Common Injuries in Car Accidents in Dallas
In any car accident, there can be a multitude of results, both in property damage and personal injury. As unfortunate as car accidents are, they are not uncommon, but some injuries from car accidents are similar. A various selection is listed below:
- Lacerations or scratches
- Head trauma
- Lower body trauma
- Herniated discs in back
- Neck stiffness or soreness
- Lower back stiffness or soreness
How to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer in Dallas
After an accident, your first steps will be to ensure your safety and report the accident to your insurance company as well as the DMV. Your next call should be to an experienced car accident attorney who will be dedicated in their fight for your rights.
When you call us at the Johnston Law Firm, we will listen to your situation and give you a free initial case review. We will be able to help you find the help you deserve. This help could be in the form of an attorney referral or if we feel we could best represent you, we will schedule an in-person meeting to discuss your case further. If you decide you would like to hire us for your case, we will present you with the necessary documents to begin your case.
Car Accident Claim Deadlines
When a car accident occurs, the most important aspect of the situation is to get you and loved ones to safety. Pull your vehicle off to a safe spot of the road, contact the police, go to urgent care if necessary. There are two important deadlines to keep in mind in these situations. The first is to file an accident report with DMV within 72 hours of the accident. The next, and more importantly if you choose to pursue damages, is two years. You have two years from the date of the accident and injuries (same day) to file a personal injury claim.
If you fail to file within these two years, the state will deem your case “time-barred”, therefore eliminating your right to pursue compensation for your losses. We know how stressful and time-consuming this time can be for you and your loved ones after an accident, but the sooner you contact us at the Johnston Law Firm, the sooner we can help you.
Types of Damages Eligible for Compensation in Dallas Car Accident Cases
Economic Damages: compensate an injured plaintiff for direct financial losses, such as medication costs, hospitalization stays, surgery bills and lost wages. Economic damages are defined by Oregon law as “objectively verifiable monetary losses including but not limited to reasonable charges necessarily incurred for medical, hospital, nursing and rehabilitative services and other health care services, burial and memorial expenses, loss of income and past and future impairment of earning capacity”.
Noneconomic Damages: compensate an injured plaintiff for more subjective losses such as emotional trauma or distress. Oregon law defines these as “subjective, non-monetary losses, including but not limited to pain, mental suffering, emotional distress, humiliation”. These damages are more difficult to quantify, as emotional pain can be traumatic and long-lasting, as well as difficult to recover from.
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