Yes, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Serious injuries can result in a permanent loss of wages. You are entitled to recover for those damages. You may also be able to recover the following damages, depending on the facts of the case:
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Lost future wages
- Property damage
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Compensation for disfigurement
- Compensation for a permanent disability
- Loss of companionship
- Emotional distress
In a personal injury lawsuit, there are some caps or limits on how much damages a survivor can recover. Caps typically apply to economic damages (wages) or non-economic damages (suffering, pain). Caps in Texas are only applied in three types of cases: where government liability is involved if there is medical malpractice and in some lawsuits involving punitive/exemplary damages.
Generally, you have two years from the time of the accident to file a claim. It is strongly recommended that you act quickly because many cases have a shorter time limit. Even with the two-year limitation, you still want to act fast because the physical evidence of the accident, witness testimony and various necessary documentation needs to be collected as soon as possible in the aftermath of the collision. This helps to create a foundation for your case.
Other Personal Injury FAQs:
- Are catastrophic injury cases different than personal injury lawsuits?
- Can I handle my personal injury claim without a lawyer?
- Can I still file a personal injury claim even if I was partially at fault?
- Can I wait to contact a personal injury lawyer?
- How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?
- How does a victim of a catastrophic injury deal with insurance companies?
- How long does it take to get my case settled?
- How long does it take to get results in a catastrophic injury cases?
- I don’t have a lot of money after my accident how am I going to afford an attorney?
- I don’t have a lot of money and work at a low paying job. How can I possibly afford to hire a personal injury lawyer?
- I was in a bad car accident and sustained serious injuries. Can an attorney help me get compensation for my medical bills?
- If I file a personal injury claim, am I entitled to compensation for my injuries?
- Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance company after my accident?
- What am I supposed to do after being involved in an accident and I am badly injured?
- What are catastrophic injuries?
- What are special and general damages?
- What do comparative fault and the doctrine of proportionate responsibility mean?
- What do I do if the insurance company representative contacts me?
- What is a personal injury lawyer and why would I need one?
- What is the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury case in Texas?
- What kind of compensation am I eligible to receive by filing a personal injury claim?
- What kinds of accidents cause catastrophic injuries?
- What kinds of damages am I eligible for after an accident?
- What kinds of expenses could I claim after being injured in an accident?
- When are injuries sustained in a car accident considered to be catastrophic?