Injury Law: Will You Get More Money if You Settle By Yourself?


I am a board certified personal injury specialist. I have devoted my entire legal career to representing individuals and families who have suffered a tragic loss, either a life-changing injury or the death of a loved one, because of the negligence of someone else. After trying numerous cases in front of juries and judges, and being entrusted with hundreds of my clients’ caes over the years, I feel confident in answering this: no.


The insurance companies representing people and businesses that have been careless, reckless and/or negligent have been trained in negotiation, claims handling, and how to get the best deal that he/she can for the insurance company. In other words, adjusters are paid to save the insurance company money, not to take care of you or your family. They do this very well, and the insurance companies’ profits are proof of this. The bottom line is that insurance companies are billion dollar companies, and they got there by making the best deals for themselves, not for you, the injured person. Insurance companies and their employees are specifically trained to know how get away with paying as little as possible to take care of you and your family, why not have someone in your corner who knows how to make sure that the insurance companies are covering all of your harms and losses? Why not have someone who will present evidence and proof of all of your harms and losses, with the goal of making you 100% whole again?
Insurance companies hire highly trained investigators and lawyers to gather evidence and defend them immediately after a loss, you deserve someone who will look out for your interests immediately as well. By the time you well enough to get back to work, and begin to gather your information to try and negotiate with an insurance company, they have already gathered information and evidence designed to save them money, and delay your justice.

We are here to help you, not the insurance companies. We make sure that the insurance companies take you and your family seriously. As experienced injury lawyers, we know the “rules of the game” and we use those rules to make sure that you get the justice that you and your family are entitled to. You will also know that your harms and losses and those to your family have been dealt with properly and that you have not left any portions of your claim “on the table.”

Proving your case involves getting to the evidence fast, reliably and thoroughly. We have the resources to do that. From scene investigation to putting together a comprehensive presentation and timeline of your damages to the insurance companies and their defense lawyers, we leave no stone unturned.

The bottom line is, hiring a lawyer gives you the time, effort and energy to do what you need to do for you and your family, that is, get better, feel better, get back to work, get back to life as you once knew it.

One thing I always tell my clients during our first meeting is that their only job is to get better. Leave the worry to us, we are more than equipped to handle it. Quality of life matters, let us worry about the details, while you concentrate on you and your family.

Rachel E. Montes, Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization 214-522-9401

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