Personal Injury FAQ: What You Need to Know
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If you've been injured, you may be feeling a rush of emotions that you aren't sure of how to process. Confusion, worry and fear may be tangled up in the pain of your injury. The Dallas personal injury lawyers at Tracey Fox King & Walters have handled countless personal injury cases, and aren't afraid to take on a challenge. Your case means something to us. We understand that someone else's negligent actions have caused you pain and suffering, even wages because of missed work. Personal injury cases can be difficult and complicated. That's why we're here to answer your questions. We'll even evaluate your case for free.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we've received from clients regarding their injury. If you have other questions, or wish to speak with a Dallas personal injury lawyer, contact us.
- What is a personal injury?
- When should I see a doctor?
- Will my medical bills be covered?
- Do I need an attorney?
- Should I accept a settlement?
The concept of a personal injury revolves around someone suffering severe harm as the consequence of another's negligence and disregard for the safety of others. This includes many types of injury claims. For example, you may have been hurt as the result of a defective product or premises liability. No matter the type of accident, you can suffer serious injuries that affect your ability to work and take part in favorite activities. We fight to hold the negligent party responsible and help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. Many times, we can negotiate a settlement with the insurance company that meets your needs. But we also fight for clients in court, if that's what it takes.
If you are involved in a personal injury accident, you should always seek medical attention right away. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may have to go to the emergency room, an urgent care facility, or make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. Even the smallest bump on the head may seem like something that will go away on its own, but could potentially indicate fatal swelling, internal bleeding, or other conditions. A doctor can not only treat you, but document your injuries. This will bolster your claim; it's hard to argue against a medical record that establishes you were hurt in the situation you reported.
This is a common worry of personal injury victims. The answer varies depending on the accident's circumstances. An at-fault party's insurance company may be who you turn to in order to cover the cost of your medical care. But they may dispute the severity of your injury or the treatment needed. You may also need to see their doctor. In some cases, you may need to file suit against a negligent party to get the insurance company to pay damages. If you've been injured in an accident, we can go over your options in a free case evaluation.
If you've been the victim of injury because of someone else's negligence, you need legal representation to ensure that you are compensated fully and properly. Insurance companies are businesses who don't have your best interests at heart. They may dispute the severity of your injuries, suggest you were already injured before the accident, or try to claim that you were responsible for what happened. An experienced attorney knows the tactics insurance companies use to reduce the amount of money they pay. An attorney can also build a strong case that proves negligence to help you get a larger settlement or judgment.
An insurance company may make you an initial settlement offer. But it may not cover the true amount of damages from your accident. For example, your injury may require future medical treatment or therapy. Insurance companies will sometimes try to settle a case as soon as possible and move on. They just want to settle your claim quickly and cheaply. Always consult your attorney when offered a lump sum settlement. You were a victim of carelessness and disregard for personal safety, and shouldn't be cast off as another closed case. An experienced attorney can help you fight to get the compensation you deserve.
Tracey Fox King & Walters has handled many personal injury cases, helping victims of negligence regain their deserved quality of life. We're focused on getting results. With over a century of combined experience handling personal injury cases, we firmly believe that you should be focused on recovery, not paperwork. We can help you take the action you need to fight for maximum compensation. Contact us, and we can go over your legal options.