Have you been injured in a car accident?
If you’ve been in a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns. Who will pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering? Who will make sure the other driver’s insurance company pays you a fair amount for your car? Do I need a car accident report? What should you say during your recorded statement? Which doctor should you see?
WE HAVE THE ANSWERS
These are only a few of the many questions that follow a car accident. Allbee Law Firm is one of Texas’ Top 10 Personal Injury Firms. We have handled hundreds of car accident cases and recovered millions of dollars. We will help you develop a strategy that is specific to your case. Our goal is to help you receive the maximum compensation you are owed.
WE CAN HELP YOU FIND DOCTORS WHO WILL WAIT TO BE PAID UNTIL YOUR CASE SETTLES
If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you’ve probably realized that many doctors won’t treat car accident victims. Insurance laws can make it difficult for doctors to be paid for their services. However, some medical providers will delay payment if you are represented by a car accident attorney who can provide a Letter of Protection.
A Letter of Protection is basically a contract where your car accident lawyer promises to pay the medical provider from your settlement proceeds.
Through the years, Allbee Law Firm has accumulated a list of doctors and medical providers who accept Letters of Protection. You are free to use any medical provider you choose, but we can also help you find a medical provider if you can’t afford to pay for medical treatment out of pocket.
WE WILL HELP YOU BUILD A CASE
We will get to work as soon as you retain us. We will contact the other driver’s car insurance carrier and set up the claim for you. By setting up the claim on your behalf, you will not have to give a recorded statement. This will completely eliminate the possibility of you saying something that could harm your case. We will give the other driver’s insurance adjuster permission to inspect your damaged vehicle, but they will not be able to discuss your injuries or record any conversations.
Once your claim is set up, we will make sure you are receiving the medical treatment you need to help you feel better. Medical treatment is very important to every car accident personal injury case. First of all, the treatment should help you feel better. Medical treatment is also important because the doctors will create detailed records. The medical records will document the severity of your injuries and provide a record of your progress. These medical records will be very helpful in negotiating a settlement with the auto insurance adjuster or proving your case in court.
WE WILL SEEK MAXIMUM COMPENSATION FOR YOUR CAR ACCIDENT INJURIES
During the negotiation process, most insurance companies will give an initial offer that is unreasonable. Sadly, some attorneys will simply accept the initial offer and move on. Allbee Law Firm is committed to maximizing your recovery. We will present counter offers and use our extensive negotiating skills to maximize your recovery.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to file a lawsuit for car accident cases. Many lawyers and firms choose to withdraw or refer your car accident case to another law firm to handle. Some firms refer or drop cases because they lack experience, resources, or they’re just plain afraid. Mike Allbee is an experienced personal injury lawyer who is not afraid to take a case to court. We will personally file a law suit for your car accident case if that is what’s necessary to help you receive fair compensation for your car accident case.
WE HAVE THE EXPERIENCE YOU NEED
Allbee Law Firm is led by Mike “Big Mike” Allbee. Mike is one of the nation’s’ Top 10 Attorneys Under 40. In 2017, Allbee Law Firm was recognized as one of the Top 10 personal injury law firms in Texas. We have represented clients in car accident, truck accident, and many other types of personal injury cases. Call 817-BIG-MIKE (817-244-6453) for a free, no obligation, consultation. We are a well known Arlington personal injury law firm, but we also have offices in Fort Worth and Dallas to better serve our clients.
Under Texas law, you are required to report any car accident that causes at least $1,000 in property damage and/or causes any injuries or death.
Accident reports can be very helpful in determining who caused the car accident. Accident reports include information such as the driver’s name, date of birth, license plate number, and other information that will help you locate and properly identify the defendant. Car accident reports also include the responding police officer’s thoughts regarding how the car accident occurred, who was at fault, etc.
The Texas Department of Transportation has a website that will allow you to purchase a copy of your accident report here. The website allows you to purchase a certified or non-certified copy of your car accident report. Certified copies of your accident report will cost $8.00 Certified accident reports may be admissible in court, so you might consider buying a certified version of your car accident report if you believe your case will go to trial. Otherwise, a non-certified copy of your car accident report will probably be sufficient. Non-certified copies cost $6.
Many cities, including Arlington, Grand Prairie, and Mansfield, have their own police department website that will allow you to purchase a copy of your accident report directly from the police department.
There’s not a particular advantage to purchasing your accident report directly from the police department other than there’s a pretty good chance that your car accident report will show up on the local police department website sooner than it will show up on the Texas Department of Transportation website.
Keep in mind that there are some cities, such as Dallas, who don’t have a website that allows you to purchase a copy of your accident report. For these cities, you will need to physically go to the police department to purchase the report or wait for the report to be uploaded to the Texas Department of Transportation Website.
No, you will not need to pay your car accident lawyer if you don’t win your case. Allbee Law Firm works on a contingency fee. This means we only get paid if when you get paid. Period.
