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Below, you will find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
If you do not see your specific question, don’t worry, we can help. Even if your question is listed below, we strongly encourage you to contact our law firm and schedule a free case evaluation with us.
Every case is different. As a result, the approach to dealing with each should be unique. That’s why we take the time to find out exactly what happened and carefully craft a legal strategy that suits your specific needs. The key to winning your case is Karam Law Firm.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Some people may tell you that you don’t need a lawyer to resolve a personal injury claim. Technically, that is true, but it is not in your best interests to go it alone. Personal injury cases can be complicated and dealing with insurance companies can be difficult. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you get better results.
Insurance companies have lawyers who help them find ways to minimize your compensation. You need a lawyer who will help you maximize your compensation. Our firm investigates your accident to get the facts. We build strong cases that hold negligent parties accountable and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Do I have a case?
All personal injury cases involve the issue of negligence. If another party, whether an individual or corporation, has failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, and injuries took place, they can be held accountable. For example, in a medical malpractice claim, the issue will be if a health-care professional breached duty of care.
If you believe you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, get legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer. We can review the details of your case and go over your legal options. There’s no cost and no obligation. We just want you to know your rights so you can decide what to do next.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit?
In every state, there is a statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit if you’ve been injured in a personal injury accident. In Texas, it is two years from the date of your accident. This sounds like you have plenty of time, but it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible.
It can take several months to build a strong case for compensation. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that important evidence will be lost or destroyed. The memories of witnesses can also fade over time. If you’ve been injured in an accident, we suggest talking to an attorney as soon as you can.
How much is my case worth?
This is not a simple question to answer. The exact amount of compensation for which you are eligible depends on many factors including the type of insurance policies involved, the extent of your injuries, and to what degree you yourself might have helped contribute to the accident that left you injured.
You should be able to recover damages to address your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as for non-economic factors, such as the pain and suffering you have endured because of your injury. One of our experienced personal injury attorneys can review your case and give you a better idea about the amount of compensation you can expect.
Who can I sue for my injuries?
You can file suit against parties whose negligence caused your injuries. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injuries, there are different individuals or parties whom you may be able to hold liable. These include car or truck drivers, property owners, dog owners, health-care professionals and the manufacturers and sellers of products and equipment.
Our personal injury attorneys investigate your accident to identify negligent parties. Recovering compensation can be complicated. They may not accept responsibility and insurance companies may not take your case seriously. We gather evidence and build strong cases to hold negligent parties accountable, then fight for the compensation you deserve.
Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?
Soon after your accident, you may be contacted by the insurance company. They are offering you a settlement! It may not be for as much as you were hoping, but they are promising quick payment. This offer will fall far short of covering the damages you have suffered. The insurance company just wants to save money.
You should never agree to any settlement unless you have first discussed the offer with an experienced Texas personal injury lawyer. You can get a much better settlement when an insurance company knows you have a personal injury attorney willing to go to trial on your behalf.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
It depends on many factors, such as the complexity of your case and how much money is at stake. In general, a case may take anywhere between a few months to a year. If your case goes to trial, it can take even longer.
Insurance companies try to delay the resolution of a case as long as possible. They don’t want to pay you the compensation you deserve. They are hoping that the longer they delay your case, the more likely it will be that you will give up or accept a lower settlement offer. We will guide you through the process every step of the way.
What if I can’t come to your office?
That’s not a problem. We understand that an accident may have left you injured and that traveling may be difficult or impossible. We care about your well-being and comfort. So if you can’t come to our office, we will come to you. One of our lawyers can meet you at your home, in your hospital room or anywhere else that is convenient.
We’ll review the details of your case and ask you some questions. Then we can review your legal options and give you an idea about what to expect. We can also answer any questions that you have about your case.
What are common causes of motorcycle accidents?
Motorcycle accidents happen in McAllen and throughout Hidalgo County for a lot of different reasons. Many times, serious crashes occur due to the negligent or reckless actions of other drivers. Some of the most common reasons motorcycle accidents happen include:
- Texting and Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Failure to Yield While Making a Left Turn
- Unsafe Lane Changes
- Illegal Passing
- Drunk Driving
Should I contact the police after my motorcycle accident?If you get into an accident with someone else while you’re riding your motorcycle, you should call police to report the crash. With most crashes, the police department will send an investigating officer to the location to make an official police report. Police reports are important pieces of evidence that can be used to support your claim and prove the accident wasn’t your fault.
Should I seek medical attention after my motorcycle accident?You should see a licensed medical professional within 24 hours of your motorcycle accident, even if you don’t have any noticeable pain or symptoms. Some injuries, such as concussions and certain types of back injuries, might have delayed onset symptoms. You may even have a serious internal injury and not even realize it. That’s why it’s so critical to get examined by a doctor as soon as possible. Additionally, the longer you wait to see a doctor, the more you run the risk of having the insurance company question the severity of your injuries.
Should I talk to the driver who caused my motorcycle accident?You will need to get the name, address, phone number and insurance information of everyone involved in your motorcycle accident, but it’s best if you don’t discuss the crash with them or argue about who is at-fault. Remember, even if you say something that seems harmless like “I’m sorry,” that could be misinterpreted as an admission of fault. That’s why it’s best to not talk about the accident.
