Personal injury FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Law

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal injury Law

If you were hurt and are researching Personal injury Law, you’ve got tons of questions. This FAQ answers some of the most common ones.

Please note: There are many types of personal injury claims, like:

If you don’t find your specific question answered below, we invite you to please go to our injury claims page and look for your specific case type and then visit that page to find in-depth information written by our PI attorneys on the subject. Or you can just reach out now for a fast, free consultation – no pressure to hire us. We want to discuss the specifics of your potential case with you.

Personal injury FAQ

How Do You Know if You’ve Experienced a Personal Injury?

Personal injury is when another person’s carelessness or negligence has caused you a physical (easier to prove) or psychological (much harder to prove) injury. All personal injuries get tried in civil court, which means you can only recover financial compensation for them. You cannot imprison someone for a personal injury. However, sometimes people convicted of crimes also get tried in civil court. O.J. Simpson had both a criminal trial (which he won) and civil trial (which he lost) for the murders of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman.

How Do You Determine if Someone Else was Careless or Negligent?

It’s not always easy to prove. In the case of car wrecks, it’s easier to show. But with medical malpractice, it’s very difficult to show. Legally, you have to ask, “In the same circumstances, would a reasonable person act in the same way?” If the answer is “No” their action was probably negligent.

How Do You Know if You Have a Viable Personal Injury Claim?

You don’t have to know. Personal injury lawyers offer free consultations. During these meetings, they’ll get the facts of your potential case and let you know whether it’s viable. It doesn’t cost you anything to find out, so you can talk with several personal injury attorneys to see if one can take your case on.

What Can You Get Compensation For in a Personal Injury Claim?

You can recover financial compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs. In some rare cases, you can also get punitive (punishing) damages for grossly negligent conduct.

What Happens if a Loved One Dies Because of Someone Else’s Actions?

That may be a personal injury lawsuit. A common one would be if a drunk driver killed your family member. You call this type of claim a “wrongful death” lawsuit. In cases of wrongful death, the offending party may also face criminal charges.

Are Workplace Injuries Personal Injury Claims?

Sometimes they are. It depends on their cause. If your employer or a fellow employee causes your injuries, that’s a worker’s comp claim. But if a manufacturer makes a defective product that hurts you on the job, that is a personal injury claim. If you’re not sure, you can always call most any personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.

How Does Personal Injury Law Work?

How Does the Texas Statute of Limitations Work?

How Can You Avoid Damaging Your Personal Injury Case & Win More Compensation?

How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Charge & How Do They Get Paid?

How Much Personal Injury Compensation Can You Get in Texas?

What Questions Should You Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer?

What Questions Do Defending Personal Injury Lawyers Ask?

Why Would a Personal Injury Lawyer NOT Take Your Case?

Should You Get Compensation for Pain & Suffering?

What Do Insurance Companies Look For to Deny Injury Claims?

How Do You Negotiate an Injury Claim with an Insurance Adjuster?

What Tactics Do Insurance Companies Use to Minimize Payouts?

What are Punitive Damages in Texas and Can You Get Them?

Motor vehicle accident FAQ

When Should You Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Should You Settle Quickly After Your Car Accident?

Should You Talk to the Insurance Company After a Car Accident?

Must You Give a Recorded Statement to Insurance Co. after an Accident?

What if The At-Fault Driver Has No Insurance?

Can the Same Attorney Represent Multiple Family Members in an Auto Accident?

When Do Employers Have Liability in Auto Accident Cases?

Should You Repair or Replace Your Vehicle After an Accident?

How Do Courts Determine Liability in Car Accidents?

What Types of Car Accident Injuries Get Misdiagnosed?

Does Failing to Brake Automatically Make You Liable for an Auto Accident?

How Do Public Transportation Accident Injury Claims Work?

What Should You Do Immediately After a Car Accident?

What Should You Do Immediately After a Semi-Truck Accident?

When Does a Car Manufacturer Have Fault for an Auto Accident?

When Can Pedestrians Recover Compensation for Injuries?

How Do You Prove a Truck Driver’s Negligence in an Accident?

Who’s at Fault in Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents?

What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance & Should I Have It?

What is GAP Insurance & Should I Have It?

Slip and fall FAQ

What Responsibilities Do Texas Property Owners Have to Keep You Safe?

What Do You Need for a Successful Slip and Fall Lawsuit?

How Long Do You Have to File a Slip and Fall Claim?

How Long Do You Have To Go To the Doctor After a Slip and Fall Accident?

How Long Do Slip And Fall Accident Injury Cases Take to Settle?

How Much Can You Win in a Slip and Fall Injury Case?

How Does Texas Law Work When You Slip and Fall At Work?

What Happens When You Slip and Fall on Government Property in Texas?

What Should You Do After a Slip and Fall Accident?


What Can You Do If You’re Injured at Work in Texas?

How Does Workers’ Comp Work in Texas?

What Injuries Qualify for Texas Workers’ Compensation?

How Does Texas Law Work When You Slip and Fall At Work?

Does Worker’s Comp Cover Telecommuters in Texas?

When Can Independent Contractors Get Workers’ Comp in Texas?