This post concludes and recaps our series on the various “stages” of a Fort Worth, Texas personal injury case. We felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, many individuals may be unsure of what to expect after they or a loved one have been harmed by the negligence of another. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help people understand what it is they should expect from the process. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people to make an informed selection when they are choosing a personal injury attorney. If you require assistance then it is strongly suggested that you contact a lawyer immediately.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- The treatment stage of a personal injury case
- How your lawyer will determine your medical and economic losses
- The process of negotiating injury cases with an insurance company
- Litigating a personal injury case
- Distributing settlement or verdict proceeds in an injury case
There are several reasons why it is important for accident victims to understand these topics. First, your future prognosis must be reasonably ascertainable before a settlement demand may be sent to the insurance carriers. This is why it is important to receive prompt and regular treatment. Second, your lawyer will use the “summary” stage of a case to gather your medical records, billings, wage statements, etc. Third, your counsel will send a “demand letter” to the carriers in an effort to settle the matter and there may be extensive back and forth between the two sides. Forth, should litigation be necessary then it is vital that your attorney properly build a case and that the facts be presented at trial. Finally, disbursement of one’s funds can only take place after a resolution has been reached with any and all lien holders.
One of our goals in writing these articles was to show that handling a personal injury matter is a lengthy and complicated process. It is vital that you retain counsel who is familiar with each step of that process and that your representative understand that the handling of each step in the process will impact the next. This is why we suggest you retain a lawyer who is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law, who employs their own investigator, and who has the resources necessary to see the case through to completion. This is true whether you were injured in Fort Worth, Dallas, or elsewhere.