This is the first article in a series which will discuss issues which commonly arise in Fort Worth, Texas cases that result in the paralysis of their victims. We previously discussed the handling of paralysis personal injury cases in general. We are following up on this discussion due to the fact that there are several unique issues which can arise in these types of cases. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will assist those, whose family member has been paralyzed as the result of the negligence of others, in better understanding their situation. It is also our goal to stress the importance of selecting a personal injury lawyer with the resources and experience to represent your interests. If your loved one have been paralyzed in an accident then it is vital that you contact an attorney immediately.
We will be addressing the following topics throughout this series:
- Identifying all possible defendants following a serious accident
- Understanding the length of time between the accident and settlement or litigation
- The possibility of a bifurcated trial
- Selecting a law firm with sufficient resources to handle paralysis personal injury cases
- Selecting a firm willing to represent you through the litigation process
Paralyzed victims and their families should understand these topics for a variety of reasons. First, it is not uncommon for an accident to be the result of the negligence of many different parties. This is especially true in accidents involving commercial entities, such as trucking or construction companies. If the case involves a commercial entity then it will likely be necessary to identify and name multiple defendants. Failing to name all of the parties can result in a victim not receiving the full amount to which they are entitled. Second, paralysis cases can involve complex medical diagnoses, significant long-term financial impacts, and other issues that may require experts to ascertain. Depending on the medical status of the victim, understanding the full ramifications of the injuries sustained may take a significant period of time. As such, it is important for families to understand that the potential for settling a claim or filing and concluding litigation may also be a lengthy one. Third, defense attorneys will sometimes attempt to split, or “bifurcate,” the trial into two stages. This is intended to separate a jury’s exposure to the victim’s damages claims from their determination of the defendant’s liability. It can be a complicating factor in the litigation process. Finally, making the right selection of counsel can potentially make a difference in the outcome of your case. Retaining a firm with the resources necessary to incur significant expenses prior to settlement is essential. In addition, some law firms will drop a client entirely if a case is not settled successfully and requires litigation. For obvious reasons, this could disrupt and potentially damage a victim’s case.
If you need assistance with a personal injury case that resulted in the paralysis of the victim, it is important that you contact a law firm with multiple attorneys, in-house investigators, adequate resources, and the experience necessary to protect your rights. We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs. This is true in Fort Worth and elsewhere in Texas.