This post concludes and recaps our series on the handling of Austin, Texas personal injury cases in which the victim has been paralyzed. Our goal with this series has been to provide information which will help victims and their loved ones know what to expect from the process as their case moves through the legal system. It has also been our goal to provide information which will help people to make more informed decisions when choosing a personal injury attorney to assist them.
We have addressed multiple topics over the course of this series. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- How to proceed after one has been paralyzed
- Calculating damages in a paralysis case
- Going to trial in a paralysis case
- What to look for in a lawyer
These are important discussion points. First, many people do not immediately think of how to protect their rights and financial interests after a serious accident. This is understandable since one’s immediate concern should be their health. That fact remains, however, that the victim must protect their interests. Immediately retaining an attorney protects one’s financial future and allows them to focus on their health while counsel focuses on the law. Second, it is important to understand that damages are calculated in a paralysis case as the victim will be entitled to future losses as well as any damages already sustained. Understanding these calculations helps one avoid acceptance of a “low ball” settlement offer. Third, it is important to understand that such cases place a heavy emphasis on expert testimony during trial. Finally, if one does not retain an attorney with meaningful resources then they may go without necessary expert testimony as the case progresses.
By selecting a lawyer familiar with such matters a victim can improve their chances at trial. Experienced counsel will likely have knowledge as to which experts are deemed more credible than others and to tactics the defense will typically employ in such a case. A serious injury can have a devastating impact on your future. It is important to select the right attorney.
Dan Christensen is an Austin personal injury attorney who takes pride in the results he has obtained for clients. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.