Few things are more devastating than being involved in an accident that resulted from negligence. For example, if you were involved in a collision on Houston roadways because another driver was texting, had been drinking or was speeding down the roadway, you could sustain life-altering injuries. Victims of slip and fall accidents caused because a property owner failed to maintain their property could suffer broken bones, back injuries or devastating head injuries. When any type of accident occurs because of another party’s negligence, you have the right to recover financial damages.
Working with a Houston* Personal Injury Lawyer
Victims of accidents often do not know where to turn for help. Insurance companies are often hesitant to pay medical bills, reimburse victims for out-of-pocket rehabilitation costs and seldom will they offer to compensate you for lost wages. The financial impact of a personal injury can be devastating to your family; if you work with a skilled personal injury attorney, they may be able to help you recover these financial losses.
Understanding Personal Injury Laws
Personal injury law includes some statutes that victims of an accident should understand. The first is called a statute of limitations: This means that you have a limited period of time in which to file a lawsuit, specifically two years. This limited period of time starts from the date the accident occurred or from the date where you should have reasonably known you suffered an injury, whichever is earlier. In addition, state statutes also have another important feature; victims who were partially responsible for their injuries may have any final monetary award reduced by the percentage of the responsibility they held. An example of this would be if you were struck in an intersection by a drunk driver but you failed to properly yield, you could be held 25 percent liable for your injuries.
Any type of accident can be costly both in terms of medical bills and in terms of lost wages. You need to speak with a personal injury attorney to review your situation and help you determine the best way to proceed. Remember, dealing with an insurance company is not always your best option. Whether you were injured or you lost a loved one in an accident that you believe could have been prevented had someone exercised proper care and judgment, contact the Law Offices of J Thomas Smith, J.D., Ph.D at 713-529-9372.
*Attorney Smith’s principal office is in Houston, Texas. While Attorney Smith works with other attorneys, some cases may be referred outside of the firm.