What to Expect When Meeting with Our Texas Personal Injury Attorneys
Our First Meeting
When you first come to our office, we’ll take the time to carefully discuss your situation. Being injured in a serious accident or losing a loved one due to negligence can shake you to your core. During such a difficult time in your life, it is important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, an attorney you can trust to pursue the monetary compensation you need through negotiation or trial.
Our first meeting will be about answering your important questions and putting your mind at ease. As our investigation and case strategy evolve, we may need photographs, medical records, police reports and other documents associated with your case. No matter what, we are here for you, every step of the way.
For 70 years, the attorneys of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have been serving and protecting the rights of seriously injured people and the families of those killed due to the negligence of others. Having been in practice since 1951, we have established ourselves as one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Texas.
Guiding You Through What Happens Next
The Initial Investigation. Be prepared to take photographs and otherwise document all evidence pertaining to your case. For example, if you have been injured in a car wreck, take pictures of all visible injuries and any damage to the vehicle. Some types of injuries do not manifest themselves completely until after some time has passed.
At this point, do not discuss your injuries or how the accident happened with anyone except your attorney or doctor.
Getting the Medical Treatment You Need. It is also very important to follow all of your doctor’s orders. If they tell you go to physical therapy – go. And keep a record of everything you are being told to do. If you are worried about paying medical bills, you often have options under your automobile insurance coverage (PIP, or personal injury protection) or under your health insurance. If you are receiving Medicare or Medicaid benefits, we need to know as there is a special way of handling cases involving these benefits.
Being Contacted by the Insurance Company. Shortly after any type of personal injury event you are likely to be contacted by a representative of the insurance company for the other party. It is imperative that you do not give a statement to anyone without the consent of your attorney.
Starting the Litigation Process. In Texas state court, we will file a “original petition” that will get the ball rolling on your case. Often the case will be assigned a trial date that is over a year away, but do not despair. We are here to help and support you through the entire life of your case. Our firm philosophy is to prepare every case as if it was going to trial at the first trial setting.
Serving and Answering the Lawsuit. After we file the original petition with the court, we will serve the lawsuit on the defendant. They have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. After they have responded, we will evaluate their answer and typically will then start the process for discovery.
Discovery. Discovery is essentially the process of collecting all of the necessary evidence for your case. During this process, we may request medical records from your doctor, review police reports, and request official documents and memos from the other side regarding policies, procedures, safety manuals, etc. We will also interview any potential witnesses in your case.
Mediation. Often during or following discovery, we may decide to meet with the other side to see if the case can be resolved without going to court. This is a voluntary process where both parties agree on a neutral person to help them try to resolve the case. A high percentage of cases settle at mediation, but if it is not an appropriate resolution for you, we will take your case to trial.
Trial. Depending on the specific situation, your trial could last a few days or several weeks. A typical car wreck trial takes 2 to 5 days, from jury selection until the jury verdict is received. The more complex the case the longer it will take for trial.
Contact Us Today
You need the help of a dedicated, compassionate personal injury lawyer, and that is exactly what you will find at our firm. You can rely on our knowledge and experience to get you through this difficult time and secure the recovery you need to be made whole again. To schedule your free consultation, call 713-396-3964 (toll free 800-594-4884) or email us.