No one ever expects to suffer life-changing and traumatic injuries. If you or a loved one is recovering from injuries after a McKinney accident that someone else’s negligence caused, you could pursue financial recovery from them or another liable party. You can take steps to protect your future. Do not get stuck covering the costs on your own.
A McKinney personal injury lawyer at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can review your accident and legal options for compensation during a free consultation today. If you hire us, we can work on your case without you paying us attorney’s fees and costs. We handle personal injury cases on contingency, so we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for you.
Recoverable Damages in a McKinney Personal Injury Case
Accident victims often suffer negative financial and personal effects for months or years to come. These losses are called “damages.” Our law firm can pursue their value as part of your case. If our McKinney injury lawyer can prove negligence caused your accident, you could recover your:
- Medical expenses (past and ongoing)
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost income, including tips, bonuses, and benefits
- Property damage or loss
- Physical and mental pain and suffering
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Disability, disfigurement, scarring
- Mental and emotional anguish
If you hire our team, our injury attorneys serving McKinney can assess your damages before determining how much you could recover in an insurance claim or lawsuit. We will consider all your injury-related expenses, bills, and estimates to ensure we seek fair compensation for you.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, we are sorry for your loss. We know how difficult it can be to keep moving forward after a tragedy–we want to help.
As part of your case, we can pursue the value of:
- The loss of your loved one’s financial support
- The loss of their contributions to your household
- Your family’s pain and suffering
- The loss of a valued relationship
- The loss of savings or inheritance
- Your loved one’s medical expenses
- Your loved one’s funeral and burial expenses
It may feel overwhelming to consider taking legal action after losing your loved one. We hope we can take on the burden of the legal process for you, so you can focus on yourself and your family during this difficult time.
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How Our McKinney Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Your Case
Recovering compensation through an injury claim is overwhelming for many people, especially when they are trying to focus on healing from their injuries. This is why some hire an injury attorney to help them seek compensation that helps them rebuild their lives. We can do that for you and your family. If you hire us to represent you, we can:
- Investigate the accident to determine what happened and why
- Gather case evidence, interview witnesses, and review surveillance footage, if available, so we can build your case against the liable party
- Review your damages in detail to calculate your case’s value
- Identify all liable parties and prove their negligence
- File your claim and negotiate with the insurer for fair compensation on your behalf
- File your case in court if the insurance company does not settle your claim fairly or entirely
- Represent you at trial to fight for your financial award from the liable party
- Update you regularly on all case developments and answer your questions and concerns
Each person’s case is different, so we will receive legal care that specifically addresses your needs. You can get a better idea of what to expect from our McKinney personal injury claim when you contact us to talk about your case.
We Can Determine the Liable Party and Prove Their Negligence
Demonstrating that the responsible party was negligent when they caused your accident is crucial to securing compensation. Generally, your attorney will be required the meet the elements of negligence with the evidence they collect. This will look different depending on the type of accident; however, it may look something like this:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care. In a premises liability case, satisfying this requirement could be as simple as showing that you have a contract to rent your property. Under this contract, the owner is required to maintain safe premises.
- The responsible party breached their duty of care. For example, the property owner failed to repair a dangerous hole in the parking lot. They knew about the hole, didn’t block it off, didn’t post warnings, and didn’t repair it in a reasonable amount of time.
- This breach of duty caused your accident. Because you didn’t have sufficient warning about the hazard, you fell in the parking lot and broke your ankle.
- You suffered losses as a result of your injury. Your injury causes you physical pain and inconvenience, plus you are saddled with medical bills and the financial burden of lost wages while you recover.
To meet these requirements, we will use evidence like surveillance footage, accident reports, and eyewitness testimony. The kinds of evidence we collect will vary depending on the accident.
How Long Do You Have to File a McKinney Personal Injury Claim?
When you are ready to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in McKinney, you must do so before the statute of limitations in Texas expires. Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you will have just two years to file your lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. When it does, you likely will lose your right to seek damages from the liable party.
Two years can seem like plenty of time to file your case. However, the longer you wait to get help, the higher the risk that we will be unable to recover time-sensitive evidence. For example, if there is video footage of the accident, we may have just days or weeks before someone overwrites or deletes the video footage. If our lawyer promptly starts your case, we can obtain the evidence we need to prove liability in your case.
