Injuries are a common occurrence at work. In a physically demanding field that carries with it higher levels of risk—like construction—the danger only increases. According to data compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 533 fatal occupational injuries reported in Texas in 2021, with many of these fatalities being in the construction field.
Among the available options to seek damages after a personal injury or negligent accident in Texas is filing an insurance claim. However, when you file an injury claim, the insurance provider may request you to get an independent medical examination (IME) from a medical professional who hasn’t treated you before.
Getting into a car accident is always a frustrating and anxiety-inducing experience, but even more so when the car you were driving wasn’t even yours. After a rental car accident, you may have a lot of questions about the situation, including “Who can be liable?” and “Can I pursue compensation?”
Vehicles on the road are always subject to unforeseen conditions, such as accidents with other drivers. The Insurance Information Institute (III) estimates that the average driver will be involved in two or three such collisions in their lifetime of driving. Some incidents will amount to very little, perhaps just a scare or a minor fender-bender, but others can put one’s life in disarray immediately.
In Texas, a person injured in a negligent accident may be entitled to seek damages by filing a claim or lawsuit. However, if the victim suffered severe injuries that required hospitalization, extensive medical treatment, or made them unable to return to their previous work, they may be able to recover lost earning capacity—in addition to other potential damages.
In 2021, nearly 240,000 individuals were injured due to motor vehicle crashes in Texas, according to the Department of Transportation. The sheer number of people involved in accidents on our state’s roadways is staggering.
Being involved in an accident can be a stressful experience. As a rule of thumb, no matter how minor your accident may seem, it is always wise to see a doctor right away. Delays in seeking medical attention could have a negative effect on your health and legal claim.
When people are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by another driver, they understandably have a lot of questions. I welcome questions. I believe my clients should understand personal injury claims when they are making them.