Just Who is the Defendant and Can There be More Than One?
In many personal injury cases, more than one defendant may be responsible for the same injury. If multiple parties contributed to causing your injuries, you may name all of them as defendants in your lawsuit, and collect damages from everyone responsible.
It is critical to the success of your lawsuit that at least one defendant in your case be solvent. A defendant is a solvent if he has enough money to pay for your damages. Imagine, for example, that a penniless homeless person throws a large rock which hits your windshield and causes you to have an accident. Even though you may be able to prove that the homeless person was liable for causing your wreck, you won’t be able to recover damages for your injuries since this person clearly has no ability to pay. This is an unfortunate situation, but one that does come up from time to time.
In many instances, however, a defendant may claim to be insolvent but actually have the ability to pay damages to a plaintiff. After causing an accident resulting in injuries to another person, many individuals will attempt to hide their assets in order to appear insolvent and discourage the injured party from filing a lawsuit. If the defendant in your case is hiding assets and you are unable to prove it, you probably won’t be able to recover what your case is really worth if you’re even able to recover anything at all. At our Texas Law Firm, our lawyers perform an asset check in nearly every personal injury case that we handle. If the defendant in your case is hiding resources, the chances that we’ll be able to find them are very good, which ensures that you’re paid what you deserve.
Put our years of experience to work for you if you want to know what your rights are, how to proceed with your claim, and how much compensation you can secure from your personal injury case. Regardless of how it happened or who is liable, we can answer all of your questions. Call our Law Firm now at 1(800) 862-1260 (toll-free) for a free consultation and find out how we can help you.