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Should I go to ER after an accident?2020-05-07T20:19:01+00:00

For any serious or life-threatening injury or even minor injury you receive from a car accident, you should always go to the emergency room or urgent care facility for treatment.

Even if you don’t feel like the injury is serious, you want to treat and document the injury as soon as possible so the insurance company does not question its validity.

Often, injuries can hide under the adrenaline that is pumping through your body after an accident, so you should make a visit to urgent care even if you don’t feel like you absolutely need to.

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What happens when someone is injured in a car accident?2020-05-12T18:43:07+00:00

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to medical treatment and money damages such as loss of earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, physical disfigurement and more.

What you do in the moments immediately after being injured may make the difference between winning and losing your insurance claim.

First, report the accident to the police if they did not attend the accident. get the event number of the accident from the police. Seek medical attention right away. Do not speak with the insurance companies without first speaking with an attorney who routinely handles auto accident claims and can protect your rights.

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What to do if you are injured in an auto accident?2020-05-12T18:42:19+00:00

If you have been injured in an auto accident check for injuries and call 911 or the police to come investigate the accident and write a report. Watch what you say as it will be important in the investigation as to the cause of the collision and the injuries involved.

Make sure you exchange insurance and identification information. Take pictures of the auto damage, the scene of the collision and any visible injuries involved. Seek immediate medical attention.

Do not speak with the insurance companies without first speaking with an experienced auto accident attorney who routinely handles these auto accident claims and can protect your rights.

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What is an accident injury?2020-05-04T20:33:07+00:00

An accident injury is sometimes known as an auto accident injury. Auto accident injuries are rarely caused by accident.

It is usually the result someone’s carelessness or failure to follow the applicable traffic laws.

If you have sustained an accident injury it is important to speak with an experienced auto accident attorney right away and before speaking with an insurance adjuster in order to protect your rights.

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How long after a car accident can injuries appear?2020-05-04T20:32:50+00:00

Depending on the type of injuries involved, injuries often don’t appear until several days or even weeks after an accident.

Injuries to the spine such as back and neck injuries often do not appear right away and can get worse over time.

Regardless of the type of injuries, it is important to start medical treatment as soon after a car accident as possible to both treat and document your injuries.

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How do I get the most money from a car accident?2020-05-04T20:32:19+00:00

Every car accident is different so the answer varies. But, in most cases it is important to preserve the evidence right away such as getting the contact information for any witnesses, taking photos of the auto accident damages, the scene of the collision if possible and any visible injuries.

It is also very important to treat your injuries and not miss any scheduled medical treatment appointments.

An experienced auto accident attorney can assist you with obtaining any medical treatment you may need at no out of pocket costs to you.

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Who pays medical bills after accident?2020-05-04T20:31:48+00:00

After an accident the driver responsible for causing the accident is legally responsible for paying damages such as medical bills.

However, insurance companies won’t usually pay for ongoing or future medical treatment in advance.

In other words, they won’t give you money to go see a doctor without you agreeing to “settle” your case.

Don’t do it! An experienced auto accident attorney can usually assist you with obtaining access to medical treatment right away at no out of pocket costs to you.

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What is the most common injury in a car accident?2020-05-04T20:31:30+00:00

Whiplash!

Probably the most well known car accident injury is whiplash.

Sudden movement of the head and neck (such as from a rear-end collision) can cause serious neck muscle and ligament damage.

Whiplash injuries can differ from person to person, depending on the accident and the health of the person involved in it.

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Is it normal to sleep a lot after a car accident?2020-05-04T20:31:12+00:00

As the swelling and damage worsen over the hours or days following a car accident, accident victims may feel excessively tired or lethargic.

In fact, up to 70% of all patients with even mild traumatic brain injuries reported poor sleep or excessive sleep after their injury.

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What does insurance pay when a car is totaled?2020-05-04T20:30:52+00:00

Your insurer or the responsible driver’s insurance company will determine whether the vehicle is a total loss, based on repair costs.

The insurer will issue payment for the actual cash value of the totaled vehicle, minus your deductible on your comprehensive or collision coverage.

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Do insurance companies pay pain and suffering?2020-05-04T20:30:31+00:00

Automobile liability policies generally provide coverage for pain and suffering claims.

Typically referred to as “bodily injury liability,” this coverage applies to pain and suffering damages, as well as claims for medical bills and lost wages.

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Can I claim for anxiety after car accident?2020-05-04T20:30:14+00:00

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you can be compensated for anxiety that rises to the level of “Mental Anguish”.

Anxiety (or mental anguish) is evaluated on a case by case basis. You would likely need to show that the nature, duration, and severity of the mental anguish substantially caused a disruption in your daily routine.

Thus, one would need to support an allegation of mental anguish with outside evidence, typically witnesses such as doctors and/or mental health professionals. Additionally, there is no set formula for a reward of mental anguish.

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How do you get money from a car accident injury?2020-05-04T20:21:29+00:00

In every car wreck, time is of the essence. Developing your case properly and gathering reports, facts, and investigating the matter thoroughly is paramount in preparing and evaluating your case.

The manner and type of medical treatment you receive is a significant factor to your case. Once the evidence and medical treatment have been properly developed by an experienced auto accident attorney, a thorough evaluation can be made and a demand may be sent to the insurance adjuster.

Another avenue of recovery would be litigation and/or a trial, where evidence is produced to a jury and a case is argued before them. It would then be up to a jury to award an amount of compensation.

How much money do you get from a car accident settlement?2020-05-04T20:29:45+00:00

Recovery from a car accident depends upon the facts of the case, and what steps are immediately taken to preserve evidence and properly develop your case. Each case is different.

For example, the manner and type of medical treatment you receive is a significant factor to your case and how much money you may receive.

Other factors that would be evaluated are the extent of the injuries, the amount of attributable fault on each driver, the amount of damages such as medical bills and lost wages, and the amount of any future compensation.

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How much should I ask for pain and suffering from a car accident?2020-05-04T20:27:15+00:00

There is no set amount for pain and suffering. This type of damage is usually subjective and recovering for pain and suffering may depend on what steps you take immediately after a car accident to develop and preserve this evidence.

In order to prove pain and suffering to a jury, one would have to produce strong evidence of past as well as persistent pain and disruption in their life.

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Can I sue for emotional distress after car accident?2020-05-04T20:26:52+00:00

If you have been injured in an auto accident, you can be compensated for emotional distress that rises to the level of “Mental Anguish”.

Emotional Distress (or mental anguish) is evaluated on a case by case basis. You would likely need to show that the nature, duration, and severity of the emotional distress/mental anguish substantially caused a disruption in your daily routine.

Thus, one would need to support an allegation of emotional distress/mental anguish with outside evidence, typically witnesses such as doctors and/or mental health professionals. Additionally, there is no set formula for a reward of emotional distress/mental anguish.

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How is pain and suffering damage calculated?2020-05-04T20:26:36+00:00

Pain and suffering is a damage that is totally subjective, and would depend on the facts of the case.

Recovery for pain and suffering  from a car accident largely depends upon what steps are immediately taken to preserve evidence and properly develop your case.

Factors that would be considered are the extent of the injuries, how much and what type of medical treatment was required and the duration of your injuries, the affect and disruption it had on your quality of life, and the lasting psychological effects that the you may be experiencing.

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Is an accident negligence?2020-05-04T20:26:11+00:00

Negligence is defined in Texas as failing to do what an ordinary prudent person would have done under same or similar circumstances.

