Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
When the compensation you need is on the line, you deserve qualified and experienced legal representation. Work with an Austin injury lawyer today.
Many types of accidents can cause serious injuries, and if you don’t fight the insurance companies and negligent parties, you might be left paying for all of your damages on your own. If the accident wasn’t your fault—at least mostly—you might need to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault parties.
Unfortunately, making a successful personal injury claim isn’t always simple. You’ll need to prove not only that you were injured in the accident, but also that you were not at-fault for the accident. If the other party or insurer attempts to claim you were at fault, your compensation could be at risk.
To win an injury claim like this, you might need an Austin personal injury lawyer who will stick by your side and help you navigate settlement negotiations and, if necessary, represent you in court. You need to focus on your recovery, and representing yourself in court could only add stress to an already difficult situation. Fortunately, you don’t have to fight alone.
Our team at the Colley Firm, PC will work hard and treat you like family so you can be confident in the outcome of your claim and recover without stressing over your family’s finances. We’re invested in your claim, and we’ll seek the full compensation you deserve for your suffering. Reach out today for help getting the compensation you deserve.
Personal Injury Cases and What Causes Them
There are several classifications of personal injury lawsuits, each with its own particular challenges. For each category, your lawyer will need to determine the cause of the accident because that will help identify the at-fault party or parties.
Finding the at-fault party and proving that they were responsible will be key to filing your claim. Accident types and who’s at fault can vary greatly. Even when dealing with a single type of accident, such as car crashes, there can be complexities. An experienced lawyer can study the crash and determine the correct person responsible for the accident.
In some cases, the person responsible might not have been present for the accident. For example, when an appliance malfunctions, the manufacturer wasn’t physically there, but can still be held responsible. As such, you’ll need an injury lawyer who can identify the at-fault party for your individual claim. The main types of personal injury claims include the following:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – These accidents can include cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. They can be caused by distracted, drowsy, drunk, or drugged drivers, mechanical and part failures, road hazards, poor signage, difficult-to-see lane markers, and even construction equipment in the road.
- Product Liability – This category covers accidents involving products that harm someone, despite being used properly or according to the instructions. Product malfunctions might be due to design, manufacturing, or marketing defects, each of which could involve a different at-fault party.
- Premises Liability – Premises liability covers accidents that happen on other people’s property, including slip-and-fall accidents, dog bites, and unsecured safety hazards, such as pools or dangerous equipment. Property owners are typically held responsible for accidents on their property that injure others.
- Construction and Work Accidents – These are often confined to the workers compensation system, but when a third party other than your employer is at fault, you might be able to bring a personal injury claim for different and more comprehensive damages.
- Medical Malpractice – Medical negligence claims can be difficult because of the many factors you agree to when signing approval forms, but when a doctor or other healthcare professional injures you because of negligent or reckless actions, you have the right to pursue fair compensation for your suffering.
The above injury case types often overlap, such as when a part fails and causes a motor vehicle accident. A qualified personal injury lawyer in Austin can help you sort through the details of your case to build the strongest claim possible.
Who Holds the Blame?
Once we determine the cause or causes of your accident, we can then identify who is to blame. Without an at-fault party, we have no one to hold financially accountable in court, so this portion of the process is crucial.
Some cases will also depend on the specifics of your claim. For example, if you were rear-ended by a motor vehicle and injured, chances are good that the other driver was responsible for the damage caused.
An intersection crash, however, will depend on whether the light had changed and who was legally crossing the intersection. An experienced lawyer can gather the necessary evidence to show you weren’t at fault.
Just as there is more than one type of personal injury claim, more than one person or entity could be at fault. Your attorney will find all the responsible parties through an investigation into the accident, which will not only hold those parties accountable, but also maximize your potential compensation.
Negligent parties you might be able to name in your claim could include the following:
- Landowners and landlords
- Mechanics and maintenance personnel
- Government agencies
- Construction companies
- Safety inspectors
Injuries and Consequences
The injuries you suffered in your accident can vary greatly and depend on multiple factors, such as the type of accident. You could endure trauma to multiple parts of your body, including the following:
- Head and Face – Injuries to the head and face can result in traumatic brain injuries and sensory damage such as blindness, hearing loss, and speech problems. Facial damage might also require extensive reconstructive surgeries.
- Neck, Back, and Spine – Back injuries can cause damage to your spinal cord, leading to paralysis or untreatable chronic nerve damage that causes pain, numbness, or immobility.
- Internal Organs – Organ damage might cause severe bleeding and require organ transplants and a lifetime of medication.
You could also suffer the following injuries:
- Broken bones, which can cause a limp, disfigurement, and possible amputations
- Amputations, including limbs lost during the accident or after, due to medical necessity
- Severe burns from a burning vehicle, an exploding grill, electrocution, or scalding liquids, all of which can cause disfigurement and require skin grafts
Long-Term Suffering for an Injury
Many of these injuries can have a lasting impact on your financial, mental, and emotional state. An injury such as a broken bone can take months to heal, but head trauma can alter your brain function permanently. Spinal injuries can affect your mobility for years, leaving you unable to walk or care for yourself, in some cases.
