Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to hire a Board Certified personal injury trial attorney?
If you needed brain surgery, would you go to a general surgeon? No, you would go to a brain specialist. The same logic holds true when you need an attorney – you should hire a specialist. But finding an attorney that has been certified as a personal injury specialist is not easy, as less than three percent of all Texas attorneys have achieved board certification in personal injury trial law. If you hire an attorney in this very select group, you are hiring a seasoned personal injury specialist with top credentials. It is rare for a personal injury firm to have one board certified attorney. At Juneau, Boll & Stacy, PLLC, we are honored to have two attorneys that are board certified in personal injury trial law: George Boll and Michael Stacy. If you would like to speak with one of them about your potential case, please call for a free consult.
What if I can’t afford an attorney?
Like many people, are you concerned that you can’t afford a personal injury attorney? Do not despair, because our firm handles personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency fee
basis. This means we only get paid if we obtain a recovery for you, either through a settlement or court judgment. There is no retainer and we don’t charge you by the hour. If we don’t win, you
don’t owe us a penny. If we obtain a recovery for you, we will receive an agreed upon percentage of the recovery as well as reimbursement of case expenses.
What damages can I recover in a personal injury case?
The main type of damages is known as compensatory damages, which consist of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are objective damages such as medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Non-economic damages are more subjective, covering items such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment. If the defendant has acted in an especially egregious manner, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. These are meant to punish the defendant and deter this type of conduct.
Is there a deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Yes, personal injury lawsuits are bound by a time frame known as the “statute of limitations.” In Texas, a lawsuit for personal injury must be filed “not later than two years after the day the cause of action accrues” which means two years from the date of the incident or accident that led to the injury. Under certain circumstances, the statute of limitations period is extended and gives you longer than two years to file your suit, but you should be very cautious about relying on such exceptions. Additionally, there are special notice requirements for governmental entities that require notice of the occurrence and injury long before the expiration of the two year statute of limitations. The entire area of notice requirements and limitation periods is very complex and constantly changing. Therefore, you should seek the opinion of an attorney as soon as possible regarding the merits of your claim and the applicable notice requirements and statutes of limitations.