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After The Car Accident

Reporting A Car Accident

How To Report A Car Wreck In Houston, TX

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Notifying the police of a car accident can be very important even if you are not injured in the accident. When the police come out to investigate they generally make an official crash report, which can be very helpful if the person who hit you suddenly changes their tune after the cars leave the scene.

It is shocking how often a person who is at fault for the crash indicates they are sorry at the scene but somehow after they’ve contacted the insurance company the accident is now “your” fault. Reporting an accident to the police can help prevent that occurrence.

Police officers will generally interview both drivers and record their recollection of how the accident occurred. This gives you an important witness to prevent the guilty party from “changing her story”.

This article was intended to provide helpful information on how to report your car accident and other important information.

Call 911 For Serious Car Accidents

By reporting your car accident to authorities, a police officer will investigate the crash and generally will prepare an accident report which will both diagram the vehicles and also offer the officer’s opinion whether any laws were broken and who was at fault. While portions of the accident report may or may not be admissible in a personal injury trial, they can provide powerful incentive for the adverse insurance company to accept responsibility and attempt to settle a claim.

Houston Police Department Auto Accident Number

You can also call the Houston Police Department auto accident number, which is:
713 247-4072. Again, it is important to document the accident facts before the story may change by the person who is responsible for the crash.

The Houston Police Department also has a nonemergency number of 713-884-3131 and you can visit the Houston Police Department’s website for even more helpful information.

Obtaining An Accident Report

The Texas Department of Transportation handles all of the accident reports in the state of Texas. Police officers that investigate accidents are supposed to write a report on any crash that results in injury or wrongful death or damage to property that is more than $1000. That report should be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation within 10 days from the crash date. Texas Transportation Code Section 550.062.

Obtaining A Crash Report

To obtain a copy of your car accident report you can go online and obtain one through the Texas Department of Transportation website.

You’ll need some basic information in order to obtain the report such as:
• Names of the parties involved in the accident
• Date of the accident
• Location of the accident
Additionally, the state charges a fee for the crash reports, which are six dollars for a copy for eight dollars for, certified copy of the official crash report.

CALL A HOUSTON AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

The Baumgartner Law Firm offers free consultation to Houston car wreck victim’s who have been injured through the fault of another. To learn about your rights and options call us for a free no obligation consultation. (281) 587-1111 OR fill out the online consultation request form.

Important Information To Obtain

Important Information to Obtain After A Car Wreck

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Documenting your accident to the extent you can is an important step in preserving your claim.

Information That should be obtained if you are able at the scene

  • The other drivers name address and telephone number
  • The drivers license number of the other person
  • The license plate of the car that hit you
  • The name address and telephone number of any witnesses
  • Taking photographs of the resting place of the vehicles before they are moved
  • Taking photographs of the damage to your vehicle and the vehicle that hit you
  • Recording any statements by the driver that hit you indicating fault.

Taking photographs with your cell phone and recording voice memos with the same smart phone can obtain much of the information that you need to obtain at the scene of an accident.

If you can get the other driver to give you a statement on your phone it will go a long ways to prevent them from changing her story later on.

With serious injuries you may not be able to obtain the necessary information as your being transported to the hospital. Do not worry, as the investigating authority will undoubtedly get the majority of the information for you. However, it is important that you ask the officer as soon as you can if they documented any witnesses and obtain the names and telephone numbers of such witnesses.

Police officers routinely do not record the witness’s names and they can provide very powerful evidence should the case go to trial.

Do’s & Don'ts After A Car Accident

THE DO’S and THE DON’T’S

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THE DO’S

Do take advantage of free consultations from a qualified personal injury attorney.

Do look at your declaration page of your own car insurance policy to find out what coverage you have and if it may help you with the wreck.

Do notify your own insurance company after you are in a car accident even if it is not your fault.

Do take pictures of the damage to your vehicle, the accident scene, the other person’s vehicle and the other driver.

Do keep track of who you speak to regarding the accident such as the name of your insurance adjuster, the name of the other adjusters and telephone numbers and titles of those who may contact you.

Do keep receipts for all of your out-of-pocket expenses such as medical expenses, rental car or other expenses caused by the accident.

Do understand that in Texas, you will only be entitled to the fair market value of your vehicle on the date of the accident, plus tax title and license if it is totaled out.

Do let your medical providers know that you were in an accident and make sure you keep your explanation of how it occurred short and to the point.

THE DON’T’S

Don’t give the adverse insurance company a recorded or written statement without first speaking to a qualified personal injury lawyer and decided how you are going to proceed.

Don’t expect the adverse insurance company to be fair. They are out to pay as little as they possibly can on any claim you make.

Don’t accept the insurance companies valuation of your vehicle without with out a
Homework about what the car is worth.

Don’t necessarily feel you have to go to the repair facility suggested by the adverse insurance company.

Don’t get in the middle of the repair process between the shop you choose and the insurance company. Let the shop you trust handle your repairs and let them deal with the adverse insurance company directly. Just make sure the repairs or to your satisfaction when you pick up your car.

Don’t consider settling the personal injury claim from an automobile accident until you have got a handle on your personal injuries. Never consider settlement before you are certain as to the nature and extent of your injuries. Many insurance companies will show up shortly after an accident and offer a small amount that may include “estimated medical expenses”. This approach shifts the risk of serious injury on your back and off the insurance companies – don’t do it.

Don’t believe that the words ‘we accept responsibility”, or were going to “pay this claim” means that the insurance carrier intends to be fair with you. It is their hope that you trust them and do not seek out a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Don’t give a blanket release of medical records or employment records to the adverse insurance company.

Don’t believe that an adjuster or insurance company will treat you the same individually as they would if you had an attorney.

Contact a personal injury lawyer who handles car accident claims.

If you’ve been in a serious car accident speak with an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash. Knowing your rights and options is an important first step in any insurance claim after a car wreck. Contact the Baumgartner Law Firm for a free no obligation consultation for car accidents occurring in Houston, Texas.- (281) 587-1111.

Seeking Medical After A Car Accident

Seeking Medical After A Car Accident

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If you have been injured in a car wreck seeking prompt medical attention is critically important to not only your health but also your personal injury claim. Many people believe that their symptoms will simply go away and they do not seek medical attention until much later.