That means your recovery might not be just an extended hospital stay. Instead, you might also require rehabilitation to deal with the effects of your injury. You could be dealing with the repercussions of your injuries for some time.
For example, let’s say your accident left you paralyzed from the waist down. You spent some time in the hospital recovering, but you’ll also need rehab and physical therapy. This therapy will help you recover any mobility possible, as well as teaching you how to navigate daily tasks.
But, the changes don’t always end there. You’ve lost a major physical ability, which can make you feel as if you’ve lost your independence. You might be struggling with the mental and emotional effects of the paralysis. You might need the help of a therapist to learn healthy ways to cope with these negative feelings.
Bottom line, it’s important to remember that the suffering caused by an injury doesn’t always end once you leave the hospital.
Your medical costs are not the only expenses you should be compensated for. You’ll also have to deal with missing work and the harder-to-quantify emotional trauma involved.
We’ll collaborate with your doctors and therapists to determine the extent of your injuries and the duration of time they could affect you and your family. Unfortunately, you might face the effects of your injuries for the rest of your life.
Depending on the unique factors present in your Austin personal injury case, your lawyer might advise that you request compensation for the following:
- Medical costs, including operations, ambulance rides, and inpatient and outpatient care
- Wage loss due to recovery time and any reduced ability to work the same job or same number of hours
- Disability accommodations to your car, home, and workplace, such as stair lifts and disability-accessible vehicles
- Pain and suffering experienced during the accident and in immediate treatment and recovery
- Emotional distress due to the changes in your daily life and reductions in your ability to enjoy life
- Loss of consortium, companionship, and care, which covers a dwindling ability to contribute to and participate in your family, personal, or professional relationships
- Property damage to your car, phone, or other possessions
- Wrongful death, which has its own set of rules and damages in Texas
The laws dictating how to file a personal injury claim in Austin can cover time limits, compensation reductions, and protected groups, such as emergency response teams and government agencies.
The following are some important legal concepts you should know as you pursue compensation:
- Statute of Limitations – In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years, which means you must act somewhat quickly. From the date of your accident, you have only two years to compile evidence, complete paperwork, and file your claim. An Austin accident injury lawyer can ensure your deadlines are met.
- Proportionate Responsibility – This is a Texas law that allows an injured person to file a personal injury lawsuit even if he or she holds some of the blame for what happened, as long as he or she is less than 50 percent at fault.
However, this also reduces the compensation the injured person can be awarded. For example, if you’re awarded $1 million, but you are found to be 10 percent at fault, then you could only receive $900,000 in compensation. This can be the difference between recovering without worrying about bills and having to return to work early to survive financially.
- Employer Liability – When you’re injured by a person at work, you’ll need compensation for those injuries, but who pays for them? Although they’re not the ones responsible for the accident, the employer is financially responsible for the damages their employees cause, as long as they’re acting within the bounds of their employment.
- Fault for Insurance Claims – When you’re in an accident, you’ll need proof that you weren’t at fault, and that the other party was. This fault law puts the responsibility of the accident on the person responsible when filing an insurance claim. This differs from no-fault laws in other states, where each party files a claim and receives a settlement, regardless of fault.
Austin Personal Injury FAQ
Personal injury claims can be complex and cover many types of claims. This means that you might be struggling to find information online about your unique situation. That’s where an experienced personal injury attorney can step in.
We understand that every claim is different, and we’re prepared to address these issues in your claim. If you’re still seeking answers for your case, see the questions below or get started by speaking to a lawyer.
My loved one was killed in an accident. Can I sue?
Sadly, you might have lost a loved one because of someone’s carelessness. You’ll need to file a wrongful death claim, so seek out a lawyer for help finding the person eligible to file and the amount of compensation you could receive.
How do I know if I’m eligible?
Personal injury claims require two things: you’ll need to show you were injured, which requires compensation; and you’ll need to prove that the other party was negligent. If you’re concerned about your claim, set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.
What if my claim doesn’t succeed?
Our lawyers are determined to make your claim a success, which is why we work on contingency fees. This means that you’ll pay us a certain percentage of your award. If you don’t receive compensation, then we don’t receive those fees.
Contact an Austin Personal Injury Attorney
No matter how minor or serious your injuries are, you deserve to recover without the stress of an increased financial burden. You shouldn’t be left to pay the bills if the accident wasn’t your fault, and a qualified lawyer in Austin can help you obtain compensation from the negligent party for the damages you have suffered.
Your Austin personal injury lawyer at the Colley Firm, PC will treat you with care and respect while we negotiate and hold the negligent party accountable. Call us at 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the form below to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.