What to expect when you contact a personal injury law firm like ours
The Litigation Process
Initial MeetingQ: Will setting up a consultation meeting with your firm cost me money?
A: No. We will never charge for an initial consultation meeting.
Q: What should I bring to our initial meeting?
A: Please bring any documents, photos, and reports that may assist in investigating your claim. If you are the victim of a car accident, you may want to bring the police report, photos, statements, your insurance information, witness information, and medical records. If you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you may want to bring medical records, photos, a short written recount of what happened, business cards/contact information identifying the negligent parties, and powers of attorney/wills if there was a wrongful death.
Investigation of a LawsuitQ: What happens if you decide to take my case?
A: We will begin an investigation to determine whether we will be able to proceed with your claims. If we are able to proceed with your claims, we will gather all the relevant information required to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Q: What happens after the lawsuit is filed?
A: We will begin litigating your case. Very often this means gathering additional information, such as documents, questions/answer, and conducting depositions of the witnesses and parties to the case. We will also appear at hearings necessary to continue moving your case forward in court.
Q: Will my case go to trial?
A: Every case is different. Before trial, the courts require that all parties mediate claim in front of a neutral party. Some cases resolve in mediation, some later, some not at all. Those that do not resolve continue to trial.
Q: What is mediation?
A: Mediation is a time when all relevant parties sit down and try and resolve their claims with a neutral third party's assistance.
Q: How long will my case take?
A: Every case is different. There is no prescribed time period.
RecoveryQ: Will the attorneys hold those negligent parties responsible?
A: As a personal injury attorney working in the civil court system, we pursue monetary recoveries for the injuries suffered on behalf of our client. Civil claims do not allow for our firm to pursue specific performance by a private company. For instance, if a facility did not operate reasonably, we cannot simply request that the business be shut down. However, our verdicts/settlements can lead to institutional changes that can benefit the community.
Q: What will my recovery look like?
A: Recovery in personal injury claims is very dependent on the injury. It is important to know that there are also many limitations on recovery in Texas. Medical malpractice provides a number of caps for those parties injured as the result of medical malpractice.
Q: If I do not have recourse to pursue a case, is there anything else I can do?
A: Yes, but it depends on the case, but there are a number state agencies that police negligent parties within the state of Texas. Often times, they have phone lines available for those aggrieved to file complaints.