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Quick Answers to Your Top Questions About Injuries in Texas

Wayne Wright LLP keeps our clients and the public informed. We provide answers to frequently asked questions to help our clients face their own legal battles. Contact Wayne Wright LLP to speak with an experienced injury attorney in San Antonio, Corpus Christi, El Paso, or Austin offices. We will schedule a free case review and answer your specific questions. Our law firm will not stop working until you receive the justice you deserve.

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  • How long will it take to settle my auto accident or other personal injury case?

    If you were hurt in a car crash or other personal injury accident, two important questions you want the answers to quickly are “How much am I entitled to?” and “How long will it take to settle my case?” That is understandable when the accident was not your fault, yet you are the one seriously hurt with mounting medical bills and no wages while you are off work recovering. One mistake you do not want to make is to settle your claim quickly for less than what it is worth.

    Factors That Can Influence How Quickly a Car Accident or Personal Injury Claim Is Resolved

    Every case is different, and its strengths and weaknesses will affect how quickly an attorney is able to negotiate a settlement. While there is no fixed answer on how long yours will take to resolve, certain factors can influence how quickly—or slowly—this process will be even with the help of an experienced car accident attorney. These factors can include the following:

    • Severity of injuries. The more severe your injuries are, the larger the potential value of your claim. This also can mean that it can take longer to convince the insurance adjuster to pay you what you are entitled to.
       
    • Length of medical treatment. Although frustrating to wait for your medical treatment to be completed or your prognosis determined, you do not want to settle your claim until your doctor determines this. If conservative treatments like physical therapy and medications are not resolving your medical problems, it could take a year or longer for your medical treatment to be completed enough for future as well as current medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering to be determined.
       
    • Disputes. If the insurance company is disputing who caused the accident, whether you were partially at fault, or the seriousness of your injuries, it could take longer for your attorney to convince the adjuster to be reasonable.
       
    • Preexisting injuries. Whenever there was a preexisting injury to the body part injured in a crash, the insurance company for the negligent driver could argue that this prior incident and not your crash caused your injuries. Resolving this issue could make the settlement process take longer.
       
    • Large settlement. The insurance company will fight harder—even if the insured driver’s liability and your injuries is clear—when a claim is worth more money. If you suffered long-term injuries, you should realize that your claim may take longer to settle and could require the filing of a lawsuit before this happens.

    The experienced legal team at Wayne Wright LLP can give you an idea of how long your case will take to settle as well as answer your other questions regarding your auto accident. Call our office today at 800-237-3334 to schedule your free and confidential case evaluation.

  • How much compensation am I entitled to in my auto accident or other personal injury case?

    You could incur large medical bills for your expensive medical treatments and be off work for months or longer recovering if a negligent driver injures you in a car accident or you are injured in another type of personal injury accident. How to pay these medical bills and your other monthly bills and living expenses can be a huge worry. Fortunately, you may be able to obtain compensation for your losses from the driver who caused your crash.

    What Types of Compensation Are You Entitled to in an Auto Collision or Other Personal Injury Claim?

    In order to understand how much your claim is worth, you need to understand the types of compensation you could be entitled to. You cannot know if the settlement offer from the negligent driver’s insurance company is fair without understanding what exactly you should receive. You may be able to recover these types of damages:

    • Medical bills. You are entitled to be compensated for the cost of your diagnostic tests, surgery, hospitalization, medications, doctor’s appointments, and physical therapy. The expenses you should ask for could include much more, such as mental health counseling, vocational training, assistive tools, and transportation and lodging expenses if you must travel for treatment. If you will be receiving medical treatments in the future, be certain to calculate them into your settlement request as well.
       
    • Lost wages. This also includes more than the lost wages that you may realize you should receive. You should be reimbursed for your lost vacation and sick time, bonuses, commissions, promotions, and your future earning capacity if you are too disabled to return to your former job.
       
    • Pain and suffering. This element of damages is for the physical pain and emotional trauma you suffered as a result of your accident. While there is no fixed way to calculate the amount you are owed, an experienced car accident attorney can help you determine what to request in settlement.
       
    • Vehicle damage. The negligent driver is responsible for paying you the cost to repair your vehicle, towing and storage costs, replacement costs for other damaged property, and car rental fees.
       
    • Loss of companionship. In a wrongful death action, the dependents of a person who died in a car crash could be entitled to damages to compensate them for the loss of financial support and companionship of the deceased victim.
       
    • Punitive damages. If the negligent driver’s actions were especially irresponsible, you may be entitled to punitive damages. However, punitive damages are rarely awarded.

    Was a loved one or you injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver? Call us at 800-237-3334 to schedule a free case evaluation to learn how much compensation you could receive and to have your other questions answered.

  • What shall I do if I have to take time off work?

    Take time off work only if your doctor states in writing that you should not work. When your doctor signs a "no-work" order you may be entitled to claim your lost wages. Our attorneys provide a worksheet to help you track your lost wages and identify your lost earnings. Schedule a meeting with Wayne Wright LLP for more information.

  • Do I need a lawyer?

    The law states that you have the right to legal counsel. If you retain an attorney, you know your personal rights will be protected. An insurance company may convince you that you do not need a lawyer. However, by the time you discover that your claim cannot be resolved, it may be too late to seek legal help. Having an experienced attorney tells the insurance company that you are serious about your claim. Remember, the insurance company has a vested interest in minimizing your claim! Contact an experienced San Antonio / Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer at Wayne Wright LLP immediately for advice about your claim.

  • Will my lawyer file a lawsuit?

    Most cases settle before there is a need to file a lawsuit. However, a lawsuit may be the only option if an insurance company or a defendant will not negotiate in good faith. If your case cannot be settled, we will discuss alternatives, e.g., taking your case to court.