Personal Injury Lawyers in Travis County, TexasLast updated on: October 30, 2012
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A personal injury can leave victims and their loved ones with significant financial burdens, emotional trauma, and uncertainty about what to do next. No matter what type of personal injury you’ve suffered, our personal injury lawyers are ready to help you if someone else’s carelessness or negligence contributed to your injuries.
At Zinda Law Group, we have experience representing accident victims and helping them seek the compensation they may deserve. Call us today at (800) 863-5312 for a free attorney consultation with Travis County personal injury lawyers.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Personal injury law focuses on the disputes that arise when one person is harmed because of another individual’s negligent or intentional conduct. While there are a number of circumstances that may lead to an injury, most cases occur because of accidents, intentional acts, or defective products. Unlike other types of cases, personal injury allows victims to recover because of injuries to their bodies and emotional or psychological trauma.
Some of the personal injury cases that personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group have the experience and knowledge necessary to represent victims include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Boat accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog bite injuries
- Drowning accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Defective product injuries
- Wrongful death
- Medical malpractice
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- And many more
What to Do After a Personal Injury
Although each personal injury is unique, there are certain steps that you should take to ensure you receive the medical care you need and present evidence that strengthens your claim. These steps include:
Seek Medical Attention
In some personal injury cases with serious injuries, you may receive medical treatment at the scene of a car accident, your workplace, or the location where you were injured. In other cases, you may not receive treatment at the scene of the accident; however, you should still visit your doctor as soon as possible to determine if you need medical treatment.
After you leave the hospital or doctor’s office, be sure to watch for any additional signs or symptoms that occur in the days following the accident. You shouldn’t ignore any signs or symptoms because you can experience the effects of an accident several days after it happens.
Report the Accident
After an accident, you should report it to the appropriate authority. For example, in a car accident, you should call the police and file a report. If you suffer from a workplace injury, you should notify your supervisor. A documented report of the accident may help strengthen your claim and contain important information about what occurred.
Document Your Damage
You may have been too injured or shaken to take photos of the damage at the scene of an accident. As soon as possible, be sure to take photos of the damage. This could include injuries you sustained in the accident, damage to a vehicle, or a defective product, among other damage that a personal injury can cause.
Keep Track of Your Expenses
It’s important that you keep track of all receipts and paperwork related to your accident. To seek the compensation you may deserve, it will be important to demonstrate how the personal injury financially impacted you. This could include:
- Hospital and doctor bills
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractor bills
- Documented time taken off from work due to any injuries
- Receipts for the repair or replacement of damaged property
How a Personal Injury Case Typically Works
There are a number of situations that can lead to a personal injury case. However, they usually follow a similar pattern.
First, the opposing party, or defendant, does something that injures the victim, or plaintiff. For example, if a drunk driver crashes their car into another person and breaks the victim’s arm, this would be a personal injury. Then, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached a duty they owed to the plaintiff. For example, all drivers on the road have to operate their vehicles with a level of care that a reasonable person on the road would, so driving drunk would violate this duty.
If all parties agree that the defendant is liable for the accident, then settlement talks will usually occur. A settlement will involve the defendant offering the victim an amount of money to compensate them for their injuries in exchange for the victim’s agreement that they will be unable to pursue their case in court. If both parties are partially at fault in an accident, then settlement talks may also involve determining the percentage of fault that each party contributed to the accident.
If both parties can come to an agreement, then the case is settled and over. However, if the parties can’t agree, the plaintiff may file a personal injury lawsuit and take the case to court. Even after a personal injury lawsuit is filed, the parties may still talk and try to reach a settlement amount before trial.
What a Personal Injury Attorney May Do for You
Not every accident leads to significant injury. However, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and would like to seek compensation, you may need to file a lawsuit against the person who you believe caused your injuries. A Travis County personal injury lawyer may help walk you through every step of the process, which may include:
- Ensuring you receive proper medical treatment
- Investigating the accident
- Interviewing witnesses
- Collecting crash reports
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Reaching a settlement
- Filing a lawsuit
- Going to trial
Our attorneys understand that an injury can leave victims with many questions about their case and the next steps to take. We will be here to answer your questions, provide updates on your case, and ensure that you receive the compensation you may deserve.
Compensation You May Be Able to Seek in a Personal Injury Case
The compensation you may be able to seek in a personal injury case will depend on the extent of your injuries and damages. However, in general, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury case.
Economic damages include the tangible financial damages that can be assigned a number. Typical economic damages include:
- Medical bills
- Pharmacy bills
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income (present and future)
- Loss of earning capacity
Although non-economic damages may be harder to calculate, they can oftentimes have more value than economic damages. These damages could include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium of a spouse
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
In cases where a defendant is seriously reckless or malicious, punitive damages may be awarded in some circumstances. Punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.
Should I File a Lawsuit?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to whether you should file a lawsuit. Each case should be evaluated on its specific facts. However, if you or a loved one were injured and suffered from significant injuries because of another party’s negligence, a personal injury lawsuit may be able to help you recover medical expenses and ease the financial burden that an injury can cause.
Some people may believe that filing a lawsuit automatically means a long court process that is more trouble than it’s worth. However, in many cases, our attorneys negotiate and come to a settlement with the other party without ever going to court. It is worth exploring your options and our Travis County accident lawyers offer free consultations to discuss the next steps that make sense in your case.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
At Zinda Law Group, we believe that the last thing you should have to worry about after a car accident is paying for an attorney. That’s why we offer 100% free consultations and only get paid if we win your case. Our fee is a percentage of the amount of money that we recover for you.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
If you were injured in a personal injury case and want to file a lawsuit against the other party, you need to be aware of the time limits, or statutes of limitations, that are in place. In Texas, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim for your injuries. However, it is best to contact a Travis Country personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to help preserve evidence, track down witnesses, help ensure that your claim is timely filed—all of which may you help receive the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Travis County Personal Injury Lawyer
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have helped thousands of injury victims get their lives back on track. Our accident attorneys are dedicated to serving Travis County and want to help victims build the strongest case possible and seek the compensation they deserve.
We believe that an injury victim should never have to worry about their ability to afford legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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