WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT
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 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 Damage to Vehicle
Photographs of the damage to the vehicle will show the severity of the accident. All estimates and receipts should be saved.
Document Loss of 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.
Statute of Limitations
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.
WHAT TO AVOID
Delays in 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.
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.
Intimidation, Confusion & Depression
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.
The Law Firm of Best, Watson and Gilbert, P.C.
We will assist injured victims of traffic accidents in the pursuit of a fair and equitable resolution of their claims for compensation. We believe that each case deserves individual attention and care in order to achieve successful resolution and client satisfaction. We believe that clients should be informed and educated about the pursuit of their legal rights so they can make decisions concerning their case based upon the attorney’s truthful and realistic explanation of their viable options.