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FAQs - Ammons Law

FAQs


Will you represent me if I live in another state than where the accident occured?

Yes. We have many clients who live in other states who contacted and hired us because of a case involving an accident or some event which happened in Texas, or because they needed to try a lawsuit against an individual or company in Texas.  We can represent out of state clients on any case which involves death or injuries which took place in other states.  We have represented clients in  Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky , Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.


Are there time limits to file a civil lawsuit?

Yes. Persons or businesses must file lawsuits within certain periods of time, and the applicable deadline period depends upon the type of case involved and the law of the state where the accident or event took place. There are statutes in every state which specify how much time a person or business has to file a lawsuit in every type of civil case. These are called “statutes of limitation.” Each state usually has a separate statute of limitation which controls different types of cases such as general personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability, defamation, etc. So, the maximum amount of time allowed for the filing of a civil lawsuit may differ from state to state, and from one type of case to another. The statute of limitations for any given type of civil case in any given state usually ranges between one and four years. Civil lawsuits cannot be filed after the maximum period proscribed by the applicable state statute of limitation. Therefore, it is critical that an attorney be consulted as soon as possible so that the aggrieved party can get legal advice about the nature of their case and what statute of limitation will be applicable. Failure to file a lawsuit before the end of the period allowed by a statute of limitation will result in the case being barred forever. Thus, the importance of learning about and complying with a statute of limitation cannot be overstated. Every person with a potential injury or wrongful death case should not delay and should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to preserve their legal rights before expiration of the statute of limitations.

 


What is wrongful death?

Laws that give survivors a legal cause of action against someone who’s negligence resulted in the victim’s death.


How is negligence determined?

Negligence is a failure to act reasonably in a situation. Doing something carelessly or failing to do something; for instancedriving a large truck with the load not properly tied down.  Negligence does not simple mean doing something wrong. In fact, all of the following must exist for an act to be considered negligent:

a. Lack of reasonable care
b. Breach of duty
c. Injury to the victim
d. Forseeability (knowing an act would occur based on the circumstances)
e. Damages


What is a class action lawsuit?

When a large group of plaintiffs sue a large group of defendants naming a representative in place of the entire group. Examples would be the tobacco industry suits, the Dow breast implant suit and the suits against the drug manufactures of popular diet medications, such as fen-phen.


What are compensatory damages?

Compensatory damages “compensate” or help offset any money the injured person has had to pay for their accident.  These may also be referred to as “actual damages.”


Why shouldn’t I just deal with the insurance company on my own?

The primary goal of most insurance companies is to protect their bottom line- not your particular interests.  The lifeblood of any insurance company is to take in as many premiums as they can while paying out as few claims as they can. Many insurance company employees are trained to minimize or deny your claim as quickly as possible.  Representatives form insurance comapnies use a variety of tools to do this sometimes even pretending to be on your side and want to help you get your claim resolved quickly. A good personal injury lawyer will negotiate with the insurance companies as your representative and either work with-or against-them depending on what your claim needs.


How much time can I expect my case to take?

Only about 25% of all personal injury cases end in a court; most will settle in six months to 2 years.


How much is my personal injury case worth?

The monetary value of your personal injury claim depends on any number of issues. For instance, a case’s value is influenced by the nature and extent of your personal injuries; the amount of your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other financial losses; pain and suffering; and present and future disability. However, even taking those conditions into consideration there are significant differences in the amount of money a plaintiff can expect to actually collect.  This is based on the amount of coverage offered by an insurance company,  or the assets of the defendant. Other factors influence collection including any partial fault on the part of the injured person, the amount of time the victim’s chooses to spend with litigation versus a quick settlement. There is no way for any personal injury attorney to accurelt predict the value of any personal injury case.  However, an experienced personal injury lawyer shoudl be able to consider the partiular factors that weigh into your case and give you an overall picture of what to expect in general terms.


What does free consultation mean?

The personal injury attorneys will not charge you  or your family anything to evaluate your case and claim.  The personal injury attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm  are usually paid on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay anything unless and until we win your case. Our fees will be deducted from your settlement or award. If there is no recovery, our personal injury attorneys don’t get paid. Call us today for help.


How do I choose the right personal injury lawyer?

First look for a law firm that has experienced working with and winning the kinds of cases you will be pursuing.  Whether you are the victim of an SUV rollover, post-collision fire or product defect you deserve an attorney who knows how to win for you.  Some personal injury lawyers have never seen the inside of a courtroom.  The insurance companies know this and don’t fair settlements. At The Ammons Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers have a record of winning.  Rob Ammons is board certified in personal injury law in addition to being Board Certified in Civil Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is individually rated “AV” by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory, the directory’s highest rating.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, call or click here to contact the attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.  


How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

To learn if you do indeed have a personal injury case the first step is to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer .  In general, you and your personal injury attorney will have to prove three things in order to recover in a personal injury case: that you suffered damages, that the defendant was negligent, and that the defendant’s negligence caused your damages. Even if you have a valid claim, though, your personal injury attorney will have to investigate whether or not you would be able to collect on your claim. If the other party does not have insurance or other assets, then it may be that you have a valid claim but will not be able to collect on it.


If you or a loved one has been injured due to the negligence of others, call or click here to contact the personal injury attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.  
The experienced personal injury lawyers of The Ammons Law Firm have worked on a wide variety of personal injury cases over the years.  We can help you and your loved ones find the results that will bring relief in the following areas:
Tire Defects
Post-Collision Fires
Seat Belt/Air Bag Defects
SUV Rollovers
Workplace Negligence
Trucking Accidents
Bus Accidents
Product Defects
Plant Explosions

Oil Rig Explosions
Spinal Cord Injuries
Drug Defects
Wrongful DeathThe attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm represent people all across the country. We have filed cases in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland,  Massachusets, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.