With all the national news right now, it can be easy to miss everything that’s happening with civil justice law right here in Texas. To that end, with the state legislature’s session having recently ended, our Dallas personal injury lawyers at MR Civil Justice thought it would be a good time to discuss one in particular.
Specifically, we’re going to take a look at what House Bill 1693 means for your medical expenses. Under current state statutes, a plaintiff must submit a medical expense affidavit showing that their doctor bills and any other related medical expenses are tied to the case they are bringing to court. HB 1693 would not change this, however, the bill does shift the timetable for defendants to file this kind of affidavit, as well as for defendants to submit counter-affidavits.
Why is this significant in the field of personal injury? For one thing, it makes it harder for defendants to file a counter-affidavit concerning medical expenses by moving up the submission deadline. However, it also moves up the submission deadline for plaintiffs, in turn putting more pressure on them to collect medical expenses in time. Moreover, HB 1693 is meant to support the idea that an affidavit related to medical expenses under Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code 18.001 is not evidence in and of itself. To put it another way, it makes it harder to use medical evidence in an injury suit.
The passing of HB 1693 is just the latest reason why it’s more important than ever to hire a skilled Dallas personal injury attorney to fight for you in court. Luckily, at MR Civil Justice, we handle a range of personal injury matters, from catastrophic injuries to premises liability. Our team will never stop advocating for your medical bills to be taken seriously and to ensure you receive all the compensation you are owed for expenses as well as additional pain and suffering. Recovering from an injury is difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact MR Civil Justice today, and hire representation that will work to help you receive every that you deserve.
MR Civil Justice is available by phone now at (214) 739-0100, or you can schedule a free consultation online.