Car accidents, even minor ones, are traumatic. In the blink of an eye, they can turn your world upside down. In the immediate aftermath, there may be broken glass and smoke, and you may have suffered serious injuries. However, what you do in the moments following an auto accident can significantly impact your health as well as your ability to file a claim for compensation if the accident was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another driver.
In Texas, when someone is seriously injured, hospitals are required to provide medical treatment, regardless of the individual’s ability to pay. When emergency medical providers treat someone who is injured due to another’s negligence, they are allowed to file a personal injury lien (a.k.a. hospital lien) for medical bills that the victim cannot pay.
If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you are likely entitled to recover damages. These may include medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for emotional pain and suffering.
When a drunk driver causes an accident that leaves one or more victims hurt or suffering or results in other damages, he or she is subject to legal consequences on both a criminal and civil level.