Personal Injury Lawyers

Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Trust?

Choose a proven professional to help you seek compensation — your one chance to file a personal injury lawsuit deserves an experienced attorney.

After an injury, individuals and families need immediate resources to heal and stay afloat while they plan for an unpredictable future. Hiring the right attorney can maximize the settlement you deserve, help expedite the process, and relieve stress during a critical time.

At Pierce Skrabanek, our attorneys have decades of experience securing multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients and their loved ones. Our firm is headquartered in Houston, TX, and can be contacted by phone at 832-690-7000, or online to schedule a free, confidential consultation. The sooner you reach out to us, the sooner we can start working on your behalf to secure what you deserve.

Read on to learn facts about personal injury lawyers, how long lawsuits can take, and other frequently asked questions about your rights.

What Do I Need to Know About a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Here are three key facts you should know about personal injury lawsuits:

  1. Building a case is your lawyer’s job, not yours. Some people skip seeking the fair compensation they deserve because they think a lawsuit will be too much work, but that is not the reality. The work of filing a lawsuit is for your attorney to accomplish — you only need to empower us to act on your behalf.
  2. You are far more likely to succeed with professional representation. Personal injury suits represented by attorneys have a 91% chance of securing a settlement (as opposed to a 51% likelihood for those who represent themselves). Additionally, those settlement amounts average 300% higher than self-represented results according to the Insurance Research Council (IRC).
  3. A lawyer knows how to maximize the available damages. The higher results for attorney-represented cases are partly due to the knowledge of what damages are available and how to prove them to the court’s standards. Potential damages include:
  4. Medical bills as well transportation costs to see necessary healthcare specialists
  5. Lost wages due to missed work, and lost job-related benefits like health insurance, retirement contributions, used vacation time, and lost advancement opportunities
  6. Pain and suffering caused by the physical injury and their psychological impact on you and your marriage or family
  7. Punitive damages, which are amounts charged to the wrongdoer and then awarded to you if it’s proven that they acted with appalling disregard for your safety
  8. Wrongful death damages for surviving loved ones who deserve compensation for both financial losses (as in the death of a family breadwinner) and emotional losses (the person’s unique guidance, companionship, and support)

Your attorney thoroughly investigates your case to identify all potentially liable parties, such as a truck driver and the company that employs them. Your lawyer knows how to account for the true cost of your injuries — not just the line-item bills from a hospital, but the cost of medications, follow-up treatment, and reduced earning capabilities. An experienced attorney can also describe intangible injuries, like grief, in terms the court can understand and award.

An attorney’s knowledge of the law and experience in court are vital advantages you need to ensure your one opportunity for justice has the best possible outcome. A comprehensive settlement could greatly improve your health and secure financial stability for your family.

Do Personal Injury Claims Go to Court?

Personal injury claims can go to court in a full trial, but it’s rare. Only about 3% of cases are settled by a judge or jury according to the US Department of Justice (DOJ). The rest are either settled out-of-court or negotiated mid-trial (often for higher amounts than first offered).

See the following step-by-step explanation of how personal injury cases go to court (and know that the vast majority of them stop around steps 4-7):

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How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take to Go to Court? How Long Can You Make a Personal Injury Claim?

The answer to both questions: “It depends.” Your specific circumstances greatly influence the potential timeline of a personal injury lawsuit.

  • For going to court: The best estimate is a timeline between a few months to a couple of years.

How quickly a case settles depends on the willingness of the other side to negotiate, and an experienced attorney can incentivize them to settle quickly by entering negotiations as if going we are going to trial.

Once the opposing counsel realizes we’re willing to go before a judge to ensure you’re fully compensated, they often choose to settle rather than risk a verdict. Judges and juries have the discretion to increase the amounts awarded. By reaching a fair settlement, they can avoid being charged with punitive damages, and you can move on sooner with the payments you need.

  • For filing a claim: The deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit is between 1-6 years depending on your state.

The clock starts ticking on the date of your injury, and you may have as little as 1 year to file a claim based on your state’s laws (known as “statutes of limitations”). In Texas, where Pierce Skrabanek is located, the deadline for filing most personal injury claims is 2 years.

It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible so they can inform you of your specific timeline based on your age (there may be exceptions for children), location, and the type of injury. Certain medical malpractice injuries have different deadlines than car accidents, for example.

The deadlines for court cases are extremely strict and frequently complex. By hiring an attorney, you entrust those matters to a seasoned professional who will handle the work so you can heal in peace. If you’re unsure of the filing deadlines or timeline of your case, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

Time may be running out — contact the attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek today at 832-690-7000. One phone call could help secure representation right away, and allow us to file your claim before it’s too late.

Testimonials

Read what our past clients have to say about our legal services. 

Daryl M.

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“My experience with Mr. Skrabanek was honestly far better than all expectations that we had. He took care of us like we were family, making sure me and my wife always felt like a priority and walked us through all of the concerns that we had. If you are looking for a professional who truly cares for his clients you can stop the search. You won’t be disappointed.”

Denise J.

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“Mike and his team helped me settle an injury claim case. I was informed and helped through every step and they were always professional and very responsive. I really enjoyed working with them.”

Victoria S.

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“My attorney, Michael, did an amazing job with my case. He’s a straight shooter and has a vast knowledge of the law combined with an extensive amount of experience, making him a fantastic attorney. I fully recommend this firm.

