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by Jeff Rasansky - November 20, 2013
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

How does a car accident lawsuit work?

The first thing that an attorney will need to do is to meet with you to determine whether or not you have a good case. If you do, they’ll want to go ahead and do some research to see if they can represent you effectively. To make sure that you don’t end up paying to pursue a case that isn’t going to win, some attorneys (like us) work on contingency. Under such an agreement, you’re not responsible for paying any legal fees unless the attorney wins your case. “Winning” can mean winning a jury verdict or securing an agreeable cash settlement.

LawGavelJury awards.

This is what everything thinks of when they think about winning a case. A jury award is certainly not guaranteed, and even if you do win one, you may not get the full amount that you’re seeking. A jury will determine whether or not your claim is justified and whether or not the other driver was negligent and caused you to be in the wreck because of their negligence. If the jury does find as much, they’ll determine the award.

Settlements.

These are another potential win. Under a settlement agreement, the other party gets you to drop the case and gives you a payment in exchange for doing so. The settlement should always be negotiated with the advice of your attorney. If you try to do this on your own, you likely will not end up getting as much as you would otherwise. A settlement means that you do not pay the fees associated with having your attorney argue your case in court, of course, so the lower amount is offset by the fact that your fees are usually lower as well.

An automobile wreck can be devastating. If you’ve been put out of work, injured and had property destroyed to the point that you are in a very bad situation, you should consider contacting a Dallas personal injury lawyer. A good car accident attorney may be able to help you get compensated and relieve a lot of your stress.

Remember that an attorney should be the first person you speak to when you’re considering suing for an auto wreck. Don’t threaten the other party with a lawsuit. The best thing to do is to talk to an attorney first and to see if you actually have a good lawsuit on your hands. If you do, they’ll tell you how to handle it from there.

Also see this in-depth guide on how to file a personal injury lawsuit without an attorney.

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