Never. We are happy to discuss your case with you free of charge. Before we can decide to take your case, it is important that we hear the basic facts so that we can make an informed decision, so a free consultation is vital to the job we do as Dallas personal injury attorneys. If you decide to retain our services, we never charge for consultations. (In fact, we work on a contingency basis and only get paid if we secure a recovery for you). As part of our jobs as personal injury attorneys, we want and expect you to call us to discuss your case throughout the entire process. A free initial consultation is also important even if you decide not to retain us because that conversation may allow us to point you in the right direction and offer you advice that could be beneficial to you protecting your rights.
How much will you charge to handle my case?
The first important thing to understand is that we handle your personal injury case completely on a contingency fee basis. If we do not win, you do not owe us anything. If we do get a recovery for you, then we charge you a percentage of that recovery. The exact percentages are something we will discuss with you in our initial consultation with you. Also, the exact percentages will be clearly laid out in our contract and fully explained to you before you enter into the contract.
What type of damages am I entitled to?
The types of damages you are entitled to recover is very fact specific to your case. Generally, the damages you are entitled to recover in a personal injury case depends on the types of injuries you sustained. The types of damages that may be available to you can be generally summarized as past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, loss of earning capacity, past and future pain and suffering, permanent impairment, and property damage to your car, if you are involved in a car wreck. Again, this is just a general statement as to types of damages available, and a specific discussion of your case is necessary before we can determine the exact category of damages you may be entitled to recover.
How much is my case worth?
This is always the $6 million dollar question that all clients want an answer to. The problem is there never is an easy answer. This answer differs based on many factors, including the type of case, the seriousness of the injury to you, and the facts supporting liability of the party that injured you. Due to our experience in handling many personal injury cases and having a broad understanding of what to expect from juries and insurance companies, we are able to advise you as to whether the amount offered by the insurance company is adequate or if you should proceed to a trial by jury. What is certain, however, is that we are on the same team with the same goal of maximizing your recovery and getting you the money you deserve.
Do I have to go to Court, and if so when?
Fortunately, the large majority of cases settle before they go to Court, particularly in Dallas County District Court where every case must be mediated. (Mediation is the process where the two sides to a case meet with an independent third party in an attempt to settle the case.) That being said, we only recommend our clients to settle when it is in their best interest to do so. We take our oaths to zealously advocate for our clients seriously. As such, we prepare every case as if we will have to go to trial. This helps us in settlement discussions and it insures that we are prepared to do what we enjoy to do the most-take cases to trial.
When will my case be resolved?
While we work diligently to resolve your case from the day you sign the attorney client agreement, timeframes for resolution are always unpredictable because of all the moving parts to personal injury claims. If a personal injury attorney tells you they will have you a check in “x” amount of days, you may want to be a little skeptical. The first impediment to resolving these cases quickly is your health. We cannot demand the case until we know what your past and future medical bills will be as well as your long term prognosis. If we settle before knowing this information, we may not get the recovery you deserve. Once we have the necessary medical information as well as the information supporting lost income and other damages, we immediately send a demand to the insurance company in an effort to resolve the case. Usually, at this stage we know if the insurance company is negotiating in good faith, and if so, the case can resolve in a matter of a few weeks. If we are forced to file suit, we are then at the mercy of the Courts to some degree as to when we get to trial, but we continue to diligently work on your case with the goal of getting it into mediation and resolved as quickly as possible. Again, every case is different and so is the time frame for every case. Dallas car wreck cases are usually quicker to resolve then complex medical malpractice cases in Dallas. All we can do is assure you that, as your personal injury attorney, we will work as hard and as quickly as possible to get you the compensation you are entitled.
Isn’t every lawyer in the phonebook or internet the same?
Picking a lawyer is a personal decision. It’s important to find a lawyer that is right for you. As we say on our home page- the right lawyer matters. When picking a lawyer, it is certainly important to avoid two scenarios. First, make sure you pick a lawyer that has the experience you need. The Dallas personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins have a vast amount of experience handling personal injury cases of every type, from auto accidents, to medical malpractice, to nursing home abuse, to construction site accidents, to wrongful deaths, just to name a few. This experience is important to achieve a beneficial resolution. Second, many firms simply treat clients as numbers- just one of many in a settlement mill where paralegals, rather than attorneys, handle the cases. At Wilson Trosclair & Lovins, every case is assigned to an attorney from the second the case hits our doors. Each case is given the attention of an experienced personal injury attorney that has handled your type of case in the past. You are not simply a “number” to us farmed out to a paralegal. And unlike many firms, the names partners in this firm actually work on the cases and do not simply act as marketing tools. If you review our educational background and professional experience, I believe you will see that the Dallas personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair and Lovins are the right attorneys for you, so do not leave chance to a random name in a phonebook.
How long do I have to file my case?
Typically, most injury cases need to be filed within two years from the time of the injury. The law being the law, there are times when this is not the case, which makes it all the more important to take advantage of your free consultation with a personal injury attorney at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins. It is certainly important for you to know that if you fail to file the lawsuit in a timely manner, you may forever waive your rights to Recovery.
If the other person does not have insurance, am I out of luck?
Not necessarily. For instance, in the case of a car wreck, your own insurance may cover your medical bills and lost income either under PIP or UIM coverage. This is another reason to take advantage of your free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys at Wilson Trosclair & Lovins.