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How Our Attorneys Handle Car Accident Cases

Insurance companies don’t care about how hurt you are or the impact the accident had on your life.

They exist to make profit for their executives and shareholders. The job of the adjuster is to get you to accept as little money as possible and to release your claims against the negligent driver. In fact, the adjuster’s dream scenario is that you say something they can use against you to deny your settlement completely.

When someone else’s negligence behind the wheel injures you, you should retain the best Car crash lawyer in Dallas you can get. We never charge a fee unless we obtain a settlement for your injuries. You have absolutely no financial risk. We will get you medical care upfront and the bills can be paid from your recovery.

An accident can be a life-altering event. Don’t short-change yourself by not working with the best Dallas lawyer possible to represent your interests. Injured victims usually incur substantial medical expenses and are often forced to miss work while they recover from their injuries.

Even soft tissue injuries or whiplash can cause significant financial hardship. You should not be forced into debt or even potential bankruptcy because you can’t afford medical treatment.

What do our Dallas accident attorneys do for you?

Here is a list of tasks a lawyer performs when handling a Dallas accident case:

  1. Hiring a lawyer levels the playing field with the car insurance companies and allows you to focus completely on recovering from your injuries.
  2. One of our Dallas attorneys sets up all necessary claims at the onset of the accident case to avoid delays;
  3. Sends any necessary demands to preserve evidence to the at-fault party (or parties) so they don’t conveniently “lose” the evidence;
  4. A Dallas accident lawyer interviews witnesses and develops the evidence needed to win your case;
  5. Collects police report(s) and other documents through information requests;
  6. A lawyer prepares you for (and participates in) a recorded statement.
  7. Your attorney assists you in making sure your car is repaired properly or that you receive fair market value for your car in the event it is totaled; and
  8. Helps you secure necessary medical treatment. Even sprain/strain injuries can take months to heal from.
  9. A lawyer verifies any liens arising from your accident case including hospital liens, health insurance liens, and workers’ compensation liens;
  10. Negotiates reductions on those liens to save you money; and
  11. A lawyer retains any experts necessary to develop your Dallas accident case such as an accident reconstruction expert, vocational rehabilitation consultant, or economist.
  12. A lawyer obtains a complete set of your medical bills and records;
  13. Reviews and evaluates your medical records;
  14. A lawyer prepares settlement demands for review; and
  15. Accident attorneys negotiate settlements on your behalf or advise you if litigation is necessary to obtain a more favorable result.

Many primary care physicians refuse to treat victims of car accidents.

This is because they don’t want to risk getting involved in a legal matter. Often times Dallas accident victims are left scrambling to even find a doctor willing to help them.

If you locate a doctor who is agreeable to treating you and you have health insurance, you could be on the hook for co-pays and deductibles that really begin to add up after your Dallas accident.

If you don’t have health insurance you’re surely looking at a mountain of debt. Why should you have to come out of pocket for injuries someone else caused you? The answer is simple – you shouldn’t.

Mullen & Mullen’s lawyers can assist you in getting the medical help you need and deserve in Dallas. We have long-standing relationships with therapy clinics, chiropractors, medical doctors, imaging facilities (MRI facilities), pain management doctors, orthopedic surgeons, ambulatory surgical centers, and hospitals.

Mullen & Mullen’s network of Dallas providers are willing to offer their medical services to our clients at no up-front cost. This allows you to get the care you need and deserve since you don’t have to worry about drowning in medical bills. Proper treatment and documentation of your injuries is very important to the outcome of your accident case.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents We Handle in Dallas

What Damages Are You Entitled to After a Traffic Collision?

Texas law allows you to be compensated for “economic” and “non-economic” damages. To start, learn about the economic damages a lawyer can help you recover when someone else is at fault for the injuries you sustained in your Dallas car accident.

