Have you been injured in a car accident and need to file a personal injury claim? Personal injury attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you. Attorney Caruthers provides legal services to those seeking compensation after being injured in an accident that was not their fault. Call our law firm today to schedule a risk free consultation with a car accident attorney.
What Can I Recover Compensation For?
When breaking down the compensation you qualify for there are two main categories. Economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are things you can account for with billing statements, records, and invoices. Non-economic damages are the things you suffer that do not come with a price tag. While no amount of money can take away the trauma you have experienced, hiring a car accident attorney can help you to get the legal representation you need to be compensated for these damages.
Medical Bills: Any medical expense that is a direct result of the injury you have suffered should be documented and put in this category. This will include emergency room visits, surgeries, physical therapy, medications, medical equipment, and more. Make sure you keep a list of every expense in this category and share this information with your attorney.
Projected Medical Needs: If you are in a position that will require ongoing medical support, your attorney can negotiate the projected medical costs in your personal injury settlement. Make sure you are looking towards the future so you do not shortchange yourself when deciding how much money you want to ask for from insurance companies.
Property Damage: When you are involved in a car accident you may be left with damages to your vehicles or personal belongings. The cost of any repairs or replacements you have to make as a result of your accident should be added to your list of expenses.
Loss of Income: When you have been injured in a car accident the most important thing you can do is get the medical treatment you need and take time to heal properly. You may not be able to work for weeks or months following your accident. In some cases, you may never be able to return to the same work you were doing prior to your accident. Attorney Caruthers can help you to determine how much money you have lost as a result of your injury.
Pain and Suffering: The physical and emotional pain you suffer after enduring an injury can be extremely traumatic. Working with an attorney can help you to get compensation for the trauma you have endured as a result of your accident. Some of the factors that play into the amount of money you receive include the severity of the injury, your age, the impact your injury has had on your life, the amount of economic losses you faced, and more.
Loss of Enjoyment: If your injury prevents you from engaging in and enjoying activities that were once a major part of your life, this can be taken into account when deciding how much money is fair in your settlement. Contact our law firm today to learn more about the compensation you are owed following a car accident that resulted in your injury.
Disfigurement: Injuries that cause an accident victim to become disfigured or impaired leave a permanent and irreversible mark on that person’s life. This can be taken into account when determining a fair amount of compensation in your case.
Mental Anguish: A car accident that leaves you with an injury can leave you with lasting mental anguish. Some individuals may suffer from PTSD or other mental health obstacles following their accident. If you are dealing with stress or lasting mental anguish your attorney can help you.
Loss of Consortium: In some cases, an injury may make it difficult for a spouse to engage in companionship and affection following the accident victim provided prior to the accident. A spouse is able to seek compensation for this loss.
What Happens During A Consultation?
Even if an initial consultation has taken place online or over the telephone, the attorney will not have a full picture of the facts and circumstances surrounding your car accident case until the two of you can sit down and talk.
The first step will involve you explaining the facts of the accident, and the damages you’ve sustained. This conversation will probably be with the attorney, and/or one of the attorney’s representatives, such as a legal secretary or paralegal.
After you’ve provided your story, you’ll answer follow-up questions, such as:
- Have you spoken to any insurance company representatives about the accident? If so, which representatives, and what did you tell them?
- Have you spoken to anyone else about the accident? This can include friends, family members, first responders, and anyone else involved in the accident.
- What car insurance coverage and/or health insurance coverage do you have?
- Were there any witnesses to the car accident, and if so, do you have their contact information?
- You’ll also need to provide any documents you have relating to the accident, such as medical bills, car repair estimates/invoices, photographs, police reports, e-mails and letters from insurance companies (and copies of any insurance claims you’ve filed related to the accident).
Don’t hold back any relevant information about the accident, even if you’re worried that it’s embarrassing or will hurt your case. Even if you haven’t hired the attorney, your first meeting is protected by attorney client privilege. Not to mention that if you withhold information that hurts your case, it will come back to haunt you.
For instance, your attorney may agree to represent you based on the information you’ve provided, but if that information is incomplete, sooner or later the truth will come out, possibly after you and your attorney have spent hundreds of hours preparing the case (and thousands of dollars on expert witnesses and court costs).
Spanish Speaking Car Accident Lawyer in Houston, Texas
Spanish-speaking individuals can have a more difficult time seeking justice in their personal injury cases due to language barriers. This causes them to not take action against those who have left them with financial devastation and physical trauma. At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, our team refuses to let a language barrier affect your right to justice and compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident and is in need of Spanish-speaking legal advice, our team is here for you.
Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston, Texas
If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident and suffered an injury, experienced loss of income, or are unable to work due to a car accident, you can benefit from the services of a Houston car accident expert in your personal injury case. Whether you missed work due to an injury or due to not having access to a vehicle, Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you!