There are many factors that attorneys take into consideration when they are hearing a case for the first time. Have you ever wondered how a lawyer knows if you have a solid case or not? You may be certain that you have a good case, after all you were there. But whether or not it will be legally viable is more complicated than “he said, she said.” There are many variables that a legal professional would need to examine to determine if you have a solid case.
What Is A “Solid Case?”
Before describing what a solid case looks like, it may be helpful to describe what most law firms consider to be a good case. When a lawyer looks at a case, they will be debating whether or not they would be able to get a positive outcome. A good case would be one that an attorney believes would result in their client “winning” or receiving adequate compensation.
There Will Be Liability
In a good case, there will be liability. Liability means that somebody was responsible for something. For a case to be solid and in your favor, the other party would have to be responsible for your injuries or in other words, at fault. In order for a court to determine whether or not somebody is at fault there may need to be several procedures to go through.
It may be as simple as seeing a traffic cam recording that shows one party driving into the other. Typically it will be much more complicated than that to prove and will require extensive research to prove that one party is at fault. Also, it will matter whether or not there was intent to do harm when you were injured because that will change whether the case is negligence or assault.
Lastly, your attorney will need to be able to prove that your life has been affected by the accident. This will include being able to prove injuries came from the accident and not some other occurrence. Other evidence may include mental and emotional trauma and financial problems stemming from the accident such as medical bills and lost wages. A good lawyer will be able to determine which evidence will be useful to the case.
The Statute Of Limitations Will Be Upheld
For every case, there is a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations is essentially the amount of time after an accident or occurrence that each party can file a lawsuit. Each state has specific statute of limitations laws and time periods and has different rules for different crimes. If you try to file a case after the statute of limitation has passed, then it is not a viable case.
Costs Should Be Considered
Even if a case is full-proof and it seems that the other party will be at fault, it is important to consider costs. Your attorney should estimate your potential lawsuit costs, whether the case is likely to end in a settlement or a trial, how much that the settlement would be, and whether or not there would be a recovery at all. There will be the costs of hiring an attorney, and a good lawyer will tell you that if the recovery you will receive does not cover the costs of hiring an attorney, then the case may not be worth it.
Do You Want To Find Out If You Have A Solid Case?
Here at LeBaron & Jenson Attorneys And Counselors At Law, we have many experienced individuals who can help you with your case. We have proudly helped many personal injury victims with their cases. The very best way to determine if you have a solid case is to consult a legal professional. Contact us today to learn more.