Insurance companies are looking for any excuse they can find to reduce what they pay or not pay and discounting the medical treatment is a favorite trick.

It’s one of those darned if you do darned if you don’t situations in that you can expect an insurance adjuster to question the timing of your treatment whether it was too long after the accident, for them, or too early after the accident, for them.

Adjusters will indicate that someone waited too long to get treatment or too long to be diagnosed with the proper injury. Additionally adjusters can be expected to indicate that some treatment was not medically necessary because an appropriate period of time has not passed. An example would be getting an MRI shortly after the accident when the insurance company would prefer that you waited months later and to get the necessary testing.

The best plan is to follow your doctor’s recommendations for your treatment without regard to what the insurance company believes or wants to do. While adjusters would like to substitute their judgment or their attempts at reducing her settlement for their doctors, your health is more important than any insurance claim.

Advanced Testing May Be Necessary

Often a person is “discharged” from the emergency room with instructions to “follow up” with a physician and it is only after an MRI or CT scan is done that the proper diagnosis can be made. Emergency rooms usually only do those tests when severe injury is suspected.

If you have health insurance it is always a good idea to submit your bills to your health insurance company for payment. If your health insurer does not want to pay because it was a car accident, you may want to consider contacting the Texas Insurance Commissioner to file a complaint. See Reporting Insurance Company Abuse.

If you do not have health insurance you will either need to pay for your treatment out-of-pocket, go to a hospital emergency room or find a medical provider who will allow you to pay them out of the proceeds of a new settlement.

Prompt Care Important

It is important that you seek prompt medical attention because as we set forth above, if you delay in seeking treatment, you can bet that the adverse insurance company will claim that the accident did not cause your injuries, regardless of the objective factors.

Many insurance defense law firms have doctors who do nothing but testify before the insurance company and whose opinions are always that the injured victim was not hurt or that the medical treatment they received was excessive and uncalled for. This is called a defense medical examination and the doctors in Houston who perform this type of service for the insurance industry or infamous in their opinions that the victim was not hurt or is exaggerated. One highly use Dr. in the Houston area is famous for his opinion that after the accident victim walked out of the emergency room no further treatment was required.

If you have questions regarding a personal injury claim from a car wreck or would just like to know your rights and options speak to a Houston car accident attorney as soon as possible after the crash.

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Tips For Dealing With The Insurance Company

Things The Insurance Company Does Not Want You To Know

5 Things The Adjuster Does Not Want You To Know

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Being in an automobile accident is stressful in itself. Dealing with an adverse insurance adjuster can be very frustrating and actually can hurt your case if you are not careful.

Here are five things that adverse insurance adjusters wish you did not know.

1. TAKING RESPONSIBILITY DOES NOT MEAN PAYING FAIR COMPENSATION

One trick that adjusters use all the time to deter people from hiring a personal injury attorney is to indicate that they “accept responsibility” or that they acknowledge that their insured was at fault for the accident. This admission is usually made in the first or second contact by the adjuster, with the effect of the victim believing that they can handle the case himself or herself without involving an attorney.

Because the victim now believes that the insurance company has accepted responsibility they mistakenly assume that they will be paid fairly for their injuries.

This trick is especially effective because many people who need an attorney believe that they can handle the claim themselves and only learn that they cannot when they first discussed money with the adjuster.

Sadly, all too often, damage has been done to the case by the failure of the victim to hire an attorney early on in the process.

The general rule is the more serious your injury the more likely you are to need an attorney to obtain fair value from an insurance company. The earlier you retain an attorney the better chance you have for a full and fair settlement.

2. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE A RECORDED STATEMENT

Many adjusters will tell an innocent victim that they must take a statement or the adjuster will not be able to pay compensation on the claim. Usually this is at this stage of the property damage claim and the accident victim feels pressure to give a recorded statement.

There are some cases where you may be obligated to give a statement such as when you are dealing with your own insurance company. Even then, prior to giving a statement to your own insurance company you should take advantage of a consultation with a personal injury attorney.

With a third parties insurance company you are never obligated to give a statement.

3. IF YOU DO GIVE A STATEMENT IT WILL BE USED AGAINST YOU

Given a statement to an adverse insurance company is almost always a mistake. Insurance adjusters learn how to take statements in a manner that is likely to elicit admissions from the victim.

The purpose of the statement from the adverse carrier is not to learn your side of the story or even learn of your injuries it is to get things on the record that can undermine or hurt your case.

You can expect questions relating to how the accident happened in the first place with an eye toward what your potential responsibility may have been, even when it’s clearly the other person’s fault. If you examples:

* Were you wearing your seatbelt?

* When did you first see the other vehicle?

* Did you hit your brakes?

* Where were your eyes looking?

* Do you have a cell phone? Were you on the phone? What is your cell phone number? Who is your provider?

As you can see, the questions are clearly designed to get responses that may be able to help defend the case. Some of the questions that you will be asked to serve no purpose other than to potentially help in defense of the case.

4. THE INSURANCE COMPANY WILL TAKE ISSUE WTH YOUR MEDICAL TREATMENT

To the surprise of many, especially after they have been told that the insurance company is assuming responsibility for the claim, the adjuster will take issue with your medical treatment that your doctors provided you.

You will learn things such as “we didn’t include that”, “we don’t allow that” or words to that effect that indicate your medical treatment that your doctors felt was necessary to help you was not satisfactory to the insurance company at this point. This is a method designed to reduce what they may have to pay, if you fall for it!

This is not to say that your medical treatment was unnecessary or unreasonable only that the insurance company will use whatever tactics they can to reduce or try to reduce what they have to pay for the case. This is a particularly nasty approach because if you fall for it, you will be paying for medical treatment that was caused by the defendant’s conduct.

The best way to combat this is to hire an attorney to handle the claim for you.

5. WITH A SERIOUS INJURY YOU NEED A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

The truth of the matter is that with a very serious injury such as one involving a surgery or a permanent injury, a personal injury attorney is necessary to get full and fair value for your claim. The more serious the case the more you need an attorney to help you.

Insurance companies do not get their name on huge skyscrapers by paying fair value to those that they can pay less than fair value. Additionally, there are many issues such as healthcare reimbursements that must be dealt with to maximize a personal injury settlement for the victim.

