Working with a personal injury law firm on your accident or injury claim can ensure you have the strongest case possible against the at-fault parties while also allowing you to focus on your treatment, rehabilitation, and physical recovery. An attorney can manage all aspects of your legal case, answer your questions, and represent your best interests, even if you are still in the hospital or out of work.
Read on to learn five reasons why it is important to have a legal expert working on your personal injury case in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, or elsewhere in Texas.
1. They Will Protect Your Rights
As a victim of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to seek fair and appropriate compensation based on your incurred expenses and losses. This includes both economic and non-economic damages. Recovering these damages usually requires filing an insurance claim. And insurers are notorious for only wanting to pay out as much as they have to. It is a business, after all.
When an attorney represents you in your case, they will manage all communication with the insurer and other involved parties. This protects your rights by preventing you from saying something they will use against you or agreeing to a settlement without understanding whether it will cover your expenses. They will represent your best interests from the moment you sign the contract until the case is closed.
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2. They Can Value Your Claim
One of the most important roles of a personal injury lawyer is determining what a fair settlement range might be for your case. This can be difficult. Not only do they have to gather documentation of your expenses and the money you’ve lost because of your injuries, but they must predict future care costs and related expenses and value your intangible losses.
The evidence used to value a personal injury case could include:
- Hospital bills
- Documentation of missed work and lost wages
- Receipts for related expenses
- Estimates or receipts for property damages
- Any evidence of activities missed because of injuries
- Medical expert and economist testimony about future expenses
3. You Can Focus on Your Treatment and Recovery
When a victim tries to handle their insurance claim on their own, it can take considerable time and energy. In some cases, it may almost become a full-time job because they must collect evidence, navigate the claims process, and take other steps to prove their case and demand just compensation. This is all before negotiations begin with the insurer.
Handling a claim on your own can be especially difficult because most people are not familiar with the process. The insurer knows what to do every step of the way, but you will likely not. When you have a personal injury attorney doing it for you, this is not a worry. They know what to do, how to identify and analyze evidence, and what steps to take to recover compensation.
You can focus on going to your appointments, doing physical therapy, or getting back to work. Your attorney takes care of the rest, including keeping you updated and answering any questions you have about the process.
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4. They Have the Resources and Knowledge to Build a Strong Case
Most personal injury law firms, including Loncar Lyon Jenkins, work based on contingency. We use our own resources to develop each client’s case and do not ask for any money up front. We know what steps to take, which experts to call, and how to uncover key evidence. We pay any necessary fees and use our experience and knowledge to build a solid case for compensation.
We only get paid attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for our client. This means you do not pay any of these fees unless we negotiate an insurance settlement or win a verdict on your behalf.
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5. There Are Deadlines You Must Meet
When you suffer serious injuries and then try to pursue compensation on your own, it can take significant time to recover enough to focus on your legal case. This can be a problem for several reasons. First, some types of evidence disappear quickly. Witnesses may forget the details about what they saw, for example.
In addition, there are also strict deadlines that apply in these cases. In Texas, the personal injury and wrongful death statute of limitations is set by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003. Under this law, you generally have up to two years to begin your lawsuit. Missing the deadline would likely mean being barred from taking legal action.
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You can discuss your case with an attorney from Loncar Lyon Jenkins for free today. We help injured parties or loved ones who’ve lost someone in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, and other parts of Texas. If you need help with your claim or lawsuit, call in the Strong Arm.
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