“Accident.” “Mistake.” “Bad luck.” “Unfortunate situation.”
People get hurt all the time. When it happens, there is often a certain type of language we use to talk about it. Language that removes fault, blame, and responsibility and instead chalks it up to just a bad thing that happened to occur.
Or we blame the injured individual themselves. They were “clumsy.” They “should have known better.” They “put themselves in that position.”
Now, sometimes people do make bad decisions that cause them to get hurt. Other times, the situation really is out of anyone’s control.
However, if there is anything that the personal injury lawyers at the Hampton Eppes Law Group have learned in their years of serving people in and around Willow Park, Weatherford, Springtown, and Millsap, it is that far too often victims end up paying – twice – for the negligent actions of others.
In other words, you should never assume that an accident is “just” an accident. The majority of the time, it is the actions of someone or some entity that lead to an accident happening. Which means that they can potentially be held liable.
This should matter to you if you get hurt for one simple reason: injuries are expensive. There are bills from doctors and hospitals, wages lost due to missed work, the physical and psychological cost of pain and suffering, and other non-economic damages.
No matter what you do, you will be “paying” for the injury because it is your body that has to undergo treatment and fight to recover from what happened. Why should you also have to foot the bill if someone else did this to you?
Answer: you should not. That is what we are here for. We work with survivors just like you in Parker County and surrounding areas to increase your chances of getting the compensation that you not only deserve but likely need to survive and thrive.
Hampton Eppes Understands How Texas Injury Lawsuits Work
Before you decide to pursue a personal injury negligence claim in the Lone Star State, you need to know how these types of suits work. One of the most important issues to understand is that the burden of proof is on you if you are the one accusing an entity of negligence.
It is not enough to provide evidence that shows the court the defendant could have possibly been responsible. You need to be able to prove their negligence with clear facts that demonstrate the following five points:
- They had a duty.
- They failed in their duty.
- Your injury was caused by their breach of duty.
- They should have known that their actions could potentially lead to injury.
- You have suffered actual, specific damages that fall under the law.
An example would be if you were hit by another driver who was texting at the time of the accident. The simple fact that they were driving means that they had a duty to engage in safe driving behavior. Texting while driving would constitute a breach of this duty. If you were hit (and thus injured) while they were texting, that is a pretty good argument that their breach of duty caused the injury. It is commonly known that texting while driving is a distracting and dangerous activity, so that covers number four. The last point comes down to understanding which types of damages are covered. Pretty much any serious physical injury counts, so let’s say you broke a leg.
The fact that you need to prove all of these things in order to win is why it is so important to consult with a knowledgeable Springtown injury attorney as early in the process as possible. Our skilled professionals can look at the specific details of your case. They’ll let you know whether or not they believe it is viable and worth pursuing, as well as what options are available to you.
Willow Park Negligent Injury Cases Hampton Eppes Can Help You With
There are all kinds of ways to measure the quality of a lawyer. Where they attained their law degree. How long they have been practicing. The results they have been able to achieve. What their clients say about them. The recognition they have received.
One thing that you should not overlook though is also one of the simplest: make sure they have specific experience handling cases like yours. In other words, if you were bitten by a neighbor’s dog, choose an attorney who has won dog bite cases. If you slipped and fell in a store, make sure your lawyer has dealt with premises liability before.
This may seem obvious, but all too often people simply assume that an attorney will be able to handle their particular type of accident case because they call themselves an injury lawyer. Do not make this mistake – check first.
At the Hampton Eppes Law Group, our attorneys bring a wide range of experience to the table and are able to help with a number of different kinds of personal injury cases. Some of the most common include:
As mentioned above, this list only represents the most common injury claims we handle. If you do not see your injury here, it is still possible that we can help. To find out for sure, simply get in touch with our office.
Speed Matters in Parker Personal Injury Cases – Reach Out to Hampton Eppes as Soon as Possible
Under the laws of Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. That clock begins ticking the moment you are injured. If you were harmed by a government entity, that window is considerably smaller – six months.
Even beyond these legal requirements, though, there are other reasons to work with a knowledgeable lawyer as early on in the process as possible. They can help you find doctors who have dealt with these types of claims before and know how to correctly document your injuries for the insurance companies. They will have relationships with experts who can speak to the type of accident you were in or the injuries that you suffered. They are well-versed in Texas injury law, which will enable them to engage with insurers and others in ways you cannot.
Ready to see if you have a case that is worth pursuing? Reach out to our office now for a free initial consultation. You can do so by filling out the easy case review form on our site, call (817) 87-5200, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.