There are studies that have been done that show that people with attorneys net much more money then those who handled the case on their own.

With a serious injury you need a very serious attorney to help you and hiring one early in the process can be an important first step. Choose an attorney with a track record of success in the type of case that you have and not a lawyer who may occasionally handle a case like yours.

 

To speak with a personal injury attorney from the Baumgartner law Firm, call 281-587-1111.

How To Handle Property Damage Claims After A Car Accident

How to Handle Property Damage Claims After a Car Accident

If you’ve been involved in a car wreck you want to get your vehicle repaired as quickly as possible. Many times, getting an answer or even feedback from the negligent parties insurance carrier is difficult.

Look to Dealing With Your Own Carrier- If the Adverse Insurer is Not Helpful

Most of the time, victims would be better off handling the claim through their own insurance company provided they have collision coverage. This is true, even though you will be out your deductible initially. It is been our experience that your own insurance company generally will treat you better than someone else’s insurance company.

Additionally, your own insurance company will be more responsive and often much more fair about the procedure.

People do not want to involve their own insurance company after a wreck that was not their fault.

While this is understandable, your own insurance company may be the better route to take because they are in the business of claims handling and will deal with the negligent driver’s insurance company and take that burden off of you.

If you elect to go through your own insurance company to get your car repaired or get the fair market value of your car if it is totaled, make sure you ask your insurance company to collect your deductible from the negligent parties carrier.

Your own insurance company will seek to obtain your deductible back at the same time they collect the money that they have spent for the repair or replacement of the vehicle. In effect your insurer will collect from the other insurer the money your company spent to repair or replace your car, if the accident was the other persons fault.

It’s been our experience that if the accident was not your fault your own insurance company probably should not hold the accident against you.

Tort Reform Has Made Insurers in Texas Bold

People who deal with adverse insurance company adjusters are sometimes surprised and shocked with how they are treated in the claims handling process. There are two main reasons for this phenomenon in Texas.

The first reason is that the other party’s insurance company does not owe you a duty and will generally delay or deny as long as they possibly can. Moving slowly is the rule rather than the exception. Also, if the driver who caused the wreck is not straightforward with their own insurance company the claims handling process can be further delayed.

The second reason is that in Texas, our civil justice system does not generally provide a remedy for claims handling abuses by the adjuster for the other party. Tort reform has exacerbated the attitude and treatment that many innocent families are subjected to by an adverse adjuster.

Pick Your Own Shop and Let Them Deal With the Insurer

If your vehicle is repairable, it is usually preferable to take it to a shop you are comfortable with and let the shop deal directly with the insurance carrier. Beginning in the middle between the repair shop and the insurance carrier is not usually a satisfactory position to be in for many people.

It is always a good idea to obtain photographs of the damage to your vehicle before it is repaired. This is especially true if you were injured in the accident and the property damage is significant.

Rental Cars

If your car is repairable, the adverse at fault insurance company usually will pay for a rental vehicle subject to certain specified limits. Most insurance companies have preferred rental agencies and can quickly set up a rental vehicle through one of their companies.

If you go through your own insurance company for rental car coverage look at your insurance policy to see the limits of your coverage so there are no surprises at the end of the rental.

Diminished Value

For newer vehicles that are wrecked in a manner that will reduce their value, you may consider making a diminished value claim in addition to repair costs. The burden to establish the diminished value will be upon you and getting  written estimates from car dealers about the decrease in value to submit to the adjuster-can be helpful in that regard.

Total Loss

If your vehicle cannot be repaired and is “totaled” (which is when the repair costs exceed the value of the vehicle), then the insurer handling the claim will be responsible for the fair market value of the vehicle plus tax, title and license fees necessary to obtain a replacement vehicle of comparable value.

Expect an adverse insurance company to look to values that are the lowest they can find when looking to total a vehicle. You on the other hand should go online or to a dealer and obtain factual information regarding the value of your vehicle at the time of the accident.

Be wary of companies that appear to be “independent” of the insurance company that is hard to give a value for your vehicle. Those companies work for the insurance company that hired them and know where their bread is buttered. Be prepared to counter the lowball efforts with real facts from authoritative sources.

Obtaining rental car reimbursement from an adverse carrier when your car is totaled is very difficult as there is case law indicating that the adverse carrier does not owe rental car reimbursement when the vehicles totaled. Nevertheless, some of the more reputable insurance carriers do in fact pay for your loss of use until the time they tender an offer to you and settlement of the property damage claim.

If your vehicle is “totaled” you may want to look to your own auto policy for rental car coverage.

What To Provide The Insurance Adjuster On A Texas Auto Accident Injury Claim

What to Provide the Insurance Adjuster on a Texas Auto Accident Injury Claim

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An insurance adjuster will need the documentation of injury in order to evaluate and settle a personal injury claim. The following is a list of items that the adjuster will need to see in order to evaluate your injury.

Insurance Adjuster Items Meaning

  • The accident report – if you have it give it to the adjuster if you don’t adjuster can obtain it.
  • Copies of your medical bills
  • Copies of your medical records that are related to the treatment you received for the injuries of the accident
  • a letter signed by your employer documenting your lost wages during that time she missed work because of the injury sustained in the accident.
  • Information regarding your health insurance policy.
  • Whether or not you are on Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Photos of your injuries

The One Question the Adjuster Hopes You Don’t Ask

Handling an Injury Claim Without A Lawyer-The One Question You Need To Ask The Adjuster

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The one thing you must ask the adjuster!

 

One question that everyone who is contemplating handling their own car accident injury claim should ask the adverse adjuster is “how are you going to calculate my pain and suffering claim”?

 

Frequently folks call us several months after their car accident and are frustrated with their dealings with the adjuster. In a typical scenario, the adjuster indicated at some point that they were “accepting liability” and the people expected fair treatment from the adjuster. That is a huge mistake.

 

Many insurance companies now use a computer to determine damages, and the computer model they use takes into consideration such things as do you have a lawyer, is the lawyer any good, but what the computer model doesn’t include is much, if anything for pain and suffering.

 

So, as early on as you can when handling your own injury claim, once the adjuster has indicated they are accepting the claim ask specifically and demand an answer to the question:

 

How are you going to pay me for my pain and suffering?

