McAllen Personal Injury Attorney Michael Grossman
McAllen personal injury attorney Michael Grossman has been practicing in the Rio Grande Valley for more than 25 years and he’s been winning cases for just as long. If you’ve been hurt, it’s important that you’re able to trust your representation to get the compensation you deserve. There’s no other firm in McAllen that can match our credentials, but what really counts is whether or not we can help you, here and now.
Make no mistake, if you are hurt due to someone else’s negligence, the law entitles you to compensation. Grossman Law Offices can help you recover that compensation. Our clients’ battles for justice are our battles and we’ve been winning those fights for over a quarter of a century.
In this article, McAllen personal injury attorney Michael Grossman discusses how damages work in McAllen injury case as well as some of the areas of law that he practices.
Questions answered on this page:
- What types of compensation are available in a personal injury case?
- How can I collect compensation?
- Do I really need an attorney to collect compensation?
Damages Available to Injury Victims
There is a mistaken belief that is perpetuated by the media that people can collect money simply because someone was rude to them or engaged in dangerous behavior. The truth is that in order to collect compensation following an accident, a person has to have suffered damages.
What are damages? In law, damages have a dual meaning. They can be both the legal category that a loss falls under as well as the monetary loss itself. For instance, a common type of damages are medical bills related to an accident. When someone else’s negligence causes your accident, it only makes sense that they should pick up the resulting medical bills.
When trying to understand damages, it is easiest to categorize them as economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that can be priced by a market. They include lost wages, medical bills and property damages. Non-economic damages have no market to guide them and include mental anguish, pain and suffering, as well as punitive damages in certain instances.
This distinction is more than academic. It also has practical implications for the injured trying to recover compensation. Generally, economic damages are easier to prove. Their are receipts, pay stubs, and other ways to value what has been lost that are priced independently by the market.
While it may seem like these damages should be easy to recover without an attorney, the fact of the matter is that many insurance companies will simply ignore certain types of damages. For instance, if you are in a car accident and suffer an injury that keeps you from working for a month, the insurance company will almost certainly cover the cost of replacing your car, offer you a portion of you medical bills, and completely ignore your lost wages.
Why does this happen? Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums and paying out as little as possible. The law makes it difficult for them to undervalue property damage claims, so those are generally paid in full. They also know that lost income and medical bills are a trying burden for most families, straining their financial resources to the breaking point. This means that the insurance company can play on the desperation of the injured to get some money in order to pay less than what a person can legally claim.
From the point of view of most insurance companies, non-economic damages may as well not exist. They even create problems for unskilled attorneys. Since there is no market price for the pain of losing a limb, or the mental anguish of being trapped in a vehicle while first-responders cut you out of your car, the amount of compensation that one should receive is a matter of argument. Add to this that juries are very leery of awarding damages to someone who may be “faking it” and the insurance companies find themselves in a favorable legal position.How the trucking industry stacks the deck in their favor Read More >
However, experienced attorneys will attempt to make something as abstract as “pain and suffering” more concrete and easier for insurance companies and jurors to understand. One way to do this is by employing expert witnesses. They can be accident reconstructionists, psychologist, or any number of professionals whose opinions are admissible in court. These witnesses are crucial to overcoming the bias against someone “faking it,” because they provide thoughtful, learned insight into a person’s injuries.
The key to maximizing the compensation for damages is justifying every cent that you ask for. If you can do that, most juries are reasonable citizens who just want to see that justice is done. The easiest way to understand this strategy is to imagine a kid asking their parents for money. When a kid asks for $20, $50, $100, or whatever the case may be, the first thing a parent asks is, “What do you need the money for?” The kids who get the money are the kids who can show a genuine need for it, whereas children asking for money for trivial things will more often be told “no.”
Much like a parent, the wisdom of a Texas jury is the final word on the amount of compensation an injury victim receives and a defendant is forced to pay.
For a comprehensive look at the different categories of damages available, check out our Comprehensive Guide to Damages in Texas Civil Litigation
One of the great things about the American civil justice system is that it allows those who have been injured to collect compensation. While other countries may complain that we are “too litigious” and that the United States is just a bunch of people suing one another, the fact is that in those countries injury victims are at the mercy of the person who injured them when it come to getting compensation. This means that (in those “enlightened countries”) someone can negligently hurt people and while they may face a fine, the people they injure, maim, or kill will get very little compensation, if anything at all.
