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Being injured in an accident is something no one ever expects. However, injuries happen all the time, and if you are the victim of such an injury, it is important to remember that you have options. One of the most important options you have is the potential ability to seek compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured in an accident and believe you may have the basis for a personal injury claim, consider reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to look over your case and determine what options may be available.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Beaumont personal injury attorneys.
What is Personal Injury?
If you have been involved in an accident and have been injured either physically or mentally, you may have a claim for a personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury cases arise when a person is harmed from an accident or injury where another individual was responsible. The party found to be responsible may then be required to pay money to the injured person in order to pay medical bills, pain and suffering, or other costs related to the injury. If you have been injured and you believe another party is at fault, consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney who may be able to look over the facts of your case and determine what options you have going forward.
In order to be successful in a personal injury claim, the party bringing the claim must prove that the other party was negligent. Negligence is a legal term that consists of four elements that must be proven. These four elements are:
- Duty – the defendant owed a legal duty of care to the victim
- Breach – the defendant breached that legal duty
- Causation – the defendant’s actions caused the injuries
- Damages – the victim was harmed or injured due to the defendant’s actions or inactions
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases can include a wide variety of situations and scenarios. However, there are some types of personal injury cases that are seen much more frequently than others. Some common types of personal injury cases include:
- Motor vehicle accident
- Medical malpractice
- Workplace accident
- Products liability
- Animal and dog bites
Other Cases We Handle
Although personal injury cases can encompass a wide variety of cases, they are not the only cases that we handle. In fact, we handle a wide variety of cases that may not fall under the category of personal injury cases. Such cases may include:
- Wrongful death – this is a type of lawsuit that may be brought when someone has been killed, and the cause of death was the negligence of another. Wrongful death claims are quite similar to personal injury claims, except the party who may bring the claim and potential damages are different.
- Premises liability – this is a type of lawsuit brought when an accident happens that is caused by a dangerous or otherwise defective condition of someone’s property.
- Dram shop – this type of case is a lawsuit brought against an establishment that sells alcohol when a patron of the establishment gets drunk and gets into an accident.
- Worker’s compensation – this type of case is brought when an employee is injured in the course of their employment.
Common Injuries in Our Cases
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be wondering what options are available to you. Injuries incurred in an accident can range from moderate to extremely serious. Common injuries we see across a variety of cases we handle include:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding
- Internal injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
What to Do after Being Injured in an Accident
If you have been injured in an accident, there are some important steps you may want to consider taking that may protect your interests further down the line. By taking these steps, you may give yourself more options for how to proceed should you decide to seek compensation. Below are just a few steps you should consider taking.
1. Seek Medical Attention
Perhaps the most important thing to do after being injured in an accident is seeking medical attention as soon as possible. No matter how serious the injury or injuries may appear at the time, you may not be able to understand how serious they are. Therefore, consider reaching out to a doctor or medical professional who can diagnose the seriousness of the injuries you sustained. This may also prove beneficial if you choose to seek compensation for the injuries you sustained.
2. Report the Accident
Whether you were injured in a car accident, slip and fall accident, or premises liability, you should report the accident itself to the appropriate party. If you were involved in a car accident, you should consider reaching out to the police. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident or premises liability case, you should consider reaching out to the owner of the property or the business in which you suffered your injury. Regardless of who the appropriate party is, you should report your injury as soon as possible.
3. Gather Evidence
After you have reported the accident and sought appropriate medical attention, you should then consider gathering evidence. One of the best sources of evidence in personal injury cases is pictures. Try and take as many pictures as possible of the scene of the accident, the surrounding area, and any injuries incurred. You should also reach out to any witnesses of the accident and try and get a statement from them.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury cases can be confusing and complex. For this reason, an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help. Experienced personal injury attorneys will likely have handled a considerable amount of cases and may be able to take that experience and apply it to the facts of your case. Remember, you don’t have to go through this process alone.
How to File a Personal Injury Claim
Whether or not you decide to file a personal injury claim is a very important decision that you need to make. Although this may seem like a complicated process, with the help of a personal injury attorney, it may be much easier. Some steps you may want to consider taking in order to file a personal injury claim include:
1. Prepare Your Case
Write down everything that happened and gather all the evidence you have related to the accident itself. Have all of this information organized and in a central location that is readily available for when you decide to take the necessary steps to file a personal injury claim. It is always beneficial to be over-prepared rather than under-prepared.
2. Contact an Attorney
Some personal injury claims can be incredibly complex, but if you have an attorney by your side, the process can become much easier. An attorney may be able to help you better understand the process and explain to you what options may be available. Contacting an attorney may be the most important step you take if you decide to file a personal injury claim.
3. File Your Complaint
If after reaching out to the defendant in your case, you are unable to reach a resolution, you should then file your complaint with the court. Your complaint should outline all of the facts of the incident and all relevant facts to the injury itself. Here, your attorney can prove to be incredibly beneficial and may be able to help you craft a well-written complaint.
Personal Injury Compensation
The types and amount of compensation that may be available to those who suffered injuries in personal injury cases may vary from case to case. However, there are some areas of compensation that are seen more frequently across these types of cases. The compensation that may be available to victims are divided into economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are usually easy to calculate, while non-economic damages are generally more subjective and tend to vary more. Some of the most common areas of compensation in personal injury cases include:
- Loss of earnings
- Medical expenses
- Household expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Dealing with Insurance Companies
If you have been injured, dealing with insurance companies can be a very important part of receiving compensation. Dealing with insurance companies can be incredibly frustrating and very stressful. Based on this, consider reaching out to a personal injury attorney who has experience working with insurance companies. Experienced attorneys will likely understand how to deal with insurance companies and how to respond to their usual tactics.
Legal Time Limits
Every state has different rules for when lawsuits may be brought. These rules are called the state’s “statute of limitations.” The statute of limitations limits when lawsuits may be brought. Filing a suit outside of these legal time limits may prevent your case from being heard.
In Texas, the legal time limit in which to bring a personal injury lawsuit is two years. This means victims have just two years from the date of their injury to file a claim in court. If you are confused as to how Texas’s statute of limitations applies to the facts of your case, consider reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney who may be able to look at the facts of your case and give you a better understanding of how the two-year limit applies.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
It is important to remember that every case is different, and therefore the duration of such cases can vary dramatically. There are some cases that take just a few months, while other cases may last multiple years. If you want to receive a more accurate estimate of how long your personal injury claim will take, consider reaching out to an attorney. An attorney may be able to look over the facts of your case and give you an estimate of just how long your case will take from start to finish.
OUR BEAUMONT PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
If you have been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you should not be stuck paying the price. At Zinda Law Group, our Texas personal injury attorneys have helped many clients get their lives back on track after an accident, and we can help you seek the maximum compensation for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
We also believe an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford superior legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay absolutely nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (888) 281-6991 to receive your free consultation with our Beaumont personal injury attorneys.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
Here at Zinda Law Group, we provide free case evaluations and work on a contingency basis. This means that unless we are able to win something in your case, you don’t owe us anything.
When do I hire a personal injury attorney?
You should try and reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. A personal injury attorney may be able to help you in more ways than you can imagine.
How long does it take to get a personal injury check?
Every personal injury case is different, and therefore the timeline that may be applicable in your case may vary depending on the facts. To get a more accurate estimate, consider reaching out to an experienced personal injury attorney.