Personal Injury Attorney in Round Rock
Fighting for Those Injured by Someone Else’s Negligence
The impacts of an injury accident reverberate long after the initial impact. Medical bills begin to pile up. The bank account balance plummets because of missed work. The financial and emotional strain of getting hurt is compounded when the accident was the result of someone else’s negligence.
At The J.D. Wilson Law Firm, we help residents of Round Rock, Pflugerville, and throughout Texas fight to recover damages sustained in an accident.
Car and Truck Accidents
Truck and car accidents are common causes of injuries. Round Rock, located just north of Austin, is a family-friendly city home to big corporations such as Dell and SalesCart. However, this community of nearly 125,000 is not immune to serious car and truck accidents.
In 2021, the Texas Department of Transportation counted 8 fatal crashes and 48 accidents with serious injuries in Round Rock. Statewide, someone is killed every 1 hour 57 minutes and injured every 2 minutes 12 seconds.
Driver inattention and speeding were two of the most common, preventable contributing factors.
Williamson County alone had 12 fatalities and 15 serious injuries involving commercial vehicles, such as trucks. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly one-quarter of crashes involving large trucks nationwide resulted in injuries. The number of 18-wheeler accidents is on the rise.
Whether you were the driver, passenger, rider, or pedestrian, our team at The J.D. Wilson Law Firm can help.
Slips and Falls
Texas property owners may be responsible for slip-and-fall injuries if they failed to take reasonable steps to address a known hazard. This principle is known as premises liability. Private and commercial property owners can be found responsible.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, slips and falls account for more than 1 million emergency room visits in the U.S.
A successful slip-and-fall lawsuit demonstrates that the property owner or occupier failed to fulfill their duty of care, which created conditions that directly led to the fall and subsequent injuries.
Bodily Injury at a Business
A similar duty of care is applicable to commercial property. Owners, lessees, and/or management companies are responsible for keeping the structure and the grounds safe for customers and workers. Not all responsible parties are proactive in maintenance and needed repairs.
Reasonable care must be given to parking lots, stairs, restrooms, interior floors, and sidewalks.
Injured workers may first need to satisfy an injury claim through the employer’s workers' compensation insurance policy. Unlike many states, Texas does not require businesses to carry this type of policy. Anyone injured at a workplace that does not have workers’ compensation can immediately seek remuneration through a civil lawsuit.
Limited Time to Sue for Injuries in Round Rock
Texas, like all other states, places a limit on how much time someone can file a lawsuit after an accident. This is called a statute of limitation. For more personal injury lawsuits in Round Rock, the statute of limitation is two years.
Legal actions filed after this timeframe will likely be dismissed. Only limited circumstances allow the time restriction to be suspended. If the injured person is a child, the two-year clock does not typically begin ticking until they reach 18 years of age.
Modified Comparative Negligence Rule
Some accidents are not the sole fault of one person. There can be multiple liable parties. The injured person also sometimes shares some level of blame for what occurred. Texas applies a modified comparative negligence rule in these cases. The rule allocates damages by the proportion of responsibility.
For example, two drivers may be at fault for causing an injury to a third driver. If one of the liable drivers contributed 60% to the accident, they will be responsible for paying 60% of the damages awarded. The other driver will pay 40%. The same guidelines are used if the injured third driver has some culpability. If the plaintiff is deemed 10% at fault, the overall damages awarded to them will be reduced by 10%.
Injured in a Round Rock Accident? Know Your Rights
Some accidents are true unforeseen incidents where no one is at fault. However, some accidents are rooted in the negligence or carelessness of another person.
If someone’s reckless or careless behavior led to your injuries or property damage, you may be eligible to receive compensation.
Civil awards may cover economic damages such as the following:
- Emergency room visits
- Hospital costs
- Doctor bills
- Physical therapy sessions
- Lost wages
- Property damage (such as to a car or home)
Civil awards may also cover non-economic damages:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Physical impairment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Texas statute refers to punitive damages as “exemplary damages.” This financial award is meant not to compensate the injured but rather to punish the person (or company) responsible. These damages are typically only awarded if the defendant demonstrated conscious indifference to the safety and welfare of others despite knowing the risks of their behavior.
Cases and clients may be referred to another firm dependent upon caseload.