 

The adjuster will not want to answer that question and probably will give you a runaround answer that does not even address the question. For most people, especially those with serious injuries this is a legitimate question that needs to be answered. If the adjuster can not answer the question, it is your indication that you need a qualified injury attorney.

 

If your car accident is minor and the injuries you sustained resolve quickly and are not that serious how you get paid for pain and suffering may not be a big deal.

 

For those with broken bones, disc problems, nerve damage, head injury or other serious injury how you are paid for pain and suffering is a significant question, and one, I predict the adjuster will not really ever answer.

 

There is a reason why the insurance company does not want you to hire an attorney!

Is The Compensation You Are Offered Fair?

Am I Being Offered A Fair Settlement?

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One question many personal injury victims have after an automobile accident is the fairness of a settlement offer initially made by the insurance company. It is important for personal injury victims to understand that the insurance carrier will try to pay as little as they possibly can on any claim.

Insurance Adjusters

If an insurance adjuster can get away with paying 10 or $.20 on the dollar the adjuster will probably get a raise or a bonus but certainly a pat on the back for settling the case cheap.

It is extremely difficult for individuals who do not deal in personal injury on a daily basis to determine what is a reasonable and fair settlement offer by an insurance company. There is a reason why insurance companies may indicate early on, that “they accept responsibility”, and that is to prevent you from believing you need legal help.

Here are some guidelines for analyzing the fairness of a settlement offer!

You were not at fault but the insurance company seeks to sign new partial responsibility for the crash

One tactic that many insurance companies use is to attempt to shift responsibility from their insured to you or another person as a method of reducing what they are offering you.

While the police report in its entirety may or may not come into evidence in a personal injury trial, portions of the actual report should come into evidence. While the determination by the officer at the scene is not binding on the judge or jury and gives you an idea of whom an impartial third-party thought was at fault for the crash.

The offer of settlement has excluded some of your medical expenses that were actually paid!

Texas has had pretty radical tort reform, which adversely impacted every personal injury claim-taking place in the state of Texas. One of the provisions of the tort reform was to limit the amount available for recovery for medical expenses to the amount that was “paid or incurred”, which means the out-of-pocket payments by you and your health insurance company and not the gross amount billed by the healthcare provider. However, if you are on the hook as owing a balance after payments by your health insurance company that should be included in your medical total.

One tactic that many insurance companies use to try to reduce what they pay out for a car accident is to “disallow” some medical expenses under justifications that include:

  • The service was not necessary
  • The service was overpriced
  • The medical expenses unrelated to the accident
  • The procedure or test was done too early or too late
  • Various other excuses

While this tactic is common, it is not that effective when a case is taken to trial as the insurance carrier will need to obtain some testimony to support their position regarding the disallowing of a medical expense – in most instances.

The Offer Does Not Include Fair Lost Wages

Many adjusters will attempt to disallow lost wages simply by indicating that the medical records do not indicate the necessity for missing work. In other words, they want a written statement from the doctor. While it may seem funny to some, we have seen this tactic used for people who were so badly injured that they couldn’t even get out of bed.

The Insurance Adjuster Discourages You From Hiring An Attorney

If the insurance adjuster you are dealing with discourages you from speaking with an attorney that is probably your first clue that you probably need legal representation. It is only after the initial offers made by the insurance company that personal injury victims understand that they really need an attorney to help them. Unfortunately, by then many times damage has been done to the claim.

Future Medical Needs

If you have future medical needs that are real and concrete and explained to you by your medical providers, that should be a part of you’re discussions regarding a reasonable settlement amount? If a physician testifies in a personal injury trial that the victim needs ongoing medical treatment and the reasonableness and necessity of the cost of it that should be appropriate for consideration by the judge or jury.

If you have future medical needs that are clearly identified in the medical records, and the adjuster is not including that in your settlement offer- it may not be fair.

Very Serious Injury

The general rule of thumb is if your injury is very serious you probably need an attorney. If your injury is minor and her medical expenses small, you may or may not require the services of an attorney to help you through the process.

Limited Insurance Coverage

Every personal injury claim is unique and must stand on its own merits. Nevertheless, attorneys who handle personal injury claims learn through experience the value of an individual claim. The value can only be determined after a thorough review of the facts of the accident and studying the medical records with a fine toothcomb. Additionally, the amount of insurance available to cover the crash can play a part in many valuations particularly when the insurance coverage is limited.

Many people sustain very bad injuries but the insurance coverage is inadequate and unless your defendant turns out to be independently wealthy, the amount of insurance coverage is a big factor.

Houston Auto Accident Injury Attorneys

Hiring an experienced and reputable car accident attorney is often the best step for handling a claim with the insurance company. The ability to file a lawsuit and march toward a jury trial serves as leverage forcing a reasonable evaluation of a damage claim when liability is relatively clear.

To get help on a car accident case in Houston call the Baumgartner Law Firm at 281-587-1111.

Do You Need A Car Accident Lawyer?

Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer?

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You’ve been in a car accident and are wondering whether or not you need to hire an attorney to help you through the claims handling process. Often, personal injury claims can be complex and this article was written to give you an idea of the situations in which you may want to hire an attorney and those in which you may be able to handle yourself.

The Accident Factors Are Complex

If there are multiple vehicles involved in an accident, it is more likely that you will need help for handling the claim. Likewise, if you are injured by a crash with a commercial vehicle such as a semi truck, garbage truck or even a company vehicle you may want to get help early on in the process.

The Severity Of Your Injuries

The general rule of thumb is the more serious the injury the more likely you will need to hire an attorney to assist you with the process. Extremely serious injuries such as those involving permanent disability and/or surgeries almost always require an attorney to handle effectively. Alternatively, very minor injuries such as a whiplash type injury with moderate medical treatment may not require the assistance of counsel.

Health Insurance Subrogation

After a car accident, if you’re Health Insurance Company paid your medical bills and someone else was responsible for the accident, you may want to hire an attorney to help you with the claim and also handled the insurance pay back issues. Recent changes in the law in Texas make hiring a personal injury attorney very attractive proposition when you have health insurance subrogation. In effect, if your health insurance company paid a significant amount of medical bills you may get credit for retaining an attorney to collect from the third party. In this situation is no reason not to hire a lawyer.