Economic Damages

  1. Medical Expenses: The at-fault driver is responsible for the reasonable and necessary medical expenses you incur as a result of their negligent behavior. This includes therapy sessions, adjustments, massage, medical devices, consultations with doctors, any necessary imaging (CTs and MRIs), pain management, surgery, or any other medically necessary services. Adjusters often try to argue at least some of your medical expenses were “unreasonable” or “unnecessary.” They pay doctors to come up with elaborate explanations as to why. They may also try to say you have a “pre-existing” condition.
  2. Future Medical Expenses: You can recover the cost of any future medical care you will require over the course of your lifetime;
  3. Lost Wages: Based on the severity of your injuries, you’ll lose a certain amount of time at work. You can recover compensation for all that lost time.
  4. Loss of Earning Capacity: You may be left unable to perform your work to the full extent you did prior to the accident. For example, if you were a warehouse worker making good money and your injuries left you unable to lift 20 pounds you would have to transition to a new sedentary career – a desk job. If you had no prior experience in an office environment the new position would likely be at a significantly reduced salary. You are allowed to seek the difference in those earnings over the course of your lifetime as damages.

Non-Economic Damages

Non-economic damages are more subjective in nature and are designed to compensate you for the impact the accident has had on your life. These damages include:

  1. Pain and Suffering: This compensation applies to the physical pain and suffering you receive from your injuries following your accident. You can seek damages for pain and suffering you experienced in the past as well as for pain and suffering you will continue to experience in the future. The severity of your injuries will be the prime consideration.
  2. Mental Anguish: This covers things like fright, worry, grief, self-pity, and any other mental suffering you experience as a result of your collision. Victims often experience emotional pain and emotional trauma following a serious accident. You can seek damages for mental anguish in the past as well as future.
  3. Physical Impairment: This compensation applies to physical limitations caused by the accident. For example, if you are physically unable to bend or stoop as you once could. Another example would be walking with a limp. You are entitled to recover for both past physical impairment and future physical impairment. It is usually wise to get an Impairment Rating from a doctor when you have concluded your treatment.
  4. Loss of Consortium: If your loved one was harmed or killed in the accident, this compensation covers the loss in relationship you experience. The feeling of companionship, sexual relations, affection, and comfort can be compensated.
  5. Punitive Damages: These damages punish the at-fault party or parties for their behavior. Generally, their actions must be malicious and egregious to the point where it makes sense to punish them severely so that they don’t engage in the behavior again. These damages are difficult to obtain but can usually be recovered in cases where the driver was drunk or under the influence of drugs. In DWI/DUI cases the driver’s actions are usually determined to have been reckless – not just negligent.

Additional damages you may be able to recover if your car accident involved a wrongful death.

If your loved one was killed as a result of the negligent or intentional conduct of a person or business, certain family members may be entitled to wrongful death damages for the financial harm their passing directly caused, as well as for emotional harm associated with the tragic loss. In addition, your loved one’s estate may have a survival cause of action for damages suffered by your loved one prior to his or her untimely passing in the accident.

What Are the Different Types of Claims You Can File After a Traffic Collision?

You may have several potential claims to set-up following your Dallas Traffic collision. You may be unaware of some sources of potential recovery following your loss. Listed below are a few of the claims that may be available to you: 

    1. Liability claim against the at-fault driver for negligently or recklessly operating a car; 
    2. Liability claim against the at-fault driver’s employer if the driver was in the course and scope of his or her employment at the time of the accident; 
    3. Liability claim against the at-fault driver if the owner negligently entrusted it to an unlicensed or incompetent driver; 
    4. Property damage claim for the amount of money needed to repair or replace your var; 
    5. Diminished value claim for the loss of value your car sustains following an accident; 
    6. Uninsured motorist claim through your carrier if the at-fault driver did not carry liability coverage as required by law. Uninsured motorist coverage (UM) is important if the person that collided with you did not have car insurance or if you were involved in a “hit-and-run”. It is important to remember that uninsured motorist coverage is only applicable if the driver made actual physical contact with your car. You are also able to file a bad faith lawsuit if your carrier unreasonably denies your claim.
    7. Underinsured motorist claim through your own policy if your damages will potentially exceed the at-fault driver’s policy limits. Underinsured motorist coverage (UIM) is first-party car insurance meant to compensate accident victims if the driver did not carry sufficient liability limits. Like Personal Injury Protection benefits, you may be entitled to coverage if someone in your household has underinsured motorist coverage on their policy. It is exceedingly important that you obtain permission from your own carrier to settle with the at-fault driver’s carrier prior to accepting any offer the liability carrier makes. A failure to do so could result in you not being eligible for underinsured motorist proceeds. Your carrier owes you a duty of good faith and fair dealing. If you present an underinsured motorist coverage claim and your carrier denies it you may be entitled to file a bad faith lawsuit.
    8. Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) / No Fault benefits through your own policy for reimbursement of medical expenses and lost wages associated with your car accident; and 
    9. MedPay / No Fault benefits through your own policy to cover medical expenses incurred (subject to repayment if you obtain third-party funds).

