Houston Car Accident Lawyers

Let our Houston car accident lawyers help you recover everything you are entitled to under the law.  Whether you have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident, or if your loved one was killed as a result of a motor vehicle accident, we can help.  From minor to life-altering injuries, our Houston personal injury attorneys will personally handle your case from beginning to end.  Don’t be overwhelmed by all the intricacies of the insurance, legal, and medical systems after a car accident.

While you focus on getting your life back together, we will deal with the insurance adjusters, coordinate your auto repairs, get you a rental car, and get you a top-dollar settlement. Our legal team is available 24/7. Call us at (855) 545-1777.

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Anthony is a dedicated Houston personal injury attorney that handles auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death cases, and other personal injury cases. Anthony provides a hands-on approach to each case that comes through the door and is intimately involved in each and every case, no matter the size or seriousness of injury. From engagement to handling the property damage to settlement or verdict, Anthony personally manages each case to the finish line.

Anthony obtained a bachelor’s degree in business economics from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management. He went on to attend South Texas College of Law in Houston, where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence. Anthony is licensed to practice law in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.

Types of Compensation in Car Accident Cases

There are two types of damages available in car accident cases in Texas: compensatory damages and punitive damages.

These compensate you for financial losses caused by your accident. There are several types of compensatory damages, including:

Medical expenses: Common auto accident medical expenses include hospital stays, doctor visits, physical therapy, surgeries, medications, and ambulance fees.

Lost wages: If you’ve missed work due to your injuries, you may be eligible to obtain compensation for the wages lost during your absence.

Loss of future income: Car accident injuries may prevent or diminish your ability to earn money in the future. If this applies to your situation, you may be able to recover compensation for the loss of earning capacity resulting from your car accident injuries.

Pain and suffering: Finally, you may be entitled to compensation for the physical, emotional, and mental distress you’ve suffered due to your car accident.

Punitive damages: Punitive damages punish defendants whose egregious conduct results in another’s injuries. If your personal injury attorney can prove that your injuries are the result of the defendant’s gross negligence or malicious behavior, then you may be entitled to punitive damages.

 

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Common Causes of Auto Accidents

Although every auto accident is unique, there are a few common behaviors that lead to the majority of car crashes. Common causes of auto accidents in Houston include:

Distracted driving: Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. Forms of distracted driving include texting, applying makeup, eating, and using electronic devices.

Intoxicated driving: Driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, and certain prescription medications should always be avoided. Although intoxicated driving isn’t the top cause of car accidents in the U.S., it is the deadliest.

Speeding: Driving over the speed limit drastically increases the odds of being involved in an auto accident. Not only are collisions more impactful at higher speeds, but speeding makes it more difficult to react appropriately to unexpected road conditions.

Reckless driving: Speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel all routinely lead to car accidents.

Running traffic signals: Drivers who fail to obey traffic signals routinely cause auto accidents. By failing to stop at a red light or stop sign, drivers put themselves and others in danger.

Tailgating: It’s imperative to always maintain a safe distance from other vehicles while driving. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to adhere to this rule, and this can result in rear-end collisions. By driving too closely to another vehicle, the tailgating driver lacks the time to react when the other driver brakes suddenly.

Improper turns and wrong-way driving: Finally, many accidents are caused by drivers who make improper turns or drive in the wrong direction. Often, such behaviors occur when drivers fail to remain alert or pay attention to street signs.

What to Do if You’ve Had a Car Accident

After a car accident, you should take the following steps to ensure that you remain safe and to improve your odds of a successful outcome in a subsequent legal claim.

Call 911: After being involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. Calling emergency services achieves several objectives following an accident in Houston. First, it causes law enforcement to respond to the scene of the accident. Next, it ensures that you receive immediate medical attention. In addition, the responding law enforcement officer will write an accident report that documents the details of the accident and identifies all parties involved. This information can be crucial if you file a claim later. Finally, Texas law requires you to report any accident that results in a severe injury, death, or damage to an automobile that renders it unsafe to operate.

Take pictures and videos: If you are physically capable of doing so safely, you should take photos and videos of the scene of your accident. Pictures and videos can serve as valuable evidence in a future legal claim. When documenting the accident, you should take photos and videos from multiple angles. In addition to documenting the scene of the accident, you should take pictures of any resulting property damage and injuries.