Ridiculous Offers

If the insurance company you are dealing with makes you a ridiculous offer of settlement you may need to hire a car accident attorney to assist you with the claim. Be aware that if you wait too long to call an attorney many lawyers will not take the case as a policy matter. Also, if you have never handled a personal injury claim before there are things that the insurance company can ask you to do which can actually hurt your claim.

Future Medical Needs

In situations where the personal injury victim will require ongoing or future medical care hiring an attorney is probably the appropriate route to take. It is difficult for non-lawyers to be able to navigate the minefield of future medical expenses in relation to a fair settlement and other issues such as health insurance payback.

Hiring A Car Accident Lawyer

If you feel you are going to need the help of a car accident lawyer make sure you speak with an attorney who is both experienced and reputable in your community. There is no substitute for experience and results.

Be wary of retaining a law firm, which will treat you like a number and not a person. High-volume personal-injury practices of some law firms are not calculated to lead to maximizing the settlement offers to their clients.

There are many sources that you can research online to determine the reputation of the law firms that you are considering. Martindale Hubbell offers the most fair assessments of attorneys in the Houston area because they base the assessments on blind reviews from other Houston attorneys. Some of the other rating companies have “paid” relationships with clients and they tend to favor the people that pay them. Take those paid relationship ratings with a grain of salt.

General Tips For Dealing With The Adjuster

How to Deal With Insurance Adjusters

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We get many telephone calls from personal injury victims who get frustrated after dealing with an insurance adjuster from the negligent parties insurance company. The main complaint that we hear is that the adjuster was rude followed by ridiculous lowball offers.

It may help to understand that the typical insurance adjuster on a car accident type of case probably has up to 200 open files at any one time. They have a lot of pressure from their bosses and the guidelines that they are operating under are very strict. In other words they’re under a lot of pressure.

But this does not in any way condone behavior that is taken as rude; it does help to understand the adjuster and where they may be coming from. Additionally, insurance adjusters view the situation as an open file or claim number. To the personal injury victim it is personal- to the adjuster it is strictly business.

Now, understanding that the claim is a business decision for the adjuster and that they are generally limited in the parameters that they operate, personal injury victims can help themselves by following a few short suggestions.

ALWAYS BE NICE

Even when an insurance adjuster is rude or short with you it is never a good idea to respond in kind to them. Two wrongs never make a right and these are the same people that you are asking to write you a check.

AVOID THREATS

Threatening an insurance adjuster is something that almost everyone would be tempted to do but it is also very counterproductive. They’ve heard it before and they don’t care. I will file suit – okay! Going to get a lawyer – okay! Threats to adjusters are counter productive.

ASK QUESTIONS

Asking questions of the insurance adjuster will help clarify their position and also give you some insight on what you may need to do to move your case forward. Often if you follow the advice above, an insurance adjuster may actually give you helpful advice. We have had many personal injury clients over the years that were told by an insurance adjuster that they should probably hire a lawyer.

REALIZE YOU MAY NOT KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

In a big city like Houston the odds of a person being in more than one accident over a ten-year period are pretty good. If you’ve been through a personal injury claim before you may have an idea of what is needed, but if you haven’t, you probably don’t. Consider taking advantage of a free consultation with the personal injury law firm early on after the accident.

 

TRY TO LOOK AT IT FROM A THIRD PARTY PERSPECTIVE

 

Looking at the cause of the accident and the injury claims from a third-party perspective can be very beneficial to a personal injury victim. Injuries by their very nature are personal and the victims tend to view it from their own perspective. If the case cannot be settled and you end up hiring a personal injury lawyer who files a lawsuit, is likely that 12 strangers may decide the value of the case. Looking at your situation as though you were stranger can help you better understand the reality of the claim.

 

TAKE ACTION

 

Probably the biggest single factor that can impact the case is for someone to delay either taking action on the case or getting medical treatment that they need. In some cases, it is important to preserve evidence and actions are often necessary to accomplish that. Also, long gaps in treatment or even delays for initial treatment can have a negative impact on the case. From the third-party perspective discussed above, a juror may ask if the injury was so severe or problematic, why did the victim wait so long for treatment?

 

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE CONSULTATIONS

 

Some of the best Houston personal injury attorneys offer free consultations for accident victims. Obtaining advice on what to do and why soon after an accident can at least set you on the proper path toward resolution.

 

TORT REFORM

 

Texas has had fairly significant tort reform, which has negatively impacted the value of almost every personal injury case. In some instances, the negligent party actually gets the benefit of a personal injury being personally responsible and carrying health insurance. This can be a topic to cover with a free consultation from a leading personal injury law firm. If someone is telling you what a case is worth, and their case was not recent, those days are long gone.

 

A SETTLEMENT IS FOREVER

 

Often, people end up settling a case and then inquiring later on whether there’s anything more they can do to get more money from the case. This can be particularly dangerous when involving serious injuries and a quick settlement. The greater the exposure for the insurance company the more likely that they will try to limit that exposure by dangling a carrot in front of you as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, insurance carriers are in the business of profit making and not in the business of being fair to the injury victim. If an insurance company can pay $.10 on the dollar for a claim they will do so. Avoid quick settlements -if you have any questions regarding the extent of your injuries. The more serious your injury the more likely you will need help.

 

ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY DOES NOT MEAN PAYING FAIR VALUE

 

Personal injury victims routinely are told after a clear liability accident that the insurance company will “accept responsibility” or words to that effect. The accident victim takes that to mean that they can then expect a fair settlement offer. That is a big mistake. Accepting responsibility usually only means they will offer something- often less than the medical bills.

 

IF YOU ARE GOING TO HIRE A LAWYER- DO SO EARLY

 

If you’re going to hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your accident case, you’re better off hiring one early in the process then you are after having tried to handle it on her own for a while. Then only will you get advice that you need up front but you can stop worrying about the case and let the attorney handle it. And most importantly you did not damage the claim by doing something you should not have done.

 

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6711 Cypress Creek Pkwy,

Houston, TX  77069

(281) 587-1111

Understanding The Auto Accident Claims Process

Timing Of A Car Accident Injury Case

Timing of A Houston Car Accident Injury Claim

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If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, this page is dedicated to helping you understand the timing of the claims handling process.

