On September 8, 2016, Trevor Taylor gave a continuing legal education presentation at the 2016 Car Wrecks Seminar put on by the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. His topic was the 30 minute car wreck voir dire in Travis County.
Only lawyers that are board certified can call themselves specialists in an area of law. Board certified personal injury trial lawyers are specialists in the area of personal injury suits (claims including auto accidents, truck collisions, slip and falls, or insurance contract claims). To become board certified in personal injury trial law, you need substantial involvement in that area of law. You need at least ten cases tried to verdict as lead counsel, with at least five jury trials to verdict. To become board certified, you must provide references of other attorney’s or judges that are familiar with your capabilities. You must also pass a written exam in personal injury trial law. Only ten percent of all lawyers in Texas are board certified. For more information about Texas board certified lawyers, go to www.tbls.com.
One of the most common questions I get in my practice is the most basic– do I even need a lawyer? If you’ve been in an auto accident, the answer is not always yes. When the accident report is clear that the other driver is at fault and there are no aggravating factors affecting the claim (i.e. the other driver was drunk), you can sometimes resolve a property damage claim without a lawyer. Here are some tips to help you deal with these claims: (more…)
In some cases, you may not need to hire a lawyer to resolve your auto accident injury claim. If your injuries are minor (i.e. soft tissue injury) and heal up in a week or two, you may be able to resolve the claim without a lawyer. If you are going to handle the case on your own, get a copy of the accident report. Get an itemized bill from each of the medical providers you saw (hospital bill, bill from ER doctor, bill from your primary care physician, physical therapist or chiropractor), and put a summary of those bills in a spreadsheet. Also order from the medical providers the medical records for your dates of service. Finally, keep track of your days lost from work. Get your employer to write a letter verifying that you missed X number of days from work because of the wreck. Once you have this information, forward it on to the adjuster with a “demand letter.” (more…)
Health insurance companies accept premiums in return for the risk of your future injury. Insurance companies don’t return your premiums if for any given month you don’t need health care. And that is fair, as long as they pay your claims for months that your do need health care. If you are injured in a car wreck or other accident, health insurance companies must pay your medical bills. But buried in the fine print of many health insurance policies are subrogation clauses. Those clauses provide that health insurance companies get paid back from the settlement or judgment proceeds from an injury claim.