If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you are in a difficult situation. In fact, you may need the professional legal counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to help you reach your fullest recovery. The answers to the following frequently asked questions can help you find your best path forward.
What Do Personal Injury Attorneys Do?
Personal injury attorneys work with clients like you who have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence in a wide variety of accidents that can include:
- Traffic accidents such as car, truck, motorcycle, bike, scooter, and pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall accidents that happen when you are a guest at a restaurant, store, or another kind of business – or at a private residence
- Accidents caused by defective products
Personal injury attorneys negotiate with the insurance companies involved on behalf of claimants to help them obtain the compensation they need to cover the full extent of their damages. If negotiations fail to get the job done, you and your skilled personal injury attorney can proceed to court – where your personal injury case will be litigated. It is important to note, however, that most claims are settled before litigation becomes necessary.
What if I Am Not Sure that I Have a Claim?
You have been injured and have plenty on your mind. No one expects you to be an expert on personal injury law – that is what your personal injury attorney is for. Every personal injury claim is unique to its own set of circumstances, and your attorney will carefully go over the details of your situation with you to determine your best next steps. Further, your attorney will answer all your questions and help ensure that you are doing what you need to do in protection of your rights and your rightful compensation. However, if you have been injured and that injury stemmed directly from someone else's negligence, a personal injury attorney can help.
Shouldn’t I Just Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer?
If the insurance company has already made a settlement offer regarding your injury, there is probably a reason involved that does not bode well for your claim. The fact is that insurance companies are in business to make money, and they manage to make a good deal of it by minimizing the amount they pay out to claimants like you. If your insurance representative gets back to you with an early offer, it is a good sign that the company is trying to close your claim down before you have time to recognize the full scope of your damages (the extent of your physical injuries may not be immediately apparent). Before you sign off on that settlement, which ends your ability to negotiate your claim, it is in your best interest to first consult with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Call an Experienced Attorney
If someone else’s negligence leaves you injured, attorney Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, has the experience, fortitude, and resources to build your strongest claim in support of compensation that covers your full range of damages. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact or call us at 254-501-4040 today.