In 2019 there were 37 fatalities in Corpus Christi due to car accidents, with 11 of these fatalities involving a drunk individual. Each year, the number of injuries and fatalities seems to go up, leading to more and more personal injury cases. Unfortunately, car accidents aren’t the only cause of personal injury claims. If you live in this area, you may wonder – what are the most common personal injury cases? At the Burkett Law Firm, we see hundreds or more cases each year, each one unique. Some of the most common types of cases we represent can be found here.
1. Car Accident Injuries and FatalitiesAs you may have guessed, the most common personal injury case in Corpus Christi is car accidents. If you are involved in an accident and someone else is found at fault, you may be entitled to damages. In the state of Texas, the court system utilizes the modified comparative negligence principle. With this, the jury or judge considers the percentage of fault among each party involved in the accident. If you did not cause more fault than the driver responsible for your injuries, you have the right to file a personal injury claim. While this is true, the damages you receive will likely be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident. In Texas, the law also limits what you can receive in damages. The maximum allowed is equal to the greatest of these options:
- Twice the number of economic damages and the amount of non-economic damages
- Twice the number of economic damages and an additional $750,000
2. Medical MalpracticeHealthcare professionals in Texas have a duty to treat every patient with a reasonable duty of care. However, mistakes happen and can be caused by doctors and other healthcare workers. Sometimes the wrong medications are prescribed, excessive anesthetic is used, or an incorrect diagnosis is made. If there is a serious error with your medical treatment, it may worsen your current health issues or even cause new ones that threaten your life. In these situations, you have the right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
3. Product LiabilityIf a product has been manufactured improperly or unsafely, and the product causes an injury, you can file a defective product lawsuit. It’s important to realize that one or several entities may be held responsible in product liability cases. For example, some of the at-fault parties may include:
- Product manufacturer
- Product distributor
- Product seller