If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver, you should contact an attorney. A Dallas car wreck lawyer will be able to help you prepare a case and argue it in front of a jury for you to seek compensation in the form of an award. There are even cases where a very skilled accident attorney can get a settlement out of the other party, provided that you have a strong enough case. When you’re ready to go ahead with one of these cases, understand a few things.
There’s No Guarantee
You cannot go in assuming that the fact that a lawyer is representing you ensures that you’ll win. Sometimes, the jury may turn down your case or they may offer less of an award than the full amount you were seeking. What you can take away from having an attorney willing to represent you is the fact that they obviously feel that you have a strong case in that they’re willing to represent you in it.
There are Many Reasons to Sue
People sue negligent drivers for many different reasons. In some cases, they sue to get the medical expenses and pain and suffering they endured compensated. Some cases are pressed as wrongful death actions to provide for the survivors of a wreck that took someone’s life. Your attorney can let you know your options in this regard and can tell you what you may and may not sue for.
There May be Bad Offers
The other party may try to make an end run around your attorney and offer you a settlement directly at some point during the case. There are two things you need to do in this situation: hang up and call your attorney. Your attorney needs to be notified of this and you should never speak directly with the other party. The attorney is there to do that for you and, after all, that’s what you’re paying them for!
If you cannot afford to pay for an attorney up front, you can sometimes work with them on a contingency basis. This means they don’t charge you unless they win and will deduct their fees from the award you receive. This oftentimes comes with a free consultation, so you can speak with an attorney beforehand, see if you’d like to work with them and determine whether or not you’d like to proceed with your case if they believe that you have a good one.