Therefore, although an accident may be evidence of negligence, you would still need to demonstrate how the other driver failed to act as an ordinary or prudent person would have acted under similar circumstances.

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How long will I be sore after a car accident?2020-05-04T20:42:27+00:00

Injury from a motor vehicle collision can and often does result from even the most minor of collisions.

Soreness is a common symptom, which may be indicative of injury.  A person may be sore following a collision for the extent of time your body needs to heal that injury.  Some people recover quickly, while others experience long-term pain, which can become a life-time struggle.

Proper medical attention should be sought right away after an auto accident in order to properly treat and document your injuries.

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Will Urgent Care see you after a car accident?2020-05-04T20:43:03+00:00

If you have pain following a collision, it is advisable to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Urgent care facilities will see patients who have been injured in an auto accident.  If you are unsure whether you should go to an urgent care, always err on the side of caution and go get checked out.

Many injuries from a car accident can initially seem minor, but once the adrenaline leaves your system, the pain can be more severe than you thought. Proper medical attention should be sought right away after an auto accident in order to properly treat and document your injuries.

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How does car insurance work if you are at fault?2020-05-04T20:43:47+00:00

Texas is an at-fault state; meaning, the party who caused the accident is responsible for the damages which ensue.

If you are at-fault in a collision and you have insurance, your bodily injury coverage will cover any damages to the person/people you injured as a result of the auto accident, to the extent of the limits of your policy.

Similarly, your property damage coverage will cover the damage to another person’s property caused by the collision.  If you have collision coverage under your insurance policy, then the damage to your vehicle will also be covered, to the extent of the limits of coverage you maintain.

If you have personal injury protection coverage and/or medical payments coverage on your policy, then your medical bills may also be covered to the extent of your limits.

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Is a car accident criminal or civil?2020-05-04T20:44:30+00:00

A car accident can be both a civil and a criminal action.

The injuries which result from a car accident, and someone’s negligence, is a civil cause of action.  If an individual is cited for any violations of the law at the time of the collision, those actions are criminal in nature.

If you have personal injury protection coverage and/or medical payments coverage on your policy, then your medical bills may also be covered to the extent of your limits.

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Will my health insurance cover me in a car accident?2020-05-04T20:45:25+00:00

As with any injury, your health insurance should provide coverage for any treatment you obtain, within and consistent with your health insurance policy language.

If someone else is at fault for the collision, your health insurance is not generally the primary insurance company to provide coverage.  Many health insurance companies maintain a right of reimbursement or a subjugation interest to recoup the money they pay toward your treatment, when there is another responsible party for your injuries.

You should consult with a Texas Personal Injury attorney to ensure that your interests are protected.

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Should I accept the first offer from an insurance company?2020-05-04T20:46:05+00:00

An auto insurance settlement is a negotiation between you, the injured party and the at-fault party, represented by the insurance company.

The steps you take immediately after a collision may dramatically impact the value of your claim. Before you begin any type of negotiation with the insurance company, you must know the value of your claim.

It is advisable to contact a Texas Personal Injury Attorney to assist you in valuing and resolving your claims. It is not generally advisable to accept the first offer you get from the insurance company.

Remember that the insurance claims’ adjuster does not work for you and does not have your best interests in mind when negotiating a claim. An adjuster’s job is to settle the case quickly and for the least amount of money as possible.

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Do I need a lawyer for a car accident that was my fault?2020-05-12T18:34:33+00:00

You are not required to hire a lawyer after a car accident that was not your fault.

However, you if there was any property damages or injuries involved , you should notify your insurance company about the auto accident and request a defense. If a lawyer is necessary, your insurance company should provide you with a lawyer to defend you.

If liability is uncertain, contacting an experienced auto accident lawyer may help you get compensation for which you are eligible, and avoid liability for the crash.

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Is it good to get a lawyer for car accident?2020-05-12T18:35:34+00:00

Anytime you are injured in a car accident, it is a good idea to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations, so you should always seek out the advice of an experienced lawyer before making decisions about your case.

Auto accident attorneys usually work on a contingency fee basis so they only get paid if there is a money recovery and they can help you receive the medical treatment you may need at no out of pocket costs to you.

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How do attorneys get paid for car accidents?2020-05-12T18:36:28+00:00

Auto accident attorneys usually work on a contingency fee basis so you do not get charged by the hour or incur any fees or case expenses out of your own pocket.

This means auto accident attorneys only get paid if there is a money recovery and the attorney’s fees are paid by the person who hit you from any recovery in your case.

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What is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident in Texas?2020-05-12T18:37:20+00:00

Determining the value of your case can be complicated.

A lot depends on what you do in the days, weeks or even months following your auto accident injury and how you go about handling the case. There are almost 250,000 car accidents in Texas every year according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

About 7% of these are considered serious, leaving their victims with severe injuries. If you or your loved one suffer serious injuries in your crash, you may require the help of an auto accident attorney to help with access to medical treatment.

If the other driver is at fault, their insurance company should cover these medical bills. But how much is your case worth aside from medical bills? Your Houston car accident lawyer can help you calculate your damages and also explain what things go into determining your case’s value.

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What is the average settlement for a car accident?2020-05-12T18:38:34+00:00

Determining the value of your case can be complicated.

A lot depends on what you do in the days, weeks or even months following your auto accident injury and how you go about handling the case.

There are almost 250,000 car accidents in Texas every year according to the Texas Department of Transportation. About 7% of these are considered serious, leaving their victims with severe injuries.

If you or your loved one suffer serious injuries in your crash, you may require the help of an auto accident attorney to help with access to medical treatment. If the other driver is at fault, their insurance company should cover these medical bills.

But how much is your case worth aside from medical bills? Your Houston car accident lawyer can help you calculate your damages and also explain what things go into determining your case’s value.

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What are the legal rights and responsibilities of the drivers?2020-05-12T18:39:25+00:00

If any property damage or injuries occurred in a crash, Texas law requires all drivers involved to stop and remain at the scene until they have rendered necessary aid and exchanged information.

In the time following a crash, each driver should exchange his or her name and address, vehicle registration number, driver’s license information and insurance information.

Other rights and responsibilities will vary depending on the facts of each case.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for an Auto Accident in Texas?2020-05-12T18:40:10+00:00

Regardless of where you live, your state has laws that govern how long you have to file a legal claim.

In Texas, the law that governs how long you have to file your lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. Sometimes, there are other actions and notices that must be taken even sooner in order to preserve your right to bring a claim or lawsuit.

If you fail to take the appropriate actions, your accident claim will be barred forever and you will lose your chance of recovering from the defendant.

Since the situation can be different for each different type of claim, it’s a good idea to have an experienced car accident lawyer in Texas handle your claim and preserve your right to collect for your damages.

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Are there any upfront costs for hiring an attorney for my car accident?2020-05-12T18:41:00+00:00

No! And an experienced auto accident attorney can also help you obtain necessary medical treatment right away and with no upfront or out of pocket expenses.

People sometimes believe that they’re unable to afford help from a Houston car accident lawyer, so they won’t seek out answers from an experienced auto accident attorney and accept unreasonably low offers from the deceptive insurance companies.

This should never be the case! Auto accident attorneys usually work on a contingency fee basis so you do not get charged by the hour or incur any fees or case expenses out of your own pocket.

This means auto accident attorneys only get paid if there is a money recovery and the attorney’s fees are paid by the person who hit you from any recovery in your case.

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How much do you get for pain and suffering in a car accident?2020-05-12T18:44:34+00:00

The amount you get for pain and suffering depends on many variable factors.

