What does it mean if someone is “liable” for my injuries?

January 12, 2010

In the context of a personal injury lawsuit, the term “liable” means that an individual, company or some other legal entity has been deemed responsible for your injuries in a court of law. The determination of whether someone is liable for your injuries can be made either by a judge or a jury, depending on the nature of the trial.

If the defendant in a Texas personal injury lawsuit is found liable for your injuries, then that person is typically required to pay you a specific amount of money as compensation for your damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.

Sometimes people confuse the term “liable” with the term “guilty.” Guilty is a term used only in criminal cases, and it means that a court of law has determined that the defendant did commit the offense of which they are accused.

If you were hurt in an accident and believe that someone else may be liable for your injuries, contact the law firm of Fears | Nachawati today for free legal assistance. To speak with one of our experienced Texas personal injury lawyers, simply email us or phone us toll free at 1.866.705.7584.

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