This is the first article in a series discussing personal injury cases in which the victim has suffered a traumatic brain injury in Fort Worth, Texas. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will assist those, whose family member has been seriously injured as the result of the negligence of others, in better understanding the legal process. It is also our goal to provide information that may be helpful when selecting a law firm to represent your interests. If you or a loved one have suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, please 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 firm willing to represent you through the litigation process
After a serious accident occurs, many people do not know what to expect. Given the complexities of an accident resulting in brain damage, it is especially important to understand these points for a variety of reasons. First, in many cases, more than one person or entity bears some responsibility for the incident. It is important to identify all potential defendants and investigate their role thoroughly. Failing to pursue all of the parties can result in a victim not receiving the amount of damages to which they may have been entitled. Second, when a serious brain injury occurs, it may be difficult for medical professionals to ascertain the long-term prognosis. Delays in this process may also cause delays in the settlement and litigation processes. Victims and their families should be aware the legal process may take a significant period of time. Third, defense attorneys may request that the trial be divided into two stages, or “bifurcated.” This is a complicating factor in the litigation and almost never a benefit to the plaintiff. Finally, making the right selection of counsel can potentially make a difference in the outcome of your case. In particular, it is imperative to look for a firm willing to see the case beyond the settlement negotiations and through litigation if necessary.
If you need assistance with a personal injury case that resulted in a traumatic brain injury, we suggest that you retain a firm in which the attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Law and which also employs its own investigator. We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs. This is true in Fort Worth and elsewhere in Texas.