Understanding Your Rights after Suffering a Personal Injury in Texas
This is the first post in what will be a series focused on helping you better understand the personal injury process in Texas and the rights of injury victims within the civil justice system. We find that it is common for injury victims and their loved ones to not know what to expect from the personal injury settlement and litigation process. It is important to understand your rights to recovery and to protect those rights. One point that we will stress over the course of this series is that if you have been injured through no fault of your own then it is crucial that you contact an attorney immediately.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our next several posts. Subjects we will look at include:
- The need to seek proper medical care after suffering an injury
- The way that Texas law assesses fault and the impact it can have on your case
- The importance of knowing your statute of limitations
- Dealing with insurance companies and adverse parties
- Understanding the stages of your case
- The litigation process
- The importance of hiring an attorney to deal with your personal injury case
Unfortunately, many Texas residents do not know how to proceed after suffering an injury caused by the negligence of another. Not understanding these important topics can cause the victim to receive inadequate compensation or no compensation at all. It is crucial to understand the process from the moment you or a loved one are injured until the case resolves.
The first important step to take after suffering an injury is contacting an attorney. An experienced lawyer can take immediate steps to determine the strength of your case, help you understand your deadlines for filing a lawsuit, intervene or advise you on dealing with insurance companies, and provide you with a strong understanding of what to expect moving forward.
When selecting a personal injury attorney it is important that you select a firm which handles major injury cases and in which the lawyers have substantial experience. You should also determine whether the attorneys are board certified and whether the firm employs a full time investigator. Finally, you should determine whether the firm is large enough to advance court costs and whether the office can devote multiple attorneys to your case. This is true whether you were injured in counties including Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise as well as Fort Worth, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, and Dallas.