Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Litigation
When you or a loved one are hurt from an accident, life can become strained financially, emotionally, physically and even socially. Your career can be affected by time off from work and when injuries are serious enough, permanent pain and suffering can be a part of your future. The reassuring news is that you may have legal recourse,
Our attorneys at Johnson Reist PLLC have over 25 years of combined legal experience. They have represented clients on both sides of the courtroom, and they know how to handle insurance companies and businesses while getting the most out of your claim to compensate you fairly for your injury. Unlike many personal injury firms, we are committed to providing personal, individualized legal counsel to our clients.
We represent our clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in a range of accidents, including:
- Car wrecks
- 18-wheeler accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction injuries
- Injuries on dangerous property
- Product liability
- Nursing Home neglect and abuse
- Wrongful death
Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get asked by prospective clients. After reading, you can get answers to your own questions during a free initial consultation.
I just got hurt. When should I talk to an attorney?
With each day that passes after your accident, evidence may be lost and witness memories fade a little more. For this and other reasons, it’s important to speak to an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to determine if you may have the right to file a claim. If you do have a claim, our attorneys can guide you through the process of collecting medical records, gathering evidence of the accident and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf.
Should I talk to the insurance company?
You will have to give preliminary identification information, but you should say as little as necessary to insurers. If you have one, it is best to have your lawyer speak with the insurance company on your behalf.
Insurance companies are primarily interested in protecting their own bottom line, and adjusters may be quick to dismiss or minimize your claim. An experienced lawyer will protect your rights and advocate aggressively to secure the compensation you deserve.
Insurance companies want an official statement. Should I give one?
Whatever you say to insurers – especially in the form of an official statement – could be interpreted in ways you didn’t intend and could weaken your case. It is best to speak with an attorney first, before giving a statement, to protect your rights to compensation.
Should I seek medical treatment after an accident?
Yes, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible for two reasons. First, you need to assess the full extent of your injuries and begin treatment. Second, you’ll need documentary evidence of the injuries associated with the accident. Keep your medical records because these will become valuable for filing a claim for compensation.
Should I request a police report?
Yes, because you may need this for your personal injury claim. When you speak with the law enforcement officer at the scene, it is a good idea to get their name and badge number to make it easier to access the report later on.
Am I liable for attorneys’ fees if I lose my case?
No, you will not be responsible for legal expenses and attorneys’ fees if we do not win compensation for your claim. Like most personal injury firms in Texas, we take cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means we only get paid if we help you recover money.
Will I be responsible for any other out-of-pocket expenses if I lose my case?
Generally, no, but there may be minor administrative expenses. Make sure you find out what your attorney will provide for you upfront. We try to be as transparent with clients as possible, and we generally discuss these details with you before beginning work on your case.
Contact Us To Schedule A Free Consultation
Our attorneys at Johnson Reist PLLC fight for the rights of those who have been injured. Our team has the skills and insight needed to guide your family through the maze of legal and financial issues related to cases involving all types of injuries or accidental death. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation regarding your personal injury or wrongful death case. Just call 469-501-ALLY or submit an online contact form.