Getting hurt can really be a setback to your life. It can especially set you back if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence. When someone else’s carelessness is the cause of your injury, then you may be able to bring a personal injury case against that liable party. This can either be an individual or an entity such as a government who is responsible for your injury. There are many different types of personal injury cases that our attorneys handles on a daily basis. We have the experience and expertise to get you the best possible result. After you read about your case, please call our office to set up a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
At Garcia & Ochoa, we handle a wide variety of cases. We have experience in each of our practice areas and will treat your case like a priority. We handle personal injury cases such as:
- Auto accidents
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Truck accidents
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Boating accidents
If you have a personal injury case that falls under one of these categories, please do not hesitate to contact our office to set up a free case evaluation where we will go over the details of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases
You will have a designated amount of time after your accident to bring your personal injury claim. Texas statute of limitations are two years long. Typically this period of time begins on the date of your accident, but there are exceptions to this. If you were hurt in a medical malpractice case and you didn’t know there was a surgical object left in your body, it might take some time to discover the negligence. In similar instances, you will have two years from the date you discover or should have discovered the negligence. We do not suggest ever waiting to seek out an attorney. Once this deadline passes, you will no longer be able to bring your claim.
How Personal Injury Compensation Works
You will be compensated for a number of things when you seek a personal injury case. You will get compensation for your medical bills both past and future, lost wages past and future, and pain and suffering. Generally speaking, you will get more compensation when you have worse injuries. What also goes into how much compensation you get is how much of this accident is your fault. Texas follows the rules of shared fault which means that, if you are more than 50 percent at fault for your accident, then you will not be allowed to collect any compensation. If you are 50 percent or less at fault for the accident, your compensation award will be reduced. For example, if you are 20 percent at fault and have been awarded $100,000 for your injuries and damages, then you will be allowed to collect $80,000 of that award.
Important First Steps for a Successful Case
With any successful case, we suggest that you seek medical attention as soon as you can. It is imperative that you seek treatment if you even suspect that you are injured. What could be a minor pain today might turn into a severe problem down the road. Also, if you delay medical treatment, you run the risk of having the insurance company try to throw out or reduce your claim. They will say that you were not badly injured or that your injury came from something else.
Second, it is important to gather evidence from your accident. You should get photos of what caused your accident and your injuries. For instance, if you were injured in a slip and fall, you will want to take photos of the cause of your accident. That might be spilled liquid or uneven sidewalk. There also might be security footage that collected some of your accident. Your attorney will be able to fully investigate all possible evidence that can be utilized.
Avoid Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company
The absolute worst mistake you can make is taking to the insurance company for the liable party and giving them a recorded statement. They will reach out to you very shortly after your injury and it will be to get you to say something that absolves them from giving you full and fair compensation. It is best to have your attorney deal with all communications with the insurance company.
Contact Our Texas Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Our Texas personal injury attorneys are here to help guide you through this every step of the way. We will protect your rights, collect your evidence, and litigate against the insurance company if necessary. Call our office today to set up a free consultation and we will treat your case like the priority that it is.