Irving Personal Injury
Your first priority after a serious accident should be to go to the doctor and rest. It is not uncommon to need prescription medications, physical therapy, surgery, or medical equipment, or even to change jobs after a major accident. Unfortunately, for most of us, we are not given enough sick time to take all the time off we need to rest, and we do not have enough money saved to pay for all the medical treatment we need. If you have been involved in an accident in Irving, the injury lawyers at Feizy Law Office can help you sue for compensation.Assert Your Rights against a Negligent Person or Entity
Whether your injuries stem from a car crash, uneven pavement, a dog bite, or a botched surgical procedure, the most common basis for a personal injury lawsuit is negligence. This may exist when a person or entity owes a duty of care, breaches the duty, and causes an accident that results in quantifiable damages.
For example, if a truck driver engaged in interstate commerce fails to rest the number of hours required by the federal regulations and hits a motorcyclist as a result, this is likely to be considered negligence by a jury. In fact, negligence per se may apply in some circumstances. Negligence per se is a doctrine that applies when a defendant violates a statute designed to protect a group of people to which the plaintiff belongs, and the violation is the proximate cause of the plaintiff's harm. In Texas, this doctrine is generally just an easier way to prove duty and breach, rather than a separate cause of action as it is in some states.
If you are able to establish negligence, you are entitled to recover the full spectrum of damages that will provide fair compensation, possibly including medical bills, physical therapy, vocational rehabilitation, out-of-pocket expenses, household services, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, and pain and suffering.
Although not common, there are some personal injury cases that warrant a request for punitive damages. These are damages that are awarded to send a message to a person or entity that acted in a particularly egregious manner. In Texas, the jury must unanimously agree to award these damages. You would need to prove by clear and convincing evidence, which is a higher standard than the standard for negligence, that a defendant acted with malice, or a conscious indifference to the rights, safety, or welfare of others.
For example, suppose that a trucking company, to get higher profits, forces its drivers to violate the federal hours of service rules on penalty of losing their jobs, and as a result, someone dies. Instead of fixing the policy, the company continues to employ this policy, and another person is catastrophically injured. In that case, the company likely would be showing a conscious indifference to others' rights, safety, or welfare.Seek Legal Guidance in Irving When Pursuing Compensation for Your Injuries
Irving is located in Dallas County, Texas. It is the 13th-most populous city in the state and is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The city, originally part of an area named Gorbit and later changed to Kit, was founded in 1903. If you are hurt in a car accident or another preventable event in Irving, the attorneys at Feizy Law Office can assist you. Call us at (214) 651-8686 or contact us via our online form.