When a person suffers serious injuries as the result of another party’s negligence, it can lead to numerous difficulties for the victim. In addition to overwhelming medical expenses, people who are injured in accidents are frequently unable to return to work for several weeks, months, or possibly even years.
Victims who have sustained severe injuries in certain accidents may be able to file legal claims against the negligent parties for such damages as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Insurance companies representing the negligent parties in these cases will often try to find ways to minimize the liability of their clients and may even argue that victims were responsible for their injuries.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Houston, TX
If you suffered catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. The Gonzalez Law Group represents clients in the greater Harris County area including Pearland, Baytown, Seabrook, La Porte, Pasadena, Galena Park, Friendswood and many others.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Houston can negotiate with insurers to make sure you get all of the compensation you are entitled to, and we will file a lawsuit if an insurance company is unwilling to provide an adequate settlement. You can have our attorneys provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call (832) 530-4070 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
Overview of Personal Injury Cases in Texas
- Types of Personal Injury Cases in Texas
- Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Texas
- Harris County Personal Injury Resources
Types of Personal Injury Cases in Texas
The Gonzalez Law Group handles many different kinds of personal injury cases. Our firm will diligently work to conduct a completely independent investigation of your accident scene and hold all negligent parties accountable.
Some of the most common types of personal injury claims we see include, but are not limited to:
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in Texas
One of the most important reasons for victims to retain legal counsel as soon as possible is the simple fact that people only have a very limited amount of time to file legal claims for personal injuries in Texas. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 establishes that a person must bring suit for personal injury not later than two years after the day the cause of action accrues. This usually means that you have two years after the day you were injured in an accident to file a lawsuit or you lose the ability to file that suit forever.
In general, a person who does not file his or her claim before this time limit expires will forfeit his or her ability to hold the negligent party accountable. State law does provide a couple of exceptions, however.
For example, in asbestos-related or silica-related injuries, the cause of action accrues on the earlier of the date of the exposed person’s death or the date that the claimant serves on a defendant a report complying with Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 90.003 or Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 90.010(f). Additionally, a person has up to 15 years to bring suit for personal injury arising as the result of certain criminal offenses, such as sexual assault, indecency with a child, or trafficking of persons.
A person is also considered to be “under a legal disability” if he or she is younger than 18 years of age (regardless of whether he or she is married) or of unsound mind. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.001(b) state that when a person entitled to bring a personal action is under a legal disability when the cause of action accrues, the time of the disability is not included in a limitations period. In other words, the typical two-year statute of limitations does not become applicable until the victim turns 18 years of age or until after the disability is lifted.
Harris County Personal Injury Resources
Personal Injury | Public Education | American Bar Association (ABA) — The ABA identifies itself as one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with more than 400,000 members and over 3,500 entities. Visit this section of the ABA website to learn more about how personal injury cases and tort claims work. You can find answers to several frequently asked questions.
National Personal Injury Statistics – This link will take you to some basic statistics regarding personal injury numbers across the country. For instance, the link shows the number of deaths from motor vehicle accidents as well as unintentional falls. There are also links to government reports and studies about personal injury.
Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – Auto accidents are the most commonly litigated personal injury cases. This link is to the Texas Department of Transportation website and shows the latest statistics regarding car accidents in the state broken down into simple charts. The website also has useful links for drivers such as safety tips and maps.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Houston, TX
Did you sustain serious injuries or was your loved one killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Southeast Texas? You will want to contact The Gonzalez Law Group right away.
Our Houston personal injury attorneys help individuals in communities throughout Harris County, Friendswood, Pearland, Seabrook, League City, Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Galena Park, Baytown and many others. Call (832) 530-4070 or submit an online contact form to have our lawyers review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free, confidential consultation.