When to Contact Our McKinney Personal Injury Attorney for Help
When you are wondering what your next steps should be, you may be unsure whether now is a good time to reach out to a lawyer for help, especially if you’re unsure whether you’d qualify. There are many types of accidents and injuries you might be able to sue for. Our legal team can give you more information about your options during your consultation, however, we generally represent a few common kinds of personal injury cases.
For example, if you have suffered injuries in an accident that someone else caused in McKinney, you might have grounds for legal action in the following:
- Catastrophic Injury
- Construction Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Truck accidents
- DWI accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Dog bites
- Wrongful Death
- Oilfield accidents
Common Injuries in Negligence-Based Accidents
You may also be wondering if your injuries are severe enough to warrant a lawsuit or insurance claim. You could be diagnosed with many injuries, but it is the extent to which your injuries affect your life that will determine your right to compensation.
However, people sue for some types of injuries more frequently than others. Some of these injuries or illnesses include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Internal injuries
- Emotional injuries
It never hurts to ask a lawyer if your injuries are severe enough to warrant hiring a lawyer; however, those with severe injuries are more likely to suffer complications in their case, so severely injured people should put special consideration into getting legal help. These people may have a harder time getting the insurance company to pay for all of their medical treatment. They may also have a difficult time dealing with the legal counsel for the at-fault party, as they are more highly motivated to deny their liability.
This list of possible injuries is not complete, so if you don’t see your injury listed, you could still seek legal action against the liable party. You can find out more about getting financial recovery for your damages by working with a Loncar Lyon Jenkins injury lawyer in McKinney.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Texas Personal Injury Cases
What Percentage do Most Personal Injury Lawyers Take?
The percentage your attorney takes should be told to you upfront–before you ever sign an agreement. While the percentage will vary depending on who you hire, industry standards range between 25 and 50 percent. Other factors can determine how much the lawyer will take. For example, if your case proceeds to trial, they may deduct additional fees for the manpower and time it takes to resolve these more high-needs cases.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case in Texas?
Settlement timelines vary depending on the circumstances. As a general rule, it can take anywhere between a few weeks to a few years to resolve a case. Factors that could lengthen this amount of time include:
- The severity of your injuries. Your attorney will need to have an accurate understanding of your medical needs before reaching a settlement agreement or allowing a jury verdict. They may wait to resolve the case until your physician is sure of what will be required to help you reach maximum medical improvement.
- Whether your case proceeds to trial. In some cases, your case may be presented to a judge or jury. These proceedings can span over a long period while evidence is collected, arguments are made, and settlement negotiations are conducted.
- The strength of the evidence. To persuade the insurance adjuster, judge, or jury, your attorney will need to build a strong case. It may be difficult or time-consuming to gather everything they need to demonstrate that the at-fault party is liable.
- The number of liable parties. Generally, it is easier to settle a car accident case between two parties than it is to settle a truck accident case between multiple cars and a trucking company. Not only will it be more difficult to determine the liable party and make a case against them, but settlement negotiations will be more complicated.
- The value of your case. The larger your potential settlement, the harder the insurance company will fight to deny their liability. This could involve a lot of back and forth during negotiations, or it could force your attorney’s hand, so they have to sue to get them to cooperate.
What is the Average Bodily Injury Settlement in Texas?
There is no “average” amount for a bodily injury settlement. Your financial compensation will depend on your unique losses. The extent of your medical expenses and lost wages make up a huge percentage of the final settlement or court award. If you suffer disabling injuries that will affect your employment long-term (or cause extreme suffering), this could also affect your final award.
How are Personal Injury Settlements Paid Out in Texas?
After you sign a settlement agreement, or the court awards your financial compensation, the check will pass through several hands before it gets to you. First, the insurance company will write the check (or arrange for your payment installments), then, your attorney will use the amount you are awarded to pay off your debts and deduct their fees. After you’re free and clear of your financial obligations, the rest will be sent to you.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation About a Personal Injury in McKinney
If you want to hold the liable party accountable for their negligent actions but you do not know where to turn for help, you can reach out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins today. During your free consultation, we can give you more information about the legal process, your options, and how our firm could benefit your case. When you decide to work with our McKinney personal injury lawyer, you’ll finally have the chance to rest and recover.
While you focus on healing from your injuries, we will take the lead on your case. Call or visit us online to get started.