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Why You Need a Midland, Texas Accident Lawyer

4500 W. Illinois Suite 203

Midland, TX 79703

(800) 432–653-0000

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 best interests
  • 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 canMidland, TX Accident and Injury Lawyer “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 that system.
  • 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.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.

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