If you were the unfortunate victim of a car accident, an experienced lawyer at McDonald Worley in Baytown will ensure that your rights are protected. Besides injuries, auto accidents can cause a great deal of collateral damage.
You might find yourself facing unprecedented medical bills, expensive car repairs, along with other expenses related to the accident. If you cannot work due to the injuries, you might even find yourself stuck in a position where you aren’t earning any income.
Our team of lawyers works with car accident victims to ensure that the party responsible is held accountable. All you need to do is set up a free consultation with our team today. We will evaluate your case and provide you with answers regarding the party responsible for your costs as well as the amount of compensation that you deserve.
Together, the Baytown personal injury lawyers that work in our law firm have decades of experience helping victims in such cases. Allow us to help you with your case. We are committed to protecting the rights of all our clients and will work hard on your behalf to make sure that you receive compensation for your injuries and damages.
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How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Baytown Auto Accident Attorney?
The majority of people either won’t bother trying or are hesitant about contacting an attorney after they have suffered a personal injury, as they are under the preconceived notion that a lawyer will cost a lot of money.
But most of the personal injury attorneys in Baytown operate on a contingency basis, meaning that you will only pay when the case has been successfully won. At that juncture, the fee liable to us will depend on a pre-determined percentage, which ranges from 25% to 40%.
The fee is also based on the amount of effort and work the attorney has invested in your case or in case you agree to a settlement deal from the insurance service provider before the commencement of court proceedings.
In such cases, chances are you will owe the attorney significantly less than you would if the case were to go to trial.
This kind of payment structure means that you will be required to pay your attorney a certain fee after you have received a settlement. This also infers that the attorney will be dedicated to your case because their payday will be contingent on the settlement amount they can get.
Alternatively, other attorneys work with different kinds of payment structures. They are either based on hourly fees or flat fees.
There are certain cases where these options may be a preferable option, whereas many clients will be served better with the contingency plan agreement.
How is an Auto Accident Claim Value Determined in Texas?
The most important thing to note each case is different. No two cases are identical. This meaning that two people suffering similar injuries may opt to settle their claims for varying amounts. Our accident attorneys have to evaluate your claim before telling you how much it’s worth.
Insurance Policy Limits: Texas regulations mandate all drivers to have a certain amount of coverage when it comes to auto insurance. Some drivers may opt to buy additional coverage. But the minimum amounts go for:
- $30,000 per injured person
- $60,000 per accident (for injuries)
- $25,000 per accident (for property damage)
Can You File an Accident Claim Against the Government?
Though it’s permissible to file a claim against the government, chances are it will be dismissed. The government has indemnity in almost every situation but with a few exceptions to the rule.
Among the exceptions is when your claim falls under the Texas Tort Claims Act. This act waives the immunity of the government partially, allowing the plaintiff(s) to file a lawsuit in two scenarios:
- Damages and injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents
- Death or injury resulting from the condition of personal or real property
To be found responsible, a government employee must prove to have met these criteria:
- At the time of injury, they were operating under the scope of employment
- They would’ve been considered responsible if they were a private citizen, not acting as a government employee
If you happen to meet both criteria, your suit against the government will most likely go through. However, there are parameters as to how much you will recover. For an auto accident case, the maximum you can demand personal injury damages is $250,000. Also, for government claims, there’s a notice requirement.
In these cases, the statute of limitations is two years, but you will be required to notify the government way earlier than that. Generally, the notice should be done in six months, but there are some cities where it’s shorter. For instance, Baytown, Texas, mandates that you submit a notice within three months of the accident happening.
Contact our Baytown Car Accident Lawyers Now!
If you have been involved in a car accident in Baytown or the surrounding area, you can trust the experienced personal injury firm of McDonald Worley to assist you with your case..
We provide legal assistance 24/7, which means that you can get in touch with us whenever you want. If we agree to take on your case, we won’t charge you for the services provided unless we first win the case.
Contact McDonald Worley immediately to set up your free consultation. We have decades of experience working with the victims of auto accidents throughout Texas, including Baytown. To ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair compensation for your damages,
call us within the shortest time possible so that we can help you secure the compensation you are entitled to.