Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered a car accident, trucking accident, workplace injury, or some other personal injury as the result of a negligent party, you deserve to seek justice for the damages you have suffered.
A personal injury can come with many questions and concerns, especially when it comes to taking the next steps in the legal process.
The Houston accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding car accidents, truck accidents, and other personal injury cases.
FAQs About Car Accident Claims
Q: Do I need a lawyer if I’ve been in a car accident?
Technically, you are not required to hire a lawyer after a traffic accident. However, having a trustworthy car accident lawyer by your side can be of tremendous benefit if you are injured and need to secure compensation for the damages you have suffered.
An experienced attorney can help you deal with the stress of a car accident, including representing you in your negotiations with insurance companies, helping you to secure compensation for damages suffered, and representing you in court should your claim require further legal action.
Q: Should I contact a lawyer after a car accident that wasn't my fault?
If you have been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, it is in your best interest to get in touch with the Houston car accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, as soon as you possibly can.
Please note that the Texas statute of limitations only allows you to file a car accident claim within a two-year time frame, starting from the date the accident occurred.
Q: Where do I take my car after an accident?
Generally speaking, you have the right to choose the repair body shop you want to fix your vehicle. However, in order to receive compensation from the at-fault party’s insurer, you may be required to take your vehicle to an “insurance-approved” repair shop.
Insurance companies are not required to pay a higher fee from a non-approved vehicle repair shop.
Q: Should I give an insurance company any kind of statement before seeking legal action?
Giving a statement to an insurance adjuster before seeking legal counsel can lead to issues should you try and file a claim down the road. Your statement can be manipulated or purposely reworded to deny your claim or minimize the settlement you will receive.
Do NOT give a written or verbal statement before consulting with an attorney.
Q: Should I see a lawyer before a doctor after I’ve been in a car accident?
Your number one priority should be your health. That is why it is vital to seek medical attention immediately following an accident. Even if you don’t feel any notable symptoms right away does not mean that you are fine.
Some of the most serious injuries — like concussions or brain injuries — may not be visible or felt by a victim right away. In certain instances, an injury may not be noticeable for a few hours — or even days — following the accident.
Q: Can a car accident lawyer help me if there were no injuries?
In short, yes. While you may have not suffered any injuries, a car accident attorney can help you seek compensation for other damages you have suffered, such as property damage, repair, or replacement of your vehicle.
Q: How much compensation for pain and suffering can I get following a car accident?
There is no specific number amount allocated for pain and suffering. Rather, a rubric is used to calculate how much your physical injuries have caused you personal problems. Many factors are taken into consideration to determine this amount, which can include financial recovery for mental and physical pain and suffering.
FAQs About Semi-Truck Accidents
Q: When do I need a truck accident attorney?
By nature, truck accidents tend to be more severe because of the size of the vehicles involved.
If you or a loved one have been involved in a commercial truck accident, it is important to contact the Houston trucking accident attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, as soon as possible so that they can begin the process of investigation. Because so many parties can potentially be liable for the incident, you will want to work with a dependable team that has the experience of taking on trucking companies, their insurers, and other liable parties.
Q: What causes truck accidents?
Some of the most notable causes of truck accidents include but are not limited to:
- Vehicle rollovers
- Sharp turns and/or awkward maneuvers
- Driver fatigue or mental exhaustion
- Dangerous road conditions such as severe weather or inadequate road maintenance
- Failure to comply with speed limits and other road signs
- Distracted driving, such as texting and driving, eating or drinking while driving, or using some other electronic device
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or other illegal substances
- Vehicle malfunctions as a result of company negligence
Q: How do I establish employer responsibility in a trucking accident?
In the event of an accident involving a commercial truck, it is important to preserve as much evidence as possible in order to establish that the employer was liable for the accident.
There will be several different factors and specific details that must be investigated and evaluated by a truck accident attorney in order to determine whether or not a trucking company is liable for the accident.
Q: What do I need for an initial consultation with a truck accident attorney?
Before consulting with an experienced truck accident lawyer, it is important to gather all relevant documentation, such as photographs of the accident, medical receipts, doctor’s notes, police and accident reports, and any other important documentation regarding the incident.
FAQs About Personal Injury Claims
Q: What is a personal injury?
A personal injury is essentially an injury to an individual’s body that causes physical and emotional harm. Some of the most notable examples of a personal injury include but are not limited to:
- Vehicle-related accidents
- Slip and falls
- Workplace accidents
- Product liability
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Premises liability
- Toxic chemical exposures
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
The Houston personal injury attorneys of Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, are able to represent victims of any of these personal injuries listed above, and will fight tooth and nail to recover the damages you are entitled to collect.
Q: How do I choose a personal injury attorney?
Finding the right attorney to take on your personal injury claim will play a vital factor in the success of your claim and ability to recover compensation for your damages.
When looking for the right attorney, it is important to:
- Seek out recommendations from friends and family
- Use the internet to research quality attorneys
- Ask for a FREE consultation
- Have questions prepared when meeting with the lawyer, including those dealing with:
- Communication style
- Trial experience
Take into consideration their specific legal practices and what kind of victims they serve.
Q: Is it worth hiring a personal injury attorney?
While the decision of consulting an attorney is completely up to you, it is worth noting that choosing the right attorney, such as those at Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, can offer tremendous benefits. You’ll have reliable legal counsel on your side who can represent you in your dealings with insurance adjusters and other parties. A qualified attorney will also help you secure sufficient evidence and guide you through the entire legal process so that you know exactly what is happening in your claim.
Ultimately, hiring a personal injury attorney greatly increases the chance of securing compensation for the damages you have suffered in comparison to trying to handle the situation on your own.
Lapeze & Johns: Houston Attorneys Ready to Fight for You
Lapeze & Johns, PLLC, is more than capable of representing victims who have been injured by the negligent acts of another. Our Gulf Coast attorneys are able to handle most personal injury claims.