Frequently Asked Questions

Published on June 05, 2012   Trevor A. Taylor

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. I’ve just been in an auto accident. What should I do?Frequently Asked Questions

A. Make sure you get the medical attention you need. Be honest with your doctor, fully describing your injuries. Finally, make sure you follow your doctor’s orders. If your doctor prescribes physical therapy, make sure you make the appointments and keep them.

If the insurance company calls and asks for a recorded statement, be cautious. You’re not under any obligation to give a statement to the insurance company for the wrongdoer. Talk to a lawyer before you consent to give any statement.

Q. The insurance adjuster is offering to settle my injury claim. Should I talk to a lawyer before I accept it?

A. Yes. With a few limited exceptions, settlement agreements are final; you can’t come back later and ask for more money. You want to make certain that the settlement reasonably compensates you for both your past and future losses. A personal injury trial lawyer can help you evaluate your claim and get you the compensation you deserve.

Q. How long do I have to bring my claim?

A. It depends on the type of claim. For example, claims against the City of Austin may require that the city receive notice within 45 days of the loss. Employment claims have relatively short deadlines to file claims with administrative agencies. Because the deadlines vary by the type of claim, it is important to consult a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after a loss to make sure your rights are protected.

Q. How do I pay for a lawyer?

A. You can hire a lawyer one of two ways. You can pay a lawyer on an hourly basis, and pay them a fixed rate for each hour they work. You owe will owe that money to the attorney, regardless of whether your claim is successful. While this sort of arrangement may work for a large corporation, most individuals and families cannot afford this kind of up front expense or risk.

Most lawyers that represent individuals or families in prosecuting injury lawsuits work on for a “contingency fee,” which means that the lawyer only gets paid if your claim is successful. If your claim is successful, the lawyer gets a percentage of the recovery. If the claim is unsuccessful, you owe the lawyer nothing.

The Law Office of Trevor A. Taylor has worked with clients under both types of fee arrangements.

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