If you’ve been involved in an accident involving a car, truck, or motorcycle, you probably have a lot of questions. At the Law Office of Brian Brunson, we keep you in the loop at all times, because we understand the uncertainty of not knowing what’s going on with your claim can make a stressful ordeal that much worse. In fact, we use unique case management software which provides each client access to their own digital portal, allowing them to log in at any time to check the status of their case and collaborate directly with us.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions we receive.
How much do you charge?
We charge a percentage of your total monetary win which means if you don’t receive any compensation for your car accident injuries you owe us nothing. Typically injury settlements are enough to pay medical bills, lost wages, attorney fees and leave cash in your pocket.
How much is my claim worth?
In short your case value varies based on factors such as injuries, medical treatment needed, property damage and lost wages. The value of your case also depends on factors such as total amount of the liable party’s insurance value. In the state of Texas minimum liability insurance for injuries is $30,000 and many drivers opt to carry more to prevent getting sued for their personal assets. Once a case if files we can determine exactly how much your case is worth and how much insurance will cover. We recommend visiting RateMyCarWreck.com to get started.
How do 18-wheeler lawsuits differ from typical lawsuits?
18 wheeler cases are very different. For one, 18 wheelers typically cause much more property damage and injuries are usually much more severe if not fatal. Secondly, 18 wheeler insurance policies are typically $1 million or more based on state requirements. This means there is more cash available to treat your injuries, reimburse you for lost wages and property damage as well as physical and mental pain and suffering.
What compensation is possible?
There are several aspects of the aftermath that you can get compensated for such as:
- Property Damage (typically the value of your vehicle)
- Medical bills including estimated future bills after your case is tried or settled.
- Los of income due to time off of work or the inability to perform normal job functions.
- Home modifications in the case of a long term disability
- Emotional and physical suffering
- Loss of consortium (if your spousal or familial relationships are hindered)
- Loss of enjoyment in life
- Loss of companionship and burial/funeral expenses (in wrongful death cases)
Here are some things you should do after being involved in an accident
Make sure you are informed of what’s going on.
The only person who really knows the extent and severity of your injuries is you. Therefore, it is important that you become knowledgeable about the procedures the law uses to evaluate and compensate the injured victim. The ultimate evaluation of the compensation received is a jury award after a courtroom trial of the facts surrounding each individual case. Many times this long, tedious process can be avoided by a professional and competent organization and presentation of a claim whereby a settlement can be realized prior to a lengthy court battle.
Document any and all of your injuries.
When you are injured and in pain, you should seek medical treatment immediately. This will document your injuries in the form of a medical record and bills. Injuries that can be seen should be photographed.
Document any and all forms of property damage.
Photographs of the damage to the vehicle will show the severity of the accident. All estimates and receipts should be saved.
Document any and all forms of lost wages.
When an injury causes a disability that does not allow you to return to the workplace, an “off work” excuse from a doctor will show your absence so that your employment records will support the loss of wages incurred.
Things to avoid after an accident
Waiting too long to file a claim.
In Texas, the time period for filing a lawsuit for injuries is within two years from the date of the accident. In order to fully evaluate the effects of the injuries received, it is preferable to wait until the injuries have subsided or stabilized before settling or resolving your claim for compensation. Too many people have rushed into regrettable agreements only to learn later that their injuries and future disabilities were far more severe than they had originally thought. However, you must file a lawsuit within two years from the date of the accident.
Not seeking or delaying medical treatment.
Waiting for your injuries to “go away” without proper medical attention only delays the recovery process and causes difficulties in proving that your injuries were related to the accident. Seek immediate medical treatment.
Making statements to anyone without your lawyer present.
The well-known phrase “Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law” is very true. Your answers to biased questions asked by experienced interrogators can distort the truth. It is imperative that the facts and circumstances surrounding your accident are stated in a precise and truthful manner so that others can evaluate the amount of negligence applicable to each of the parties. Do not give recorded statements.
Not taking care of both your physical and mental health.
Injuries caused by an automobile accident can result in an emotional and financial strain that can lead to actions which you may regret in the future. In order to achieve a successful resolution of an accident, it is necessary to be aggressive and knowledgeable in the confrontation and presentation of your damages. The injured victim should focus on getting well and allow an experienced legal team to prepare and present their case.
IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED IN A CAR, TRUCK, OR MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT, CONTACT US TODAY
Named one of the “Best Car Accident Lawyers in Dallas” by Expertise.com, Brian Brunson is Dallas personal injury attorney who is dedicated to helping clients who have suffered a car, truck, or motorcycle injury through the negligent or wrongful conduct of other drivers. In addition, his professionalism is unmatched and the firms’ client reviews speak for themselves.
We proudly serve the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and surrounding areas, our office supports the legal needs of a wide variety of clients. Let the Law Office of Brian Brunson be your advocate in your time of need and help you put your life back together. If we can’t win or settle your case, you don’t pay a dime! We know it can be daunting to take that first step after you’ve been hurt. Contact Brian Brunson today via email or call us toll-free at 1-844-41-WRECK. We can help, when no one else will.