Personal Injury FAQ
Accurate answers from Dallas personal injury lawyers you can trust
If you have been injured in an accident in Texas due to someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, you probably have a lot of questions. In particular, you’re probably wondering how much money your personal injury case might be worth.
But finding accurate answers to your questions can be a challenge. Even knowing where to turn might not be clear. That’s why we want to help. For more than two decades, our experienced Dallas personal injury attorneys at The Marye Law Firm have been providing injury victims with the information they need and demanding the money they deserve. We’re serious about your personal injury case.
What is your question?
Below, you can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury claims in Texas. While such information can be useful, it’s important to understand that every personal injury case is different. What might apply to one particular situation could be completely different in a similar situation.
That’s why it’s critical that you talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about the legal options available to you. Simply contact us and schedule a free consultation right away. We can answer your questions and explain possible strategies for your particular case.
- What is a personal injury?
- What does a Dallas personal injury lawyer handle?
- How do I know if I have a case?
- How much is my personal injury case worth?
- What can I be compensated for?
- Should I accept a settlement offer?
- Can I ask for more money?
- Can I file a lawsuit?
- Who can I sue?
- How much time do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
- Is it worth getting a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury refers to any type of injury that occurs due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness. For an injury to qualify as a personal injury, four specific factors must exist:
- The person or business that caused the injury had a responsibility to provide a safe environment or product. (This is legally known as a “duty of care.”)
- The person or business who caused the injury violated their responsibility to provide a safe environment or product. (This is legally known as a “breach of duty.”)
- The at-fault party’s actions caused your injury.
- Your injury resulted in a direct financial loss.
Our law firm handles all types of personal injury cases including car wrecks and slip and falls, dog bites, and product liability claims. Typically, there has to be some kind of negligence by another person that directly caused the injuries. For example, if you are injured in a car wreck and the other driver is at fault, we can likely help you.
The best way to know if you have a personal injury claim is to talk to a lawyer. Their job is to obtain financial compensation for injury victims, whether it’s in the form of a settlement agreement or a jury verdict. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free case evaluation. That way, you can find out whether you have a case and how much money you may be entitled to receive for your injury-related expenses.
That depends on the extent of your injuries. There are other damages (financial compensation) we pursue as well such as loss of earning capacity, physical impairment, and possibly disfigurement. We go after these damages for past expenses and future costs as well.
Financial compensation for personal injury claims falls into two, distinct categories – economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are direct financial losses you have experienced as a result of your injury accident. This includes the cost of medical care and lost income if you cannot work due to your injury. Non-economic damages are indirect financial losses that do not have a particular price tag. This includes money for pain and suffering.
If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, you might also be able to obtain additional money in the form of punitive damages. This is money paid by the at-fault party to the injury victim as punishment for causing the injury and which is intended to deter the at-fault party from causing similar injuries in the future.
Many times, the at-fault party will make a financial settlement offer to the injury victim soon after an injury accident. You might be tempted to accept such an offer, especially if you already have a lot of bills due to your injury accident. But keep in mind that once you accept a settlement offer, you cannot ask for additional money in the future. This is why it’s important to carefully consider any settlement offer before you agree to accept it. An experienced attorney can help you review any possible settlement offers.
Yes. Just because you receive a settlement offer does not mean you have to accept it. You have the right to ask for additional money. And in many cases, your initial settlement offer will not even come close to covering all your injury-related expenses. Often, the reason why is the at-fault party’s insurance company hopes you will simply accept their initial lowball offer and not ask for more money. Your lawyer can help with this process and negotiate a better settlement offer on your behalf.
Yes. In many cases, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. However, it’s important to understand that the process for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Texas can be very complicated. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer as soon as possible to learn more about the different available legal options, including filing a lawsuit.
Texas has an at-fault insurance system. This means the at-fault party has the right to file a lawsuit or take other legal action against anyone who caused your injury or who is responsible for financially compensating you. This often means you can take legal action against:
- The person or business who caused your injury.
- The company that manufactured the dangerous product.
- A dangerous dog’s owner or handler.
- The insurance company representing the at-fault party.
There is no limit on how soon you can take legal action but you must file a lawsuit in Texas within two years for a personal injury case (with limited exceptions). The bottom line is the sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better your ability to demand the money you deserve.
Absolutely. We can demand the money you deserve for medical treatment and other accident-related expenses. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies, we can file a lawsuit if necessary, and we can also negotiate with your medical providers to try to keep more money in your pocket.
Make your case matter. Contact The Marye Law Firm
You only have one opportunity to get the money you rightfully deserve for your injury. Make your case count. Contact our law firm and discover how an experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer can help with your injury claim or lawsuit. Schedule a free case evaluation with our Dallas law firm. We have the knowledge and the skills you need to succeed.
The Marye Law Firm – we’re serious about winning your case.