1. Do I have a case?
Even if you did not experience pain when the accident occured, you may have other physical injuries or mental stress. It can be hard to know if you have a personal injury case that should be litigated. Fortunately, you do not need to make this decision on your own. Schedule a free consultation with our office and we can help determine whether you have a case and what your options are for pursuing one.
2. What kind of damages can I sue for?
According to the law, there are economic and non-economic damages possible. Economic damages are easier to determine, based on cost of medical bills, repairs, and any tangible costs from an accident. Non-economic damages are more subjective and may include loss of quality of life or pain and suffering. Generally, you seek compensatory damages from a defendant to make up for what you’ve lost, which is usually seen as economic damages. If the case is especially egregious, you may also seek punitive damages, which seek to punish who you are suing
3. How long do I have to file a claim?
In Texas, you have up to two years after the date of the incident to file a personal injury claim. This gives you time to see any manifest injuries from an accident, although you shouldn’t wait too long. If you think you should file a claim, be sure to keep any medical records or communications that may support your case. However, it is better to consult with a lawyer sooner rather than later if you believe that you should be compensated.
4. What if I was partially at fault?
Texas is an at-fault state, which means if you are 50% or more at fault for an accident, then you will be responsible for paying for any damages. If it is unclear or you believe you are less than 50% responsible for the accident, you will need a lawyer to help prove your case should you want to seek compensation.
5. How do I pay medical bills until I get my settlement?
You may need to pay bills initially until liability is established. If you have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) on your car insurance, then your bills may be covered through that. If you were injured on the job, then workman’s compensation should be able to cover most if not all of your expenses.
These are only some of the frequently asked questions that we receive about injury claims. If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free consultation. We know that injury claims can be frustrating, and we are more than happy to walk you through the process.