Sigmon Law, PLLC helps clients who have been seriously injured in an auto accident. Call (713) 333-7979 if you would like a free case evaluation.
There are hundreds of auto accidents in Houston every month. These accidents are often accompanied by overwhelming hospital bills and in some cases, funeral expenses.
We don’t believe you should have to face this trying time alone. Our firm will help you and your family recover for your damages. Call our office today or click here to send us a quick email message.
The Texas Auto Accident FAQ
The first thing to do after a car accident, regardless of the severity, is to call the police and make a report.
After the police have been notified, you should contact your insurance provider. Depending on the extent of the injuries which may have been caused by the accident, it may be advisable to call for medical help before discussing the incident with your insurance company.
When all of that has been taken care of, the information-gathering process begins. Remember to take down the names and contact information of every party involved, including witnesses to the accident.
You should also remember to exchange insurance information with everyone involved in the accident. As a further measure, consider getting in touch with the police department investigating the accident and requesting copies of any 911 calls which may have been made regarding the incident.
Absolutely. The Houston car wreck lawyers at Sigmon Law, PLLC will gladly discuss your case free of charge.
Sigmon Law, PLLC works on a contingency basis, which means our fees are an agreed percentage of your final overall recovery. If your case requires the additional work of preparing and filing a lawsuit, that percentage will increase proportionally.
However, due to the contingency fee model, if you don’t recover any money for your claim, you won’t owe us a penny in legal fees.
If your accident is truly minor, your vehicle has sustained little or no damage, and you have not been injured, you may not need an attorney to deal with the settlement of your claim.
It is important to remember however, that if you are dealing with an insurance adjuster in your case, they will not be looking out for your best interests. An adjuster’s job is to compromise your claim any way they can in order to ensure their employer pays you as little as possible.
If your accident is severe, it is almost always best to hire an attorney.
Negotiating with insurance companies to get you the best possible result can be a difficult and frustrating process. That’s why hiring an attorney is so important.
A car accident can bring with it a variety of legal issues, including locating applicable insurance coverages, liability, damages, medical lien claims from healthcare providers or the government, subrogation, etc.
Attorney Ernesto Sigmon of Sigmon Law, PLLC is ready to meet with you regarding the details of your car accident case and get you the money you deserve. CALL TODAY at (713) 333-7979 to schedule your consultation and case evaluation, absolutely free.
In the event you have been injured in a vehicle accident, it is critical to seek the services of a medical professional and receive treatment as soon as possible.
In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may be feeling a surge of adrenaline, which can cause your body to underestimate the severity of the injury you may have received.
If you don’t feel much pain, and you convey this feeling to police at the scene of the accident, your words can come back to haunt you later on.
The extent and scope of many injuries may not become apparent until several days after the accident – whiplash is a common example of an injury that can take time to fully reveal itself. That’s why it is important to discuss all pain with a medical professional after an accident, no matter how minor it may seem.
Of course, if you have suffered obvious, serious injuries, it is best to visit the nearest emergency room for immediate treatment and documentation.
By quickly attending to any injuries, you are doing everything possible to increase your recovery time and quality.
If you let minor pain develop into more serious pain without ever having reported it to a doctor, it is highly possible that an insurance company would look upon your severe pain with suspicion that it is exaggerated or fraudulent – an attempt to improve your bargaining position in settlement negotiations.
Don’t wait to see a doctor after you’ve been in an accident.
Insurance companies often operate under the absolutely false presumption that a vehicle accident without much damage to the car must also result in little or no damage to the vehicle’s passengers.
This dangerous assumption is flatly untrue – seemingly minor accidents can – and often do – result in highly severe injuries. Numerous scientific studies of low-impact collisions have shown this to be the case.
Remember that you are under NO obligation to give any recorded statements to anyone. A claims adjuster is not operating with your best interests in mind, and any statement you make can be used against you later on.
If you are asked to give a recorded statement, the safest thing to do would be to consult an experienced car accident attorney regarding the matter first.
Contributory Negligence and Comparative Responsibility are both legal terms of art referring to the principle that a claim may decrease in value if a judge or jury finds that you as the driver were behaving negligently.
For example, if a jury decides that a car accident was 80% the fault of the other driver, but 20% due to your own negligence, the amount of your possible recovery could be reduced by an amount proportional to any of your own negligence that caused the accident.
The specific contours of the rules of Contributory Negligence and Comparative Responsibility vary greatly from state to state. That’s why it is critical to hire an experienced car accident attorney in Houston if you believe you may face any issues of Contributory Negligence or Comparative Fault.
You may be entitled to a wide variety of damages, including monetary sums for lost wages, loss of future earning potential, mental anguish damages, reimbursement of medical bills, impairment, disfigurement, pain, etc.
Absolutely. Children, spouses, or parents of a person killed in a car accident can pursue a claim on their deceased family member’s behalf under a Wrongful Death statute.
A Statute of Limitations is a deadline for filing a lawsuit within a specific period of time after some other event, for example the accident which leads to the claim.
Many causes of action in Texas, such as car accidents, must be filed within 2 years. However, different kinds of lawsuits often have different statutes of limitations.
A suit against the government requires you to serve notice within 90 days up to 6 months. The involvement of a government entity in your car accident claim can therefore significantly alter the timelines for filing suit.
Attorney Ernesto Sigmon is ready to help you interpret the statutes of limitation regarding your car accident claim.
Call now to ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to get the recovery you deserve.
The value of your case will be determined either by your agreed settlement with an insurance company or by the amount a judge and jury decide you are owed after a trial in court.
Attorney Ernesto Sigmon will review all of the details of your case to determine the most effective strategy for getting you the recovery you deserve under the law, as well as the appropriate amount the insurance company should be required to pay for your injuries.
The exact dollar amount depends on both the extent and kind of injuries you have suffered, as well as the level of negligence on your part (if any) and the part of the other driver.
The amount of damages sought will also be affected by your future required medical bills, types of treatment you may need, whether your injuries will result in permanent disability, an inability to continue working, etc.
Whatever challenges you face, Sigmon Law, PLLC will review every aspect of your case before considering a settlement offer from the insurance company.
In the event that your insurance company offers a fair settlement payment, you would not need to go to court.
The great majority of cases are resolved without going to court. Other cases will require some type of a trial proceeding, whether in front of a jury or just with a judge. Regardless of how your case is ultimately resolved, hiring an experienced car accident attorney is the best way to protect your rights and interests.
At Sigmon Law, PLLC, every case is prepared as thoroughly as it would be if it were going to trial, which is why most of our cases never get there.
By settling before going to court, we are able to save you the time and the stress of trial. The key to a successful outcome for your case is preparation, and that’s what you’ll get at Sigmon Law, PLLC.
Sigmon Law, PLLC will work to resolve your case as quickly as possible.
Every case is different, and the time it takes from the day of the accident to your recovery of damages will depend on the extent of any injuries, the type of treatment you may require, whether the case settles or moves forward to trial, and the insurance adjuster on the other side.
While it is not possible to predict how long any given case will take, you can rest easy knowing that Sigmon Law, PLLC will do everything in our power to ensure your case takes no longer than absolutely necessary. Some cases take a few months to wrap up.
Others can take years. While we’re dedicated to resolving your case as quickly as possible, we will never cut corners in order to settle a case for less than what you deserve.
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