Thank you Pierce Skrabenek!”

Gabriela C.

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“Paul Skrabanek of the law firm Pierce Skrabanek was very professional and went above & beyond in handling my daughter's case. Very dedicated, worked diligently, and got justice for my family. If I could give a higher rating than 5 stars I would. Thank you and your firm for such tenacity.”

Raymond H.

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“These guys are awesome, they were very informative from the beginning to end, working with them was super smooth, and I had all questions answered thoroughly. The whole team at this firm works to help in every way they can. They were able to get me the compensation I deserved and exceeded my expectations. If you’re ever in need of a stellar team to stand behind you and work for you, these guys are the ones you would want in your corner.

Thank you very much Paul and thank your team for me.”

Cam F.

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“Working with Paul Skrabanek was a very positive experience. He helped me understand the legal process as someone who has never been a part of a lawsuit, and was able to get me settled quickly and painlessly! Loved working with Pierce Skrabanek law firm!”

Michele R.

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Michael Pierce and his team, especially Krystle, were very professional, always available (even on weekends), and very knowledgeable. We appreciate their hard work on our case and the time they took to explain every detail as our case progressed. Mike is a phenomenal attorney and we highly recommend them for your legal needs.”

Beverly C.

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“I found Mr. Skrabanek to be very trustworthy, creditable, and genuinely concerned about my well-being while I was going through this very difficult process. He showed constant concern for me being completely satisfied before making any final decisions.”

Diane T.

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“Fantastic team of attorneys and staff dedicated to their clients. Michael Pierce is an outstanding trial attorney for personal injury cases.”

Deborah S.

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“We watched, participated & listened to Paul Skrabanek fight for a settlement which we could be happy with. Just this month the case has been put to rest.”

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Why Should I Hire Pierce Skrabanek for My Personal Injury Claim?

When you or a loved one are hurt in a negligent accident, you need a personal injury attorney to stand up for your rights. At Pierce Skrabanek, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience helping those affected by careless, negligent, or intentional acts. We provide compassionate counsel and aggressive representation to every client, and have recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements including:

  • A $117 million jury verdict for an auto accident (the largest single personal injury verdict in the state)
  • $11.6 million for a catastrophic workplace injury that involved damage to our client’s eyesight
  • $2.5 million in a product liability judgment for a defective steering mechanism on a boat motor (after an initial $0 offer from the defendant)

Our founding attorneys, Michael Pierce and Paul Skrabanek, combined their unique knowledge of personal injury law and have dedicated their careers to seeking justice for those affected by serious injuries.

If you or a loved one have been hurt due to the careless actions of another party, consult with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys today by scheduling a free case evaluation online or calling 832-690-7000. We have the skills, experience, and proven results you can trust.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is personal injury law?

Personal injury law covers a wide range of matters involving preventable accidents caused by negligence. For example, in the United States:

  • Roughly 8 million people visit emergency rooms every year due to a fall
  • In a recent reporting year, over 2,500 injuries resulted from recreational boating
  • Every year 9.5% of all US deaths are from medical errors
  • 2.8 million workers suffered injuries on the job in the last reporting year
  • In Texas, 1 person every 2.56 minutes is injured in a traffic collision

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by someone’s careless acts, you may need a personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

What kinds of injuries are common in personal injury cases?

Personal injury cases can range from minor to catastrophic harm. Some of the most common injuries accident victims sustain include:

  • Broken, fractured, or dislocated bones
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal injuries, sometimes resulting in organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Burn injuries
  • Loss of limbs, amputations
  • Disfigurement or severe scarring
  • Spinal cord injuries, which may cause paralysis or quadriplegia
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Lacerations
  • Crush injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered any of the above injuries due to someone’s careless acts, our personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to recover the compensation you need to put the pieces of your life back together.

How does a lawyer for personal injury prove liability?

A personal injury lawyer will need to establish four factors for negligence in a personal injury case:

  1. The individual or entity being sued owed you a duty of care, which is an obligation to keep you safe from all reasonable harm. For example, a grocery store owner has a duty to ensure employees and customers remain reasonably safe from hazards.
  2. A breach of duty occurred, which may require expert witnesses to prove. In a medical malpractice case, for instance, your personal injury attorney must establish that a doctor missed something that other doctors in their field would have caught.
  3. A causal link between the breach of duty and your injuries. In a product liability case, a faulty valve may cause heavy machinery to malfunction, thereby causing your injuries.
  4. The cost of your losses. Damages in a personal injury suit may cover the physical trauma of your accident, emotional distress, property destruction, and economic losses.

In some cases, there may be multiple parties to blame, which makes the case more complex. Your attorney will investigate thoroughly to hold all parties accountable, and pursue the maximum available funds for you and your family.

What types of personal injury cases does Pierce Skrabanek represent clients in?

At Pierce Skrabanek, some of the most common claims we handle include but are not limited to:

  • Car accidents
  • Trucking accidents and 18-wheeler accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Workplace and industrial accidents
  • Maritime accidents
  • Oil rig accidents
  • Plant explosion accidents
  • Oilfield accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Injuries caused by pharmaceutical and medical devices
  • Wrongful death

If you have questions about your particular case and whether our attorneys can help you, call us directly at 832-690-7000 to discuss your options. We will do everything in our power to advise and help you, including representing you all the way to a satisfactory case resolution.