Fort Worth, TX Personal Injury Attorney
Offering hands-on legal guidance after a serious accident
If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you need a skilled attorney to represent your best interests. At the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. in Fort Worth, we are passionate about assisting personal injury victims throughout the region, delivering assertive and aggressive counsel to those who need it most. To consult a lawyer who provides hands-on guidance based on your unique needs and situation, reach out to our trusted firm.
Your next steps after an injury
The Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. is a full-service personal injury firm, dedicated to helping victims dealing with a wide range of issues after an accident. We have the skill, experience and resources to represent people who are dealing with various injuries, including those to the brain and spinal cord. We also pursue wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones due the negligence of other parties.
Immediately after an accident, it’s critical that you call our firm and meet with an attorney in person. Never make any statements that might place you at partial or total fault for the accident to police officers, insurance agents or anyone else before doing so. Our team will handle these discussions for you. It’s also important to seek medical attention, even if you don’t believe your injuries are serious. Some conditions take some time to present real symptoms, but a doctor may be able to tell you if something is wrong before you even realize it.
You should know that there is a statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Texas, so you have a limited amount of time to take legal action after a car accident or other accident injury occurs. However, there are some exceptions to this rule, particularly as it relates to injuries or illnesses that take some time to show symptoms. Exposure to dangerous chemicals, for example, could take years before an illness develops, prompting you to file an injury claim. In situations like this, the statute of limitations may be determined from the date that you should have discovered your injuries. However, there are many complex rules for calculating the statute of limitations, so each incident must be carefully reviewed to determine the applicable limitation period(s).
Collecting damages in a personal injury claim
Our firm thoroughly investigates the cause of your accident and who might have been at fault, following up with legal action for you and your loved ones. The following are types of damages you may be able to seek in your injury lawsuit:
- Medical bills: These damages cover any hospital or nursing home stays the victim has required, along with physical therapy and other rehabilitative services. These expenses can quickly pile up, particularly when injuries are long lasting or permanent.
- Lost wages: A serious injury can leave you unable to perform your job and earn a living for you and your family. You may be able to claim compensation for the income you’ve lost, presently and in the future, due to the accident.
- Pain and suffering: These damages cover the emotional and mental trauma and distress you have experienced during and after an injury. Because of potential high amounts courts often award victims for pain and suffering (depending on the provable injuries), insurers may be incentivized to settle rather than engage in litigation.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, you may seek punitive damages in an effort to punish the party at fault for an accident and help ensure others do not experience the same issues in the future. Collecting these types of damages is rare, however.
It’s also worth noting that Texas law may have limits on the amount of recovery you may be entitled to in a personal injury claim depending on several factors, including limits established by the Texas Tort Claims Act for actions against governmental entities, punitive damage awards and general damages awards on Medical Malpractice claims, just to name a few. We help you understand your rights and options.
Contact a skilled Fort Worth personal injury lawyer
If you need to take action after a personal injury to you or someone close to you, speak with a dedicated attorney at the Law Offices of J. Kent McAfee, P.C. in Fort Worth. Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and we’re also happy to meet with you at your home or hospital room if it works better for you. Set up a free initial consultation today by calling 817-332-7678 or by contacting us online. We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees and expenses unless we recover compensation on your behalf.