Irving Target Accident Lawyer
Were you injured in an accident caused by the carelessness of employees at a Target store in Irving, Texas? If so, an Irving Target accident lawyer with Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C., could help you pursue money damages for your injuries and losses via a personal injury claim based on negligence.
Texas law does not require you to work with an attorney on your accident claim against Target. However, you might not want to battle a multi-billion-dollar corporation by yourself. Target has teams of defense attorneys and investigators whose full-time job is to find a way to pay you less money than you deserve. A personal injury lawyer from our team can help even the playing field.
How Much Will Target Pay to Settle Your Accident Injury Claim?
There is no way to know how much money Target will offer to settle your injury claim before we talk to you and investigate your accident. Every personal injury case is different, and there is no flat rate or guaranteed compensation.
Here are some of the categories of money damages that people often seek after getting hurt because of someone else’s negligence:
- Medical expenses. Typically, people can recover the reasonable cost of the medical treatment (e.g., emergency department care, surgeries, and medications) needed for their injuries. This category also includes any future care your doctor anticipates you will need because of your injuries.
- Long-term care. If you suffer permanent injuries that require daily assistance with personal care, you might need to live in a long-term care facility. Your claim can help with the costs of this necessary care.
- Lost wages. After a significant injury, people often need time to heal before they can resume their job duties. If you lost paychecks because of your injuries, you have experienced an economic loss.
- Reduced earning capacity. If you had to take a lower-paying job or reduce your working hours because of a disabling injury or loss of function, you could claim for your diminished income.
- Pain and suffering. This category encompasses the physical discomfort and emotional trauma of your injuries. Our team can determine the monetary value of this noneconomic damage and add it to your claim.
Our injury lawyers can evaluate your situation to ensure we include all your losses in your accident claim.
The Legal Elements of a Successful Negligence Injury Case
Most injury claims have their basis in negligence. In other words, someone else’s carelessness or recklessness caused you harm. You must prove all four of these factors to win a personal injury case based on negligence:
- The defendant had a duty of care towards you. Target has a legal obligation to maintain its stores in a reasonably safe condition for its customers.
- The defendant breached their duty of care. A jury could find Target negligent when its conduct does not measure up to a legal standard of care. For example, consider a clear liquid spilling when someone drops a glass bottle. A store associate removed the broken glass and threw it away but neither mopped up the liquid nor posted a wet floor warning.
- The negligence caused the accident that harmed you. You did not see the clear liquid as you pushed your cart through the aisles. When you stepped in the puddle, your feet went out from under you, and you fell hard.
- You have quantifiable damages. You struck your head on the hard floor when you fell, causing a skull fracture and traumatic brain injury that led to expensive medical bills. These physical injuries satisfy this required element of liability for negligence.
In this scenario, you could file a personal injury claim against Target for your injuries and losses. An Irving Target accident lawyer can work with you to fight for the compensation you deserve.
How Much Time You Have to File Your Personal Injury Case
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you must file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries or the wrongful death of a close relative within two years.
Keep in mind that negotiating with Target’s liability insurance carrier does not satisfy this time limit. You must file a lawsuit before the deadline expires if you don’t settle your claim. Missing the deadline could forever prevent you from being able to hold Target accountable for your losses.
These Three Things Could Diminish Your Target Accident Claim
Here are three common pitfalls that accident victims often stumble across that could decrease the financial value of their Target accident claim:
Posting on Social Media
Of course, it is tempting to post photos and comments on social media after an event like sustaining injuries after an accident at a Target. However, doing so could backfire on you. That’s because the insurance company will likely access your social media accounts. Then, they could take your posts out of context and use them against you.
Misunderstanding the Claims Adjuster’s Role
Claims adjusters are not bad people, but they are also not on your side. A claims adjuster’s job is to get the best possible outcome for the insurance company, which means paying you as little money as possible. You should not assume that the insurance company will offer you the maximum for your injuries.
Estimating the Settlement Value of Your Injury Claim Without Data
Personal injury lawyers and insurance companies use databases and professional analyses to help them determine fair compensation to settle a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, accident victims who do not work with an attorney do not have access to this information. As a result, many people who handle their claims without an injury lawyer find out later that they could have received substantially more money.
You Can Work with Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C., Without Upfront Legal Fees
At Trujillo & Sanchez, P.C., we fight aggressively for the rights of people who suffer injuries due to someone else’s carelessness. We are happy to offer a free initial consultation with no obligation.
In addition, we handle these personal injury claims on contingency, meaning we do not charge our clients upfront legal fees. Instead, we wait until the end of the case. If you recover compensation, we receive a percentage of the insurance proceeds or jury award as payment. However, if you don’t win, we don’t get paid. So, call us today at (972) 529-3476 to get started.