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Getting involved in an accident may be a painful and stressful experience, and you might be wondering whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer. Because filing a successful personal injury lawsuit often requires experience and knowledge of the legal system, you should never file a personal injury lawsuit without the assistance of a lawyer.
DO I HAVE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?
Typically, personal injury claims are brought as a result of the negligence of another person. There are four elements of negligence that you’ll need to prove when bringing a personal injury claim:
- The at-fault person or entity had a duty of care to avoid causing harm to others;
- The at-fault person breached that duty of care by failing to do what a reasonable person would do in the same circumstances;
- The at-fault person caused your injuries; and
- You were damaged by the at-fault party’s negligence.
Hiring an experienced Waxahachie personal injury attorney may also help you determine whether you have a valid personal injury case and how much that case may be worth.
COMMON TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
Common sources of personal injury claims include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Car accidents
- Defective product claims
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Slip and fall accidents
OTHER CASES WE HANDLE
In addition to the common personal injury claims mentioned above, Zinda Law Group may also provide assistance in other areas of personal injury law:
Property owners have an obligation to provide a reasonably safe environment for people who are legally on their property. When a hazardous condition on a piece of property causes someone to be injured, the legal question becomes whether the property owner was negligent in allowing the dangerous condition to exist.
A wrongful death claim exists when a person dies due to the legal fault of another person. A wrongful death claim may be filed by a representative of the deceased person’s estate or by the immediate family members of the decedent.
A dram shop claim arises when businesses licensed to sell alcohol overserve a patron or sell alcohol to an individual under the age of 21, who then causes injury to someone else.
If you suffer an injury while at work, the law provides that you may be entitled to medical care and other benefits, even if the accident was your fault.
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COMMON INJURIES IN OUR CASES
Injuries from an accident may be short-term and treatable, or they may be severe enough to affect a person’s ability to perform the activities of daily life. Personal injury cases may involve the following injuries:
- Bone fractures
- Neck, back, and spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue damage
- Loss of limb
WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
Not every case requires the assistance of a personal injury attorney, but if you find yourself relating to any of the following scenarios, then hiring a personal injury attorney is highly advisable:
You Have Suffered a Serious Injury or Permanent Disability
If you’ve been involved in a serious accident that caused devastating and/or debilitating injuries, then you should hire an attorney. If you’ve sustained an injury that is likely going to require long-term or even life-long care, then hiring a personal injury attorney may prevent further financial and emotional stress for you and your family.
The Insurance Company Has Denied or is Delaying Your Claim
Insurance companies are primarily interested in making money, not in paying you money. Insurance companies often delay claims with the expectation that you may eventually accept a fraction of the amount your claim is worth. They know that money is tight after an accident and that the bills are still rolling in.
An insurance company may also deny claims because they know that most people do not understand the complicated laws and procedures that go into a personal injury claim.
You Aren’t Sure Who is Liable
An attorney may assist you by investigating your case in order to determine who may be liable for your injuries. Hiring an attorney may also help you seek the compensation you may be entitled to without leaving money on the table.
The Insurance Company Asked You to Provide a Statement or Other Personal Information
In general, hiring an attorney is a good idea when attempting to navigate through the complicated legal process of bringing a personal injury claim. You should especially hire an attorney when asked to provide a recorded statement by the insurance company. Insurance adjusters or claim representatives often try to get you to make statements that are harmful to your claim, which may result in a low settlement offer.
The insurance company may also ask you to provide information such as medical records or bills, or even your theory of liability regarding the accident. Therefore, it’s advisable to speak to an experienced attorney who knows how to handle and protect your claim during the claims process.
HOW TO FILE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM
The assistance of an experienced personal injury attorney may help you bring a successful claim. Generally, an experienced personal injury attorney may provide the following services.
Assist You in Determining Liability
An experienced lawyer may assist you in determining how much you may be entitled to for your injuries based upon each party’s percentage of fault. A lawyer may also help you determine who or what may be responsible for your injuries.
Assist You in Collecting And Organizing Evidence
An attorney may help you collect as much evidence as possible, including:
- Names of witnesses and other parties involved in the accident
- Medical records and costs of treatment, and
- Any photos of the accident scene.
Negotiate A Fair Settlement with the Insurance Adjustor
A lawyer may understand how much your case is worth and may assist you in conducting negotiations with the insurance company to help you seek a fair settlement amount.
Recovering after an accident is difficult, which is why hiring an experienced personal injury attorney may help relieve that stress after an accident by assisting you in seeking the compensation you may be entitled to.
COMPENSATION FOR PERSONAL INJURY CASES
Typically, damages for personal injury claims fall under two categories: economic or non-economic damages.
The two main types of economic damages are medical expenses and lost wages. Medical expenses may include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Hospital fees
- Costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Costs for possible future medical treatment
Lost wages represent the time you are off from work due to your injuries from the accident. Lost wages may include:
- Vacation time
- Loss of earning capacity
You may also be entitled to compensation for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle after an accident. This may include the cost of a rental car while your own vehicle is undergoing repair.
Non-economic damages are losses or injuries that are suffered by an accident victim but are not defined in monetary terms. Non-economic damages may cover:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical impairment
- Physical disfigurement
- A lowered quality of life
- Mental anguish
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?
The statute of limitations provides a deadline by which an accident victim must file a lawsuit. Once this deadline passes, the victim is barred from bringing their legal claim in court and from being able to seek compensation for their injuries.
You meet the statute of limitations by filing your lawsuit by the deadline. Negotiating with the insurance company is not enough to beat or extend the time limit. Filing your summons and complaint in the right Texas court of law is how you’ll meet the statute of limitations.
Below are a couple of common personal injury claims, and the time limit that accompanies each one in Texas:
For slip and fall, premises liability, toxic tort, and auto accident claims involving negligence, the statute of limitations in Texas is two years.
When a person’s negligence results in the death of another, the victim’s estate or immediate family members may pursue a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. The statute of limitations for these types of claims is two years.
GET HELP FROM WAXAHACHIE’S PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge that has helped thousands of injured victims seek compensation after suffering an injury from an accident. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest case possible and to seek the maximum compensation you may be entitled to.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries from an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Waxahachie personal injury attorneys. You don’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
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