A wide range of case types are considered personal injury cases, from car or truck accidents to oil field injuries. The personal injury attorneys at our law firm in Longview, TX, have more than 40 years of combined experience and have represented clients in over 150 trials. Randy Akin and Greg Burton have an advanced understanding of the law surrounding liability and negligence and can help you collect the compensation you need to rebuild your life. Although they will not hesitate to go to court if it is advisable, our attorneys are known throughout East Texas for being fair, dependable mediators. If you or a loved one has been injured or experienced a wrongful death, contact our office online or call us at (903) 297-8929 to speak with a member of our dedicated, compassionate staff and schedule your free case evaluation today.
Understanding Personal Injury Suits
A case is considered "personal injury" when there is a party who is at fault for the incident or injury. In most aspects of life, there is an expectation of a certain level of care. For example, when you are driving a car, you expect other drivers on the road to exercise caution anytime they are on the road. When someone fails to meet the expected level of care and an accident results, personal injury law allows the injured party to collect compensation for any losses. Personal injury cases can include:
- Premises liability (slip and falls)
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- Construction accidents
- Catastrophic injury
- Defective products
- Pedestrian accidents
- Oil field injuries
- Medical malpractice
In Texas, you are entitled to compensation even if you were partially at fault for the incident. This is known as modified comparative negligence, which means the amount of compensation to which you are entitled is directly related to how much fault you bear for the incident. As long as you hold less than 50 percent of the legal blame, you can collect compensation from the at-fault party.
The compensation awarded in personal injury cases is known as damages. There are two main types of damages: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are intended to reimburse the injured party for the harm they have suffered and any expenses incurred because of the injury. The most common forms of compensatory damages in personal injury suits are:
- Medical bills
- Future medical care costs
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Household expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
In some cases, you can also collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when the liable party’s actions are found to be deliberately reckless or morally reprehensible. These awards are paid less often than compensatory damages. However, they are often found in cases involving large companies, such as defective product suits.
Why Hire an Attorney?
In personal injury suits, the burden of proving the at-fault party is liable for damages falls to the person who files the suit. This means when you sue someone, you must be able to prove that they were directly responsible for your injury. An attorney can help you gather evidence, file necessary motions on time, and advocate for you in court.
Under Texas law, you have two years to file a personal injury suit, so it is important to act fast to collect the damages you deserve.
The opposing attorney will likely try to prove you were partially or fully responsible for the incident to reduce the amount of compensation you can collect. Under Texas law, you only have two years to file a personal injury suit, so it is important to act fast to collect the damages you deserve.
Choose Fair and Qualified Representation
Whether in court or using alternative dispute resolution methods, Randy Akin and Greg Burton have a reputation for being fair and respectful of all parties involved. In addition, Mr. Akin is board-certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, making him uniquely qualified to handle these types of cases. Our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning we do not collect our fees unless you receive compensation. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our team today by contacting us online or calling (903) 297-8929.