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1) Car Accident Case Value
We recently spoke with a client who wanted to know, “How do I know the value of my car crash case? What is it worth?” We explained to her that every case is different; everybody has a unique situation. A lot of the value of a case is based on your injuries. How bad are you injuries? What are your injuries? How bad have your injuries impacted your daily life?
There are a couple different areas of damages that we want to look at. The first is your medical expenses. How much have you incurred in medical bills as a result of this crash? Another thing we’re going to look at is lost wages. Have you missed time from work? Do you have any lost wages? There’s also a category of non-economic damages. Non-economic damages you might know include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and physical impairment.
After you’ve reached maximum medical improvement with your doctor, we want to look at all of your damages from all of those different categories. That’s when we’ll begin to understand the value of your particular case. What’s really important is that you get with a personal injury trial attorney who understands those different damages, how to evaluate those different damages, and who isn’t afraid to go up against the insurance company to make sure that you get what’s fair and reasonable.
If you have any questions about what the value of your case is, we invite you to give us a call. Legal consultations here at the firm are always free, so feel free to give us a call. We look forward to talking to you.
2) Mistakes To Avoid After a Car Accident
We spoke with a young lady recently in Katy, Texas who had been involved in a car crash. She was a young, college-aged student, and this was the first time she’d been involved in a car crash. As we spoke, one of her concerns was that she might make a mistake on her case. She asked what the common mistakes are that people make when they’ve been involved in a car crash. The first thing we told her is the biggest mistake we see people make with their car crash claim is they don’t go see a doctor.
A lot of times after a car crash, people have a lot of adrenaline pumping through their body. They might not feel or realize how bad they’re hurt, and they think, “Oh, I’ll be okay tomorrow.” When they wake up and get out of bed the next day, however, their neck might hurt or their back might be a little sore. It might be a little difficult getting ready for work in the morning, but they let it go on and on without seeing a doctor. That’s one of the biggest mistakes that we see. People think that they’ll just heal automatically without any kind of doctor assistance.
The second biggest mistake that we see is that people don’t follow through with the doctor’s treatment plan. The doctor will sit with you and develop a treatment plan specifically for you so that your injuries heal to what’s called maximum medical improvement. If you don’t follow the doctor’s orders, the insurance company is going to use that against you and say, “Look, she wasn’t even hurt. She didn’t follow the doctor’s orders.” That can be a powerful argument in front of a jury, and that’s why it’s important that you hire a personal injury trial attorney.
Here at our firm, we are personal injury trial attorneys. That means that we focus on people who have been involved in car crashes. It’s what we do every day. We understand the evidence that’s needed and the mistakes to avoid to ensure that the insurance company compensates you fairly and reasonably for the injuries that have been thrust into your life.
We definitely invite you to give us a call today, here at the firm, and find out more about how we can help you out. As always, legal consultations are free, so give us a call.
3) Car Accident Case Going to Trial
We spoke with a gentleman the other day from Houston who had been involved in a car crash. He wanted to know whether or not his case was going to go to trial. He was a little nervous about it. He knew that a trial can take a long time and that he might lose some money. That was one of his major concerns: “Is my case going to actually go to trial?” We told him it really depends.
What it depends on is whether or not the insurance company decides to do the right thing. We advised him to focus on his medical treatment first. Go ahead and get better. Let the doctor do what the doctor does. Once the doctor is done and you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, then we’ll put a demand package together for the insurance company. We’ll give the insurance company the opportunity to do the right thing. We’ll give the insurance company the opportunity to compensate you fairly and reasonably in lieu of going to trial.
Unfortunately, the insurance company doesn’t always do the right thing. A lot of times, you’ll see the insurance companies just give out a lowball offer that really doesn’t compensate fairly or reasonably for the injuries. That’s why it’s really important that you hire a personal injury trial lawyer. A trial lawyer is going to make sure that the right evidence and the right witnesses are in the file from the beginning.
From day one, a trial attorney is going to make sure your case is prepared as if it’s going to go to trial. That’s really what you’re looking for. You want to make sure that your case is ready to go from day one. That puts a little pressure on the insurance company. The insurance companies know the lawyers that go to trial, and they know the ones that avoid trial and just settle. That’s why it’s really important to get with a lawyer who’s not afraid to take your case all the way to the jury down at the courthouse.
