Accidents happen without warning, and injuries can result in physical, financial, and emotional turmoil. If your injury has been caused as a result of another party’s act of negligence, you can file a suit and seek compensation for your injuries. However, you need to understand Texas negligence laws and how they work in order to prove the other party’s fault and secure the desired outcome for your personal injury suit.
Here are three things you need to show the court to win your personal injury claim in Texas
1. That the defendant was actually negligent
Negligence is the foundation upon which you must build your personal injury claim. In a car accident, for instance, you do not have to prove that the other driver intentionally hit you. Rather, you need to prove to the court that they carelessly or recklessly operated the vehicle resulting in the accident. To prove this, you will need to demonstrate that they disregarded traffic rules or public safety causing the accident that resulted in your injury.
2. That the defendant’s act of negligence directly led to your injury
Even after establishing that the defendant was indeed negligent, you will still be required to prove that the said negligence resulted in a specific and identifiable injury to you. This may be in the form of a physical injury, a psychological injury that you can directly attribute to the accident or damage to your car.
3. That you suffered compensable damages as a result of the injury suffered
Legally speaking, “damages” refer to the monetary compensation you may claim from the negligent party. And as with negligence, you have to show proof of the damages and the amount it took/will take to fix them. Here, you will need to produce medical bills, car repair costs, or proof of lost income as a result of your injury.
If you have sustained an injury as a result of another party’s negligent acts, Texas law allows you to pursue compensation for your injuries. However, determining the amount you are entitled to and how to claim it can be a challenge if you are unfamiliar with Texas personal injury laws. Learn more about what it takes to pursue your legal options so you can get the compensation you deserve.