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Brain Injury

Our law partners have represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in brain injury-related accidents. With over 65 attorneys and 250 support professionals on staff, our Law Firm is eminently qualified to provide you with prompt, aggressive, and experienced legal representation.

No amount of brain damage is acceptable to head injury survivors and their families. Even so-called “mild” brain damage can turn lives upside down. Minor impairments to memory and brain function can result in loss of employment and severe financial hardship. Our law partners understand the unique needs of head injury survivors and their families and have the resources necessary to pursue large corporations and insurance companies to ensure that an injured party and their family receive proper medical attention and care. Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers must have detailed experience in dealing with injuries of the utmost severity and be able to call upon the services of nationally recognized medical consultants who are experts in the disciplines of spinal
surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, and psychology to ensure that liability is proven. It’s a process that some attorneys may feel is unwarranted, but we feel is vital to receiving a fair and equitable settlement for our clients.

Get a Free Brain Injury Case Evaluation: Please call our office today for a FREE consultation.

I hope the information below will help you better understand the human brain and a brain injury.

A healthy brain
To understand what happens when the brain is injured, it is important to realize what a healthy brain is made of and what it does. The brain is enclosed inside the skull. The skull acts as a protective covering for the soft brain. The brain is made of neurons (nerve cells). The neurons form tracts that route throughout the brain. These nerve tracts carry messages to various parts of the brain. The brain uses these messages to perform functions. The functions include our coordinating our body’s systems, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, metabolism, thought processing, body movements, personality, behavior, the senses, such as vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Each part of the brain serves a specific function and links with other parts of the brain to form more complex functions.

An injured brain
When a brain injury occurs, the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, or sections of the brain can be affected. If the neurons and nerve tracts are affected, they can be unable or have difficulty carrying the messages that tell the brain what to do. This can change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and moves the body. Brain injury can also change the complex internal functions of the body, such as regulating body temperature; blood pressure; bowel and bladder control. These changes can be temporary or permanent. They may cause impairment or a complete inability to perform a function.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury occurs when an outside force impacts the head hard enough to cause the brain to move within the skull or if the force causes the skull to break and directly hurts the brain. A direct blow to the head can be great enough to injure the brain inside the skull. A direct force to the head can also break the skull and directly hurt the brain. This type of injury can occur from motor vehicle crashes, firearms, falls, sports, and
physical violence, such as hitting or striking with an object. Rapid acceleration and deceleration of the head can force the brain to move back and forth across the inside of the skull. The stress from the rapid movements pulls apart nerve fibers and causes damage to brain tissue. This type of injury often occurs as a result of motor vehicle crashes and physical violence, such as Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Definition: Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities or physical functioning. It can also result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment.

Causes of Acquired Brain Injury
Acquired brain injury takes place at the cellular level within the brain. Therefore, injury from acquired brain injury can affect cells throughout the entire brain, instead of just in specific areas as with traumatic brain injury. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain, which is not
hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. An acquired brain injury is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth.
Causes of acquired brain injury can include, but are not limited to:
Airway obstruction, near-drowning, throat swelling, choking, strangulation, crush injuries to the chest, electrical shock, lightning strike, trauma to the head and/or neck. Traumatic brain injury can occur with or without skull fracture, blood loss from open wounds, artery impingement from forceful impact, shock. vascular disruption heart attack, stroke, arteriovenous malformation (AVM), aneurysm, intracranial surgery Infectious disease, intracranial tumors, metabolic disorders Meningitis, certain venereal diseases, AIDS, insect-carried diseases, brain tumors, hypo/hyperglycemia, encephalopathy, seizure disorders, toxic exposure – poisonous chemicals and gases, such as carbon monoxide poisoning.

Definition: Acquired Brain Injury
An acquired brain injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, metabolic activity, or functional ability of the cell. An acquired brain injury may result in mild, moderate, or severe impairments in one or more areas, including cognition, speech-language communication; memory; attention and concentration; reasoning; abstract thinking; physical functions; psychosocial behavior; and information processing.

