Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Hiring a Texas personal injury lawyer means you will have an experienced advocate who is ready to help you understand your rights, get the medical care you need and the settlement you deserve.
Also, as soon as an accident occurs, the insurance company will begin investigating the case and building its legal defense.
In most cases, an injured victim is inexperienced in the law and the claim process. Insurance companies and their adjusters are trained to use this inexperience against you. When you are injured in an accident or because of another party’s wrongdoing, the longer you wait to hire a personal injury lawyer the more difficult it might be to successfully resolve or win your case.
Also, after an accident, many injury victims learn for the first time their primary care physician, to prevent any involvement in an insurance claim, either will not treat motor vehicle injuries or will not prescribe physical therapy or other necessary treatment. For these reasons, it is both difficult and critical to find a medical professional willing to effectively evaluate and treat all your injuries.
The Francis Firm can help you locate qualified medical providers to evaluate and treat any injuries caused by your motor vehicle accident, whether physical therapy, diagnostic testing or major surgery. The Francis Firm can also help you navigate the cost and financial burden associated with your medical care.
How Severely Were You Injured?
Even in a minor accident, you should hire a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you are able to make the best case for compensation. In some situations, people assume their injuries are not particularly severe and that they do not need a lawyer. Even seemingly minor accidents, however, can cause significant injuries and a temporary or permanent disability.
For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, whiplash is a common injury in car crashes, and signs of this injury may not appear for hours or even days after the accident. Often at the scene of the collision, adrenaline masks the existence of pain or injury, including life-threatening conditions such as head injuries, spinal fractures or internal bleeding. You might assume that you walked away from the collision without serious injuries only to learn that you sustained serious neck trauma or worse. By waiting to seek medical attention and to talk to a personal injury attorney, you can adversely impact your potential recovery and lose valuable evidence establishing you suffered the injury because of a negligent driver or party.
How Complex Is Your Case?
Personal injury lawsuits vary in complexity, but even cases that are seemingly straightforward can have complications. Extremely complex cases obviously require assistance from an experienced attorney, but even minor accident cases can result in the injured party losing her right to compensation by failing to timely hire an injury lawyer.
Do You Know the Best Way to Handle the Insurance Company?
Without an experienced attorney on your side, you can risk saying the wrong thing to an insurance adjuster or making a statement that the insurance adjuster can use against you to deny or defend your claim. As such, you should always consult with an experience personal injury attorney before giving a recorded statement to any insurance company after an accident.
Insurance companies are not on your side. Adjusters work for the insurance company—not for you. As such, insurance companies are looking for reasons to deny your claim to avoid or minimize settlement payments. Furthermore, insurance companies evaluate claims not based upon value, but based upon risk. Therefore, even with a undeniable claim, unrepresented parties are often unable to obtain fair settlement offers without the help of an experienced injury attorney.
Contact a Texas Personal Injury Attorney
Do not risk delaying or minimizing your recovery. If you wait too long to work with an attorney, not only do you risk having your claim time-barred by the statute of limitations, but the evidence necessary to win your case or achieve a favorable settlement may be lost.