Slips, trips, scrapes, and bruises and other minor injuries are the everyday bane of the accident prone. What happens when your injuries are more than just skin deep? What happens when they aren’t due to your own clumsiness, but rather from someone else’s actions or negligence?
There are many injuries that one can sustain that can warrant a lawsuit. In today’s society, not many want to be the litigious sort, but when your medical bills pile up and your income dwindles, all from your accident, it becomes wise to seek compensation or restitution for your injuries. This is the purpose of a personal injury lawsuit.
Injuries and Damages
Injuries that can end with personal injury lawsuits are as varied as the people of Odessa. Injuries can stem from car accidents, dog bites, trips and falls, or food poisoning. Other cases include medical drug side effects, occupational hazards (mesothelioma or popcorn lung sickness), or physical battery. Less common, but just as legitimate are slander, defamation or libel cases.
If you suffer an injury, loss of wages, or suffering due to someone else’s negligence, you can be entitled to what is referred to as “damages.” Damages are paid by the at-fault party or the “defendant.” Damages serve as restitution—or compensation—for your injuries. In extreme cases, damages can also include compensatory amounts to make up for particularly egregious acts or negligence resulting in serious injury.
What Happens Next
After you have been hurt, it is important that you seek medical treatment. This is not only important for your health and well-being, but it also helps to build your case. Your medical record, any notes you have taken, and witness testimony can all help your case. It is in your best interest to seek out the counsel of experienced and trained professionals. They can evaluate the evidence from your accident and advise you on your legal options. Options available to you include:
Informal or Settlement: A settlement is where neither party admits fault, but one party still pays some amount of restitution to the plaintiff (injured party). Settlements are typically reached through compromise and negotiation between the two parties and result in a formal agreement. This agreement will also include some sort of stipulation that no further action can be pursued at a later date.
Formal or Lawsuit: If negotiation and compromise don’t work, the case may end up in court. The injured individual not at fault can file a civil suit or complaint against the person, business, or agency at fault.
Robert White: Odessa Personal Injury Lawyer
Whatever route you choose to take, you will be subject to a statute of limitations, the legal time after the accident you have to file your claim. In Texas, for injury cases you are limited to two years after your accident to seek damages. For a personal injury lawsuit, talk to an Odessa personal injury lawyer today to get the compensation you deserve. Contact Robert White and his associates for more information on how you should handle your personal injury lawsuit.