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Person in wheelchair facing maximum medical improvement for paralysis injuries after accident.

What Is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) in a Personal Injury Case?

When you get injured in an accident, it can take just a few weeks to heal. However, if you experience a severe injury, it could take months or years to heal. In some cases, you may be living with your injury for the rest of your life.  When your doctor is treating you, they will use what’s called maximum medical improvement (MMI) to let you know what your recovery will look like from now into the future. Then, you can

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Hospital lien bill after a car accident in Texas.

What Happens When I Get A Hospital Lien After A Car Accident?

You recently got into a car accident that was so bad you had to be rushed to the hospital. Even though you couldn’t provide any insurance information or payment, the hospital treated you – as Texas hospitals are legally required to do. Now, you’re dealing with medical bills and hospital debt and you don’t know what to do. The truth is you’re not alone. According to, hospital costs in the United States are an average of $3,949 per day

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Corpus Christi car mechanic performing work that may contribute to a car accident.

Holding A Repair Shop Or Auto Mechanic Liable For A Car Accident

When you visit a repair shop or auto mechanic, you expect them to provide a high level of service. And of course, you also expect that they’ll make decisions and repairs with your safety and well-being in mind. But here’s the problem: Even if you have a recommendation from someone you trust, there’s no way of knowing if a repair shop or mechanic will do what they say. In fact, they could make a simple mistake that puts you at

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Injured car accident victim suffering from whiplash

Whiplash Caused By A Car Accident – Is This Your Only Injury?

  According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 12,186 serious injury crashes in 2018 with 14,937 people sustaining a serious injury. While these injuries take on many forms, those associated with the neck and back are typically among the most common. Whiplash is a common, yet serious, injury that often results from a car accident. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke defines whiplash as follows: Whiplash-a soft tissue injury to the neck-is also called neck sprain

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Personal injury victim expressing anger on social media.

Can Insurance Companies Use Social Media To Ruin A Personal Injury Case?

There are over 330 million people in the United States. Just last year, over 70% of the U.S. population had a social media account. With a tap of the send button, your friends, family, and even strangers can receive instant updates of the largest or smallest events in your life. Think twice before you tweet, snap, and post When you’re in the middle of a personal injury case, just remember the Miranda Warning, “You have the right to remain silent.

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A car with personal possessions inside being towed away after serious accident in Corpus Christi.

What Happens to Your Personal Possessions After a Car Accident in Corpus Christi?

Immediately after a car accident in Corpus Christi, your mind is occupied with your safety and healing, especially if you have injuries. Your next reaction is the thought of your personal possessions like your phone, purse, personal electronic devices, and any other expensive or sentimental value items. When you’re involved in a serious car wreck where you sustained injuries, do you know what happens to your personal possessions? Here’s how to quickly claim the items that are rightfully yours. Your

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Confused Corpus Christi car accident victim in need of a car accident checklist.

A Checklist For What To Do After A Car Accident

You’re taking a risk every time you get behind the wheel of your car. Even if you’re the safest driver on the road, you could still find yourself managing the aftermath of an accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. And that doesn’t even take into account the thousands of people who were killed on the state’s roadways. It’s imperative to take the right steps after a car

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Corpus Christi road rage incident.

Road Rage: How To Protect Yourself

No matter who you are, where you’re driving, or how cautious you are, you could one day find yourself dealing with a road rage incident.  Get this: Over a seven-year period in the United States, more than 12,000 injuries and 218 murders were attributed to road rage. Locally, a road rage incident between two drivers in Corpus Christi caused a nearby elementary school to go into lockdown earlier this year. This goes to show how the violence of road rage

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Increased car insurance costs after a car accident in Texas.

How Much Does Car Insurance Go Up After An Accident?

Auto insurance premiums can be expensive nationwide but, according to Forbes, Texans spend an average of $1,009 a year on auto insurance. Texas law requires drivers to carry auto insurance for two reasons: to protect your assets and to pay for vehicle damages and bodily injuries when accidents occur. While the Texas Automobile Insurance Plan Association (TAIPA)’s recently approved 4.8% hike in auto rates takes effect March 1, 2021, and impacts our wallets even more, every driver wonders, “ Will

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Medical bills after a car accident in Texas.

Paying Medical Bills After A Texas Car Accident

Regaining a normal quality of life after a car accident should be a victim’s main priority. But the medical bills in the aftermath of an auto collision can add up to thousands of dollars, quickly. With the understanding that the rising cost of healthcare in Texas is a growing topic of concern, most people don’t have the money to pay for medical bills up front.  When medical bills pile up, they can lead to a mountain of debt that the

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