This is the final post in a series of articles intended to provide a basic overview of the legal process for victims of personal injuries in Laredo and other areas of Texas. Dealing with insurance companies, doctors, investigators, and lawyers can be overwhelming following an accident. This series was designed to explain what victims and their families may 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 objective has been 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 has addressed several personal injury case basics, including:
- 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 an accident
- The process of litigating a personal injury case
- Selecting a lawyer to represent your rights
Following an accident, the legal process can be overwhelming. It is important to understand these points early in the personal injury claim process. First, it is imperative to seek medical treatment as soon as possible after an accident. Delaying going to the doctor may actually hurt one’s ability to establish the defendant’s liability and damages. Second, Texas law allows victims who are hurt by the negligence of a third party to recover damages for such injuries. This is true even when the victim is partially responsible for the incident. Third, failing to initiate a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations will likely preclude any type of legal recovery of damages. Fourth, the process of dealing with insurance adjusters after an accident can be confusing and intimidating. I recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible to handle the communications with the insurance companies on your behalf. Fifth, plaintiffs should understand what to expect if the case proceeds to trial. Finally, choosing the correct attorney can make a major difference to the success or failure of your case. Understanding what to look for when selecting a lawyer will be an important early step in any personal injury case.
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.