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Victims In Dallas and Throughout All Of Oregon
Whether you are driving in or around Dallas, Oregon or visiting a retail store or restaurant in the area, serious accidents can occur. Most injuries that occur in Dallas happen as a result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing. When these kinds of incidents happen, it is essential to know that it may be possible to hold the responsible party accountable for any harm they have caused and to seek financial compensation for your losses. An experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer at the Johnston Law Firm can speak with you today about your case and your options.
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Types of Personal Injury
Cases Our Dallas Lawyers Handle
Did you know that more than 200,000 preventable deaths occur every year as a result of avoidable injuries? That information comes from the National Safety Council (NSC), which also reports that there are more than 55 million nonfatal injuries that happen every year and could be prevented. Those injuries result in striking costs of more than $1,158 billion. At the Johnston Law Firm, we know how important it is to be able to obtain the compensation you deserve when another party is liable for your injuries. Our Dallas personal injury lawyers assist clients with a wide range of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents;
- Premises liability lawsuits, which can include slip and fall cases or trip and fall cases, as well as other types of cases in which a person suffers a serious injury as a result of a hazard on another party’s premises;
- Dog bite cases, which often involve filing a claim against the owner of a dog that caused an injury;
- Product liability lawsuits, which can include claims against designers, manufacturers, and retailers of defective products that cause harm;
- Medical malpractice, which can include a wide range of health care provider negligence and claims against doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, and even hospitals where injuries occur; and
- Wrongful death lawsuits, which are closely related to personal injury cases but allow the executor of the deceased person’s estate to file a claim for compensation on behalf of surviving family members.
Steps in a Dallas
Personal Injury Lawsuit
When you plan to file a personal injury claim, it is important to know about the steps you will need to take in order to obtain financial compensation for your losses. Personal injury lawsuits are civil lawsuits, which means that the plaintiff will be seeking monetary damages by suing a negligent or otherwise at-fault defendant. To be clear, the defendant cannot be held criminally liable through a personal injury lawsuit, but rather can be responsible for providing financial compensation to cover the plaintiff’s losses. Under Oregon law, personal injury lawsuits in Dallas will usually include the following steps:
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out, which is usually two years from the date of the injury;
- Go through the discovery process, which involves seeking and obtaining evidence to support your case through depositions and requests for product of documents and other materials from the defendant;
- Consider the possibility of a settlement before the case goes to trial, recognizing that you should only settle if the defendant offers a reasonable settlement;
- Go to trial and seek damages, which involves presenting your side of the case and evidence to support your claim;
- Settlements are still possible once the trial begins, and the defendant may offer a reasonable settlement before the judgment that you want to accept; and
- Judgment or verdict, in which the court will determine who has won the case and whether the defendant will need to pay damages to the plaintiff, which may include compensatory damages that compensate for both economic and non-economic losses.
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Proving Negligence in a
Dallas Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury cases in Dallas are based on a theory of negligence. Accordingly, the plaintiff will need to prove that the defendant was negligent in order to be awarded damages in the personal injury case. Each type of personal injury lawsuit will have its own specific elements, but the following are the general elements of a negligence claim:
- Defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
- Defendant breached the duty of care by acting in a negligent manner;
- Plaintiff suffered an injury; and
- Plaintiff’s injury was caused by the defendant’s breach of the duty of care.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)
At the Johnston Law Firm, we routinely receive questions from clients about personal injury cases. The following are some FAQs, followed by our answers to help you:
Most personal injury lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the injury, while wrongful death lawsuits usually have a three-year statute of limitations that will begin ticking on the date of the deceased’s death.
Your damages award will depend upon your specific losses for which you can seek compensation, as well as whether your own fault could reduce your damages award under Oregon’s modified comparative fault rule.
It depends upon the nature of your case. Many auto accident cases will begin with an insurance claim, while other cases might begin with a lawsuit.
Typically, an initial settlement offer can be negotiated, so you should not accept the first offer you receive. However, an attorney can assess the settlement offer and discuss the benefits and limitations of accepting it or negotiating for a higher amount.
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– Michelle E.
Mr. Johnston and his firm were incredibly thorough in getting us a fair settlement from our insurance company with little to no pressure. We really appreciated having someone who truly cared about us every step of the way. I would highly recommend the Johnston Law Firm to anyone in need of personal injury representation.
Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in Dallas as a result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, it is critical to seek advice from a personal injury attorney in Dallas about filing a claim for compensation. Depending upon the details of your case, you may be eligible to begin the process of seeking compensation by filing an insurance claim, or you may need to immediately file a personal injury lawsuit against the defendant. Our firm can assist you with all aspects of the personal injury claims process. Contact the Johnston Law Firm today for assistance.
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