You’ve probably heard more than a few lawyer jokes as well as the Shakespearean quote, “First, let’s kill all the lawyers.” But laugh as you might at some of these jokes, the first person you probably call if you have an accident or develop a work-related illness is an Austin personal injury lawyer.
Accidents can be complicated and an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer can help
There are many ways that you can be injured and eligible to collect monetary damages from another person or corporation. But these cases can be very complicated. Here’s an example. Let’s suppose you were working with a power saw when you accidentally cut off two of your fingers.
Auto accidents can be even more complicated. There is not only the issue of who was negligent but here in Texas, the law recognizes what is called “degree of fault.” This means that even though the other driver might have been mostly responsible for the accident, some of the fault could have been yours. And if this were true, it would have a negative effect on the compensation you could expect to receive.
Why a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer will sit down with you and help you understand your case–that is, who or what was at fault, the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled and how your case will be handled.
The law can be very confusing. For example, suppose that you were rear ended by a drunk driver. You file a claim only to discover that the other driver had no insurance. This means you won’t be able to collect much money from him or her. However, the law holds that you may be able to collect from the bar or restaurant who served the driver too many drinks. Again, an Austin personal injury lawyer would be able to help you understand this and how to successfully pursue a claim against that bar or restaurant.
What you can expect an Austin personal injury lawyer to do
Your personal injury lawyer will first sit down and discuss your claim with you in general. He will want to know the details about your accident such as exactly what happened, what were your medical and out-of-pocket expenses, how much time did you lose from your job and so forth. If your personal injury attorney agrees that you do have a legitimate claim, he will then discuss this with the other party’s insurance company or attorney and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement.
If no fair settlement can be reached, your attorney will file suit against the other party and then, if necessary, will try the case in court.
How an Austin personal injury lawyer is compensated
Another important reason to discuss any injury you suffer with a personal injury lawyer is because it really costs you nothing. These lawyers generally work on what’s called a contingency fee. This means they get their compensation as a percentage of whatever settlement they can obtain for you. This is often a sliding scale and will depend on how much work the attorney has to do. In other words, if all he has to do is negotiate a quick settlement with the other party; you will probably pay only about 1/3rd of the money that he got for you.
In short, if you are injured or become sick as the result of someone else’s negligence, you have nothing to lose by hiring an Austin personal injury lawyer and much to gain.