No one expects to be involved in an accident. But when it happens, it can lead to serious injuries and sometimes death. Any losses—physical, mental, emotional or financial—can become a huge burden on the injury victim and their family.
After an accident, many people don't know what to do or know their rights. Many people don't want to sue someone else because they aren't the “suing type” or believe they were at fault for the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate and evaluate the circumstances of the accident and advise you of your rights. Many times, a third party can be identified as the responsible party and be held accountable for your injuries. You shouldn't have to endure a second of pain or pay a dime out of your own pocket because of someone else's fault.
What Type Of Injuries Can I Sue For After An Accident?
If you've been in an accident, Texas law gives you the right to sue for your injuries. Some common type of injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Scars and other disfigurement
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tears
- Soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash
Non-physical injuries you're entitled to sue for include:
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium (loss of spousal relationships)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earnings capacity in the future
- Loss of household services
- Property damages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
What Evidence Do I Need To Prove My Injuries And Damages?
Just because you were involved in an accident and suffered an injury doesn't mean you automatically win your case. You'll have to prove the extent of your injuries and your injuries were actually caused by the accident. Insurance companies routinely argue your injuries were already there when the accident happened and thus are not legally responsible for them. Common evidence used to prove your injuries after an accident include:
- EMS records
- Hospital records
- Doctor visit records
- Photographs and videos of the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Police reports
- Testimony from a doctor
- Testimony from family and friends
Trying to gather this information alone can be complicated and confusing. It can also get very expensive. An experienced personal injury attorney not only advances the costs and gathers the needed evidence from the right places, but also knows how to present the evidence to convince the insurance company to pay. Doing it alone can cause unneeded delays and potentially impair your lawsuit if not done right.
What Type Of Accident Cases Result In Lawsuits?
If you've been hurt in an accident, it's likely you can file a lawsuit to hold others accountable. There are strict deadlines you have to follow and sometimes laws limits your right to sue, such as suing a governmental body. You can typically file a lawsuit after the following types of accidents:
- Auto and traffic accident
- Slip and Fall accident
- Workplace accident
- 18-Wheeler accident
- Burn Injuries
- Product Liability
- Wrongful death
Contact An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Houston, TX
The aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming. Dealing with the insurance company and responsible party who caused your injuries can be difficult, especially if you're dealing with injuries. Don't do it alone. Contact the top-rated personal injury lawyers at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP at (713) 981-4100 for a free legal consultation. It's costs you nothing to talk with us.