This is the first post in a series on the handling of back and spine injuries in Austin, Texas. We have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many negligence victims do know their rights, or appreciate the gravity of the situation, after they have hurt their back. Such victims may find themselves accepting a “low ball” settlement which does not meet their future needs. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will assist residents of our area in knowing what to expect after they have been hurt. Our goal is also to provide information which you will find beneficial when selecting a personal injury attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Why back injury cases can require dealing with insurance, for an extended period of time, before filing a lawsuit
- The types of disputes which often arise in regards to the victim’s damages
- The need for expert witnesses in cases involving spinal damage
- Third-party liability in cases involving a workplace injury
There are multiple reasons why Plaintiffs in our area should understand these issues. First, a proper demand cannot be made to the insurance companies until a victim’s future losses (both medical and financial) can be reasonably calculated. In cases involving serious injury to the back this can take some time. As a result, your lawyers may go back and forth with insurance adjusters, for months, while you are treating. Second, the defendants will typically dispute the extent to which the victim has been harmed and they will typically disagree as to the victim’s ability to earn a living going forward. As a result, the parties may engage in a lengthy dispute regarding damages. Third, expert witnesses are often required in serious injury cases in order to establish the extent of the victim’s injuries and how their earning potential has been impacted. Finally, one may have a “non-subscriber claim” against a company that can be handled through the civil system even if they were harmed in the workplace.
One point we cannot stress enough is that you must seek immediate treatment after you have sustained a back injury. If you do not immediately go to the doctor then you will open yourself up to claims that you injured your back after the accident in some other type of incident. Once you have been to the doctor then it is important to contact an experienced back and spine injury attorney to assist you in dealing with insurers. Our Austin lawyers have handled many cases involving such injuries and are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.