- What is my case worth?
- How much time do I have to file my personal injury claim?
- How long will my case last?
- Do I have to sue someone?
- Should I hire a lawyer?
- What if the insurance company or an investigator asks me for a statement?
- After a car wreck, when should I go to the doctor?
- How much does it cost to hire The Flowers Law Firm to handle my car accident claim?
- How are truck wrecks different than a typical car wreck claim?
- How will you keep me updated on my case?
- Will all the information I disclose be confidential?
- What are the legal fees for a personal injury case?
- Do you actually try cases?
- How much would it cost to speak to an attorney from The Flowers Law Firm about my case?
What is my case worth?
The value of a case depends on many factors. When considering the value of your claim, you will have to ask a number of questions, each of which play a vital role in determining how much your case is worth:
- What happened?
- Whose fault was it?
- Were multiple people at fault?
If you are considering a personal injury case, additional factors will come into play: What were your injuries? Were those injuries directly related to the incident or some prior incident? What are the medical damages calculations? Did you miss work? Are there witnesses?
These are just a few of the types of questions that would need to be asked. Ultimately, every case is different. The only way to get a good view of the value of a case is to meet with an attorney.
How much time do I have to file my personal injury claim?
Every state has a statute of limitations, within which a personal injury claim must be made. In Texas that limit is generally two years from the date of the incident. Because there are some special exceptions to this rule and a number of other time-sensitive factors, it is important you discuss your case with an attorney and set an exact timeline. If the claim is not settled or suit filed within the correct time limitation, then your claim will be barred forever. To learn more about the particular statute of limitations for your possible case, call us at (903)-965-2000.
How long will my case last?
Each case is very different, and it is impossible to predict how long it will take to get it resolved. In a personal injury case, the first step is for you to prioritize getting treatment for your injury and listen to the doctors. Once you have finished your prescribed treatments we will make a demand and attempt to settle your case for a value that is fair to you. If that does not work we will move to the litigation phase.
Do I have to sue someone?
Many cases settle out of court before a lawsuit is ever filed; however, there are many times when insurance companies will not pay an appropriate amount of money to settle a case. Remember, insurance companies do not make money by paying claims, so they will usually try to minimize or undervalue an accident claim. The law does not allow an injured person to sue the negligent driver’s insurance company directly; thus, it is sometimes necessary to sue the negligent driver in order to try and obtain a full settlement from the insurance company.
Should I hire a lawyer?
Some people have negative perceptions of attorneys or do not think their case is worth the hassle. Some even do not believe that a lawsuit is the proper way of handling disputes.
The truth is that working with a lawyer is probably your best chance to obtain a proper settlement of your case. You wouldn’t let your dentist perform heart surgery on you: they lack the training, skill, and expertise to handle the task. Likewise, an experienced attorney will know what the insurance companies want to see, how to present the evidence, and how to properly negotiate to maximize the recovery.
In a personal injury case, the law can be quite cumbersome as to what you can and cannot recover. Additionally, there are new laws that you must know and comply with relating to Medicare and Medicaid as well as insurance write-downs and adjustments. An injury lawyer in Tyler can help ensure that you comply with these laws and remain eligible to seek maximum compensation.
Most attorneys offer free consultations. At the very least, consider meeting with a legal professional to see if you trust him or her and get a feel for if he or she would handle your claim properly.
What if the insurance company or an investigator asks me for a statement?
We strongly recommend that you do not discuss the details of your case with anyone until you have first consulted with an attorney. If you are contacted and asked for a statement you are well within your rights to tell them that you will speak with your lawyer first and get back to them, or simply tell them to call us.
After a car wreck, when should I go to the doctor?
After a car accident, it is in your best interest to go to the hospital right away. If you are in serious pain, call an ambulance or have someone drive you to the ER. Even if you have minor pain or are unsure if you have suffered any injuries, it is a good idea to go to your doctor and get evaluated as soon as possible. We have seen over and over again instances where a client gets involved in a car wreck, thinks they are fine, and goes about their day only to be unable to get out of bed a few hours later.
Seeing a doctor after your wreck also builds and documents any claim you might have in the event of an injury. When you take your time after a wreck and wait to get your injuries documented, you are giving the insurance companies ammunition to use against your claim.
How much does it cost to hire The Flowers Law Firm to handle my car accident claim?
In most car accident cases we do not charge you anything out of pocket. In car wreck claims like that we like to work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we get paid a percentage of the total recovery at end of the case, and we do not get paid unless you get paid.
How are truck wrecks different than a typical car wreck claim?
The obvious first difference is the scope of the damages involved. A wreck involving an 18-wheeler is likely going to result in catastrophic damages across a large area. A case that of that magnitude will require a detailed investigation by an experienced team, beyond what would be required in most car accidents. The second difference is that the federal government has passed numerous laws regulating the way in which truckers and trucking companies can operate. They have a rigid set of safety standards they are expected to follow that wouldn’t apply to your average driver.
How will you keep me updated on my case?
We take pride on working closely with our clients. When you trust us with your case we make it a priority to answer any questions you may have and keep you updated on any developments in a way that is convenient for you, whether that be via phone, email or a face to face meeting. Of course if you have any question, at any time, feel free to call us.
Will all the information I disclose be confidential?
Yes. The information you share with us is protected by attorney-client privilege and will remain confidential. This privilege will apply even when our legal representation terminates or if you do not retain our firm.
What are the legal fees for a personal injury case?
Most personal injury attorneys charge on a contingency fee basis. Many people cannot afford to pay an attorney an hourly rate, so a contingent fee agreement is reached. Contingency fees are basically a previously agreed upon percentage of the total recovery received in a given case. The fees are only paid upon final resolution of the case, whether the recovery is through a settlement or a jury verdict.
Do you actually try cases?
I love trying cases, and have a lot of experience doing so. Most cases settle before trial but we make a point of avoiding that assumption. Instead, we treat every case as if it will go to trial and ensure that we are prepared for every possible outcome. It has been our experience that the threat of putting a case in front of a jury is enough to make most insurance copmanies offer up a fair settlement.
How much would it cost to speak to an attorney from The Flowers Law Firm about my case?
Our initial consultation is free, and that is the best way for you to get an honest evaluation of your case. We will sit down with you, and go over the facts of your case and help you decide the best course of action to take
To bring your questions directly to a Tyler personal injury attorney, call us for a free consult at (903) 965-2000.