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Accidents can occur in almost every setting, whether at work, on the road, or even at home. However, recovering after these accidents and trying to seek compensation for any injuries or damages can often be complicated. Speaking with an attorney may help you begin to create a path forward that includes a plan to pursue any compensation you may be entitled to.
Our accident attorneys can answer your questions and advise you on all your legal options. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you pursue maximum compensation for all the ways your injury has impacted your life. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case.
To learn more about how our firm can help you, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Houston personal injury attorneys.
Maximizing Recovery for Personal Injury and Wrongful Death
When you are injured by a distracted or careless driver or you lose a loved one in a fatal crash caused by a drunk driver, the financial stress and hardships of mounting medical bills and time off work can impede emotional and physical recovery.
Our Houston injury attorneys are passionate about protecting members of our communities from big insurance companies and large corporations, who routinely use sharp practices and virtually limitless litigation resources to mitigate their liability.
Our Areas of Practice
At Zinda Law Group, our Houston personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims get their lives back on track after an accident. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling a wide range of cases, including:
- Car accidents
- 18 Wheeler Accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Drunk driving wrecks
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Boat accidents
- Wrongful death
- Construction accidents
- Birth injuries
- Slip and falls
- Brain injuries
- Premises liability
- Burn injuries
- Plant or refinery explosions
- Drug injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Workplace injuries
No matter the type of accident that caused your injury, if it was due to the negligence of another, our Houston personal injury lawyers can help you seek the compensation and justice you deserve.
What Is Personal Injury?
A personal injury is when a person is physically injured or killed as a result of negligent, reckless, or intentional behavior by another party. A personal injury suit must prove liability. To do so, the victim bringing the personal injury claim must show the liable party owed a duty to the victim. The victim must then show the liable party engaged in negligent and reckless behavior which caused injury or damages to the victim.
What to Do After Being Injured in an Accident
1. Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do after an accident is to seek medical attention immediately. Even if your injuries appear to be relatively minor, you should be examined by a physician, as some injuries may not be immediately apparent. Your medical records may also help prove your injuries were a result of the accident.
2. Report the Accident
You should also report the accident to the local authorities, such as the local sheriff’s department. The police may file an official accident report, which will record the information of all parties involved and the details surrounding the accident. If you are involved in a workplace accident, you should report the accident to your supervisor. Make sure an official accident report is filed properly with your employer.
3. Document the Accident
After an accident, you should document the accident as much as possible. If possible, take photos of your injuries and any damages to your property. You should also take photos of the accident scene and the surrounding area. If the accident was at work, take pictures of the work environment, any faulty equipment, or any missing protective gear. It is also important to obtain the contact information of any people who may have witnessed the accident. This evidence can help prove liability and help determine if negligence played a role in causing the accident.
4. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
You should contact a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. By consulting an attorney in a timely fashion, your lawyer may begin to investigate the accident while the evidence is still fresh, and witnesses will be more likely to remember details. This may help your attorney prove fault, and the role negligence may have played in the accident.
Personal Injury Compensation
Compensation for damages that can be sought in a personal injury lawsuit is generally broken down into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic compensation covers actual financial damages you may have suffered as a result of the accident, such as:
- Medical costs: You may be entitled to compensation for any medical bills or treatment needed because of the accident.
- Damaged property: You may be able to seek compensation for the cost to repair or replace any damaged property, such as your vehicle.
- Lost wages: If you are unable to work for a period of time after the accident due to your injuries, you may also be able to seek compensation for lost wages.
Non-economic compensation usually covers damages such as:
- Pain and suffering: You may also be able to pursue compensation for the pain and anguish caused by accident as well as by your recovery.
- Loss of companionship and emotional trauma: In wrongful death cases, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship of the victim as well as for the emotional trauma you may have suffered because of their death. This calculation will depend on the specific details of the case, such as the severity of injuries, the nature of the accident, and the impact on the quality of life.
How To File A Personal Injury Claim
1. Consult A Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident, you should consult a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. This allows you to learn more about your options. Further, your attorney may start investigating your case while evidence and memories are still fresh. The sooner you contact and hire an attorney, the sooner they may be able to start gathering all the information needed to pursue your claim.
Once you have hired an attorney, they may begin to gather evidence and information regarding the accident. Your attorney may use medical records, insurance records, and police reports to help determine who may be liable and assess the amount of damages. The only thing you may need to do is provide testimony of the events.
Once the facts of the case have been determined, your attorney may begin negotiating a settlement. Your attorney may make the initial offer, which the other party, usually an insurer, may typically turn down. Instead, they may then propose a counteroffer.
This counteroffer may be much less than you are willing to settle for. As a result, this negotiation may continue to go back and forth for some time.
Once both parties agree on an offer, the proper documents will be drawn up and once signed and accepted, the settlement will be a legally binding contract. If no agreement can be reached, the case may go to trial, where a judge or jury will hear the case and decide if and how much compensation is to be granted.
Legal Time Limits
The statute of limitations places a window of time in which cases can be brought. For personal injury cases in Texas, the statute of limitations is 2 years, starting from the date of the accident. If you do not file a claim within these two years, any claim filed afterward will likely be rejected.
Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Will Fight for You
At Zinda Law Group, our Texas personal injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and helping you seek recovery of damages for medical bills, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
We also believe injury victims should never have to worry about their ability to pay for superior legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That is our No Fee Guarantee.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our skilled Houston personal injury attorneys.
Meetings with lawyers are available by appointment only.
Frequently Asked Questions
When Do I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you have been injured in an accident that may have been caused by somebody else's negligence or recklessness, you should hire a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney may help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to.
How Long Does A Personal Injury Claim Take?
Every case is different, and some cases may take longer than others to settle. In general, a personal injury claim may take anywhere from six months to two or three years to reach a conclusion.
How Long Does It Take to Get A Personal Injury Check?
Depending on the details of the case, a settlement may take varying amounts of time to be reached. The more complicated the facts are, or the less clear liability may be, the longer it may take for you to pursue any compensation. Once a settlement is reached, however, it may take four to six weeks to be finalized and processed.