Personal Injury FAQs
In Texas, personal injury claims can arise from a variety of incidents. Whether it's a car accident, a slip-and-fall at work, or a motorcycle mishap, we're here to help. We're deeply committed to ensuring you get full, fair, and adequate compensation for your injuries. It's part of our ethos to treat each client with concern, compassion, and a competitive drive to fight for their rights.
We at the Law Office of Steve Brannan understand that personal injury claims are not just legal actions; they're about real people who've suffered because of someone else's negligence. They're about holding those responsible accountable and seeking fair compensation for your pain, lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages. If you’ve been injured and you live in Odessa or anywhere else in Texas—including Midland, Big Spring, Pecos, and Andrews—set up a consultation today.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injuries
To help you navigate through the complexity of personal injury law in Texas, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions that we've received from our clients over the years. This set of questions and their corresponding answers aim to provide you with a basic understanding of what a personal injury claim entails. However, keep in mind that each case is unique, and specific advice should always be sought from a qualified attorney.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
Your health and safety should always be your top priorities after an accident. If possible, gather any evidence that could help your case, take pictures, note down details, and collect contact information from witnesses. Seek medical attention promptly, even if your injuries seem minor. We also recommend keeping a diary of your progress.
What if I Was Partially At Fault?
The state of Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule, limiting recovery to individuals whose fault is less than 50 percent. If you were above 50 percent responsible for the accident, you cannot recover any damages at all. At the Law Office of Steve Brannan, we can help you understand your rights and options.
I Don't Feel Hurt. Should I Still See a Doctor?
Absolutely. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and only a medical professional can properly evaluate your condition. Seeking medical attention isn't just about your health; it's also about creating a record of your injuries, which can be crucial for your personal injury case.
Should I Talk With the Insurance Adjuster?
We generally advise our clients to consult with us before speaking with an insurance adjuster. These individuals may try to minimize your claim or use your statements against you. We're here to protect your rights and guide you through these complex conversations.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In Texas, you generally have two years from the date of the accident or injury to file a personal injury claim. However, there might be exceptions and specific deadlines depending on your case. It's crucial to reach out to us as soon as possible to ensure you meet all necessary deadlines.
What if I'm Injured and the Other Party Has No Insurance?
Even if the other party doesn't have insurance, you may still have options for seeking compensation. Your own insurance policy may provide coverage for uninsured or underinsured motorists. We can help you explore all available avenues for compensation.
I Filed a Lawsuit. What Happens Next?
Once a lawsuit is filed, the legal process begins. This involves discovery, negotiations, and possibly a trial. The process can vary depending on the complexity of the case, but rest assured, we'll be with you every step of the way.
Who Pays for the Damages After an Accident?
Typically, the party responsible for the accident or their insurance company is responsible for paying for the damages. However, insurance companies often try to minimize the amount they pay. That's where we come in; we'll fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
While not legally required, hiring a personal injury attorney is highly recommended. We can navigate the complex legal process, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your rights.
Fighting to Right the Wrongs
At the Law Office of Steve Brannan, we have the knowledge and skills to maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries and losses. We hope this information helps you navigate the challenging landscape of personal injury claims in Texas. Remember, you're not alone. At the Law Office of Steve Brannan, we're here to fight for you. Contact us today to discuss your case.