Question: Can I afford an attorney?
Answer: Yes, the Linebaugh Law Firm offers the contingent representation. This allows injured people and hard working families to retain quality legal representation without any advance payment. The attorney fee is paid at the end of the case out of the settlement or verdict. If there is no recovery, there is no fee. (See home page for more details concerning contingency fees)
Question: I don't have health insurance. Can I still get the medical care I need?
Answer: Yes, some doctors will allow you a credit line. 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 that you need; however, the medical bills will have to be repaid by you out of your portion of the settlement when your case resolves.
Question: Should I give a written or recorded statement to the insurance company?
Answer: No, the insurance company is out to defeat your case. They are skilled at twisting your words or reframing what you say through a series of leading questions in a way that harms your case. For this reason, 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 safest approach is to hire our law firm, or another qualified law firm, and simply tell the insurance person that your attorney will answer all their questions. This relieves you from the stress and hassle of dealing with the insurance company so you can concentrate on getting well.
Question: Since all lawyers have passed the bar exam, aren't all attorneys equally qualified to handle an injury case?
Answer: No, general practice attorneys are typically unknown by insurance people. The insurance industry knows and respects our law firm. Consequently, they take a case very seriously when we make an appearance. 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 developements and techniques in the field. Moreover, we zealously, tenaciously, and ethically work hard to provide you with the legal solution that is right for you.
Question: What does it mean to be board certified in personal injury trial law?
Answer: In effort to be board certified in personal injury trial law, an attorney has to have tried at least ten 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 members of the judiciary. Mr. Linebaugh has been certified and recertified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1990.
Question: Should I wait before I hire an attorney?
Answer: 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, early investigation can be important to your case. Once you hire us, we will handle the legal aspects for you so that you can concentrate on getting well again.