Below are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.
Can I afford an attorney?
Yes, Linebaugh, Dority & Allen offers the contingent-fee representation. This allows injured people and working families to retain quality legal help without any advance payment. The attorney fee is paid at the end of the case out of the settlement recovery. If there is no recovery, there is no fee.
I don’t have health insurance. Can I still get the medical care I need?
Yes, some doctors will allow you a line of credit. This is much like the old-fashioned country doctor, who puts it on your tab. The doctor is more interested in helping people than receiving payment. Other times, stop-gap health insurance may be a possibility. Our attorneys can help you decide your best option. In either case, you will begin getting the medical care you need; however, the medical bills will have to be repaid when your case settles.
Should I give a statement to the insurance company?
No, the insurance company is out to defeat your case. They are skilled at twisting your words or re-framing what you say through a series of questions that may harm your case. Consequently, it is best not to give a statement to the insurance company. However, if you have already given a statement, we can help you sort through the issues and restore the proper context.
The easiest approach is to hire our law firm or another qualified law firm and tell the insurance people that your attorney will answer all questions. This relieves you from the stress and hassle of dealing with the insurance company so you can concentrate on getting well.
Since all lawyers have passed the bar exam, aren’t all attorneys equally qualified to handle an injury case?
No, general practice attorneys are typically unknown by insurance companies. The insurance industry knows and respects our law firm. Consequently, they take the cases we handle very seriously. Mr. Linebaugh is certified as a specialist in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
You would not hire a family doctor to perform brain surgery. Likewise, you should not trust your injury case to anyone who does not have a focused practice. Our law firm focuses on personal injury cases. We keep abreast of the latest developments and techniques in the field. Moreover, we zealously, tenaciously, and ethically work hard to deliver a legal solution that is right for you.
What does it mean to be board-certified in personal injury trial law?
To earn board certification, an attorney must have tried at least 10 cases to verdict, practice law at least for five years, pass a written examination demonstrating his knowledge in the specialty area, and receive references from fellow practitioners and judges. Mr. Linebaugh has been certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.
Should I wait before I hire an attorney?
No, the contingency fee is the same whether you hire a lawyer now or later so you might as well get legal help early in the case, before mistakes are made. Early legal help also relieves you of the ongoing hassle of dealing with the insurance company.
Moreover, an early investigation can be important to your case. Once you hire us, we will handle the legal aspects for you so you can concentrate on the healing process. Choosing the right law firm can make or break your case.
For more FAQs and information, please visit our video center, contact us via email or call 281-422-0505 to discuss your needs with a personal injury attorney. Free consultations are available to everyone who calls.