In law, the term “personal injury” refers to a person being hurt through little to no fault of their own. In other words, someone else’s actions (or even inaction) caused that person bodily harm. In some cases, a personal injury can be compensated by the insurance company of the at-fault person or business. Often, though, the responsible party needs to be reprimanded more aggressively. In either case, the injured person can — and really, should — consult with an attorney to ensure their needs are being properly addressed.
Personal injuries take many forms, from slip and falls caused by unsafe walking conditions to wrongful death caused by negligent care. At the Law Office of Sherrod J Edwards, my primary focus in the field of personal injury is, at this point in time, car accident cases. But, that being said, I am not opposed to taking on other case types as needed. So, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by someone else, don’t hesitate to call and find out what I can do for you. If for any reason I can’t take your case, I will gladly refer you to another attorney.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER AN INJURY
If you believe that your case may qualify for personal injury compensation, it’s important that you act sooner rather than later. In the state of Texas, personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years of the incident for civil cases and within six months for state government cases. Once those windows close, the state is likely to disregard your case, which means you relinquish your right to the compensation you could have gotten.
After a personal injury case is accepted, several factors play a part in what happens next — namely, who is found to be at fault for the injury. If, say, you’re found to be partially responsible for your injury, the amount of compensation you can receive decreases. For instance, if you are found to be 20% responsible for the accident or incident, you can receive up to 80% of the total compensation needed to cover the expenses that resulted from it. If, on the other hand, you’re found to be more than 50% responsible, you cannot claim any compensation.
This is a simplified breakdown of the legal process following a personal injury. To learn more about the process and how to move forward with your case, call the Law Office of Sherrod J Edwards. I will be happy to answer questions and discuss the details of your case.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR SITUATION
Being injured isn’t easy. It’s stressful, limiting, and tough on your family. And when the injury was caused by someone else, that only adds to the frustration. If you’re going through a difficult time caused by a personal injury, give my office a call. I will treat your case with every bit as much respect and understanding as I do my criminal defense cases. Not only that, but I will educate you on your rights and options and, if it comes down to it, fiercely fight for your cause.