Accident Lawyers Protect Your Rights
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed in Texas when someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or wrongful act injures you in some way. As you can imagine, this type of lawsuit is very common and comes in many different forms. Some common types of personal injury cases that our West Texas personal injury lawyers frequently handle include:
Damages Available in Personal Injury Cases
The damages available in a particular personal injury lawsuit depend on the nature and severity of the plaintiff’s injuries. With that said, most court awarded damages in Texas can be classified as either “economic damages” or “noneconomic damages”. Economic damages are relatively easy to quantify because they represent financial losses that the injured plaintiff suffered, or will likely suffer in the future, due to their injuries. Examples include compensation for past and future medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, etc. On the other hand, noneconomic damages can be a bit more challenging to prove as these damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for the nonfinancial losses that they suffered due to their injury. Examples include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, physical impairment, disfigurement, etc.
Additionally, if a personal injury defendant acted in a particularly egregious manner or with gross negligence, the court may also award the injured plaintiff exemplary or punitive damages in order to punish the defendant and to deter similar behavior from occurring in the future. An experienced West Texas personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether or not the court is likely to award punitive damages in your case.
Act Quickly, Personal Injury Claims in Texas Can Only be Filed Within a Certain Timeframe!
Each state allows prospective personal injury plaintiffs (i.e. the injured people who are suing) a limited amount of time within which to file their claims. In Texas, personal injury plaintiffs generally have two years from the date on which they were injured to file their lawsuit. Texas Statutes section 16.003(a). With limited exception, those who fail to abide by this statute of limitations will have their personal injury claims denied.
Need Legal Advice?
Were you or a loved one injured in Texas due to someone else’s negligence or unlawful act? Here at the Lovett Law Firm our West Texas personal injury lawyers are committed to helping seriously injured clients recover the financial settlements that they desperately need in order to recuperate and to move on with their lives. Our team has extensive experience successfully pursuing personal injury settlements and awards in Texas, and we would be happy to assist you. Contact our El Paso office today at (915) 757-9999 to schedule a free consultation.