Why You Need a Midland, Texas Accident Lawyer
4500 W. Illinois Suite 203
Midland, TX 79703
If you live in the Midland/Odessa area, you already know that you are living
in one of the safest places in all of Texas to live, work, and play. Unfortunately,
as the personal injury and accident lawyer at the Doan Law Firm of Midland
will confirm, accidents and accidental injuries will sometimes involve
even the most safety-conscious individuals and families.
What Are Your Rights After an Accident In Midland, TX
After an accident resulting in injury, many people are unaware of their
legal rights when it comes to “what do I do now?” In most
cases an accident victim will talk to a Midland accident lawyer who will
agree to represent the victim at all stages of a personal injury case.
This by far the best course of action following an accident for several reasons:
- An accident lawyer has both legal and a moral duty to act in a client’s
- An accident lawyer has the training and experience to represent a client
in a Texas court.
- Accident lawyers have a deep knowledge of insurance law and civil law and
are aware of the duties of any other parties that may be involved in a lawsuit.
- Accident lawyers can offer advice, and possible alternative courses of
action, to their clients at all stages of a personal injury case including
the preparation and negotiation stages.
However, in a relatively small number of cases, an accident victim will
decide that they “don’t need a lawyer” because they can “handle everything myself and pocket the money that I would have
paid some lawyer.” To an insurance adjuster, the words “I’m
representing myself” come very close to being a literal interpretation
of the phrase “music to one’s ears.”
In many such cases, an accident victim acting as his or her own lawyer
will accept what their insurance carrier’s adjuster presents as
his or her employer’s “generous settlement offer.” The
“living room lawyer” has the car is repaired, a few emergency
room and doctor’s bills are paid, and the self-appointed lawyer
signs a document releasing both the policy holder and the insurance company
from any further liability related to the injury. Once a “release”
is signed, the accident victim has given up the right to seek additional
compensation at some point in the future. Let’s review some of (among
many) the reasons that acting as one’s own attorney is a mistake.
- Very few non-lawyers have an extensive knowledge regarding the structure
of the Texas legal system or the roles of the various courts that comprise
- Even fewer non-lawyers will understand the finer points of Texas civil
law and the “case law” interpreting those details.
- Private citizens have very little authority to examine records such as
accident reports, DMV records or medical records. A private individual
also has no power of subpoena, discovery, or to depose potential witnesses
unless empowered to do so by the court.
- An insurance company will have access to its in-house legal department,
which places a non-attorney at great disadvantage from the outset.
- Insurance adjusters have a far greater knowledge of insurance and personal
injury law than the average citizen. Adjusters are also trained in the
psychology of negotiation and how to ask seemingly harmless questions
whose answers can be used against anyone filing a claim with the adjuster’s employer.