A bifurcated trial is divided into two distinct phases. During the first phase, the jury may only hear evidence related to the liability of the parties. Only if the jury determines that the defendant was responsible for the accident can the victim’s counsel introduce evidence of their injuries and damages. Because information about the plaintiff’s injuries may be relevant to the liability phase of the trial, bifurcation is rarely beneficial to the victim. An experienced law firm will understand how to challenge bifurcation requests on your behalf. In this article, we will discuss the importance of retaining a law firm with significant financial and personnel resources to handle your case. If you or a loved one have been injured in a bicycle accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your interests are protected.
Personal injury cases, including those related to bicycle crashes, are generally undertaken by Fort Worth attorneys on a contingency basis. This means that the law firm will incur all of the expenses related to the case during the representation and be reimbursed for their fees and expenses when the victim is awarded damages. In a case involving serious injuries or complicated facts, the legal fees for the attorney’s work, expert witnesses, investigators, etc., can be significant. It is not uncommon, for instance, for fees in complex cases to reach into six or seven figures. For this reason, it is imperative to select a firm with the financial resources to absorb the costs necessary to handle your case appropriately. Firms that do not have the economic ability to do so may not be able to provide the vigorous representation your case deserves.
This is particularly true in bicycle accident cases for several reasons. As we have previously discussed, catastrophic accidents often require the use of several experts to prove liability and the plaintiff’s damages. These may include physicians, surgical specialists, therapists, vocational experts, and economists. If multiple defendants are involved or the facts of the case are in dispute, it may be necessary to conduct an in-depth investigation of the crash or retain an accident reconstructionist, adding to the law firm’s costs. It is best to retain a firm that employs its own investigator, in order to make sure that these issues are handled properly. At the very least, the firm should be able to afford to hire an investigative service and other required experts.
When selecting counsel after a bike accident, we suggest inquiring about the firm’s financial resources. We also recommend that you retain a firm that employs multiple lawyers in addition to its own investigator and one which has multiple attorneys who are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This is true whether your case is in Fort Worth or other areas of Texas.