Symptoms of Acquired Brain Injury
Most symptoms of acquired brain injuries are very similar to that of traumatic brain injuries; however, there are some difficulties that are experienced more frequently or to a greater degree by persons with acquired brain injuries. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or examination. A person with a suspected brain injury should contact a physician immediately, go to the emergency room, or call 911 in the case of an emergency.

If you, or someone you know, have suffered any cognitive, physical, or emotional symptoms as a result of a serious injury and you would like to know if it is possible to claim compensation simply call our office to schedule a free consultation.

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Bicycle Accidents

Our law partners have represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured in bicycle accidents. The firm is currently representing hundreds of individuals with bicycle accident claims throughout the country. With over 65 attorneys and 250 support professionals on staff, our Law Firm is eminently qualified to provide you with prompt, aggressive, and experienced legal representation. If you have been injured, or you know someone who has been hurt or killed in a bicycle accident, we help you. If you have been injured in a bicycle-related accident call our office for a Free Case Evaluation.

Whether riding to work or to the beach, bicycling is a way of life for many citizens around the country. Unfortunately, many motorists fail to share the road with bicyclists and accidents often occur. For obvious reasons, the bicyclist usually is the one who is seriously injured. We handle cases involving bicycle accidents, helmets, tires, and other dangerous conditions with the highest of standards always keeping the bicyclist and their family in mind.

Get a Free Bicycle Accident Case Evaluation by Calling our Office Toll-free

Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured bicyclists and ensuring that they receive the compensation they need and deserve so that they can move on with their lives. The call to our Law Firm is FREE! Allow our 100 years of combined legal experience to work for you.

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Product Liability

Our law partners have represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in a defective product-related accident. With over 65 attorneys and 250 support professionals on staff, our Law Firm is eminently qualified to provide you with prompt, aggressive, and experienced legal representation. If you or a loved on has been injured by a defective product, call our office to schedule a Free Case Evaluation.

Manufacturers have a duty to design and manufacture products that are safe for their consumers to use. They are also required to alert consumers of any potential problems related to their product. When a manufacturer creates an unsafe product, or when they fail to warn consumers that their products might be dangerous, people may suffer as a result. If you have been exposed to a dangerous product, such as a defective automobile, motorcycle, toy, or medicine, and you have been injured, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation.

Our Law Firm primarily represents victims of products liability. However, we have recently begun taking on large corporations throughout the United States working in conjunction with nationally recognized law firms and lawyers. We will endeavor to provide you with the absolute highest standard of legal excellence, giving you unparalleled service and untiring diligence. Our attorneys have represented hundreds of plaintiffs in lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of defective or unsafe consumer products including automobiles, tires, electronics and appliances.

A “product liability” case is simply a lawsuit brought by a person injured as a result of a defective product. The product could be a lawnmower with inadequate foot guards, or a punch press or circular saw with poorly designed hand-guards. If a person is in an automobile accident and his or her injuries are made worse because the airbag fails to deploy, or deploys too forcefully, the person may have a product liability case against the manufacturer of the automobile or against the manufacturer of the airbag.

We Offer A Free Defective Products Case Evaluation

Q. What are three ways a product is considered ‘defective’?
First, the manufacturer may have designed the product poorly. There have been seatbelt cases brought against car companies, for example, because the design of their seatbelts was such that the seatbelts did not properly restrain occupants in crashes. Also, there have been many cases brought against the manufacturers of many ATVs and some models of sport utility vehicles because the design caused these vehicles to tip over in curves. A second reason that a product may be defective is that, although it has been well designed, the manufacturer’s employees poorly assembled the product in the factory, so the parts did not work as intended. Third, even if a product is well-designed and properly assembled, a component of the product may be defective, causing the entire product to fail. In a case involving a seat belt, for example, it may be that the seatbelt itself tears during an accident.

