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If you or a loved one have been injured in a Dallas truck wreck, you are more than likely going to need a truck accident attorney to help you with your claim. Trucking companies will do everything in their power to protect their bottom line. This includes making things difficult for you or try to get you to accept a lower settlement than you deserve. This is where a truck accident lawsuit comes in.
If you are like most people, you haven’t been involved in a lawsuit before. Because of this, you’ll undoubtedly have questions about the truck wreck case timeline and what that means for you. The following is the basic timeline and process for most accident cases, including trucking accidents.
Before there is a need for a lawsuit or an attorney, there is the actual accident. First thing you should do is make sure everyone is okay and safe. Next, you’ll want to get the medical attention you need. You may even feel like you don’t need to see a doctor, but remember, some injuries aren’t readily apparent.
Once you and your family are taken care of physically, you’ll want to contact a truck accident attorney. Why so soon? The longer you wait to contact an attorney, the harder it’ll be for your lawyer to investigate the facts surrounding your accident. You may be taking your time to contact an attorney, but you can rest assured, the trucking company and their insurance company are searching for every way to pay you as little as possible.
The first step our attorneys will take is your free case evaluation. During this step, we will review the information you provide us about your wreck and determine whether it is a situation we can help you with. If it is, we will enter into an attorney-client contract. If it isn’t something we can help you with, we will do our best to find another firm that can help or advise you on other possible resources.
It’s important to understand that signing a contract with our firm doesn’t cost you a dime. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means you pay nothing up front and we take care of all expenses while handling your case. When we win your case, we will take a percentage of your case as our fee and for expenses. This allows you to pursue the best compensation possible without needing to spend any money up front during an especially difficult time.
This discovery phase is possibly the longest and most important step in the truck wreck lawsuit timeline. During discovery, we collect all relevant information about the accident including medical reports, any lost wages, police reports and more.
This step involves a considerable amount of exchanging info between multiple parties. Because of the importance of the discovery phase and the sheer amount of information exchanged, this can take 30-60 days or more.
Following the discovery phase, there is the deposition phase. Much like the discovery phase, this is an exchange of information, only face-to-face. Depositions are videotaped interviews of all relevant parties involved including the truck driver, police, expert and eye witnesses and all victims.
Much like the discovery phase, this can take some time. Since depositions must be videotaped, the logistics of getting everyone involved in front of a video camera can be difficult and time consuming.
Once discovery is completed, both sides will normally take some time to evaluate the collected information. All parties have the information needed to make an informed decision on the case.
Normally, our firm will present them with what we feel is a fair settlement amount. This includes medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, loss of future earnings, pain and suffering, and any other bill or costs related to the truck wreck. Is often at this point that the case goes to mediation.
Mediation is when both sides meet with an agreed-upon third party mediation who will try to get both sides to come to an agreement. Most cases are settled during mediation because this helps everyone avoid a time-consuming and costly trial.
While most cases don’t make it to trial, sometimes it’s necessary in order for us to get you the best compensation possible. In fact, our truck wreck lawyers and the rest of our legal team prepare every case as though it’s going to trial. Some attorneys shy away from the courtroom, but Michael Guajardo and Greg Marks are proven, experienced trial lawyers and are extremely comfortable fighting for their clients in front of a judge or jury.
As you can see, whether we settle in mediation or we go to trial, this process can be complex and take several months. Once your case has run its course, we will do our best to negotiate reductions with your medical providers and pay all necessary parties, including our firm’s fees and any expenses.
If your or a loved one were injured in an accident, you shouldn’t have to pay for the often tragic and expensive outcome, but as you can see, a truck wreck lawsuit is time consuming and complex. It takes a proven, experienced lawyer to go up against large trucking companies and their insurance companies.
Mike and Greg have decades of experience trying and winning truck accident cases for victims and their family. They are consistently recognized as two of the top personal injury lawyers in Dallas and are known for their aggressive, compassionate personal service.
You may have more questions about the claims process or your case and we understand that. That’s why we invite you to contact us today to discuss your situation. Your call is 100 percent free and you are under no obligation to hire us. Remember, time is not on your side. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be for us to secure you the justice and compensation you deserve.