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How long will it take for my personal injury case to close?
AGenerally speaking it takes an average of 10-18 months to close a case and get you the money you deserve. However, like fingerprints, each case is different. The duration of your case will depend on various factors including: the complexity of the accident, damages sought, the parties involved, severity of the injuries and a host of other issues.
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Is there a time limit to file my case?
AYes. In Texas, the amount of time you have to file a claim (known as the statute of limitations) is two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to initiate your claim within two years after the accident your claim may be barred.

Also, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident so they can work to preserve the evidence. Over time, witnesses forget what they saw or move away and evidence can disappear.

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How does a contingency fee work in personal injury cases?
AA contingency fee is a conditional fee that is payable only if your case ends with a favorable result. In simple terms, personal injury lawyers usually don’t get paid unless they recover money for their clients.

Contingency fees are typically based on a percentage of the total dollar amount recovered and the percentage is usually based on what stage each case progresses to. For example, if your case settles before the lawyer has to file a lawsuit, the percentage of the fee that goes to the lawyer will be lower than if the lawyer has to take your case to trial. Think of it this way, if the lawyer files a lawsuit or takes your case to trial, there is a lot more work that has to be done.

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Should I make a statement to my insurance adjuster or accept a settlement offer from my insurance company after my accident?
ANo. After an accident it is important that you speak to a personal injury lawyer.

Insurance companies play a vital role in our society but remember, they are for-profit companies. For-profit companies make money by taking in more money than they pay out. Thus, insurance companies seek to minimize the settlements they pay out.

Statements made to insurance adjusters can later be used to undermine the value of your case. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer to value your case, not the insurance company.

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I got hurt at work, do I have a personal injury claim?
AIt depends. Many companies have workers compensation that will cover accidents caused by your employer or fellow employees and these are not personal injury claims.

However, organizations such as OSHA provide guidelines for employers to follow. If employers fail to follow these guidelines then you may have a personal injury claim.

Common workplace accidents include: falls from heights, being hit by an object, electrocutions, or getting caught-in between heavy machinery.

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