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If you, someone in your family, or someone you love has been injured in an accident through no fault of their own, then you may have a legal right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Under the personal injury laws in Texas, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for medical bills, wages, and pain and suffering. If you believe that you, your spouse, or a family member was the victim of someone’s negligence, know that you can turn to the skilled and experienced attorneys at Queenan Law for nuanced guidance, compassionate support, and aggressive legal representation.
What are Some Common Personal Injury Cases?
Personal injury law encompasses a wide variety of injuries and accidents that a person may encounter on a day-to-day basis. However, some of the most frequent that we have seen in and around Fort Worth include:
- Car Accidents – Car accidents and other automotive accidents are an extremely common source of personal injury claims in North Central Texas. Car accidents can be a devastating event in a person’s life and often when there is an accident involving two cars on the highway there is likely going to be severe damages. Common types of vehicular accidents we handle include:
- Head-On Collisions
- Lane Change Accidents
- Rear-End Collision
- Highway Accidents
- Intersection Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Pileups
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Rural Road Accidents
- Product Liability – Product liability is the area of personal injury law dealing when a person is injured as a result of a product. Often times a person will seek to impose liability on a manufacturer for deaths and injuries caused by malfunctioning, mislabeled, or defective products. Our attorneys have extensive experience litigating product liability cases involving a wide range of industrial and consumer goods, including vehicles, toys, appliances, food and beverage, manufacturing machinery, prescription medications, medical implants, and safety gear like helmets and seatbelts.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) – The spinal cord is a long bundle of nerve fibers which creates a bridge of communication between the body and brain. When the spinal cord is injured, this capability is diminished, which can lead to devastating medical consequences including paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia/tetraplegia), chronic pain, poor coordination, muscle weakness, incontinence, and loss of physical sensation.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are among the most debilitating injuries any person can ever have to suffer through. The effects of TBI can include memory problems, chronic headaches, impaired cognitive function, depression, insomnia, and increased risk of developing serious medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and seizures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the leading causes of TBI include car accidents, object strikes, and accidental falls.
- Truck Accidents – Due to the tremendous size and weight disparity between passenger vehicles and commercial big-rigs, truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. In the profits-oriented rush to complete their journeys as quickly as possible, professional truckers sometimes deliberately drive well past their shift limits, becoming dangerously fatigued or even falling asleep at the wheel.
- Workplace Injuries – Serious injuries occur in all industries, but people who work in certain occupations are more vulnerable than others. Some of the most dangerous U.S. industries include manufacturing, logging, agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, transportation, and warehousing.
- Wrongful Death – Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. § 71.002 defines wrongful death as any death resulting from the “wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, [or] unskillfulness” of an individual or business, or a preventable death which was caused by negligence. State laws permit the children, parents, and spouses of Texas wrongful death victims to file a lawsuit on the decedent’s behalf.
How Long Does a Person Have to File a Case?
A statute of limitation is a type of law that prevents someone from starting a lawsuit after a certain period of time has passed. Statutes of limitation are imposed in order to further the public interest. To quote the U.S. Supreme Court, “Statutes of limitation...in their conclusive effects are designed to promote justice by preventing surprises through the revival of claims that have been allowed to slumber until evidence has been lost, memories have faded, and witnesses have disappeared.”
The statute of limitations for negligence actions is generally two years. However, the cause of action accrues when a wrongful act causes an injury. This means that when there is an action for negligence that involves wrongful conduct that was inflicted over a period of time, there may be an exception to the standard two-year time limit.
What Can You Be Compensated For?
If you have been injured because of someone’s negligence you will often incur expenses as a result of your injury. These can be missing work, or going to doctor’s appointments, to even more tragic things like paying for funeral expenses. People often want to know what they are able to seek money for and how much they are likely to receive.
- Past and Future Medical expenses
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pecuniary losses including future loss of earning capacity
- Pain and Suffering
- Mental anguish
- Physical disfigurement
- Loss of Consortium, comfort, Love, and Society.
The goal of tort law as a whole is to place a person who has been injured in the position that they would have been in had the accident not occurred, however, this can be a difficult task when there are such elements as emotion and love. However, with careful analysis, an experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you place an amount to file a suit for.
Contact an Experienced Fort Worth, Texas Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured as a result of someone's negligence then you should not wait before seeking legal counsel. Having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side can help answer some of the lingering questions you may have and will provide you with peace of mind knowing that a skilled and experienced attorney is advocating for your rights. For a free, completely confidential legal consultation with Kevin, call Queenan Law right away at (817) 719-8082.