Are you suffering from a serious injury that was caused by the carelessness or negligence of someone else? This is a stressful and confusing situation to be in, and we are so sorry you are going through it. Our Houston personal injury lawyers fight for people just like you who’ve been injured in accidents they didn’t cause. The Bowen Law Firm, PLLC want to protect your rights and bring you justice for your injuries. Don’t let the fact that you are feeling overwhelmed keep you from getting the getting the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call us today at 713-574-7777 to set up your free consultation.
Do I Have a Case?
Healing from a serious injury is hard enough, both physically and emotionally. Deciding to move forward with a personal injury claim starts with being sure that you have a legitimate case. Call our Houston personal injury lawyers for answers and guidance. Don’t make the mistake of assuming you don’t have a case. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting the information you need. Our experienced lawyers will take a detailed look at your situation and be there to guide you if you decide to move forward.
If you do move forward, consider doing so with our lawyers by your side. You can bet the insurance company involved will call on its stable of lawyers to protect their bottom line and keep you from recovering damages. This is all the more reason to have an experienced lawyer by your side. Our Houston personal injury lawyers will fight for you every step of the way. Reach out to us as quickly as possible for your free consultation. Call 713-574-7777 today to get the help you need.
When you win a personal injury case, justice comes in the form of financial compensation. It’s common for people to ask how much their personal injury case is worth. No two personal injury cases are identical, however, so there’s no pre-determined number. Our Houston personal injury lawyers will address the injuries you’ve suffered and the ways the accident has impacted your life both financial as well as emotionally. They will also factor in how the quality of your life will be impacted going forward. Your compensation should address all of these elements, which are considered damages.
There are two types of damages available when pursuing compensation for a personal injury: economic and non-economic.
The financial losses, such as lost wages and medical bills from the accident are considered economic damages. They are easier to figure out because they relate to known quantities. Even future expenses and lost wages can be estimated.
Non-economic damages are less easy to determine, as they are related to pain and suffering. The loss of quality of life, for example, does not have a specific price tag but is devastating none the less. The Bowen Law Firm, PLLC personal injury lawyers have the knowledge to sort out your best options for recovering both types of damages. Call 713-574-7777 today to get started with a free consultation.
Limits on Personal Injury Damages
There may be limits to what you can recover in compensation. Contact our experienced Houston personal injury lawyers to find out more about caps on compensation and whether punitive damages may be available for your case. Our lawyers will know what compensation is available for you depending on the specifics of your case and will work diligently to get you what you deserve. Call 713-574-7777 today to get started.
Shared Fault Rules in Texas
Depending upon the specifics of your personal injury case, the person or business who caused your injuries will likely try to blame you for all, or some of the accident. If you are responsible for some of the circumstances — meaning you have a degree of liability — the amount you are able to recover in compensation will be lowered.
In Texas, this means the amount of money you can recover is lowered according to the percentage of your responsibility. If you are found to be partially liable from between 1% and 49%, you can still recover a percentage of damages. If it is determined that you are over 50% at-fault, you won’t be able to get compensation from anyone else, period. The insurance company for the liable party will turn to this rule to try to lower the price of your case or eliminate your case. Not only will this rule be used in a case that goes to trial, but the insurance company will also almost certainly use it to intimidate you into accepting as low a settlement as possible. This is another reason it’s important to have an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer in your corner to protect your rights.
Our seasoned lawyers have come up against the tactics of the insurance companies many, many times. We know what to expect and how to handle them. Don’t let the insurance company blame you for your injuries and take away your rightful compensation. The Bowen Law Firm personal injury lawyers will hold the insurance company responsible for full and fair compensation. Call us right away for your free, first consultation.
How Long You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim
Another facet to keep in mind is the time window within which you must file a claim. This is called the statute of limitations. In the state of Texas, you have two years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim. It’s imperative to adhere to this time window to make sure that the civil court will hear your case, giving you the chance to seek compensation.
When you’re seriously injured, 24 months may seem like a long time, but it goes by quickly. This is even more true if you are dealing with numerous surgeries or ongoing physical therapy or counseling during this time as part of your recovery.
The success of your personal injury case will depend on managing a number of moving parts within the two-year time window. These include being organized and prepared at every step of your claim. This includes knowing all the supporting documents required to bring a strong case and having them ready. Other factors include how quickly you want to reach a settlement, the amount you will settle for, and how prepared you are to negotiate with insurance companies.
Let our experienced Houston personal injury lawyers handle the intricacies of reviewing, planning, filing, and negotiating your case. They are trained for this and ready to fight for you, including at trial if necessary. Take the first step and call 713-574-7777 today to get started.
Injury Claims Against the Texas Government
If the liable party in your personal injury case is a government employee or entity, there are things you need to do in order to file a personal injury claim. You will not have the ability to sue the state of Texas, in general. Your claim must be against whichever governmental unit was involved in the accident that injured you. You also have to file within a six-month window from the date of your injury instead of 24 months. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of someone else, and the liable party is affiliated with a government entity, call 713-574-7777 and speak with our Houston personal injury lawyers as soon as you can for your free consultation.
What Could Go Wrong?
When you’ve been injured at the fault of someone else due to negligence or carelessness, getting compensation should be the outcome. This fact, however, doesn’t guarantee a successful outcome or even an easy path. In fact, there are a number of common pitfalls to watch out for, and most of them involve interacting with the insurance company.
The first thing to do if you suffer a personal injury is seek medical attention right away. This is of course true because you need to get treatment for your injuries and begin the healing process. It’s also necessary, however, to start an accurate record for your case. Hard as it may be to believe, if you delay in getting medical care, the insurance company will very likely point to the delay to suggest you couldn’t have been as injured as you claim. What’s more, they may suggest that your injuries didn’t even come from the accident, but in the gap between the accident and when you went to the doctor.
The information gathered by medical professional provide information crucial to establishing that you have a case, as well as the value of damages. Waiting only hinders the gathering of this evidence and gives the insurance company the chance to try to have your case thrown out. They are the only ones who benefit.
Another misstep to watch out for is giving a recorded statement to the insurance company when they call you. Insurance adjusters will seem like they care about your situation and want to help. You will probably think you are helping when you talk to them, but they are trained to get information that they can use to lower the value of your claim. Depending on what you tell them, they may even be able to have your claim thrown out.
Even if they aren’t able to get your case thrown out, the insurance company can leverage a recorded statement to make you believe your case is less valuable than you thought, hoping to get you to accept a lowball settlement. Don’t let this happen to you. Let our Houston personal injury lawyers handle communications with the insurance company for you. Call 713-574-7777 today for your free initial consultation.
Call Our Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you’ve been severely injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligent or careless behavior, call us right away. We can’t know what you’re going through right now, but we know what you’re up against. Our lawyers have experience in all the facets of personal injury claims. Let us protect your rights and take care of every aspect of your personal injury claim on your behalf. We want to hold the liable party accountable and get you full and fair compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered. Call The Bowen Law Firm, PLLC today for your free, initial consultation.