Watch Your Step! Protecting Your Legal Rights After an Accident


In Texas, any time that you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may have ground to make a claim for compensation to cover the cost of your accident-related medical care and other related expenses. Common examples of some of the many different types of cases I regularly handle as a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney include:

  • Cat, truck and motorcycle crashes
  • Traffic collisions involving bicycles and pedestrians
  • Vicious dog attacks
  • Slip, trip and fall accidents
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Product liability


Making a claim for compensation after you have been caused pain and required surgery is not an opportunity to get rich quick. It is an important legal right without which you would be left with a mountain of debt. If your misfortune was someone else’s fault, then their insurance company should be the ones to pay – not you.


Unfortunately, just because Texas law entitles accident victims to fair compensation, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get it – at least not without a fight. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and they will do whatever they can to avoid paying innocent victims a reasonable settlement. Here are just a few examples of how they attempt to cheat accident victims out of the fair compensation they deserve:


“The insurance company says my medical treatment cost too much…”

A lot of times the insurance adjustor assigned to your case will argue that the cost of your surgery or the ambulance ride to the hospital was too expensive and will refuse to pay the full amount. That is ridiculous. If you’ve been in a car wreck, you’re not going to barter with the paramedics. If the at-fault driver has insurance limits of $50,000 and your medical care costs were $40,000, then they should pay the full amount – not argue the price.


“The business where I suffered my injury wants me to sign a release…”

Anytime that anyone tries to get you to sign something post-accident, whether it’s an individual, a business entity, or the insurance company, it is wise to be extremely suspicious. Most likely, they’re just trying to protect themselves by getting you to agree to waive your legal rights. Certainly, they are not acting in your best interest. Never sign anything without first consulting with a board certified personal injury and wrongful death lawyer who can make sure your legal rights are protected at all times.


“I’ve been offered a really good settlement, but I’m not sure if I should accept it…”

At the Anderson Law Firm, we offer completely free, no obligation consultations to accident victims. It doesn’t cost you anything to get a professional opinion, and it’s definitely worth getting if you’re considering accepting any kind of settlement offer. In Texas, once you accept a settlement, you can’t go back and ask for more money later. Once you take the check, your legal right to compensation is over. This is especially important to remember if you are still under doctor’s care or going through rehabilitation – never settle your case if you’re not done treating.


15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Case

Board certified personal injury attorney Mark Anderson wrote the book 15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Case in order to help accident victims familiarize themselves with their legal rights and the pitfalls of making a bodily injury claim in Texas. Order your copy through Amazon or download immediately to your Kindle device. Or, call our office toll free at 800-354-6275 to request a complimentary copy shipped to you directly.



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