Pain and suffering damage is what is called a non-economic damage.

If you are injured in an accident Houston or anywhere in the state of Texas, you are entitled to recover for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment and loss of consortium.

How much you get for these damages depends heavily on how well you develop and prove your damages. An experienced auto accident attorney can assist you with this evaluation and make sure you get the most money allowable under Texas law.

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Can someone sue you for a minor car accident?2020-05-12T18:45:32+00:00

Yes. The amount of a person’s injuries does not depend on the amount of visible car damage created as a result of the accident.

Many people have suffered significant injuries in accidents with little or no visible auto damage. Vehicles are designed to withstand violent impacts. Your body is not.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, consult an experienced auto accident attorney to assist you with your claim and protect your claim. An experienced auto accident attorney should be able to help you obtain medical treatment for your injuries at no out of pocket cost to you.

Is a weather related accident at fault?In most cases of weather-related accidents, the driver at fault can be held liable.

This is because the driver could have acted to prevent the accident. Driver’s still have a duty to act reasonably under the circumstances, even in bad weather.

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What happens if someone sues you for more than your insurance covers?2020-05-12T18:46:18+00:00

The short answer is yes, you can be sued for more than your coverage provides.

You have an agreement with your insurer that they will cover damages up to the limit of your insurance.

The Plaintiff is not bound by the coverage limits. Your insurer has a duty to take your interests over its own.

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Is hydroplaning my fault?2020-05-12T18:46:50+00:00

In most cases, the driver who caused an accident while hydroplaning is at fault.

While some vehicle collisions are caused by a lack of visibility due to pouring rain or blinding snow, many foul weather accidents are caused by hydroplaning

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Who is at fault in a single vehicle accident?2020-05-12T18:47:22+00:00

Because only one car is involved in a singlevehicle accident, the driver is almost always considered to be at fault for the accident. But there are a few exceptions

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Can I sue if I wasn’t injured in car accident?2020-05-12T18:47:59+00:00

Even when a car crash doesn’t cause injury, significant property damage can be a huge burden for accident victims.

When this is the case, those involved often wonder if they can file a lawsuit for those damages alone. …

As such, filing a lawsuit is not usually appropriate when a crash only caused property damage.

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Can you claim for anxiety after a car accident?2020-05-12T18:48:37+00:00

Even when a physical injury isn’t sustained, those involved may be left with post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD after a car accident. …

When someone is left with a psychological problem such as anxiety due to an accident that wasn’t their fault, they may wish to make a personal injury claim for compensation.

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What are the 5 signs of emotional suffering?2020-05-12T18:49:31+00:00

Learn the Five Signs that may mean someone is in emotional pain and might need help:

  • Personality Change. Their personality changes.
  • They seem uncharacteristically angry, anxious, agitated, or moody.
  • They withdraw or isolate themselves from other people.
  • Poor Self-Care.
  • Hopelessness

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How do you win an emotional distress case?2020-05-12T18:50:11+00:00

To win any emotional distress claim, you always need to show that the person you are suing (the “defendant”) did something that caused the distress.

In an intentional infliction of emotional distress claim, for example, you need to show that the defendant engaged in “extreme” and “outrageous” conduct.

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What kind of damages are emotional distress?2020-05-12T18:51:45+00:00

Emotional damages are sometimes referred to as mental anguish.

Mental anguish damage is what is called a non-economic damage. If you are injured in an accident Houston or anywhere in the state of Texas, you are entitled to recover for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish (emotional distress), physical disfigurement, physical impairment and loss of consortium.

How much you get for these types of damages depends heavily on how well you develop and prove your damages. An experienced auto accident attorney can assist you with this evaluation and make sure you get the most money allowable under Texas law.

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How much do insurance companies pay for pain and suffering?2020-05-12T18:52:31+00:00

The amount you get for pain and suffering depends on many variable factors.

Pain and suffering damage is what is called a non-economic damage. If you are injured in an accident Houston or anywhere in the state of Texas, you are entitled to recover for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment and loss of consortium.

How much you get for these damages depends heavily on how well you develop and prove your damages. An experienced auto accident attorney can assist you with this evaluation and make sure you get the most money allowable under Texas law.

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How much money can you get for pain and suffering from a car accident?2020-05-12T18:53:09+00:00

The amount you get for pain and suffering depends on many variable factors.

Pain and suffering damage is what is called a non-economic damage. If you are injured in an accident Houston or anywhere in the state of Texas, you are entitled to recover for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical disfigurement, physical impairment and loss of consortium.

How much you get for these damages depends heavily on how well you develop and prove your damages. An experienced auto accident attorney can assist you with this evaluation and make sure you get the most money allowable under Texas law.

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Are the police involved?2020-05-12T18:53:56+00:00

Houston law enforcement officers regularly arrive at the scene of crashes.

An officer should always try to identify if one or more drivers violated the law, such as intoxication. The police should arrest and charge a drunk driver for DWI.

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What is a personal injury lawyer?2020-05-19T21:29:23+00:00

A personal injury lawyer represents injury victims who have sustained physical, psychological and/or economic damages caused by the negligent or intentional conduct of a third party. A personal injury lawyer fights on your behalf if you’ve been injured to help you obtain the medical treatment necessary to heal as quickly as possible and to protect and obtain the maximum amount of money damages available to you as a result of the injuries. The injuries may are often the result of an auto or truck accident caused by the negligence of another driver, or by malicious intent of another person such as an assault, or it could be at the hands of a business, government or other entity. Personal injury lawyers specialize in tort law, which is the law of civil wrongs like car accidents, truck accidents, or company wrongdoing.

To become qualified to be a personal injury lawyer in the United States, a person must earn a bachelor’s degree, followed by a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from an accredited law school and then must pass the bar exam to become licensed to practice law. Unlike many attorneys who require an up front, out of pocket retainer, personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that in lieu of payment upfront, they only get paid if they are able to obtain a recovery for you in your case as a percentage of the settlement in case of a win.

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What should you look for in a personal injury lawyer?2020-05-19T21:29:55+00:00

There is no substitute for experience and the recommendations of former clients. Check their reviews to see what others have had to say about the law firm. An experienced personal injury lawyer can best advocate for your legal rights if you’ve been hurt in an accident at work or in daily life, have suffered from medical malpractice, or are struggling to have your insurance carrier cover your needs. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, research their reviews and make sure former clients have had good experiences with them. Next, make sure the personal injury lawyer has experience and proven success winning cases similar to yours. Confirm that the lawyer is licensed to provide services in your state. Most lawyers offer a free consultation to learn what your case is about and explain what you need to do next to preserve your legal rights. Unlike many attorneys who require an up front, out of pocket retainer, personal injury lawyers usually work on a contingency fee basis. This means that in lieu of payment upfront, they only get paid if they are able to obtain a recovery for you in your case as a percentage of the settlement in case of a win.

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Why Hire a Houston Personal Injury Car Accident Lawyer?2020-05-19T21:30:22+00:00

Many people think that lawyers are expensive and that they are better off just handling their car accident claim on their own. What they don’t realize is that car accident claims can be surprisingly complicated, and that many injured victims end up with much less than they deserved because of improperly handled claims. What you do from the very first day or days after you are in an accident can make the difference in how successfully your case can be won. Experienced auto accident attorneys know what needs to be done from the very beginning and what not to do. This is especially true in cases that involve serious injuries or questions about liability.

