Texas Shared Fault Laws
In many personal injury cases, it can be common for both parties to share some level of responsibility for an accident that caused injuries. If the court does rule that you share some degree of liability, your case will likely be treated as a shared-fault incident and the total amount of compensation you receive will be affected based on your level of shared fault. In what's known as the "modified comparative negligence rule," the courts will reduce the amount of compensation that you receive by a number that is equal to your percentage of fault. This also means that if you're found to be more than 50% at fault for the accident, you will not be able to collect any compensation for your injuries at all.
For example, if you've been injured in a car accident and the court rules that you were 10% at fault for the accident because you were speeding at the time, then you will only be able to collect 90% of the compensation that you are awarded by the court. That's because your 10% of shared fault was deducted from the overall amount of compensation you can receive. So in the end, if you win a $100,000 settlement, you will only be eligible to receive $90,000.
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Personal injury lawsuits can require a lot of legal nuances, especially if your claim needs to be settled in court. That's why you can't afford to trust your case to just any attorney out there. Over the years we have picked up extensive knowledge and experience both inside and outside the courtroom working for injury victims across the Houston area. we care about the well-being of our clients, and we are committed to doing everything we can to protect their rights by helping them pursue the compensation they need to get back on their feet. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call K.E. Bradley Attorney and Counselor at Law today for a free case consultation.