Cedar Hill Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury lawsuits occur when a person is injured on someone else’s property or due to the actions or negligence of another individual. They are designed as a way for injured people to get the compensation they deserve after suffering an injury that was not their fault. Still, navigating the legal system can be difficult, and at-fault parties may fight aggressively to avoid taking responsibility for their negligence or actions. That is where Cedar Hill personal injury lawyers like those at Pintas & Mullins can help.
Pintas & Mullins has helped many injured people just like you collect the compensation they need to adjust their lives after their significant injuries. Some of our previous clients have suffered injuries like the following, which may be similar to the harms inflicted upon you.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Lost limbs
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe abrasions, or “road rash”
After your injury, you may feel like there is too much stress or too high of a legal mountain to climb to get your rightful recovery. But you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 39.5 million people consult medical care for injuries every year. Let our attorneys in Cedar Hill help you ensure that justice prevails and you get the money you need to compensate for your troubles.
Important Laws Regarding My Personal Injury Claim
Though every personal injury claim is unique, there are certain regulations in place that dictate how your claim must be handled. Since you and your family often are focused on your physical and mental recovery after a serious injury, it is usually best to trust the legal stressors to skilled Cedar Hill personal injury attorneys who can relieve you of additional burdens.
When I Must File My Claim
Personal injury claims are subject to the same statute of limitations throughout Texas. A statute of limitations sets the deadline by which a claim must be filed or the claimant (that’s you) may lose the right to pursue compensation in court. The personal injury statute of limitations in Texas is set at two years by Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003. This does not mean that you have to resolve your case within two years. However, it does mean that you must file your claim in court within two years of the date of your accident. From there, the case can take as long as it needs to come to a successful resolution.
When I Am Partly Responsible for My Accident
Sometimes, injuries result from complex situations that may not be as cut-and-dry as we would like. For example, car accidents often include fault on both sides. You may have been speeding, while the other driver may have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Texas handles these situations using a system called proportionate responsibility, otherwise known as modified comparative negligence. The process is best explained in two bullet points.
- You can sue if you have less than 51% fault in the accident.
- Your compensation is reduced by your percentage of fault.
In other words, your overall compensation package will be reduced by 10% if the court finds that you were 10% responsible for your injury. By having a knowledgeable Cedar Hill personal injury attorney from Pintas & Mullins on your side, you can help lower your portion of blame and increase the value of your recovery.
What Determines the Value of My Compensation
Your compensation includes the value of all the harms that you experience as a direct result of your injury. Some of these forms of harm, called economic damages, are relatively easy to understand, as they often come with receipts or bills that show a clear monetary value. They can include items like car repair costs, medical expenses, and even the value of wages you lose because you are unable to work while recovering from your injury.
Other forms of harm are more subjective. These non-economic damages are still factored into your compensation package, though. In fact, they can constitute a large percentage of your total recovery because there is no legal limit to the amount a judge or jury can award for them. Examples of non-economic harms include your physical pain, the psychological toll of becoming disfigured, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment in life, and similar ills. At Pintas & Mullins, we can help you calculate the value of your claim by researching previous awards in similar cases or by bringing expert witnesses to the stand who can testify to the appropriate values.
Speak to a Personal Injury Lawyer Today, for FREE
Pintas & Mullins knows that you and your family may experience scheduling conflicts, financial strain, and other frustrations during your injury recovery process. We do not think that should bar you from seeking the help you need. We provide all clients with a FREE consultation to discuss the details of your claim, and we do not collect a fee unless we get you the compensation you deserve.
Call 214-305-8277 to schedule your initial consultation, or fill out the form on our contact page with your information and we will get back to you as soon as possible.