After you have suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you could choose to pursue a personal injury claim. Before you get started, there are some important things that you should know about personal injury lawsuits.
Many people never expect to be involved in personal injury litigation. If you are new to the process, it is natural to have several questions and be unsure of what to expect.
You have probably heard various things about personal injury lawsuits. Some are true, some are partly true, and some are false.
The process can take time
It is true that resolving your personal injury lawsuit will likely not be a quick process. There are many steps to the lawsuit process and each step has deadlines associated with it.
These deadlines are not always short. In fact, sometimes deadlines can be weeks to months out.
Deadlines can also be extended if there is a valid reason. Because of the different stages and deadlines, it can be a while before you even receive a trial date, and when you do, that could potentially be rescheduled, as well.
This can make things extremely difficult for you, since you are probably struggling to pay your medical bills and could be unable to work while you are healing from your injuries. You should prepare yourself for the fact that it may be some time before you receive your personal injury compensation.
Statute of limitations
This does not mean you should not file your personal injury claim. You should file it as soon as possible, since there are time limits involved. In Texas, a personal injury claim must be filed within two years after your injury.
The point of your personal injury claim is to request damages for your injuries in the form of compensation. After you file your claim, check what types of compensation you could receive.
You can ask for compensation for expenses associated with your physical injury, such as medical expenses, but you could also request compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering or other types of emotional damages.