At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, making sure you understand every step of the legal process is important to us. When you get help from our Houston maritime personal injury attorneys, you can expect your case to follow this pattern:
STEP 1: REPORT YOUR INJURY
As soon as possible after your injury, file a report with the master of the vessel. He is required to make an entry into the official logbook, including details about the nature of the illness or injury as well as all medical treatment provided. Following this simple step could protect your rights to compensation. If you need help reporting your injury, call our Houston maritime personal injury attorneys now at (800) 444-5000, or fill out a FREE initial consultation form and get help today.
STEP 2: HIRE AN ATTORNEY
The law surrounding maritime injuries and death is very complicated. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge of the procedure, evidence, and pertinent laws necessary to win your case. Hire a maritime personal injury lawyer who is familiar with maritime laws and personal injury.
STEP 3: DEMAND PACKAGE
After we have discussed your case and gathered evidence, your attorney will send a demand package, which includes the proposed worth of your claim, to the defendants. The demand package describes your accident, injuries, damages, and how your life has been affected.
STEP 4: NEGOTIATION
During this stage, your lawyer will negotiate the worth of your case with the defendants.
STEP 5: SETTLE OR PROCEED
If the defendants make an offer you are willing to accept, then your case will settle. If the defendants refuse to pay what we determine is reasonable, your attorney will file a lawsuit to pursue the damages we believe are owed to you.
STEP 6: FILE A LAWSUIT
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, maritime workers have the right to bring a civil action in court. Unless you are bringing a case against the United States or a Federally-owned vessel, you have the right to trial by jury. Should your case go to trial, your attorney will have to file a lawsuit in court against the defendants. Once the defendants receive notice of the lawsuit, they are obligated to respond in a formal court.
STEP 7: PREPARATION
Your attorney will prepare your case for court by performing written discovery, which involves asking questions and requesting documents to gather facts about your case and taking depositions or sworn statements from witnesses before a court reporter. The defendants will also prepare for trial.
STEP 8: TRIAL
Once a trial date is set, you, your attorney, and the defendants will go before a judge and/or jury, and both sides will present their side of the case. After each side is heard, the judge and/or jury will render a decision, called a judgment.