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Answers to your personal injury questions

Personal injury law varies from state-to-state. Differences are mostly in damage caps and statute of limitations by state.

What if I can't afford a lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis: They don't get paid unless you win the case. A usual fee is about 33 percent of the settlement or award.

And if I don't have enough to cover expenses?

You lawyer will usually cover these expenses and expect to be reimbursed from any settlement or award.

Is there a statute of limitations on filing a personal injury claim?

In Texas, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. As usual, the law contains exceptions — and exceptions to the exceptions. A lawyer can help you wade through any complications.

What do I have to prove to win?

Most important, you have to prove the person you are suing was negligent, that they did not act as a "reasonable man" would act in similar circumstances. Then, you have to prove the negligence resulted in your injury. And, finally, you have to prove damages with medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering, etc.

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