Gather information: After an accident, you should collect the name, contact information, vehicle registration number, vehicle make and model, insurance policy number, and driver license number of all other drivers involved in the accident. You should also collect the contact information of anyone who witnessed your accident.

Seek medical attention: Depending on the severity of your accident, you may or may not receive immediate medical attention at the scene of the accident. However, even if you are checked out by responding medical personnel at the scene, you should promptly schedule a follow-up appointment with a doctor. Car accident injuries can sometimes take days or even weeks to manifest, so it’s always a good idea to receive a thorough medical examination even if you don’t have any immediate injury symptoms. A doctor can ensure that you don’t have any internal or head injuries, both of which may not be readily apparent to medical personnel who respond to the scene of your accident.

Notify your insurance company: Be sure to notify your insurance company of your accident as soon as possible. However, don’t discuss the details of your accident with the other driver’s insurer. The other driver’s insurer will not have your best interests in mind. Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company until you’ve first discussed the matter with a Houston car accident lawyer.

Contact a car accident lawyer: Finally, if you’ve been involved in a car accident, you should contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. Legal representation is almost always necessary following an accident, so it’s imperative that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable auto accident attorney. As we discuss below, there are several ways that an auto accident lawyer can help you following an accident.

How a Houston Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Following a car accident in Texas, the other driver’s insurer will often do everything in its power to deny your claim. If you’ve been hurt in a Texas car accident, it can be difficult to take on a powerful insurance company by yourself. When you hire a Houston car accident lawyer, you drastically improve your odds of success.

At Milano Legal Group, our experienced personal injury lawyers have years of experience defending the rights of car crash victims just like you. When you hire us to represent you in your Houston auto accident case, we’ll use our experience and knowledge to fight for your right to obtain financial compensation for your injuries. Specifically, when you come to us for assistance, our Houston personal injury attorneys will:

  • Collect the evidence necessary to improve your chances of a successful outcome.
  • Defend you against the efforts of other parties to minimize the extent or seriousness of your injuries.
  • Aggressively seek financial compensation on your behalf.
  • If necessary, hire professionals such as accident reconstruction specialists, investigators, and expert witnesses to ensure that your car accident case is as strong as possible.

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FAQs

What does a personal injury attorney do?

Personal injury lawyers help their clients obtain financial compensation for their injuries. To do so, they use their knowledge and experience to navigate the legal system. Although this process has many moving parts, it can be separated into three stages: (1) investigation and initial demand, (2) litigation, and (3) legal recovery. When you hire a personal injury attorney, he or she will walk you through each step of the process, ensuring that you are fully informed of your rights along the way.

Investigation and Initial Demand

During the investigation and initial demand stage of your case, your lawyer will gather as much information as possible about your accident. Using this information, he or she will then make a demand to the defendant or the defendant’s insurer. If this initial demand results in a satisfactory settlement offer, then your attorney will ensure that you receive the amount you are owed. If, however, the other party declines to settle or makes a lowball offer, your attorney may proceed with a lawsuit.

Litigation

Personal injury litigation is extremely complicated, so your attorney will handle all aspects of it for you, including filing documents, conducting discovery, and gathering evidence. And although most cases settle during the litigation phase, your attorney will be ready and willing to fight for you at trial, if necessary.

Legal Recovery

Finally, whether you win at trial or obtain a settlement, your attorney will ensure that you receive the money you are owed. This may include coordinating payment through the defendant’s insurance company, filing post-trial motions to collect the judgment, or taking any other measures necessary to obtain what is rightfully yours.

How much does it cost to hire a car accident attorney?

Car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they only receive payment if they negotiate a settlement on your behalf or win at trial. In other words, you only pay if your case is successful. Contingency fees typically range anywhere from 33 1/3% to 40% of the gross settlement before a lawsuit is filed and 40% to 45% of the gross settlement or verdict after a lawsuit is filed.

How do I know if I have a case?

Although every personal injury case is different, there are a few factors that, if present, are a good indicator that you have a case. You may have a case if:

  • You have an injury;
  • Your injury was caused by another party’s negligent behavior;
  • Your injury had financial consequences; and
  • Your injury happened within the applicable statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. (In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident.)