It takes much longer than many people expect to settle a personal injury claim in the state of Texas. The adjuster handling your claim will need some information to document their file and evaluate your injuries and the liability exposure in order to move forward with the settlement. See what to provide the adjuster.

Texas Injury Evaluation Process

The injury evaluation process begins with receipt of your medical records that relate to the injuries you sustained in a car crash. Obtaining medical records from your doctors and medical providers can take much longer than many people anticipated. The state of Texas sets the maximum fees that can be charged to you for obtaining your medical records from the providers.

Once the adjuster has received her medical records, the records are reviewed to see what injuries have been outlined and your diagnosis and prognosis is with your medical providers. What your medical doctors have to say about your injuries is very important evidence in a personal injury case. Note that not all doctors testimony will be treated the same. Many insurance companies take the reports and testimony of some doctors and chiropractors with a grain of salt.

Additionally, the insurance adjuster should be in receipt of information proving your lost wages during the time you recovered from an accident. This can be statements from your employer and potentially your W-2s for the period and me prior periods.

After the adjuster has obtained all the necessary information the settlement process can proceed fairly quickly. However, in Texas the general statute of limitations is two years from the date of the accident and a victim must have filed suit within such time or they will have forever waived the claim. There are certain exceptions regarding minors and others and if you have questions you should contact your attorney to discuss them immediately.

If the case ends up in litigation, the process can take up to two years to obtain a jury trial in Harris County, Texas. There are certain fast-track procedures that can be utilized to obtain an earlier trial date.

If you believe you may need a lawyer to assist you in a personal injury claim stemming from a car accident, contact the lawyer of your choosing immediately and do not wait until the last minute. Many reputable personal injury attorneys have policies that prevent them from accepting cases that are very close to the statute of limitations. By waiting until the last minute, you may not only hurt your case but also limit the attorneys who may be interested in helping you.

Common Defense Tactics In Car Accident Cases

Common Defense Tactics In Car Accident Lawsuits

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It is helpful to understand the mechanisms used by defense attorney and insurance companies in defending car accident claims. This article is intended to give you an overview of some of the common defense tactics in defending a claim.

TATIC- Blame You

In Texas, we have a negligence scheme that involves allocating fault between the plaintiff (personal injury victim) and the defendant (negligent driver). If the defense attorney can convince the jury that you are partly at fault it can reduce or eliminate your damages from the accident.

For this reason the most common tactic of a defense for a car accident claim is to seek blame for the role of the claimant in the accident. For instance, if you were rear-ended the tactic is to claim that you stop suddenly or swerved quickly into the other lane of traffic this susceptible to blame for your actions. If the other driver ran a red light, you can anticipate the defense will be that really their light was green and your light was red.

TATIC- Suggest You Did Not Prove Your Case

You always hear a defense attorneys suggest that you did not adequately prove your case and that you have the burden of proof.

TATIC- Imply You Are Doing It For The Money

A common defense tactic is to assert or imply that you are only looking for the money and not really for justice after the accident. This is a common theme among defense attorneys and they will suggest that your treatment and other actions were based upon building a lawsuit and not related to reasonable medical help. This tactic is actually much easier and more effective than many people anticipate because it requires no proof on the part of the defendant only implication.

TATIC- Attack Your Credibility

The defense will always attack the plaintiff’s credibility and if not outright call them a liar suggests that they are exaggerating and not being truthful with the judgment of the jury. The unfortunate part of this tactic is it does not matter how straightforward and truthful the victim is the tactic will be utilized anyway.

TATIC- Attacking Your Medical Care

The common subject of a defense lawyer’s examination and closing arguments is the amount and necessity of your medical treatment. The defense will attempt to imply that you did not really need the treatment, and were only doing it to build your lawsuit. Additionally, they will argue that you waited too long warhead to bigger gaps in between treatment or that you got treatment earlier than necessary. It’s one of those darned if you do darned if you don’t situations.

TATIC- Attacking Your Lost Wages

The defense attorney will imply that you did not really need to miss work or that if you did you are exaggerating the amount of your compensation or your calculations of your lost wages. This can be particularly difficult for self-employed victims.

TATIC- Blame The Lawyers Greed

Many defense lawyers will seek to tie your attorney into your doctors and imply that the attorney sent you to the doctor for the purpose of the case is not for medical treatment. This is another way of saying that the defense will imply that the case is phony. Most personal injury victims are shocked when they realize that these tactics are going to be utilized against them when their injuries are real and their claim substantial.

It is very difficult for many personal injury victims not to take personal offense to the tactics that attack their credibility and their sworn testimony. Some defense attorneys are more skilled than others at implying shady conduct as opposed to accusing the plaintiff of exaggerating or lying out in the open.

Legal Deadlines To File A Case

Legal Deadlines To File A Case In Texas

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Everyone has heard of the “statute of limitations” and if you have been hurt in an accident that was the fault of someone else you must know about the limitations that may affect your case.

Statue of Limitations

The general personal injury statue of limitations in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. Within that time you must file a lawsuit and thereafter use diligence in your attempts to serve the defendant to preserve your ability to move forward with your lawsuit.

There are certainly exceptions that can extend and/or shorten a limitations period. One example is if a personal injury victim is a minor, the minor’s limitations may be tolled until they are 18 years old in order to give the child a chance to move forward in their case.

Alternatively, if you are in an accident that was caused by a governmental entity in Texas there may be certain notice provisions that you must comply with in order to perfect your right to sue the governmental entity or employee. Some municipalities have very short notice provisions from a few months to six months and it is very important that you comply with the formal notice provisions that may apply to such entity.

There are other legal deadlines that can impact a personal injury claim in Texas such as a statute of repose for products that are over 15 years old at the time of the accident. This specific limitation is one that does not serve well the citizens of the state of Texas because it can give you immunity after certain period of time to foreign manufacturers such as those from China, Korea or Japan. We hope that the new leaders in Austin will repeal this draconian law that hurts Texas families and helps foreign companies.

If you have any issues or questions regarding a potential limitation or the timing of a personal injury claim contact your attorney as soon as possible after the accident.

It is much better to speak with your attorney shortly after the accident then later on and find out that an important date or deadline had been missed.