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How much does a personal injury car accident lawyer cost?2020-05-19T21:30:53+00:00

One of the main reasons that car accident victims decide not to call an attorney is concern that they cannot afford it. However, personal injury attorneys don’t charge any up front or exorbitant hourly fees like you might see on TV shows or movies. Car accident victims deserve to receive money for their injuries and other damages, not pay money to attorneys. For this reason, we handle car accident cases on a contingency fee basis so we only get paid if we are able to recover money damages from the other side or their insurance company.

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Should I get a lawyer for a personal injury in a car accident?2020-05-19T21:31:25+00:00

Many people think that lawyers are expensive and that they are better off just handling their car accident claim on their own. What they don’t realize is that car accident claims can be surprisingly complicated, and that many injured victims end up with much less than they deserved because of improperly handled claims. What you do from the very first day or days after you are in an accident can make the difference in how successfully your case can be won. Experienced auto accident attorneys know what needs to be done from the very beginning and what not to do. This is especially true in cases that involve serious injuries or questions about liability.

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What is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident in Texas?2020-05-19T21:31:52+00:00

Determining the value of your case can be complicated. What you do from the very first day or days after you are in an accident can make the difference in how much your settlement may be and how successfully your case can be won. Experienced auto accident attorneys know what needs to be done from the very beginning and what not to do. This is especially true in cases that involve serious injuries or questions about liability.

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How Do I Know if I Have a Case?2020-05-19T21:41:03+00:00

Determining whether you have a case can be tricky and often depends on what steps you take immediately after a car accident. First, you must have sustained pain or injury as a result of the car accident. This means seeing a doctor right away. Often, pain and/or injuries don’t appear until a couple or even several days after a car accident. How significant your injuries are and how you go about treating them is a critical factor. The goal in every car accident case should be to do everything possible to get as well as possible and to also go about it in a way that helps maximize the amount of recovery in your case.

An experienced car or truck accident attorney can help arrange medical treatment at no out of pocket expenses to you to help you diagnose and treat any possible injuries. Other factors that are important in determining if you have a case are who was legally responsible for the car accident, how well you secure the evidence necessary to prove liability and what type of insurance coverages apply and/or whether there is any commercial liability. Finally, it is important that you do not speak with an insurance adjuster, defense lawyer or other representative of the person who hit you without a lawyer to protect your rights. The insurance companies and their representatives are experienced at handling claims and are not looking out for your interests. They can and will do everything possible to avoid or minimize your claim.

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What is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident in Texas?2020-05-19T21:41:33+00:00

Determining the value of your case can be complicated. What you do from the very first day or days after you are in a car accident can make the difference in how much your settlement may be and how successfully your case can be won. Experienced car accident attorneys know what needs to be done from the very beginning and what not to do. This is especially true in cases that involve serious injuries or questions about liability.

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How Much Does a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Cost?2020-05-19T21:41:59+00:00

One of the main reasons that car accident victims decide not to call an attorney is concern that they cannot afford it. However, car accident injury attorneys don’t charge any up front or exorbitant hourly fees like you might see on TV shows or movies. Car accident victims deserve to receive money for their injuries and other damages, not pay money to attorneys. For this reason, we handle car accident cases on a contingency fee basis so we only get paid if we are able to recover money damages from the other side or their insurance company.

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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim for an Auto Accident in Texas?2020-05-19T21:46:00+00:00

Regardless of where you live, your state has laws that govern how long you have to file a legal claim. This law is called the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your claim within this window, your claim will be barred forever. This means you’ll lose your chance of recovering from the defendant. Since the statute of limitations is different for each different type of claim, it’s a good idea to have an experienced car accident lawyer in Texas handle your claim. We know the law. We’ll make sure your claim is filed in time. This way, you preserve your right to collect damages.

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How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?2020-05-19T21:49:20+00:00

Regardless of where you live, your state has laws that govern how long you have to file a legal claim. This law is called the statute of limitations. If you don’t file your claim within this window, your claim will be barred forever. This means you’ll lose your chance of recovering from the defendant. Since the statute of limitations is different for each different type of claim, it’s a good idea to have an experienced car accident lawyer in Texas handle your claim. We know the law. We’ll make sure your claim is filed in time. This way, you preserve your right to collect damages.

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Can I sue an insurance company without hiring a lawyer?2020-05-25T16:42:26+00:00

Yes, you could but the insurance company is usually not the correct party that you should sue.  It’s highly recommended NOT to do so as insurance companies are notorious for offering extremely low settlements and even denying claims. People who have never studied the law are not prepared to fight against an insurance company. Simply researching laws in Texas won’t instantly make you a schooled person of the law. The court will expect you to know every bit as much as a lawyer would know and they will hold you accountable for your case. And the insurance companies know this is where they can take advantage of you. Consulting with a qualified Houston car accident lawyer is typically in your best interest.

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What Are The Laws Governing Truck Accident Claims in Houston, Texas?2020-05-25T16:42:20+00:00

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a much higher standard of care that they are expected to follow than other drivers on the road. Although the laws governing truck accident claims are very similar to people who are driving cars, there are many state and federal guidelines that they must follow. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow much stricter guidelines and safety protocols. Truck drivers are regulated by what is called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  Having an experienced truck accident lawyer in your truck accident case is critical. Many car accident lawyers are not experienced in handling truck accident cases. In trucking accidents, it is very important to have a Houston truck accident lawyer who understands how to win these cases. The experienced truck accident lawyer knows what is expected of the trucking company drivers and their employers and can find out if the trucking company may be responsible for hiring an unsafe truck driver who caused your trucking accident.

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How is The Legal Process Different With Accidents Involving Big Rigs?2020-05-25T16:42:15+00:00

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a much higher standard of care that they are expected to follow than other drivers on the road. Although the laws governing truck accident claims are very similar to people who are driving cars, there are many state and federal guidelines that they must follow. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow much stricter guidelines and safety protocols. Truck drivers are regulated by what is called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  Many truck drivers and trucking companies regularly fail to follow these regulations. This is a huge problem for the trucking company and finding out what violations were made can make a big difference in a trucking case. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer in your truck accident case is critical. Many car accident lawyers are not experienced in handling truck accident cases. In trucking accidents, it is very important to have a Houston truck accident lawyer who understands how to win these cases. The experienced truck accident lawyer knows what is expected of the trucking company drivers and their employers and can find out if the trucking company may be responsible for hiring an unsafe truck driver who caused your trucking accident.

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How Do You Prove The Commercial Trucking Company is Liable in Truck Accident?2020-05-25T16:42:11+00:00

Truck drivers and trucking companies have a much higher standard of care that they are expected to follow than other drivers on the road. Although the laws governing truck accident claims are very similar to people who are driving cars, there are many state and federal guidelines that they must follow. Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow much stricter guidelines and safety protocols. Truck drivers are regulated by what is called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  One of the biggest things is to show is that the truck driver and trucking company failed to strictly follow state and federal regulations. For example, if you can establish that the driver’s driving experience and history was not adequately investigated during the hiring process,  was not properly trained or didn’t get adequate rest or the vehicle was not properly maintained.

These are just a few of the types of things the trucking companies are required to do before they put their vehicles out on the road. Some other things that cause these truck accidents are the tires are in bad shape, underinflated, or other issues with the tires. They may also have air brakes that are not properly maintained and need to be replaced. One of the biggest problems is these vehicles need a great deal of distance compared to a normal automobile to stop and get under control. The visibility on these vehicles are also extremely difficult and dangerous for the public. An experienced trucking accident lawyer knows what to look for and how to uncover dangerous and irresponsible truck drivers and trucking companies.

