Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to visit with a lawyer the first time?
How much will it cost to have one of your personal injury lawyers represent me in my case?
If we take your case, we normally handle it on a contingent fee basis—meaning that we don’t get paid unless we recover money for you in a settlement or judgment, and then we get paid a percentage of the money we get for you. If we don’t recover any money for you, you don’t owe us a dime—no matter how much time and money we have invested in your case.
In rare cases, either the firm or the client will want a different arrangement—but the choice is always yours, and it never costs you anything to talk to us about whether you have a case.
I'm not sure if I even need a personal injury lawyer. How do I find out?
Just ask us. We will offer you a free consultation and case evaluation. If at this time we think you do not need a lawyer, we’ll let you know. We are not in the business of taking on clients who do not need our help. If we feel that our representation can help you receive the compensation you deserve, we will tell you. Deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit should not be taken lightly. Sometimes, the best legal advice we can offer potential clients is not to take action, even if that is hard for you to hear. However, there are also times when we meet with clients who do not think they have a case when in fact they have a very strong case that should be pursued to its completion. Our lawyers will advise you how best to proceed at your consultation.
How Much is My Case Worth?
It is difficult to determine the value of your case before we have had a chance to examine all the evidence and interview witnesses. In general, the value of your case will depend on several factors, including the extent of medical expenses incurred, the presence of long-term or permanent injuries, and wages lost during recovery time. Our experienced personal injury lawyers can evaluate your case in order to help you get a sense for what it will be worth.
How Much Time Do I Have to Sue?
In personal injury cases the general rule in Texas is that you have two years in which to file suit from the date of the accident which caused your injury. In certain types of injury cases you may have to give a formal notice of claim within six months of the accident, or it is too late.
These are general rules, and in some areas of the law it is very difficult for even attorneys to figure out exactly how much time there is to file suit. So don’t assume that you have time to file suit, and don’t assume that it is too late. Call us today and find out for sure.
Time is of the essence when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit. The longer you wait to file your claim, the harder it will be for our lawyers to gather the evidence needed to win your case. Don't wait until the statute of limitations is close to expiring. By delaying in taking legal action, you may be sacrificing your damage award. Our lawyers will need to interview witnesses while the accident is fresh in their minds. We will also have to examine records and collect physical evidence; as time passes, this evidence tends to get altered or even disappear altogether. In order to make sure this does not happen, you should act promptly and speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today.
If you have been hurt due to someone else's negligence, call us today. You can't call us too soon, and it is tragically easy to be too late.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
Nobody knows for sure. As a general rule, the more people and money involved, the longer your case will take. For example, million dollar lawsuits involving complex medical issues against four doctors typically take much longer than a simple car wreck case involving a broken shoulder and one other driver.
Every case is different. An experienced attorney familiar with local courts and your type of case can give you an estimate of how long your type of case takes from start to finish.
The personal injury attorneys of Polewski & Associates help accident and medical malpractice victims get the compensation they deserve. If you were seriously injured due to someone else's negligence, please call us today.