Damages Available in Texas Personal Injury Cases
If you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation for a number of different damages. Texas, like many other states, breaks down damages into two categories: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages can be quantified, and they are typically easier to prove. They can compensate for aspects such as:
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Property damages
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral costs (in the case of wrongful death)
Non-economic damages are more difficult to quantify. They cover things money cannot, such as:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Decreased quality of life due to injuries
- Physical disfigurement or impairment
- Loss of consortium (loss of relationship with a husband, wife, or partner)
The lasting effects of an accident-related injury can be devastating, such as losing your ability to work, even if only for a short period of time. However, this does not mean you are out of options. A personal injury attorney could be your solution. I am a qualified personal injury attorney located in Orange, Texas, and I provide my services to the surrounding areas. Don’t hesitate to call my office. Get in touch today to start preparing your case.
Determining Fault in Car Accident Claims
When determining fault in a car accident, Texas abides by a modified comparative fault standard, often referred to as “proportionate responsibility.” Essentially, this means whatever damages you’re awarded could be reduced if you’re found to be partially liable for the accident that caused your injuries.
For example, say you were checking a text message when your car was crashed into at an intersection. The court could decide you were 20% at fault for your injuries and therefore reduce your compensation amount by 20%. Your original $100,000 compensation package would then be decreased to $80,000.
Texas also follows the 51% bar rule, meaning you would not be able to collect damages if you’re found more than 51% responsible for your injuries.
Why Hire an Attorney?
When you’re injured, you may find yourself wondering, “Do I need a personal injury attorney?” This is an important question to ask. It is possible that you have a strong case. However, consulting a personal injury attorney is the only way to know for sure. Your attorney will help you determine the best course of action. They can provide advice and recommendations. Additionally, they can walk you through the personal injury lawsuit process.
You don’t have to face your legal problems alone. A personal injury attorney can make a huge difference in your case. Your attorney is essential to your success. However, you need to be sure you’ve hired an attorney you can trust. Turn to my services at Mitchell Law Firm, PLLC. With a principal location in Orange, Texas, I am ready to take on your case. I am an aggressive litigator who wants to help you get what you’re owed. Contact my office today to get started with your personal injury claim.