What types of vehicular accidents can a personal injury attorney help me with?

A personal injury attorney can help you with any accident involving a motor vehicle. Common types of vehicular accidents include:

How should I choose a personal injury lawyer?

Following an injury, choosing the right personal injury lawyer is imperative. With the right attorney on your side, your odds of success increase drastically. When choosing a lawyer, you should do the following:

Choose a lawyer who exclusively practices personal injury law: Following an injury, you need an attorney who specializes in personal injury law. For example, you shouldn’t hire an estate planning attorney to handle your personal injury case.

Choose a lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours: Not only should the attorney you choose specialize in personal injury law, but he or she should have ample experience handling cases similar to yours. For example, if you’ve been injured in a truck accident, you should hire an experienced truck accident attorney. And if you were injured while riding a bicycle, you should choose an experienced bicycle accident attorney. The more specialized experience your attorney has, the better.

Choose a lawyer who has a history of taking cases to trial when necessary: Although most personal injury cases settle before trial, you need an attorney who is ready and willing to take your case to trial if necessary. 

Choose a lawyer with a proven history of success: Although an attorney should never guarantee a certain result in your case, lawyers are free to share their past successes with you. When choosing a lawyer, a long track record of success is always a good sign.

Choose an attorney who is happy to provide you with the contact information of past clients: A good lawyer will be eager to share his or her past successes with you, and part of this should include providing you with the contact information of previous clients.

My injuries aren’t severe. Do I still need an accident attorney?

Following an accident, especially a car accident, it can be difficult to gauge the severity of your injuries. Often, people eschew medical care following an accident when they don’t believe they’ve been seriously hurt. Unfortunately, the symptoms of certain types of injuries, such as internal and head injuries, can take days or even weeks to manifest. In other words, your injuries may be more severe than you realize. Therefore, in addition to seeing a health care provider following an accident, you should contact an accident attorney.

What does “negligence” mean in a car accident case?

Negligence may be the most important concept in personal injury law. Broadly, negligence refers to a party’s failure to meet a certain duty of care for a specific situation. When an injured party files a personal injury lawsuit, he or she must prove that the defendant’s negligence caused his or her injuries. Negligence in Texas consists of the following five elements:   

Duty: The first step in proving negligence in Texas is demonstrating that the defendant had a legal duty to behave or not behave in a certain way toward you. For example, if you were injured by a car while traveling on foot, your pedestrian accident lawyer must prove that the driver who caused your accident had a duty to pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws.

Breach: Next, you must prove that the defendant breached his or her duty to you. Using the example above, proving this element in a pedestrian accident case would require your Houston auto accident lawyer to demonstrate that the other driver failed to pay attention to the road and obey traffic laws.  

Cause in fact: After demonstrating that the defendant breached his or her duty, you must prove that the defendant’s breach was the actual cause of your accident and resulting injuries. For example, if you were hit by a car while riding a motorcycle, your motorcycle accident lawyer must prove that the accident itself—and not some other event—was the cause of your injuries.

Proximate cause: Not only must you prove that the defendant actually caused your injuries, but you must successfully argue that a reasonable and prudent person acting under similar circumstances would have known that his or her breach could result in injuries.

Damages: Finally, succeeding on a negligence claim requires you to prove that the defendant’s actions caused you specific and actual damages. In other words, the accident must have resulted in compensable losses, such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

How long will it take to resolve my accident case?

The amount of time it takes to resolve an accident case depends on the facts of the case. In other words, without knowing the details of your case, it is difficult to predict a timeline for resolution. Factors that can affect the time it takes to resolve your accident case include:

  • The value of your case
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The number of parties involved
  • The insurance company involved
  • The case load in your jurisdiction

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

Every state sets a deadline by which you must file a lawsuit after you have suffered an injury. This statutory deadline is called the statute of limitations. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the injury. In other words, after suffering an injury in Texas, you have two years to file a lawsuit in court. If you miss this deadline, you will be barred from recovering for your injury. That’s why, if you’ve been injured in an accident, you should contact our team of experienced accident lawyers in Houston as soon as possible.

