Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
Should I talk with the insurance representative before calling my attorney?
No. It is important to consult an attorney first. Insurance companies may contact you directly unless you are represented by an attorney. You are encouraged to retain an attorney as soon as possible to review your case. Insurance companies have their own best interests in mind. Many times, the insurance companies will try and have you sign a release without fully explaining all of the rights you may be giving up.
How long will it take to pursue my personal injury or accident claim?
The answer to this question depends on the nature of the case. Every case is unique and presents its own challenges. The nature of the case dictates the length of time necessary to bring your action to its conclusion. During your initial consultation, your attorney will be able to give you a better idea of how long your particular case may take. Understand, however, that this is an estimate, as facts and circumstances often change during the course of a case.
How do I pay for my personal injury or accident claim?
In all injury claims, we work on a contingency fee agreement, clearly explained in an employment contract, signed by both parties. This means our fee is based purely on a percentage of any recovery. If we are unable to recover money damages for you, you pay nothing.
How do I get paid for my personal injury or accident claim?
There are, generally, two avenues for obtaining money for your injuries. The avenues are: 1) filing a lawsuit (suing), or 2) reaching a mutually agreeable financial arrangement (settlement) with the responsible party. In either case, rest assured that all defendants will have legal representation to protect their interests. Therefore, you should protect your interests as well with qualified representation. In a majority of cases, the parties will settle. Even after a lawsuit has been filed, settlements often occur. However, in seeking full recovery for damages, one should be prepared to go all the way to trial, if necessary.
How soon after an accident or injury should I contact an attorney?
You should contact Rhett Hoestenbach, P.C. Law Firm as soon as possible after you are in an accident or you are injured. Remember, our consultations are always free. Whether you have been injured as the result of an auto accident, on the job, or due to someone’s negligence, the insurance company will immediately work hard to limit or defeat your claim. It is essential that you immediately consult with us so that we can properly advise you on how to handle your claim and so that we can minimize or eliminate the defensive position that will be taken by the insurance company. We will assist you with crucial decisions such as selecting a doctor to properly treat your injuries so that you can recover as quickly as possible. We are always willing to work with your doctor in guaranteeing payment of medical services upon the successful resolution of your case.
How can I be sure if I even have a legitimate personal injury or accident claim?
To have a personal injury case, you must be able to show that you have been injured. This may be a physical injury or it may be an emotional injury. In addition, you must be able to show that someone else is at fault for your injury.
How much is my personal injury or accident claim worth?
There is no formula to determine compensation in a lawsuit. Financial considerations can include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, loss of consortium and property damage. Economic factors like age, the current level of employment and education will also be taken into account when determining how much compensation to award. Punitive damages may also be awarded. To give you an idea of the level of compensation you might receive, we will need to discuss your case further. Contact Rhett Hoestenbach, P.C. Law Firm to arrange a FREE consultation. You may also call us in Austin at 512-472-8865 or in Midland-Odessa at 432-219-6363.