Frequently Asked Questions
Questions About Personal Injury? We Have the Answers.
Do you think you might have a personal injury case? Are you confused about your legal rights, important deadlines, or how to file a claim? At Brian Hargrove Law, we have been helping injured clients recover full compensation after accidents in the Fort Worth area for over 20 years. We are happy to help you learn everything you need to know about personal injury law to make informed decisions about your claim. Read on for the answers you deserve or give us a call any time to discuss your legal rights and options during a free consultation.
Some of the questions we are asked most frequently are below. Feel free to contact us anytime with additional questions free of charge!
What are my rights if I was injured?
You have the right to file a lawsuit against any and all parties who caused or contributed to your accident due to an act of negligence. You can read more about how negligence is defined under state law here.
What do I do if I have been injured?
If you have been injured, seek medical attention immediately. You will need medical records to help prove your personal injury claim—plus, a checkup could help save your life as many injuries can be latent for some time. Also, keep any documentation related to your accident that could potentially be used later as evidence, such as receipts and photographs.
Do I need to see a doctor?
Seeing a doctor after an accident is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your claim. A doctor can help you determine the extent of your injuries and will be able to detect latent, internal injuries that may worsen if left untreated. This will help you adequately determine the extent of your injuries so you can receive the full compensation you deserve.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Texas, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is exactly two years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions for certain cases depending on the circumstances. We always recommend initiating the case process as soon as possible so the evidence is still easy to collect when you start.
How do I file a personal injury claim?
Consult with a local personal injury attorney in your area to learn about your legal rights and options. Next, retain a lawyer to initiate the claims process or being collecting evidence on your own. Without an attorney, you will need to interview witnesses, collect and file paperwork, conduct the discovery process, negotiate a settlement, and potentially go to trial on your own. Otherwise, your lawyer will walk you through these steps with your goals in mind.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer?
Hiring a personal injury attorney is not a requirement to file a claim. However, working with a lawyer will help the process run far more smoothly and likely earn you additional compensation. It is up to you to decide whether you possess the skills and/or desire to handle your claim yourself or would feel more comfortable working side by side with an experienced lawyer.
What is my claim worth?
It is impossible to determine what a case is worth without calculating the victim’s unique losses. Everyone will have to spend a different dollar amount on their medical bills, property damage repairs, and other financial losses related to the accident. By discussing your case with a lawyer, you can receive assistance estimating the value of your particular losses more accurately. Additionally, make sure to save all receipts and bills related to your accident to ensure you are properly compensated.
What can I receive compensation for?
When you file a personal injury claim in Texas, you may be able to receive any and all of the following forms of compensation that apply to your case:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Punitive damages (in rare cases)
- Funeral and burial expenses in the event of wrongful death
- Property damage repair and replacement costs
- Other out of pocket expenses related to your accident and recovery
Could my case go all the way to the litigation phase and require a trial?
While most personal injury cases are settled before trial, there is always a chance your case will make it all the way to litigation. At Brian Hargrove Law, we are always prepared to go to court on behalf of our injured clients should the need arise.
If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your claim during a free, no obligation case evaluation today.