Q. Who do I sue?
Employees are often injured at work as a result of a defective tool or machine. The question arises whether the employee can bring a lawsuit if he is injured on the job and, if so, who he or she can bring a claim against. The answer is that an employee may be able to bring a case against the manufacturer of a defective product that injures him or her at work but that the employee most likely cannot bring a lawsuit against the employer, because of state workers’ compensation laws. For example, if an employee is cut by a defective saw at work, he may be able to bring a lawsuit against the company that designed and/or manufactured the saw (or against the company that manufactured a component of the saw, if that component was defective and caused the saw to injure the employee). The employee, however, probably could not bring a lawsuit against the employer that made him or her use the saw but would have to settle for workers’ compensation payments.

Q. How do I know if I have a product liability case?
The answer is that you don’t until an attorney reviews the case. As part of this process, an experienced attorney will send all the information about the product that injured you and how you were injured to an engineer or other product expert. The expert will review the design of the product and will examine the product if that is possible, and will inform the attorney whether the product that injured you was poorly designed or improperly assembled, or contained a component that itself was defective. An important point is that you should report your injury as soon as possible to an attorney, so the attorney can make sure that the product is not changed, destroyed, or tampered with, by your employer or by somebody else. Of course, if you yourself have the product that injured you, you must not alter it any way, but keep it safe and secure until your attorney’s engineer or another expert can examine it.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, call our office to schedule a Free Case Evaluation.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Our Law Firm has represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in motorcycle-related accidents throughout the country. With over 65 attorneys and 250 support professionals on staff, our law partners are eminently qualified to provide you with prompt, aggressive,
and experienced legal representation. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a Harley high-speed wobble accident, call our office for a Free Case Evaluation.

Personal Injury Lawyers (and injury attorneys nationwide) are investigating claims on behalf of motorcyclists who have been injured as a result of what is referred to as “high-speed wobble” or “tank-slapper” accidents on Harley-Davidson motorcycles. These alleged high-speed wobble accidents occur when the front end of the bike shakes and becomes unstable while riding at high speeds. In these situations, the driver can lose control of the bike and suffer serious personal injuries. It was reported that a local police officer had lost control of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle after its front wheel began to wobble as he was passing a tractor-trailer at 85 mph. The officer died as a result of this motorcycle accident. A Harley-Davidson corporate spokesperson said the company “is not aware of any issues with any of our motorcycles at this time.

Call our office to get a Free Harley Davidson Motorcycle Accident Evaluation: If you have suffered injuries as a result of the alleged high-speed wobble, you may be able to file a defective products claim against Harley Davidson. Serving Cases in All 50 States!

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Medical Malpractice

Welcome to our Law Firm’s medical malpractice website. Our law partners stand ready to assist you with the complex issues of medical malpractice claims and medical negligence lawsuits. A free consultation with one of our law partners is only a phone call away. If you or a loved one has been a victim of Medical Malpractice, call our office to schedule a Free Case Evaluation. Our law partners have represented hundreds of individuals who have been seriously injured or lost loved ones in medical malpractice-related accidents. With over 65 attorneys and 250 support professionals on staff, our Law Firm is eminently qualified to provide you with prompt, aggressive, and experienced legal representation.

Does your case call for a law firm with medical knowledge and experience? If so, we can help! We have a medical doctor on staff to help you. Why do we believe this is important in a medical malpractice case? At the start of your case, your lawyer will likely need to understand your medical records and the extent of your injury, identify and retain the appropriate medical experts, and be able to grasp the standard of care in order to recognize whether medical malpractice or negligence occurred. As the case develops, your lawyer will need to conduct depositions of the experts and/or your treating physicians on the facts regarding the cause, extent, permanency, and past/future medical expenses related to your injury. These medical-legal issues
may need to be argued by your lawyer during settlement negotiations and/or trial. Therefore, when considering hiring a lawyer for a medical malpractice or negligence matter, a reasonable question to ask is: Does my case need a law firm with medical knowledge? If the answer is yes, then please do not hesitate to our Law Firm, the call is FREE! Allow our 100 years of experience to work for you. Get a Free Medical Malpractice Case Evaluation: PLEASE
CALL US NOW. TOLL-FREE to schedule a free consultation.