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Should I File a Police Report After An Accident Involving an 18-Wheeler?2020-05-25T16:42:08+00:00

Yes. A police report should always be filed whether it involves an 18-wheeler accident, trucking accident or even an ordinary auto accident. It is very important to establish that an accident happened and have the police officers, thoroughly investigate the accident. It is a mistake to not report an 18-wheeler accident, trucking accident or car accident. and just exchange information. This Filing an official police report will help your Houston truck accident attorney in holding the truck driver and trucking company responsible in your case and give your Houston truck accident attorney a good starting point in helping you with your case. This also allows for the proper documentation of the facts surrounding the trucking accident and the names and contact information of potential witnesses. The insurance companies and corporations are often denying to pay for any kind of property damage or personal injury because where there wasn’t an official source out there to investigate the accident properly. It is very important to file a report every time.

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What Happens When an 18-Wheeler Jackknifes on The Highway?2020-05-25T16:42:03+00:00

Tractor-trailer jackknife accidents are a common cause of large truck injury accidents. Jackknife accidents can happen when the powered front wheels of a large truck or 18-wheeler lock up, but the rear wheels of the trailer continue traveling forward toward the front of the truck. This can cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, and in some cases can result in the semi-truck or big rig rolling over if the truck is traveling at a high rate of speed at the time that it jackknifes.

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Claims Against Careless or Negligently-Trained Truck Drivers2020-05-25T16:42:00+00:00

When truck drivers don’t have the requisite training to safely maneuver their vehicle in dangerous conditions, they and their employers can become liable for injuries to victims of these major accidents. Truck drivers and trucking companies have a much higher standard of care that they are expected to follow than other drivers on the road. Although the laws governing truck accident claims are very similar to people who are driving cars, there are many state and federal guidelines that they must follow.

Truck drivers and trucking companies must follow much stricter guidelines and safety protocols. Truck drivers are regulated by what is called the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  Many truck drivers and trucking companies regularly fail to follow these regulations. This is a huge problem for the trucking company and finding out what violations were made can make a big difference in a trucking case. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer in your truck accident case is critical. Many car accident lawyers are not experienced in handling truck accident cases. In trucking accidents, it is very important to have a Houston truck accident lawyer who understands how to win these cases.

The experienced truck accident lawyer knows what is expected of the trucking company drivers and their employers and can find out if the trucking company may be responsible for hiring an unsafe truck driver who caused your trucking accident.

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What Are The Laws Governing Truck Accident Claims in Houston, Texas?2020-05-25T16:41:55+00:00

The laws governing truck accident claims are very similar to people who are driving cars.

The major differences are that in trucking accidents, it is very important to have a Houston truck accident lawyer who understands how to win these cases.

Most companies are required to keep a log with the truck, which includes proper maintenance of the vehicle. Individual truckers and companies must have proper logbooks, training for drivers, which includes the various things they are carrying on their rigs or trailers.

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How is The Legal Process Different With Accidents Involving Big Rigs?2020-05-25T16:41:51+00:00

The difference in the legal process is you are dealing usually with big companies that can have their own adjustors on a case, or they can have outside insurance adjusters.

A lot of times these big companies monitor what is paid out on a claim because they have what’s called the “self-insured retention” were the first bits of money, maybe $50,000.00, $100,000.00, or $1 million.

This comes out of their own pocket before any insurance money is paid out. These cases are closely scrutinized and these companies are not going to pay any money unless a Houston truck accident lawyer knows exactly what you are doing.

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How Do You Prove The Commercial Trucking Company is Liable in Truck Accident?2020-05-25T16:41:45+00:00

One of the biggest things is to show that the person who works for them is, in fact, actually working for them and not an independent contractor.

If you can establish that they, were not properly trained or didn’t get adequate rest or the vehicle was not properly maintained. These are all the types of things the trucking companies are required to do before they put their vehicles out on the road. Some other things that cause these truck accidents are the tires are in bad shape, underinflated, or other issues with the tires.

They may also have air brakes that are not properly maintained and need to be replaced. One of the biggest problems is these vehicles need a great deal of distance compared to a normal automobile to stop and get under control. The visibility on these vehicles are also extremely difficult and dangerous for the public.

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Should I File a Police Report After An Accident Involving an 18-Wheeler?2020-05-25T16:41:41+00:00

I think people need to file an accident report, whether it be with an 18-wheeler accident or a car accident.

It is very important to establish that an accident happened and have the police officers, thoroughly investigate the accident. I am finding more and more people are not reporting car accidents and 18-wheeler accidents thinking that they can handle it themselves, and exchange the proper information.

What our Houston truck accident attorney is finding is most of the insurance companies and corporations are denying to pay for any kind of property damage or personal injury because there wasn’t an official source out there to investigate the accident properly. It is very important to file a report every time.

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What Happens When an 18-Wheeler Jackknifes on The Highway?2020-05-25T16:41:36+00:00

Tractor-trailer jackknife accidents are a common cause of large truck injury accidents.

Jackknife accidents can happen when the powered front wheels of a large truck or 18-wheeler lock up, but the rear wheels of the trailer continue traveling forward toward the front of the truck.

This can cause the truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, and in some cases can result in the semi-truck or big rig rolling over if the truck is traveling at a high rate of speed at the time that it jackknifes.

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Claims Against Careless or Negligently-Trained Truck Drivers2020-05-25T16:41:32+00:00

When truck drivers don’t have the requisite training to safely maneuver their vehicle in dangerous conditions, they and their employers can become liable for injuries to victims of these major accidents.

Houston truck accident attorney Sam Maida Jr. has decades of experience investigating and prosecuting claims against careless or negligently-trained tractor-trailer drivers and the companies that hire them.

He will be the dedicated and aggressive Houston truck accident lawyer you need on your side after suffering injuries in a Houston, Texas truck accident.

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Why Choose Houston Truck Accident Lawyers at Maida Law Firm?2020-05-25T16:41:27+00:00

As a Houston truck accident attorney, I defended trucking companies and companies that allowed their trucks to be out on the road.

I know exactly what they are looking for to deny claims or to pay big money. There are all sorts of things that trucking companies do to hide essential details and information from an individual Houston truck accident attorney who doesn’t know what to look for.

Much of that has to do with logbooks that are kept, maintenance records, proper safety training for the drivers, proper sleep and other things that could help prevent an accident.

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How Do I Get Compensated for My Injuries After a Truck Accident?2020-05-25T16:41:22+00:00

If you’ve been injured in a big rig collision or similar type of trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, lost future earning potential, pain and suffering and more.

What you do immediately after a truck accident can make the difference between winning and losing your case. The amount of your potential recovery may depend on taking the right steps after the truck accident. One of the first steps is obtaining the medical treatment you may need to treat and document your injuries and medical damages.

An experienced truck accident attorney can provide you with access to medical treatment at no out of pocket expenses to you. You may also need to preserve any evidence both from the scene of the collision and also evidence in the possession of the trucking company or its driver, such as driver’s logs, employment records, driver training policies and procedures, etc.

Your truck accident lawyer will guide you through the process and make sure the correct steps are taken to protect and maximize your claim. If necessary, a lawsuit may be necessary. You are compensated for your damages when a winning settlement or verdict is reached in your case.

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What Are the Most Common Types of Truck Accident Cases?2020-05-25T16:41:16+00:00

Semi-trucks, buses, delivery vans, tractor-trailers and fuel trucks are among the most common commercial vehicles involved in truck accident lawsuits.

