Glasheen Valles and Inderman was the best choice by far. - - Eleana Flores
Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer in Texas and New Mexico
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, regardless of where you live, our motor vehicle crash lawyers will be happy to evaluate your potential case through a free consultation.Contact Our Firm
- How do I pay an attorney to help me?
Most injury attorneys such as the law firm of Glasheen, Valles & Inderman will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe any fees unless we are successful in recovering money for you. We are also willing to pay the expenses in your case “up front.” You also will not owe us any fee or expenses unless we make a successful recovery in your case. We do not charge for our initial consultation and we will be happy to review our contract with you and explain in person how the fee agreements work. A typical contingency is 40% plus expenses, depending upon the type of case.
Most personal injury attorneys don’t require a retainer. A retainer is an up-front payment for attorney services. As the attorney works, they will bill against the retainer. Because most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency percentage fee, no retainer or up-front payment is required; the lawyer won’t be paid until the very end of the case, making it easier for clients to obtain the services of a personal injury attorney.
- How do you identify a board-certified attorney?
A Board Certified Attorney is entitled to indicate certification on business cards and letterhead by stating “Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.” The Attorney may also display the certificate of Special Competence awarded by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and list the certification in legal directories and telephone listings under “Attorneys-Board Certified.” Kevin Glasheen is Board Certified in Personal Injury and Civil Trial Law.
- How long do I have to make a claim for personal injuries?
For personal injury claims the time period to file a claim could be anywhere from one year to four years depending upon the type of claim that you have. Generally, the time limit is two years to file suit in Texas. It is important to get advice from an attorney because the exact time limits can depend upon the specific facts of your case. It is important to hire an attorney soon after an accident. The insurance companies usually respond immediately and so should you. An attorney can help preserve evidence that otherwise may be lost forever.
- I was in an accident and I didn’t think I was hurt but now my neck or back hurts, what shall I do?
Very often when a person is in a traumatic accident, they don’t begin to feel pain for a day or two after the accident. This is because swelling and inflammation may not take place until sometime after the initial trauma. Often it is the inflammation that causes impingement on the nerves and pain. Sometimes the initial adrenaline and excitement from the accident can mask the pain as well. It is important to see the right kind of doctor that is accustomed to dealing with the kind of injuries that you have received. A lot of general practitioners and emergency room doctors are not really accustomed to treating the kind of trauma that is common in an automobile accident. We can make suggestions on doctors who are experienced in seeing automobile accident cases. Who you see as a doctor is up to you and there are certainly many doctors who are experienced in the area of trauma to choose from.
- I’ve been hurt in an accident, and I keep getting phone calls and visits from people I don’t know.
An unfortunate and illegal practice in personal injury law is known as barratry, or more commonly referred to as ambulance chasing or case running. Lawyers and people who work for lawyers are prohibited from making unsolicited contact with potential clients in the form of in-person visits or telephone calls. Often times after a highly publicized accident where a potentially valuable claim exists, unethical lawyers will—either themselves or through someone they hire—attempt to contact the claimants or meet them at their homes or hospital rooms. Sometimes they pose as grief counselors, funeral home staff, or even healthcare providers like nurses.
Know that you have the right to refuse to talk to these people, and if possible, you should report them to the local authorities.
For more information about barratry, click here.
- What if the other driver left the accident scene without stopping?
Try to write down the license plate of the other vehicle. With that information we can attempt to track down the vehicle’s owner and obtain the insurance information on that vehicle. If we can get the insurance information, then the claim will proceed like any other type of motor vehicle accident claim.However, if it is not possible to track down the other driver’s information then we have to look at the client’s insurance coverage to see if they are covered by uninsured motorist coverage. If the client does not have uninsured motorist coverage it can be somewhat difficult to obtain any recovery for the client.