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Attorney Chad Jones Helps People Throughout Texas
After an accident, many people wrongly assume that they are on the hook for their injuries, even if someone else was to blame – and the insurance companies are more than happy to let them think so. That’s not right. That’s not justice. That’s why you deserve personal injury attorney Chad E. jones fighting for your legal rights.
Every day, people are hurt due to the actions of others. Car crashes are the most common example, but they’re far from the only one. You may have been hurt when a poorly maintained stairway collapsed, bitten by a dog that was not properly restrained or injured by falling merchandise in a store.
Even if you’re not sure whether you have a case, we want to hear from you. Contact us today.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
Broadly speaking, personal injury law is the area of law that focuses on harm done by the negligence of individuals or companies. If you want to file a personal injury claim, you will likely need to prove that someone owed you a duty of care and breached that duty, causing financial loss. Chad Jones Law, P.C. has helped thousands of victims build strong cases and recover the compensation they deserve.
For instance, the owner of a store has a responsibility to keep the premises safe for shoppers, vendors and others who visit the store – this is the owner’s duty of care. If a shopper slips and falls on an unmarked wet floor or is hurt when a heavy object falls off a shelf, that shopper can file an insurance claim against the business. The store is said to have been negligent in this case because it did not take reasonable and appropriate steps to keep the premises safe.
Most of the damages (financial compensation) awarded in personal injury cases are called compensatory damages, which means they are intended to compensate the victim for losses sustained due to the injury. This includes measurable financial losses such as medical bills and lost wages while recovering from an injury. Compensatory damages can also include more subjective – but still very real – losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Personal injury claims can arise from a broad range of accidents. Some of the types of cases we handle include:
- Injuries on Campus
- Medical Malpractice
- Railroad Accidents/FELA
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
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Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
What is “Negligence” and How is it Relevant to my Injury?
Negligence is the legal concept at the core of personal injury claims. Essentially, to claim damages (financial compensation) for your injury, you will likely need to prove that another person or company owed you a duty of care and caused you to be injured by breaching that duty. For instance, motorists have a duty to drive safely and avoid collisions, and property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises.
Some personal injury cases involve the concept of comparative negligence, which essentially means that more than one person, possibly including the injured person, was responsible for the injury. Each person or entity involved is held proportionately responsible for the compensatory award depending on their percentage of fault.
You can still recover compensation for your injuries as long as you were less than 51% at fault (this is known as the 51% bar rule), but your compensation will be reduced proportionally to your share of the fault. For instance, if a jury awards you $100,000 in damages but finds that you were 20 percent responsible for your injury, your award would be reduced to $80,000.
how much is my case worth?
That depends on the facts of your case. The majority of damages awarded in a personal injury case are called compensatory damages, which are intended to make you whole again after the accident. Common types of compensatory damages include:
- Medical bills: The cost of reasonable medical care needed to recover from your injuries.
- Lost wages: Time away from work while you were recovering from your injuries.
- Lost earning potential: If you are permanently disabled or need to work a “light duty” position, you can be compensated for those lost future earnings.
- Replacement services: The cost of services such as childcare, cleaning, and maintenance that you are no longer able to perform due to the accident.
- Pain and suffering: This is a subjective amount compensating you for your physical and emotional suffering due to the accident. If your injury results in chronic pain or serious emotional trauma, this award can be quite large.
- Non-economic losses: Depending on your injury, you may be entitled to compensation for lost quality of life, loss of consortium (that is, companionship with a spouse or family member) or other losses that are real but not attached to a specific dollar amount.
In some cases, you may also be awarded exemplary damages (sometimes known as “punitive damages”), which are intended to punish the negligent party for particularly reckless or intentional acts.
Note that most compensatory damages awarded in personal injury cases are tax-exempt. The government views those funds as making you whole again – much like a debt being repaid – rather than taxable “income.” If your award includes both tax-exempt and non-exempt funds, as with cases involving exemplary damages, your attorney can ask the court to itemize the award for tax purposes.
Do I Need to Involve a Lawyer? I Don’t Really Want to Sue.
Believe it or not, the sooner you involve a lawyer, the less likely it is that you’ll have to sue. Many cases settle out of court, and the sooner we can get to work on your case, the more likely it is that we may be able to negotiate a fair settlement. When you contact a personal injury lawyer after an accident, you’re not being litigious or trying to collect your winnings from “life’s lottery.” You’re just asking to be fairly compensated for an accident caused by someone else.
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Generally speaking, nothing. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if you win. Our law firm can advance costs related to your case, so you pay nothing out of pocket. If we negotiate a settlement or secure a verdict in your favor, our fee is a percentage of your recovery. If we don’t win, we don’t get paid.
What if the Person Responsible was a Friend or Family Member?
We understand that the idea of taking legal action against a loved one can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this happens all the time. You may have been hurt in an accident as a passenger in a relative’s car, or a neighbor’s dog may have bitten you.
The reality is that when you file a personal injury claim, you’re not trying to take your friend’s money. You’re just asking their insurance company to provide the coverage that your friend has already paid for. In most cases, we can deal with the insurance company without directly involving your loved one. That way, you can get the compensation you deserve to move forward without damaging your relationships.
I’m From Out of State, But my Injury Happened in Texas. Can You Help?
Absolutely. With offices in College Station, Waco, and Midland, we work with out-of-state clients routinely, including students at Texas A&M and Baylor University. We’re familiar with the legal complexities surrounding these cases and we can be your voice for justice in Texas. Depending on the circumstances, we may need to work with a local attorney in your home state; if that’s the case, we’ll split our fee with the other law firm so you won’t end up paying more.
How Can I Get my Medical Bills Paid?
Ultimately, the person responsible for your injury should also be responsible for paying your medical bills. However, their liability insurance might not pay until you’ve completed your medical treatment, and your healthcare provider may want to be paid up front. How does that work?
You should be able to use your health insurance to cover treatment for the time being while we work on resolving your legal case. However, if you don’t have health insurance, or if your insurance won’t cover your procedures, we can speak to your medical providers about an attorney’s lien. This is an arrangement where a healthcare provider agrees to provide treatment at no up-front cost; they will be paid if we recover on your behalf.
What if I Have Health Insurance or Paid Time Off?
Even if you have other avenues to get your accident-related costs paid, you are still entitled to file a personal injury claim. That is, even if your health insurance pays your medical bills, you can still claim compensation for medical bills from the negligent party’s insurance. Their insurance company can then reimburse your health insurance company in a process called subrogation, which may help keep your premiums down.
Likewise, even if you use sick time at your job, you are still entitled to compensation for lost wages, and you may be able to use that compensation to “buy back” the sick time from your employer if desired. Remember, also, that personal injury claims can include damages not covered by health insurance or sick time, such as pain and suffering and replacement services.
How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
That depends on the case. In general, we often start negotiating with the insurance company after you’ve completed your medical treatment, and it usually takes between three and nine months to reach a settlement. If your case goes to trial, it will likely take one to two years to actually go before a judge and jury, although we can continue to negotiate and can reach a settlement during that time. The vast majority of claims settle out of court. But we’re prepared to take your case to trial to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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