Parties that have been injured as a result of a big rig collision will often file a claim and begin a lawsuit alleging that negligence occurred on the part of the truck driver and / or company and caused the collision and injuries.

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How Does Vehicle Maintenance Affect Truck Accidents?2020-05-25T16:37:54+00:00

Commercial trucks are required to uphold federal compliance for maintenance standards and it’s the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that regulates commercial truck safety.

Nonetheless, common carriers can and do sometimes evade or ignore federal law in order to save money, and as a result, accidents involving truck maintenance issues occur.

Some common maintenance issues that affect trucking safety and collisions include:

  • Tires
  • Brakes
  • Headlights
  • Steering
  • Tow Hitch Defects
  • Lack of Inspections
  • Unsecured Loads

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When Is A Commercial Vehicle Driver Considered Negligent?2020-05-25T16:43:12+00:00

There are many ways in which a Commercial Vehicle Drive may be found to be negligent.

Negligence occurs when there is a failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions, and as a result, someone is injured or damaged. For a commercial vehicle driver to be found negligent, it would need to be proven that the driver:

  • Owed a duty of ordinary care
  • Breached that duty of ordinary care
  • The breach of that duty of care caused injury or harm to another
  • The harm caused financial losses

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What can I do to protect my rights after a truck accident?2020-05-25T16:43:53+00:00

As the victim of a truck wreck, you have legal rights to compensation for your injuries. However, because trucking accidents often involve multiple responsible parties and insurance companies, obtaining that compensation can be a nightmare.

What you do immediately after a truck accident can make the difference between winning and losing your case. The amount of your potential recovery may depend on taking the right steps after the truck accident.

Without legal representation, you’re likely to be bullied out of a fair settlement. Trucking companies will typically have unlimited resources, including teams of lawyers to fight against any lawsuit you may file as a result of an accident—regardless of how injured you are.

If you have been hit by a tractor trailer or large commercial vehicle, the best way to protect yourself is to contact an experienced truck crash attorney who will defend your rights and ensure that you are fairly compensated.

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What should I do at the scene of a truck accident?2020-05-25T16:44:31+00:00

What you do at the scene after a truck accident can make the difference between winning and losing your case.

The amount of your potential recovery may depend on taking the right steps after the truck accident.

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you’ll want to protect yourself both physically and legally. Here are the most important steps to be taken after a truck crash:

  • Stay At the Scene Of the Collision
  • Call 9-1-1 For Emergency Services
  • Check Other Vehicle Passengers For Injuries if Possible
  • Do Not Admit Fault
  • Do not discuss the wreck with anyone except the police or your own insurance agent; you are not required to give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company.
  • Take Photos, Capture Videos & Record Audio of Evidence
  • Obtain Contact Information From Any Available Witnesses
  • Exchange Contact Info, Insurance Details, Driver’s License # and Vehicle Info With Other Drivers
  • Don’t Make Any Statements About the Crash
  • it is best to contact an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible following a truck accident.

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What should I do if someone from the trucking company calls me before I’ve picked a truck accident lawyer?2020-05-25T16:45:10+00:00

Do not speak with them about how the accident occurred and/or about your injuries.

Also, do not agree to make a recorded statement to the trucking company or their insurance carrier without a truck accident lawyer on your side. Do not sign any forms sent to you by the trucking company and their insurance carrier. Politely obtain the name and contact number of the person who called you and the name of who they work for.

Tell them you will have your truck accident lawyer call them back. The trucking companies and their insurance company adjusters and lawyers are not on your side and are very experienced in how to get you to say and do things that you may realize will hurt your case. We offer free consultations to our potential clients.

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What should I do in the days following a truck accident?2020-05-25T16:45:49+00:00

What you do in the days after a truck accident can make the difference between winning and losing your case.

The amount of your potential recovery may depend on taking the right steps immediately after the truck accident. it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following a truck  accident. Many times it may be necessary to start preserving evidence from the scene of the truck accident or from the vehicles involved in the truck accident.

It may be necessary to hire an accident reconstruction expert to go to the scene right away and begin an investigation, take measurements, look for skid marks or gouge marks etc. Important pieces of evidence regarding vehicle safety standards and driver logs can quickly be lost or destroyed. It is best if your truck accident attorney can get to work as soon as possible on your truck accident case. You also want to make sure you go about obtaining the necessary medical treatment in a way that helps you get well and also helps you have the best chance to recover the full amount of your damages caused by the truck accident.

An experienced truck accident attorney can help you obtain medical treatment at no out of pocket expense to you. Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance carrier unless you have consulted with a truck accident lawyer.

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Who can be sued in a truck accident case?2020-05-25T16:46:29+00:00

Often it becomes necessary to conduct thorough discovery through the litigation process to discover all of the potential parties that may be legally responsible for death, injuries or other damages caused by a truck accident.

In a truck accident case, the truck driver, transportation company, independent contractors, distribution companies or the owner of the truck may be liable. In other cases, the facility responsible for loading the truck, or even the entity responsible for the contents of the trailer can be held responsible as well.

Each case is unique, so the best way to determine who is at fault is by speaking with a truck accident lawyer. We offer free consultations to our potential clients.

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How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a truck wreck?2020-05-25T17:41:10+00:00

In most truck accident cases the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. But, it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident. Many times it may be necessary to start preserving evidence from the scene of the truck accident or from the vehicles involved in the truck accident.

It may be necessary to hire an accident reconstruction expert to go to the scene right away and begin an investigation, take measurements, look for skid marks or gouge marks etc. Important pieces of evidence regarding vehicle safety standards and driver logs can quickly be lost or destroyed.

It is best if your truck accident attorney can get to work as soon as possible on your truck accident case.

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What if I can’t do my job after injury?2020-05-25T17:41:02+00:00

The short answer is yes, you can be fired after a work injury. Sometimes employers can’t provide returning employees with their previous job
or pay.

In most cases, your employer is not required to continue your employment if you can’t return to your former job duties or if there isn’t
another suitable job available.

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What are my rights on workers compensation?2020-05-25T17:40:57+00:00

You have the right to file a claim for your injury or illness in workers compensation court or the state industrial court.

You have the right to see a doctor and to pursue medical treatment. if you are released to return to work by your physician, you have the right to return to your job.

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Can I lose my job due to an injury?2020-05-25T17:40:52+00:00

Most states have laws that make it illegal to fire an employee solely because the employee has suffered a workplace injury and filed a workers’
compensation claim.

However, an employee may be fired if the injury makes the employee unable to complete the employee’s essential job
responsibilities.

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Do workers comp doctors lie?2020-05-25T17:40:46+00:00

It may be tempting to act like things are worse than they really are; however, you should be honest about your condition, including any pain you
experience.

If you lie about your symptoms or exaggerate, you may lose credibility and damage your chances of obtaining workers’ comp
benefits.

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Is it too late to file workers comp?2020-05-25T17:40:40+00:00

How late is too late to file a claim? Generally, you have two years from the date of an injury to file a workers’ compensation claim.

If you fail to file a claim within two years, your claim will be barred by the Statute of Limitations.

Call an attorney as soon as you have an on the job injury.

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Does workers comp pay full salary?2020-05-25T17:40:34+00:00

Workers’ comp does pay hospital and medical expenses that are necessary to diagnose and treat your injury.

But it also provides disability
payments while you are unable to work (typically, about two-thirds of your regular salary).

