Comparative Negligence in Texas

If you are injured in an accident caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent actions, you may be able to take legal action and file a civil lawsuit against the defendant. However, those who were partially at fault for the accident may find themselves wondering if they can still file a civil lawsuit and recover financial compensation. Fortunately for these accident victims, the legal doctrine known as “comparative negligence” allows victims who were partially at fault for the accident to still have an opportunity to receive a portion of compensation.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident but were also partially responsible, you may still be eligible to receive financial compensation to pay for medical bills and other expenses. To learn more about comparative negligence and how it affects your case, contact a Dallas personal injury lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, today at (214) 457-1668 and schedule a free consultation.

How Comparative Negligence Affects You

Comparative negligence laws differ from state to state. The state of Texas practices the modified comparative fault 51 percent rule. After a judge assigns a percentage of blame for each party involved, all parties who were less than 51 percent responsible for the accident have the ability to collect financial compensation for their costs and losses.

Once a plaintiff is assigned his or her portion of the blame by the judge or jury, the victims can take action to recover the appropriate percentage of compensation. For example, if a plaintiff was involved in a car accident, was found 30 percent responsible, and has $10,000 in damages, that particular victim could only recover $7,000.

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When you have sustained injuries and loss in an accident, even if you were partially responsible, you should consider seeking legal action to recover compensation. For more information about the details of your case and how you can potentially recover financial compensation, contact the Dallas personal injury attorneys of the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, at (214) 457-1668 today.