Legal Damages In Texas Auto Accidents

Car Accident Damages In Texas

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You better car accident and have sustained a pretty serious injury. One question that you will have is what compensation is available for my injuries? The following is a general primer for the legally recoverable damages available in the state of Texas for personal injury or a wrongful death.

Personal Injury Damages In Texas

The basic jury question for personal injury cases is what sum of money it paid now in cash, would fairly and reasonably compensate the victim for his or her injuries, if any that resulted from the occurrence in question? Both past and future, if any:

  • Physical pain and mental anguish
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • “Paid or incurred” medical expenses
  • Exemplary or punitive damages – in appropriate cases only.

Children can insert as soon damage engines is also the source of a parent who has been seriously injured. Likewise, spouses can receive damages when their husband or wife has been seriously injured in some cases. The law generally looks to place a dollar amount on the actual losses suffered by the children or spouses.

The general wrongful death damages in the state of Texas are as follows:

  • Pecuniary losses – meaning the loss of care, maintenance, support, services, advice, counsel and contributions of a pecuniary value that the air would have received from the decedent had he lived.
  • Loss of companionship and society
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of inheritance

The specific question regarding wrongful death damages depends upon your relationship with the decedent. In other words spouses have a question as to minor or adult children.

As with personal injury car accident claims, exemplary or punitive damages or available in wrongful death or survival causes of action when the wrongdoer offends the community because of the nature of the wrong, the character of the conduct involved, the culpability of the wrongdoer, the sensibilities of the parties involved and the extent to which the conduct of offends a public sense of justice and propriety in Texas.

Important Resources

Getting Your Accident Report

How To Report A Car Wreck In Houston, TX

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Notifying the police of a car accident can be very important even if you are not injured in the accident. When the police come out to investigate they generally make an official crash report, which can be very helpful if the person who hit you suddenly changes their tune after the cars leave the scene.

It is shocking how often a person who is at fault for the crash indicates they are sorry at the scene but somehow after they’ve contacted the insurance company the accident is now “your” fault. Reporting an accident to the police can help prevent that occurrence.

Police officers will generally interview both drivers and record their recollection of how the accident occurred. This gives you an important witness to prevent the guilty party from “changing her story”.

This article was intended to provide helpful information on how to report your car accident and other important information.

Call 911 For Serious Car Accidents

By reporting your car accident to authorities, a police officer will investigate the crash and generally will prepare an accident report which will both diagram the vehicles and also offer the officer’s opinion whether any laws were broken and who was at fault. While portions of the accident report may or may not be admissible in a personal injury trial, they can provide powerful incentive for the adverse insurance company to accept responsibility and attempt to settle a claim.

Houston Police Department Auto Accident Number

You can also call the Houston Police Department auto accident number, which is:
713 247-4072. Again, it is important to document the accident facts before the story may change by the person who is responsible for the crash.

The Houston Police Department also has a nonemergency number of 713-884-3131 and you can visit the Houston Police Department’s website for even more helpful information.

Obtaining An Accident Report

The Texas Department of Transportation handles all of the accident reports in the state of Texas. Police officers that investigate accidents are supposed to write a report on any crash that results in injury or wrongful death or damage to property that is more than $1000. That report should be submitted to the Texas Department of Transportation within 10 days from the crash date. Texas Transportation Code Section 550.062.

Obtaining A Crash Report

To obtain a copy of your car accident report you can go online and obtain one through the Texas Department of Transportation website.

You’ll need some basic information in order to obtain the report such as:
• Names of the parties involved in the accident
• Date of the accident
• Location of the accident
Additionally, the state charges a fee for the crash reports, which are six dollars for a copy for eight dollars for, certified copy of the official crash report.

CALL A HOUSTON AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

The Baumgartner Law Firm offers free consultation to Houston car wreck victim’s who have been injured through the fault of another. To learn about your rights and options call us for a free no obligation consultation. (281) 587-1111 OR fill out the online consultation request form.

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About Texas Car Insurance

Texas Automobile Insurance Explained

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In Texas, everyone that owns a car is required to carry auto liability insurance in case of an accident. This insurance coverage pays to repair the other driver’s car or pays damages up to the policy limits when the accident was your fault.

The minimum coverage in the state of Texas for liability is 30,000 for each injured person with a total of 60,000 per accident. Property damage coverage is a minimum of 25,000 per accident. This is known as the minimum 30/60/25 coverage.

While liability coverage is what is required in Texas, people who can afford to do so should consider additional coverage. We recommend that those that can obtain under insured motorist coverage or underinsured motorist coverage as well as personal injury protection coverage.

There are many accidents throughout the state of Texas with drivers who do not actually have valid car insurance at the time of the crash. If you happen to be in an accident with one of these people and the crash was their fault, you may end up holding the bag, unless you have uninsured motorist coverage.

Unfortunately, Texas has a very high percentage of drivers who do not carry liability coverage. The problem has been exacerbated by the Department of Insurance in Texas allowing insurance companies to sell “junk policies”.

Many people who believe that they have insurance coverage only to find out that they do not after a car wreck.

Proof of Financial Responsibility

Liability coverage is required in at least the following circumstances:

* When asked by an officer.

* When in an accident.

* When you register or renew your registration.

* At your annual car inspection

Fines can be up to $350 and more for the first offense of failing to have proof of financial responsibility.

Use caution when obtaining insurance coverage.

Common limitations or exclusions from coverage include the following:

* Named driver policies – covering only those who are specifically named in the policy.

* Excluded drivers – does not cover people excluded under the policy.

* Business use exclusion – does not provide coverage if the vehicles used for business purpose at the time of the accident.

There are many other exclusions and one should read their policy closely or sit down with their insurance agent and go over your policy at the time of purchase or renewal.

It is much better to spend 15 minutes with your agent than end up with a large bill you are not planning on paying because you do not have the coverage you thought you did.

A. Liability Coverage

Liability coverage pays damages suffered by other people when you are at fault in the accident.

Common damages include the following:

* Personal injury damages.

* Repair costs for replacement their market value for damaged vehicles.

* Rental car expenses for the other driver while their cars being fixed.

Liability coverage generally includes you and your family members, people driving your vehicle with your permission and family members attending school way from home. However it is prudent to check your own policy for exclusions or limitations of coverage (given the junk policy problems in Texas).