The American civil justice system allows for victims to be made whole after most accidents that were the result of someone else’s negligence. This does not mean that you get rich from a minor accident with no injuries (our least favorite legal stereotype), but that the tools are available to hold anyone accountable for the injuries they have caused.
This usually takes the form of a lawsuit. It may seem like an inconvenience to most that they have to retain an attorney get full compensation, but this is the way it is, because defendants are afforded due process under the law, another benefit of our civil justice system. Just because someone hurt you doesn’t mean that they have to pay you compensation. The only way to compel anyone to pay for an injury is with a jury verdict or negotiated settlement.Pedestrian Accidents: Who is At Fault? Read More >
Insurance companies know this and they also know that most people do not have the skill to beat them in court. This means that they can use their legal skill to negotiate to pay for only part of a victim’s injury, while pocketing the rest of what they would have otherwise had to pay out.
Many people feel that involving a lawyer in their injury case escalates the situation. The fact is that lawyers are already involved in your accident claim and they work for the insurance company. Retaining your own attorney isn’t being aggressive or litigious, it’s leveling the playing field.
An experienced personal injury lawyer, like those at Grossman Law Offices, is equipped to investigate, negotiate, and litigate on your behalf. Furthermore, with a track record of winning for injured Texans that stretches back for over a quarter of a century, hiring a firm such as our shows the insurance company that you mean business and intend to be compensated for all of you damages, not just the ones an insurance company feels like paying for.
McAllen personal injury attorney Michael Grossman starts every case with a thorough investigation. This is because winning a case in court requires solid evidence. One of the great paradoxes of the law is that by preparing to win in court, it makes it less likely that you will actually have to go to court to get the compensation you need.Police Reports: Myths vs. Facts For some reason, people believe that the findings in a police report determine who wins or loses a legal case, but that's not at all true...Read More >
This is because few insurance companies waste time litigating every case. Once they see that you have the means to prove your damages and prevail in court, they tend to offer reasonable settlement offers that exceed what most people are able to negotiate on their own. After all, what’s the point of a fighting a losing battle? When your choice is pay a fair amount now, or pay even more later (when you factor in the costs of attorneys), even for an insurance company, that is not really much of a choice.
That is why most studies show that people who retain attorneys often receive 4 to 5 times more compensation, even after paying for their attorney, than do people who try an negotiate their own settlements.
Grossman Law Offices areas of practice
Many law firms dabble in different areas of the law. Some will do a bit of criminal defense, others some contract law, and they’ll also handle personal injury lawsuits. At Grossman Law Offices, the only thing we do is personal injury law. This helps our clients because it allows us to have more familiarity with the nuances, subtlety, and tactics of personal injury law than a “jack-of-all trades, master of none” law firm.
The difference between how our firm operates and how other firms operate is comparable to the difference between a handy-man and a master plumber. If you have a leaky pipe, the handy-man might know how to fix the problem and may be able to do it a little less expensively, but when you hire the master plumber, you know that few people can compete with their skill and knowledge.
Now if you could hire the master plumber for the same price, the choice of who to hire becomes much easier. Since Grossman Law Offices does not charge our clients a single penny unless we win, hiring Grossman Law Offices is like getting the master plumber for handy-man prices.
Some of the more common types of accidents we deal with include:
- Car Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Workers’ Compensation Work Accidents
- Non-Subscriber Work Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Liquor Liability Accidents
- Premises Liability Accidents
This list is certainly not exhaustive and if you’ve been injured in a train, boating, or plane accident, or even an accident caused by a defective product, feel free to call us and we’ll be more than happy to assess your case.
Personal injury Attorney Michael Grossman fights for those injured in McAllen
The passion of everyone at Grossman Law Offices is ensuring that injured victims get the compensation they are entitled to under the law. In everything we do, we place the client first. Whether this is meeting you at your home for a consultation, or having an easy to understand one-page contract should you wish to hire us, Grossman Law Offices puts injured Texans first.
At Grossman Law Offices, another thing that we do differently from other firms is that we are always available for our clients. Unlike other firms, who keep strict hours and are impossible to get a hold of on weekends, our firm is always just a phone call away. You can reach us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So dial (956) 616-5409 for a free consultation, today. The path to recovery begins with being fairly compensated for your injury. Let us help.