Medical bills, lost wages, and other costs can pile up quickly after a car accident. However, a car accident lawyer in Conroe, TX from Blass Law will help you seek financial recovery for these losses. Our team is ready to put our years of experience, winning attitude, and legal resources to work on your behalf.
What You Need to Know About the Claims Process
We understand that this may be your first time filing a car accident claim. Not only will we handle everything required to bring your case to its conclusion, but we will also educate you on your options throughout its development.
Before we get started, though, here are some things to keep in mind:
You Have Two Years in Which to File Your Lawsuit
If you do not file your case within the two-year deadline set by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003, you could lose the right to seek compensation. Some details of your case could make this deadline even shorter. By connecting with our team as soon as possible, we can protect your right to seek compensation through the court system.
You Must Be Able to Prove Negligence on the Other Driver’s Part
What do all successful car accident cases have in common? They were caused by negligence–and injured claimants were able to prove it. We can use a slew of evidence to support your case, like traffic camera footage, the police report, and witness testimony.
We must establish the following elements:
- The other party had an obligation to drive safely.
- The other party did not uphold this obligation because they sped, drove drunk, or otherwise acted carelessly.
- You were involved in an accident that the negligent party primarily caused.
- You suffered losses due to the accident.
If we can prove all of these elements while negotiating with the insurer or presenting your case to a jury in court, we can recover compensation for your various injury-related losses.
You Can Pursue Damages Even If You Were Partly at Fault
Texas operates on a proportionate responsibility principle, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §33.001. This law means:
- You can seek damages as long as the other party was more at fault than you.
- Your percentage of fault will reduce your final settlement.
If the insurer says that you caused the accident, we will try to find evidence to show otherwise. We will not let the other party falsely shift blame for the accident onto you.
You Could Recover Both Economic and Non-Economic Damages
You can recover the cost of your economic damages (meaning those that cost you money out of pocket) and non-economic damages (those that do not have intrinsic monetary values).
Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical bills, including the cost of anticipated expenses
- Property damage expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of future earning capacity
Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
There is no average settlement for these types of cases. Your individual circumstances will determine the cost of your losses.
Your Case May Be Settled Via an Insurance Claim
The American Bar Association (ABA) reports that most car accident cases are resolved through insurance negotiations. This happens because reasonable parties can anticipate what would happen at trial. If your case is resolved in this manner, then you could avoid going to court. To advance your insurance claim, we will review the liable parties’ policy, prove how your accident happened, and present the sum of your damages.
We can also defend you against any unfair tactics that the insurance company uses to stall your case.
What You Do After Your Accident Could Determine Its Final Outcome
You might think that once you leave the accident scene, it has stopped developing. This is not true. Here are some things that you should avoid doing after the collision, as these actions could jeopardize your case:
- Failing to contact a lawyer immediately. It is important to contact a car accident lawyer in Conroe, TX immediately after an accident so they can make sure you don’t do anything to minimize the potential recovery.
- Posting about the event to social media. By uploading videos or photos of yourself online, the insurer could use this information to try and contest various aspects of your case. Even if you are uploading old media, this information could still stall the progression of your claim.
- Giving a recorded statement. When the insurer calls and asks you to give a recorded statement, you might think that this is your chance to share your side of the story, right? Wrong. In reality, this gives the insurer the opportunity to edit your words out of context and use your own statements against you.
- Disregarding your doctor’s orders. If you stop following through with doctor’s appointments, the other party could say that your own negligence worsened your condition. If you want to stop treatment, you should ask your doctor to give a written statement supporting your decision.
When you entrust your case to Blass Law, you will know everything about the progression of your case. During our partnership, we encourage you to ask us any questions that you may have. This will also help us stay on the same page in regard to your case.
How Long will It Take to Resolve Your Car Accident Case?
The following factors will play a role in how long it takes to settle your situation:
- The medical treatment timeline
- The evidence that supports your account of events
- The availability of witness testimony
- The liable insurance policy
- The amount of money you are requesting
- The circumstances of your accident (for instance, if you were struck by a hit-and-run driver, this could affect your case’s progression)
Some insurance companies will purposefully do things to stall cases. For instance, they may neglect to return your phone calls or constantly pass your case around from representative to representative.
Your car accident lawyer in Conroe, TX will not tolerate these unfair measures. If we sense that we will get nowhere with the insurer, then we will file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
How Much is Your Case Worth?
Right now, we cannot accurately answer this question. However, that does not mean that your case is not worth a lot of money. The sum of your losses will be based on:
- Your employment records
- Your property damage receipts and invoices
- Your medical bills
- Testimony from economists
- Documentation of any related costs
We will fight for the true cost of your losses. The final say on whether we settle is a decision we make together.
Call the Attorneys at Blass Law Today
Interested in working with a car accident lawyer in Conroe, TX? Call Blass Law at (713) 225-1900.