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How to Get a Police Report After a Car Accident in Houston

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If you or a loved one has been in a car accident and you’re looking to get compensation from the other driver, there are many pieces of evidence you’ll want to have to show that the other driver was at fault. One of these documents is the police report of the accident. The police report will need to be provided to your attorney and to your automobile insurance company so the appropriate damages can be pursued. Why Is a Police Report Important? As mentioned above, you’ll want to show that the other driver was at fault for the car accident and any resulting injuries. A police report is one of the most useful ways to prove fault because it generally includes detailed observations from the officer who was on the scene. Helpful evidence that is commonly included in a police report includes: Facts about the scene of the accident – These can include information about the weather conditions, the time of the accident, the location of the accident, the position of the vehicles immediately after the accident occurred, and whether or not the other driver was issued a ticket or violation. Witness reports – When an officer arrives at the scene, they generally look for people who witnessed the accident and take their statements. These witness statements are helpful to show what happened leading up to the accident and the circumstances around which the accident took place. Since there often isn’t video evidence of exactly what happened, eyewitness accounts can be critical in determining who was at fault. The officer may also include their opinion of who was at fault in the accident. Information about the other driver – The police report will also include information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, insurance information, and the make and model of the driver’s vehicle. Are Police Reports Required After a Car Accident in Texas? A police report will not always be required by law, but it is still a good idea to get one, as you never know what injuries or damages will show themselves down the line. Under Texas law, if the accident caused over $1,000 of property damage, injury, or death, you will be required to report the accident and file a police report. Even if you don’t think there is $1,000 worth of damage, it is a good idea to report the accident and get a police report. You can’t be sure of the exact amount of the damage or the full extent of any injuries, so you’ll want to cover your bases. A police report will be crucial if you decide to file a personal injury or accident lawsuit or if you need to deal with insurance companies. The police report is considered an unbiased account of what happened at the accident, so it is relied on by juries, courts, insurance companies, and any other involved party to help determine what took place and who was at fault. It’s important to note that Texas law provides you with 10 days to report the accident and file a police report. If a police officer cannot come to the scene of the accident, you’ll want to get on the Texas Department of Transportation website to fill out a crash report form, also called a CR-3. It is recommended that you fill out the form as close to the accident as possible. Doing so will allow you to provide the most accurate information. The information you’ll want for the crash report includes: A detailed description of the location of the accident, including the town, state, street names, and nearby intersections The date and time of the accident A detailed description of the vehicles involved in the accident, including make, model, year, license plate number, and vehicle identification number if you have it A detailed description of what happened from your point of view (Every driver’s account of the accident will differ based on their perspective, but it is important that you do your best to provide a truthful, accurate description of the events.) A detailed description of any injuries you suffered from the accident A detailed description of any property damage caused by the accident If you are unable to file a police report, you should still make sure to document the accident as best as you can. Make sure to take down pertinent information about the other driver, such as name, contact information, and insurance information. Use your phone to take pictures of the vehicles prior to moving them. Doing so will allow you to document any other conditions that may have impacted the accident, such as poor weather conditions or disrepair of the road. If there are any witnesses, try to speak to them and get their contact information. Get Your Police Report Since the police report is such an important document, you want to make sure that you get a copy to provide to your personal injury attorney and your insurance company. The steps to getting an accident report may vary depending on your location.  Under Texas law, not everyone is entitled to see police reports due to the confidential information many of them contain. Only individuals who are directly involved in the accident or individuals with proper interest are eligible to request the full, unredacted police report. Those individuals include: The owner of the vehicle in the accident The authorized representative of someone who was involved in the accident The parent, guardian, or employer of a driver involved in the accident Any individual who is financially responsible for a vehicle that was involved in the accident Any individual who may bring a lawsuit because of the death of someone involved in the accident An insurance company that has issued a policy covering a vehicle or person who was involved in the accident A qualified radio station, television station, or newspaper If you fall under one of the criteria above, you can request a copy of the police report. Some locations where our clients...

