expects to file an injury claim. Unfortunately, negligent people are
everywhere, and despite your best efforts to stay safe, you may become the
victim of an accident. First, you must focus on your health. Do not worry about
claims or the legal process — seek prompt medical care.
Once you have seen a doctor and have your injuries diagnosed, it is time to contact a skilled injury attorney. Before you start worrying about legal costs, know that most accident lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis — you pay nothing unless your claim is successful. Your attorney can swiftly assess your case, identify the facts, and determine if your claim is worth pursuing. Your Houston personal injury lawyer can also determine the value of your claim so that you are not forced into a “low-ball” settlement by an unsavory insurer.
There are four
factors that ultimately determine the value of your claim:
- Vehicle damages and injuries — You will need an estimate for
damage to your vehicle/property. Additionally, there will be a compensatory
value on your general and special damages. Did you suffer minor injuries?
Severe? Disfigurement? Life-long disability? How you answer these questions
will greatly affect the value of your claim.
- Medical compensation — After your accident, did you
receive medical treatment? What was your doctor’s diagnosis? Was surgery or another
medical procedure required? A full list of all injuries suffered from the
accident, as well as any procedures or medical treatment that was administered
to you, will paint an accurate picture of your medical expenses.
- Compensation for loss of work — Many injuries, even minor ones,
result in some loss of work. Depending on how much work you miss, if you miss
future work, and if you can ever return to work, you may be owed significant
- Compensation for non-economic damages — Non-economic damages such as pain
and suffering and mental anguish can be difficult to quantify. A multiplier is
used to assess the level of pain and appropriate compensation.
is not your friend. After an accident, avoid signing or agreeing to any offers
from an insurance adjuster or giving recorded statements. Instead, contact an
attorney and direct future correspondence from your insurer to their office.
Seeking legal help will maximize your chance of recovering fair damages. Additionally,
it eliminates the stress of dealing with an insurance adjuster so you can focus
on your recovery.
Texas injury lawyer helps
you obtain just compensation
Ryan A. DeHoyos is dedicated to helping injury victims throughout Houston. For more information on our services, or to schedule a consultation to discuss your case with a skilled injury lawyer, call (832) 745-4878 or contact us online.