Mistakes That Make You Miss Out On Injury Claims
Mistakes happen. They're a part of life, and fortunately, there are some mistakes you can correct. When it comes to pursuing injury claims in Texas, you should always investigate your options before deciding you can or cannot pursue a claim. The more you know, the less likely you are to make a costly mistake or incorrect assumption.
1. Don't Assume You Can't Afford To File
Many Texas personal injury attorneys operate on a contingency fee basis. This means the law firm that accepts your case will cover the cost of filing fees, investigations, etc. When you have a contingency fee arrangement, the law firm will take a percentage of the settlement if you prevail in your injury claims.
2. Trust...But Verify!
Legal advice varies from attorney to attorney. You should do your homework and select an attorney whose advice you trust and whose answers guide you in the proper direction. If you don't feel you can freely, and openly communicate with an attorney, keep searching until you find one with whom you can.
3. Assuming TV Is Reality
What you see on television dramas and Court TV isn't real. It's staged and geared to entice the audience to watch. Cases aren't solved in an hour, "aha" moments on the stand are exceedingly rare, and the other party is never going to make a tearful confession of fault before a judge. In fact, most personal injury claims are settled out of court.
4. Ignoring the Statute of Limitations
This is, unfortunately, one mistake that is not something you can correct. If you miss the statute of limitations, you cannot pursue a claim against the liable party. In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date you were injured.
5. Assuming the Other Party Is the Only Party at Fault
When an accident occurs, whether it's a slip and fall, motor vehicle accident, work-related accident, etc., it's always because of a chain of events that come together to create danger. When personal injuries occur, there may be more than one party at fault. It's important to consider this and examine the chain of events to determine the preconditions that contributed to causing a personal injury.
For more information about personal injury claims in Texas, contact the team at Welmaker Injury Law. It's our pleasure to answer your questions and tell you about our legal services.