When should you start filing claims?

You should begin setting up claims with your policy carrier and the responsible driver’s carrier as soon as possible after the Dallas accident.

Don’t assume, just because the other driver accepted liability at the scene, that you can delay setting up necessary claims. Drivers sometimes “magically” change their stories when they contact their car insurance carriers.

The sooner you begin setting up your Car crash case, the sooner your car will generally be repaired or replaced, and the sooner you can recover initial medical expenses associated with your injuries.

What are the minimum liability limits?

The minimum liability limits in Texas are only $30,000 per person and $60,000 per occurrence. That’s why it is so important to discover all available first-party car insurance proceeds you may be entitled to.

Example: If you and four passengers are hurt in a car accident, and the at-fault party carried only minimum limits, the most any single person could get is $30,000, and the most the liability carrier would have to pay out in total is $60,000. Of course, some drivers will have a policy with significantly higher limits.

Does it matter if the at-fault driver was working at the time of the accident?

Yes. Texas recognizes the doctrine of Respondeat Superior. Employers are responsible for the negligent acts of their employee(s) while said employee(s) are in the course and scope of employment. For example, if you were involved in a wreck with an XYZ Construction vehicle, the employee operating said vehicle and XYZ Construction would both be proper Defendants. Commercial insurance policies usually have policy limits of $250,000, $500,000, or $1,000,000.

The company’s liability limits don’t matter if they have sufficient resources to satisfy any judgment. For example, if you were paralyzed by a Wal-Mart vehicle being driven by a Wal-Mart employee in the course and scope of his or her employment, you could seek damages well in excess of their liability policy limits.

Mullen & Mullen’s attorneys will set-up all potential claims for you at the onset of your accident, so no delays exist as your claim progresses. Our Dallas lawyers will determine any and all potential sources of recovery for you.

Some first-party coverage might be available to you, even if you didn’t have the coverage on your own policy, if you live in a household with someone who does carry the additional coverage.

Both your own and the responsible driver’s carrier may require you to provide a recorded statement describing how the accident occurred. Tricky adjusters can ask confusing questions, misleading questions, or questions with no real “right” answer.  They are looking for a reason to deny your claim. Legal counsel can make sure you are asked fair and relevant questions.

Mullen & Mullen’s lawyers in Dallas will still represent you, however, if you have already given a recorded statement, it may make it much harder.

What is Underinsured Motorist Coverage?

Underinsured motorist coverage is first-party insurance meant to compensate victims if the at-fault driver did not carry sufficient liability limits. Like Personal Injury Protection benefits, you may be entitled to coverage if someone in your household has this coverage on their policy. It is exceedingly important that you obtain permission from your own carrier to settle with the responsible driver’s policy, before accepting any offer the liability carrier makes. A failure to do so could result in you not being eligible for underinsured motorist proceeds.

What is Uninsured Motorist Coverage?

Uninsured motorist coverage is important if the person that collided with your car did not have insurance or if you were involved in a “hit-and-run”. It is important to remember that uninsured motorist coverage is only applicable if the at-fault driver made actual physical contact with your car.

Medical Treatment With Delayed Billing (And Other Medical Issues)

Can your Dallas car accident lawyers help me get medical care?

Yes. Mullen & Mullen’s lawyers have established relationships with Dallas medical providers who specialize in helping victims recover from serious injuries. These providers will defer payment until your case has resolved. We have relationships with Dallas medical doctors, surgeons, pain management facilities, diagnostic facilities, pharmacies, and surgical centers.

If you do not have health insurance or can’t afford the high cost of co-pays and deductibles, our Dallas lawyers can assist you with getting the medical attention you need and deserve, at no up-front cost to you.

What if you need surgery but don’t have health insurance or can’t afford your deductible?

Mullen & Mullen’s lawyers have relationships with Dallas surgeons who will perform a variety of procedures and delay billing you until your case settles. In addition, we also have relationships with Dallas anesthesiologists, surgical nurses, and surgical facilities willing to delay payment until your case has concluded.

