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.
Understanding how Fort Worth’s court system works takes years of practicing in this area because the juries are different, what people can expect to get is different, and it takes a different kind of lawyer.
Just who makes up a jury? Everyone. If you’re old enough, not a convicted felon, and don’t have a good excuse, you’re eligible. In some counties in Texas, you get nothing but conservative farmers and businesspeople who don’t like the idea of anyone suing anybody for just about anything.
Other counties with more blue-collar populations are more generous with injured people. In Fort Worth, that means you’ve got a mixture of mostly everyday workers with a few wealthy folks sprinkled in, and over the years, we’ve learned that the average juror in Fort Worth is a hard worker who doesn’t take easily to a lawyer demanding a bunch of money from a defendant.
They’re not impressed with fancy suits or fancy arguments about high-minded legal theories: they want proof before they award money to victims of accidents. That’s not necessarily a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination–after all, it’s called the “justice system,” not an “ATM.”
On the other hand, our experience has shown us that Fort Worth jurors won’t look the other way when they’re shown that the perpetrator of the accident was at fault and that he or she caused a lot of harm in the process. Folks here get just as angry at a negligent driver, employer, bar, or whoever that needlessly inflicted pain or death.
The bottom line: Fort Worth jurors don’t mess around, but they’ll listen if you have a good story.
The Goal Is Justice, and in the Fort Worth Civil Legal System, That Means Money
There are many reasons to pursue a lawsuit—finding out what happened, making sure it doesn’t happen again—but the bottom line is that you’ve lost money and it wasn’t your fault. We all know that you can’t get a jury to give you back days you lost with your deceased loved one, so the next best thing that we have in the civil justice system is awarding money.
How much money you’ve lost is, like many things though, up for debate. Some of those dollars can seem relatively easy to calculate—for example, if your car was totaled then you’re likely entitled to what your car was worth before the accident. Similarly, if you were out of work for a month after the accident and couldn’t make it to your job, then you’re similarly entitled to your lost wages.
But what about less tangible losses? Can you put a price on tears and lonely days? What about the pain of losing a loved one in a wrongful death accident?
What all these losses share is the need to prove them to the jury we were talking about earlier. With “firm” money losses like wages and property damages, your attorney will still need to get in front of the jury with courtroom-quality evidence of what you lost and why it’s not your fault.
This will require not just getting pay stubs and repair orders, but having the arguments ready to prove why those things are right. When it comes to what we call “pain and suffering” damages, it’s simply a matter of the jury’s discretion. Therefore, your lawyer will have to ask them what they think a day without a spouse or child is really worth.
Getting the Right Fort Worth Injury Lawyer on Your Team
As you can tell, getting a jury to give you what you deserve isn’t a simple process. Even if you and your family would make the best witnesses there could be, your case still requires a lawyer to guide you through the long and complicated process. While lawyers all over Texas will gladly take your case, Grossman Law Offices has been helping victims in Fort Worth for 30 years.
We’ve won trial verdicts or settlements for over 1,000 families not only because we’re willing to put the hard work in that juries will later reward, but because clients have come to trust us and our counsel. We’ve won money for clients in cases that other lawyers turned down cold because we were willing to do the extra work to get our clients’ cases across the finish line. Fort Worth has plenty of lawyers, but do you really want to have someone without the same experience handling your case?
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Work accidents
- Wrongful death
- Bus accidents
- Workers Compensation
- Non-subscriber work injuries
- Premises liability
No matter where you are in the process, your claim needs at least an evaluation from a firm with our background. Whether it’s a car accident, truck accident, workplace injury, or any wrongful death claim, you need to know your rights.The attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have delivered results to countless people in your position. If you’re ready to get started on your case, or if you just need some free advice, we’re here for you, 24/7 at (817) 768-3432