Personal injury in Texas is based on torts. A tort is defined as a wrongful injury to a person or his or her property. Tort law is a complex umbrella of laws designed to prevent harm or compensate for harm to a person or property. There are many kinds of torts. Physically injuring someone is a tort, as is damaging a person’s property or character and wrongly denying someone his or her liberty. The injured persons should be compensated by those responsible for their injuries. A victim of a tort has the right to sue the person committing the tort for damages.
Torts and crimes are separate in Texas law. A tort is a civil wrong against an individual; a crime is a wrong against society or the State and is punishable by incarceration or a fine. But there are some acts that can be both a tort and a crime. For example, a person could be prosecuted and convicted of the crime of battery and possibly face a separate civil lawsuit brought by the victim for the victim’s injuries.
Some examples of torts include, but are not limited to:
· Aviation Disaster
· Motor Vehicle Accident
· Professional Malpractice
· Major Accident
· Worker’s Compensation
· Nursing Home Abuse
· Product Liability
· Slip and Fall
· Wrongful Death
Among the types of recoverable damages are:
· Compensation for present loss
· Loss of earning capacity
· Pain and suffering
· Reasonable medical expenses
· Losses expected in the future
There are limits on the period of time in which a lawsuit can be filed. For example, a lawsuit in Texas based on negligence must be filed within two years from the time the cause of action arose. If a person fails to file a lawsuit within the time prescribed by Texas law, that person loses the right to file that lawsuit in Texas.
If you have been injured, you should:
- Seek Medical Care Immediately
- File a police report if a crime has occurred
- Make a list of all the witnesses present, including their name and contact information
- Take photographs and video of your injuries
- Take photographs and video of where the injuries occurred
- Contact a personal injury lawyer before you speak with any insurance adjusters or sign anything
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