FAQs: Texas Car Accident Lawyers

Q: Is it OK to release my medical records to another driver's insurance adjuster?

A: Releasing your medical records to the other driver’s insurance company is NOT a good idea. Medical record releases should only be done under limited circumstances while under the direction of your personal injury lawyer. If you share your medical information with the other driver’s insurance adjuster, it could be used against you if you file a claim against them.


Q: Will I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim?

A: It depends, but you likely will not have to go through a trial. If the other driver's insurance company is willing to pay what your attorney believes your case is worth, and you agree that it is fair and settle for that amount, then your case will not go to trial. This is what happens in about 90% or more of the cases. Some more complicated cases do require a formal trial proceeding with a jury, but usually cases only have hearings with the judge. Either situation will be competently handled by the experienced Pursley Law Firm.


Q: Should I see a doctor after an auto accident even if I feel OK physically?

A: It is wise for both you and any passengers to see a doctor after an accident. The doctor may order x-rays and other tests to rule out any serious injuries and may recognize other injuries that you do not feel because of being in a state of shock from the accident. It is common for accident victims to not feel their injuries until 12-24 hours after the accident, when the shock has worn off. For this reason and to find any serious injuries, it is important to be examined by a doctor following an accident. The charges for this examination and medical treatment may be covered by your insurance or the other parties depending on who was at fault. If you have serious injuries that take a longer amount of time to recover from, a settlement may be easier to achieve if you seek medical treatment immediately following the accident to prove it was the auto accident that caused the injuries. You should not settle insurance claims from an accident until a doctor has seen you, advised you about the extent of your injuries, and are in a medical treatment plan for physical recovery.


Q: I think the accident may have been partly my fault, should I still file a claim?

A: You should contact a personal injury attorney to go over the details of the accident before you say anything about who is at fault. Initially, you are probably not in the best position to know how or why the accident happened. You only have the details from your perspective, but there could have been defective equipment in your vehicle, a malfunctioning traffic signal, or another driver's carelessness or intoxication are among many possible causes of an accident. Your attorney will investigate, evaluate and put together your case leaving it to a judge or jury to decide who is at fault. If you presumptuously accept blame or apologize to another driver, these actions will possibly hurt your case.


Q: Will it affect my case if my memory of the accident is clearer now and contradicts what I said right after the accident?

A: This is actually fairly common. People may say things after an accident when they are in shock that they later realize were inaccurate. It is also common for a witness to misstate what you said about the accident timeline of events. While you might have a hard time explaining how it is that you now remember things differently than you did at the time of the accident, an experienced attorney will help you handle such an awkward situation, and will find an explanation to support for your side of the story. **Please remember it is important to call your insurance agent as soon as an auto accident and resulting injury takes place. If not at the scene of the accident, then as soon as you get home from the car accident, and especially before you go to the doctor.


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