TEXAS TRIAL LAWYERS – WORKING WITH A LAWYER – FAQs
What should I do if I’m in a car wreck?
Document as much as possible at the scene of the accident. When the other driver’s insurance company asks you for a statement, it is not in your best interest to speak to them. Instead have them speak to your personal injury attorney. Our job for over 45 years has been to help injured clients recover as much as possible from insurance companies.
What should I do if I’m hurt on the job?
Your first priority is getting the medical attention you need to get better — not just the treatment an insurance company wants to pay for. Some employers subscribe to a workers’ compensation insurance policy that will provide for your medical needs and a percentage of your wages (set by law) while you are out of work. Other employers choose to self-insure and have their own policies that appear similar to the statutory workers’ compensation framework. These are not subject to the same restrictions as workers’ compensation and you may be entitled to a larger recovery for missed work and other damages.
What should I do if I can’t afford a doctor to treat my injuries?
Burwell Nebout can assist you with obtaining the medical treatment needed even if you have no health insurance.
Does Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers take cases to trial?
We have been representing clients in Texas courtrooms for 45 years. While most cases settle out of court, Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers try cases when insurance companies refuse a reasonable amount. All partners are members with the American Board of Trial Advocates, which requires its members to have tried at least 30 jury trial to verdict. When having a personal injury attorney, it is important to understand that you have hired a real trial lawyer.
How much is my case worth?
Every case is evaluated on an individual basis. We are experienced in evaluating cases and will give our opinion after a full investigation has been completed. However, an exact dollar amount or a guarantee can never be given.
How much is my case going to cost me out of pocket?
We work on a contingency fee basis. We get paid an attorney fee and reimbursement of expenses only when a recovery is made in your case. If no recovery is made, no fees or expenses are paid.
What should I do if I want to change attorneys and have Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers represent me?
We will not interfere with the attorney-client contractual relationship between you and your current attorney. We will only be able to ethically discuss your case once you notify your current attorney in writing that you no longer want him or her to represent you on your case.
A 15-year machinist for Union Pacific Railroad was injured when a locomotive coupled into his blue flagged locomotive in the diesel shop at Union Pacific’s Houston facility. Although the machinist failed to engage the shop derails and acknowledge the track alarm, the contention was that Union Pacific employee took one minute and forty-four second water break during a walk around prior to the coupling.
During this water break, the machinist blue flagged his locomotive and began working. Burwell Nebout filed suit against Union Pacific Railroad in Harris County. After a two-week trial in the 157th District Court in Harris County, the jury awarded the machinist $566,105. The jury determined that Union Pacific Railroad violated the federal regulation that absolutely prohibits coupling into a blue flagged locomotive.