Katy Car Accident FAQ
If this was your first traffic collision, you most likely have a lot of questions about what you need to do in order to obtain fair compensation for your damages. After all, they do not teach this in school, and legal matters such as this are rarely discussed in conversation. However, what you do now, and in the following weeks and months, can have a lasting impact on your life in terms of financial well-being, as well as your physical and mental health. To ensure that you are fully compensated by the at-fault party so that you can pay for the medical treatment you need, in addition to your other damages, The West Law Office Katy Car Accident Attorneys can help answer any questions you may have.
Frequently Asked Questions By Victims in Katy Car Accidents
- What is my claim worth?
- The value of your claim is based on your total damages, which can take many months to fully understand. For example, we may not know what your long term disabling injuries are for a year or more.
- What are my damages?
- Damages include medical bills, lost wages, lost earning ability due to disability, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
- How is pain and suffering calculated?
- Pain and suffering is generally calculated by multiplying the severity of your injuries by your medical bills. For example, if you have a partial spinal cord injury, the severity may be a “level 5.” This is multiplied by your total medical bills. For this example your medical bills are $400,000. To estimate your pain and suffering, you would then multiply 5 x 400,000, which equals $2,000,000.
- Should I talk to the other party or their insurance company?
- Absolutely not. Never privately talk to the other party or their insurance company before you consult with your own attorney.
- What if the other party offers me a settlement right away?
- Any offer by the other party’s insurer is bound to be substantially less than what you are owed, possibly by two or more digits.
- Why do I need an attorney?
- An attorney is a strong advocate for your best interests, and will drastically improve your chances for fair and substantial compensation.
- How long will a settlement or lawsuit verdict take?
- The more serious your injuries and damages, the longer the process will take. Generally, you cannot expect to settle before 12 months. Some settlements take well over a year. If the matter goes to court, it will take even longer.
- Can I post to social media about my injuries, the legal process, or my physical recovery?
- Before you post anything to social media, it is wise to consult with an attorney. Anything you post can be used against you to devalue your claim.
Contact a Katy Car Accident Attorney Today
It is impossible to know exactly what to do and what not to do after a traumatic traffic collision. Because of this, we urge you to call our Katy car accident attorneys today at 283-347-3247 to schedule a free consultation.