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A serious accident or injury can completely change your life. You might find yourself facing mounting medical bills, weeks or months off work, and significant physical pain and emotional suffering. If someone else was at fault for the incident that caused your injuries, you do not have to shoulder these burdens on your own.
At Hanna Allen, PLLC, our personal injury attorneys in Midland, Texas provide highly personalized legal representation to those affected by the negligence of others. With over 150 years of combined legal experience, our team has the skills, knowledge, and resources to aggressively advocate for you and your recovery. We have helped thousands of clients and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation; no matter how complex or challenging your situation may be, we are ready to help you navigate the legal process and move forward with your life.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas?
The statute of limitations, or filing deadline, for most personal injury cases in Texas is two years from the date of injury. When the injury cannot reasonably be discovered right away, the two-year deadline begins on the date of discovery or the date on which the injury reasonably could have been discovered. In nearly all cases, if you fail to file a lawsuit before the two-year statute of limitations expires, the court will likely dismiss your case.
Note that the statute of limitations only applies to personal injury lawsuits, not insurance claims. In fact, you may have much less time to file an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider after an accident or injury. Most insurance policies state that claims must be filed within a “reasonable period of time,” but they rarely specify what exactly constitutes a “reasonable period of time.” You may have as little as several days to a couple of weeks to file an insurance claim.
In any case, we strongly recommend that you do not delay if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or negligence. The sooner you contact our Midland personal injury lawyers, the sooner we can begin investigating your claim, gathering important evidence, and preparing your case for negotiation and litigation.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim?
Anyone who is injured through no fault of their own but, rather, due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another may have grounds to file a personal injury claim.
Some examples of common personal injury claims include cases involving:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Birth injuries
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Work injuries
- Construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Defective products
- Premises liability
- Oilfield injuries
At Hanna Allen, PLLC, we represent individuals in all types of personal injury and wrongful death matters. We understand that no two cases are alike, which is why we take the time to get to know our clients and personalize our legal services to meet their specific needs, concerns, and goals.
Proving Liability in Your Personal Injury Case
To have a valid personal injury case, you must prove that someone else—whether another person, a business or company, a manufacturer, a government agency, or some other entity—is responsible for your injuries and resulting damages. This is known as proving liability.
To prove liability in your personal injury case, you (or your attorney) will need to demonstrate the following:
- You were injured
- You sustained measurable losses, or damages
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- The defendant failed to uphold or breached the duty of care
- The defendant’s negligent act/omission or intentional conduct was the cause of your injury
Often, the duty of care is implied. For example, all motorists must exercise due care when sharing the road with others. They have a legal responsibility to obey the law, drive with care, and prevent foreseeable injury to others. This is the duty of care, and motorist who drive recklessly or carelessly have breached it. When they cause accidents, they can be held accountable for victims’ injuries and damages.
What Are “Damages?”
“Damages” is a term used to refer to the collective economic and non-economic losses resulting from an accident or injury.
Some examples of common damages in personal injury cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical care costs
- Medical equipment and devices
- Prescription medications
- Lost income, wages, and benefits
- Loss of future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Diminished quality/enjoyment of life
Our Midland personal injury attorneys can review the details of your case to determine which types of damages you may be entitled to receive, as well as the overall potential value of your claim. We do not charge anything for initial consultations and case evaluations, and we only collect legal fees if/when we recover a settlement or verdict on your behalf.
Trust Your Recovery to a Team That Cares
Getting back on your feet can seem like an overwhelming and lengthy process. While recovery may take time, having our experienced team by your side can make all the difference.
If you have suffered a serious injury, or if someone you love tragically passed away due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, turn to Hanna Allen, PLLC for the compassionate, personalized legal representation you deserve. We are prepared to do everything possible to maximize your recovery, even if that means taking your case to court.