Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take for my case to be settled or taken to trial?
Lawsuits are an expensive and time-consuming process. Beware of any attorney who promises a quick settlement. It often takes months to order your medical records and gather the necessary evidence to move forward with settlement attempts or filing a lawsuit. Settlement of a case can often take 6 months to over a year. Litigation to an actual trial often takes more than a year. It all depends on the facts of your case and the injuries you present.
How much will this cost me?
If you have been injured in an accident, your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if you do not win, I do not get paid. Injury victims cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour. There are no up front costs or fees with us. No Recovery – No Fee!
If you are a client seeking representation for a business formation, business dispute, estate planning or other commercial representation, you will be billed on either a flat fee or hourly fee basis which will be discussed with you at your initial consultation.
What is Personal Injury?
“Personal injury” is a specific area of legal practice that means any kind of accident or occurrence caused by wrongful acts of others. The following are a few examples of personal injury:
- Oil field accidents
- Car, truck (including 18-wheeler), motorcycle, bicycle, plane, and helicopter accidents
- Product liability (injury from any defective product)
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and Fall
- Bad medication
When is the right time to contact a lawyer?
If you have been involved in an accident of any kind you should contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. The statue of limitations, which refers to the time period that legal action is allowed, may begin at the time of the injury in personal injury cases.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for auto accidents is two years. Insurance companies intentionally ignore and delay hoping you’ll miss the deadline to file suit. If you have been injured in an accident please contact an attorney as soon as possible so that you can ensure there is no delay in pursuing your claim.
Can an insurance company deny part or all of my claim?
A misunderstanding clients often have is thinking the at-fault person’s insurance company has an obligation to pay you anything. In Texas, the claim is against the at-fault driver, not his or her insurance company. The insurance company’s obligation is to defend and ultimately cover damages charged to their driver if you file a lawsuit and obtain a judgment. Until that time, they can offer you whatever they want and if you don’t like it, then your only option is to sue the at-fault party.
Do I have to accept what the insurance company offers me for an injury claim?
The short answer is no. It is important to have a qualified personal injury attorney review the offer and explain whether it is a fair offer and exactly how much money you will be putting in your pocket after paying medical expenses. Unfortunately, Insurance companies aren’t known for doing the right thing so if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.