Diagnosis Mistakes
This type of malpractice occurs when the doctor’s treatment falls below the standard of care because the doctor negligently fails to make a timely diagnosis (delay in diagnosis) or errs by making a wrong diagnosis (misdiagnosis), and the result is that this causes an injury to the patient or the aggravation of a pre-existing condition. This is probably the most common type of malpractice because it can occur with almost any kind of medical condition. Examples may include a failure to diagnose and treat appendicitis, a bowel impaction, a pulmonary embolism, high blood pressure, internal
bleeding, heart condition, blood clot, stroke, aneurysm, cancer, diabetes, pneumonia, infection, gall bladder disease, distressed fetus, and many more.

Surgical Mistakes
Another common form of medical malpractice is surgical error. This occurs when a patient suffers an injury from surgery because the doctor fell below the standard of care in that he/she:
Performs the wrong operation or operates on the wrong patient.
Performs an operation on a patient who should not reasonably have been considered a candidate for the surgery.
Cuts or damages a part of the body that should not reasonably have been damaged.
Fails to properly administer anesthesia.
Leaves a surgical instrument or sponge in the patient’s body.
Improperly inserts a medical device or prosthesis such as a pacemaker or artificial hip.

Medication Errors
This type of malpractice occurs when the doctor negligently prescribes or gives the wrong medication or dosage. When prescribing medications, a doctor needs to be aware of potential adverse reactions or complications and should start by examining the patient and taking a thorough medical history regarding any known allergies that the patient may have, what other medications the patient is presently taking, and what other medical conditions the patient has that would contraindicate the use of the medication. Certain medications such as narcotics can be addictive and the doctor should carefully monitor how much pain medication the patient is being prescribed to control the patient’s pain. Some prescription medications may require periodic blood testing to monitor for liver damage, kidney damage, etc. If the doctor fails to reasonably monitor the patient, their failure may constitute negligence. When a medication is unreasonably dangerous and is withdrawn from the marketplace, the legal case may involve a product liability claim against the pharmacy for distributing the product and the pharmaceutical company for manufacturing the product.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of Medical Malpractice, please call our office for a Free Case Evaluation.

Medical Malpractice Law in Texas is such that medical malpractice cases are some of the most difficult and expensive personal injury cases to handle. To prevail in a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is often necessary to hire very expensive expert medical witnesses to prove your case. It is not uncommon for the litigation costs of a medical negligence case to run upwards of $50,000.00. If we believe that your case is economically viable, we have the
resources to carry those expenses for you until the case is concluded. Our law partners will go through the individual facts of your particular case to determine with you whether or not it is economically feasible and advisable to pursue your medical malpractice claim. A medical malpractice lawsuit may take as long as 2 years or more to conclude, therefore it is imperative that we analyze your situation from the beginning, as there will be a considerable investment of time and expense on your part and ours.

Before filing a medical malpractice case, there are 4 important questions about your medical negligence claim which must be answered affirmatively.

1. Did Defendant’s health care provider (Doctor, Hospital, Nurse, etc. ) owe a duty of care to Plaintiff (injured, harmed patient)?
2. Did Defendant’s health care provider breach the duty owed to the Plaintiff patient by rendering care that was below the acceptable standard of care in the community?
3. Did the sub-standard care rendered by the health care provider actually cause the damages allegedly suffered by the Plaintiff?
4. Did Plaintiff suffer direct damages as a result of some malfeasance on the part of Defendant’s health care provider?

The first question is usually answered easily. Did Defendant agree to render care to the patient? If so, then Defendant assumed a duty to treat the patient with skill, diligence, and care as exercised by competent and careful health providers.

Secondly, medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider fails to provide services that would be reasonably expected to be provided by other skilled and competent providers in the community under the same circumstances.

Thirdly, the action or failure to act on the part of the health care provider must have actually caused the injury of which the Plaintiff is complaining. In other words, but for the Defendant’s action or failure to act, the Plaintiff would not have been injured.

Lastly, Plaintiff must have suffered direct consequences from Defendant’s conduct. Such direct consequences may include lost wages, medical expenses, other economic damages, as well as mental or physical pain. The economic damages which may be recovered in a Medical Negligence lawsuit include the cost of medical care, prescriptions, and devices, as well as lost wages, lost future earnings, and any other out-of-pocket expenses. A plaintiff in a malpractice case may also recover general or non-economic damages which include pain and suffering and loss of love and companionship.

