Personal Injury – 7/21/21 – gtg

Surgical Errors

Surgeons have a professional responsibility to act with a certain level of care for a patient. If they fall below that standard of care, the surgeon becomes liable for all injury and damages that occur due to their neglect.

Unfortunately, errors during surgery are not uncommon. They may include any one or more of the following common errors:

Forgetting equipment such as sponges or other tools in a patient
Failing to make the correct incisions
Performing unnecessary procedures
Damaging nerves
Failing to properly monitor the patient during surgery
Over sedating patients or committing other anesthesia errors
Only an attorney can tell you whether any of the above failures are cause for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Elements of a Surgical Malpractice Lawsuit

Malpractice lawsuits for surgical negligence are made under tort law (personal injury). A victim of malpractice must prove the following elements in order to be entitled to monetary damages for a malpractice case:

A reasonably competent surgeon in your surgeon’s practice field would not have made the error that your surgeon made.
The error was the actual cause and proximate cause of your injury or harm. Proximate cause means there was no intervening force or act that was the reason behind your harm.
You experienced actual injury, for which you deserve compensation under the law.

Damages in Surgical Errors Lawsuits

There are usually three types of damages that victims of malpractice or their survivors can recover in a surgical malpractice lawsuit: noneconomic damages, economic damages, and punitive damages. Noneconomic damages are damages that account for suffering and loss of enjoyment that is hard to quantify in numbers. This includes pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium for the surviving family if the victim died (or can no longer engage in certain activities). Noneconomic damages are subject to Texas’ non-economic damages cap of $250,000.

Economic damages are damages that are usually quantifiable, these can include medical expenses, projected future medical expenses, expenses for in-home care, and a percentage of lost wages and future lost wages. Economic damages are not subject to caps.

In egregious cases of malpractice, a victim may also be able to recover punitive damages. These damages are not designed to compensate you, but rather are designed to punish the wrongdoer. Punitive damages are generally reserved for extraordinarily wrongful malpractice because eligibility to receive punitive damages is much harder to prove and typically requires grossly negligent behavior or international wrongs.

Contact a Surgical Errors Attorney

Call us toll-free to schedule a free consultation with a surgical errors lawyer at our Law Office.

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Defective Cars, Trucks & Motorycycles

When you purchase a new car, truck or motorcycle, you expect it to run safely without breaking down for a considerable amount of time. For the most part, the law agrees with this assumption. Laws will hold car manufacturers and car component manufacturers responsible for defects in new vehicles, such as:

Vehicle roll-overs
Accelerator malfunction
Tire defects
Brake failure
Vehicle Fires
There are three main ways that car or auto part manufacturers can be held legally responsible for injuries caused by defective products: negligence, breach of warranty, and strict products liability.

Strict Products Liability

Strict products liability lawsuits involving cars are similar to products liability lawsuits brought for defects of other types of consumer products. These types of lawsuits are often superior to lawsuits alleging negligence and breach of warranty because strict products liability lawsuits do not require the victim to prove that a contract existed or that the manufacturer violated their standard of care. To prove a case for strict products liability three basic elements must be shown. First, the company being sued must have placed the product into the market as a manufacturer, member of the chain of distribution, or as a seller of the product. Second, the product had one of three problems: a design defect, manufacturing defect, or improper warning or instructions.

A design defect is a problem with the design of a car, for example, a car that is designed with such a high center of gravity that it rolls over when making turns at normal speeds. A manufacturing defect is usually an unintended mistake or other problem with the car that happened on the assembly line. For example, if the tire manufacturer improperly assembled the final layer on a tire, making the tire prone to a blowout on the highway. Improper warning or instructions may occur in a wide variety of ways, but are often caused by an advertisement which promotes the vehicle being used in a certain way, which the actual vehicle cannot tolerate. One example could be a truck being advertised to perform well while off-roading when the truck is not able to operate off-road at all.

Finally, the defect or failure to warn must have caused the injury as a result of use of the product in the manner that it was intended to be used for.

Contact a Defective Car Lawyer Today

The car defect lawyers at our Law Office can help you recover from negligent auto parts manufacturers and dealers. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today.

