Arlington Personal Injury Lawyers
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Life is full of accidents. Unfortunately, some accidents can be more severe than others. For instance, a slip and fall in snow may leave you with bumps and bruises, but suffering major broken bones in a multi-car pileup warrants serious attention. After all, a severe personal injury can mean the end of your career and permanent disability.
If you or your loved one has suffered a personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation with one of our Arlington personal injury lawyers.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
A personal injury case generally occurs because one party caused an injury to another and is legally responsible for that injury. In many cases, the at-fault party’s insurance company will pay for the injured party’s medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses arising from the injury.
In general, there are two possible outcomes in a personal injury case: a formal lawsuit and an informal settlement. A formal lawsuit arises when the injured party files a civil complaint against the party responsible for the injury. Unlike criminal cases, it is not the government that initiates the lawsuit. It is a private individual.
For an individual to be successful in his or her personal injury lawsuit, he or she must prove that the party that caused his or her injuries was negligent. To prove that the party was negligent, the individual must prove that:
- The offending party owed him or her a legal duty
- The offending party breached that legal duty
- The victim was injured
- The breach of the legal duty caused the victim’s injury
The other possible outcome of a personal injury case is an informal settlement. Most personal injury cases end in a settlement, as taking a case to court can get very expensive for all parties involved.
Common Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Arlington
Automobile accidents cause many personal injury cases in the United States. After all, there are millions of car accidents each year. One of the most common reasons automobile accidents occur is because a driver was under the influence of alcohol. Another reason why they occur is due to irresponsible and careless drivers who speed and ignore traffic signals. There is also a growing trend of texting while driving, which has been another major cause of automobile accidents. Common injuries include muscle strains and sprains, bone fractures, cuts, and spinal injuries.
Bicycle and Motorcycle Accidents
Injuries arising from bicycle and motorcycle accidents can give rise to vehicular personal injury lawsuits.
The term “workplace injury” encompasses all work-related injuries and illnesses. Whether or not the injury or illness arose at the workplace does not matter in most cases. As long as the injury or illness occurred while you were performing a duty that was in the scope of your employment, it will likely count as a workplace injury. Though workplace injury lawsuits may be barred if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, Texas is a state that does not require employers to have workers’ compensation.
As much as they can be cute and cuddly, dogs can be dangerous. A puppy’s bite may be adorable, but a bite from a big German Shepherd can lead to severe injuries. Dog bites often occur because of irresponsible dog owners who fail to put their dogs on a leash or fail to train them properly. Even if a dog bite may not be severe by itself, if the dog has rabies or some other disease, the victim of the bite may be infected with a life-threatening illness.
A premise liability lawsuit is a legal action against a property owner who failed to keep his or her property safe for visitors. If a property owner is negligent in taking care of his or her property and an injury occurs as a result, he or she may be liable to the injured person.
Doctors and medical facilities are not perfect. Mistakes happen. Unfortunately, mistakes in the medical field can lead to severe injuries or even death. Below are some examples of medical experience:
- Misreading laboratory results
- Excessive surgery
- Surgical errors
- Improper medication or dosage
- Poor follow-up
- Premature discharge
- Disregarding patient’s medical history
- Failure to order proper testing
- Failure to recognize symptoms
Americans are consumers. However, as consumers, we also take a risk whenever we purchase a product. Though there are several regulatory agencies that make sure a consumer product is safe for consumer use, these regulations do not completely prevent dangerous products. An injured consumer may file a product liability lawsuit to seek compensation from the manufacturer or seller of the product that caused the injury. Product liability lawsuits generally argue that a consumer good was defective either in its design, manufacturing, or labeling when the injury occurred.
If a claimant wants to prove that the good was defective in design, he or she must show that the good was not as safe as expected by an ordinary consumer who uses the good in a reasonably foreseeable manner. If a claimant wants to prove that the good had a manufacturing defect, he or she must show that the good strayed away from the manufacturer’s original design.
If a claimant wants to prove that the good had a labeling defect, he or she must show that a foreseeable risk not obvious to a consumer could have been mitigated had there been an adequate warning label.
When negligent conduct causes someone’s death, the surviving family members may be able to seek compensation from the at-fault party.
Read More: Arlington Wrongful Death Lawyers
Personal Injury Compensation
Compensation is provided for economic losses and non-economic losses.
Economic losses may include the following:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages
- Damaged property
- Past and future loss of earning capacity
Non-economic losses include the following:
- Past and future emotional anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of activities
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Texas
Each state has a statute of limitations, or time limit, to file a lawsuit. In Texas, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the injury or accident.
Whom Can I Sue?
Generally, you may sue the party responsible for the accident. You may also sue others in connection to the responsible party as well under the theory of vicarious liability. Vicarious liability simply means that a third-party may be liable for the acts of the party that directly contributed to the accident. For instance, you may sue the at-fault party’s employer even though the employer had nothing to do with the accident if the employee caused the accident while performing duties associated with his or her employment. Additionally, in a product liability lawsuit, you may sometimes not only sue the manufacturer who created the defective product, but also the retailer of the product.
How Much Can I Win?
Many factors may impact the amount of money you can win. The first is the severity of your injuries. For instance, if your injuries are so severe that they prevent you from working, you may likely obtain greater compensation from a successful lawsuit than if you suffered a minor sprain.
Your compensation may also be limited by the defendant’s insurance policy. Most individual defendants do not have the personal funds to pay a personal injury settlement.
CONTACT AN ARLINGTON PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
The experienced attorneys at Zinda Law Group may be able to help you with your personal injury claim. After an accident, you shouldn’t have to worry about affording legal representation, which is why we work on a contingency fee basis. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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