This is the first post in a series which will discuss the issue of how one should go about selecting a personal injury attorney in the Fort Worth, Texas area. We are writing on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many people do not know what steps to take after they have been injured by another’s negligence. This confusion can lead to one making a poor choice when it comes to their selection of counsel. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people more fully understand their options. It is also our goal to provide information which will help people make an informed choice when they contact a lawyer.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- The need to select an attorney with significant financial capital and resources
- The need to retain a firm who will handle your case through litigation, if necessary
- The need to retain a firm which is selective about the cases it takes
There are several reasons why one should understand these issues while selecting counsel. First, in any personal injury case, the law firm will pay all costs (such as expert fees, etc.) up front. The firm will only recover these fees if you win your case. This means that, if you retain a firm without significant financial backing, there is a risk that counsel will not be able to handle your case properly. Second, there are many law firms which will handle a case during negotiations with the insurance adjuster but refer the matter out if a settlement is not reached. By retaining a firm that will handle your case, from beginning to end, you help to ensure that you do not receive a “low ball” settlement. Finally, by retaining a firm that is selective about the cases it takes you can be more sure that counsel feels that you have a legitimate chance of recovering damages.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you must contact a lawyer immediately if you or a loved one have been injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere in Texas. Under our state’s statute of limitations, you only have a limited amount of time in which you may file a case. If you miss this time window then you will be barred from recovery. Contacting an attorney sooner, rather than later, helps to ensure that your rights remain protected.