The increase in the number of car owners and traffic, both in Sugar Land and across the globe, is a sign of a thriving economy. But with this increased activity comes more personal injury accidents. Fortunately, there are skilled and experienced legal professionals to help you through your case and answer the questions you may have. Below is a list of common questions and answers about Sugar Land accident and injury cases.
A personal injury case typically revolves around the physical and non-physical harm caused by another party’s negligence. This is most commonly found in car accidents but other areas of personal injury include:
An injury often includes trips to hospitals, chiropractors, and sometimes surgeons. These medical bills can vary in size but are an essential part of the economic damages that you are entitled to. Economic damages are those that can be calculated easily. Additionally, if you have missed time from work because of your injuries and have lost income as a result, these are also included in your economic damages.
In addition to economic damages, you are also entitled to non-economic damages. These are the damages that are more difficult to calculate but are nonetheless very important: pain and suffering, physical impairment, loss of consortium, mental anguish, and more.
Most lawyers in the area, including those at Lone Star Injury Attorneys, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the injured party does not pay anything upfront to the attorney. Instead, the lawyer’s fee is taken as a percentage of the gross settlement or verdict at the conclusion of the case.
In a contingency fee agreement with our firm, the lawyer does not make any fees unless you do as well. If for some reason the case is unsuccessful, our law firm will never send you a bill or invoice. All the expenses incurred by the firm will stay with the firm.
The length of your case often depends on how long your treatment lasts and how the insurance company responds to your demand for compensation. In the shortest (and rarest) of cases, the injured party seeks treatment for a month, and the insurance company makes a reasonable settlement offer approximately four months after the injury.
In the longest cases, treatment could last over a year, and your lawyer will need to file a lawsuit within two years of the injury. The insurance company will either deny that they are responsible or not reasonably value your injuries, forcing the case to be heard in front of a jury. Either party may also request from the Court that they be given more time to retrieve information to better understand the case. In these cases, the trial may take place as far as four years after the injury.
The majority of cases are resolved between one and two years after the initial injuries, but each case has its own details that may make the process take longer or shorter.
The answer is usually: as soon as possible. If your injury was a little while ago (but less than two years), it’s still a good idea to speak to a qualified lawyer to see if you have a viable case. If you have experienced an accident or injury in Sugar Land, our lawyers at Lone Star Injury Attorneys can help you evaluate what your options are.
Feel free to reach out to our office to schedule a free consultation with one of our qualified legal professionals.