If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another, whether it be a car, motorcycle, truck, or bike accident, or any other type of accident, you are well advised to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney.
What if I have already taken steps independently?
More often than not, our new clients have begun the claims process themselves and find it stressful and burdensome, or simply cannot afford to pay out of pocket for the medical treatment they need, and for that reason they seek our assistance. Once we are retained by a client, we immediately begin gathering the requisite information and immediately inform the insurance carriers to direct all communication to our office.
The insurance company said I don’t need an attorney—is that true?
It is important to remember that your interests and the interests of the insurance company are not the same. While it is illegal for a non-attorney, such as an insurance adjuster, to provide legal advice, they often do, and it usually is not very sound. You should always seek an opinion from a personal injury lawyer to get an unbiased legal opinion regarding your case and your rights.
Do I have to pay for my initial meeting with Raub Law Firm Injury Lawyers?
No! Raub Law Firm Injury Lawyers never charges for client consultations. If you feel you have a potential claim, please call our office at 361-880-8181 to set up your free consultation and case evaluation.
I don’t want to go to court, can you still help me?
Absolutely. In fact, most clients want to avoid going to court. We do our very best to come to a reasonable settlement before filing a lawsuit.
Will the person who caused my injury be punished?
Defendants in civil actions for personal injury do not receive jail time or criminal fines as punishment. Those are common criminal sentences, and personal injury cases are civil actions which do not include jail time. However, in some cases, juries and courts can award what are called “punitive damages,” which are designed to punish defendants who have behaved recklessly against the public’s interest. One of the most common situations where punitive damages may be available is when a person is injured by a drunk driver.
Is There a Statute of Limitations?
Yes, in Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, and three years in a case of medical malpractice. This may seem like a long time, but if you are recovering from a serious injury or illness, and facing other hardships, such as lost wages, waiting too long can prove a costly mistake.
What Is the Discovery Process?
Before formal proceedings begin, lawyers for each side conduct a discovery process. They may exchange written questions called interrogatories and may request to see key evidence, such as medical records. The plaintiff may even be asked to submit to a medical exam by a doctor of the defense's choosing.
How Does Mediation Work?
Personal injury cases are sometimes resolved through mediation. A mediator is an unbiased third party who will work through the points of a case with both parties to determine a fair resolution.
What Happens Once You File?
The wheels of the legal process are set in motion almost right away, though it can be a long road to resolution. After a complaint is filed with the court, the defendant is served, usually within 30 days, and then is given a chance to file a formal response.