If you’re injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle wreck, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. You might wonder who to call, or how you’re going to pay for the medical bills and damages to your vehicle. An experienced Dallas personal injury attorney can answer these questions in depth for you. Here are a few short answers to some commonly asked questions regarding personal injury claims.
What should I do following an injury accident?
Initially, you’ll want to contact the police and first responders. The police will write a police report which is vital when filing a claim. Next, you’ll want to seek immediate medical care for your injuries. Be sure to keep copies of all receipts and other documentation. Do not admit to anything! As soon as you’re able, contact the Law Office of Brian Brunson and schedule a free consultation so we can discuss the accident and take the appropriate steps towards filing a claim.
Can I file a claim even if I wasn’t injured?
If your vehicle was damaged, or the accident resulted in you missing work, this leading to lost wages, you can still file a claim. Also, you may not feel injured right after the accident. Many people suffer from a period of shock following an accident. It may be days before you start to feel the pain caused by the wreck This is what you never tell anyone that you are “ok” or “fine” right after an accident.
Can I or should I wait to file a claim?
There are statute of limitations when it comes to filing a personal injury claim. In Texas, you have a maximum of two years to file a claim after the date of the accident. If you’re involved in a motor vehicle accident, you should speak to a qualified Dallas personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. You do not want to jeopardize your claim in any way by waiting too long or saying something to the insurance company that may negatively impact your claim.
What if the insurance company wants to question me?
You should not speak in detail to the insurance company without first contacting a personal injury attorney. It is okay to inform your insurance company that you were involved in an accident and provide them only the necessary details, your name, the date it occurred, etc. The insurance company representing the other driver should not be calling you, nor should you speak to them if they do. If they should call, refer them to your attorney.
What can I seek compensation for?
There are two types of “damages” and they are known as compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are determined based on the total amount of your medical bills and property damage are the costs to repair or replace property (car, dwelling, etc.). Sometimes other factors are taken into account, such as pain and suffering which are hard to assign a dollar amount to, but can be calculated based on a variety of factors. Punitive damages may be awarded by a court if it is deemed that a defendants actions were so heinous that they went above and beyond and should result in a monetary settlement extending beyond that generally awarded for compensatory damages alone.
How much money will I be awarded?
Your attorney will be able to inform you in regards to how much total compensation you may be owed for things such as vehicle repair costs, medical bills, lost wages, etc. Every case is different and many factors go into determining a settlement amount, or if your case should go to trial.
If I was partly at fault, will this effect my claim?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you claim may or may not be effected. Factors such as inclement weather or faulty mechanical parts can impact who is deemed at-fult in an accident. This is something you will need to speak with your attorney about.
How long is the claims process?
It may take months or even years to settle a personal injury claim. Many factors go into the timeframe of your claim, including the complexity of the accident, number of individuals involved, communication hurdles, and whether or not your case goes to trial. Most claims are settled between the parties outside of court, but on occasion lawsuits must be filed which drastically extend the period in which a settlement takes place.
What if my case goes to trial?
If a settlement cannot be agreed upon between the parties involved, your attorney will file a lawsuit and the claim will be heard in a court of law. It can take months or even years to settle a claim in court. We want you to be knowledgeable and prepared for the process. Th initial court process is made up of 3 phases; Complain and Answer, Discover, and Motions.
How much does a personal injury lawyer charge?
Most personal injury attorneys charge fees on a contingency basis. This means that when a settlement is reached, the attorney receives a percentage of the total settlement amount less any other applicable court costs, etc. The law Office of Brian Brunson operates in this same manner. 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.
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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.
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