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.
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.