Life After a Forklift Accident

Have you been injured from a truck wreck and have questions about life after a forklift accident? Contact our McAllen lawyers to get started.

Choosing the Best Attorney

Life After a Forklift AccidentWhen choosing a forklift injury attorney, there are four things you should ask. The first thing is whether or not that lawyer or that firm is a personal injury trial firm. That means all the cases they handle are exclusively personal injury claims. At the Law Firm of Ricardo A. Garcia, that’s all we do. We dedicate ourselves to these kinds of cases. The next thing you want to know is whether or not that lawyer is experienced and has had success in handling those cases. You can go one step further and ask them to show you the files that they’ve worked on. Again, we’ve had success with personal injury cases.

The other thing you should ask is whether or not they’re a trial lawyer. A trial lawyer means that they’ll handle your case from beginning to end. In other words, they will go to court and fight for the case. Lastly, are they a board-certified trial lawyer? In other words, are they recognized by the state as one of the top 3% of lawyers in their field?

Settlement Timeline

The length of time it takes to resolve a forklift accident can be anywhere from 18 months to two years, or sometimes even a little longer. That’s because of several factors. One factor is the court docket: how many cases does a judge have in front of you that are still waiting? The other thing is how fair and reasonable an insurance company wants to be with you. It’s within their control as far as if they could resolve the case early or way down the road. They’re the ones that hold the cards as far as if and when they’re going to be fair.

The other thing that will also come into play is your healing process. We’re not going to resolve a case until we’re sure that you’ve reached maximum medical improvement. Then, at that point in time, we can look at everything you’ve gone through and all the harms and losses that you’ve suffered to put a value on your claim. We then take that to the insurance company and figure whether or not they’re being fair with you, and what we’re going to have to do to get that fairness for you.

Claim Value

You may be wondering how we determine the value of a forklift injury claim.

The first aspect of determining the value of a claim is examining the type of injury that occurred. This often involves many factors, and it’s not unusual for many of these factors to be unknowns at the very beginning. As a result, any value estimate at the start of a claim is just that — an estimate.

The value determination starts with looking at the injury and what occurred from there. Did they have surgery? If so, what was the cost of surgery?

Will there be the need for future surgeries? What about future impairment or disfigurement?

Will the person lose earning capacity? Will they be able to continue to do their job? Did they lose wages?

What was the conduct that resulted in the injury? Was it egregious?

Each of these factors are involved in determining the value of a claim. It’s an evolving process, with the picture becoming clearer as each informational “puzzle piece” clicks into place.

One of the great benefits of hiring an experienced forklift accident lawyer is knowing they will make sure every relevant factor will be incorporated into determining the value of your claim.

Insurance Investigation

We do not recommend speaking to the insurance company after your injury because you want to speak with one voice. We can be the conduit, if you will, for the information the insurance company will want. Having one source communicating with the insurance company prevents confusion and it protects the value of your claim. The insurance adjusters know they may be able to manipulate and confuse claimants they can get on the phone; that won’t happen when they speak to your forklift accident lawyer.


Have you or a loved one been severely injured from a truck wreck and have questions about life after a forklift accident?

Contact our experienced McAllen forklift accident attorneys at the Law Firm of Ricardo A. Garcia today for a free consultation and case evaluation.

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