Richardson Personal Injury
Most accidents rise out of negligence. In many situations, someone should have been more careful driving a car, maintaining a property, or treating a patient. Unfortunately, a moment's inattention by one driver, property owner, or doctor can result in catastrophic injuries or even death to an unsuspecting victim. At Feizy Law Office, our injury attorneys fight for the rights of people in Richardson who have been harmed by someone else’s carelessness. If you or your loved one has suffered serious injuries that you believe were caused by someone else's negligence, you should explore your options with us.Bringing a Negligence Claim for Damages
In order to establish negligence, you will need to prove four elements by a preponderance of the evidence. These are the defendant's duty of care, the defendant's breach of duty, actual and proximate cause, and actual damages. In most motor vehicle accident cases, duty is easy to establish. For example, if a driver fails to check his blind spot because he is talking on the phone, and he hits the side of your car, it is likely that his failure to check a blind spot will be considered a breach of the duty to use reasonable care when driving.
Duty can be a more challenging analysis in premises liability and other cases not involving a motor vehicle. In slip and fall cases, for example, you will need to establish your status as a visitor to a property in order to determine the nature of the duty owed. Invitees—those invited onto private property for a business, public, or social purpose—are owed the highest duty, while trespassers are owed very little. Some examples of an invitee would include customers at a mall, patrons of a restaurant, and people coming to a venue to watch a rock concert. An invitee trying to recover compensation from a property owner for injuries arising out of a dangerous property condition will have to prove that the owner knew or should have known about the condition and failed to repair the condition or offer warnings.
If you are able to establish the elements of a personal injury case, you can potentially recover economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, lost income, household services, and other tangible damages. Noneconomic damages include intangible damages such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment. In general, noneconomic damages can vary dramatically based on the composition of the jury and its perception of what the reasonable damages from a particular accident might be.
In Texas, noneconomic damages for medical malpractice are capped. Different caps apply depending on whether the malpractice caused a wrongful death and whether an individual provider or multiple entities are being sued.Consult an Experienced Attorney after an Accident in the Richardson Area
Richardson is located in Dallas County and Collin County in Texas. In 2014, it had an estimated population of over 108,000 residents. More than 5,000 businesses operate there. Money magazine has ranked it the third-best place to live in the state. If you have been involved in a car accident or another harmful event near Richardson, the lawyers at Feizy Law Office are available to help you assert your rights. Call us at (214) 651-8686 or reach us via our online form to set up a free consultation.