Damages Recoverable in a Texas Personal Injury Claim
As a Dallas-Fort Worth personal injury lawyer, I know that some of the more common situations in DFW which cause bodily injuries and wrongful deaths include all types of auto accident including car wrecks, motorcycle crashes and 18-wheeler truck collisions; although other incidents include dog attacks, cycling injuries, construction accidents, trampoline injuries or premises liability situations to name but a few. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your injuries, it is always a good idea to speak to a board certified attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and the amount of compensation that you may be entitled to.
The main requirement of a personal injury claim is, of course, that you or someone you love has suffered an injury which required medical care. Perhaps you required a trip to the ER, perhaps you needed surgery, or perhaps you’re looking at months of either physical therapy or chiropractic treatment. Regardless of how serious your injuries were or are, Texas law gives you the right to recover any and all medical expenses (both past and future) which are associated with your accident. This includes all drug costs, all hospital bills and all doctor fees.
The second major component of damages due to a personal injury victim is any loss of income which has been suffered as a direct result of your injuries. If you are hospitalized, then you are obviously unable to attend work. However, even if you are released from hospital but the doctor deems it necessary to rest, you are still unable to perform your job as you would usually. Any lost wages, salary or other income may be sought from the insurance policy(ies) that you are pursuing your claim against.
Texas law also gives accident victims a right to make a claim for damages for other less tangible things such as pain, suffering, mental anguish and loss of enjoyment of life. Pursuing a claim for such damages is near impossible to do on your own, as it often requires an experienced litigator to successfully negotiate with the insurance adjustor on these issues. If your case was unable to settle out of court, then the jury sitting on your trial would be asked to determine an appropriate amount that you should be rewarded by the insurance company.
It is highly recommended that you consult with a board certified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following your accident before attempting to resolve your claim with the insurance adjustor alone. To speak with an attorney today, please call the Anderson Law Firm toll free at 800-345-6275 or locally in Fort Worth at 817-294-1900 or in Dallas at 214-327-8000.
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