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If you have experienced a personal injury in Texas, you should know all the rules and regulations when it comes to filing a personal injury lawsuit. Or you can talk to a Baytown personal injury lawyer that already does.

Having a personal injury can have consequences on your health and finances. Many people choose to partner with a personal injury lawyer so they can receive the compensation they need. Continue reading to learn more. 

The Statute of Limitations 

All states have a statute of limitations when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. In Texas, it’s two years. This means you only have 2 years from the time of injury to the time to file a lawsuit. If you do not file the papers during this time, they might not be accepted by the court, or the judge may refuse to look at them. All your rights to compensation will be lost if you don’t file the lawsuit in time. 

Shared Fault Rules 

In Texas, there are shared fault rules for accidents. This means you could be found partly liable or responsible for the injuries to the other person as well as to the car repairs they might need. For example, if you are rear-ended but one of your brake lights wasn’t working at the time of the accident, you could be found partially liable. 

If you are found somewhat responsible for the accident, you will not receive as much compensation. You might also end up owing the other party. The insurance adjusters could also decrease your settlement if you’re found partially liable. 

Shared fault laws are determined in percentages. So, you might be found 30% responsible for the accident and then will have to pay the other party 30% of their fees and repairs. 

Caps on Injuries 

In Texas, there are caps on the amount of money you can receive in compensation. Pain and suffering compensation for medical malpractice is capped at $250,000. Medical malpractice lawsuits, in general, are also capped at $500,000. 

These rules do not apply to all personal injury lawsuits, but they will apply if your case happens to be medical malpractice. 

When to Partner with a Lawyer 

If you are being assigned more blame than you think is fair after your personal injury, you might want to consider partnering with a lawyer. Partnering with a lawyer is also always a good idea if you plan to enter into a lawsuit or need to appear in court for any reason. 

Appearing in court on your own can be intimidating, but with a lawyer on your side, you can be sure they are able to get you the compensation you need. 

Get Ahold of an Injury Attorney

If you are looking to partner with a lawyer at The Estes Law Firm, our office is here for you. Call us at 281-238-5400. You can also fill out the contact form. We have an experienced multilingual Baytown personal injury lawyer that is ready to help you and get you the compensation you deserve. 

Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer Who Will Fight Till You Get Justice

The Estes Law Firm has garnered a stellar reputation for protecting the rights of Baytown residents over the last few decades. If you’re seeking expert legal advice or a full range of legal services, our attorneys will provide their undivided attention to your case.

As a law firm, we firmly believe that everyone deserves fair compensation when they’ve been wronged. Our legal services extend to representation and negotiations regarding motor vehicle accidents, labor and employment, defective drugs and medical devices, and wrongful death.

We’re committed to providing you with the outcome that you deserve. The Estes Law Firm’s highly-skilled attorneys work closely with you to ensure they know exactly what you want. Your victory is ours.

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Attorneys Texans Trust

Providing our expert legal services in several locations in Texas, coupled with over 44 years of experience, The Estes Law Firm is a mainstay in personal injury law across Texas. Residents of Baytown have turned to us to defend their legal rights for decades. And for good reason.

Our skilled lawyers aren’t just interested in a win. We’re interested in you. We understand that personal injury or damage to private property can be traumatic events that alter the course of your life. For this reason, we put your needs at the forefront.

When you book a consultation with us, we’ll gain the necessary insight we need to determine what the most favorable outcome is for you. We’ll make sure you’re compensated for the damage that’s been caused.

Our practice areas in Baytown, TX, are:
  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • 18-Wheeler Accidents
  • Drunk Driving
  • Burn Injuries
  • Personal Injury
  • Dog Bites
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Refinery Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Rollovers & Blowouts
  • Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Uber & Lyft Accidents
  • Taxi Cab Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Defective Drugs & Medical Devices
  • Labor & Employment

Contact Us Today

Having handled a variety of cases during our legal career, we are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to provide you with a favorable outcome.

We proudly serve the residents of Baytown, Texas. If you are experiencing distress and seeking legal advice, contact us today and schedule a free initial consultation. Call us at 281-238-5400 or email us at

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