When a person gets injured from the negligent actions of another person, their claim for damages comes under a branch of tort law known as personal injury. The personal injury laws of various states allow an injured person to institute a personal injury claim and get compensated for their losses. Several factors give rise to a personal injury claim.
Some elements must be available for the claim to be valid. In addition, a personal injury victim must work with an injury attorney to improve their chances of winning. This article looks at all these and the pertinent questions to ask a Dallas personal injury attorney before or after hiring one.
If you find yourself or someone you know a victim of a personal injury case, our attorneys at Glenn Law Firm will help you fight for justice. We have the experience to win any case.
Not all civil wrongs fall under the personal injury law. For a case to get classified as personal injury, the victim must have suffered physical bodily harm, emotional injuries, or harm to their reputation or character. Below are the types of claims that come under personal injury law.
A vast majority of personal injury claims emanate from car accidents. This is because in Texas and all over the United States, traffic collisions happen daily. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in the first six months of 2020, traffic fatalities rose 4.6 percent from the first nine months of 2019.
This high number of crash injuries and wrongful death impacts the number of compensation claims yearly. In a state like Texas, where the fault system reigns supreme, the fault driver owes an injured victim a duty of care. Once the person breaches that duty and such breach causes injury and damages to the victim, they will compensate them.
Under premises liability law, a property owner must keep their premises safe for visitors and licensees. If a hazardous condition injures a paying or invited legal visitor or licensee, they can file a personal injury lawsuit against the owner. However, a trespasser who enters a property without the owner's consent cannot file a personal injury claim.
A 2018 report by CNBC named medical negligence the third leading cause of death in the United States. Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional fails to uphold the standard of care in the medical profession. For a claim of this nature to succeed, there must be a doctor-patient relationship, and the injured party must be able to link the substandard medical care to their injury.
The majority of injuries from defective products are either from design or manufacturing defects. Here, the victim would have to prove that the manufacturer knew of such a defect and failed to warn the public. When commencing a claim for financial compensation from product defects, working with an experienced lawyer is best.
When a person defames another, they cause an injury to the person's reputation with their untrue statements. For this reason, the law allows a defamed person to get compensation. An average person needs to show that the defendant made the statement and they suffered "actual harm." Find out from our experienced attorneys what constitutes "actual harm."
Other cases that come under personal injury law are dog bites, assault, battery, and other intentional torts. In either of these cases, the victim must show the elements of negligence. They must prove:
If you have a case like any of the above, then it is obvious that you need a personal injury attorney. As a legal team who have handled these types of cases for years, we know that most accident victims do not know the legal questions to ask their attorney. For this reason, we put together seven top common questions you should ask at an initial consultation.
It's not enough that a lawyer or law firm claims they handle personal injury cases.. It would help if you found out for yourself by asking them. Suppose you were in a car accident involving multiple parties with no clear fault party.. You should ask your lawyer if they have experience handling that type of case and can help you identify the negligent party.
If they give you a yes or no answer, press for more information. Ask about their track record and where you can read client reviews. You need a lawyer with the right experience for your case to succeed. You can't have a child custody lawyer handling a fatal injury accident case.
It's a fact that many personal injury claims do not make it to trial, but you still need to ask. A trial lawyer already knows how the legal process works and the time frame it would take. The person should also be a skilled negotiator who can go toe to toe with an insurance adjuster.
Going by the rule of professional conduct, a lawyer cannot handle a legal matter if there is a personal or professional conflict. Suppose the fault party's insurance company owner is related to your attorney. There is personal conflict, and the lawyer has an obligation to disclose such. So, ask to find out.
Any experienced accident lawyer already has an evaluation of your case during the initial consultation. Thus, your lawyer should give you an honest and detailed evaluation of your case. However, keep in mind that there are no guarantees because of known and unknown variables.
After evaluating your case, your lawyer should be able to tell you its strength or weakness. Most times, this depends on the body of evidence you have. The more evidence you have, the stronger your case, vice-versa. A strong case also determines if you'll get fair compensation.
The entire process of a personal injury claim is designed to get you the maximum compensation. But before commencing one, you should know the worth of your claim. An experienced attorney will evaluate your injuries and losses. They will use medical records, the extent of property damage, and your level of involvement to determine what you'll get. For instance, the Texas modified comparative negligence rule affects settlement sums.
Attorney fees are important and should be agreed upon at the beginning of the attorney-client relationship. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. It means their payment is contingent on winning your case. Thus, they will create a contingency fee agreement (CFA) to stipulate the percentage they will get from the settlement sum. It is usually between 33 to 40 percent.
Just because a lawyer claims to have decades of experience does not mean you should hire them. There are some qualities an experienced personal injury lawyer must possess. Below are some of them.
There are three types of damages a personal injury lawyer can secure for an injury victim. Economic damages, non-economic damages, and exemplary (punitive) damages. Economic and non-economic damages refer to tangible and intangible losses, respectively.
Exemplary damages are awarded in lawsuits against grossly negligent bad conduct. Our experienced trial lawyers can provide a more detailed explanation.
Glenn Law firm in Dallas, Texas, we know the financial difficulties personal injury victims go through. Our lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve and will calmly answer all your questions. We won't proceed until you understand every aspect of your personal injury claim. Contact us today for a free case review.