Types of Personal Injury Cases in Texas
Personal injury lawsuits are one of the best mechanisms to help you get the compensation you need if you were severely injured. You may be able to file through insurance for some compensation, but in many cases the damages insurance pays are limited. If you file a personal injury case in a court of law in Texas, you might be entitled to substantial damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other costs related to the accident. Especially if you lost a loved one in an accident, filing a lawsuit may be your best way to recover.
The Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Queenan Law Firm represent injury victims and their families and help them file lawsuits for accidents and catastrophic injuries. To schedule a free consultation at our Arlington/Dallas or Houston offices, call The Queenan Law Firm today at (817) 476-1797.
Types of Personal Injuries You Can Sue for in Texas
Texas law allows those who are injured to file a lawsuit against the people responsible for their injuries, and fight to get compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. To win your case, you usually need to prove that the other side was “negligent” by showing 4 factors:
- The other party (the “defendant”) owed you a duty;
- The defendant breached that duty by failing to use the proper care or skill;
- That breach caused you to suffer some injuries or harm; and
- The harms you suffered can be compensated by the court by awarding damages (i.e. monetary compensation).
You can prove that these factors existed in nearly any accident. However, there are some primary areas where these cases frequently occur:
Driving is one of the most dangerous things you do on a typical day. If other drivers fail to follow the rules of the road, fail to use the proper care, drive drunk, or drive tired, they can cause serious accidents. If you were injured in a car accident while in another car, in the car of a dangerous driver, on a bicycle, or on foot, you may be able to sue for your injuries. Even when insurance is available, Texas law still allows you to sue for your injuries.
Truck drivers and their trucking companies are held to a higher standard. With dozens of federal regulations that govern how they drive, who can drive a commercial vehicle, and how long they can stay on the road, any violation of these rules could be the breach that lead to your harm. This often allows you to sue the trucking company and the driver for your injuries.
Defective Product Injuries
When you buy a device, an appliance, a tool, or a toy, you expect it to work safely. Problems with exploding batteries, dangerous designs, and poor manufacturing often cause serious injuries or even death. If you or a loved one was harmed by a dangerous product, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
Medical care sometimes comes with complications that prevent you from getting better. However, when you leave the operating table or the doctor’s office worse than when you went in, your doctor may have committed serious errors. Surgical errors, poor healthcare, failure to diagnose a condition, or misdiagnosis can justify a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor.
Some of the most common injuries include slip and fall cases, trip and falls, and other injuries because of dangers you find in someone else’s home or business. If you are injured by an unsafe condition such as a slippery puddle, or a hidden danger like a broken hand railing, you may be entitled to compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can occur any time the head suffers a strong blow or a sudden impact. Even concussions, a mild form of traumatic brain injury, can leave lasting consequences. However, serious brain injuries can affect a victim for the rest of their life, requiring ongoing medical attention, home care, physical therapy, and other help.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Another serious injury that can occur in many accidents is serious spinal cord injuries. These can occur in workplace accidents, car crashes, and other serious accidents. If your spinal cord suffers damage, you could lose feeling, suffer numbness, or become paralyzed below the point of injury. Talk to an attorney if you or a loved one suffered serious back or spine injuries in an accident.
If you lost a loved one to an accident or a serious injury, the grief may be intense. Without the paycheck of a parent or spouse, your family may be in financial disarray. Suing over their death may not bring them back, but it may give your family the financial resources it needs to keep going.
Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer
The Queenan Law Firm’s Dallas personal injury lawyers may be able to help you and your family if you or a loved one was injured in an accident. For a free consultation on your case, contact The Queenan Law Firm today at (817) 476-1797.