Personal Injury

How Personal Injury Attorney Fees Work

How do you pay personal injury attorneys? Learn the ins and outs of their fees in this post.
If you’re injured, one of your first concerns might be, ”How will I ever afford a personal injury lawyer? Lawyers are expensive, aren’t they?”

Relax! Don’t sweat it.

Everyone can afford a personal injury lawyer. You can afford a good one, even if you have no monthly income whatsoever.

Here’s why:

Personal Injury Lawyers Only Get Paid When Your Case Wins

Not every personal injury lawyer works this way – more on this in a minute. But the vast majority of personal injury attorneys don’t charge you a penny until your settlement check is received.

Seems fair – doesn’t it? After all, the other party, not you, is responsible for your injuries.

Most Personal Injury Law Firms Front the Expenses on Your Case

Most personal injury attorneys in Dallas advance the cost of all case expenses and only recover the […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

Beware of Trucking Companies Stipulating to Liability

You’re taking a personal injury claim against a trucking company. They’re “stipulating to liability.” What does that mean, and how does it affect you?
Ready for “Personal Injury Law 101?”

If you hear the words “stipulating to liability,” loud, blaring bells and whistles should go off in your head. In fact, anytime you hear something you don’t understand in law, you should immediately be concerned and get answers from your lawyer. With “stipulating to liability,” it means the defendant could be trying to hide some facts of the case that could improve your chances of winning, or reduce the damages you receive.

Take a Look At How This Plays Out in Reality…

For example, say a drunk semi-truck driver hits you, causing severe bodily injury, the complete totaling of your car, and you missing time from work. Now let’s say the company has a sloppy hiring and training process that allows practically any driver […]

By |September 25th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

4 Key Differences Between Workers’ Compensation & Personal Injury Law

What’s the difference between workers’ compensation and personal injury law? Find out in this post.
With workers’ comp, you have to understand why it was created in the first place. And that reason was to protect both employers and employees by eliminating the need for litigation. Workers’ comp is intended to be insurance, a “safety net” for employees that get injured at work.

The basic idea of personal injury law, on the other hand, is to provide financial relief to the affected parties and deter others from engaging in the same kind of actions.

With basic definitions in your hand, take a look at some of the differences between personal injury law and worker’s compensation:

Personal Injury Law Requires You to Prove Fault

You, the plaintiff, must show the defending party was negligent, and at least partially responsible for your injuries. Just because you’re harmed in an accident, that doesn’t mean you can recover […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

America’s Silent Killer: Traumatic Brain Injury

An amazing 144,000 Texans experience a TBI each year. Learn more about TBIs, what causes them, and how they can be prevented.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) levied its highest fine ever – $105 million against Fiat Chrysler. On July 26th, Fiat Chrysler acknowledged numerous violations of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act’s requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. In addition to the $105 million fine, Fiat Chrysler agreed to buy back some of the defective vehicles and submit to intensive federal oversight. The violations stem from 23 recalls that covered more than 11 million of their defective vehicles.

And for the past decade, more than 3,000 motorists have died on Texas highways each year. In 2014, there were just 288 fewer deaths (3,534 versus 3,822) than 2003, an 8.1% decrease. Deaths on Texas highways reached a recent low in 2010, with 3,060, and have been on the rise every […]

By |August 10th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

Should I Have Gap Insurance for My Car? How’s It Work?

Do you owe more on your car than its market value? You could be in a dire situation and not even realize it. Learn more about gap insurance.
It’s a nightmare scenario. Your car gets totaled in a wreck.

Okay, no sweat. You have insurance, so you’ll be covered. Nothing to worry about.

Wait a minute!

Your insurance company says they’re going to pay the value of your vehicle – $18,000. But you have $24,000 left on your loan!

What happened?

That’s just how insurance works, really. It’s designed to pay the current cash value of your vehicle – not the cost of your loan.

So you could be sitting on a time-bomb, completely unaware of it.

Who Should Have Gap Insurance?

