PERSONAL INJURY FAQ

According to the latest data, over 31 million Americans receive medical treatment for injuries each year. Of these, many result in personal injury lawsuits against private persons, businesses, government entities and more. While personal injury lawsuits are prevalent, if you’ve been injured in an accident you will undoubtedly have questions about filing a claim. Here, we look at the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients and give you the facts you need to make an informed decision about your potential personal injury lawsuit. Still have questions or want to get started? Reach out to the experienced Texas personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis for an evaluation today.

  • What is considered a personal injury in Texas?

    Simply, a personal injury case involves injury to a person or their property. A Texas personal injury case can take many forms, including, but not limited to:

    • Medical malpractice
    • Slip and falls
    • Wrongful death
    • Product Liability
    • Vehicle accidents
    • Other personal injury cases

    To find out whether the facts of your case make filing a personal injury claim appropriate, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for an evaluation.

  • What is the difference between a personal injury lawsuit and a criminal case?

    Personal injury lawsuits are brought in civil court while criminal cases are brought in criminal courts. Criminal cases result in fines and/or jail time, while successful personal injury claimants are given compensation in the forms of damages. When someone sues you for a personal injury case, you will not go to jail or have charges filed against you. It’s worth noting that a single incident can have both a civil and criminal case associated with it, but these are separate actions with different outcomes.

  • How much can you sue for in a personal injury lawsuit in Texas?

    Except for in the case of when a plaintiff sues a government entity, there is no limit on the amount of damages you can recover from a private person or business in Texas. Your compensation – known as “damages” – can encompass an array of damages, including, but not limited to:

    • Medical bills
    • Lost wages
    • Pain and suffering
    • Mental anguish
    • Loss of earning capacity
    • Other damages

    Your Texas personal injury attorney will be able to evaluate your case and deem which damages are appropriate.

  • What is my personal injury lawsuit worth?

    As noted above, a personal injury lawsuit can result in many different types of compensation. However, each case is different; you’ll need the help of a competent personal injury attorney to review the facts, determine liability and give you an estimate of the damages you could recover. There is no average settlement amount in Texas.

  • What is the time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Texas?

    Texas law gives potential plaintiffs two years from the date of the incident to file a claim against the responsible party. If a potential plaintiff waits longer than two years, they will be unable to file a claim or recover compensation. This is why it’s so important that you consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney immediately following your accident.

  • How are personal injury settlements paid out in Texas?

    Typically, you will receive either a structured settlement or a lump sum payout. Once you agree to a settlement and sign the accompanying documents, the insurance company will send the check to your attorney. State law requires insurance companies to disburse your settlement funds within five business days. Your attorney will deduct their fees and other expenses as well as pay outstanding bills such as medical liens before issuing you your check.

  • Colby Lewis fights for your rights and protects your interests

    When a personal injury lawsuit is a possibility, there are many moving parts in deciding whether to file. Don’t be left wondering about your rights – the knowledgeable attorneys at the Law Offices of Colby Lewis know how to protect your rights and your interests. Contact us today by phone or online to get an evaluation of your case.