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On July 11, 2019, a driver struck two pedestrians in Jacksonville, Florida, killing one on impact and injuring the other. The driver had been under the influence and was doing 75 mph in a 25 mph zone. On April 17, 2019, a vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in front of a San Antonio elementary school. That part of the road was described as dark and unlit. Pedestrian-related crashes and deaths have been on a rise in the United States. The Jacksonville, Florida crash was just one of the 24,392 crashes and 24,734 pedestrian deaths from 2016-2019. During the pandemic,…
If you received medical care for your injuries after an accident, these bills are your responsibility to pay. This may mean you have to pay for them out of your own pocket, or else out of an injury settlement or judgment award. Exactly how much you have to pay back, as well as how you will pay, depends on your individual case. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in San Antonio for more information about paying for your medical bills. How Do Medical Bills Get Paid? In the immediate aftermath of an accident, you may need to go to a…
If you file a personal injury claim in Texas, there are certain state laws you must obey to have a valid and successful lawsuit. One of the most important is the statute of limitations or the deadline to file. If you miss your statute of limitations, you will most likely be unable to obtain financial recovery. The basic statute of limitations on all personal injury cases in Texas is two years from the date of the accident. Statute of Limitations in Texas: Two Years Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code section 16.003 is the statute of limitations on personal injury…
It is normal to want your personal injury claim to be resolved as quickly as possible. It is critical, however, not to rush into a fast settlement. This can put you at significant risk of accepting less than you deserve for your injuries and losses. If you are curious about how long it will take your individual claim to successfully settle, consult with a personal injury attorney in San Antonio for advice.   Average Personal Injury Settlement Timelines No set timeline exists for all personal injury claims. Some claims are settled in months, while others take a few years to…
Most of the work is completed once you resolve your personal injury case and receive a fair settlement from an insurance company in Texas. However, you must not forget to consider the possible tax implications of your personal injury settlement. Although, for the most part, personal injury settlements are not taxable, some exceptions apply. It is important to work with an attorney to correctly organize your personal injury settlement for tax purposes. The IRS Does Not Tax Most Personal Injury Settlements The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has rules regarding the taxability of personal injury settlements and jury verdicts obtained from…
If you get injured in a car accident, you will file an insurance claim to receive financial compensation for your medical expenses, property repairs, and other costs. After you file, you and the insurance company will go over the facts of the car accident and enter into negotiations, if the claim is accepted. Although each car accident case is unique, most settlements involve the same key processes. Claims Filing The first step is filing your insurance claim. The law in the state where your car crash took place will determine where you must file a claim. West Virginia is a…
Personal injury is an area of civil law that allows an injured accident victim to seek financial compensation, known as damages, for his or her losses. A personal injury lawsuit has the power to make a victim whole again – to restore the victim to the financial state that he or she would have enjoyed had the accident never happened. There are five types of personal injury cases that are the most common in the United States. If you believe you have grounds for one of these types of cases, consult with a personal injury lawyer in San Antonio for…
You might think that coming to a settlement agreement with an insurance company is the end of your claim. Next, however, is waiting for the settlement check – and distributing it accordingly to pay off your debts. Understanding how personal injury settlements are typically paid out can help you know what to expect in the coming days and weeks. How Long Will it Take to Get Your Settlement Check? This answer depends on your individual case, along with factors such as how long it takes the insurer’s accountant to cut the check. However, insurance companies are also confined to deadlines…
If you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas, you could receive financial compensation from the defendant for causing your accident. This compensation is known as damages in personal injury law. There are two types of damages: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages make you whole again by fully compensating you for your injuries. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are used to punish a defendant. What Are Punitive Damages? According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 41.001(5), punitive damages are not economic or noneconomic damages used for compensatory purposes. Instead, they are awarded as…