Personal injury insurance claims are opportunities for injured people to pursue compensation from the person or company at fault for the accident in which they were injured. The money they receive can cover lost wages from being unable to work, medical treatment, and damage to personal property. It can also compensate for intangible losses, such as emotional distress and pain and suffering. Many personal injury claims settle out of court. Opposing parties can negotiate a settlement without needing to go to trial. However, negotiations don’t always go well. Sometimes, reaching an agreement isn’t possible. When that happens, proceeding with a… Read More

A deposition can be intimidating. It’s a necessary part of a personal injury lawsuit. However, answering questions a defense attorney asks is a stressful process. You might worry about saying the wrong thing or providing incorrect information. Adequately preparing for a deposition is crucial. You should practice responding to every possible question and avoid common errors that can negatively affect the outcome of your case. Tricks and Traps Lawyers Use During Depositions Attorneys often use tactics to trick a deponent into providing information helpful to their opponent’s cases. The defense lawyer in your personal injury lawsuit might ask confusing questions… Read More

A personal injury lawsuit involves multiple phases. The discovery phase, which allows the plaintiff and defendant’s attorneys to request each other’s evidence, is among the most crucial. Opposing parties can review the evidence to assess legal strategies and determine how to argue against them. One particular part of the discovery process is a deposition. A deposition is a question-and-answer session conducted by a lawyer with the plaintiff, defendant, or witness. The purpose of a deposition is to obtain relevant information about the case. Providing brief, direct, and factual answers to every question is crucial. You should never speculate or embellish. Read More

Parties in a personal injury lawsuit are often called to attend depositions. A deposition allows the opposing sides to obtain information before they proceed to trial. The plaintiff’s and defendant’s attorneys can depose each other’s clients and witnesses to determine the facts of the case. Although a deposition might seem scary, it’s a straightforward process. However, what you say can be used against you during the trial. Your lawyer can help you prepare for your deposition so that you know how to respond to each question and avoid saying something that could damage your case. What Is a Deposition? A… Read More

Texas Stand Your Ground Law

Texas has a self-defense law in place known as the Stand Your Ground Law. Essentially, this law justifies the use of force against someone when the actor believes it is necessary to protect against someone else’s use or attempted use of unlawful force. Self-defense can be difficult to prove. You may be eligible for compensation from someone else’s insurance company if you were intentionally injured and the Stand Your Ground law does not apply. What Is the Stand Your Ground Law in Texas? Texas Penal Code 9.31 states that a person is justified in using force against someone else… Read More

Texas Gun Laws

Every state has unique gun laws that determine who is allowed to possess, carry and use firearms. Obeying these laws is critical to avoiding criminal charges as a gun owner. If someone uses a firearm in Texas, he or she must be acting within the limits of the law – or else face the consequences. If you are the victim of an intentional shooting, accidental firearm discharge or celebratory gunfire in Texas, find out if you have the right to recover financial compensation from the shooter or another party. Who Can Possess a Firearm in Texas? Texas is a “shall… Read More

Texas Seat Belt Laws

The seat belt is the single most important development in motor vehicle safety. Over the last few decades, seat belts have saved millions of lives. All 50 states have some type of seat belt law in place. Obeying the seat belt laws in Texas can keep you and your loved ones safe while driving, as well as protect you from legal trouble. Seat Belt Facts and Statistics Science has proven again and again that the safest choice vehicle occupants can make is to use a seat belt. The decision not to wear a seat belt can be fatal. According to… Read More

Factors that Affect the Value of your Personal Injury Settlement

If you have suffered an injury caused by another party’s careless or negligent actions, you have the right to recover compensation. However, securing the compensation you deserve isn’t always straightforward, and various factors can affect your claim’s value. Damages Damages is the legal term for the compensation awarded to reimburse victims for the impact a personal injury accident has had on their lives. The more financial losses and accident-related expenses you have had, the higher the value of your claim. For example: Medical Expenses: Current and future treatment you require and any other injury-related medical expenses. Property Damage: Repairing or… Read More

How Long Does It Take To Settle A Personal Injury Claim?

A common thought when pursuing a personal injury claim is wondering how long it will take. Unfortunately, the answer is not simple since the timeline is unique to each case. However, here is a general idea of the process and how long each step takes until you receive compensation. First Six Months The first six months of a personal injury claim typically involve recovering from your injuries and your personal injury attorney’s initial investigation. Medical Treatment Seeking medical care is critical to your health and also protects your right to compensation. If there is a gap between the accident and… Read More

$530,000 Car Crash Settlement

Our law firm represented a teacher who was in a terrible head-on crash just outside of Austin. A driver crossed the center line and hit our client head on.  She broke both of her legs and had over $150,000 in medical bills.  She was out of work for 4 months. We first went after the driver’s minimum insurance policy of $30,000 and secured that. Thankfully, our client had been smart enough to purchase a $500,000 Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UIM) policy before the crash.  We then went after this policy for her and obtained all of it.  So we settled the… Read More