a contingency fee structure. If you are seeking a second opinion, you can try to meet with a local attorney who may be able to help you.
Statute of Limitations Expired: Every state has established a set period of time you have to either settle you claim or file a lawsuit. This time is called the Statute of Limitations. If the statute of limitations period has already expired, you will not be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
Issues of Fault: Some states have special comparative/contributory fault laws that limit or even prohibit compensation from an injury case when the claimant shares a portion of fault. We may be unable to help you if you have even a small portion of blame in your case and you reside in one of these states.
Cases Involving Emotional Distress
If you feel you have a case for emotional distress or mental anguish alone, with no physical injuries, you will need to have proof of psychological damages with a narrative from a medical professional. This information, depending on the details and all the circumstances of your incident, may give you grounds for an injury claim. These cases are quite difficult to win and you may have difficulty finding an attorney to accept your case.
If you’ve already spoken to several attorneys and none have shown interest in accepting your case, you may not be able to find legal representation. You may feel as though you have been wronged or treated unfairly about, but that does not necessarily mean you have a legal case for compensation.
Other Options You Can Try
While a personal injury attorney may not be able to help with your situation, there are other options available:
Small Claims Court: If you can’t find an attorney to accept your case, or if the insurance company denies your claim or sticks to a lowball offer, you may be able to file a lawsuit in your local small claims court. These courts are designed for people with little or no legal experience.
The basics of small claims lawsuits are similar across the United States, but the specific procedures vary, so check your county court’s requirements carefully.
Local Enforcement Agencies: Along with your local police department, there are many local government agencies which may be able to assist you. Depending on your situation, you may want to contact local code enforcement, animal control, or legal aid to see if they can help.
Local Newspapers: You can always try writing to your local newspaper’s “On Your Side” division to tell them about your situation. These investigative reporters can often find information about the person or business who harmed you and may write an exposé on what’s happened. These organizations generally go after unscrupulous businesses and can get positive results.
We hope you are able to find help with your situation. You can always refer to our Claim Guide for more information about many issues relating to personal injury claims.
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