Have you been injured due to someone else’s negligence? You may need a Houston Personal Injury lawyer to obtain the compensation that you are entitled to, We can help recover a just reward to pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, injuries and loss of future earnings.
Madrid Law will thoroughly investigate your case to make the legal arguments that will lead to the maximum amount possible that you deserve.
Between 95% and 96% of personal injury cases are settled pre-trial.
But your case might not even make it that far if you’re trying to go it alone. Without a personal injury lawyer, you might not get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and more.
So how do you go about getting a lawyer to take your case? When is the right time to call them? How do you start?
We’ve got you covered.
Keep reading below to learn when to call a personal injury lawyer and how to get started today.
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been involved in an accident that left you with some type of harm or injury, you might be able to file a personal injury claim.
Some common types of personal injury cases include the following:
- Car/motorcycle accidents
- Railroad accidents
- Boating accidents
- Work-related accidents (in some cases)
- Injuries due to a product malfunction
- Medical accidents
- Dog bites
- Sexual abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
These are just a few examples. You can file a personal injury claim due to a number of different circumstances.
But one thing every personal injury case must have is fault or negligence.
You must be able to prove the injury or damages you suffered from the accident were caused by someone else’s poor judgment. If it wasn’t for their negligent behavior, you wouldn’t have gotten hurt.
Here’s a quick example.
Let’s say you were involved in a car accident. The other driver was texting while driving, and because they were distracted, they crashed into your car. Using the phone while driving is negligent behavior, so you can hold the driver responsible for the damages you suffered.
When Should You Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?
As soon as you think you might have a personal injury case on your hands, you should get in touch with a personal injury lawyer. Don’t wait. That will only make things more difficult later.
Not sure if your personal injury case is big enough to justify a lawyer?
Let’s clear the air. It’s always better to talk to a personal injury lawyer than try to figure things out on your own—even if you don’t think you need one. They’ll be able to walk you through the process and help you get the compensation you deserve.
Still not sure?
Here are a few signs it’s long since past time to call a lawyer.
Your Injury Won’t Go Away
If you were involved in a minor accident, you might think your injuries will go away on their own. But if the pain lasts more than a couple of days, you should take action.
Get medical attention right away. Your health and safety should be your first priority.
But don’t stop there.
Once you’ve visited a doctor, call a personal injury lawyer. Medical bills can get expensive, and a lawyer can help relieve the cost.
Your Finances Take a Major Blow
Medical bills might not be the only financial burden you have to worry about as a result of your personal injury case. You might have to shell out extra money to repair your car or other property.
Those expenses can all add up to an overwhelming amount in the blink of an eye.
And on top of that, you might have to miss work due to your injury. This can cause you to lose wages you otherwise would have earned. If you’re struggling with your financial situation after an accident, you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer.
You Feel Overwhelmed
Not only do you have to deal with pain, doctors appointments, and financial stress, you might also have to deal with your insurance company. This means you’ll have to read and fill out piles of forms, from both your insurance provider and the other driver/person’s insurance provider.
Trying to handle all this while your recovering can bring more stress into your life. This can slow your recovery and even make you feel worse.
You shouldn’t keep struggling on your own if you’re feeling overwhelmed. A personal injury lawyer can take all the forms and documents off your hands and do the hard work for you.
Why Waiting Is Never a Good Choice
You might not think your personal injury case is a big deal. You might want to wait to “see how things go” before committing to a lawyer.
But this isn’t a good idea.
Remember, waiting to call a lawyer can make the process much harder in the long run. Why?
Here are a couple of examples.
Your Evidence Might Not Last
A personal injury case is based on fault. If you can’t prove someone else was responsible for your accident, your entire case will fall apart.
That means you need evidence. But the evidence you need might not last if you wait to call a lawyer.
Let’s stick with our car accident example.
Imagine the entire incident was caught on a traffic camera. If you wait too long, that video might get erased or lost. Witnesses who saw the accident might also forget the details of what happened.
Because of this, it’s always better to call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
You Might Miss the Deadline
You’ll have a statute of limitations in which you can file your personal injury claim. In other words, you have a limited amount of time to take action. If you miss the deadline, you won’t be able to do anything.
The exact timeframe varies from state to state and injury to injury. For example, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim related to car accidents is only two years.
How to Get in Touch with a Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you’ve been involved in an accident and think you can file a personal injury claim, you shouldn’t wait. Get in touch with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Not sure how to find one?
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