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Can you collect workers comp and work at the same time?2020-05-25T17:40:25+00:00

Can I work while on workers’ compensation? The short answer is no.

Workers receive workers’ compensation benefits because they are
injured and unable to perform their usual job duties.

It is possible to receive Social Security disability and workers’ compensation benefits at
the same time.

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Can you be fired while out on workers comp?2020-05-25T17:40:14+00:00

One reason many people avoid filing claims for workers’ compensation is the fear they will lose their jobs. … The short answer is, no, your
employer cannot fire you merely because of your workers’ compensation claim. However, your employer can fire you while you have an open
workers’ compensation claim.

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What can you not do while on workers comp?2020-05-25T17:40:06+00:00

Things to do and not do in your WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE
DO NOT give a recorded statement about your case to the insurance adjustor or anyone else.
If a nurse employed by the workers’ compensation carrier contacts you, DO NOT discuss your medical condition, employment,
employment prospects, personal life or anything else with him/her.

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Trucking Accident
Frequently Asked Questions

Truck accident claims are different from passenger car accidents for many reasons.

One of the biggest reasons is that 18-wheelers are required to carry commercial insurance policies with large liability limits. Another reason is that Texas juries have not been very understanding when a professional trucker breaks the rules and endangers our community.

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Truck accidents usually involve much more serious injury and often wrongful death claims.

Additionally, trucking companies and professional truck drivers are subject to specific rules that establish a standard of care is different from that of a typical automobile driver.

It is imperative that the attorney you choose for a truck accident the experience and truck accident litigation.

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Yes, but that does not mean that you want to hire just any personal injury attorney to prosecute a truck accident claim.

This is particularly true with a very serious injury or wrongful death. Most motor carriers are covered by a small number of insurance companies who keep records on the attorneys they deal with and those who know how to handle a truck accident claim from start to finish.

Who you hire can have a big impact on your bottom line in the case.

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Our law firm maintains a quick response team, which is a team that is put together to quickly investigate a very serious truck accident.

The team includes accident reconstruction experts, attorneys and investigators.

The trucking company and truck driver will have their own quick response team and victims of truck wreck should not be put at a disadvantage by hiring just anyone.

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While the elements of damages that are submitted to a jury for an 18 wheeler accident are the same for another type of personal injury case, the liability factors for an 18 wheeler wreck can enhance a recovery for a personal injury victim.

The fact that the trucking company and the professional truck driver have to comply with safety regulations can make a big difference in the outcome of the case.

18- wheeler accident attorneys and insurance companies generally value commercial vehicle accidents differently than automobile accidents Learn more about representation for 18-wheeler accident case.

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Personal Injury
Frequently Asked Questions

An injured party or relative or close friend of an injured party should contact an attorney as soon after an accident as possible if you believe that another party may be at fault for the accident.

This is necessary in order to counsel the injured party as to his rights and how to acquire adequate compensation for his injuries and any other damages, and to preserve any evidence and to investigate the case.

One should keep in mind that the Statute of Limitation in Texas varies for certain types of accidents. For instance, in Texas, an auto accident involving a third party is generally governed by the 2-year Statute of Limitation. This means a lawsuit must be on file and the offending party served with the lawsuit no later than two years from the date of your accident or the case must have been completely resolved by that date.

There are certain exceptions to this general rule that may shorten or lengthen the period depending on the facts. If you miss that 2 year deadline, your right to compensation may be forever lost. In some cases and in some states, the Statute of Limitation or Statute of Repose may be shorter and in some cases it is longer.

There are certain Statutes of Repose which may also affect some claims such as injuries caused by older products. When in doubt, contact an attorney of your choosing as soon as possible.

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This is a very difficult question for a personal injury attorney to answer without having all of the information available. Determining the worth of a personal injury claim depends upon how seriously you are injured, the specific facts of the case and the insurance limits that may be available. Every case has three elements that an experienced personal injury attorney analyzes to determine what they feel the true value of a claim may be.

Those areas are:

1. Liability
2. Damages
3. Insurance.

Determining the case’s value is something that is learned over many years of practice as an attorney handling personal injury claims. There is no golden formula to determine the value. Based on our many years of experience with Texas personal injury cases, we may be able to estimate the range of the value of your case after we have reviewed all medical records and important evidence that may be admitted into the trial of the case.

Generally, some important factors include:

  • Your doctor’s testimony regarding your injuries;
  • The facts surrounding the accident- responsibility for the accident;
  • Disability or inability to work;
  • Whether or not punitive damages may be appropriate

Other factors that may be relevant in determining the range of the value of a case include the amount of your medical expenses, the specific doctors who treated the victims and the claims history of the plaintiff.

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The answer is possibly and we are sure the insurance companies would just love it, but it is almost never a good idea to do so and we would strongly advise against this.  What happens in the first few hours, days and weeks after your accident and it is critical you take the correct steps to protect your rights.  This is where having an experienced personal injury lawyer to guide you can be important.

There is a reason why the insurance company does not want you to hire an attorney and it is not because they’re looking out for your interests. Insurance companies do not want you to retain an attorney especially in very serious injury cases and cases with substantial liability insurance because they don’t want to pay would be fair justice in the case.

Your first clue that you need a personal injury attorney is when you hear the words you don’t need an attorney for this or we accept responsibility.

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This is the first question that many people ask after being injured in an accident. Getting hurt is not enough to have a case.

The personal injury case is much like a stool, it must have three strong legs to stand. In a personal injury context those legs are, liability, damages and ability to pay. All three are necessary for a satisfactory civil result from an accident.

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Every case is different and involves different issues. As such, some cases are resolved in very little time depending on the parties, the events surrounding the accident, and the adjusters and/or attorneys involved.

An exact time frame cannot be given although once you contact an attorney, he or she will be able to tell you the process and procedures involved in making a claim against another party and the approximate amount of time it would take to litigate such a claim based on the information you give to the attorney and his investigation of the case.

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At Maida Law Firm, we operate on a contingency basis which means there is never an upfront fee. Once the case is evaluated and given merit by the firm, the client is asked to sign a retainer agreement, giving the attorney authority to pursue the matter against the at-fault parties on behalf of the client. In that document, the injured party agrees to pay the attorney a percentage of whatever recovery is made. In that document, the injured party also agrees to reimburse, from the settlement, any expenses the attorney may have incurred for things such as court filing fees, investigator, medical records, expert fees, reconstruction costs, etc.

At no time is a client asked to pay these expenses up front. Also, if the case does not result in a settlement or verdict, no fee or reimbursement of expenses is require.

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Call an experienced attorney as soon as possible after an accident.

Do not delay as the longer you wait the harder you make it on the attorney.

Cooperate and be completely honest with your attorney and his staff. All conversations are confidential and subject to the attorney-client privilege and cannot be divulged to any outside party.

Do not speak with insurance adjusters or anyone else who might contact you without your attorney’s permission.

Follow your doctor’s instructions to help ensure a complete recovery and proper healing of your injuries.

Do not sign any documents without reading and understanding them. When in doubt consult an attorney.

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The more serious the damages the more important it is to hire an attorney as early as possible after an accident.

Very serious injury claims or wrongful death cases an early investigation can be very beneficial to documenting the facts of the accident. Additionally, retaining an attorney will also keep you from making the mistake of giving a written or recorded statement to an adverse insurance adjuster or making a mistake on how you handle your claim.

The insurance adjuster that is contacting you has gone to lengthy training to learn how to handle a claim to pay the least amount possible for his or her employer – the insurance company.

