The Process of a Texas Personal Injury Lawsuit
Work Injury Case or Car Accident
As a personal injury lawyer for over 17 years, Mr. Sandoval has learned that every personal injury case is different, with a varying set of facts and each having a unique set of legal issues to deal with. For example, one work injury case can be different from another depending on the employment situation for the injured employee. When it’s not known, one of our primary objectives would be to focus on determining what the legal status was of he injured worker with the company that caused his or her injury. Car wreck injury cases are most easily distinguishable from each other because most involve a different set of facts leading up the accident. For instance, the driver that was responsible for causing the car accident could have been a private citizen or, they could have been driving a vehicle for commercial purposes, as is the case with 18-wheeler accident and crashes with other big commercial trucks. In both work injury and car wreck cases, the injuries that our clients suffered are always going to vary from one case to the next.
Having explained how each personal injury case can be different from each other, we should understand that the legal process in all personal injury cases can actually be quite similar. We can explain the general process of a personal injury case so that when you are hiring an injury law firm, you understand that the various stages that your case is going to undergo. The personal injury claim process can vary from a work injury case to a car accident case to an 18-wheeler crash but, the purpose here is to provide a general understanding on how personal injury cases are handled at Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC. If you have specific questions about your personal injury case, you should consult with personal injury lawyer so that you do not risk losing your rights to valuable compensation.
Initial Contact with Our Personal Injury Law Firm (First Steps)
When you first contact our firm, we will discuss with you the details of your personal injury case so that we can determine the best immediate course of action. Some of the topics that we will cover during our initial consultation include:
- Details about how the injury occurred;
- Names of Potentially Responsible Individuals;
- Names of all insurance representatives involved;
- Names of Witnesses;
- Availability of photographs and other evidence;
- Current Status of Medical Treatment
- Need for future Medical Treatment;
- The Plan for your case.
- Discuss the details of Representation (Attorney’s Fees, Case Expenses, Medical Bills)
After we’ve gone through the first steps and you hire Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC, we immediately get to work on your case. We will contact the negligent individuals, the company or insurance company involved, by calling them directly or by sending them a notice letter, letting them know that you are represented. We will attempt to work with the insurance company for the other side for as long as they are willing to cooperate. In the meantime, we make sure that you are receiving the medical care that you require in order to recuperate as much as possible from the injuries you suffered in the incident.
Filing Your Personal Injury Lawsuit: What Happens When Insurance Company Won’t Cooperate
At some point, if we determine that other side’s insurance is not going to be cooperative with us, your personal injury case enters the litigation phase in the legal process. This means that we file lawsuit in your case.
The Litigation Process in a Personal Injury Case
The process of your work injury case with us can be explained in the following steps:
- Filing the Lawsuit (State Court, Federal Court or Arbitration)
- Conducting Written Discovery (Gathering Information)
- Deposition of Our Client (The Other side Interviews our Client)
- Taking Witness Depositions (Interviewing Key Witnesses)
- Expert Depositions (Experts for Both Sides are Interviewed)
- Mediation (Try to Reach an Agreement Using a Mediator)
- Trial Preparation (We prepare all the evidence that will be presented)
- Trial (We go Fight for you!)
Barring any special issues in your case, on average, the litigation phase of a personal injury case can take anywhere from a year to a year and half. Cases with multiple parties or that have complex legal issues can sometimes take a little longer that the average.
This is a summary of legal process involved in a Texas personal Injury claim but, rest assured that my staff and I will keep you full informed along the way. We will never be more than a phone call, text message or email away and, I often reach out to my clients over the weekend to see how they are doing with their recovery.
We are a family ran business, so we treat our clients like family. If you’ve suffered a person injury and you need legal assistance, call your Houston Personal Injury Attorney Hector L. Sandoval at (346) 347-7777 and get the representation that you deserve!
Sandoval Law Firm, PLLC helps injured Texans fight for their rights.