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If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence or misconduct of another person or entity, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for the costs you have incurred. In cases involving catastrophic injury, medical bills, lost wages, and permanent disability can drastically increase these costs. At Craft Law Firm, a Houston personal injury attorney is ready to represent victims of serious, catastrophic injury. In fact, it’s all we do.

We believe each case is the most important event in each of our client’s lives. We understand that. We live it with the client, and we treat it accordingly.

We prepare each case for trial and are always courtroom-ready.

Call 713-225-0500 today for a free and confidential consultation with a Houston personal injury attorney. We will listen to your story and, if you choose us to represent you, we will begin building a strong case on your behalf.

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury can arise from very many scenarios, including:

  • Workplace injuries;
  • Defective products;
  • Motor vehicle accidents;
  • Construction Accidents; and
  • Medical malpractice.

Everyone in our society is expected to be mindful of their actions to avoid causing harm to others. In order to be held responsible for actions that cause injury, the person who causes the injury must owe a duty of care to the victim. The law has defined circumstances under which we owe a duty of care to each other. In those circumstances, we are expected to be to each other the proverbial neighbor’s keeper. When a person does not act in accordance with their duty of care to those that the law says that they owe that duty to, they may be held responsible for any injury that their actions cause.

The actions of a person who causes injury to another person may attract criminal charges, and while the state may prosecute them for their criminal actions, they can still be held responsible for their actions through a lawsuit. The purpose of a personal injury lawsuit is to get compensation for your injuries rather than to punish the person responsible.

When you are injured in an accident, a personal injury attorney can help you determine whether the person who caused the accident owed you a duty of care, and whether you have a good case against them.

How Will I Know If I Have a Claim?

Personal injury lawsuits are usually based on negligence. To be successful in a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove the person whose actions caused your injury acted negligently. A negligence claim has five elements which the injured person must prove for their claim to be successful. They must prove:

  1. The responsible party owed them a duty of care: People have a duty to act (or not act) in a certain way under certain situations to avoid causing harm to others. For example, if you are a car driver, you owe a duty of care to other road users. You are to act in a way that does not put other road users in danger of harm.
  2. The duty of care was breached by the responsible party: Using the example of a car driver, drinking while intoxicated, driving recklessly, and excessive speeding, are actions that would be in breach of the duty of care to other road users.
  3. The breach of the duty caused injury: If while driving recklessly, the driver loses control of the car and knocks down a pedestrian who suffers a broken leg from the impact, then the breach of duty has caused an injury.
  4. The breach of the duty was the proximate cause of the injury: It is not enough to show that the breach of the duty caused the injury. It must be shown that the breach is the direct cause of the injury. In other words, the injury is the natural consequence of the breach. For instance, if a bus driver drives recklessly and rams his bus into a car and the car spins out of control and injures a pedestrian, the proximate cause of the pedestrian’s injuries is the bus driver’s reckless driving.
  5. The injury caused actual damages to the injured person: If, after colliding with the car for example, the pedestrian gets up and walks away without a scratch, then there is no actual damage. The injured person claiming compensation in a personal injury lawsuit must show actual damages which may be economic or non-economic.

All five of these elements must be proved as failure to do so can result in the lawsuit being dismissed and the responsible party avoiding any accountability for their negligence.

What Forms of Compensation Can An Injured Person Receive?

If successful in their claim, an injured person can receive monetary compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages cover tangible losses that are easily quantifiable through documentation such as bills and receipts. Economic damages include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and property damages.

Non-economic damages are not concrete damages. They are based on subjective evaluations and may include pain, emotional anguish, loss or enjoyment of activities, or loss of joy in living. If an injured person is successful in their personal injury claim, there is no way to predict how much they will be awarded for non-economic damages. Some states limit the amount that you can be awarded for non-economic damages.

How Can a Houston Personal Injury Attorney Help?

If you are involved in an accident that causes injury, most times, the responsible party will do everything possible to avoid liability or to limit how much they have to pay in compensation. If you are dealing with an insurance company, they may try to take advantage of you and have been known to use under-hand tactics to avoid full responsibility. Having a lawyer by your side will show them that you mean business.

Proving that you have a valid claim is not always straightforward. Your lawyer understands the laws of your state and can tell you what evidence you need. If you are filing a lawsuit, your lawyer can advise you on your chances of success and help you prepare your case. Your lawyer understands the laws of your state. It is important that you contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Those early days after your injury are critical to collecting and preserving evidence that you may need to file a lawsuit.

Craft Law Firm offers free consultations with a Houston personal injury attorney. If you have suffered an injury as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person, give us a call at 713-225-0500 to speak with one of our experienced lawyers.

Craft Law Firm serves other areas of Texas. If you were involved in an accident in Waco, contact one of our Waco injury lawyers.