The Houston Auto Accidents Attorneys at DeSimone Law Office quite often hear from victims of traffic accidents who after an accident have tried to deal with the at fault driver’s insurance company themselves to recover their property and personal injury damages. How does the old adage go? A lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client. The same can be said for a car accident victim who thinks he can represent himself on an auto accident and get a fair shake from the at fault driver’s insurance company. The insurance company representative seems friendly enough when you call. The insurance representative will say let us just take a recorded statement to clear everything up. What the unwitting claimant does not realize is that this statement is taken in an attempt to twist the injured party’s words around so as to relieve the insurance company from having to pay any or at least a part of any valid insurance claim. After a few days the insurance company announces to the injured claimant that they will not be paying or will only be paying for part of the injured party’s damages. The injured party having never dealt with this situation before is furious. They are hurt with typically no way to pay for medical treatment, their car is not drivable, and they do not typically have the funds to repair the car or arrange for alternative transportation. If that person is fortunate enough to call DeSimone Law Office , usually we can clean the situation up to get the person the medical attention they need and transportation until their car is repaired. The other situation that is more devastating goes as follows. When the insurance company realizes that its’ years of tactics in denying claims will not stop the fact that they have to pay, they will offer to settle the whole case immediately. For anywhere from a couple of hundred to a thousand dollars they will offer to settle the injury claim immediately. Unbelievably many injured parties’ accept these settlements having bought into the insurance company propaganda that the injured pary will be well in a few days with some hot baths. Of course this does not happen. Not only does the pain from the accident not subside, it get s worse. The injured party, who probably needs thousands of dollars in medical treatment, now calls DeSimone Law Office wanting to know what they can do to get the medical treatment and compensation for their injuries they deserve. In most cases nothing. The chances of proving that a settlement agreement once signed is not binding on the parties is almost nil. The injured party has signed away all their rights.
If you have been in an accident, do not deal with the insurance company and sign away your rights. Call the lawyers at DeSimone Law Office. We will make sure that you get the compensation you deserve.