B. Collision Coverage

Collision coverage pays for the cost of repairing your own car after an accident. If your vehicle were totaled out you would only receive the fair market value for your vehicle less your deductible.

C. Comprehensive Coverage

Comprehensive coverage pays the cost of repairing your car or replacing it if it is stolen, damaged by the weather or other events other than an automobile accident. Comprehensive coverage will also pay rental car if your vehicle happens to be stolen.

D. Medical Payment Coverage

Medical payment coverage pays medical and/or funeral bills from accidents up to the amount of the limits. It covers you, your family members and passengers regardless of fault. Unfortunately, if you collect from a third party such as a negligent driver medical payment coverage requires you to pay your insurance company back. For this reason, personal injury protection is preferred over medical payment coverage.

E. Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal injury protection covers the same medical expenses as medical payment coverage but it also covers up to 80% of your lost wages. Additionally, medical payment coverage does not need to be repaid if you collect from the negligent driver. The minimum limits of PIP coverage are $2500 but you can buy more coverage if you are inclined. Personal injury protection must be rejected in writing.

F. Underinsured/ Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM)

In Texas and particularly in Houston, underinsured and uninsured motorists coverage is essential if you can afford it. The sheer number of drivers who are driving without insurance coverage makes the odds of your being in an accident with an uninsured driver very high.

Underinsured coverage pays your damages up to the policy limits when the person that caused the accident did not have enough liability coverage.

Uninsured motorist coverage pays your damages when you’re involved in an accident caused by another and they did not carry liability coverage.

You must specifically reject underinsured/underinsured motorist coverage and your insurance carrier must offer you the option of purchasing such coverage.

G. Rental Coverage

This type of coverage pays for rental car if your car has been stolen or damaged in an accident. Usually the benefit is a set dollar per day with a limited number of days.

H. Towing Coverage

This coverage pays for towing a car after an accident and can also include other labor charges such as jumping your battery when your vehicle is disabled.

General Information

Everyone who carries automobile insurance coverage should consider sporadically pricing comparable options from other insurance companies. Many people are surprised that the savings they can accrue if they have been with a company for a number of years without obtaining competitive quotes.

Consumers should also research insurance carriers that are considering buying auto insurance from. Many of the major companies have worked hard on their reputation for customer service. Others have developed a reputation for failure and refusal to pay legitimate claims and requiring litigation to resolve a claim.

Many Texas families are unnecessarily subjected to litigation simply because the insurance carrier they chose has determined to play hardball with every person who makes a claim. This dilemma has been magnified under the provisions of “tort reform” implemented several years ago in the state of Texas.

Additionally, the failure to have a real remedy when an auto insurance company abuses the claim handling procedures has been a real problem for Texas families.

Make sure the insurance company you choose to do business with has a good reputation of being fair in the claims process or you may find the claims process extremely upsetting.

Additional information regarding insurance coverage can be found at www.tdi.texas.gov.

 

Reporting Insurance Company Abuse

Reporting Insurance Company Abuse in Texas

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If you feel you have been abused by your insurance company will open avenues to contact me at Texas Department of insurance and filed a complaint.

We Report Insurance Company Abuse

You can also research your insurance company to obtain information such as the number of justified complaints that have been filed against the company in recent history.

You can download the complaint form here.

The Texas Department of Insurance also has a very helpful page that describes different situations in which you can obtain help from the Texas Department of Insurance.

It should be noted that in the recent past, some people feel the Texas Insurance Commissioner has one more pro-insurance company and less helpful to Texas families than they would like.

Compensation for Wrongful Death Caused by an Auto Accident

Although no amount of money can replace a lost loved one, the law firm of Gregory Baumgartner aims to help the family members of those wrongfully killed in auto accidents receive the most financial compensation available. According to the National Center for Statistics & Analysis of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2005 Texas suffered 3,504 fatalities from traffic accidents. Of that amount, 1,371 or 39% of those fatalities involved a driver whose blood alcohol concentration was .08 or higher and 1.426 of those fatalities were caused by speeding. Crashes involving large trucks were to blame for 502 fatalities.

Potential causes and types of auto accidents:

Call A Houston Car Accident Lawyer

Although a client’s presence is necessary for some aspects of the litigation process, the Texas based firm of Gregory Baumgartner attempts to minimize inconvenience to the client and the amount of the client’s time that is needed. We at the Baumgartner Law Firm want clients to be at peace knowing legal matters are being taken care of for them; allowing clients to maintain their lifestyle as much as possible and focus on becoming whole again. Call us at (281) 587-1111.


Successful Auto Injury Lawsuits

It is important to hire a competent car accident attorney in Houston, as soon as possible after being involved in an auto accident and to communicate fully with that attorney so he or she can begin gathering evidence. Physical and medical evidence are important to a case and a car accident lawyer needs to be able to begin gathering it as soon as possible. Experts are also key elements in a successful auto injury case or auto accident wrongful death case. Gregory S. Baumgartner and his Houston based law firm maintain an extensive bank of experts including reconstructionists, investigators, law enforcement personnel, experts in technology, treating physicians and specialists in nearly every medical specialty.


Getting Medical Treatment

The Baumgartner firm works with a client’s current treating doctors as they know continuity of medical service is extremely important tin order for car wreck victims to recover as quickly and as fully as possible.


Contact a Houston auto accident attorney

One of the critical choices you will make is who you choose to represent you after a serious car wreck. The Houston car accident lawyers at the Baumgartner Law Firm have been helping personal injury victims for three decades with an awesome record of success. Call us for a consultation on an auto accident in the Houston, Texas area.

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Baumgartner Undergraduate Scholarship

Baumgartner Law Firm is pleased to announce the Baumgartner Law Firm Undergraduate Scholarship for the 2017 school year. This scholarship is intended to help a student pursuing higher education. There’s no stipulation on the field of interest, geographic location or college attended for this scholarship.

 

CRITERIA:

In order to apply, applicant must be enrolled or accepted at an accredited school & be an undergraduate. This scholarship will be awarded based on need and commitment to helping others.
Deadline: Aug 31, 2017

AMOUNT:

This scholarship is a one time award of $1,000

DEADLINE:

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is August 31, 2017.

A winner will be announced by November 30, 2017.

We will notify the winner by email or a telephone call and will post the winner on the Baumgartner Law Firm Facebook page and Google + pages.

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