Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
After a serious auto accident, you have medical bills, lost wages, and the overall disruption of your life with which to contend. As expenses pile up, you want to know what your next step should be. Do you contact the other driver’s insurance company? Do you call your own? How are you going to recover from lost work and the expenses related to the accident? In the event of the death of a loved one, who will be held responsible for the long term loss of income and companionship?
The days immediately following an auto accident involving injuries are the most critical for you to make the best decisions. The problem is that the stress and anxiety most experience can be paralyzing. This may lead to making decisions that are not in your best interest. Insurance companies may begin to contact you for information, but your best bet is to speak first with a personal injury lawyer serving Houston residents – such as the experienced team at Carabin Shaw.
Carabin Shaw has a team of dedicated, experienced, and highly skilled attorneys who understand how to deal with insurance companies. They know that the insurance carriers and their adjusters are tasked with moving claims along quickly and try to settle far below what an injury claim may be worth.
An insurance company representative may call you to take a statement, ask you to sign a release, or provide your confidential medical information. You may be told this is a normal part of their investigation, but you may also be unaware that you could be jeopardizing your right to be compensated fairly for your injuries. This is why we advise all of our clients to not speak with any representative from an insurance company before speaking with an attorney first.
An attorney can help you understand what insurance companies may not explain to you and what you are entitled to receive. Personal injury attorneys can assist, for example, with explaining additional payment beyond your basic medical expenses. You may also be compensated for the emotional trauma many experience after being injured in an auto accident. If a death is involved, you might also be entitled to receive payment beyond funeral expenses, but also for loss of companionship and future income.
Insurance companies retain the services of attorney to protect their interests and seek ways to minimize what they pay to injured parties. They are counting on you responding out of stress and a lack of knowledge regarding what you are entitled to receive. Far too many injury victims have hastily agreed on settlements and compensation that did not take into account the full value of their injuries or loss.