Get Answers to Some of the Most Common Questions About Personal Injury Claims

At Fears Dudley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to keep our clients up to date about their claims. But we also know that the personal injury process is new and intimidating for many injured victims—and that can lead to many questions.

If you have questions about your claim or financial recovery, read this FAQ and don’t hesitate to reach out to our legal team for more information and with any additional questions you have.

What do I do after a car accident?

There are four steps that all car accident victims should take to protect their health and rights to compensation.

  1. Call 911 and get medical treatment at the hospital or your doctor’s office.
  2. Get contact and insurance information from the other driver and names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
  3. Report the crash to your car insurance provider—even if you don’t think you were at fault.
  4. Call an experienced Dallas car accident attorney.

What happens after I call a lawyer?

After you tell us what happened, we’ll review the facts of your case and ask you for more information if needed. Then, we’ll start building your claim by gathering evidence, collecting medical and police records, calculating your damages, and writing a letter to the insurance company demanding fair compensation.

How long do I have to file an injury claim?

People who are hurt in accidents in Texas have two years from the date they were injured to file personal injury lawsuits. However, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better, as evidence can quickly disappear for good.

How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?

Between medical bills and lost wages, you’re dealing with enough financial stress already. That’s why we don’t charge any upfront fees for our legal services. We work on a contingency fee, which means we only get paid if we get money for you.

Do I really need a lawyer to help with my claim?

It’s possible to get compensation without a lawyer, but insurance companies are known for significantly reducing or denying claims of people who don’t have legal representation. And when they know claimants are injured, they give them the runaround for months hoping that they’ll give up. With a lawyer handling your claim, all you have to do is focus on getting better.

How long does it take to get compensation?

Every case is different, and some cases require more evidence and preparation than others. If we take on your claim, we’ll keep you updated on our progress every step of the way so you’ll know exactly where your claim stands and when it’s expected to finalize.

Will my case go to trial?

Most cases don’t go to trial. Instead, they settle out of court. That’s a win for everyone involved, including the insurance companies. But when insurers refuse to pay fair settlements, we’re not afraid to take them to court to get our clients the money they deserve.

Can I get more compensation later after accepting a settlement?

No. That’s why it’s so important to get an experienced lawyer on your side right away who can determine exactly how much money you’re owed for your injuries. Once you’ve accepted the insurance company’s settlement or been awarded compensation via trial, you can’t seek additional damages for the same injury and from the same party.

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