Katy Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Helping Injury Victims Recover Maximum Compensation
Whether you were hit by a drunk driver, tripped and fell at a retail store, or were hurt by a defective product or piece of equipment, you should not be stuck paying out of pocket for the consequences of someone else’s negligence. Our law firm has helped clients in Katy, TX and surrounding areas to recover fair compensation for their injuries after an accident.
How Can I Receive Compensation for an Accident Caused by Someone Else?
When you’ve been hurt as a result of another person’s actions, there are a few different avenues for you to recover compensation. If the at-fault party is insured, your first option is to attempt to file a personal injury claim with their insurance company. This is usually the case in motor vehicle accidents and premises liability claims, to name a few. If their insurance accepts your claim, you may be able to receive a settlement offer to cover your damages.
In cases where the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured, you may look into seeking compensation through a personal injury civil lawsuit. This also applies when the at-fault party insurance is denying your claim or otherwise acting in bad faith. You can take legal action and bring your case to a civil court. This process takes significantly more time but gives you the potential of recovering higher sums than through an insurance claim. Every case is unique and outcomes vary, so check with a personal injury attorney to see which route is more appropriate for your case.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
When you are stuck at home or in the hospital and unable to work because of your injuries, you may be concerned about how to pay the growing stack of medical bills and living expenses that have been accumulating since your accident. Generally speaking, your personal injury claim includes compensation for material/financial losses (called ‘economic damages) and subjective/emotional damages such as pain, suffering, and psychological distress (called ‘non-economic damages’).
The more serious your injuries and economic damages, the more your claim is worth. The only way to get a better estimate is to consult with an attorney who can look at the specifics of your case, your damages and compare your case to previous trial cases to provide an accurate estimate.
What Should I Do if the Insurance Is Pressuring Me to Accept Their First Offer?
It is common for insurance companies to try to pressure accident victims into accepting their first offer. They know you are under financial stress and need the money, and they take advantage of the situation to try and cut their costs by offering you the least amount of money possible for your claim.
Paying out generous settlement offers is not in their best interests, so they will often try to convince you to accept a low offer so they can close your claim quickly and protect their bottom line. However, there is no law that says you must accept their initial offer. Regardless of what the insurance company may tell you, you can (and often should) decline their first offer if it is too low and does not cover your losses. As always, it is best to consult your attorney before making any decisions.
Why Should I Choose Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, LLP for My Case?
When you have been injured by someone else’s negligent actions, you need a strong legal team to stand up for your rights and make them pay for your losses. That is what our firm has been doing for the past several decades. When you trust Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, LLP with your personal injury case, you can rest assured we will aggressively fight on your behalf while treating you with the respect and professionalism you deserve. If you have been injured in or near Katy, TX, give us a call at 346-500-6160 to see how we can help.