Personal Injury FAQ
General Q&A About Personal Injury Claims
Having worked with so many clients throughout the years, Attorney John Daspit values the importance of ensuring that victims and their families have the information they need to understand their rights, the personal injury claim process, and the ways in which they can obtain the monetary compensation they rightfully deserve. As such, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients just beginning their personal injury claim journey. Follow the links below to find the answers to common legal questions regarding personal injuries.
- What is personal injury?
- What does a personal injury claim do?
- What will my personal injury claim be worth?
- What compensation will I be entitled to receive?
- Do all personal injury cases go to trial?
- Do I really need a personal injury attorney?
In legal terms, personal injury refers to any damages suffered by a person as the result of another individual or entity, such as a business. Contrary to popular belief, personal injury is not limited to physical damages or visible injuries alone. They may also include emotional injuries, including mental anguish.
Essentially, a personal injury claim is a lawsuit brought by a victim, or their family, against a defendant who caused their injuries and losses. Personal injury claims will focus on proving that another person or entity caused damages to a victim and that they should be held financially liable for compensating the victim for their losses.
The potential value of your personal injury claim will depend on a number of factors, unique circumstances, and facts relating to your specific case. It would be nearly impossible to reach a figure that estimates your claim's worth without first analyzing your case, reviewing your available legal options, and preparing your case for settlement or trial. At The Daspit Law Firm, we know that each client and each case is unique. By providing personalized case evaluations we will be better able to assess the extent of your damages to determine the potential merits of your claim.
Again, all cases are unique and compensation will be awarded according to the facts and damages inherent to your specific claim. In general terms, however, the state of Texas does award compensation to injured victims, and in some cases their eligible family members, for any applicable physical, emotional, and / or financial damages.
Physical damages are those relating to the severity of a victim's injuries, their pain and suffering, and the long-term impact that they create in their life. Financial damages will cover the expenses that resulted from these injuries, including the cost of medical treatment, lost work wages and future earnings, and other necessary expenses. Emotional injuries, while not tangible and although difficult to put a price on, will also be considered by courts when determining compensation awards. In any case, it is important to understand that in order to recover these losses, victims must prove that these damages were incurred as a direct result of another's actions.
Not all personal injury cases extend into the trial phase. In fact, many personal injury claims can be resolved favorably in settlement negotiations. In cases in which defendant's dispute claims or fail to offer settlements that meet the needs of victims, your right to trial can be a powerful tool in the hands of a capable attorney. As a seasoned negotiator and tough trial lawyer, John Daspit has the experience and versatility to produce the results you need in either scenario.
No law requires you to hire an attorney to represent you in a personal injury claim. Although retaining a lawyer is not absolutely necessary, recovering your losses is a necessity. Whether you need or want an attorney is ultimately your decision. It is important to consider, though, what the words "need" and "want" mean, what's at stake, and what you risk without having a proven legal warrior on your side of the courtroom. Can you afford the risk of being unfairly compensated or not compensated at all?
More questions? Contact a Houston personal injury lawyer today!
These frequently asked questions and answers were intended to provide victims and families throughout the Houston area with a starting point they can use to better understand their right to compensation and how personal injury claims generally work. At The Daspit Law Firm, we strongly encourage victims who would like personalized answers to their question to bring their case to the attention of our firm. If you have any questions or concerns about your right to file a claim, we are here to promptly address them. If you are unsure as to whether our firm can truly help you as you navigate the personal injury claim process, we are here to explain how we can walk you through each stage of the process.
When you choose to work with The Daspit Law Firm you, can be confident knowing that a Houston injury lawyer is prepared to invest the time, the resources, and the unwavering passion needed to ensure that you have answers and that you have the information you need. Contact The Daspit Law Firm or request a free case evaluation today.