Generally, it’s for you if you don’t have much equity in your car. Specifically, it’s likely for you if you:

Lease your car
Finance for 5 years or more
Paid less than 20% down
Drive a lot […]

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

What Settlement Confidentiality Is & How it Affects You

Don’t want the public to know about your personal injury case? No problem. Learn how settlement confidentiality works in this post.
Diane Vasilion, 52, was left with brain damage and partial paralysis after a 1994 car accident involving multiple vehicles. In 2000, she was awarded $35 million, then the largest amount in Illinois state history.

Said nicely, many friends and long-lost family members tend to suddenly come out of the woodwork when they hear about this. And unfortunately, sometimes scammers approach people with large financial awards. Other relatives might get jealous and angry, thinking the award was excessive.

But, you can prevent all this with a “settlement confidentiality agreement.” And when you have that signed, the only information that goes public is you and the defendant agreed to a “cash payout.” No one learns the amount of the payout, or the factors causing you and the defendant to agree to the settlement.

Other Reasons […]

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

5 Common Questions About Insurance Adjusters

Whose side are insurance adjusters on? They seem nice, but beware. They’re wolves in sheep’s clothing.
You just got into a car accident. So now, you have all sorts of stress on your hands.

To add to that, you have to talk to an insurance adjuster. It’s a big, scary company, so you don’t know what to expect.

Relax, my friend.

I’ve got your back. This is what to do about them:

Should I Speak to the At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company?

No way!

They’ll come off as friendly and nice, appearing to want to collect some information so they can do some paperwork, and write you a check.

Sounds innocent enough, doesn’t it?

BUT…their entire job is to adjust the amount of money their company would pay you to a lower number, one much lower than you deserve.

The number never “adjusts” upward.

Plus, they know you might be on pain medications, and still woozy from the accident. So they […]

By |June 30th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

Was the Infamous McDonald’s Hot Coffee Spill Really Frivolous?

You remember the case and the media attention. But that only tells part of the story. Learn more in-depth information in this post.
In February of 1992, 79-year-old Stella Liebeck of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was riding in the passenger seat of her grandson’s car. After they got their order from the McDonald’s drivethrough, Liebeck’s grandson pulled the car forward and stopped so she could add cream and sugar to her coffee.

Liebeck put the cup between her knees, and pulled the lid off the cup. Unfortunately, as that happened, she spilled the entire coffee on her lap.

Wait a Minute – She Spilled the Coffee on Her Own Lap! Isn’t She Responsible?

The jury in this case actually agreed with that. Liebeck was found partially at fault for her injuries. Her compensation actually got reduced by the appropriate amount.

However, here’s some facts about the case you may not have heard from the media:

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By |June 23rd, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

How Do Class Action Lawsuits Work?

Part of a class action lawsuit? Not sure if you currently should belong to one? Learn how class action lawsuits work in this post.
Don’t you love to hear tales of the “little guy” beating almost impossible odds?

Who doesn’t? Hollywood releases dozens of box office hits telling this story each year.

In the real world, the unfortunate truth is that Goliath usually beats David.

Do you remember the Enron accounting scandal in 2001? The energy company was booming.

But then they were found guilty of accounting fraud on a massive scale. If you had their stock, you lost almost all of its value.

Theoretically, you could sue for damages. But it doesn’t make any sense to do it by yourself because your legal fees would far outweigh any damages you got back.

So in America, instead of taking on the big guy all alone, you enlist the help of thousands of others too. And in 2006, […]

By |June 16th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments

What do Ethical Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

How do you know if you’re talking to an ethical personal injury lawyer? Look for these tell-tale signs in this post.
We lawyers sometimes get a bad rap.

For the most part, that’s probably not fair or reasonable.

But let’s be honest: regardless of your profession, some act with integrity and some don’t.

So how do you know whether you’re talking to an honest lawyer who wants to get you a fair legal outcome, and one who just wants your money?

Take a look at some of these insights:

Most Personal Injury Lawyers Act with Integrity

Your local media don’t sell facts and truth. They sell to your emotions – anger, self-righteousness, and judgmental attitudes. The news media do this because they know people pay attention to things that make them angry more than facts.

So, the stories you hear on television tend to be extreme stories that arouse those emotions. The news media know you’ll think […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Categories: Personal Injury||0 Comments