Suffering injuries as a result of any situation can be difficult to handle. As a child, you may have had your fair share of scrapes, bumps, bruises and even broken bones. As an adult, you may have found yourself participating in less reckless behaviors and have lessened your risk for suffering serious injuries.
Of course, practicing a safer approach to your activities does not necessarily mean that you will avoid all injury. You could go out shopping only to slip in a puddle left on a store floor and suffer injuries from that incident. You could wind up in a car accident caused by another driver that causes you serious harm. You could even undergo a necessary medical procedure only to have a doctor's negligence leave you with injuries. Unfortunately, the possibility for harm caused by others is all around.
Taking legal action
After any of the aforementioned events, you may have reason to take legal action. In particular, if you suffer injuries on someone else's property as a result of a car accident or due to other incidents caused by another party's negligence, you may have reason to file a personal injury claim. This civil lawsuit could allow you to pursue compensation for various damages resulting from the event, including financial burdens.
If you wish to move forward with a formal lawsuit, your case would go before a judge and jury to determine the outcome. In this type of case, you hold the responsibility of proving negligence on the part of the other party and that the negligence directly contributed to your suffering.
If you do not feel that pursuing a formal lawsuit would suit your circumstances, you could also consider working toward an informal settlement. This action would involve meeting with the other party and his or her legal counsel to negotiate a settlement amount. If you agree to a settlement, you not only agree to accept a specific amount of compensation, but you also agree not to pursue further legal action.
Before choosing a route
Before you decide whether to file a formal lawsuit or accept a settlement, it is important that you fully understand both options. It is also wise to estimate a settlement amount that would make the outcome worthwhile to you and your needs. This information could help you ensure that you reach a favorable result. It is also wise to discuss your circumstances with a Texas attorney who can more fully explain your specific options and help you throughout your case.