When You Need a Car Accident Attorney
If you're injured in a Texas car accident and it was the other driver's fault, you'll be seeking reimbursement from them (and their insurance company). As you file a claim for compensation for your hospital bills, doctor's appointments, pain and suffering, you might run into some issues. Namely, the insurance adjuster doesn't want to pay you enough.
If you struggle to get the insurance adjuster to call you back, can't negotiate a fair offer or have trouble getting your medical bills paid, it's time to seek the help of a Fort Worth car accident attorney.
Attorneys have experience working with insurance companies, and they know when an offer's fair. A good attorney won't quit until they're sure the insurance company has paid their client in full. If the insurance adjuster refuses, they'll take the case to court.
Car accident lawyers also have experience getting compensation for general damages that are difficult to determine, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Disfigure (like permanent scarring)
For example, if you lose your leg in a car accident resulting from another driver's mistake, a personal injury lawyer can help you get general damage in addition to the actual costs of your medical bills.
What to Look for in a Car Accident Attorney
I think potential clients should ask themselves three questions when hiring an injury attorney to handle their Texas accident case:
- Is the lawyer Board Certified in personal injury law?
- Does the lawyer have a positive reputation in the community?
- Do I have a good gut feeling after meeting the attorney and their staff?
What It Means to Be Board Certified
Board certification is an easy way to weed out less qualified attorneys. To become board certified, an attorney must:
- Practice law for a requisite number of years (which weeds out the rookie lawyers)
- Handle and try to a jury a certain number of personal injury cases (proving real courtroom experience)
- Be evaluated by judges and their peers (showing the lawyer's ability and high level of respect)
- Pass a vigorous examination on injury law (demonstrating extensive knowledge of the relevant law)
Hire a Texas Injury Lawyer with a Reputation of Success
Make sure that the lawyer you hire to handle your personal injury claim has a reputation of success in their community. Check out their Google ratings and read testimonials from former clients.
Your Impression of the Law Firm During Your Case Consultation
Due to the personal nature of accident cases, it is extremely important that you feel comfortable with your attorney and their staff. Make note if the lawyer makes you wait for a long time or doesn't attend your first consultation: if they're too busy to meet you, they might also be too busy to devote their time and energy to your case.
It’s important that you feel at ease talking with your personal injury lawyer. During your first case consultation, you should be able to ask questions and get straight forward answers.
If you have been injured in a Tarrant County accident, contact me to set up a free case review. During this meeting, you can ask me questions and I'll give you the honest truth on the best way to handle your injury claim. You can call me at 817-294-1900.
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