Should I call my insurance company after my motorcycle accident?Notify your insurance company that you’ve been in a motorcycle accident but keep your comments to a minimum and just stick to the basic facts of what happened. If your insurance company keeps pressing you for more information or wants a recorded statement, politely decline and refer them to your attorney. Anything you tell them could potentially be used against you, which is why you should be careful what you say.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company after my motorcycle accident?You should talk to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer to go over your rights and discuss your legal options before speaking to the insurance company of anyone else who was involved in your crash. There’s a good chance they are trying to get you to say something that could be used against you. Don’t forget, the insurance company is a business and they don’t make money by handing out large payouts to injury victims. That’s why you need an experienced McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer to aggressively advocate for your best interests and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Should I accept a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company after my motorcycle accident?Before you accept a settlement offer from an insurance company, you may want to speak to an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer first. A common tactic that insurance companies use is to make a lowball offer in the form of a quick cash settlement soon after your crash. They do this because they know the longer that they wait the more likely it is that you will find out the true cost of your accident-related expenses. You typically only get one chance to recover compensation for your damages. The last thing you want to happen is to accept an offer and then end up paying out of pocket later because the settlement didn’t come close to covering the cost of all your accident-related expenses.
How much is my motorcycle accident worth?
The value of your motorcycle accident claim will depend on the specific details of your case and the damages you suffered as a result of your crash. You may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Replacement services
- Pain and suffering
To find out what your case might be worth, contact Karam Law right away. McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer Aizar J. Karam Jr. can review the details of your case and give you an idea of what you might be able to recover in compensation.
Can I file a lawsuit for my motorcycle accident?Under Texas law, you are legally allowed to pursue compensation for your damages by filing a motorcycle accident lawsuit. Sometimes the only way to get the compensation you’re entitled to is by pursuing a lawsuit against the at-fault party. At Karam Law, McAllen motorcycle accident attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. is an accomplished trial lawyer who is not afraid to fight for you in court in front of a judge and jury.
How much time do I have to take legal action after my motorcycle accident?In Texas, you have two years from the date of your motorcycle accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation for your damages. This deadline is officially known as the statute of limitations. Though there are exceptions, in most cases if you fail to take legal action before this deadline then your case will be automatically dismissed.
How can a McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer help me?
McAllen motorcycle accident lawyer Aizar J. Karam Jr. can:
- Help you get the medical care you need and deserve
- Investigate your crash
- Find and preserve evidence to support your claim
- Seek out and interview eyewitnesses
- Consult with accident reconstruction experts
- Deal with the insurance company on your behalf, including settlement negotiations
- Represent you in court in front of a judge injury, if necessary
If you got injured or a loved one died in a motorcycle accident due to negligence, contact Karam Law right away. McAllen motorcycle accident attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. can review the details of your case, discuss your legal options, answer your questions, and let you know what to expect moving forward.
What should I do after a truck accident?
There are certain steps you can take following a truck accident to help protect your health and your rights. Call the police. They can investigate the accident and document what happened. Get medical attention, even if you feel OK. You could be injured but are not yet showing any symptoms.
If you are able, take pictures of the accident scene and collect the names and contact information for everyone involved, including any witnesses. Just exchange information – don’t discuss who was to blame. Finally, contact an experienced truck accident attorney to get legal advice and learn about your options.
When can I file a claim for compensation after a truck accident?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for taking legal action after a truck accident is two years from the date of the crash. That sounds like plenty of time, but it is important to start work on your case as soon as possible. Over time, important evidence can be lost or destroyed and the memories of witnesses can fade.
That’s why we encourage you to get legal advice as soon as you can following your truck accident. We can get started on your case right away and take steps to preserve evidence that is controlled by the insurance company. This helps us build a strong case as we fight to recover the maximum compensation possible.
What regulations are truck drivers and trucking companies required to follow?
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This agency has issued regulations that truck drivers and trucking companies must follow. They cover all aspects of the trucking company – including weight limits, hours of service, inspections and truck maintenance.
Our legal team is very familiar with these regulations. When we investigate your truck accident, we take a very close look to determine whether all FMCSA regulations were followed. Failure to follow any of these regulations can be used as evidence of negligence as you seek to recover financial compensation for your injuries.
Do I have to talk to the insurance company after an accident?
No. You may be contacted by the insurance company for a negligent truck driver or trucking company. They may want to ask you some questions. They may even request that you make a recorded statement about the how the accident happened. They won’t sound confrontational and you may think there’s no harm in talking to them.
Don’t forget that insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to try to get you to say something that can be used against you as you seek compensation. If you are contacted by an insurance company after your accident, politely decline to answer any questions or give a statement. Tell them you need to talk to your attorney. Then call us.
Should I accept a settlement offer?
Soon after your truck accident, the insurance company may contact you with a settlement offer. They will promise quick payment and may even tell you that it’s the best they can do. Medical expenses for treating your injuries are starting to add up and you’re not sure how you’re going to pay them. Their settlement offer may seem very tempting.
