Have you been injured through no fault of your own in a traffic accident, a slip and fall or because of medical incompetence in Lubbock? If you have proof that someone else was to blame for your injuries you may be able to obtain compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
This is not an easy process and must follow an established procedure. You are advised to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before actually committing to a claim.
Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney in Lubbock
There are around 150 attorneys in Lubbock who specialize in personal injury law. It is preferable to select an attorney who deals specifically with personal injury claims as they understand Texas law on personal injury and will have dealt with the main insurers who are the chief agents who negotiate with plaintiffs in a personal injury claim.
Typical Injuries in Lubbock
Injuries are typically very varied and can take place in any type of accident ranging from car crashes to slips, trips and falls on a city sidewalk to medical misdiagnosis in a private hospital.
Car accidents and traffic accidents anywhere on a city road or state highway tend to be the most frequent accident types. They account for more than 10% of all accidents and non-fatal injuries according to the National Center for Health Statistics*.
Over 30 million people across the U.S. are injured every year in some type of accident.
In Texas, employers are not obligated to provide workers’ compensation insurance, so injured workers may have to consider a personal injury claim if their employer does not have this sort of insurance.
Construction accidents are often quite serious and may happen more often while at work and cause serious injuries.
Medical malpractice accounts for a substantial percentage of personal injuries. Medical malpractice includes any negligent acts by a medical professional or institution. That includes prescription errors, mistakes during surgery and misdiagnosis.
Dog bites are quite frequent across Texas and the state’s dog bite laws allow dog bite victims to claim compensation if it can be proved that the dog had a previous history of aggressive behavior.
The Personal Injury Claim Process in Lubbock
Personal injury claims after an accident in Lubbock follow Texas personal injury law. Texas law allows claims to be made as long as it can be proved that someone else, or another entity, such as a business or government department, was responsible for at least 50% of the accident. This is a modified comparative fault rule.
All personal injury claims in Texas should be filed within 2 years unless they are filed against a government entity, in which case a notice of claim is filed within 6 months of the injury.
There is no cap on injury claims in Texas except for medical malpractice.An injury at work may only lead to a personal injury claim if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance.
All claims are pursued through the civil court system. Your nominated personal injury attorney will help you with the paperwork needed to accompany a claim and the process itself. The Lubbock County Civil Court at 916 Main Street, Lubbock will be the court you file the claim in, but this may need to be done electronically. Check with your attorney.
Use a Free Claim Evaluation to Find a Suitable Attorney
With 150 odd attorneys to choose between, it can be hard to decide who is the best person to deal with your claim. That’s where our free claim evaluation form can be of assistance. It is important to get started on the claim process as early as possible as the state’s statute of limitation imposes a time limit on making a claim. The claim is available to complete below.
Source: * bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=45