Auto Accidents FAQs
Is Hiring An Auto Accident Lawyer Really Worth It?
It’s always a good idea to have a lawyer for an auto accident because insurance companies have teams of adjusters and lawyers who are trained to pay out either as little as possible or nothing at all on valid claims. They represent their own interests, which is to keep as much of their money as possible. Claimants need a lawyer trained in the law who can represent their client’s interests and to recover as much money as possible, as well as to secure the proper medical care that an injured victim needs, which means they have to lay the foundation for making a case.
As far as which lawyer is the right one to handle their case, an injury victim should only hire a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer; a lawyer who is certified by the State Bar of Texas to be specialist and expert in the area of personal injury law. A board-certified lawyer is the most competent to handle your case and to provide you with the best representation, which means they’ll be best able to recover the most compensation for you.
How Long is Too Long to See the Doctor After an Accident?
In reality, some people will try home remedies for as long as possible to avoid going to a doctor, but insurance company lawyers and adjusters will manipulate that and claim a person who does something like that either wasn’t really hurt or that they were hurt in a way other than the car accident and they’re just opportunists trying to get money. The truth of the matter is, an auto accident victim should seek medical attention as soon as possible because home remedies are rarely adequate to treating those injuries and you also want to avoid even the possibility that an insurance company’s lawyers and adjusters may manipulate the facts in their favor.
How Much Compensation Will I Get for My Auto Accident?
The value of any case is based on the evidence. Ultimately, if a settlement isn’t reached, a jury will decide the value of the case, which is the amount you’ll be entitled to recover for such things as your past and future medical bills, past and future loss of earning capacity, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental anguish.
A jury will look at the evidence in each case and place a reasonable and fair value on all damages, so we will try to evaluate these damages in a way that’s fair to our client. We believe that we’ll be successful in a jury trial, but we will try to settle with the insurance companies. The insurance company has to hear from a lawyer in order to settle a case for a fair amount, and if they don’t, they lowball the claimant every time.
My firm works on a pure contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront fees or expenses in the cases we handle, and I will only recover a fee if the client wins.
Are Insurance Companies Evil?
Insurance companies are evil; they take premiums from people to pay for losses and claims, and in my 18 years’ experience they will always try to lowball or pay nothing at all on valid claims; they take advantage of people; they manipulate the facts and the evidence. There are some good people in the insurance industry but there are many dishonest people who are just trying to wrongfully get out of paying the money they owe. They take money in the premiums and try to not pay anything.
What Happens if You Get Into an Accident With the Wrong Person?
The wrong person is one who doesn’t have insurance, which is why most people should carry uninsured motorist coverage on their automobile insurance policy. By carrying that, if someone without insurance hits you, it’s possible to make the exact same claim against your own insurance, and it usually won’t affect your premiums because it’s a contract claim against your insurance company, not a liability claim; your safe driver rating shouldn’t change due to an uninsured motorist claim.
If An Accident is Your Fault, Can You Still Get Compensation?
Yes, you can get a limited amount of compensation through your own insurance from what’s called “Personal Injury Protection Coverage,” as long as you have that type of coverage on your auto insurance policy. With that, you can recover for your medical bills and lost wages up to the amount of PIP or Personal Injury Coverage you’ve purchased.
What Should You Not Do When You’ve Been in an Auto Accident?
Do not talk to an insurance company before consulting with a lawyer because they can manipulate anything you say and use it against you in the claim; you need the advice of a lawyer. Also, don’t ignore your injuries; if you’re injured, seek professional medical care. Ignoring aches, pains and injuries creates an opportunity for the insurance company to try to lowball you later on.
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