How Do You Know When to Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Aug. 19, 2022
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, hospital emergency departments in the state received and treated over 9.9 million total visits in 2020. These visits usually lead to more medical appointments and expensive medical bills for patients who weren’t expecting them and may not be able to afford them.
When an accident that wasn’t your fault causes you to seek medical care, you may feel frustrated and overwhelmed by the financial burden your medical bills create. After all, you didn’t cause the accident, and now, you must face not only medical bills, but also missing time at work to attend your medical appointments.
You can take steps to protect your rights after an accident that wasn’t your fault. Living through the aftermath of an accident is challenging enough without the financial burden it creates. If you were in an accident in Texas, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney about your options.
At my firm, Rick Davis & Associates Attorneys at Law, I bring my decades of experience as an attorney and my years of experience as a judge to my clients’ cases. I proudly serve clients in Bryan, Texas, and the nearby areas, including College Station, Brenham, Anderson, Madisonville, Caldwell, and surrounding counties.
Knowing When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm
You may be wondering, “When should I contact a personal injury attorney?”
To fully answer this question, keep in mind the following factors.
Texas Is an At-Fault State
First, it’s important to answer the question: “Is Texas a no-fault state?” The answer is no. Texas is an at-fault state, which means that the person who is primarily responsible for the accident can be held legally responsible for his or her actions.
In an at-fault state like Texas, the at-fault individual’s insurance policy should pay out for the victim’s expenses. If the person who was at fault for the accident did not have insurance, or if their insurance agency is not offering a fair financial settlement, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Your Injuries Are Serious
Some accidents leave the victim with only a couple of scrapes, while other accidents cause serious injuries, such as broken bones and head injuries. Serious injuries often require extensive treatment, which means that they create piles of expensive medical bills.
If you are wondering, “When should I contact a personal injury attorney?” and you have serious injuries, the answer is that you should reach out sooner rather than later.
You Don’t Know Your Options
No two accidents are the same. Because every case is different, it may be difficult to understand what your options are in your situation.
Can you sue? Should you file a personal injury claim against the at-fault individual’s insurance policy? Should you prepare for a courtroom battle? An experienced personal injury attorney can help you answer these questions.
Dealing With Insurance
Insurance adjusters can be extremely difficult to deal with when it comes to your financial compensation. You may receive a settlement offer from the insurance company that is low or does not cover all your expenses.
Insurance adjusters know what tactics to use, and they may try to get away with offering you less than what your case is worth. If the insurance adjuster isn’t offering you a fair settlement, or if you’re not sure whether the offer is fair, it can be helpful to speak with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney knows what tactics to watch out for and how to negotiate with insurance adjusters.
Proof of Negligence
You know that the accident wasn’t all your fault but proving that the other individual was careless can be challenging. You may need to prove that he or she was negligent in order to receive compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney knows the most effective methods for gathering evidence and finding proof of negligence.
What to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney
If you do decide to seek compensation, you may be thinking, “What should I ask a personal injury attorney?”
It is important to ask:
How would you describe your courtroom experience?
What type of experience do you have with my type of case?
What kind of result would you expect for my case?
What is your fee for taking my case?
Recovery Starts With a Call
Focus on your health and physical recovery by working with an experienced personal injury attorney. Filing a personal injury claim on your own may or may not get you the kind of results you need. I am dedicated to providing solid and effective legal guidance to all of my clients at my firm, Rick Davis & Associates Attorneys at Law. I am proud to apply my decades of legal experience to seek the best outcome for each of my clients.
I represent clients in Bryan, Texas, and the surrounding areas, including College Station, Brenham, Anderson, Madisonville, Caldwell, Washington County, Grimes County, Burleson County, and Madison County. Contact my firm today to schedule your consultation with me.