Don’t be fooled. Insurance companies typically make these types of lowball settlement offers. Why? Because it helps them save money. Their offer will fall far short of covering all the damages you have suffered, and they know it. We strongly recommend that you get legal advice before accepting any settlement offer from an insurance company.
How much compensation can I get?
It depends on many different factors. These factors include the type and severity of the injuries you suffered, the type and cause of the truck accident, the parties responsible for causing the crash and insurance policy limits.
Our firm is not interested in making quick deals with the insurance company that help them save money. We are committed to helping you recover the maximum compensation possible. That’s why we investigate your accident and put in the time and the effort to build strong cases that insurance companies must take seriously. It’s also why other lawyers recommend Karam Law to their clients.
How can a truck accident lawyer help me?
Truck accident cases can be very complicated. Negligent drivers and trucking companies often deny doing anything wrong. Trucking companies may be located in another state. There may have been multiple parties involved, each with their own insurance carrier and lawyer. Insurance companies use different tactics to try to limit compensation.
At Karam Law, our attorneys know how to identify negligent parties and build strong cases to hold them accountable. Attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. has more than 24 years of experience. Our firm is respected, trusted and highly rated. Insurance companies know that we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
How long will it take to resolve my truck accident case?
Resolving your truck accident can take anywhere from months to years, depending on the complexity of your case. Insurance companies will often fight your claim after a truck accident because they know there is a lot of money at stake. Their lawyers will do everything they can to reduce your compensation and deny or delay your claim.
Attorney Aizar J. Karam Jr. has been helping people injured in truck accidents for more than 24 years. He can give you an idea of what to expect with your case. You can expect aggressive representation from an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who won’t stop fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Should I call the police after my car accident?Yes. You should call the police right away after your car accident. There are several reasons why it’s important to have the police investigate your car accident. By having an official police report for your accident, there will hopefully be no questions about exactly what happened and who was at fault. Insurance companies also carefully review police reports when deciding whether to compensate someone for a car accident.
Should I call my insurance company after my car accident?Yes. Call your insurance company soon after your accident and tell them you have been in an accident caused by another driver. Otherwise, keep your comments about your crash brief. Anything you say could potentially be used to deny your accident claim in certain circumstances, such as a hit-and-run accident, in which you’ll need to file an accident claim with your own insurance company.
What should I do if the other driver’s insurance company contacts me?Do not talk to them. Legally, you do not have to say anything to the other driver’s insurance company. Their questions might seem simple or straightforward, but they’re just searching for information they can use to reduce or deny your accident claim.
Should I accept a settlement offer from the other driver’s insurance company?While it can be tempting to accept a settlement offer for your car accident, the reality is many settlement offers don’t even come close to covering all your accident-related expenses. Insurance companies know this. That’s why they often make lowball settlement offers soon after an accident. They’re hoping you’ll simply accept the offer and go away. We can help you evaluate their offer and decide if it’s right for you. Your best interests come first at Karam Law Firm.
Can I ask for more money for my car accident?Yes. Just because the other driver’s insurance company has made you a settlement offer doesn’t mean you have to accept their first offer. You can ask for more money. In many cases, you should do so, and as your attorney, we can work with you and demand the additional money you deserve for your crash.
How much is my car accident worth?Every car accident is different. Depending on a wide range of factors – including the severity of your injuries and the length of your recovery – your car accident could be worth thousands or even millions of dollars. That’s why we want to meet with you and help you better understand exactly how much your car accident could potentially be worth.
What can I be compensated for after my car accident?
You should be compensated for all your car accident-related expenses, not just expenses incurred right after your accident. Your compensation should include all future expenses, as well. These may include:
- Emergency medical care
- Surgical procedures
- Physical therapy
- Follow-up medical care
- Repair or replacement cost for your vehicle
- Lost income during recovery
- Lost future income if you cannot return to work
- Modifications to your home if you have a permanent disability due to your crash
- In-home medical care
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
Can I file a lawsuit after my car accident?Yes. In many cases, filing a car accident lawsuit may be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your accident-related expenses. It isn’t the only legal option available to you. That’s why it’s important to talk with an attorney as soon as possible to learn more about all your options.
How much time do I have to file a car accident lawsuit in Texas?In most cases, you have two years from the date of your car accident to file a lawsuit in Texas. This deadline – known as the statute of limitations – might seem like a long time. In many cases, the sooner you take legal action after your car accident, the better. As time passes, some of the evidence you need to build a strong legal case may no longer exist. Witnesses’ memories can fade, and without the facts, you might have a hard time building a strong legal case.
Why should I hire a McAllen car accident lawyer?
There are so many reasons why you should hire an attorney from our law firm to handle your car accident. First and foremost, we have extensive experience working with people injured in car accidents. As a result, we know the law and truly understand how the legal system works.
It isn’t just what we know which we think sets us apart. It’s our passion for justice. Our commitment to our clients. Our willingness to work hard on every single case. That’s why we have such a well-earned reputation throughout the Rio Grande Valley. You can count on Karam Law when it matters most.