Legal representation, or the hiring of an attorney to handle your case, is sometimes necessary. This is something that most people wish to avoid, and we certainly understand your hesitation. Often people close their eyes and just wish the whole thing would go away.
The fact remains that some insurance companies take very aggressive stances in dealing with car accident victims and generally assume that the majority of injuries are either exaggerated or completely false. This means that they will try to pay as little as possible to cover the expenses of your vehicle, your injuries, lost time from work, rental expenses, and whatever direct or indirect costs you may assume.
An Attorney is a professional that you hire to represent your side of the story. At this point, you no longer have to deal with either insurance companies (your own or the opposing insurance company) as he/she will do this for you. The vast majority of cases are settled out of court through negotiations between the attorney and insurance company. For their services, the attorney will typically charge between 30-40% of the total offered settlement as is standard and customary.
At Beach Pain Center, we can refer you to a very competent attorney if that is your wish. While we never push anybody to pursue a lawsuit against anyone else, it may be a right you are entitled to under the law and we can help you with that very important decision. As stated within our site the treatment and doctor you choose is of primary importance in a personal injury claim; however, a competent attorney that will help protect your rights is very meaningful as well.
Factors To Consider
In deciding whether or not to obtain an attorney, you must ask yourself what costs you have accumulated:
- Physical Costs - What is your level of injury from this accident? Just how injured are you? This is where your physician (Chiropractor, Medical Doctor, etc) can help, as they are accustomed to dealing with injured patients and at grading levels of injury.
- Direct Costs - Things you have to directly pay for, such as an ambulance ride, doctor visits, and car rental while your vehicle is being repaired.
- Indirect Costs - Things you have lost from the accident. Lost income from missing work. Lost time from having to travel to the doctor’s office. Lost enjoyment and quality of life.
The benefit to allowing Beach Pain Center, Leading Fort Worth's Auto Accident Injury Clinic, to refer you to an attorney is that we can see that you receive the care, bedside manner and attention to detail that make us so trusted in each community where we are located. We have already done the homework for you and have relationships with many local Dallas and Fort Worth attorneys.
Each attorney may have a special strength and we can refer you to someone we feel will best suit your needs and personalities. We take responsibility for our referrals and if for any reason you aren’t happy with how you are being treated or with not having all your questions fully answered we will handle that and make sure your problem is quickly resolved. You are not alone and will be helped should that need arise.
If you received a ticket in the accident, we know attorneys that can help you fight them. If the fault party has no insurance, we know attorneys that can help handle your claim and help you get your medical bills paid. The most important point to utilizing our referrals is that we are NOT an attorney referral service. We have no interest in your legal claim beyond trying to help you obtain the best attorney to help you. As such, you can be sure you will be directed to the most competent attorney to help you with your legal needs
You should gather as much documentation regarding your accident as you can. Make a file for items such as accident reports, insurance forms, medical bills, and personal contact information of the other people involved in the accident.
Most personal injury attorney do not charge an initial consultation fee. In fact, sometimes you won't be required to pay anything until, or only if, you receive a settlement. When you're dealing with immediate bills for your medical care and recovery, the pay-nothing-unless-you-win arrangement can definitely ease your burden.
These awards are dollar amounts designed to put you back to where you were financially before the injury was sustained. They can include all medical treatment bills, medication fees, physical therapy bills, and even lost wages from missing work.
These awards are designed to penalize wrongdoers and prevent them from causing additional harm to others. In a case where the other driver was acting recklessly or without regard for public safety, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.