I definitely invite you to give us a call today and find out more about how we can help you. As always, legal consultations are free, so give me a call today.
4) Car Accident Insurance Investigation
We recently spoke with a young lady out in Pasadena who had been involved in a car crash. After the car crash, the insurance company for the other driver kept calling her, trying to get this recorded statement. The lady was was a little hesitant. She didn’t really feel comfortable talking to the other driver’s insurance. She asked, “Should I do this, or should I not do this?”
As we spoke with her, we explained the insurance company is a business with professionals that are dedicated to keeping the money in their pocket. The insurance company is not in the business of fairly and reasonably compensating injured persons. They’re just not. They’re a business and they want to keep the money in their pocket.
By giving the insurance company a recorded statement after the crash, essentially, you’re giving the insurance company evidence against you. They’re going to want to use that recorded statement some way against you down the road to attack your credibility. They’re going to want to use that to damage your case. That’s why it’s really important to get with an experienced personal injury trial attorney who will understand that from the beginning and not allow you to give a recorded statement. A personal injury trial attorney is going to make sure that your case is in the best position possible, in case the insurance company decides not to do the right thing. We can go down to the courthouse and have a jury of your peers tell the insurance company what your case is worth.
We invite you to give us a call today. As always, legal consultations here at the firm are free, so please give us a call today.
5) Uninsured Driver
We spoke with a gentleman the other day from Lubbock who was involved in a pretty bad car crash. He was rearended by a young driver. After the crash, the other driver pulled out an insurance card that was actually six months expired. Our client realized, “Wait a minute, who is going to pay for my property damage? Who is going to pay for me to go to the doctor? Who is going to pay me for my lost wages? What’s going to happen here to me financially?”
We told him about what’s called uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage on his insurance policy. He had no idea what that coverage was. His agent just set him up with some coverage, and he just pays the premium. He really wasn’t too sure what coverage he had. As we went through the declarations page of his insurance, Portion C showed the amount of coverage he had for uninsured or underinsured coverage.
In this particular situation with this gentleman, when there is no insurance from the at-fault driver, this coverage under the gentleman’s policy kicks in. Fortunately for this gentleman, he had the state minimum limits, so he was actually protected. We were able to help him get his medical bills paid, help him get his lost wages paid, and help him get some compensation for his pain and suffering.
It’s important to reach out to an experienced personal injury trial lawyer who is familiar with uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage and how it works. They can maximize that recovery for you. We invite you to give us a call today. As always, here at the firm, legal consultations are free. We invite you to speak with us and find out more about how we can help.
6) Lost Wage Reimbursement
We spoke with a mother from El Paso recently who has a couple young kids and had veen involved in a bad car crash. She had been out of work for a while as a result of her injuries, and the bills were starting to pile up. Just because you’ve been in a car wreck and can’t go to work, doesn’t mean that rent isn’t due. Her rent was due and she was worried: “What am I going to do? If I can’t work, then I can’t get paid.” One of her biggest concerns was, “Is the insurance going to pay me for being out of work? Can I get my lost wages? Can I get wage reimbursement? What am I going to do here? I need money.”
These are questions that we get quite often. In Texas, you are entitled to your lost wage compensation. If you’ve suffered a loss due to not being able to work as a result of the injuries sustained in the car crash, you can get that money back.
In cases like these, it’s important to get with an experienced personal injury trial lawyer. You want someone who’s handled this type of claim before. A personal injury trial lawyer is going to understand the evidence needed in order to recover that money for you. For example, we might need some paycheck stubs, or we might need your tax returns from the prior year – just to give you an idea of the things that we would be looking for. We might even want a letter from your employer to verify how long you’ve been out and what that actual damage is to you.
That’s why it’s important to get with an experienced personal injury trial lawyer who’s going to make sure that evidence gets in front of the insurance company and that you get those lost wages returned to your pocket where they should be.
If you have any questions, we definitely invite you to give us a call. Legal consultations here at the firm are always free, so please feel free to give us a call today.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured from a car accident in Texas and have questions about our 6 car accident tips for you? Contact our experienced Texas Car Accident Lawyers today for a free legal consultation and case evaluation.
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