Unless you are an attorney or experienced in claims handling processes, you are at a big disadvantage to an insurance adjuster.

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Step 1: Call Maida Law Firm ASAP!  As soon after an accident as possible to determine whether the case can be settled for full compensation prior to filing a lawsuit.

If this is not possible, on cases we accept, the attorney will file the lawsuit on your behalf.

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Absolutely! If the injured party is a severely injured relative or a minor child or the child or close relative or someone severely injured or killed in an accident, the law allows certain relatives or guardians to proceed and litigate a matter on behalf of such an incapacitated person.

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Signs of brain injury are sometime difficult to recognize. Generally, some signs of mild brain injury or a concussion can be memory loss, loss of consciousness at the scene, dizziness, or headache.

Inform your doctor whenever you have any symptoms you think may be related to a head injury. Communication with your medical providers is an important first step to getting your life back on track after an accident.

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Car Accidents & DUI
Frequently Asked Questions

If you are in an accident caused by an uninsured driver, you may have a claim under your own auto insurance policy if you carried uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

If so, your own insurance company stands in the place of the uninsured driver and that makes you adverse to your own insurance company.
The best approach is to contact a personal injury attorney to represent you in your underinsured or uninsured motorist claim.

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Cooperation with your own insurance company may be required but we suggest you do not give any type of statement without your attorney present to prepare you for providing the statement and that your attorney is during the statement. We also suggest you do not provide a statement to an adverse insurance adjuster and never discuss your injuries or how the accident happened without first contacting an attorney.

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You should know that the Maida Law Firm has a track record of success in fighting for maximum compensation on serious injury and wrongful death cases.

You will also want to know which attorney will actually handle the day to day activity on your case. Many law firms hand you off to an associate with little experience to work your case.

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Texas personal injury protection (PIP) is coverage that must be offered by your automobile liability insurance company.

Consumers can reject the coverage but they must do so in writing. We advise families to purchase personal injury protection if they can afford it because it provides extra protection in the way of medical bills, 80% of lost income and the value of household duties if you could not perform them – all up to the limits of your personal injury protection coverage.

Usually personal injury protection comes in the amount of $2500 but can be written for much higher limits. Importantly, personal-injury protection is payable regardless of who is at fault and should cover those who are in your vehicle as well.

There can easily be more than one personal injury protection policy that may apply in a given accident.

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Experience and success in handling serious injuries and wrongful death and the ability to obtain the highest compensation possible in personal injury and death cases.

You will also want to make sure the attorney you choose has substantial experience with the exact type of case you have. See our Testimonials page for more information on how we simply Win our cases.

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One of the most frustrating things for most personal injury victims is dealing with the adverse adjuster. They are unaccustomed to the procedure and often are mistreated by the adverse adjuster.

There are a few tips for handling your own property damage claim after car accident.

* If the accident is clear as far as who is responsible for the crash, take your vehicle to the repair shop of your choice and let them deal directly with the adverse insurance company on necessary repairs.
* Always inspect carefully the repairs before you accept your vehicle and don’t be afraid to take the vehicle back if it is not repaired your satisfaction driven off from the repair shop.
* On newer vehicles you may want to consider making a claim for diminished value as trying to sell a wrecked car will not bring the same amount as a car that has never been wrecked.

You can get an estimate from the dealer that sold you the vehicle to provide to the insurance company. Expect a major fight on this issue. If the adverse insurance company is not prepared to accept responsibility for repairs of your vehicle or is trying to stick you with the portion of the repairs, consider making a claim with your own automobile insurance company under the collision coverage and asked that your insurance company collector deductible from the adverse party.

While most people don’t want to go this route it is the preferred method to getting your car repaired or replaced quickly. On total loss claims be prepared to state your number on the value of your vehicle. You should have gone online and found comparable statistics for the fair market value of a vehicle like yours. Of course, expect the insurance company to lowball their offer based upon some criteria that may not make sense to you. If you have the backup data provided to the adjuster so you can provide a reasonable basis for the amount that you feel your car is valued out at the time of the wreck.

Additionally, you should be entitled to tax file and license fees for the value of your vehicle.

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Wrongful Death
Frequently Asked Questions

The law establishes which persons may be entitled to compensation for loss or injury.

It is always wise for any family member of a person who has been severely injured or killed in an accident to contact a wrongful death lawyer immediately after the accident to evaluate the matter and determine which family members may be entitled to compensation.

In Texas, that is generally, the spouse, parents and children of the deceased.

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It is impossible to place a monetary value on the life of a loved one. Nothing can be done to bring them back.

The law allows for certain damages for the loss of a loved one in some cases

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With the biggest elements of damages in a wrongful death case is what is called loss of companionship and society, which means the human loss of your loved one.

The jury question indicates that this loss means the positive benefits flowing from the love, comfort, companionship and society that the plaintiff would have received from the decedent. For a spouse it is easy to see the damages suffered through loss of his or her husband or wife. For a child the love and affection of a parent to the child is unquestionable.

Economic damages or pecuniary loss is covered in a separate question in a Texas wrongful death lawsuit.

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Possibly, although through “tort reform” the ability to obtain exemplary damages also known as punitive damages has been limited by law.

The types of cases where punitive damages are available usually involved very egregious conduct on the part of the defendants.

Maida Law Firm has extensive experience in bringing punitive damages claims.

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Miscellaneous
Frequently Asked Questions

Of course, tending to your injury should always be your first and main concern.

However, it is extremely important that you save the product in question. Preserving this product will enable a potential product liability case to move forward. Without the product, it is a very difficult to bring a product liability lawsuit.

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ossibly – but highly unlikely, most product manufacturers are extremely defensive of their product in that they are not defending one case but thousands or even millions of potential cases in dealing with one specific case.

Most product manufacturers fight tooth and nail to deny everything regardless of the evidence.

Often, people will notify manufacturer of a defect in the product that caused an injury and the manufacturer will want to take a statement from the victim. That statement is designed to make the victim look greedy and bad should a case later brought by an attorney.

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Almost any product can end up being unreasonably dangerous and defective. Some of the more common types of product liability claims involve products like:

  • Cars and pickup trucks involving fuel fed fires from the gas tank.
  • Construction equipment
  • Rollover accidents
  • Certain playground equipment
  • Industrial and workplace machines
  • Some safety equipment
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To file a complaint against an insurance company in the state of Texas go to: http://www.tdi.texas.gov/index.html.

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Maida Law Firm
Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, give us a call for more information.

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We are very selective in the cases that we agree to handle to provide the best possible service to our clients. By limiting the number of cases that we handle, we can provide the time attention and resources required to maximize compensation for our client.

Accordingly, our practice is limited to cases involving Plaintiff Personal Injury or a family who has lost a loved one. We have gained a reputation for handling trucking accidents, car and drunk driving crashes and other serious injury and wrongful death matters.

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No, all of the cases that we accept are upon a contingency fee arrangement.

You do not have to pay us money up front. If and only if we recover money for you in settlement or trial will we charge a fee and that fee comes out of the case.

Necessary out-of-pocket expenses are paid by the law firm and reimbursed out of the client’s share of settlement proceeds.

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Yes and all of the cases that we accept are upon a contingency fee arrangement. You do not have to pay us money up front. If and only if we recover money for you in settlement or trial will we charge a fee and that fee comes out of the case.

Necessary out-of-pocket expenses are paid by the law firm and reimbursed out of the client’s share of settlement proceeds.

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