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Defective Tires

Tire tread problems and other tire defects can cause catastrophic tire failure. Some manufacturers understand this risk but attempt to cut costs by manufacturing low-quality tires or rims. Fortunately, the manufacturers and others involved in the sale or maintenance of defective tires can be held financially responsible when injury or death results from the defective tire.

Back in 2000, after the well-known case of the Firestone tire defects became public knowledge, Congress acted to make more stringent manufacturing requirements for consumer tires. This has increased the potential for liability for tire manufactures.

Tread-belt separation is the most pervasive of tire defects for passenger cars and light-duty trucks, with steel belt radial tires. These are also often the most destructive types of defects because when separation occurs vehicles can become uncontrollable, even for the most experienced of drivers. Tread-belt separation often causes a situation worse than a blowout or flat at highway level speeds; this is because the tread completely separates, exposing the lower belt directly to the road. This causes a dramatic shift of the vehicle to the side of the defective tire. In many instances the tread or belt that separated can wrap around other vehicle parts, which can make the vehicle behave even more erratically. These types of defects can cause rollovers in vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as SUVs.

Many design features can reduce the likelihood that the tread will separate. An effective inner liner of the tire will prevent the movement of air that could make the tread more susceptible to damage due to oxidation. The design of the steel belt edge can affect tread durability. If the belt is not cut at the appropriate size it can scrape away the rubber components of the tire. A belt wedge or cushion can also significantly improve the safety of a belt. Unfortunately, many manufacturers opt not to install cushions or reduce the size of their products, in order to cut costs.

If you have been harmed due to defective tires, contact a defective tire attorney to explain your legal options. You may be eligible to receive a lawsuit or settlement from those responsible for the sale or design of the tires. To learn more contact the tire defect lawyers at our Law Office. Call us toll-free today.

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Defective Toys

Texas law requires that manufacturers, distributors, and retailers be held strictly liable when defective products injure consumers. Products designed for children are no exception. Toy and children’s product manufacturers make billions of dollars each year off consumer sales, however in return, they are expected to make safe products for vulnerable children and compensate victims when they fail this duty.

Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has in recent years increased the number of children’s products it has recalled, the number of injuries and deaths of minors due to defective products has not declined as steadily. One major reason for this is because of hard-line cost-cutting measures that require manufacturers to make the lowest cost item possible in an extremely competitive global marketplace. Unfortunately, this means that all too often corners are cut, and hazards are ignored.

Some examples of defective products that harm children include:

Poorly designed cribs, bassinets, and mattresses
Toys with sharp moving parts
Defective playpens
Car seats that malfunction with normal use
Clothing made of flammable material
Some of the most prevalent types of injury include:

Head injury
Asphyxiation
Lacerations
Injury to limbs and other body parts

Victims of products liability cases are eligible to have medical expenses paid for, damages for pain and suffering, and other types of special damages.

If your loved one was harmed by a defective product, do not just allow your medical bills to pile up. Find out whether you are entitled to a products liability lawsuit or settlement by contacting a products liability attorney. Call our Law Office today. Our products liability lawyers specialize in lawsuits involving defective toys and children’s products. Schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney by calling us today.

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Personal Injury

Our Law Office handles personal injury cases. If you have been injured due to the wrongful act of another, which can occur through negligence, abuse, and other means, please contact our firm for a free case evaluation.

We are dedicated to allowing victims who have suffered harm or who have lost their lives, to receive compensation and other relief from wrongdoers. Personal injury law is also commonly referred to as tort law. Personal injury law allows victims to recover damages in a wide range of situations, where one or more parties are responsible for the harm done. This includes cases based on the five large branches of personal injury law: negligence, malpractice, intentional torts, products liability, and strict liability.

