If you were in an accident in Dallas, you’re probably thinking about your options for financial recovery. You might have hospital and doctor bills that need paying. You might have missed several days or weeks from work, or might still be out of work which means lost wages.
But like most people, you may be asking yourself, “Do I need an attorney?” And, if so, you might not know whether you should wait to hire an attorney or hire one right away. But the sooner you start looking for and speak with an attorney, the better off you might be.
Below are a few scenarios when you should start looking for an attorney to set up a consultation. During the consultation, your attorney can review your case and help you decide if legal representation is in your best interests.
If you were seriously injured in an accident – including a slip and fall accident, car accident, defective product accident, or another accident type – then you should consider contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as you’re well enough to pick up the phone.
A family member may make the call for you to get the ball rolling. Serious injury accidents can introduce complications into a personal injury case because victims may have very high medical bills, significant lost wages or lost earning potential, and pain and suffering damages.
In Texas, car insurance laws require people to pay for the accidents that they cause. Victims have the right to file a claim with the at-fault party’s liability insurance or to file a lawsuit if insurance doesn’t offer a fair settlement. And if the accident occurred on another’s property, you may file a homeowner’s insurance policy with the homeowner’s insurer.
If the insurer is not offering a fair settlement, then an attorney can be helpful to negotiate and present a case that clearly demonstrates fault and liability, as well as the damages to which you are entitled. And if necessary, an attorney can help you through the litigation process to continue negotiations and present the case before a judge and jury.
In some cases, the other side may argue that you are completely at fault or partially to blame for the accident. Your attorney can help you collect evidence to refute this and prove the other side’s fault and liability for your damages. So if this becomes an issue during your case, you may need to secure legal representation.
In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case is two years from the date of injury or the date you discovered the injury in some cases. If you don’t file your claim within this two-year period, you may be unable to recover compensation. As such, the sooner you start looking for a personal injury attorney, the better.