General Questions and Answers
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Personal Injury Lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is an individual licensed to practice law who represents and helps those who are harmed by others’ negligence. That harm can be either physical or mental and is typically caused by a person, a company or other entity. A personal injury lawyer fights for victims’ rights after injuries caused by a motor vehicle collision, 18-wheeler accident, injuries at the workplace or elsewhere.
When Should I Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
As soon as possible if you or a loved one has suffered injuries which were caused by someone else’s fault. These injuries may have long-term effects like a disc herniation, fractures, brain injuries, amputations, or other debilitating conditions and you do not want to wait.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Make?
The law firm doesn’t charge high hourly billing to clients – a charge which can quickly start adding up. Instead, the law firm and the client sign a contingency fee agreement by which the law firm is paid only by winning a case, and then from a pre-set percentage of the settlement or litigated amount and NOT from the client’s pocket.
What Should I Do After a Hit and Run Accident?
Generally, drivers who commit a hit-and-run accident are at fault and thus are responsible for compensating victims of these types of accidents. If the driver is caught, that driver, or his or her insurance company, can become the target of a lawsuit or settlement claim. However, most hit-and-run drivers do not have insurance. If such a driver isn’t caught later, the burden falls upon you to recover damages for your losses. In other words, you will need to seek payment from your own insurance company. But to make such a claim, you need UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE (UM) with your insurer. You must alert your car wreck attorney that you have such coverage or you may end up paying a substantial amount of money out of your own pocket for damages, even if you did not cause the accident.
What Are the Most Common Car Accident Injuries?
Though any part of your body can be hurt in a car crash, some injuries are more common than others. These can range from, but are not limited to: sprains, lacerations, disc herniations, contusions, bruises and fractured bones. However, additional injuries could include severe burns, paralysis, amputations, or even death.
What Steps Should I Take After A Car Accident?
There are several steps to take after a car or 18-wheeler accident to protect yourself and Texas has laws surrounding this. Here are some initial first steps you should take immediately following a car wreck: (1) ensure that you and anyone else in the vehicle with you are okay, (2) call 911 and request that a police officer come to the scene of the accident, (3) take pictures of the damage to all vehicles involved, (4) obtain the insurance information and driver licenses from all parties involved in the accident, (5) get the police officer’s information and police report number, and (6) seek immediate medical attention to address and document your injuries.
For more information on what to do after a car accident, please visit our Car Accident page.