Experienced Attorney Serves Vehicle Crash Victims in Kerrville, TX
Board-certified personal injury trial lawyer fights for maximum recovery
A serious auto accident can be devastating for you, your family, and your future. If you are a victim of a negligent driver, you deserve full compensation for your losses, including your pain and suffering. Any attorney can get you a settlement. But to get the full value of your claim, you need decisive and thorough representation such as offered by the Law Firm of Richard L. Ellison, P.C. I have more than 35 years of experience helping injured motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. I can claim expertise in this area, because I am one of only about three percent of lawyers in Texas who is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of personal injury litigation. I am prepared to fight for the full compensation you deserve.
Getting the maximum value for your auto accident claim
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there was not a single day in 2016 when nobody was killed in a traffic accident in the state. In 2016, there were 14,202 serious injury crashes severely harming 17,582 people and killing 3,773. If you’ve been in an accident, no one can turn back the clock and undo the damage, but I can help you get the full compensation you deserve for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Other losses
After an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance company often tries to settle for much less than the case is worth. If you try to handle the case yourself, you can expect lowball offers and one delay after another, calculated to wear you down. You need a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer by your side to get the highest amount possible in your case. I know how key factors affect negotiations, including:
- The certainty of fault — When you have compelling evidence that another driver or a third party was at fault, you are in a strong position to ask for the full value of your claim. If your case comes down to just your word against the other driver’s, you might lose a great deal in a compromise. Whenever necessary, I consult with qualified experts in accident reconstruction to help prove causation. I also interview witnesses, depose defendants, and examine various types of evidence to better pinpoint who was at fault.
- The credibility of the other driver — It is often possible to use circumstantial evidence, such as cellphone records, to suggest the other driver was not paying attention prior to the crash. Evidence of the other driver’s alcohol or drug consumption also helps. And a poor driving record can indicate a tendency to drive carelessly.
- The severity of your injuries — Severe injuries naturally get higher settlements than slight injuries. But it can be surprisingly difficult to prove an injury is severe. Neurological injuries affecting the spine and brain do not always show clearly on diagnostic tests. Pain registers differently for different patients. However, a thorough approach to documenting your injuries, including expert medical testimony and testimony from people who knew you before and after your accident, can help solidify your case.
- The certainty that the crash caused your injuries — You had an accident, and you have injuries, but can you prove your crash caused your injuries? That’s not always so easy to do. For example, if you have a preexisting condition such as chronic back pain, you can claim damages only for the worsening of the condition your crash caused, not for the sum total of the disability. And if you delay getting medical assistance following your accident, you must account for the gap in time between the accident and seeking treatment, because the defendant could claim that some intervening event caused the injury. This is why it’s always important to get checked out in the ER after an accident.
So, proving the elements necessary to maximize your settlement can be complex, which is why it’s important to be represented by an experienced litigator who will negotiate from a position of strength by threatening to take your case to court. Insurance companies hate going to trial: it’s expensive, and juries are generally more sympathetic to accident victims than to insurers. When you retain a board-certified trial lawyer to handle your case, the opposition knows they might be hauled into court by a seasoned professional who can hold them fully accountable.
Contact a board-certified trial lawyer for your Kerrville auto accident
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, trust your case only to a board-certified trial attorney. At the Law Firm of Richard L. Ellison, P.C., I fight to deliver maximum results for my clients by settlement or jury verdict. To schedule a free consultation, call 844-337-5819 or contact my Kerrville office online.