Personal injury is a vast topic, and claims in Texas can range from automobiles to oil mining accidents. While most lawsuits end in some form of compensation or settlements, knowing your rights can help protect you and ensure that you get justice for your loss. You have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim, otherwise the right to file could be lost. It’s wisest to speak to a legal professional to confirm what steps need to be taken.
Automobile Accidents are a Common Personal Injury Claim
Texas is a massive state in both population and geographical size. With a large population and many drivers on the road, it’s no surprise that automobile accidents are one of the most common personal injury claims filed. This includes drunk driving incidents, collisions, and even accidents regarding pedestrians.
Drivers at-fault are liable for financial costs related to the collision, including medical bills. Notifying and working with insurance companies can be overwhelming. Speaking to a legal specialist who understands insurance companies would help ensure that you maintain all your rights.
Medical malpractice is a serious and complicated matter that can become extremely costly in a short amount of time. The wrong medication, a bad diagnosis, or even too much medication could create new medical problems or even have fatal results. Because of the potential for significant costs, Texas has put a limit on the amount of damages recoverable to $250,000. There are exceptions though, and getting expert legal advice can help recover damages.
Slip and Fall Claims
Slip and fall claims, or premises liability, are fairly common and one of the main reasons for visits to Texas emergency rooms. Spinal cord injuries are the most prevalent. Businesses are legally required to maintain a safe environment for consumers and for employees. If they fail to comply, they may be held liable for personal injuries sustained on their property. This isn’t limited to businesses, however. Construction accidents are major subcategories of the premise liability personal injury claim. Exposed wires, shaky foundations, and large machinery contribute to worker risks. Surprisingly, homes and areas of land also fall into the category of premises liability.
Product liability includes injury from products that are defective and/or dangerous to consumers. If a product causes unexpected injury or damage, the seller, designer, or manufacturer will likely be held responsible. Products are legally required to include potential danger warnings to protect consumers. Determining who is accountable can be tricky and very lengthy. To best determine the proper steps for maximum accountability, speak to an attorney.
Animal injuries are surprisingly common and pet injuries, particularly dog bites, have risen significantly. Texas law holds the owner of the pet liable if the person making the claim can prove that the owner knew the dog would attack. This may seem daunting, but using the dog’s history and breed can help with the case. However, this issue will vary from person to person and the best option is to contact a legal professional who will know what to look for.
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Personal injury can be frustrating, worrying, and even debilitating. We specialize in protecting your rights and ensuring that you have the resources that should be afforded to you. For a consultation and further information, call us at 903-870-9050 or visit us at David K. Wilson & Associates – A Texas Litigation Law Firm for further information.