At our firm, we break down the whole lawsuit process for you so you're informed about what will happen when you hire us for your case. We want you to be prepared for what's about to happen.
1. Free consultation
The first step in your case is talking with our specialists and experienced lawyers about your case.
- We talk to you about what happened and gather as much information as possible.
- We answer all of your questions.
- We determine if you have a legal case.
- We explain your legal rights.
- We help you determine your next steps.
Talking to us about your case will help you make sure you don't accidentally do anything to hurt your case. Adjusters are trained to trick you into giving them information that could hurt your case. Knowing your rights is important in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. You're facing highly trained adjusters and experienced insurance attorneys. And it can feel like you're all alone. That nobody's on your side. One of the things we do in our free consultations is arm you with the information you need to defeat the adjusters and insurance attorneys.
Our consultations are always 100% free and 100% confidential.
2. Hire the best lawyer for your case
Choosing who to hire as your attorney can mean the difference between getting the compensation you deserve or getting nothing. Lawyers can say they handle all types of cases, but only a handful of attorneys actually have a track record of success and an even smaller group of attorneys can actually say they're experts in their areas of the law. What that means is that unless you hire a lawyer who is Board Certified by their state's Board of Legal Specialization, and that lawyer has a history of getting good results for people who have cases that are similar to yours, you probably won't get the best result possible for your case.
At our firm, three of our attorneys are board certified. Brian Beckcom, Curtis Bickers, and Vuk Vujasinovic are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fewer than 2% of all lawyers in Texas are Board Certified in any specialty. So when you're looking for a lawyer for your case and they aren't Board Certified, you should probably keep looking. Board Certified attorneys have to win cases, pass a rigorous examination, and be recommended by other attorneys and judges. And they have to keep winning cases in order to keep their certification. When you hire a Board Certified attorney, you're sending a signal to the insurance company and the insurance attorneys that you mean business. That you won't be tricked or trapped into a lowball settlement. That you know your rights and you're serious about holding them accountable for all of the pain and suffering they've caused you and your loved ones.
3. Get medical treatment
Your most important job is to get better. In many cases, that can seem impossible. It can be hard to see the doctors you need to see to get better. Whether the company only wants you to see their doctors, or your primary care physician won't treat you because you've been in an accident, it can be very frustrating and feel like nobody will help you.
When you become a client, we work with you to make sure you have access to the right doctors. You have to do your part. You can ruin your case if you stop going to your appointments, if you reinjure yourself by not following your doctor's orders, or if you are seen doing activities your doctor has told you not to do.
One reason it is so important that you do everything your doctors tell you to do is that you're most likely being watched by the insurance company. Insurance companies are notorious for hiring investigators. They are trying to catch you doing something your doctor has told you not to do. If your doctor has said you can't lift or carry dog food, don't lift or carry dog food. Always assume you're being watched and filmed.
4. We investigate your legal case
Our legal team starts investigating right away. We work differently than most law firms. Most law firms assign you to an attorney and a paralegal and that's it. You get our entire team.
Your legal team gets to work on your case the moment you sign our contract:
- We make sure your case gets filed in the best possible court
- We protect all of the evidence in your case
- We investigate your case
- We conduct discovery, which means both sides exchange information and documents
- We get the testimony of witnesses, corporate representatives, and experts
- We prepare you for your own testimony
- We get all your medical and billing records to prove your injury
- We get all your wage documents to prove your lost wage claim, if that's part of your case
- We assist you with medical treatment issues
- We help you find ways to get your bills paid while you're recovering from your injuries
- We pay all of the up-front expenses necessary so you have the best chance of winning your case
- We spend as much time as necessary in order to win your case
- We communicate with you constantly to make sure you're informed and can make the right decisions for your case
Legal cases can take anywhere from 12-18 months, or even years depending on how complex your case is. It is important that you make sure we know how to contact you. If you move, if you get a new phone number, if your email address changes, we need to know right away so your case isn't delayed because your legal team has to track you down.
5. We begin settlement negotiations
We can't begin the settlement phase of your case until you're as fully recovered from your injuries as possible. We collect all of your medical records and bills, along with your lost wage information, and work with experts to calculate your past and future monetary damages. Then, we take all of that data and those numbers to the insurance attorneys and insurance company in the form of a settlement demand. If they don't accept that number, we keep working.
6. We work on getting you the settlement you deserve
If the initial settlement demand isn't accepted by the other side, we work with the courts and the insurance attorneys to schedule mediation. At mediation, both sides present their cases to a trained mediator. We argue why you deserve to be compensated for your past and future lost wages, your past and future medical bills, your pain and suffering, and your mental anguish. In some cases, the company has been so negligent, you also get to ask that the company pays you what's called punitive damages. This is compensation on top of what you can normally ask for in an injury lawsuit.
Many cases settle at mediation. However, some cases don't. If your case still hasn't settled after mediating it, we will continue to work on reaching a satisfactory settlement agreement as we prepare your case for trial. Most cases, over 95% of them, settle before a jury reaches its verdict. Our firm won't hesitate to go to Court, which sends a signal to most insurance companies that we believe in your case so strongly, we're willing to take the risk.
7. We help with the post-settlement phase of your case
Once you've agreed on a settlement, we still have work to do. We negotiate any liens and outstanding medical or case-related bills you have. Our goal is to get as much money as possible in your pocket, so we work to make the settlement agreement as favorable for you as possible. We then sit down with you to review the settlement agreement, sign all of the paperwork, and then make sure you receive your final settlement check.
To talk with us about your case, give us a call at 877-724-7800. It's toll-free and totally confidential.