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.
Here are three key facts you should know about personal injury lawsuits:
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.
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):
The answer to both questions: “It depends.” Your specific circumstances greatly influence the potential timeline of a personal injury lawsuit.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Personal injury law covers a wide range of matters involving preventable accidents caused by negligence. For example, in the United States:
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.
Personal injury cases can range from minor to catastrophic harm. Some of the most common injuries accident victims sustain include:
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.
A personal injury lawyer will need to establish four factors for negligence in a personal injury case:
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.
At Pierce Skrabanek, some of the most common claims we handle include but are not limited to:
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.