Mullen & Mullen’s Dallas lawyers represented a gentleman without health insurance who was rear-ended by a commercial car.

His doctors determined he needed a spine fusion. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm was able to convince a renowned spine surgeon, surgical nurse, anesthesiologist, and Medical Center of Plano to perform the procedure and delay billing until our client’s accident case was settled.

Should you schedule an appointment with your family doctor if you were hurt in a wreck?

Yes. But many family doctors choose not to treat patients who have been involved in an accident because they are weary of billing issues and the potential of getting sucked into a lawsuit. In addition, many times it takes a significant amount of time to schedule an appointment with a family doctor.

If too much time passes before you are able to get examined, the car insurance carrier is likely to argue you were not really hurt. Try and see your family doctor if possible, but consider utilizing medical providers who have experience specifically treating patients who have been hurt in accidents.

What if your health insurance pays some of your medical bills following your Traffic collision?

If your health insurance provider or Medicare or Medicaid pays any bills regarding injuries related to your claim, they are entitled to be reimbursed if you receive monies from a third-party. This is referred to as the right to subrogation.

The amount they are entitled to be reimbursed is based on various factors, but generally Mullen & Mullen Law Firm can secure a reduction of any lien amount from your health insurance company to facilitate settlement of your case.

Did you receive notice of a hospital lien?

If you received medical treatment at a hospital within 72 hours of the accident, the hospital can file a lien against the proceeds of your case. We have vast experience in negotiating with hospitals to reduce hospital liens, in order to achieve settlement of an accident case in Dallas.

What if Multiple Drivers are Responsible for the Wreck?

If multiple drivers are responsible for your injuries, you can make a claim against each responsible driver in a lawsuit if necessary. You can recover from an insurance company even if their driver is only 10% at fault, provided your own fault does not exceed 50%.

Does the at-fault driver’s insurance company owe me any duties?

The liability insurance carrier for the at-fault driver can tell you to get lost. They can, and usually do, attempt to delay and deny your case. The liability carrier may not take you seriously if you are unrepresented, because they will not fear the possibility of a lawsuit against their insured. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm will deal with them directly and make them take your accident case seriously.

Does my own insurance company owe me any duties?

Absolutely. They owe you duties of good faith and fair dealing. In the past Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has alleged multiple violations of the Texas Insurance Code and Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against those who fail to exercise good faith to their customers.

The first-party carrier may not take you seriously if you are unrepresented because they will not fear the possibility of a lawsuit being filed against them. We can deal with them directly and make them take your case seriously.

Settling Your Accident Claim vs. Filing a Lawsuit

What happens if you choose not to accept the at-fault driver’s insurance company’s final offer?

You have the right to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and his or her employer if he or she was in the course and scope of employment. In the context of an uninsured motorist, you would have the option of filing a lawsuit against your car insurance carrier, if you had that coverage under your policy and they made an offer you chose not to accept.

Should you settle your case or file a lawsuit?

This depends on each individual case. Sometimes a $20,000.00 offer before the filing of a lawsuit will put more money in your pocket than a $30,000.00 offer after a lawsuit has been filed. A number of factors need to be considered:

  1. The contingent attorney fee percentage almost always increases at least 7% – 12% after a lawsuit has been filed.
  2. Case expenses almost always substantially increase in litigation. The filing of a lawsuit, having it served, depositions, records and bills by affidavit, mediation, and trial all cost money.
  3. Litigation also takes time, usually between 6-10 months if your car accident case settles before trial. It usually takes 12-15 months if a trial is necessary.
  4. If you received a law loan it could continue to increase every month until your accident case settles.
  5. Lienholders, such as your health insurance company or workers’ compensation carrier, may be more willing to reduce their liens prior to the commencement of litigation.

There’s a reason why Mullen & Mullen Law Firm has been representing injured Texans for 39 years, and why so many clients refer their friends and family.

Our lawyers advise clients the same way we would advise our own family members. Mullen & Mullen Law Firm won’t recommend the course of action that will make us the most money. We won’t recommend the course of action that will make doctors the most money. We will recommend the option that will make you the most money. Our attorneys work for you!

Call (214) 747-5240 now or use the quick contact form on this page to request a free consultation with an accident lawyer. There is never a fee for our legal services unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.

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