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The Complete Houston Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Guide

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Riding motorcycles can be a lot of fun, but it can also be quite dangerous. Motorcycles leave the driver relatively unprotected, which can cause motorcycle accidents to be extremely severe and the driver to receive significant injuries. At the Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys, we understand the importance of having an experienced lawyer on your side if you’ve been in a motorcycle accident. Our team passionately advocates for injured motorcyclists to receive the compensation they deserve. Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents At the Milano Legal Group Accident Attorneys, we believe motorcycle accidents can be prevented. As a motorcyclist, it’s important that you understand what commonly causes motorcycle accidents so you can stay alert and try to avoid these situations. Distracted driving – Distracted driving is a top cause of motor vehicle accidents in general. As smartphones become ubiquitous, drivers are more and more likely to use them while behind the wheel, even if it’s to change the song or check the GPS. When driving a motorcycle, it is critical to keep your eyes on the road at all times. If you need to check your phone or adjust something on your bike, pull over first. Failure to follow safety rules and road signs – Motorcycles are smaller than passenger cars, so it may be harder for other vehicles to see you, meaning you need to take extra caution when making turns or switching lanes. Make sure to use your blinker when changing lanes and leave a safe distance between your bike and other cars. Also, make sure to be aware of your surroundings. Avoid riding in a vehicle’s blind spot and take extra caution at intersections where it is hard to see. Aggressive driving or speeding – We all want to get where we’re going quickly, and sometimes that means driving over the speed limit or driving aggressively, especially dangerous on a motorcycle. The faster you’re going, the more severe your injuries are likely to be if there is a collision. You should also avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating or lane splitting (when a motorcycle passes between a line of slowly moving or stopped vehicles), as those are likely to cause accidents. Operating under the influence – Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not only illegal; it’s dangerous. These substances increase your reaction time and can lead to poor judgment and risky decisions. Motorcycle Accidents Cause Potentially Serious Injury According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle riders are 26 times more likely to die in traffic collisions than passenger vehicle drivers and occupants, likely due to the motorcycle driver’s exposure. Any part of the body can easily be injured in a motorcycle accident, and many of those injuries are severe. Common injuries suffered by motorcycle drivers include: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) Spinal cord injuries (which often cause paralysis) Bone breaks and fractures (most commonly to the lower extremities) Internal injuries and internal bleeding Lacerations and skin abrasions (more commonly referred to as road rash) Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Collision Being in a collision is scary and, for many people, not common. What follows are a few things you should do if you are in a collision to help preserve your rights. Step 1 – Seek Medical Attention Your health and safety are the first priority. Always prioritize seeking medical care, even if you don’t think your injuries are serious. Many injuries, such as whiplash, take a bit of time for symptoms to show fully. Step 2 – Contact Law Enforcement If you’ve been in an accident, even if it is minor, you always want to call the police. Having a police report of the accident will be crucial for you and your attorney in the event you need to negotiate compensation or take your case to trial. Make sure you tell the officers on the scene about any injuries you have suffered or any symptoms you experience. Step 3 – Get Documentation If you can, get documentation at the scene of the accident. Start with the other driver and collect copies of their driver’s license, insurance, and contact information. If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their names and contact information to pass on to your attorney. It is also a good idea to take photos of the scene of the accident, as these may be useful to you and your attorney down the road. If possible, take the photos before the vehicles have been moved, so you show a clearer picture of the scene. Step 4 – Contact an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney It will be critical that you have someone on your side who is looking out for your best interests and fighting for your rights. An experienced attorney will help you collect the information needed and file your claim, so you get the compensation that you deserve. Step 5 – Don’t Give Any Statements To pursue a claim through insurance, you will likely need to provide a statement about the accident. Don’t give this statement without consulting your attorney. You don’t want to say something that will adversely impact your claim inadvertently. In addition, don’t discuss the accident on social media. Insurance companies often search your social media pages to find information about the accident, which they may try to use against you. If you are ever presented with any documents to sign, make sure your attorney reviews them first to make sure you can sign them while still preserving your rights. Liability in a Motorcycle Accident Texas is considered a modified comparative negligence state, meaning that if you are found by a jury to be 50 percent or less responsible for the collision, you can receive compensation from the other driver, and the damages will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. If you are over 50 percent at fault for the collision, you will not recover compensation from the other driver. The question of the percentage of fault...

