What is a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury is an area of civil law that involves injury to a person's physical and emotional well-being. The purpose of personal injury law is to give an injured person legal rights to hold a person or company accountable for doing something that causes them physical, mental, emotional and financial injury and loss.
Holding someone accountable for injuries typically involves awarding monetary damages for past and future expenses and losses such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish and disfigurement. In other instances, personal injury law also allows the injured person to find answers as to why the person or company acted in the manner they did to cause the injury and prevent similar future conduct from harming others.
Personal injury law has helped make our workplaces a safer place, products less dangerous and our communities safer by making people and companies think twice about the potential financial consequences of their careless acts and behavior.
How Do I Pursue A Personal Injury Claim?
To recover under the personal injury laws in Texas, the injured person must file a claim against the responsible party. This typically involves direct communication with the responsible party and/or their insurance company. Claiming an injury is simply not enough. The injured party will have to show the responsible party had a legal duty, they breached that legal duty and the breach actually caused the injuries. Knowing the legal duty imposed upon the person or company that caused the injury requires having a clear understanding of personal injury law. Without this clear understanding of the law, an injured person's claim can be compromised or entirely dismissed.
If the claim is presented correctly, most personal injury claims will settle without having to go to court. But, was the claim settled for full value of the damages and losses? It's critically important to seek the advice and counsel of not just any lawyer, but an experienced personal injury lawyer. Personal injury lawyers know the in's and out's of the law and can ensure the personal injury claim is properly protected. Even more, personal injury lawyers can present a compelling story of the accident and damages to maximize any financial compensation.
In some instances, a personal injury claim won't settle outside of court because the responsible party simply won't admit wrongdoing, is unwilling to pay full value for the damages or any other number of reasons. Whatever the reason, an injured party will have to be prepared to take the responsible party to court by filing a lawsuit. Lawsuits can be complicated, time consuming and expensive. It'll require knowledge of the applicable laws, rules and specific court procedures to keep a lawsuit alive. A simple misstep can end a lawsuit before it begins. Further, it'll require money for filing fees, court expenses and expert witnesses to prove the case. Preserving and pursuing a lawsuit can be difficult if lacking the knowledge, experience and resources of a personal injury lawyer.
Call The Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers At Hernandez Sunosky, LLP
Our lawyers have decades of personal injury experience. We handle personal injuries sustained from car accidents, workplace accidents, slip & falls, trucking accidents and other accidents. If you've been injured by someone else's actions, call 713.981.4100 for a free consultation. We advance all case expenses to file and pursue your personal injury claim. You won't pay us unless we win money for you.