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How do you charge?

For Personal Injury Cases: You don’t pay anything unless we recover money for you. In almost every personal injury case, we work for a percentage of the settlement or judgment. Our fee is 33 1/3% if the case settles without litigation or 40% with litigation (once a lawsuit is filed). We pay for court costs and other reasonable and necessary expenses and deduct these amounts from the client’s portion of any recovery. If there is no recovery, you do not owe us any case costs or expenses.

For Business Litigations & Consumer Cases: We are open to different fee structures including pure contingency, flat fee, hourly, and different combinations thereof. We are willing to discuss options to make our services most cost effective to you or your business.

Does it cost anything to speak to an attorney?

There is no charge for an initial conversation with Mr. Seerden and no charge for follow-up conversations.

How much is my claim worth?

In a personal injury case, you are generally entitled to money damages for past and future medical bills, lost wages, earning capacity, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, impairment, loss of quality of life and other damages. This list of damages is a general listing. Some may not apply to your claim and there may be others that do apply which are not listed here.

What is a tort?

A tort is a civil wrong. Civil wrongdoers who refuse to accept responsibility for their conduct can oftentimes only be corrected by attorneys and the court system.

Do we have to file a lawsuit?

We try to avoid filing lawsuits when possible so as to maximize your recovery in the most time efficient manner possible. We will do our best to settle your case without a lawsuit because lawsuits typically take additional time. However, there are many cases that corporations and insurance companies don’t take seriously until a lawsuit has been filed. We have no choice but to litigate those cases, including going to trial. Even so, we continue to concentrate all of our efforts on maximizing your recovery, either by way of pre-trial settlement or trial.

Why do I need an attorney?

Because insurance companies and corporations are in business to make a profit and they will likely not offer you a fair settlement without an attorney. You cannot get a fair settlement unless you know how much your claim is really worth. It is not the claims adjuster’s job to tell you how to get the most from him. It’s his/her job to pay you the least you will take so as to save the company money.

What is the best way to choose an attorney?

As much as possible, ask questions about the attorney’s or the law firm’s work. Exactly who is going to work on your case? A case manager? An associate lawyer? A lawyer to whom the case will be referred? At Seerden Law Firm, Mr. Seerden handles each and every phase of all of the cases that the firm takes on. Call now and ask to speak to him personally.

Additionally, many lawyers claim to be “trial lawyers.” However, have they actually tried cases like your case? Are they board certified in personal injury trial law? Most attorneys are not.

What do I do when I’ve been in an accident?

When you’ve been injured by someone else’s carelessness, it’s important to take some initial steps toward making sure your injury claim can be settled fairly and as quickly as possible:

  • Write down everything you can remember about how the injury occurred, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of potential witnesses, police officers, insurance company representatives ( or company or workers’ compensation representatives if it was a work injury)
  • Talk to a board certified personal injury trial lawyer before making any statements, written or verbal, to insurance company adjusters or representatives
  • Let anyone you think may be responsible for the injury know right away that you’re intending to file a claim against them
  • Take steps to protect any evidence you may need to prove your injury, such as your totaled car, photographs of an accident or injury scene, clothing you were wearing, damaged personal belongings, and so forth

How soon will my case be settled?

We handle each claim on a case-by-case basis. The length of treatment and time of rehabilitation generally determines the length of time it takes to finalize your claim. We will negotiate your claim with the responsible insurance company or defendant as soon as you and your medical provider(s) allow us to proceed.

How long do I have to file a legal claim?

In general in Texas, you only have two years to file a lawsuit against the person who injured you. If your lawyer hasn’t been able to come to an agreement with any involved insurance companies, you’ll definitely want to file a lawsuit before the two-year statute of limitations runs out. This is a general rule and there are many exceptions. You should contact a board certified personal injury trial lawyer immediately to ensure that you don’t miss any deadlines.

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