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What Should I Do After An Injury In Texas That Was Not My Fault?

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If you were seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence or misconduct, you need to know that you have a right to seek compensation for medical expenses and other costs resulting from the injury. You also need to know that proving negligence in these cases can be very challenging, if not impossible, without proper legal help. 

Here are some of your options and what you can expect after suffering an injury that was not your fault: 

Focus On Healing 

Your main concern should be recovering from the injury. That means getting your health back to where it was prior to the accident. 

Keep in mind that your medical record will be a crucial part of showing the cost of your injury and how the injury affects your life. One of the main objectives of your personal injury claim is to secure compensation for your medical expenses. Going to an emergency room or a doctor starts the medical documentation of your case, so don’t wait to get the medical care you need. 

Don’t Hesitate To Talk To A Lawyer 

Sometimes people wait to get the legal guidance they need after an injury that wasn’t their fault. The best way to ensure that your rights and interests are protected is to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident, whether it was a car wreck, slip-and-fall or dog bite injury. 

Make no mistake: the sooner you have an attorney represent you, the sooner you can get the compensation you need for medical expenses, lost wages and other costs. While you focus on healing, your attorney can handle everything else. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can do all of the following: 

  • Coordinate your appointments
  • Gather all of the medical documentation necessary to develop your case
  • Handle all of the negotiations and dealings with the insurance company
  • Guide you along the way until all of your medical needs are fully and properly addressed 

Know That The Insurance Company Is Not Your Friend 

Insurance companies are in business to make a profit, not necessarily to pay out the full amount owed to accident victims. Often insurance companies try to pressure people into accepting lowball settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering the full cost of an injury. Additionally, the insurance adjuster’s questions are designed to get you to say something that results in a reduction of the compensation you receive. 

Don’t let the insurance company pressure you into accepting a settlement, and don’t give a recorded statement to the insurance company before you have spoken to a personal injury lawyer.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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