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How Do You Know When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm?

The Law Office of Steve Brannan Dec. 13, 2023

Living through an injury can be an unsettling and disorienting experience. The path ahead might appear foggy, with numerous queries clouding your mind — What should be your next step? When is it the right time to seek professional advice? Although these questions may seem overwhelming, you can get answers. Remember, while the road to recovery might seem daunting, being informed is your first step toward regaining control. 

We at The Law Office of Steve Brannan are here for you. Based in Odessa, Texas, serving clients across Midland, Big Spring, Pecos, Andrews, and throughout communities in West Texas, our mission is to obtain full, fair, and adequate compensation for injuries suffered due to someone else's negligence. We take a personal interest in each of our clients, driven by concern, compassion, competitiveness, and friendliness. 

We understand how overwhelming it can be dealing with injuries, medical bills, and insurance companies while trying to recover. That's why we're committed to standing by your side, ensuring your rights are protected and your needs are met. 

Common Personal Injuries

Personal injuries can happen in a variety of ways. Whether it's an auto accident, a trucking mishap, a motorcycle crash, or a pedestrian incident, the results can be devastating. Other common situations include construction accidents, heavy equipment incidents, oilfield accidents, and slip-and-fall cases. No matter what caused your injury, we're ready to fight for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. 

Fault State vs. No-Fault (Texas Is a Fault State) 

In Texas, we operate under a "fault" system when it comes to auto accidents and other personal injury cases. This means that the person who was responsible for causing the accident is also responsible for any resulting harm. If someone else's negligence or wrongful acts caused an injury to you or a loved one, you deserve to fight for rightful compensation. 

Knowing When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm

Determining the appropriate time to seek legal advice from a personal injury law firm can significantly influence the outcome of your case. Although your first step after an injury should be to contact a personal injury attorney, here are some specific circumstances that could help you decide when to reach out. Being prompt and aware can make a world of difference when it comes to standing up for your rights. 

Injuries Are Serious 

If your injuries are severe and require medical attention, it's time to consult with an attorney. We can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and more. 

You Don't Know Your Options 

Understanding your legal rights and options after an injury can be challenging. That's where we come in. We can provide the necessary guidance and explain the potential courses of action available to you. Possible options available to you generally include filing a personal injury claim, negotiating a settlement, or proceeding to court for a lawsuit depending on the circumstances of your injury. 

Dealing With Insurance 

Insurance companies are notorious for trying to minimize claims or deny them altogether. Therefore, hiring an attorney is important; they understand how insurance companies work, and they have the skills necessary to negotiate for the compensation you deserve. With a legal professional on your side, you can focus on recovery instead of worrying about financial and legal aspects. 

Proof of Negligence Isn't Easy 

Proving negligence in a personal injury case can be complex. As experienced attorneys, we have the knowledge and resources to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case on your behalf. 

Things to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney

When you're ready to contact a personal injury attorney, make sure to ask the right questions. You'll want to know about their experience, their success rate with similar cases, their communication style, their fee structure, and whether they can provide references or testimonials from previous clients. 

These questions could include (but are not limited to) the following): 

  • What is your experience in handling personal injury cases? 

  • How many cases similar to mine have you handled successfully? 

  • What are my next steps? 

  • How would you describe your communication style? 

  • Can you explain your fee structure? 

  • Are you able to provide references or testimonials from previous clients?  

  • Do you have experience dealing with insurance companies? 

  • How much time do you anticipate it will take to resolve my case? 

  • Will you be personally handling my case or will it be assigned to another attorney in your firm? 

  • Do you foresee any potential challenges in my case? 

  • What is your approach or strategy for my case? 

  • If necessary, are you prepared to take my case to trial? 

  • What is your assessment of my case and what kind of settlement can I expect? 

By asking these questions, you can gain a better understanding of the attorney's background and approach to handling cases. It's also essential to feel comfortable and confident with your chosen attorney, as they will be representing your interests throughout the legal process. 

Additional Questions You May Ask

The questions we talked about earlier are just a starting point. They're meant to give you a basic understanding and encourage you to dig deeper into your unique situation. It's important to know that there's no cap on the number of questions you might have during your case, and a good lawyer should be ready and eager to answer them all. With the right legal help, you'll be prepared to handle the ins and outs of your case, ask the important questions, and make smart decisions. 

  • What kinds of damages can I recover? You can recover damages for injuries caused by the negligence of another person, product, or entity. This includes but is not limited to medical expenses, loss of earnings, emotional distress, and even the diminished quality of life. 

  • Can Texas law place limits on my potential compensation amount? Yes, it can. Texas does have laws known as damage caps that may limit the amount of compensation you can receive in certain types of personal injury cases. However, each case is unique, and these caps don't apply to all situations. 

  • What should I do if I've been injured due to someone else's negligence? If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, you should collect any evidence at the scene of the incident, seek immediate medical attention, and contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to start fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. 

  • How can a personal injury attorney help me? A personal injury attorney can advocate for you, collaborate with you to work toward your desired outcome, and fight for fair compensation for your injuries. They have the knowledge and resources to gather evidence, interview witnesses, and build a strong case on your behalf. 

  • What types of accidents and injuries are typically handled in personal injury law? Personal injury law covers a wide range of accidents and injuries. This includes car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, public transportation accidents, drunk driving liability, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, construction accidents, heavy equipment accidents, oilfield accidents, product liability, slip and fall incidents, and work injuries. 

  • What should I do if I've lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence? If you've lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, you should reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. They can help you seek justice and compensation for your loss, guiding you through the wrongful death legal process during this difficult time. 

Remember, these are general answers to frequently asked questions in personal injury cases. For advice specific to your situation, it's always best to consult with a professional. 

Experienced Personal Injury Representation

We're committed to fighting for your rights and seeking the compensation you deserve. We understand the challenges you face and are here to provide the support and guidance you need during this difficult time. Don't hesitate to get in touch for a free consultation. Together, we can navigate the legal process and work towards a favorable outcome for your case. If you are in the Odessa, Texas, area — including Midland, Big Spring, Pecos, Andrews, and throughout communities in West Texas  — reach out to us today.