This is the first post in a series on what negligence victims should expect from an Austin, Texas personal injury case. I am writing this series because injured people are often unsure about what they should do after an accident. This lack of certainty can lead to stress, anxiety, and, sadly, one’s case being mishandled. My goal with this series is to help accident victims know what to expect as matters progress.
I will be writing on several topics over my coming posts. Subjects which I will be addressing include:
- What to expect while treating for one’s injuries
- The process of demanding payment from, and negotiating with, the defendant’s insurance company
- The conducting of discovery and use of experts in such matters
- Handling trial in a personal injury case
These are important topics for several reasons. First, in cases which involve serious injury, the medical treatment process can take a substantial amount of time. This in turn lengthens the amount of time it can take to reasonably calculate damages, sometimes leading to situations where there is a waiting period before a payment demand can be made. Second, it is important to understand that injury cases do not typically proceed directly to litigation; cases are often resolved with insurance carriers prior to a lawsuit being filed. Third, the proper handling of discovery is crucial as it is the process by which one will build their case. Finally, it is important to understand that trials do not proceed in the ways typically depicted in the media. We discuss these issues further in this video also:
I cannot stress enough that victims should contact an attorney as soon as possible after they have been in an accident. This is true whether one has suffered an auto accident, a trucking accident, or if they have suffered another type of serious injury. An attorney will know what to expect from the process, will be experienced in negotiating with insurance adjusters, and will be familiar with the rules of civil procedure should litigation be necessary. Our Austin personal injury lawyers handle such matters throughout Travis County and elsewhere in the state. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.