Injuries and Auto Accidents
If You've Experienced an Injury, Get Medical Attention, Then Call Smith & Hassler
Auto accident injuries can vary widely in degrees of severity. Some may heal in weeks or months. Others may never truly heal. All injuries - from whiplash to fractures, broken bones to paralysis - qualify for compensation when they've been caused by someone's negligence. Our car accident attorneys fight to get victims that compensation.
Receiving medical care is your top priority after being in an accident. Get medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you don't feel hurt right away, getting checked out is important.
Getting checked out by a medical professional is not only for your health and well-being, but it also will strengthen your personal injury claim. When you seek compensation for the suffering that you've endured in and after an accident, your case is assisted if you received medical treatment right after your accident and you follow doctor's orders. It is much easier for an insurance company to consider injuries that are promptly diagnosed and documented than those that are not.
Types of Injuries
Injuries suffered as a result of car wrecks can include:
- Brain damage
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Other internal injuries
Pedestrians can be seriously hurt when struck by a motor vehicle, because they have no protection. As a pedestrian, if you are injured, you may be eligible for compensation for your injuries. Be sure you get all the information you can about your accident, including:
- Names and insurance information of the drivers involved
- Names and contact information of witnesses
Also, be prepared to answer questions about whether or not you used proper crossing locations, followed traffic rules and other safety concerns. Though pedestrians typically have the right of way, the driver involved in the accident likely will try to prove that you were not being responsible.
An accident can cause injuries to everyone in the car, including passengers. They also have a right to seek compensation for their injuries.
Unless they committed a blatant act to distract the driver, passengers in an auto accident are considered free of liability for the collision.
As a passenger, you may have a claim against all at-fault parties, including the drivers of any of the cars involved in the accident.
There is one thing that all of these injuries have in common. The insurance companies will not want to pay the full value of the claim. Their idea of handling your claim is to make you a low settlement offer, hoping you'll take it and go away. But their initial offer won't come close to covering the full amount of your damages. The insurance company also won't consider your need for any future medical care. In some cases, they may even blame you for what happened.
We don't put up with these kinds of insurance company tactics. Our legal team knows how to build a strong case that the insurance company can't ignore. We go through all of your medical records and consider your current and future medical needs. And we fight to get you compensation, whether it's through a negotiated settlement or a trial.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer with Our Firm
At Smith & Hassler, an experienced personal injury attorney will assist you or your loved one in your case. Call (713) 739-1250 for your free personal injury consultation today.
Remember, your initial consultation is free, and you don't pay us unless you win.