How Do I Pick an Attorney?
- Choose an attorney that has an “AV” rating. This is the highest rating awarded by the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell legal directory for both legal skill and ethical conduct. Very few attorneys in the U.S. have an “AV” rating.
- Choose an attorney that is Board Certified in Personal Injury Law. This means they specialize in personal injury cases and have been recognized by the State Bar of Texas as a personal injury specialist. Voted TOP 100 Texas trial lawyers Hugh Howerton is a Board Certified personal injury lawyer.
- Choose a lawyer that has a proven record of winning your type of injury case.
- Finally and most importantly, find a lawyer you feel comfortable with and one that has the time and resources necessary to win your case. If you get the feeling the lawyer just wants your case for the money then stay away. You deserve better.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
An injury attorney can represent you in an injury claim against an insurance company or in a lawsuit against an individual or corporation. In Texas you can seek compensation for the following types of damages you suffered if you were hurt by the negligence of another person or corporation.
Past & future medical bills
Past and future lost wages or loss of earning capacity
Past and future physical pain and mental anguish
Past and future physical impairment and physical disfigurement
Proving all those damages is a complicated process. Your attorney will order the police crash report if you were hurt in a vehicle accident. They will interview and gather recorded statements from any eye-witnesses. Your attorney will order your medical records and bills from all of your healthcare providers. They will document your lost wages by ordering your personnel and payroll records.
If a lawsuit is required your attorney will normally take the sworn statements called depositions of the other driver, eye witnesses, investigating police officer, and treating doctors. In some cases your attorney will hire and use expert witnesses to prove your damages or establish that the negligence of the defendant caused your damages. These expert witnesses can be economists or experts in your particular type of accident.
If a trial is necessary your attorney will represent in in the trial and call witnesses to prove your damages and establish that the defendant’s conduct caused your damages.