Conroe Personal Injury Lawyers
When you or someone you love has suffered injuries because another person or organization was careless, you have the right to be compensated. Whether or not you get that compensation, and whether or not It’s a fair amount, may come down to how aggressive and diligent your Conroe personal injury lawyer is in negotiating a settlement. Clients who come to JD Law can be confident in getting the vigorous representation they deserve.
We serve both the English and Spanish-speaking communities. Call (936) 233-6548 or reach out online to discuss your case.
How to Prove Fault in a Personal Injury Case
In a personal injury case, negligence is the legal concept that forms the basis for holding someone responsible for the harm they caused. Negligence consists of four essential elements that must be proven in order to establish liability. These elements are:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
Here is what those concepts mean:
Duty of Care
A duty of care is a legal obligation to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to others. This duty is often established by the relationship between the parties involved. For example, a driver has a duty to exercise reasonable care while operating a vehicle on the public roads. A doctor has a duty of care to act responsibly towards their patients.
Causation involves proving that the defendant's breach of duty was the direct cause of the plaintiff's injuries. There are two types of causation that need to be established--actual cause and proximate cause. Actual cause refers to showing that the defendant's actions were the factual reason for the harm. Proximate cause requires demonstrating that harm was a foreseeable consequence of the defendant's actions.
In order to successfully pursue a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must show that they suffered actual harm or damages as a result of the above three steps. Damages can include physical injuries, emotional distress, medical expenses, loss of income, and other losses. It is essential to provide evidence and documentation to support the extent of the harm suffered.
It's important to note that each of these four elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning that it is more likely than not that the defendant is responsible for the plaintiff's injuries. Failure to prove any of the four elements will end any hope of getting a settlement.
What Are The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in Texas?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally two years. This means that you have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
It's important to note that there are some exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations. For example, if the injury was not immediately apparent (such as in cases of medical malpractice), the two-year period may start from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable diligence. Additionally, if the injured party is a minor or legally incapacitated, the statute of limitations may be extended.
Because the statute of limitations can vary depending on the circumstances of your case, it's important to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury to ensure that your rights are protected.
Count on JD Law
Proving all four elements of negligence requires detailed legal footwork. Winning a fair settlement, either in negotiation or litigation, calls for determined tenacity on the part of your Conroe personal injury attorney. Diligence, attention to detail, and determination are the hallmarks of what we do at JD Law. We’ve been helping clients throughout Montgomery County and beyond since 2005, and we welcome the chance to help you next.
Call JD Law today at (936) 233-6548.