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What Role Does a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Play?

After an accident, one question you’ll answer is whether you need a lawyer. Probably not if the only damage was to your vehicle. But if one or more people suffered injuries, a personal injury lawyer may be needed to get fair compensation to cover your losses.

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What Is a Personal Injury (PI) Lawyer?

This is a lawyer who specifically deals with cases when someone gets hurt due to someone else’s negligence. This type of case falls under “tort law.” A PI lawyer works for the injured person, representing them to the insurance companies, and if necessary, in court. They are also called “trial lawyers,” even though most personal injury cases don’t go to court.

Types of Accidents Where You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Most people think of a personal injury case as a traffic accident, but that’s just one type. Nearly any type of accident that leaves you or someone else injured should have legal representation:

  • Vehicular accidents
    • AutoBig trucks and other commercial vehiclesBicycleCement truckE-ScootersDrunk drivingMotorcyclePedestrian
    • Rideshare accidents (Uber/Lyft)
  • Defective products
  • Accidents in the workplace
    • Construction sites
    • Railroad accidents
    • Offshore oil rigs
    • Chemical and industrial plants
  • Premises liability
    • Slip and falls
    • Dog bites and animal attacks

You do have the right to hire and retain a personal injury attorney after an accident, no matter what the insurance company says.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do For You

Many people believe they can handle accident claims on their own. For simple claims with no injuries, that’s probably true. But accidents with injuries and hospital bills in addition to property damage are considerably more difficult. Without a personal injury lawyer, you could lose thousands of dollars you need to cover your expenses.

Following an accident, you will likely receive a series of phone calls from insurance companies and other opposing parties. Refer them all to your lawyer and say nothing beyond that.

Insurance companies always have their own lawyers to protect themselves. The PI lawyer protects your rights when an insurance company is trying to avoid paying a claim.

When you hire a personal injury lawyer, they will:

  • Investigate the accident conditions
  • Calculates accident-related expenses
  • Prepare and file the insurance claim(s)
  • Negotiates with insurers and other parties for a fair settlement
  • Conducts discovery for any lawsuits
  • Represent your interests in court

Your lawyer will handle everything while you recover from your injuries. They will handle the legal side of the accident while you recuperate so you can take care of yourself and your family.

Why You Should Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer In Houston

Begin working with a personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident to protect your interests and preserve your rights. Texas’ statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident. Building a case takes time, so it’s important to start your claim immediately.  Contact Paxton Law Firm today by calling (281) 978-2244 or filling out our online contact form. During your free consultation, you can learn more about your legal options. For Espanol INICIO and CONTÁCTENOS EN.

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