You were hurt in a car or semitruck accident and had to seek medical care and take time off of work. You might be disabled or you might have to suffer from the effects of the accident for the rest of your life. You may be ready to take action to hold the other driver or the person who is responsible for the accident accountable for your injuries. If the accident occurred in Texas, you should know these three points about seeking compensation.
Time limits apply
One of the most important things to know about seeking compensation in Texas for personal injury cases is that you only have two years to file your claim. The clock starts at the time of the accident. That does leave you some time to decide if you are going to seek compensation, but you need to make sure that you leave enough time to get your case together if you decide to do so.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, it might take considerable time to comb through the evidence to get your claim together. This would be the case if the person or entity from which to seek compensation isn't easily determined.
Types of damages vary
The types of damages that you claim can vary greatly, depending on the circumstances of the accident. If you suffered physical injuries, you can seek compensation for those injuries. This could include claims to get your medical care costs, such as an emergency room visit, medications, follow-up visits, and rehabilitation, taken care of. If the injuries that you suffered caused you to miss work, you could seek compensation for the money you were unable to earn.
You could also seek compensation for emotional injuries that you suffered. If the accident was particularly bad, the emotional damages that you suffered could cause significant issues for you. An example would be if you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the accident.
When it comes to the types of damages you are claiming, valuation of each type is important. Your claim should include information about the specific monetary damages you have suffered because of the accident so that you can try to recoup that money.
Structured settlements might be offered
Many personal injury cases are settled through structured settlement agreements before the case goes to trial. This is beneficial for complainants who don't want to wait for court dockets to allow time for their case to go before the jury. This can be a huge benefit if you are unable to wait for the trial and if you want to know the outcome of the case with certainty.
Structured settlements are settlements in which you will receive regularly occurring payments for a specified amount of time. These settlements can sometimes be combined with a lump-sum payment that occurs to help cover the large expenses that you had from the date of the accident through the date of the structured settlement. If you are considering a structured settlement, be sure that you fully understand the terms because once the agreement is finalized, you are held to it.