In an instant, your life can dramatically change. The fact of the matter is an accident caused by someone else can result in serious injuries. You may face physical, emotional, and financial damages if you are injured in a car accident, hurt by a defective product, or take a fall on someone’s property. The at-fault party might be liable if their negligence caused the accident and your injury. At Hartley Law Firm, we have dedicated our practice to helping those injured by someone else’s actions. We understand the gravity of the situation you’re in and are here to help. Contact our personal injury attorney to schedule a one-on-one consultation to discuss your options.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury is a broad term that refers to physical and mental injuries and property damage caused by another person’s negligence. People who have suffered an injury might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to recover compensation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car, bus, truck, and motorcycle accidents are among the most common reasons people file personal injury claims. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 15,764 motor vehicle accidents in Texas in 2021 that caused serious injuries, with 19,448 people suffering severe injuries. If the person who caused your accident was negligent, you might be able to hold them responsible for your damages. For example, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries if the other driver was intoxicated, texting and driving, or disobeying traffic laws.
Sadly, thousands of people are injured by doctors and medical professionals every day. If a physician, nurse, or another type of medical practitioner negligently causes an injury to a patient, they may be held liable for the physical, mental, and financial consequences of their actions. Common types of injuries you can seek compensation for with a medical malpractice claim include:
- Birth injuries,
- Surgical mistakes,
- Failure to treat, and
- Improper medication administration.
At Hartley Law Firm, our personal injury lawyer is experienced in representing clients with premise liability claims. Premise liability claims include many different types of accidents and injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Slip-and-fall accidents,
- Construction negligence,
- Dog bites,
- Hotel accidents,
- Roof collapse, and
- Elevator accidents.
Premise liability claims can be challenging and complex, often involving several potential defendants, loads of discovery, and litigation. Our Arlington personal injury lawyers stand ready to help you.
There are three general categories of product liability claims—manufacturing defect, design defect, and failure to warn. If a defective product injures you, it is vital to have an experienced personal injury lawyer advocating for you. When pursuing a personal injury case based on a product liability claim, you may go up against large corporations with deep pockets. At Hartley Law Firm, we have the knowledge, skill, and resources to fight for you.
Nearly any type of injury can be caused by an accident. However, some of the most common types of accident injuries include the following:
- Broken bones,
- Brain injuries,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Paralysis, and
Depending on the type of accident, you may have a few minor or multiple severe injuries. Some injuries can worsen or manifest over time. No matter the extent of your injuries, you should consult with an attorney to determine if you might have a personal injury case for damages.
Modified Comparative Negligence State
Texas is a modified comparative negligence state which means you might be able to recover compensation for a personal injury for which you are partially at fault. The Texas negligence rule is often referred to as the 51% rule. In other words, you cannot recover damages if you are 51% or more at fault for the accident. If you are less than 51% at fault, you can recover compensation. However, if you were partially at fault, your damages would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
If you are injured in an accident, you must be aware of the applicable statute of limitations.
In Texas, you typically have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you fail to file within that time, you may be permanently barred from recovery. There are a handful of exceptions to the statute of limitations, some of which give you more time to file and some of which give you less time to file.
Arlington Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen and are a part of life. However, if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you might be entitled to financial compensation. At Hartley Law Firm, our goal is to help our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their cases and needs. Austin Hartley is an award-winning lawyer who was recognized in Dallas Magazine’s 2022 “Best Lawyers Under 40” list. We understand how difficult the time following an accident can be. Let us advocate for you so that you can focus on healing. Contact us today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.