Let’s start at the very beginning...just what is a personal injury case?
A personal injury case is a type of claim that the law allows for a claimant to recover damages to make them whole. Those damages could include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, physical impairment, disabilities, etc.
The most common types of personal injury claims are car or truck accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, wrongful death, and slip and fall injuries. Depending upon the intent or negligence of the responsible party, the injured party may be entitled to monetary compensation.
What You Must Prove To Win Your Case
Just because you were hurt doesn’t mean you are entitled to money. You must prove that someone else was negligent or careless and that it was their negligence or carelessness which caused your injury. If you fail to do this, you lose. If you sue the wrong person, you lose. If you wait too long to sue, you lose. If you had an injury BEFORE the accident, then you are only entitled to be compensated to the extent your injury is now worse.
In Texas, being in any way at fault is known as the law of contributory negligence. Texas and most other states will “compare” the negligence between two people and apportion damages appropriately.
If you think you have a personal injury case, it’s important to contact a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Certain personal injury claims do have a statute of limitations.