Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a set of questions we frequently receive from our clients. If you have been involved in an auto accident and have any questions about your legal rights or injuries, call me at (817)- 885-8000 and schedule your free consultation with a Fort Worth auto accident attorney. I will deal with your insurance company so you don’t have to.
How long will my case take?
Although I know this process is frustrating, please try to be patient. I cannot fairly settle cases until I have a good idea of the nature and extent of your injury. “Whiplash” cases are especially hard to diagnose and may be more serious than originally diagnosed.
It is important to know that your case will not be settled until the damages have been determined and all investigations to determine who is liable have been completed. It generally takes several months to gather the necessary information. If a trial becomes necessary, it can take several years to complete a case. We will work as hard and fast as possible to settle your case quickly. It takes time to determine your injuries and get medical reports from doctors. Insurance companies do not settle cases without complete medical reports from doctors, property damage estimates, lost wages statements, medical bills, and other information.
What are the "Standards of Representation" that lawyers talk about and how does your firm measure up?
Legal standards for a lawyer are the most important part of our professional training. We are required to abide by the highest ethical and professional standards--and we will not compromise these standards when we represent you. Serving people in the Fort Worth area, our auto accident attorney is dedicated to providing you with the very best legal advice and service available. We devote much time to continuing our legal education each year. We maintain a law library and will have immediate access to a nationwide computerized system to the most current legal opinions as they are handed down. Our office is equipped with the latest technology to ensure efficient service and prompt response.
All of this effort provides you with an assurance that we keep abreast of the legal issues while using time-saving devices to keep your expenses down. You can be certain that we will strive to provide you with the highest standard of service and representation at reasonable and competitive cost.I've heard about lawyer-client confidence. What does that mean to me?
Simply stated, all information or communication from you to your lawyer is completely confidential.
The ethics of the legal profession and our office require that all information and communications from you to your attorney or to our professional staff remain completely confidential.How can I be certain you have my best legal interests at heart?
That is our purpose in being lawyers. We have committed ourselves to upholding your legal interests in our system of justice. We realize that your legal questions and needs are very important to you. Our prompt, effective and accurate representation will affect not only your future, but your view of the fairness of our legal system.
Therefore, you have our assurance that we have your best legal interests at heart. We will zealously represent you and protect your legal rights.
Every lawyer licensed to practice law must take an oath and must abide by strict rules of professional responsibility. We do not take this obligation lightly. Since becoming attorneys, we have upheld the highest standards of legal advice and service. We are uniquely qualified to meet your needs for legal advice and service.How do I know you'll keep me informed about my case?
We must and we will. Open and candid communication is absolutely necessary to an effective client/attorney relationship.
Because your satisfaction is our objective, we ask that you discuss freely with us any concern you may have about how we are handling your case. Frequently, we can answer your questions by telephone, which will save you time and money. However, be assured our Fort Worth auto accident lawyer will discuss your legal concerns with you personally.How do I make an appointment and what are your office hours?
We will make appointments convenient with your schedule, whenever possible. There may be times when we are not available. I may be in court or preparing another client's case for settlement or trial. If your attorney is not available, rest assured that our messaging system will ensure a prompt response.
Our normal office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If Please call in advance for an appointment so we will be available and can give you undivided attention.
I accept telephone calls during the workday if we are available. I can't, however, answer calls if I am in court or meeting with another client. For routine matters, please feel free to speak with a member of my staff.What is the Value of My Case?
It is impossible for us to tell immediately how much money, if any, you will recover in connection with your case. There is no formula and each case is unique and different. In cases of serious injury, the ultimate recovery is often related to the amount of insurance coverage available, as well as the nature, extent, and duration of your injuries, along with an assessment of liability. We feel it is our primary duty to obtain an amount of money which will fairly and justly compensate you for your injuries. We will make every effort to do this by locating all sources of money. We will advise you of our evaluation in this regard.When do we file suit?
Although filing a lawsuit is always an option, by law we have until two (2) years (24 months) from the date of your collision (in most cases) to file suit. Since going through the litigation process can take years, is very expensive, and can be emotionally draining, almost all of my clients prefer that we first attempt to obtain a reasonable cash settlement before filing a lawsuit. We never sue, in any event, until at least three months have passed so we have a good idea of the extent of our client’s injuries. Although a lawsuit may have to be filed, settlement is always possible. Negotiations continue and only a small percentage of lawsuits actually go to trial.
What If I'm Hit by an Uninsured/Underinsured Driver?
If you were hit by an uninsured motorist or underinsured motorist, you may be eligible for benefits under your own policy or the policy that covered the vehicle you were in. In most cases, you will be able to collect for your lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, etc., in the same way as if the driver that hit you did have insurance. We ask that you provide us with a complete copy of your own insurance policy in force at the time of the accident.
Who should I call if I have questions about my Accident?
Our knowledgeable and dependable staff can answer any question you have about your accident. Car wrecks can be a traumatic and confusing event. Call our office to schedule a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer in Fort Worth, and I will help explain the entire process. The insurance companies will have an attorney, shouldn’t you?