Austin Personal Injury Accidents
The city of Austin’s population has grown by over 300 thousand people in the 20 years. Austin and Travis County continue to be one of the most dangerous highways to travel. The escalating population growth, number of illegal immigrant drivers, and uninsured motorists increase your chances of suffering a personal injury. Your chances of having a Personal Injury accident in Austin and Travis County grow exponentially with the amount of commercial traffic traveling through the I-35 corridor between the United States and Mexico. If you are residing in Austin, you should make sure that you are carrying sufficient coverage’s on your insurance to protect you from personal injury in the event you are involved in an accident with someone who is underinsured or has no insurance at all. Additionally, hiring an experienced qualified attorney in personal injury accidents is critical to protecting your physical, emotional, and financial well-being until your case is settled.PERSONAL INJURY
What is personal injury? Personal injury is an area of legal recourse that allows a person or persons to recover/receive compensation to victims or survivors in the event of death, harm or damage which may be physical, emotional, or both. An important concept associated with personal injury - is whether or not the injury has caused injury to the body, mind, and/or emotions as opposed to an injury to one’s property.SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION?
If you are a victim of Personal Injury in Austin or Travis County which caused injury to your body, mind, or emotions you seek immediate medical attention and consult a Personal Injury lawyer as soon as possible. If Emergency Medical Personnel treat and take you to the hospital, make sure you have the doctor document injuries that are affecting your mind, body, and/or emotions. ALWAYS make sure you get copies of medical documentation of your injuries so that you can prove the facts that may allow you to recover damages for your injuries. Damages are not limited to medical bills in personal injury cases. Personal injury cases allow you to seek damages for past and future medical expenses, lost time at work, and pain and suffering.WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE A PERONAL INJURY COMPLAINT?
The first thing to understand is that Texas has a TWO YEAR statute of limitations on personal injury cases. If you fail to file within two years, you will not be able to recover any damages to your mind, body, and/or emotions. You must file a SUMMONS and a COMPLAINT within the state of Texas (Austin or Travis County). SUMMONS is a notice for a defendant to appear in court to respond to a complaint. The COMPLAINT describes your claim in detail. Once the SUMMONS and COMPLAINT are filed the court will set a date for a hearing.CERTAIN ELEMENTS MUST BE PROVEN.
Personal Injury cases are based upon negligence, intentional tort, or strict liability. What does this mean? NEGLIGENCE – defendant failed to in their duty to drive safely which caused the accident which ultimately caused injury to you. INTENTIONAL TORT – defendant intentionally caused harm to you. STRICT LIABILITY – strict liability allows you to be compensated because of a defective product related to the accident. For example, power steering goes out in a vehicle veers into oncoming traffic and causes an accident with your vehicle.LEGAL ISSUES
Personal injury requires you to win your case on the “preponderance of evidence”, whereas; criminal cases must be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Personal injury cases require that you prove the defendant is more than 50 PERCENT responsible for your injuries.WHY YOU SHOULD HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Qualified experienced personal injury attorneys can advise you of your legal rights, options, and protect your interests in personal injury case such as assuring you are compensated for your past and present injuries, future pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses, Additionally, attorney fees are usually taken when a recovery is made or the case is settled at no initial cost to you. IF YOU OR LOVED ONE HAS SUFFERED AN INJURY OR SERIOUS LOSS AS A RESULT OF AN ACCIDENT, CALL CARABIN SHAW, DAY OR NIGHT. THE CONSULTATION IS FREE 1.800.862.1260.