Dallas, Texas Personal Injury Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services
For what types of accidents can I file a civil lawsuit in Dallas?
Dallas personal injury cases typically cover accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, defective products, slip and falls, medical malpractice, construction accidents, wrongful death, and more.
When one person’s carelessness causes an accident and results in harm, the lawsuit is typically rooted in the theory of negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that means failure to use ordinary care. “Ordinary care” is the lack of the kind of care that a reasonably prudent person would use in the same or similar situation. To establish negligence in Texas, the plaintiff is required to demonstrate the following elements by a preponderance of the evidence: (1) the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care; (2) the defendant breached the duty of care owed to the plaintiff; and (3) the plaintiff’s harm was a direct result of the defendant’s breach. It is important to note that, in some cases, negligence also occurs when a person violates a statute or regulation that has been designed for people’s safety.
How much money can I recover from a lawsuit?
The specific amount of money to which you are entitled depends on the facts of your situation. A Dallas personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and provide you with a realistic assessment of your claim.
If you have successfully proven negligence under Texas law, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include out-of-pocket costs that stem from the accident such as medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, property damage and lost income. Non-economic damages refer to intangible costs such as pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and/or emotional distress.
A Dallas personal injury lawyer can help you understand your rights under Texas law and help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.