Personal Injury Lawyer
Let the Testa Law Group Help You After a Serious Personal Injury
Are you and your family fighting to make ends meet after an injury? Do you surmise that another party was in error and to blame for the accident? If so, you may be qualified to payment for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. But, it is very important to remember that you have a short amount of time to arrange and file an injury claim before you and your family’s right are forfeited. Do not delay – get in touch with your reliable Houston personal injury lawyer now.
The Testa Law Group will stand by your side and successfully litigate personal injury suits for the people of Texas, Louisiana, and Florida and the surrounding area. For a free case evaluation, call us at (877) 780-9052.
What Exactly is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a legal expression relating to an injury of the person, mind, or emotions as opposed to loss to, or damage of, property or an interest in some cases. To have a viable personal injury claim, you must show that another party was negligent, irresponsible, careless, or acted with an intentional indifference that contributed to or caused the injury in question.
General Causes of Personal Injury Claims
Typical causes of injuries that happen in personal injury claims are:
- Automobile accidents
- Accidents at work
- Birth injuries
- Wrongful death
- Birth injuries
- Aviation accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Slips and falls
- Boating accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Construction accidents
- Faulty products
- Elder neglect or abuse
- Fires and explosions
The aforementioned examples are just some of the customary types of personal injury cases that are routinely litigated. In actuality, any time you are able to show that another party's actions or inactions were completely or partially responsible for your injuries, then you have adequate grounds for a personal injury claim.
What Type of Compensation Can I Get if I File a Personal Injury Claim?
The value of damages awarded in a personal injury claim namely rests on the severity of injuries and the degree of fault of the opposite party. To demonstrate how a personal injury claim operates, let us take a look at a hypothetical circumstance.
Suppose you are crossing a street, at the crosswalk. A driver is speeding towards your way and texting as driving. The driver paying no attention to the surrounding circumstances fails to notice the red light and you crossing the street. Suddenly the driver runs the red light and smashes into you, creating severe injuries. You are rushed to the hospital, and the doctor tells you that you have several broken facial bones, contusions all along your side, and a dislocated shoulder. A strong personal injury lawsuit would entitle you to compensation for:
- Medical bills emanating from the accident.
- Future medical bills created by your accident. In this case, you will require future procedures to repair your broken bones, and likely will require future skin grafts and other procedures as a result of your body contacting the pavement.
- Pain and suffering damages caused by the impact of the injury and the suffering you experienced.
- Mental anguish and emotional duress damages. In a majority of cases that deal with sudden forceful physical trauma clients typically develop or increase pre-existing PTSD or panic attacks that require therapy.
- Costs of physical therapy
- Costs of rehabilitation.
- Permanent injury or handicap damages, in the event the accident resulted in a permanent injury that makes working or walking difficult or painful.
- Household and vehicle modifications. If the damage to your leg or back necessitated a wheelchair, then you must be compensated for the costs of the wheelchair, costs or implementing a ramp in your home, and the costs for any vehicle modifications.
- Scarring and disfigurement damages. If the accident caused permanent scars to your face or body, then you are entitled to compensation.
- Lost wages. More likely than not, you were required to miss work as a result of your injuries to seek treatment or for recovery purposes; thus, you are entitled to lost wages.
- Loss of earning capacity. If the damage to your body was so devastating, that you could no longer carry out your professional calling, whereby making it impracticable to continue working at your former occupation, then you are entitled to damages in the form of loss of earning capacity.
- Reduced earning capacity. If your injuries allow you to keep working in your profession, yet in a restrained capacity, such as decreased hours, then you are entitled to damages in the form of reduced earning capacity.
- Occupational therapy and retraining, rehabilitation. More often than not you will be compensated for the costs of training for an occupation and the costs of rehabilitation in learning to retrain your muscle functions after a serious accident.
- Hedonic damages. If, for instance in your spare time, you enjoyed running marathons or painting, but due to the injuries you sustained in the above example you are no longer
able to perform such fun leisure activities, then you can ask and will likely receive compensation for such a loss of the joy that the activities brought to your life.
- Wrongful death. Sadly, if an accident caused a loved one or even you to perish, then your family could sue for your future wages, your benefits, and your funeral and burial expenses.
How Long do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida?
In most states, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida included, you have a maximum of two years (Louisiana one year, subject to limited exceptions) to submit your claim to the court. Of course, this can deviate depending on a wide mixture of factors, but it is extremely prescribed that you speak with a personal injury attorney before venturing out on your own. Not only does the statute of limitations ultimately run out after a few of years, but memories fade, witnesses names are lost, and evidence goes missing, therefore, time is of the essence. To formulate a case winning strategy to, fortunately, obtain damages on your behalf you must act quickly.
A Personal Matter
When you have been injured at no mistake of your own, the outcome can be more than just physically restraining. Injuries run a deep emotional and mental toll on victims that can be just as restraining as the injury itself.
It can be astonishingly isolating, as well. At the Testa Law Group, we take our clients, step-by-step, through the personal injury claim and, if need be, the trial process, leaving no stone unturned and no question unanswered to aid you and your family. As you and your family commence the healing process, the Testa Law Group begins to work diligently to secure the compensation you and your family deserve.