Area of Law:
If you are injured in an auto accident in El Paso, Texas as a result of another driver’s negligence, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries. The law defines negligence as the failure to use reasonable care, and there are countless ways an individual can be negligent while operating an automobile. For example, a driver can be negligent for failing to stop at a stop sign or using excessive speeds in a school or construction zone. However, depending on the extent of your injuries you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for your medical care expenses, loss of wages and pain and suffering damages. However, the time to file a lawsuit following an accident is limited. Therefore, do not delay in contacting an auto accident El Paso attorney following the accident to discuss your case.
An auto accident El Paso attorney will inform you that you are eligible to receive reimbursement for any medical expenses that were a direct result of the accident if the accident was due to the other driver’s negligence. For example, depending on the extent of your injuries, you may have been taken to the hospital by an ambulance, or helicopter. In addition, you will receive reimbursement for any treatment that you received while at the hospital. If your injuries require physical therapy, your auto accident El Paso attorney will try to arrange for damages to be paid to compensate you for your long term care as well.
In addition, you may be unable to return to work immediately following an auto accident. If the accident causes you to miss work, you may be eligible to receive loss wage damages to compensate you for any difference in wages you experience due to the accident. However, your auto accident El Paso attorney will inform you that you will have to provide evidence that the accident was a direct cause of your inability to work. For example, you will have to show your injuries sustained in the accident resulted in your inability to return to work and resume your normal work duties.
An auto accident El Paso attorney may also tell you that you are eligible to receive compensation for any pain and suffering you experience following the accident. Pain and suffering can be a direct result of injuries you sustained in the accident, or can include new limitations on your daily activities due to the accident resulting in emotional distress or depression. However, your auto accident El Paso attorney may warn you that damages for pain and suffering can be difficult to prove. For example, you may need to testify at your trial regarding your pain and the court will consider a number of factors when determining the amount of pain and suffering damages you are eligible to receive. Your auto accident El Paso attorney may also ask the court to award you future pain and suffering damages.
If you need help finding an auto accident El Paso attorney, contact the El Paso Bar Association’s website http://elpasobar.com/lawyer_referral for information about the Lawyer Referral Service. In addition, you can visit the Texas Courts Online’s website http://www.courts.state.tx.us/ for instructions regarding how to file a civil lawsuit.