Personal injury refers to an injury to a person’s body, mind, or emotions. The injury often happens when someone else has been negligent. Car accidents and incidents at work usually cause personal injury cases.
Personal injuries can also take place on someone else’s property. There could be a product or service that creates a personal injury. You may be involved in a slip-and-fall or a trip-and-fall incident that creates personal injuries. You also could have been assaulted and suffer personal injuries. The Center for Disease Control says 40 million people go every year to their local hospital emergency room for treatment for personal injuries. Sometimes personal injuries involve more than just medical care and pain. There can also be loss of current and future income. More medical bills might come in the future. And your body may be permanently disfigured. The list of problems can go on and on. Lewis Coppedge has the knowledge, training, experience, and expertise you need to deal with your personal injury claim.
Should I hire a lawyer?
You should always consult a personal injury attorney any time you are seriously injured because you need to know your rights. You need to understand your options and the important deadlines for personal injury claims. You also need to realize that Texas law allows you to recover compensation for different aspects of personal injuries. Emotional injury and monetary losses can be recovered under the right circumstances. The rules have been developed for very specific reasons. The law can be complex, and very confusing. Laws change and evolve. The right lawyer can make all the difference.
Many insurance companies deny claims wrongfully. Other insurance companies will try to give you far less than you are entitled to. That leaves you without the money you need. And there can be a rigid deadline for you to file your case or lose it.
You shouldn’t have to fight for the money you need if you or someone you love is hurting. Also, you may not know right away just how badly you or your loved ones are hurt. So you need a personal injury lawyer on your side to balance the scale and fight for you. An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney like Lewis Coppedge can make all the difference for your claim.
How long do I have after I’ve been injured?
Texas has different statutes of limitations for different kinds of cases. The general statute of limitations in Texas for most personal injury cases is two years, so in most cases you have two years from the time of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit in the proper Texas Court. Some types of cases have a shorter deadline, so the smart thing to do is act quickly and talk to Lewis Coppedge right away if you are injured. Lewis Coppedge can gather the information and documentation you will need to protect your rights. This proof can help the success of your case. Thorough investigation does take time, so you should get started as soon as possible.
What about Mental Anguish?
One type of damage you can seek payment for is mental anguish. Personal injuries often inflict serious mental anguish, and Texas law allows a Judge or Jury to award mental anguish damages in a proper personal injury case. The amount of money you can recover for your mental anguish damages depends on the specifics of your case. Proving mental anguish can be a challenge. It can require strong evidence to show the extent of your mental anguish damages, and can involve other witnesses or doctors. Texas law can allow recovery for mental anguish damages without physical injury in certain cases including bystander cases, defamation, invasion of privacy, and certain intentional tort claims. Mental anguish can involve a high degree of pain, embarrassment, resentment, anger, disappointment, public humiliation, shame or wounded pride, despair, grief, depression, stress disorders, fear and anxiety, ulcers, or PTSD. Proof of mental anguish can include evidence of its severity, nature, duration, and disruption of everyday routine.