What is included as medical malpractice or medical negligence in Texas?
Texas medical malpractice cases are not limited to physicians and surgeons. Medical negligence may be imputed to any doctor, physician, surgeon, MD, DO, chiropractor, physical therapist, nurse, nursing assistant, pharmacist, inhalation therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, dentist, dental assistant, etc. In short, medical negligence laws may apply to anyone or any facility in the business of providing health care. Hospitals, clinics, laboratories, lab technicians, pharmacies and pharmacy technicians, medical equipment providers, and pharmaceutical companies also may be included in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The following is a partial list, by no means complete, of the kinds of things that may be considered medically negligent:

Failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis, failure to treat, delayed treatment, incompetent treatment, unauthorized treatment, lack of consent to treat, lack of informed consent, birth trauma, birth injury, cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, birth injuries, hospital negligence, nursing negligence, pharmaceutical error, defective medicine, side effects, failure to disclose or warn of possible side effects, medical error, surgical error, medical mistakes, surgical mistakes, chiropractor error, chiropractic mistake, anesthesia error, prescription error, medication mistake, wrong medication prescribed, wrong prescription dosage, an overdose of medication, reaction to the medication, failure to perform appropriate testing, misinterpretation of lab results, failure to review lab results, failure to take preventative measures for heart attack or stroke, unethical treatment, abusive treatment, and patient abuse. There are many, many more possibilities for medical injury, medical negligence, and medical malpractice. Every case and every set of personal circumstances is unique.

One of our partners will be more than happy to take the time to discuss your situation with you. Our initial consultation either by phone or in-person is absolutely free. Please do not hesitate to call. Our staff members are very caring and responsive. We look forward to being of service to you. If you or a loved one has been a victim of Medical Malpractice, please call our office to schedule a Free Case Evaluation.

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Personal Injury Medical Glossary

If you or some you love has suffered a serious personal injury in a motor vehicle accident, you may feel overwhelmed by the many medical issues associated with the care and treatment of the injury. Serious personal injuries often require the assistance of a variety of medical personnel ranging from general practice medical doctors to specialists like surgeons or physiatrists. You may also need the assistance of medical providers like physical therapists, chiropractors, and/or mental health professionals like psychologists. We know that dealing with the various medical and rehabilitative professionals caring for you can be confusing.

At our Legal Group, we help our clients understand their medical options and achieve the best possible medical outcome through continuity and coordination of their medical care. We have provided a glossary below to help you sort out the area of expertise and type of services you can expect from each. For help in finding an appropriate medical or rehabilitative care professional in a specific area, contact us.

CAT scan
CAT scan is short for computed axial tomography scan. A CAT scan is similar to an x-ray except that it makes a full three-dimensional computer model of your insides.

Chiropractor
A Chiropractor is a physician who looks to the physiological and biochemical aspects of the patient, including structural, spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, vascular, emotional, and environmental relationships. Treatments you can expect to receive from a Chiropractor include adjustment and manipulation of the articulations and adjacent tissues of the human body, especially the spinal column.

EEG EEG is short for electroencephalography. This type of reading is usually taken by electrodes pasted to the scalp with an electricity conducting gel. The electric signals sent by your brain are amplified and recorded by a galvanometer. The resultant wavy lines provide information on your brain’s activity that is used by your doctors in diagnosing and treating you.

Emergency Room Physician
An emergency room (ER) physician is probably the first physician you will see if you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. The ER physician will order a range of tests based upon your condition when you arrive and provide a differential diagnosis based upon the results of those tests, your medical history, and his/her examination of you.

EMG/ NCV
EMG is short for electromyography; NCV is short for nerve conduction velocity. An EMG is the electrical testing of nerves and muscles. This type of test is often looking for a pinched nerve that is causing tingling or numbness, or muscle fatigue resulting from nerve or muscle disease. It is a test performed by a specialist (electromyography) who is usually a neurologist or physiatrist, although parts of the test may be performed by a technician. There is a portion of the test in which fine needles are inserted into your muscles to see if there has been any damage as a result of a nerve problem or if you have a disease that involves the muscle rather than the nerve.

