Experiencing any kind of injury can be detrimental, but it can be even more upsetting if it was caused by someone else. Injuries may not only leave you facing physical challenges but perhaps financial distress as well.
If you’ve been injured, Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law is ready to hear your story.
What Is a “Personal Injury?”
Personal injury law focuses on cases arising from an individual suffering an injury or harm due to another’s negligent or intentional actions. There are many kinds of instances giving rise to personal injury actions, but the most common typically involve car crashes, on-the-job injuries, and slip and falls.
If you’ve suffered an injury at the hands of another or after the use of a product, you may be eligible to recover financially. Do not hesitate to discuss your case with an experienced Stagecoach personal injury attorney.
There Are Many Different Types of Personal Injury Claims
“Personal injury” is very broad, encompassing many different types of cases. Our personal injury lawyers handle a multitude of personal injury claims, including:
- Car/truck/motorcycle accidents
- Spinal injuries
- Brain injuries
- Work Injuries
- Nursing home abuse
- Medical malpractice
- Defective devices
- Product liability
- Prescription drug injuries
- Wrongful death.
After suffering an injury, it is best to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we have experience handling cases in Stagecoach and neighboring areas. We are ready to begin working on your behalf.
We understand the Stagecoach area. This tiny community is one of the first urban outposts in Greater Houston, if you’re making the long trek along the bottom of the Texas Triangle from San Antonio to Houston. For generations, the town has been a stopover for travelers. The town’s streets have names that are a nod to its Old West history, like Boot Hill, Wagon Wheel, Cimarron, and Silver Spur. Back in the day, Stagecoach wasn’t much more than a waystation. Today, it’s one of the most diverse and affluent communities in Montgomery County.
Stagecoach isn’t just for travelers. Area residents like to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. Unfortunately, as more people go outdoors, the chances of a personal injury increase – including slip or trip and falls. A serious fall could lead to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills alone. Our Stagecoach personal injury attorneys go to court to fight for the compensation you and your family deserve.
Establishing the Elements for Your Personal Injury Case
If you’ve been injured, one of the very first things you may be wondering is whether you have a claim for personal injury. To be able to receive compensation from a personal injury claim, you must first establish the elements for negligence.
To determine whether your case involves negligence, you must satisfy all of the following elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant breached this duty of care.
- The breach was the cause of your accident.
- You suffered damages.
So, for example, if you were injured after a truck driver negligently hit you, you would need to establish the above elements. The truck driver owed you a duty of care to drive carefully and prudently; he breached this duty by engaging in distracted driving; his actions led to your accident; and you suffered injuries. In this situation, you could successfully establish negligence and proceed with your claim for personal injury.
Determining negligence is one of the most important parts of your case. Your Stagecoach personal injury attorney will thoroughly investigate and build your case to help get you on the path to financial recovery.
How a Stagecoach Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
Our personal injury lawyers serving Montgomery County will work with you every step of the way to help get you a successful outcome. From beginning to end, you can count on your attorney to do whatever is necessary to fight for your rights and help you recover financially.
Personal injury cases can be daunting and confusing, but your lawyer is well-equipped to handle anything that comes your way. Your attorney will give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on your physical recovery while they work diligently to get you the compensation you deserve.
We know the Stagecoach area. If you suffer an injury because of the negligence of a motorist or someone else while preparing for a day of activity around Lake Hardin, Sulphur Creek, or Lake Apache, we are ready to help.
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
Many victims aren’t thinking clearly in the wake of an accident, mostly because they often sustain head injuries. As a result, they often do things that hurt their case, or they don’t do the right things. Here are a few ways you can help yourself in these situations:
- DON’T Apologize: We Texans often say “I’m sorry” to express sympathy. But in a court of law, an insurance company attorney can twist this expression of sympathy into an admission of liability.
- DO See a Doctor: Even if you don’t “feel” hurt, always see a doctor. The aforementioned head injuries are usually serious but often not painful, at least initially. Furthermore, always follow the doctor’s advice.
- DON’T Give a Statement to an Adjuster: Frequently, accident victims must report the incident to their insurance companies. Be vague and stick with the known facts. Don’t talk to the other guy’s insurance company. Let your Stagecoach personal injury lawyer handle this conversation later.
- DO Collect Evidence: Don’t rely on police officers or other emergency responders to collect evidence for you. These people have enough to worry about. So, take pictures and get the names and contact information of witnesses.
Above all, reach out to a personal injury lawyer serving the Stagecoach area. Your attorney will know how to proceed with your case in an effort to get you a favorable outcome.
While you are not legally required to have a personal injury lawyer represent you, it is in your best interests to seek legal help. In many instances, individuals that wish to handle their claims completely on their own may end up mishandling their case or ultimately agree to receive an unfair settlement. An experienced Stagecoach personal injury lawyer is an invaluable ally.
Depending on the details of your case, you may be eligible to collect damages. Damages in Texas are typically separated into three categories: economic, non-economic, and punitive.
Economic damages are quantifiable damages representing tangible losses. These can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages.
Non-economic damages represent the intangible losses you’ve suffered. These losses can be a bit more difficult to quantify. They include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages are special damages. These particular damages may be assessed when the defendant’s extremely negligent or reckless behavior causes your injuries. Punitive damages serve to punish and deter.
Damages can be challenging to calculate, as you may be unaware of what you are actually owed. Fortunately, your personal injury lawyer will review your case to determine how much your case is worth.
Many individuals in need of attorneys fail to seek legal aid for fear of high costs. Generally, for personal injury claims, attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront costs. After your case concludes, your attorney will take a percentage of your recovery, eliminating the worry of legal expenses. This way, you can get the legal help you need.
Statute of limitations are laws set in place to limit the amount of time an individual has to file a lawsuit. In Texas, the general statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the incident that led to your injuries (TX C.P.R.C. §16.003). But always speak directly with an attorney to find out the exact statute of limitations and other deadlines that apply to your specific claim(s).
If you do not file your claim within the statute, you will forfeit your right to financial compensation. It is best to act as quickly as possible to avoid running out of time.
Consult with Our Stagecoach Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law has had the pleasure of providing clients with exceptional legal representation since 1985. We put you, the client, first, making you feel confident in your decision to work with us. Our team strives to provide top-notch customer service, making our clients feel seen and heard. We serve clients throughout the Houston area; if you’ve been in an accident in Montgomery County, turn to us for help.
If you’ve suffered an injury, call us now at (713) 973-8888 for your free case review with one of our Stagecoach personal injury attorneys.