Grand Prairie Personal Injury
Grand Prairie is a suburb of Dallas and the 15th-most populous city in Texas with a population of about 175,000 residents. The city was initially established as "Dechman," named by and for a man who bought a large parcel of land on both the east and west sides of Trinity River. Later, the railroad designated the area as Grand Prairie based on maps that had labeled it "the grand prairie of Texas." The town was incorporated in 1909. If you are injured in Grand Prairie due to somebody else's negligence, the injury attorneys at Feizy Law Office can help assert your rights.Holding Negligent Parties Accountable for Damages
Devastating injuries can arise from car or truck accidents, dangerous property conditions, defective products, and other unexpected events. In most personal injury cases, except for those involving manufacturing defects and strict liability, a plaintiff will need to establish the defendant's negligence. He or she would have to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant needed to meet a certain standard of care and breached that duty by falling short of that standard. The victim also needs to prove that the breach directly caused the accident in which he or she was hurt and identify damages arising from it.
What if both the victim and another person are partially to blame for an accident? Texas follows the doctrine of modified comparative negligence. This means that if a defendant raises this argument, the jury will determine the total damages and assign liability to all parties found to be at fault. If a plaintiff is 51% or more at fault, he or she is barred from compensation. If the plaintiff is less than 51% at fault, he or she may recover damages up to the defendant's percentage of fault. For example, if the total damages are $100,000, and the defendant is 60% at fault, while the plaintiff is 40% at fault, the plaintiff may recover up to $60,000 from the defendant.
What if there are multiple people at fault? In that case, the jury will assign a percentage of responsibility to each party found to be at fault. The plaintiff can potentially recover from the other parties according to certain complicated joint and several liability rules.
In Texas, a defendant can be held responsible for the full amount of a plaintiff's damages only if the defendant is more than 50% responsible for the accident. If the defendant is less than 51% responsible, by contrast, the plaintiff can only recover from the defendant up to his or her degree of fault. Actual recovery is often complicated by issues of insurance. However, you may find that having a skilled attorney makes the process smoother than if you pursued compensation on your own.Discuss Your Injury Claim with an Attorney in Grand Prairie
If you are hurt in a car accident or another harmful event in Grand Prairie or the surrounding communities, the lawyers at Feizy Law Office can help you seek the full scope of damages to which you may be entitled. In most cases, the other party's insurers will try to find ways in which you were at fault so that they can reduce the amount they have to pay you. It is important not to talk to the other party's insurer or attorney before you consult your own attorney. Call Feizy Law Office at (214) 651-8686 or set up an appointment through our online form. We also represent accident victims in Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Garland, and Plano, among other cities near Dallas.