In the state of Texas, drivers are required to carry auto insurance. This is meant to ensure that they and other road users are protected, should an accident occur. Yet the type of protection they expect, and the kind they receive are sometimes worlds apart. Can an auto accident attorney really help, and if so, to what extent? Are there any other potential benefits to hiring one for your case? The following information provides answers to these common questions and explains how you can find the right attorney for your case.
How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Improve Your Chances of Success
Many drivers are surprised to learn that their insurance company does not just pay out compensation for an accident. Instead, representatives from the insurer will investigate the details of the accident to determine whether they can claim you may have been partially (or completely) at fault. We have had many cases where the insurance company’s insured runs a red light and yet the adjuster attempts to partially blame our client for not seeing the offender and driving more defensively.
Additionally, insurance companies continually demand copious and irrelevant documentation for claims, which normally hurt claim value if such documents are turned over. Moreover, insurance companies routinely discount the medical bills that victims send and only pay a fraction of the paid/owed medical expenses. Many insurance adjusters are also trained to limit or completely avoid payouts for more complicated portions of your settlement, such as pain and suffering or mental anguish. They also have teams of attorneys to represent them, should you try to litigate the matter.
An excellent personal injury attorney should begin by teaching the client about the claims process including all of the “dos and don’ts.” Having this understanding will help maximize the value of your claim. A qualified personal injury attorney can listen to the client and fully learn all of the facts and details about the claim, after which a strategy can be developed to develop new evidence to further increase the claim’s value. Next, if a client has legal representation, his or her legal team will prepare a comprehensive demand package including attaching all of proof via exhibits in the correct form. The demand should seek and offer proof of all elements of damage available to a personal injury victim (there are often more than 10 damage elements allowable under Texas law). Moreover, on particular damage elements such as past medical expenses, it is very important how this proof is both developed and submitted. Victims make mistakes all the time on how medical billing is structured in a personal injury case and these mistakes often cost victims tremendous settlement value on their claims.
A qualified personal injury attorney can fight for higher compensation for the obscure portions of your claim and is able to take the case into litigation when the insurance company does not provide a fair pre-suit settlement offer. Having this type of representation will allow victims to avoid common pitfalls, such as failure to submit paperwork by the deadline or the destruction of evidence.
How to Hire an Experienced Attorney for Your Case
Choosing the right personal injury attorney for your case is not always an easy task. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as whether the attorney has experience in handling difficult cases and their overall history of success. You should also have a certain level of chemistry with your attorney. Do they seem like someone you can trust? Do they listen when you talk? Do they explain the process in a way that you can understand? Are they compassionate to the struggles that you and your family are facing, or do they seem passive, possibly even complacent? These are all important characteristics and elements in a personal injury case.
To ensure you find the right one, start by contacting them by phone. In some cases, you may be able to tell from the initial contact whether the attorney and law firm have the skills and experience you need. You may still need a consultation, though. Come prepared with questions and concerns and as many details about your case as possible. This will give you a chance to truly analyze the feel of your experience, and it will help you spot any potential issues with a prospective attorney. Please be comfortable prior to signing an agreement with any firm. However, also understand that the quicker you begin receiving legal help from a qualified personal injury law firm, the faster “best claims practices” can be followed and important evidence can be maintained and/or developed.
Contact a McKinney, TX, Car Crash Attorney
At Burress Personal Injury Law, we believe that our experienced Collin County personal injury lawyers make your decision easy. As a firm that you can trust, and dedicated to your best interest, we will carefully examine your case and help you determine your best options. We offer compassionate, personalized service, every step of the way. Call 214-726-0016 to schedule a free consultation today.