Learn Why We Are Different From Most Other Personal Injury Law Firms in How We Handle Your Injury Case
Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has been blessed to assist injured Texans for almost four decades. Our goal is the same today as it was when Regis L. Mullen founded it 36 years ago, which is to handle your personal injury case the same way we would want our own handled.
We are not a volume injury law firm that rushes clients through an assembly line while “case handlers” do the heavy lifting. We are a family owned and run business that gives each and every client the individual attention they deserve. Our experienced attorneys oversee the management and development of each and every personal injury claim.
How else are we different?
Our Injury Lawyers Aggressively Utilize Pre-Suit Experts to Give You the Best Opportunity to Resolve Your Case Without the Increased Attorney Fees and Expenses Associated With Litigation
Insurance companies are often billion-dollar enterprises. They employ an army of thousands which includes high-priced lawyers. These insurance companies often utilize “hired gun” experts who exist solely to minimize the credible claims of injured victims. They will challenge the reasonableness and necessity of your medical care at every opportunity. It is incredibly important that you retain counsel with the financial resources to go toe-to-toe with them. Our personal injury law firm’s longevity and results demonstrate our willingness to spend the money necessary to properly develop your case.
At Mullen & Mullen our injury lawyers make all efforts to resolve your case without the necessity of a lawsuit, since often times litigation only results in increased attorney fees and expenses that will eat up any increase in settlement funds. Litigation is also a lengthy process that typically lasts 12-18 months. That said, we never hesitate to file suit if necessary. Senior Associate Joseph Morrison served as counsel in a VerdictSearch Top 5 Texas Verdict.
If your injury case goes to litigation, it will require the use of experts to properly present your claim. We are different in that we routinely utilize experts prior to the filing of a lawsuit to properly develop your case. Just a few examples are included below:
Accident Reconstruction Experts
We often use accident reconstruction experts when liability is challenged by an insurance company. For example, we recently represented a young child who sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle in his neighborhood after school. The police report arising from the incident placed all fault on the child who had exited from an alley / private drive before he was struck. The officer, however, did not take any measurements at the scene, nor did he have the ability to properly value the speed of the motor vehicle, braking time of the motor vehicle, the distances involved, or impact of the tortfeasor’s line of sight. The expert determined that the motorist, who stated she was going only 10 mph, had more than enough time at that speed to safely stop her vehicle without injuring the child.
Walkway Surfaces Auditing Experts
Premises Liability claims often require the use of experts. Premises injury cases include those where someone slips/falls/trips at a business or store. We had a case recently where our client took a fall due to an extremely slippery surface. We retained a walkway surface auditor who calculated the coefficient of friction of the surface after performing a field test. He compared the results with industry standards.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants
Experts interview and assess patients with vocational challenges to determine when – or if – they are ready to be employed as well as what type of work they have the physical ability, skills, and experience to perform.
We had an 18-wheeler injury case recently where our client suffered severe injuries and required major spine surgery. Our client had a very physically demanding job before the wreck. His treating neurosurgeon completed a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form submitted by our firm. The neurosurgeon limited the client to medium work which precluded him from his prior job. We retained a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant to review the RFC form and opine as to the impact of the collision on our client’s future employ-ability. The expert determined that our client would earn significantly less performing medium work since he lacked the necessary education, skills, and experience to land a comparable job at that exertion level. The expert calculated the client’s loss of earning capacity in the future at over $600,000.
Please note that we routinely use economists as well when necessary.
Our personal injury law firm utilizes medical videographers to film client surgeries when warranted. This allows adjusters (and later jurors if necessary) the ability to fully appreciate what the client has gone through. Often times insurance adjusters become numb to operative reports. After all, reports are just paper. We all know, however, that a picture says a thousand words. This footage can be incredibly powerful in helping insurance adjusters remember that claims involve real people who sustained real injuries.
On many cases we retain an FDA cleared medical software company on behalf of our clients. This company translates radiologic images (such as the results of X-Ray, CT, or MRI) of client anatomy into state-of-the-art 3D imaging. This allows adjusters to fully appreciate the nature and extent of your injuries. We have even used the same company to create 3D illustrations of surgeries.
Certified Life Care Planners
If you suffer serious injuries after an accident you may require lifetime medical care. Our injury law firm routinely retains Certified Life Care Planners to review medical records, assess our clients, perform research, and determine what sort of short-term and long-term medical care you will require throughout the remainder of your lifetime. These experts calculate the projected cost of medical care in the future as well as the cost(s) associated with prescriptions, alterations to the home, etc. Think of them as a case manager for future medical damages.
At Mullen & Mullen our extensive use of pre-suit experts allows us to obtain large settlements for clients while their attorney fees remain at a lower contingency fee rate. For example, Managing Attorney Shane Mullen recently obtained all remaining available policy limits for a client which was over $2,000,0000. Getting the insurance company to pay policy limits pre-suit allowed the client to save over $200,000 since his fee was 28% as opposed to 40% in litigation.
If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you owe it to yourself to contact us for a free consultation before deciding on another law firm to represent you.