When should I hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Accidents happen. It is a fact of life. Sometimes, these accidents result in injury. Any injury can change someone’s life, even if it seems small. For example, the minor rear-ending car accident that seemed like “no big deal” can lead to painful neck or back stiffness that can make it difficult to do daily tasks such as holding a phone, sitting at a desk, playing with your children, and snuggling up to your partner to watch a movie. We have been told to just be “brave” and “deal with it.” The truth is that there is nothing brave about suffering needlessly. You deserve to be made well.
Treatment for even seemingly minor injuries can be expensive and complicated. While it is obvious that treatment for a traumatic or severe injury can take years of expert treatment, sometimes we don’t realize that even the stiff neck needs more than a few weeks of ibuprofen to fix. These injuries do not just cost you the amount of your medical bills. They cost you the time and wages lost while getting treatment and the quality of life you had before the accident. Should you bear the burden of paying for injuries caused by someone else? No, you should not. If those responsible for your injuries are unwilling to compensate you, then it is important that you bring a personal injury claim in order to hold them accountable.
Who is Accountable for my Injuries?
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Generally, the least-cost avoider is accountable for an injury. A “least-cost avoider” is the person or people in the best position to make sure an accident doesn’t happen. For example, if you trip and fall down in a store because there was a stray box in the middle of an aisle, who was in the best position to prevent you from falling? Would it be easier for you to always be looking closely for unexpected obstacles in stores or for the store management to ensure that aisles are clear of stray items and safe for the customers they invited into their place of business?
Similarly, who is in the best position to make sure you don’t get rear-ended and thus injured? Should you take care to make sure you do not stop at a light where a careless driver could possibly hit you? Or, would it be easier for each driver to take proper care to stop before hitting a legally stopped vehicle?
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The answers to the above questions are clear. The store was in the best position to make sure there was nothing to cause injury to their customers. Therefore, the store should bear the burden of paying for any injury caused. In the same vein, someone who rear-ends a car should have been driving carefully and attentively enough to avoid hitting someone who is legally stopped.
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However, sometimes it is not so obvious who is at fault. If you are unsure if you have a claim for a personal injury, contact us to speak to one of our highly trained and experienced personal injury attorneys for a free case evaluation and consultation. We work with families throughout Texas, including those in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and many other communities.