Facing an injury is not something you need to do alone. Your family and doctors may be there to support you, but in many cases, turning to a personal injury lawyer for support can also help your situation. Many injuries keep us from returning to work and build large medical bills. If you are facing these struggles, filing a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries might be your best option to recover compensation and move on with your life.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, talk to an attorney today. The Pecos personal injury lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm represent injured Texans who want to take their case to court. For a free consultation on your case, and to find out what your case might be worth, talk to our personal injury lawyers today at (817) 476-1797.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases come in a broad variety of common cases. Different cases vary in severity, but even seemingly simple cases may cause very severe injuries. If you were severely injured, you may be entitled to substantial compensation, but even more minor injury cases may have lasting pain and suffering that needs to be compensated.
Car accidents are some of the most common accidents. Often, these accidents have minor or no injuries, but more severe cases can cause death, permanent paralysis, loss of limb, and traumatic brain injury. If you are involved in a truck accident, your injuries may be more severe because of the extreme weight and momentum of the truck. Suing for a commercial vehicle accident may entitle you to higher compensation, since you can often sue the trucking company or other employer for the injuries, as well as the driver.
Defective and dangerous products also create a substantial risk for injury. When a company puts a product on the shelves, it may include some warnings of dangers. However, if they fail to warn of common problems or the product ships with a design or manufacturing defect, it could cause the user serious injuries. There are even cases of household and kitchen appliances causing death. In cases of pharmaceutical drugs, the injuries can be more severe.
Even common accidents like slip and falls can leave you with severe injuries. Falling on your back or hitting your head can mean intense pain, and may leave you unable to return to work for some time. More serious falls can leave you with more permanent injuries, such as traumatic brain injury. You may be entitled to sue the property owner if you were injured at someone else’s home or business.
There are thousands of other potential ways to become injured, such as workplace injuries, boating accidents, becoming the victim of DWI or other crime, or even being bitten by a dog. No matter how you were injured, you may be able to file a lawsuit if there is a responsible party.
Receiving Compensation for Your Injuries
In any accident or serious injury case, you may be able to take the responsible parties to court. To prove your case, you must first have some party (the defendant) to hold responsible. You must also prove the defendant was responsible for the injuries by showing their “negligence.” Negligence has four legal requirements:
- First, you must show that the defendant owed you a duty;
- Next, you must show that the defendant breached that duty;
- Third, you must show that the defendant’s breach caused your injuries; and
- Lastly, you must show that you suffered injuries the court can compensate you for.
Many types of cases have set rules that make showing the duty, breach, causation, and harm simple. For instance:
- A driver who fails to stop at a red light broke the law and may be held liable for any injuries.
- Business owners have a duty to repair or warn guests of hidden dangers, and may be held liable for any injuries those dangers cause.
- A tired truck driver may break federal trucking regulations or fail to drive with the proper care, and should be responsible for any injuries.
If you are injured in an accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation for any financial or other harms the accident caused you. This includes medical costs, lost wages if you had to miss work, direct compensation for your pain and suffering, compensation for the loss of a loved one, and many other potential damages. Talk to an attorney about the specifics of your case to understand what you may be able to sue for.
Your case may also have very strict deadlines, known as statutes of limitations. Talk to an attorney as soon as you can after the injury to ensure that your case is timely filed.
Pecos, Texas Personal Injury Attorneys
After an accident, it is vital to seek medical treatment – but it is also important to take your case to an attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if you file a lawsuit. But, before accepting money from insurance or a settlement with the responsible party, talk to an attorney. For a free consultation on your case, contact The Queenan Law Firm, P.C., today at (817) 476-1797.