At The Báez Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers see these types of cases on a daily basis. Although the term "personal injury" is broad, we are going to concentrate on injuries as a result of a car accident in this post. The reality is this: unless you have been injured, most personal injury lawyers won't take your case in an auto accident. In other words, the fact that a vehicle hit you from behind is not enough for a case to be taken by a personal injury attorney. You need an injury! Why is this? Well, these type of cases are generally taken on a contingency basis, which means that an attorney can only collect a percentage of the recovered fees. When a property damage is settled, the insurance company WILL NOT pay more than what they are legally obligated to pay. Which happens to be the amount of "damage" on your car, and not a penny more.
Attorneys are not lining up to work a case for free. That is the reason why attorneys are not in the business of helping people only for the property damage that their car may have suffered. They will not get paid, unless you pay them out of your own pocket - which is not a good thing to do on a personal injury case. Now, unless you are a doctor, that would know whether you have been injured as a result of an accident, our advice is for you to visit a doctor for an examination each and every time that you have an auto accident. The reasoning behind that is simple. There are many injuries that only medical professionals can detect or even diagnose. Many people believe that because the accident was "not that bad" that there they were not injured. This is often far from the truth.
We have fought many insurance companies when they did not believe that our clients were injured as a result of a small auto accident, only to find out that our client was indeed injured and, consequently, they had to pay for that injury. Again, unless you are a medical professional, you should not assume that you were not injured as a result of an auto accident. The insurance companies are banking on this. In fact, I believe that they act as though they are going to help you, only to usurp you from what you actually deserve.
If you are in need of an auto accident attorney in San Antonio or Austin, look no further than The Báez Law Firm. We treat our clients like family and will fight for what you deserve.