Personal injury claims arise when you suffer a physical injury due to the negligence of another person or party. Under Texas personal injury laws, you are entitled to seek damages for such an injury. A personal injury lawyer can help you fulfill your legal requirements if you want to file a personal injury claim.
Claims of this kind may involve different types of injuries. You may have a valid claim if you have suffered a traffic injury in a car crash, truck accident, or motorcycle wreck. Similarly, you may have suffered a workplace accident causing a physical injury.
Here is a look at some of the most common types of injuries that lead to personal injury claims in Dallas, Texas.
Texas is a large state with a vast network of roads and highways. This translates into a large number of car accidents every year. In 2019 alone, more than 12,000 serious injury accidents occurred on Texas roads. Nearly 16,000 people suffered serious injuries in these crashes.
Car crash injuries are the most common cause of personal injury claims. If you have suffered an injury in a road wreck, you can file for both economic and non-economic damages. The economic damages cover your material losses while the non-economic damages help you recoup compensation for your intangible losses and suffering.
Workplace accidents in Texas are mostly covered under workers compensation insurance. However, unlike many other states, Texas doesn’t require employers to carry workers comp.
If you suffer injuries at work and your employer is covered, you can file a claim for workers compensation benefits. This is a type of personal injury claim that has certain limits on the maximum amount of compensation.
If your employer isn’t covered under workers comp, you can go with a regular personal injury claim. This type of claim has no caps on the amount of compensation and you can seek the full amount of damages to cover your losses.
Slip-and-fall accidents can occur virtually anywhere. You may slip and fall at a mall, in a public park, inside a department store, or on the premises of an office building. A slip-and-fall accident may sound like a minor risk but it can lead to serious head, neck, arm, and back injuries.
If you can show that the slip-and-fall you suffered was due to someone’s negligence, you can seek damages from the negligent party. Slip-and-fall incidents can also result in premises liability claims.
Many medical cases involve malpractice on the part of the healthcare provider. Malpractice is usually established when a healthcare facility, professional, or staff member fails to uphold a competent standard of medical care. Such negligence may be intentional or unintentional. In either case, you can file a personal injury claim.
You must file a medical malpractice claim within two years of the injury or the discovery of the injury. Texas laws also require you to provide an “Affidavit of Merit” from a relevant medical expert within 120 days of filing the claim.
There is no limit on the economic damages you can seek in a Dallas medical malpractice claim. However, Texas laws do cap the non-economic damages at $250,000 per claimant.
Another common type of personal injury claim is a product liability claim. If you suffer injuries due to a defective or dangerous product, you can file a claim against the manufacturer, seller, or designer of the product. Your claim may be successful if the product label didn’t indicate the risk or hazard that ultimately caused your injury.
Product liability claims typically involve major industrial entities such as leading manufacturers or retail companies. This is why you will need sound legal help to pursue this particular type of personal injury claim.
Personal injury claims are a way to make whole the losses you sustain due to the negligence of another person or entity. If you are victimized due to the reckless, careless, or negligent actions of a party, you have a right to fair compensation. This is where we can help.
Here at Chris Lewis & Associates P.C., we help you fulfill all legal requirements and file your injury claim as soon as possible. We also work with you to chart a fair estimate of the compensation you deserve and negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance company to get the best settlement offer for you.
Call us today at 214-984-3113 to discuss your personal injury claim with our lawyers. You can also fill out the form below to get in contact with us.