MRI
MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is the method of choice for the diagnosis of many types of injuries and conditions. It can be used to view tissues and flowing blood. Unlike an x-ray or CAT scan that uses ionizing radiation to produce a picture, an MRI uses magnetic resonance produced by a radio frequency to make a three-dimensional picture of your body.

Neurologist
A neurologist is a medical doctor or osteopath who has trained in the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders, including diseases of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and muscles.

Neurosurgeon
Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of the entire nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord, spinal column, and nerves that travel through all parts of the body.

Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that helps you achieve independence. The occupational therapist designs a program for you with the goal of improving your ability to perform daily tasks. The program, which may include training in the use of adaptive equipment, is generally designed after comprehensive home and job site evaluations and performance skill assessments.

Orthopedic Surgeon
Orthopedics is the medical specialty devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system (including bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves). Your treatment might include medical counseling, medications, casts, splints, and therapies such as exercise, or surgery. A medical illustration will be created for use during the jury trial of a motor vehicle accident in which a client suffered a broken bone. The illustration will be professionally prepared from the medical records, x-rays, and after consultation with the surgeon. These types of trial illustrations make it very easy for the jury to understand the severity of the injury (fracture) and the invasive nature of the surgery that was required to correct the problem.

Osteopath
An Osteopath is a Doctor who has had training similar to that of an M. D. The philosophy of Osteopaths differs from that of an M. D. in that osteopaths believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Thus the osteopath will consider the whole patient rather than the symptoms. A Doctor of Osteopathy can prescribe drugs, perform surgery, and use all scientifically accepted methods to treat their patients.

Physiatrist
A physiatrist is a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Physiatrists treat acute and chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders.

Physical Therapist
A Physical Therapist provides services to help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. A physical therapist also works to restore, maintain and promote overall fitness and health. When you see a physical therapist you can expect to have your medical history, strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, posture, muscle performance, respiration, and motor function examined. Treatment will often include exercise, electrical stimulation, hot packs, cold compresses, ultrasound, traction, and/or deep-tissue massage. The therapist will also teach patients to use devices such as crutches, prostheses, and wheelchairs.

Primary Care Physician
Some health insurance plans require members to select and seek treatment from a physician who provides treatment and/or referrals to appropriate specialists. This physician, the primary care physician, is usually an internist or family practice physician.

Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist is a physician who is trained to prescribe medicine and provide counseling to help people deal with psychological and emotional issues.

Conclusion
If you have any other questions regarding the care and treatment of your injury, or if you need help in finding an appropriate medical or rehabilitative care professional in a specific area, please contact us. Our Legal Group has provided advice and assistance to thousands of people who have suffered personal injuries. We believe that helping you make the best possible physical recovery from your injury is one of the most important services we can provide.

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Chronology of a Motor Vehicle Accident

Our Legal Group provides a comprehensive, client-focused strategy in motor vehicle injury cases. We believe our clients are best served when they know what to expect when considering personal injury litigation. Whether you contact us or not, we also want you to know what services we believe clients deserve from the law firm they retain to protect their rights. We know that when you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you want results that will help you put your life back together. At our firm, each member of your team works with you to help you understand your case and achieve maximum recovery both physically and financially.

MEET YOUR TEAM

Your Trial Attorney
Your trial attorney is one of the first people you will meet. Your trial attorney will evaluate your case to see if it is something we can handle. If we believe our firm can help you, we will ask you to sign a contract retaining our firm as your attorneys. This contract is a contingent fee contract that requires no money from you upfront. Your trial attorney will also determine what the special needs of your case are in terms of medical care, investigation, and legal research.

Your Paralegal
Your paralegal works with your trial attorney to keep your case on track by obtaining information and investigation updates.

Your Case Manager
Your case manager keeps abreast of your medical and disability status. You can expect your case manager to keep in close contact with you so that he/she can receive regular input and updates on your progress. Your case manager will also assist you in coordinating your medical care including the timing of testing and obtaining referrals to doctors who can assist you in your physical recovery.

