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Frequently Asked Questions

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The days and weeks following any type of accident involving a personal injury or wrongful death can be emotionally draining, confusing, and physically painful. Understanding the basics of personal injury cases can help to reduce the stress and anxiety you may be facing. For further assistance, it is important to get the professional opinion of our Beaumont personal injury lawyers at Clay Dugas and Associates.

Call us at (409) 226-0990 to discuss your unique matter and how we can help you pursue justice for you and your family.

  • What are the elements of a personal injury claim? Who is liable?

    A legal claim for compensation can be made against the party or parties who were responsible for causing harm due to negligence or wrongdoing. To pursue compensation, it must be proven that a “duty of care” was not fulfilled and it resulted in physical or emotional harm. In these cases, you may be owed monetary damage which the at-fault parties must pay. Responsible parties can include other driver in a car crash, medical personnel who failed to properly care for you or a loved one, trucking companies, manufacturers, insurance agencies, and other corporate entities.

  • Will I have to take my case to trial?

    Not necessarily. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court. After investigating your case and determining the best path to seek a fair result, our Beaumont personal injury attorney will determine whether litigation is necessary. Litigation has its risks and may take much longer than a settlement, however, Attorney Clay Dugas is Board Certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has handled over 200 jury trials in his 37 years of experience. While there is nothing wrong with settling out of court when it meets your needs and is in your best interests, our firm will stand by your side and protect you through trial.

  • What are contingency fees and how do they work?

    Not everyone can afford a lawyer when they run into a difficult legal situation, especially if they are also facing high medical bills. Contingency fees allow the injured access to the justice system. Once your case is taken on, you will sign a written agreement with our firm outlining what the contingency percentage will be. The fee may differ based on whether your case is concluded through a settlement or a trial. At the end of the legal process, you will receive a statement showing funds collected, deductions made to it, and your net result. We take our legal fees from your settlement, so there are no upfront costs to you.

  • What type of damages can I receive in my personal injury case?

    You may receive compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, property damage (to your vehicle, for instance), physical or mental disability, trauma, anguish, loss of enjoyment, disfigurement, and more. Other out of pocket expenses that you were required to pay due to the injury may be covered as well, such as parking fees, transportation fees, and more.

  • Why is it important to call a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident or injury?

    It’s critical to start investigating the incident as soon as possible. Evidence can be lost, tampered with, or even destroyed. Witnesses can disappear or lose a clear memory of what happened. Official reports must be gathered and analyzed. Our team needs to document and photograph everything at the accident site to look for the causes of the incident. Your case could be damaged if these actions do not take place quickly and efficiently. Your entire claim will be based on testimony and proof of the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.

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