A lot of the time, traffic collision victims come only consider hiring a Fort Worth personal injury lawyer after trying and failing to deal with the at-fault motorist’s insurance company on their own. In many cases, they are actually more concerned with the property damage done to their car, pickup truck or motorcycle than any injuries they themselves have suffered. While I certainly understand this concern to a certain extent – after all, we all are dependent on our vehicles in DFW – it is somewhat short sighted.
Yes, if your car is wrecked it means you’re going to have to use a rental car for a while, but if you don’t take care of yourself it could dramatically affect your future ability to work – and thus your household’s income – for the foreseeable future.
If you are concerned only about repairing or replacing your car after a crash, I cannot help you. As a Fort Worth personal injury attorney, I only take cases involving serious bodily injuries. However, please feel to download a free copy of my book Texas Property Damage Guide.
Why You Should Focus on Compensation For Your Personal Injuries
Although getting the negligent driver’s insurance company to pay the price to get your car back to its pre-accident condition and back on the road can be a frustrating one, it is a relatively straightforward process. However, as a Fort Worth injury lawyer I urge you to put yourself first. Your injuries are much more important than any damage to your vehicle.
Your car can be replaced. You cannot.
In addition to the fact that any injuries you may have sustained are likely to have a far greater financial toll on you and your family than a wrecked automobile, it is also important to realize that your dealings with the responsible insurance company regarding your property damage claim might possibly be used against your related personal injury claim unless you’re careful.
To help you avoid any unnecessary complications, here are three basic tips to ensure you don’t damage your potential personal injury case:
- Don’t give the insurance company a recorded statement. Even if they are requesting a recorded statement under the guise of focusing solely on your property damage case, it is very likely that they will also ask questions purposefully designed to undermine your future injury claim against them. You have no obligation to provide them with a recorded statement – so don’t give them one.
- Don’t give them access to your medical records. Clearly, there should be no need for the insurance company to have copies of your medical records if you’re only after money to repair or replace your damaged vehicle. What you should beware of is that because the property damage claims process is generally quite easy, you might be tricked into thinking that your injury claim will be likewise – it won’t be, which is why you should always…
- Speak to a board certified Fort Worth personal injury lawyer. You might not need an attorney. Depending on the specific nature of your accident and the injuries you have sustained, you might very well be able to settle your injury claim for fair compensation with the need for legal representation – but since it costs nothing for a free consultation it is always a good idea to talk to a lawyer before attempting to deal with the insurance company on your own.
Contact the Anderson law firm in downtown Fort Worth for a completely free, no obligation consultation on your personal injury situation today. Call toll free from anywhere at 800-354-6275, or locally at 817-294-1900.
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