Longview Personal Injury Lawyers
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Frequently Asked Questions

If I am injured in a car wreck, do I need to hire a lawyer?

The short answer is “yes”—if you want to make sure your legal rights are protected. No matter how intelligent you are or how skilled you believe you are in negotiations, you are no match for a trained insurance adjuster whose job it is to pay as little as possible to settle your claim. Remember: they are called adjusters, not payers, for a reason. Do yourself a favor and hire a skilled lawyer who is trained in the law as well as in negotiating.

If I am involved in a car wreck, should I notify my own insurance carrier?

Yes, you should. First, your own insurance company owes you a legal duty to act promptly to service your needs—i.e., provide a rental car and expedite the repair of your vehicle—if you have the coverage, and YOU SHOULD. Second, the other party’s insurance carrier owes you no legal duty—not to act promptly or service your needs. Their legal duty is only to their own insured. Finally, if you are concerned about your insurance rates going up, don’t be. Insurance rates are calculated to increase anyway. You paid a premium for the service: USE IT!

Is it worth it to hire a good personal injury attorney?

It is definitely worth it to hire a good personal injury attorney. A skilled personal injury attorney will more than justify his or her fee which will usually be between one-third (33.3%) and forty percent (40%) of the total recovery. A good personal injury attorney will know what elements of damage you will be entitled to recover. He or she will also be able to place an accurate money value on each of those elements of damage. Additionally, a good personal injury attorney will be able to help you recover money for all of your harms and losses.

Laypersons, as skilled as they may be at many things, will be at a disadvantage when dealing with a trained insurance adjuster. If you have the misfortune of being injured in a wreck or other incident, hire a good personal injury attorney.

If I am injured in a car wreck, what should I do if the other party’s insurance company tries to get me to settle early?

Do not give to pressure to settle your claims early. Contact a good personal injury attorney right away. Many insurance companies will try to “swoop and settle”—they’ll contact you shortly after the accident, take a recorded statement, and even send you a check. Do not give any kind of statement—recorded, written, or otherwise—and do no cash any checks sent to you. You have legal rights. Hire a good personal injury attorney and assert those rights.

If I am involved in a car wreck, should I see a doctor right away?

Yes, you should see a doctor as soon as practicable. If an ambulance is called to the scene, you should avail yourself of this service. If your choice is to drive yourself to the emergency room, go immediately and have yourself examined. Not seeing a doctor right away will hurt your position in your claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company. Insurance companies like nothing more than to bolster their denial that you were injured by saying, “He/she didn’t even go to the emergency room!” or “He/she must not have been hurt since he/she waited several days to see a doctor!” Protect yourself—go to the doctor.

Our Victories

  • $8,508,000+ (S) Brain Damage
  • $7,000,000 (S) Traumatic Brain Injury
  • $6,350,000 (S) Wrongful Death
  • $6,000,000 (S) Wrongful Death
  • $6,000,000 (S) Paraplegic
  • $5,000,000+ (S) Leg Fractures
  • $4,000,000 (S) Wrongful Death
  • $3,102,500 (S) Medical Malpractice
  • $3,000,000 (S) Wrongful Death
  • $3,000,000 (V) Brain Damage; Paralysis; Depression

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