This is the first post in a series intended to provide a basic overview of the legal process for victims of personal injuries in Laredo and other areas of Texas. Catastrophic accidents can be overwhelming to victims and their families. Very often they are unsure how to communicate with insurance adjusters, when to contact an attorney, or how to protect their legal rights. One objective of this series is to explain what to expect during the personal injury settlement and litigation process. It is important to understand your rights to recovery and how to protect those rights. Another goal is to provide information to assist victims and their families when selecting an attorney to represent their interests. If you or a loved one have been injured in a personal injury accident, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series will focus on the following key topics:
- The importance of seeking medical attention as quickly as possible after an accident
- Understanding Texas law when establishing liability for an accident
- Understanding how statutes of limitation may affect your case
- Dealing with insurance companies following a personal injury accident
- The process of litigating a personal injury case
- Selecting a lawyer to represent your rights
Those who have suffered an injury caused by a third party should understand these points for a variety of reasons. First, victims should seek medical treatment as soon as possible, if not immediately, following the accident. Doing so can not only protect your health but can also be an important step in establishing liability and damages. Delays may lead to questions about when the injury occurred or the extent of the damages suffered. Second, if a person’s negligence or intentional misconduct results in an injury to another, they will be held responsible under Texas law. In some cases, an injured party may be able to recover even if they were partly responsible for the accident. Third, victims and their families must initiate legal action within a specific period of time or will be barred from making a claim. Fourth, dealing with insurance companies can be an intimidating and lengthy process. It is imperative to contact an attorney as early as possible in the process to help preserve your rights. Fifth, if the case does not settle out of court, parties should have a basic understanding of the litigation and trial process. Finally, there are several important factors that should be considered when selecting a personal injury attorney.
After an accident, victims should contact experienced personal injury counsel as soon as possible. This will counsel to begin investigating the incident, preserving evidence, and working with the insurance adjusters. My office will take all of the steps needed to preserve your legal rights. If you or a loved one has been injured, contact my office as soon as possible to speak with an attorney. I serve clients in Laredo and other areas of south Texas.