We do a good job of screening and investigating car accident cases. We only take cases where we believe there is enough evidence to prove that you were legitimately injured and that the other driver caused the car accident through their negligence. By taking your case, we’re indicating that we believe you have a winning case and we’re excited to be able to help you. However, if there is a detail that makes your case impossible to win then we will inform you of the issue, answer any questions you may have, and part ways in a friendly manner without you owing Allbee Law Firm any attorneys fees or expenses. Again, we only get paid if you get paid.
The easiest option is to call Allbee Law Firm at 817-244-6453. We can discuss the details of your case over the phone or we can make arrangements to discuss your case face-to-face. We provide free consultations, so discussing the case in person or on the phone is free.
Once we confirm that there is a case we can help you with, we will need to sign a contract. The contract is intended to provide clarity for you and us. For example, it will state that we’re representing you for a car accident and not a traffic ticket, divorce, or another legal issue.
The contract will also include information on the contingency fees that we charge. Some firms are secretive when it comes to the percentages they charge. We’re confident in the value we can bring to your case, so we prefer to put our rates out in the open. If we’re able to resolve your case without filing a lawsuit, our law firm charges a contingency fee of 33.33% of the total settlement amount. If we have to file a lawsuit, the rate goes up to 40% of the settlement because there’s more work and risk involved. Our contingency fee goes up to 45% for cases that go to trial for the same reason (more work and risk involved.)
Because we guarantee that we will not take more money than the client, there are some situations where we will have to reduce our attorney’s fees lower than the percentages listed above. We refuse to receive a payment that is larger than the clients because we are genuinely focused on doing what’s best for each and every client.
In most situations, you will not need to hire a car accident lawyer for a car accident that did not cause injuries. Generally speaking, car insurance carriers tend to pay a fair amount for damage that is done to vehicles. Because the insurance companies tend to pay a fair amount for property damage to your car, there’s really no need to hire a car accident lawyer. We simply can’t add value to your case if it only involves property damage.
No, you should not give a recorded statement about your car accident in most situations. However, there is an exception.
Our goal is to help you receive the maximum amount of compensation you are owed. We have a tremendous amount of education, training, and experience that allows us to know what helps or hurts your case. Chances are that you don’t have the same training and experience. For this reason, we prefer setting up any insurance claims for you. By setting up the claim on your behalf, we completely eliminate the possibility of you unintentionally saying something that will harm your case.
What about the exception? Well, when you purchase car insurance you’re basically entering into a contract with your auto insurance carrier. As part of the contract, you agree to cooperate with your own car insurance carrier. For this reason, you will be obligated to provide a recorded statement if your auto insurance carrier asks for a statement that arises out of an uninsured or underinsured motorist claim or personal injury protection benefits. In these situations, we strongly prefer to have a strategy session to prepare you for your recorded statement. We also prefer being on the phone with you while the statement is given to your car insurance carrier.
Every car accident case is different, so there isn’t a specific time frame, but here are a few bits of information that should help narrow things down a bit:
1 – You must finish be done receiving therapy and medical treatment before negotiations begin. It would be a huge disservice to you if we settled your case for $20,000 and then found out that you need a $30,000 surgery. With few exceptions, we will wait until you are released from medical treatment before we begin negotiations.
2 – We must have a copy of all of your relevant medical bills and records. Once you are released from medical treatment, your doctor will finalize their notes and reports. Doctors usually send the final bills and records within a few weeks of your release date. This means that the accident adjuster assigned to your case won’t even be able to review your bills and records for a few weeks after your car accident.
3 – The adjuster must be given time to review your medical bills and records. We use case law that requires an insurance adjuster to respond to our settlement demand within two weeks of receiving our settlement demand. In most situations, we will receive a settlement offer right around the two-week mark, but most cases involve going back and forth with the adjuster until we receive their top offer. The back and forth conversations can take several days to a few weeks depending on how responsive the insurance adjuster is.
4 – We have to negotiate your medical bills before we can disburse your settlement. Once we settle your case, we will negotiate your medical bills so that we can get you more money. Most medical bills can be negotiated within a few days to a few weeks. Cases involving health insurance and hospital bills can often take longer.
If everything goes smooth, most cases can be resolved approximately two months after you finish your medical treatment, but, as I said before, every case is unique.
Most people receive their settlement check within 2-4 weeks of settling their car accident case.
Once your car accident case is settled, we start negotiating your medical bills. Negotiating with medical providers allows you to receive more compensation. On average, we can negotiate most medical bills within 2-5 days. Hospital bills tend to take longer to negotiate because many hospitals require their legal department to review medical bill reductions which slows down the process. Medicare is known for slowing down the process the most. We’ve had some cases where Medicare has responded within a few weeks and we’ve seen other cases where it has taken Medicare several months to acknowledge our reduction request.