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Experienced. Dedicated. Personal Injury Attorneys.
Experienced. Dedicated.
Personal Injury Attorneys.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Enduring a personal injury may be incredibly difficult, but pursuing the correct compensation doesn’t have to be. Criaco & Associates is confident in the expertise of our attorneys and want to give you the information you need. Below we have answered some of the most common personal injury questions. For any additional questions please contact us or ask your question below.

When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?2021-05-26T18:44:00+00:00

When you have been involved in a serious accident or have sustained a life-altering injury, it may be difficult to think about taking legal action. However, it is important to speak to an experienced attorney who specializes in personal injury. The sooner you contact an attorney, the quicker your injury claim can be developed. This firm only handles injury cases and we can begin working on your case today.

Should I bring a claim? Do I even have a claim?2021-05-27T16:10:16+00:00

Consider these questions:

  • Has your injury cost you money or physical pain?
  • Did your injury impact your life and how you live (or will live) in the future?
  • Was your injury caused by someone else?

If you answered “yes” to any question you should consider hiring an attorney to pursue your injury claim.

How much money will I be able to recover?2021-05-27T16:10:11+00:00

No attorney can offer an accurate damage/recovery estimate without knowing all of the details in your case. Most times the full extent of injuries are not diagnosed for weeks and only after extensive medical diagnostic testing. We are experienced attorneys who have knowledge about the insurance companies and can request coverage information and investigate the solvency of the person/entity that caused you harm. The more severe your injuries the more compensation you might expect to receive in a personal injury claim. The payment you deserve includes the costs of your past and current medical treatment, lost income from not being able to work due to your injuries and any property damage that may have been inflicted. We will also demand compensation for your physical pain. A personal injury attorney can review all the facts of your case and help you determine fair compensation for your damages.

There are many different kinds of personal injury lawsuits, compensation amounts can vary widely. Yet, most the forms of damages fall under the category of compensatory damages, which are intended to compensate victims for losses.

Economic damages might include:

  • Hospital bills and other medical expenses
  • Loss of income and loss of future wages due to an inability to work
  • Costs for rehabilitation and physical therapy

Non-economic damages might include:

  • Physical pain and suffering caused by the trauma of the injuries.
  • If the accident has left you with a permanent disability or disfigurement, you are entitled to compensation for the emotional injuries connected with these losses.
  • In a death claim Texas law permits additional damages, including funeral and burial expenses. A personal injury attorney will examine all of the facts of your case and will advise you about the types of damages for which you may be eligible.
Do I have a valid claim? Who can I bring a claim against?2021-05-26T18:58:16+00:00

Many people who suffer a physical injury question if they have a valid lawsuit. Because the facts of each case are different, it is not possible to know whether you have a legitimate case until we have spoken. Every conversation we have about your claim is always free and there is no reason not hesitate to call us to discuss the facts of your case. We can advise whether you have a claim that will provided you with compensation. The negligent party might be another driver who ran a red light and hit you, the owner of a business where you slipped and fell because of wet floors or another hazardous condition, or even a product manufacturer whose defective product caused you harm. Sometimes multiple parties contribute to a single incident, in which case several people or entities might be named in a lawsuit.

How long will my case take to finish?2021-05-26T18:59:07+00:00

Since every injury case consists of different and unique facts the amount of time each case takes can vary widely. In some cases, we will be able to secure a substantial settlement for you. In other situations, we may need to wait for a Texas jury to render a verdict as to the amount of money damages you will recover. Some injury cases have complexities (with regards to the facts surrounding the injury or the medical diagnosis/condition) that can take a long time to resolve. Do not forget that insurance companies like the tactic of “deny and delay” to prolong your case so that it can avoid compensating you for your injuries. Remember, no one gets any compensation until you make a full recovery. So everyone has an incentive to work hard for you and your claim.

Success comes when you have a dedicated personal injury lawyer on your side throughout the entire process. Insurance carriers and their hired adjusters are often more willing to deal with experienced lawyers, and they may even be willing to agree to a reasonable amount of compensation in a settlement if they know they are dealing with a competent plaintiff’s attorney. We do not take a fee unless we secure compensation for you, and we will fight for your rights every step of the way.

How much time do I have to pursue a claim?2021-05-26T18:59:55+00:00

Texas typically allows you two years from the injury/accident date to file a personal injury claim. These are called statutes of limitations. There are separate statutes for different types of personal injury cases. Generally speaking, however, most personal injury lawsuits will need to be filed within two years from the date of injury. Since each case is different, it is essential to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney.

What should I do first?2021-05-26T19:03:59+00:00

Personal injury cases can arise in nearly any place and at any time. If you have been injured, it is important to seek experienced legal counsel from a personal injury lawyer. In some cases, fault is obvious. This is often the case with an impaired driver who causes a car accident. In other cases, determining fault can require more investigation. This is one of the benefits of hiring a skilled, experienced personal injury attorney. They will investigate the causes of your injury to determine who was at fault and provide you with a free consultation. Contact us today to learn about your rights. By retaining the services of an injury attorney, you can be confident that you are not harming your claim.

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