Sometimes I get calls from clients who have called 5 or 6 attorneys before. They don’t understand why a lawyer doesn’t want to represent them. They keep "fishing" for a lawyer who will accept their case. As a general rule, a lawyer won’t take your case unless there is a reason to do so.
One reason is being able to help the client in some way. Several times, clients have called me and I’ve told them they are better off without a lawyer because getting a lawyer won’t be much help. In fact, in some cases getting a lawyer isn’t a good idea at all. Therefore, if I can't bring some "value" to a client's case, then I probably should not be getting involved.
Another reason is that lawyers are running a business. They simply can’t accept every case that walks through the door. It has to have merit and be potentially profitable. Therefore, if a case is going to cost the lawyer more than he/she will possibly make on the case, they can't really accept the case unless it's a "pro bono" matter.
Therefore, the lawyer has to be able to help you and be able to make money since they are running a business. If a lawyer cannot take your personal injury case, it doesn't necessarily mean you shouldn't pursue your case. You might simply be better off trying to handle your case on your own.
by Robert Mansour
Robert Mansour is a personal injury lawyer serving Santa Clarita, Valencia, Saugus, Canyon Country, Newhall, Stevenson Ranch, Castaic and surrounding communities.