This is the next post in our series on what Fort Worth, Texas residents should consider when they are selecting a personal injury attorney. Our last article provided an overview of topics which this series will be addressing. We also stressed the need to contact a lawyer sooner, rather than later, if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident. It is important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time in which you may file a lawsuit. If you miss this window of opportunity then you will be barred from recovering compensation for your injuries. By contacting counsel immediately, you help to ensure that your rights remain protected. In this article we will discuss an important topic – why you should retain a firm with significant resources. Not doing so can lead to your case potentially failing to receive the attention it deserves.
It is important to understand that a Fort Worth injury lawyer will typically pay all of the expenses, up front, in a case. They will not be reimbursed for these expenses unless you settle the matter or prevail at trial. These expenses can include the fees of expert witnesses. Depending on the nature of the matter, a case can require one or multiple experts. The fees for these professionals can range from tens of thousands of dollars, into the six figure range, as the complexity of a case increases. If one retains counsel without the financial resources necessary to pay such experts then there is a chance they will be without testimony that is needed to prove fault or damages.
There are a number of other expenses which your counsel may have to pay up front. These can include the expenses related to hiring an investigator. Cases involving multiple defendants, such as trucking accidents, or corporate entities, such as oil field injuries, often have complicated fact patterns or a high number of records which must be recovered and analyzed. It is best to retain a firm which employs its own investigator, in order to make sure that these issues are handled properly. At a minimum, one should make sure that a firm has the resources necessary to hire an experienced investigator service.
Cases which involve serious injuries can be highly complex. Such matters may involve head trauma, spinal damage, or even a wrongful death. These types of cases often involve lengthy and extensive discovery periods, an abundance of Motions being filed with the Court, and many Court hearings. This means that the Plaintiff’s lawyer can spend substantial time conducting legal research, writing briefs, attending depositions, and more. By retaining a firm that can devote multiple attorneys to a case, you help to ensure that such issues are handled methodically and systematically. This is true regardless of whether you were injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas.