If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help to determine if you have a case. If you do, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation for your lost wages, medical costs and other losses.
The Fort Worth personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Cummings have been helping injury victims for many years – we have over six decades of combined experience. During that time, we have recovered more than $100 million in financial compensation for our clients. In fact, our primary goal for every client we represent is to pursue the maximum compensation possible.
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Our firm’s co-founding partner Seth Anderson has been recognized by numerous legal organizations for the results he has achieved for his clients. He has been named a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters this year, and every year since 2013.
Our attorneys are qualified to represent victims who have been injured in a wide variety of accidents. When you call our law offices, we will give you a free, no-obligation case review to discuss your situation and potential legal options.
We only accept injury cases on a contingency fee basis. What this means for you is that if we represent your claim, there are no upfront legal fees for you to pay. Our Fort Worth personal injury attorneys at Anderson & Cummings only require payment for our services if we recover compensation on your behalf. There is no risk in contacting us to find out if you have a case against the at-fault party.
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How Our Fort Worth Injury Lawyers Can Help You
After an accident, many victims may be unsure about how to file a personal injury claim or what is needed to recover compensation for their injuries and losses. Although some people try to handle the claims process alone, there are many benefits to hiring an attorney to assist you during this time:
Focusing on Your Recovery
- Focusing on your health and recovering from your injury should be your main priority. This includes seeking immediate medical attention to treat your injuries and to help ensure you make the fastest recovery possible.
- Emergency rooms give you 24/7 access to all the doctors and equipment you may need. These facilities are always equipped and prepared to more quickly and accurately diagnose your injuries. This is a critical step, as some injuries may be internal and hidden, such as a ruptured spleen or brain bleed. Other injuries may have delayed symptoms, including whiplash injuries, a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Hiring an attorney to manage your claim takes that worry off your plate, giving you more time to focus on your medical care and recovering from your injuries. Your Fort Worth injury attorney will handle nearly every aspect of your personal injury claim and will keep you updated and informed throughout the legal process.
Investigating Your Personal Injury Claim
- A successful personal injury claim is built on supporting evidence. Your attorney will investigate your accident, gathering strong evidence to establish your injury was caused by the at-fault party’s negligence. He or she will also use this evidence, along with multiple other factors, to determine the full value of your claim.
- Our Fort Worth personal injury attorneys are prepared to investigate your claim by:
- Taking or obtaining pictures from the accident scene
- Photographing your injury
- Collecting medical documents that establish the extent of your injuries and support the treatment you are receiving
- Consulting accident reconstruction specialists to understand what occurred during your accident
- Examining the accident or police report that was filed by first-responding law enforcement officials
- Interviewing expert medical witnesses who can provide detailed knowledge about your injury and how it may affect your life
Negotiating With Insurance Companies
Dealing with the at-fault party’s insurance company is an important aspect of any injury claim. The problem is that most accident victims do not have experience negotiating with insurers and insurance companies know this. They are also unfamiliar with the tactics insurance companies use against accident victims to try to reduce the value of your claim or deny it altogether.
Insurance companies count on victims being inexperienced and use it to persuade them to accept a quick settlement offer. Unfortunately for the victims, these initial offers are always too low. Victims at this stage are often still recovering from their injuries. No matter what the insurance company may say, at this point, the full value of a victim’s claim cannot be known.
Having a personal injury attorney in Fort Worth on your side gives you insider knowledge of how insurance companies negotiate claims. Your lawyer will use this knowledge and experience to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf.
A reputable attorney will also be able to:
- Inform you of your legal rights during the claims process
- Calculate the full value of your claim
- Identify all sources of compensation you should be eligible to receive
- Explore all legal options that may benefit you
What if I Am Partially At-Fault for the Incident?
Accidents that lead to an injury in Fort Worth may sometimes have multiple at-fault parties. Victims may also contribute to the cause of an accident that causes them to get hurt.
However, Texas uses modified comparative fault in an accident where multiple parties may be at fault. Under this law, you may still pursue compensation, even if you are partially at fault. That said, your degree of fault must be less than 50 percent. If you are more than 50 percent at fault for the accident, you cannot recover any compensation
Additionally, the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, you may be found 40 percent at fault for causing a car accident that resulted in your injury. If you are pursuing a personal injury claim for $100,000 in damages, your claim’s value will be reduced by $40,000. The new maximum amount of compensation you may receive is $60,000.
Often, insurance companies use modified comparative negligence to affect accident victims’ personal injury claims. An insurer may allege that you are more than 50 percent at fault for the accident and are not entitled to compensation for your injury. This law will also be applied to personal injury lawsuits.
Our Fort Worth personal injury lawyers have intricate knowledge of Texas’s negligence laws. We understand how to evaluate a claim where multiple parties share fault for the accident and can accurately determine your percentage of fault. We do not want you to be assigned more fault for your injuries than you deserve.
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What Our Lawyers Look for in a Texas Personal Injury Claim
When the Fort Worth personal injury lawyers at Anderson & Cummings review a claim, we assess whether the other party can be held liable for the accident. If we take a case, it is because we believe we will be able to prove that the accident was due to the at-fault party’s negligence. We must also be able to establish that your injuries and damages, such as medical costs and lost wages, resulted from that negligence.
An example of this would be in the instance of a truck or 18-wheeler accident. If that accident caused the driver of the vehicle that was hit to suffer an injury, it could be considered a personal injury. This is a situation that our legal team would investigate to establish negligence, such as if the at-fault driver was driving while fatigued. Another situation might be if the company that owns the truck had a history of falsifying that vehicle’s mileage logbooks. There may even be a pattern of safety issues with with the driver, the truck or maintenance of the truck that were neglected by the employer. Often, there are several factors that can contribute to an accident.
To have a valid case, your attorney must establish these four primary elements of negligence:
Duty of Care
- The first element we look for in a personal injury claim is whether the other party owed you a duty of care to take reasonable steps to ensure your safety.
- A duty of care is the legal obligation a person, corporation or entity has to not create an unreasonable risk of causing others injury. For example, a motorist has a duty of care to follow traffic laws and operate a vehicle safely to ensure the protection of others sharing the roadway.
Breach of Duty of Care
- Once we have established the other party owed you a duty of care, we will try to determine if a breach of duty occurred. A duty of care is breached if the other party fails to take steps to avoid causing others harm.
- A breach of duty may occur, for example when a motorist neglects to follow traffic safety laws or texts while driving. This poses an unnecessary risk to the safety of other motorists, passengers and pedestrians.
- The third element of negligence is causation. This means there was a causal link between the at-fault party’s breach of duty and your injuries.
- Typically, a reputable personal injury attorney will examine your claim to determine if they can establish that your injury would not have occurred if the at-fault party acted differently.
- For example, say a motorist runs a stop sign and strikes a pedestrian using the crosswalk. If the motorist had stopped and followed traffic laws, the pedestrian would not have been injured. In this case, your attorney may be able to prove the pedestrian’s injury was directly caused by the motorist’s negligence.
- To receive compensation after an accident, you must show you suffered measurable damages as a result of the at-fault party’s breach of duty. Measurable damages include suffering an injury. However, the victim must also have suffered economic losses, such as medical expenses and lost wages, which can be financially compensated.
- A personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth will carefully review your claim to determine if the above mentioned elements are present in your case. If you have a case and our firm represents you, we are ready to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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Compensation for a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawsuit
All too often, the suffering victims endure after an accident extends beyond their physical injuries. Many victims experience financial burdens from costly medical treatment and a loss of income while recovering from an injury.
If you have suffered financial losses after being injured in an accident, we are prepared to help. If we represent you, our personal injury lawyers in Fort Worth will seek the fair and full compensation you deserve. At Anderson & Cummings, we understand that no amount of money can make up for the pain and loss you have experienced. Recovering compensation can help victims to move forward with their lives. To help you recover from your losses, you may be able to seek compensation for your:
- Past and future medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damages, if applicable
- Medical assistive equipment
These forms of compensation are often available in an insurance claim and can also be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. Our Fort Worth personal injury lawyers may be able to recover other types of compensation as well. However, these types of damages can only be recovered by filing a lawsuit:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
Often, insurance companies will offer accident victims a quick settlement to resolve their claim. Although this initial offer may seem reasonable, it will likely not pay for the entirety of your damages and will likely leave you with less compensation than you deserve.
To find out the true value of your claim, contact a trusted personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth. He or she will have the knowledge and experience you need to determine the amount of compensation you may truly be entitled to receive from the at-fault party’s insurer. The attorneys at Anderson & Cummings are also prepared to file a lawsuit if we are unable to obtain full compensation from the insurance company.
Our experience as personal injury attorneys in Fort Worth has provided us with the knowledge and skills you need to help determine the value of your personal injury claim.
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What Percentage Do Personal Injury Attorneys in Fort Worth Get From a Case?
Typically, personal injury lawyers in Fort Worth take between 30 to 40 percent of any compensation you are awarded. Say, for example, you are awarded a $100,000 settlement. If your attorney’s cut is 33 1/3% cut (which is very common), the amount deducted from your settlement is $33,300. That still leaves you with $66,700. There may be other administrative fees and costs as well, however, those charges are usually minimal. The contract you sign with your attorney should fully explain any fees, costs or other charges they receive. Your attorney will explain all of these fees to you and answer any questions you may have.
It is important to mention that if your case ends up in court, your attorney fees could be higher. However, most claims are resolved without the need for a trial.
Types of Cases We Handle
There are many types of accidents that may be caused by negligence. Our injury attorneys are licensed and qualified to handle the following types of cases:
- Car accidents – we have recovered more than $10 million in compensation from auto accident cases
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Premises liability claims
- Slip and fall accidents
- Work-related injuries
- Truck accidents – our attorneys have recovered more than $5 million in compensation on behalf of clients with truck accident cases
- Wrongful death – the lawyers at our firm have successfully recovered more than $12 million in compensation for clients that have had wrongful death lawsuits
If you believe you were injured in an accident caused by another person, corporation or entity, it is important to seek legal help as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney at our firm can review your case with no cost or risk to you. He or she will help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault party that caused the accident.
At Anderson & Cummings, our personal injury lawyers in Fort Worth have extensive knowledge of injuries resulting from negligence. We know what it takes to hold the at-fault party liable for your injuries.
Texas Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
If you are considering filing a personal injury claim after being injured in an accident, there are some deadlines you need to know about. For instance, insurance companies may have a time limit for you to report your injury and file a claim after an accident. This deadline is just one reason to discuss your legal options with an experienced injury lawyer in Fort Worth sooner than later.
Texas also has a deadline, called the statute of limitations. This timeframe determines how long you have from the date of your accident or injury to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party liable.
For personal injury lawsuits, Texas enforces a two-year statute of limitations. Under this law, you must file your civil lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident or injury. If you fail to file a personal injury lawsuit before that deadline, you will lose the right to do so.
Although two years may seem like a long time, the time goes by a lot faster than you may realize. Your attorney will need time to conduct a detailed investigation into what happened. It also takes time to gather evidence and build a strong case against the at-fault party. In most cases, your attorney will need to wait until you complete your medical treatment to determine the full value of your claim. Investigating the accident can also take a significant amount of time.
Another factor to consider is that your insurance claim may not be successful. The statute of limitations does not stop running just because you are pursuing insurance compensation. If you wait to contact an attorney, he or she will have less time to file a lawsuit after the insurance claims process is over. Some people mistakenly think the insurance claims process will not take long but it could drag out. This will leave you less time to pursue a lawsuit.
For these reasons, it may be in your best interest to contact our Fort Worth personal injury lawyers as soon as possible to discuss your claim. We will understand where your claim lies within Texas’s statute of limitations and can help determine your legal options for pursuing compensation from the at-fault party.
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Need Help? Contact Our Fort Worth Injury Lawyers Today
Accidents caused by negligence often result in victims experiencing devastating effects to their health, independence and finances. If you suffered an injury caused by another person, company or entity, do not hesitate to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth to discuss your claim.
At Anderson & Cummings, we are committed to helping accident victims obtain the results they deserve. We have the experience and resources you need to build a strong case on your behalf and help you recover from your injury. Our office is conveniently located just minutes away from the Fort Worth Zoo train station and less than 10 minutes away from the Fort Worth Municipal Court.
Contact our law offices today to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will carefully review your claim to help you understand the legal options that may be available to you. All of our services are provided on a contingency fee basis. This means, we only get paid if you do.
To speak to a lawyer – call Anderson & Cummings today at (877) 920-9009.