Common Questions

Personal Injury FAQ

Personal injury cases can be stressful for everyone involved, and staying informed is one of the best ways to make sure you get a good outcome. We’ll do everything we can for you, but before you come under representation, it’s still important to make sure you manage your options properly.
  • Are Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases the Same?

Not quite. Personal injury and wrongful death cases both arise from negligence resulting in harm, but personal injury cases are filed by the party that has been injured to recover medical costs, loss of wages, and other expenses.

Wrongful death cases are filed by the survivors of the victim who has passed away, usually to recover things like medical and burial expenses, loss of future wages, financial support, and other fees. While the cases may have a similar type of structure, the way that evidence is used will differ.

Colby and his team are able to handle either of these situations with the same high level of skill. These situations require care, understanding, and expertise in the courtroom. Rest assured, our representation is relentless on your behalf.

  • How Will My Medical Bills Get Paid?

If your case is won, then the at-fault party will pay for your medical expenses. In the meantime, all medical expenses technically have to be paid for out-of-pocket, or submitted to your insurance provider. However, in most cases we’ll arrange for a letter of protection (LOP) for you.

This will allow medical providers to provide you with medical care with no upfront cost. We’ll then negotiate payment to your medical provider from the settlement fund. So, in most cases, you won’t pay anything out of pocket, ever.

Medical bills can be a huge cause of stress during a personal injury case. Our expertise ensures a quick but effective resolution that gets you the results you need.

  • How Much Will My Personal Injury Case Cost Me?

Absolutely nothing. Unless your case is won, we don’t get paid. When we win your case, our payment comes out of your overall settlement, not out of your pocket. This means that you never pay anything from your own funds.

This is often startling to many people during their personal injury case. So, just to reiterate: you pay nothing, ever. Even your initial consultation is free.

  • How Long After My Injury Do I Have to File A Case?

In Texas, two years. Most cases have something called a statute of limitations, which determines how much time you have to file a claim after your injury. In Texas, this is two years, but it can differ in other states.

No matter how soon it is after your injury, you should try to speak to a lawyer as soon as you can. Talking to a lawyer soon ensures that you get compensated quickly, and it allows you to focus on your recovery while your lawyer handles all of the legal work.

  • Do I Need a Lawyer From My State?

No, you can be represented by a lawyer from any state. When it comes to personal injury cases, the important thing is to get representation from lawyers who are well-versed in personal injury lawsuits. Look for lawyers who are experts in personal injury law and have a proven track record; the state they practice in won’t make a difference.

Colby and his team have proven time and time again that they’re able to provide real results for their clients. When it comes to personal injury, there’s no reason to settle for less.

  • I Think I’m Partially At Fault — Do I Still Have a Case?

Yes. In Texas, as in most states, if you are partially at fault, you still have a case. The basic idea behind how this works is that you’ll receive a proportion of your settlement according to how much at fault you are deemed to be.

For example, if you are awarded a certain amount in damages but are deemed to be 25% at fault, then you’ll receive 75% rather than the full amount. Unless you are deemed to be 51% or more responsible, you will still be able to recover funds from your case.

  • How Do I Know if Someone Is At Fault For My Injury?

In some injury cases, it seems like nobody is at fault. For example, if you slip and fall during work, or are injured in the workplace during a natural disaster.

However, in many cases, these injuries result from the building owner or employer not following safety standards. In these cases, there is still a personal injury case to be won, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first. Colby is experienced in dealing with every type of personal injury case, from the more black and white instances of medical malpractice to the grayer areas of building safety code violations. His focus is on representing you in the courtroom, so you can get the justice you deserve.

  • Will I Have to Appear in Court?

Maybe, but probably not. Most cases are resolved during a process called mediation, where your lawyer speaks on your behalf, and the parties involved reach a settlement by negotiating with a mediator. The majority of cases are settled here — no courtroom, no jury.

If your case is one of the few that does end up going to court, then the important thing is being prepared and having proper representation. Colby Lewis has years of experience both in and out of the courtroom, with results that speak for themselves.

  • Why Do I Need an Attorney?

It’s very common for employers to try to settle with their employees, and tell them that their financial needs will be taken care of. However, without signing official documentation, these promises mean nothing. Furthermore, most employers know how much they could really have to pay if an attorney is in charge of your case, so they will provide you with a much smaller settlement than you deserve without proper representation.

Using an attorney is the best way to maximize your recovery. Colby Lewis and his team are among the most experienced attorneys you will find, and you’ll pay nothing unless we win your case.