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Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Guide

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Everything You Need To Know About Hiring A Houston Personal Injury Attorney After being injured in an accident, victims often find themselves in serious pain, unable to work, and drowning in debt. Fortunately, if you’ve been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another person or entity, you may be eligible for significant financial compensation. However, if you wish to seek compensation for your injuries, you shouldn’t do so without the assistance of an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer. Our knowledgeable attorneys at Milano Legal Group are here to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your Houston personal injury. When you become our client, regardless of the type of accident that caused your injury, our experienced lawyers will do everything possible to see your case through to a successful conclusion. In addition, if you’ve lost a family member due to an accident involving negligence, we will help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.  In this Houston personal injury lawyer guide, we discuss personal injury cases in Texas and explain how to find an accident injury attorney that is right for you.  Types of Personal Injury Cases  A Houston personal injury attorney can represent you in a variety of personal injury cases, including:  Bicycle accidents Although riding a bicycle is a convenient alternative to driving a motor vehicle, taking public transportation, or walking, it can also be quite dangerous. Unfortunately, cyclists’ relative lack of protection means they tend to sustain serious injuries when involved in accidents with motorists.  Distracted driving accidents Distracted driving is more of a problem today than it has ever been. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400,000 people were injured  in crashes involving a distracted driver in 2019 alone. Drunk driving accidents It is no surprise that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a bad idea. Drunk driving kills around 10,000 people every year in the United States. Those who survive their accidents are often left with life-changing injuries.  Motorcycle accidents Like bicycles, motorcycles are a great alternative to passenger vehicles. However, bikers involved in accidents with motor vehicles tend to suffer serious injuries, especially when traveling at high speeds. In fact, hundreds of bikers are killed each year in Texas.  Pedestrian accidents According to data from the Texas Department of Transportation, annual pedestrian deaths in Texas sometimes outnumber motorcycle crash deaths. Many pedestrians who survive their accidents sustain life-altering injuries.  Truck accidents Semi-trucks pose serious risks to other vehicles due to their size and power. The results of a commercial truck colliding with a smaller vehicle are nearly always catastrophic.  Wrongful death When someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, the deceased’s family members may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Family members of the deceased can obtain financial compensation for the loss of their loved one by filing a wrongful death claim.  How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You A Houston personal injury lawyer can help you obtain financial compensation for your injuries, regardless of the type of accident you’ve been involved in or the injury you have suffered. The personal injury process can be broadly separated into the following three stages: (1) investigation and demand, (2) litigation, and (3) financial recovery. When you hire a personal injury lawyer to assist you, they will guide you through each of these stages:  Investigation and Demand  During the initial stage of your case, your lawyer will collect as much information as possible about your accident. Based on this information, they will then make a monetary demand on the defendant or the defendant’s insurer. If this demand results in a fair settlement offer, your accident injury attorney will take the necessary steps to ensure that you receive the agreed-upon amount. However, if the defendant makes you a lowball offer or declines to settle your case, your attorney will proceed to the next step.  Litigation Next, your attorney will draw on their knowledge, skill, and experience to handle all aspects of the litigation process on your behalf. Common litigation tasks include filing paperwork, conducting discovery, and collecting evidence. If your case fails to settle during the litigation stage, your accident attorney will take your case to trial.  Financial Recovery  Finally, whether you settle your case or win at trial, your accident lawyer will make sure you receive the money you are owed, which may entail filing post-trial motions to collect the court judgment, coordinating payment through the defendant’s insurer, or taking other necessary measures.  What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney  When you hire the right accident attorney, your chances of a successful outcome in your Houston personal injury case increase dramatically. You should do the following to find an attorney who will provide you with the best chance of success:  Choose an attorney who focuses primarily on personal injury law: Although this may seem obvious, the accident injury attorney you select should primarily practice personal injury law. Each type of practice area is highly specialized, and attorneys usually only focus their practice in a handful of areas. So, for example, when choosing a Houston personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t hire an attorney whose primary focus is divorce law. Choose a Houston personal injury lawyer who has ample experience handling cases like yours: Not only should the attorney you choose practice personal injury law, but they should have tried similar cases to yours. For example, if you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you should hire an attorney who has previously handled pedestrian accident cases.  Choose an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial: Although most personal injury cases settle before trial, if yours is a rare case that doesn’t, you’ll need an accident lawyer with sufficient trial experience. Choose an attorney with a track record of success: No lawyer should ever guarantee a specific outcome to your case. However, attorneys are free to share their previous achievements with you. So,...

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