Here When You Need Us the Most
For more than 70 years, The Payne Law Group has built a reputation among our peers and communities in Texas for being willing to fight hard to obtain the best recovery possible for clients injured in accidents, whether in a car wreck, in the oilfield, by an 18-wheeler, a drunk driver, on someone’s property, or any other situation. As a law firm dedicated to helping those in need, we have helped countless Brazos Valley individuals and families heal from their injuries and secure the compensation they needed to pay for outstanding medical bills and other expenses. We work hard to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions, and we pursue justice for our clients through comprehensive investigations, analysis, and collection of relevant evidence. Our lawyers prepare all cases as if they are going to trial; many attorneys only work half-heartedly to obtain a quick settlement—at your expense, because they settle for much less than your case is actually worth just so they don’t have to work so hard. We’re here for YOU, and unlike many of the “quick settlement” lawyers out there, we’re committed to securing the most money for you because you deserve it.
Since 1949, our legal team has provided dedicated legal advocacy to clients who need us—we’ve even represented generations of families in the area. At our law firm, we work to minimize the intimidation you feel about the courtroom and maximize your recovery so you can get the money YOU deserve. This may be an overwhelming time for you, which is why we strive to get started on your case quickly, guide you through the process, and collect the evidence we need to help you get the result you deserve.
A: The majority of cases settle prior to actually going to trial. It is always best to prepare as if you are going to trial, but you should never be afraid to negotiate a reasonable settlement. If you hire a lawyer who properly prepares your case for trial, you will most likely be able to reach a reasonable settlement of your case before it actually comes to that. When selecting an attorney, you should ask how many personal injury trials they have had, and how long it has been since they tried a case.
A: The majority of drivers are involved in an automobile accident at some point in their life. In fact, there are millions of traffic accidents reported to police every year. There were over 200,000 persons injured in Texas motor vehicle crashes in 2011, over 3,000 Texas traffic fatalities in 2011, and there was not a single day in Texas where a person did not die from a traffic accident. This means a reported crash occurred on Texas roads every 83 seconds and a person was injured every 2 minutes and 29 seconds. To help prepare yourself for any accident that may occur, you need to put an “emergency kit” with a pen, paper, and first-aid supplies in your car. After a collision occurs, remember these basic steps: • Move yourself and any other persons safely out of the way of other traffic. • Call for medical attention if anyone is hurt. • Call the police and cooperate with them once they arrive. However, never admit fault because you may not have all of the available information. • Take photographs or video of the crash scene and damage to vehicles. • Write down details of how the crash occurred and get names of witnesses. The information you should obtain includes the following: o Names and contact information of all other drivers involved o Names and contact information of witnesses o Insurance information of other drivers involved o Driver’s license numbers of other drivers involved o Vehicle make, model, license plate numbers and VIN numbers of the vehicles involved o General information about the conditions and circumstances in which the accident occurred • Contact Attorney Scott Scherr if the crash involved injuries or substantial damages. When death, injury, or major property damage is involved, dealing with an insurance company without the assistance of an experienced attorney is risky. An insurance adjuster may contact you and offer a quick settlement. Remember not to sign any document until you have consulted with your attorney. If you sign an agreement, you can forfeit your right to be compensated for damages and injuries that are discovered later. To learn more or to ask any questions we have not covered, call us at (979) 300-7406 or write to us online.
A: There are over 70,000 attorneys licensed to practice in Texas. Only 7,000 have earned the right to be publicly recognized as Board Certified specialists in one of 21 select areas of law. Only approximately 2% of Texas lawyers are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. To earn such a certification, an attorney has to meet strenuous guidelines such as: • Licensed to practice law for at least five years • Dedicated the majority of their practice to personal injury trial law • Attended continuing education seminars regularly to keep legal training up to date • Been evaluated by fellow lawyers and judges • Passed a day-long written examination, which demonstrates their extensive knowledge of the law of evidence, procedure, and other substantive law involved in the trial of personal injury cases The Texas Board of Legal Specialization was established in 1974 by the Supreme Court of Texas at the request of State Bar of Texas and is the only governing board authorized to certify attorneys in legal specialty areas. You can visit The Texas Board of Legal Specialization’s website at tbls.org.
Board Certified Attorneys
Our legal team hails from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, which gives us the diversity needed to work with a wide range of clients and cases. One of the largest firms in Brazos County, our practice extends into the state and federal courts throughout Texas. We have proven experience from both the defense and plaintiff perspectives, have handled both small and multi-million-dollar cases, and no matter how big or small your case, you will get the attention, professionalism and respect you deserve.
Our talented and committed legal team includes:
Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident or are looking to form your own business, you need an attorney by your side who can put your best interests above all else. Our lawyers care about our clients on an individual level and make sure you feel understood and cared for throughout the process.
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