If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you will need an experienced Austin personal injury attorney in order to receive compensation. Getting hurt can really shake up your whole life. You can have a lot of unexpected expenses including mounting medical bills. You may be having a hard time paying these bills if you are missing time at work. Personal injury is a term that covers a lot of ground. There are many types of accidents that we can represent. The types of personal injury cases we handle include:
- Bike accidents
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bite cases
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall cases
All of these incidents can cause life-changing injuries and can leave you feeling really downtrodden. Austin personal injury attorney Daniel Smith will help you through every step of your personal injury claim and make sure you are going to be getting every bit of compensation that you deserve.
Types of Injuries and Seeking Medical Attention
Your health is the most important thing following your accident. You need to treat your body as a priority. You have to get to a medical professional as soon as possible. You cannot risk making your injuries worse by avoiding seeking a doctor. You shouldn’t just brush it off as a little pain. Get to a doctor right away and have them assess you. Here are the most common injuries from personal injury cases:
- Traumatic brain injury or concussion
- Nerve damage
- Tendon damage
- Internal organ damage
- Broken bones
- Cuts and lacerations
As you can see, these injuries are severe and many of them have the potential to cause life-long effects and be permanent in nature. In the worst cases, these injuries lead to death. If you’ve lost someone you love in an accident, please call us to discuss a wrongful death claim. We can help you find justice in this most difficult time.
General Statute of Limitations
Generally speaking, the statute of limitations is the same for every accident in Texas unless it is involving a government entity, then it may be shorter. Your statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you can bring your personal injury claim or settle it in civil court. For everything that does not involve a government entity, you have two years from the date of the accident. Waiting longer than two years is not an option if you want to receive the compensation you deserve. You will be barred from receiving any compensation if you are past the allotted time. It is so important to get to an attorney right away to make sure that you are on track to have a good result. The sooner you get the ball rolling, the better off you are.
Avoiding Talking to Insurance Companies
Your attorney’s job is to protect your rights to full and fair compensation. The job of the liable party’s insurance company is to make sure that you don’t cost them a lot of money. They want to reduce your compensation or throw out your case entirely so that you don’t get to cost them a dime. We will work hard against their bullying tactics and make sure they are not taking advantage of you. It’s likely that they will call you and ask for a statement. They are going to come off as polite and helpful, but that is a way for them to get you to trust them. They are trained to ask you questions that are framed in a way to put the blame on you. If they can blame you, they will be able to reduce or eliminate your claim. Our advice is to avoid talking to them. When they call you, you have no legal obligation to give them any information. What you can tell them is that any communication can go through your attorney. They will make sure you are protect from the insurance company.
Texas Personal Injury Compensation
Texas follows the rules of modified comparative negligence. This means that you have the potential to get your compensation barred and reduced if the insurance company gets their way. As mentioned, they want to owe you less or no money. If you are blamed for 50% or more of the accident, then you will be barred from getting any compensation whatsoever. If you are found to be less than 50% at fault for the accident, then you can have your compensation reduced. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for an accident, and you are awarded $10,000 then you will be allowed to collect $9,000 of that award.
Contact Our Office Today
If you were seriously injured because someone else was being careless or reckless, do not hesitate to reach out to us to set up a free consultation with our experienced Austin personal injury attorney. We will make sure that everything is in its proper order and that you are on track to have a successful claim.