Serious personal injury in Fort Worth? Grossman Law is ready to go to battle for you and get you the money you deserve.
For the past 30 years, the Fort Worth personal injury and accident attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have helped injured Fort Worthians obtain the compensation necessary for them to move on with their lives after an accident.
Our Fort Worth injury lawyers are standing by to listen to the details of your injury, and explain to you what your best legal course of action is, without any fee or obligation. If you've struggling after an accident, we want to help. Contact us anytime, 24/7.
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What You Should Do First After an Accident in Fort Worth
Many law firms do a poor job of explaining that a car, truck, or motorcycle accident victim and their attorney are partners in a personal injury case. The attorney's job is obviously to handle the litigation in the case. Of course, litigation is based upon a strong foundation of evidence. While Grossman Law Offices has extensive investigative resources at our disposal, nothing compares the evidence that an accident victim can gather in the immediate aftermath of a car accident.
The very first thing you need to do is start preserving evidence. As we all know, evidence tells the story of what happened. As days pass, the scene of the accident changes. So don't let a lot of time pass before you start doing this. In fact, even more preferable is if you collect evidence when the accident happens:
- Take pictures of the scene and the damage done
- Make note of any other witnesses that may have seen the accident
- Collect the negligent driver's information: identification and insurance information
- Go to the hospital or doctor immediately, as they'll need to assess your injuries
- Pay attention to how you're feeling, as you may not feel physical pain until later on that day
We realize that some folks are reluctant to gather evidence and prepare for litigation right off the bat. They feel that it is unneighborly and a symptom of a society where people are too eager to file lawsuits. While we sympathize with this position, it does not take into account that the other driver's insurance company is preparing for a lawsuit from the moment you call to file a claim.
If insurance companies were as friendly and ready to help injury victims as they portray themselves to be in commercials then none of this would be necessary, but the reality is that as soon an accident occurs, they are looking for ways to pay as little to an injury victim as possible.
Overview of Fort Worth Car Crash Statistics: 2014 – 2018
The chart below was created using data from the Texas Department of Transportation. It shows the number of total vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities from 2014 through 2018.
As you can see, total crashes rose steadily and significantly from 2014 to 2017, with a slight decline in 2018. The high water year for injuries from car crashes in Fort Worth was 2016 when there were 9,180 reported injuries. 2017 was the deadliest of the past five years in Fort Worth with 110 reported fatalities from auto accidents:
Annual Averages: Car Crash Statistics in Fort Worth Texas
- Crashes: 19,246.4
- Injuries: 8149.2
- Fatalities: 96
The numbers paint a clear picture: Injuries and fatalities from car crashes are a common part of life in Fort Worth. If you're one of the unlucky thousands who has suffered a serious injury in Fort Worth, Grossman Law personal injury attorneys are ready to help.
3 Ways a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help After an Accident
At Grossman Law Offices, our attorneys understand that many residents of Fort Worth are reluctant to hire a lawyer or file suit after an accident. After all, doesn't the at-fault driver's insurance has to pay for any injuries and property damage? Unfortunately, many people find out too late that Texas law does not require insurance companies to pay for the damages that result from an accident unless those damages are proven in court.
This does not mean that you actually have to go to court to receive compensation, rather an injured motorist merely needs to convince the insurance company that they are serious and that they are willing to go to court if their claim is not resolved in a satisfactory manner. The only way to do that is with the help of a Fort Worth car accident attorney. Here are some of the ways that an experienced accident attorney can help your injury claim:
1. A Fort Worth Accident Attorney Knows How to Gather Evidence
Evidence gathering may not seem like a big deal, until you realize that the claims process, generally, and insurance adjusters in particular are designed to gather evidence for the insurance company. While insurance company advertisements paint insurance companies as friendly neighbors, there to help out when an accident happens, the truth is that their processes are geared to preparing for lawsuits.
This preparation gives an insurance company a fairly good idea of the bare minimum they need to offer in order to get someone to settle. It also arms their adjusters with ammunition to try to convince injured Fort Worth motorists that their claims are worth far less than they actually are, resulting in a lower settlement.
2. An Injury Attorney Can Arrange for You to Receive Medical Treatment With No up Front Costs
Many people are never fully compensated for the injuries they suffer in an accident because they do not have the money to seek medical attention. It is next to impossible to put a dollar value on an injury if someone has does not visit a doctor. Furthermore, not getting medical treatment can result in a nagging injuries that never properly heal and become a nuisance or a burden for the rest of someone's life.
Attorneys can generally find a doctor who is willing to treat a person with no money under an arrangement known as a letter of protection. The doctor provides medical treatment up front and only gets paid in the event that the injury victim recovers money from the insurance company. Since our clients' health is our foremost concern, these arrangements make sure that they are treated regardless of the outcome of their case.
3. Hospitals Will Negotiate the Cost of Your Medical Care With an Attorney
We've all seen the news stories about hospitals charging $20 for Tylenol, several hundred dollars just to have your temperature taken, as well as numerous other expenses that seem to have no relationship to the actual cost of your care. Hospitals will negotiate the cost of your care with an insurance provider, but what if you don't have insurance or what if you have very poor insurance that doesn't do much the help lower your costs? In such situations, your attorney will not only pursue the other driver's insurance company to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, but also speak directly with the hospital to lower the cost of your treatment. For example:
Suppose a driver was in a car accident that was not their fault and had no, or very poor insurance with a high deductible. In the accident, the driver suffered several severe abrasions as well as a broken leg. It is possible that the hospital would charge $8,000-$12,000 to treat these injuries and the driver would be on the hook for that amount. While the other driver's insurance company would cover a fair portion of that, many car insurance policies in Texas are capped at $30,000 per person in accident. With the cost of repairs to your vehicle and lost wages that money can be eaten up pretty quickly. However, if your attorney is able through negotiation with the hospital to reduce the medical bills by half, that leaves far more available to cover wages, and vehicle repair.
These are just 3 of the many ways that an attorney can help an injured motorist after a Fort Worth car accident. Unlike a lot of firms, unless we have a way to add value to your case and get you more compensation than you can get on your own, Grossman Law Offices will not take your case.
We believe that lawyers should be in the business of litigating and adding value to their clients' cases, not sitting back and collecting contingency fees on what an injured Fort Worthian could have received without a lawyer's assistance.
We Are Real Trial Attorneys With Experience in the Fort Worth Courts
Everyone from the northern part of Texas knows that the “D” and the “FW” in “DFW” are profoundly different. Fort Worth has experienced excellent growth in the last few decades, but even with all the new-comers and new businesses, it remains its own distinct city.
When folks get hurt or lose someone close to them in an accident here, they look for a lawyer with local knowledge to make sure they get the justice that’s coming to them and the person who’s at fault.