If you have experienced a serious injury, you may be facing weeks, months or years of recovery: possibly even permanent disability. In addition to medical bills, you may have to take time off work, or even stop working entirely.
Whether your injury is the result of an auto collision, construction site accident or a slip and fall due to poor property maintenance, if another person or company’s negligence is the cause, you may be able to receive payments to help cover medical and other costs.
1. What types of compensation are available?
In Texas, you may be able to receive both economic and noneconomic payments (damages) to help you recover from injuries caused by someone else.
Economic damages may include payments for current and future medical costs related to your injury as well as repayment of lost wages during your recovery.
Noneconomic damages may include monetary compensation for the physical and/or emotional pain and suffering that may result from your injury, including disfigurement, alienation from loved ones or harm to your quality of life.
2. How soon after an injury should I file a claim?
Texas law has a two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim. That means that, in most cases, you must bring your case before the court within two years of the incident that caused your injury.
3. What is the cost of a personal injury attorney?
Many personal injury attorneys offer their services under “contingency,” meaning you do not have to pay upfront costs for legal help.
If your case is successful, your attorney may take a percentage of the money you receive as their payment. However, if your case is not successful, you do not have to pay an attorney fee, though you may end up owing court costs.