Car wrecks occur in the Fort Worth-Arlington area on a daily basis. If you have been injured in a serious auto accident, you have a lot of things which need to be taken care of such as paying for your medical care and recovering any lost wages as a result of being injured due to someone else’s negligence. In short, you need to make a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Many times, accident victims decide to handle their claim themselves without the aid of experienced legal representation. Sometimes that is a smart decision to make. If your injuries are not that serious (for example, if your total crash-related medical expenses amount to less than $5,000) then you can reasonably expect to recover a fair settlement without the need for an attorney.
However, it is generally advisable to take advantage of the free consultation offered by many Dallas-Fort Worth attorneys just to get a professional lawyer’s opinion on the case. You’re not obliged to hire them by calling for a free consultation – although you can always change your mind later.
The Pitfalls of Representing Yourself
If you have suffered serious injuries, you are probably entitled to a large amount of compensation – not just to cover the cost of your treatment and hospital bills, but to reimburse you for any incurred or future loss of earnings, but for the very real pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life you have endured as a result of being injured. Of course, the insurance company doesn’t want to pay you the maximum compensation you are entitled to. They are in business to make a profit – not a loss – so you need to be prepared to go up against a professional claims adjustor whose job it is day in and day out to find ways to either deny injury claims or to pay as little money as possible.
It nearly always pays to talk to a lawyer before you attempt to handle your claim alone. That’s not to say that everyone needs to hire an attorney – certainly not everyone does. However, a lot of the time when people try to handle things on their own, they tend to (understandably) get emotional about the process, and this means they risk losing objectivity.
Yes, hiring a lawyer means having to pay them a portion of your final settlement, but many times you will still end up with more compensation as a result of hiring (and paying) an attorney than if you had handled your case on your own.
Call our law firm today for a free, no obligation consultation on your case at 817-294-1900 - or simply request a free copy of our book 15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Case so that you can at least go into battle informed and knowledgeable of your legal rights and options.
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