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Answering Common Questions About Personal Injury Lawsuits

Founded more than 25 years ago, our personal injury attorneys at Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby PLLC in Longview have over 200 years of combined experience in litigation and personal injury lawsuits. They understand that if you were hurt in an accident and are suffering from injuries, you can have a lot of questions about what to do next.

Here, we have compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. For answers to your specific questions, we offer a free consultation appointment.

What do I do after I’ve been injured in an accident?

Whether you were injured in a car accident or hurt by a defective product or someone else’s negligence, there are a few steps you should take immediately following the accident:

  • Get all of the relevant information: If you were hurt in a car accident, make sure you get all of the relevant information from the other driver. If you were hurt by a defective product, make sure to find your proof of purchase, like a receipt.
  • Seek medical attention for your accident injuries: When your injuries require medical attention, going to the doctor creates a medical report and evidence of your injuries that can help you in a personal injury lawsuit.
  • Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer: It is critical to obtain representation as early as possible in order to protect your rights and preserve all relevant evidence in your case.

The sooner you contact a personal injury lawyer, the sooner you have someone on your side protecting your rights, especially if and when the insurance companies start pressuring you to settle your case.

Will my personal injury case go to trial?

In a personal injury lawsuit, insurance companies are likely to offer a settlement to avoid the time and expense of litigating a case all the way through to a trial. Whether or not you should accept a settlement depends on the extent of your injuries and the ongoing costs for your recovery as compared to the settlement amount you are offered. At Boon Calk Echols Coleman & Goolsby, we investigate every personal injury case thoroughly. We have access to experts who can analyze your damages and help you better understand how much your case is worth. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial so that we are fully prepared. No matter what happens during the settlement negotiations in your personal injury case, we will fight to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

How do I file a personal injury claim? What is the process?

If your case does not reach a settlement, you have to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations deadline, which, in Texas, is two years after the date of your accident. In the state of Texas, you will also have to prove whose fault it was.

Texas also has a law regarding proportionate responsibility. This means that if your own actions and behavior contributed to the accident, your ability to recover damages will be reduced by the percentage you were at fault. If you were more than 50% at fault, you will not be able to recover damages for your accident injuries.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

When an injury or death was caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, monetary damages may be available to compensate the victim. Examples of possible recoverable damages include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The amount of recovery is dependent upon the facts and circumstances of your particular case. For example, cases with catastrophic and serious injuries will require greater amounts of compensation to cover the medical care necessary for recovery or ongoing care due to the injuries. Consult with our experienced attorneys to determine how much compensation you may be entitled to. We will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve, either by jury verdict or through settlement.

Do You Still Have Questions? Contact A Personal Injury Lawyer For A Free Case Assessment.

Our attorneys offer a no-obligation free consultation appointment to answer any additional questions you may have. After they better understand the facts and circumstances of your case, they will also be able to offer an assessment of your case. To schedule your free appointment, call our office at 903-704-0592 or send us an email by using our online form.