Frequently Asked Questions About The Personal Injury Legal Process
Welcome to Law Office Of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C. With 30-plus years of experience in personal injury law in Texas, I am eminently qualified to answer your questions and confidently represent you in your quest for compensation.
I handle personal injury cases throughout the Houston metro area. Call me at 281-661-5333 for a free consultation.
What do personal injury attorneys do?
A personal injury attorney guides your case through the legal system. I investigate the accident, build the legal case for damages, file the lawsuit with the court, monitor developments, communicate with the insurance companies, and advocate for the client in negotiations or trial proceedings. My job is to enhance the strengths of your claim and minimize the weaknesses to obtain the maximum financial recovery available.
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit is a formal legal action against a person (or entity) whose negligence or intentional act harmed you. The lawsuit seeks damages (monetary compensation) as justice for the wrongdoing. The defendant can settle the lawsuit through negotiations or challenge it at trial.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
The value of each personal injury case depends on many factors, such as the severity of the injuries, the extent of recovery, and the person’s age and occupation. For example, a child or retiree would not have a claim for lost wages, and a doctor’s lost earnings would be greater than a retail worker’s.
Damages may include lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, past and future medicals, lasting impairment, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. As an experienced injury lawyer, I can estimate the value of your claim once you have reached maximum medical progress. The available insurance coverage and the skill and tenacity of your attorney also determine what your claim is ultimately worth.
How much are attorney fees?
The standard attorney fee for a personal injury case is 33% (one-third) of the total recovery. The law firm may also recover litigation expenses such as expert witnesses or accident reconstructions.
How long will my case take?
The goal is to recover compensation as quickly as possible. However, it may be necessary to wait until you are healed (or as fully healed as you are going to be) to gauge your damages. Settling out of court will conclude your case sooner. Going to trial could take a year or more.