I Was Hurt in an Accident – Now What?

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In the recently released 2019 statistics from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), someone is hurt in a car accident in our state every two minutes. There was a combined vehicle damage amount of $39.2 billion in the same year. However, the worst part of auto and truck accidents is not the economic loss. Each year in Texas, there are over 12,000 serious injury crashes with over 15,000 serious injuries. The average amount paid toward injuries per person is more than $15,000. That is a life-changing amount of money for most American families. And, that amount is not even for substantial or catastrophic injuries. Disabilities, surgeries, physical therapy, medications, and loss of wages during recovery are just a few of the costs that mount into the thousands for Texas accident victims.  

If you are one of the thousands of Texans who has been injured in an accident, you will likely have many questions. Maybe you’re wondering what comes next now that the accident is over, and you’re left with a damaged car, aches and pains, and the bills are mounting. Ryan the Lion Thompson is dedicated to helping people who are in just such situations and has prepared this article to help you anticipate what is to come and navigate the steps successfully.  

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Get Medical Treatment 

It cannot be overstated – please visit a doctor after suffering an accident! Nothing is more important than your health and wellbeing. There are over 15,000 suspected serious injury motor vehicle crashes in Texas each year, so sadly, many accident victims do not have a choice to seek medical treatment – they are rushed from the scene by ambulance. 

If you are lucky enough after an accident to be in a position to choose whether or not to seek medical care – make the right choice! Adrenaline, shock or other emotions after an accident can mask pain. Even if you feel fine at the time, delayed onset injuries are common in impact accidents. Car or truck accidents, workplace accidents, slip & fall accidents are common culprits. Delayed onset injuries from accidents frequently impact the spine (whiplash, AOMSI, LMSI, strains, sprains, fractures), and spinal injuries have massive impacts on a person’s health, well-being, and longevity.  

It’s critical to seek medical attention right away after an accident. The sooner you have a clear diagnosis and treatment plan in place, the better your odds are of making the fullest recovery and avoiding long-term complications.  

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Gather Your Documents  

There are some documents that will be very helpful for you to prove negligence in a Texas accident event. Such documentation will likely be requested by the involved parties, insurance companies, and attorneys. Be sure that you make copies of the documents so that originals are maintained, and all parties can receive copies as required.  

Documents Needed to Prove Negligence and Loss in a Texas Car Accident: 

  • Accident report (frequently referred to as the police report) 
  • Names and contact information of accident participants and witnesses 
  • Copies of any citations issued on the day of the accident 
  • Medical records from injuries sustained in the wreck  
  • Copies of all medical bills 
  • Names and contact information of medical professionals that treated you 
  • Copies of receipts from any out of pocket payments for medical care 
  • Copies of receipts from any out of pocket payments for property damage repair 
  • Proof of lost wages 
  • Certificate of death 

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Do You Need an Accident Attorney? 

You deserve justice after suffering injury and losses due to someone else’s negligence. The pain, the loss of income from missed work, the implications for your family, and the inconvenience of a lengthy insurance battle are all reasons to take the situation seriously. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to navigate the aftermath of a serious accident with the help of an expert.  

Deciding to hire an accident attorney can feel overwhelming. There is mixed information and many opinions online. It’s difficult to know what information to trust. The good news is you can locate a great attorney by evaluating just 3 key factors.  

Do they have great results? Ryan the Lion has won over $1.8 Billion for his clients. With dozens of professional achievement and client service awards, recognized state-wide, regionally, and nationally, his reputation for success precedes him.  

Do they have great recommendations? Check with your network of family and friends. Does Ryan Thompson’s name keep coming up? Many of Ryan’s clients come to him by recommendation of past clients’ family and friends. There are also hundreds of online reviews where you can read testimonials of highly satisfied past and current clients.  

Are they the right fit for you? Only you can answer this question. A 100%-free, no-risk, no-commitment, 15-minute phone call to Ryan’s office can get your questions answered and the ball rolling on your claim. Call to see if Ryan and his team are the right fit for you. 

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The Key Components to Texas Accident Payouts 

After you have sought medical treatment, gathered documents, and decided to hire Ryan the Lion, the claim process can begin in earnest. To force the insurance companies to fairly compensate victims of accidents, there are some important facts to prove in the insurance demand.  

If you’re involved in an accident, and you are seeking to receive money for your bodily injuries or other damages, you must prove that the other person was negligent. Negligence as a legal concept means, “the failure to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable or prudent person would do in the same or similar circumstances.”  

In general, the following steps 1-3 refer to determining negligence. Steps 4-5 refer to determining losses. Ryan and his team will analyze your accident circumstances thoroughly to determine the full extent of negligence and damages with confidence. 

  1. A duty was owed. For instance, every driver has a legal duty to other drivers to follow the laws of the road and to maintain car insurance. If the speed limit is posted as 40 MPH, drivers have a duty to not exceed the posted speed limit. 
  1. The duty was breached. When a duty is breached, one person did not do what they were supposed to do. Speeding, running a stoplight, drunk driving, and not carrying car insurance are all examples of a breach of legal duty. 
  1. The breach of duty caused an actual injury. An actual injury can be physical, such as a broken arm, or it can be damage to your personal property. 
  1. You must be able to prove that the accident caused your injuriesTo prove that the accident caused your injuries, you would rely on your medical reports, a police report, and your attorney. 
  1. You must be able to prove that you lost money. To prove that you lost money, you would rely on documented medical bills, car repairs, lost wages, loss of companionship, and even funeral expenses. 

Negligence and losses pertain to the key components of the claim demand that your attorney will draft for you, articulating in insurance terms the liability and damages. In the simplest sense, liability is a decision of who is responsible for the negligent acts, and damages are the losses and their related repair and financial recovery. 

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Ryan The Lion is Here to Help 

Ryan is driven to help people who have been hurt in accidents that are a result of the error and negligence of others. He knows well the hurt and the stress that can come from these accidents, as his family experienced this trauma when he was young. His mother was hit by an 18-wheeler in a serious crash that made an enormous impact on the family. When you and your family need help, remember there is an expert in the field who truly understands the challenges you are facing – and is committed to helping you overcome them.  

If you or a loved one are involved in an accident due to the negligence of another party, reach out any time for a 100% free, no-risk consultation. Ryan’s firm offers free case evaluations and in 15 minutes or less on the phone with his legal experts, you can get on the path to recovery and compensation. Contact Ryan’s team any time of day or night here: 

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