If you've been injured in a Dallas-Fort Worth car wreck, motorcycle crash, auto collision, semi-truck wreck, or any other kind of serious accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
What Money Can I Get from Making a Claim?
Under Texas law, injury victims can recover financial damages to compensate them for any medical bills, loss of income or other accident-related expenses whenever someone else was at-fault for the accident that resulted in their injuries. Similarly, when the accident results in a fatality, the relatives of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
In many cases, the economic impact of being injured or of losing a member of your family as a result of an accident can be devastating. In addition to the expensive and unexpected medical bills, your income will be dramatically affected or simply cut off entirely. For most Texans, making a personal injury or wrongful death claim is an absolute necessity.
Why Do Injury Victims Hire Attorneys?
Unfortunately, just because you are entitled to compensation under Texas civil law, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to get it without a fight. Insurance companies view accident victims only as damage to their company profits. As a result, they will often fight you tooth and nail for the compensation you rightly deserve. Often, you will not be able to recover fair compensation without the aid of a board certified Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury attorney.
Of course, hiring an attorney means that you will have to pay them. Rest assured, however, that any legitimate lawyer will operate on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t have to pay them a dime until your case is resolved. If they don’t win your case, you don’t owe them a penny.
Are Lawyers Worth the Money?
Despite having to pay a lawyer, it is nearly always far better to do so than attempt to deal with the insurance company alone. An experienced lawyer knows the tricks and tactics regularly used by the insurance adjustor, which means you have a better chance of recovering more money.
Additionally, a study conducted by the Insurance Research Council (an organization funded by the insurance industry) found that accident victims who hire an attorney typically recover three and a half times as much compensation as those who don’t. So even though you have to pay for legal services, you will still come out ahead.
How Do I Know If I Need a Lawyer?
Not everyone needs to hire a lawyer, and you may be able to handle your personal injury claim on your own. However, if you're experiencing any of the following, I'd suggest you consult with an attorney:
You have an injury that looks like it may take many months or years to heal.
Many people involved in car accidents don't always realize the extent of their injuries until months or even years later. This is an issue because if you don't know the extent of your injuries, you don't know the value of your claim.
Usually people will accept an offer from the insurance company only to realize later they have additional injuries that weren't covered. When they call us for help, it's too late - we can't do anything after you've accepted money from the insurance company.
Accident injuries aren't always obvious right away, so take your time before settling your case. The insurance company is going to want to settle your claim for the lowest amount possible. If you think you may need long term medical treatment for your injuries, call a lawyer immediately and don't sign or accept any offer.
If the insurance adjuster is giving you a hard time.
If you're having any issues with the insurance adjuster or if they're hassling you to take an offer, call your lawyer. These guys are known for shady tactics. Even if you don't hire us, we can give you free advice that could save your case.
If your injury is very serious or if a loved one died in the accident.
If your medical bills are astronomical or if you've lost a family member, there will be a lot more legal complications than the average individual can handle. Not to mention, the added stress of dealing with the insurance company can inhibit your ability to heal. A North Texas accident attorney can help take some the stress off your shoulders so you can focus on getting better.
If there is a dispute about what happened in the car accident.
Disputes over liability can cause huge problems for your claim. Injury attorneys have resources you don't have like investigators that can help prove your case.
How Can I Learn More?
Request a free copy of Fort Worth attorney Mark Anderson’s book 15 Mistakes That Will Wreck Your Texas Accident Claim to learn about how the Texas personal injury claim process works and how to deal with the liable auto insurance company after you’ve been injured.
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