Your Investigator
Your investigator will use his/her years of experience to ensure that we have a complete understanding of all the factors that contributed to your accident. Your investigator will use site evaluation, interviews, and accident reconstruction techniques in investigating your accident. This thorough investigation enables us to identify all the potential parties (and sources of recovery) available in your case.

YOUR CASE

Initial Meeting
Initially, you can expect to meet with your trial attorney who will discuss facts surrounding your accident and explain the legal and medical issues you face.

Recovery and Investigation — 0 to 10 months
While you continue to recover we monitor your progress and investigate your claim. Our firm believes in waiting to settle your claim until you have achieved your best possible physical improvement or maximum medical improvement. In our experience this usually takes at least one year. We feel that this approach is an important safeguard. It allows all involved to fully understand the nature of your medical problems and the long-term disability or pain issues those medical problems may cause. A medical illustration will be created for use during the jury trial of a motor vehicle accident in which our client suffered a broken hand that requires surgical repair. The illustration will be professionally prepared from the medical records, x-rays, and after consultation with the surgeon. These types of trial illustrations make it very easy for the jury to understand the severity of the injury (fracture) and the invasive nature of the surgery that was required to correct the problem.

Case Evaluation — 10 to 15 months
When you have achieved maximum medical improvement, we will evaluate your case for settlement. This generally happens between 10-15 months after your accident. We will try to settle your case at this point so that we can maximize your recovery by resolving your claim with the least amount of cost and stress. It is our policy to ensure that, before accepting any settlement, our clients understand what they will get from any settlement offer after the fees and costs are deducted. If we cannot get an appropriate offer of settlement from the defendant(s) in your case we will then file a lawsuit in the appropriate state or federal court.

Litigation–10 months to Two Years

Discovery
If a suit is filed, you will be required to participate in the discovery phase of litigation. Discovery is the process by which each side in a lawsuit tries to discover evidence that will be useful at trial. Elements of discovery you will be required to help us complete include:

Interrogatories – these are written questions posed by the defendant. You must provide written answers.
Requests for production of documents – These are written requests for specific categories of documents related to the accident and any subsequent medical treatment or disability. Usual requests seek medical and accident records, records of earnings and expenses. We will help you assemble the information you need to provide.

Deposition – A deposition is a question and answer session that takes place in the defendants attorneys office. The defendants lawyer will ask you questions and you will be required to answer those questions (unless your attorney instructs you not to). You will be sworn in much the same way you will be if you are a witness in a trial and your answers will be recorded by a court reporter. You can expect to meet with your attorney prior to the deposition so that you will understand what to expect.

Arbitration/Mediation Session
After discovery has been completed, you will be asked to participate in either an arbitration or mediation session. Arbitration and mediation are not binding; rather the goal of these sessions is to have a neutral third party attempt to find the settlement value of your case. You are required to attend the arbitration or mediation session. You can expect the session to take most of a day. In addition, you can expect to spend some time with your attorney preparing for the session.

Adverse Medical Examination
An adverse medical examination (sometimes referred to as an independent medical examination) is a medical examination of you performed by a doctor chosen by the defendants attorney. You can expect to spend about a half a day at the examination.

Settlement Conference
The settlement conference takes place at the Court House. You will be required to attend as will the defendants and their attorneys. The settlement conference will often take most of a day.

Trial
Trials generally take about one week with pre-trial activities taking a day or two. You will be expected to attend the entire trial and you will most likely be asked to testify. The first part of the trial will revolve around picking the jury and pre-trial motions. After those issues are settled, each side presents witnesses and evidence. During the trial there may be ongoing settlement discussions. If the case does not settle, the jury will decide the value of your claim. After the jury reaches its verdict, there will usually be some post-trial motions including a motion for a new trial and/or a motion for a judgment notwithstanding the verdict. The verdict may be also be appealed.

Conclusion
Our Legal Group’s dedication to serving its clients begins the moment you contact us. Our goal is to help our clients fully understand all aspects of their case so that each client can achieve the best possible medical and financial results following a serious motor vehicle accident.

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