Types of Personal Injury Cases Handled

Truck Accidents
Store Accidents
Product Liability Injuries
Equipment and Device Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Unsafe Toys
Wrongful Death
Elevator/Escalator Accidents
Medical Malpractice
Misdiagnosed Cancer
Brain Injury
Premises Liability
Birth Injuries
Aviation Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Serious Scarring
Construction Accidents & Injuries
Hotel Liability
Hit and Run Car Accidents
Pharmaceutical Malpractice
DUI and DWI Accidents
Swimming Accidents – Drowning
Railroad Accidents
Car Accidents

More About Personal Injury Law

Courts in personal injury cases can generally provide three types of relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. Compensatory damages are the default type of damage for a large proportion of cases. Compensatory damages are monetary payments designed to directly pay for the harm incurred by the victim. These damages include, if applicable, money for medical expenses, lost wages for the past and future, loss of companionship, loss of property, pain, and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment.

Punitive damages are designed to punish a wrongdoer for behavior that is very egregious and reprehensible. These damages are typically worth much more than compensatory damages because they are based on an individual or entity’s resources. However, Texas law limits the total amount of some punitive damage awards.

Injunctive relief, in contrast to compensatory or punitive damages, is not monetary. Injunctive relief is when a court directs a person or entity to do something or refrain from doing something. For example, a restraining order, or an injunction to stop selling a particular product is an example of injunctive relief.

If you or your loved one has been injured because of a wrongdoer call the injury lawyers at our Law Office. Schedule a free consultation today by calling us toll-free.

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Medical Malpractice

Between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die in hospitals each year due to preventable medical errors.

According to a recent study from the National Academy’s Institute of Medicine, each year more people die from medical errors than from motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516). Total national costs (lost income, lost household production, disability, and health care costs) for medical errors are estimated to be between $17 billion and $29 billion per year. The emotional and personal toll that medical malpractice takes upon a family is immeasurable.

Our Law Firm is prepared to evaluate your potential medical malpractice case. This typically involves a review of the medical records associated with the medical care as well as the involvement of an expert witness to determine whether malpractice occurred. We are extremely selective in the medical malpractice cases that we agree to handle. Medical malpractice cases are complex, expensive, and require countless hours of investigation. The claims must be supported by expert testimony. Despite what is portrayed in the media, medical malpractice cases are difficult to win on behalf of plaintiffs. One recent study of jury verdicts in medical malpractice cases found that 23% of patients win their cases before juries. For these reasons our office carefully screens and selects those medical malpractice cases that we believe are compelling and likely to succeed. The medical malpractice cases our office accepts are limited to those involving death or catastrophic injury. For those cases that merit litigation, our office has the experience and resources necessary to successfully prosecute your claim.

If you believe you have been the victim of medical negligence, please contact our office today for a free case evaluation.

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE ATTORNEYS

While there are many medical malpractice lawyers, our Law Office is an especially good choice when it comes to selecting someone to examine the legal issues which can arise in the prosecution of your medical malpractice claim. The term “medical malpractice” refers to the negligence of a doctor, health care professional, or hospital. Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, health care professional, or hospital, does something that he/she/it should not have– something that a reasonably prudent doctor, health care professional, or hospital, would not do under the same circumstances. If a doctor or hospital has deviated or departed from accepted standards of practice in their medical community, then errors in standards of care (resulting in personal injury) may have occurred. However, because medical malpractice and personal injury law recognize that there are differences in the abilities of doctors, a doctor is not required to have the extraordinary knowledge and ability that belongs to a few doctors of exceptional ability. It is also true that a bad result to the patient, by itself, does not make the doctor liable. The doctor is liable under the law only if he/she commits negligence. Notwithstanding the above malpractice legal standards, a doctor is still required to keep reasonably informed of new developments in his/her field of medicine or surgery. Similarly, the law requires a doctor to use his/her best judgment and whatever superior knowledge and skill he/she possesses, even if that knowledge and skill exceeds that of the average doctor or specialist.

Because these same legal issues are only some of the many complexities often part of a malpractice case, we as experienced malpractice attorneys, have a team of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals with whom we will consult about your case. In fact, among our first steps taken on your behalf will be the review of all relevant and available records with our knowledgeable team. This first step is crucial as it is part of a thorough evaluation of your medical malpractice case and will among other things give us an indication of its: overall merit, monetary value, and likelihood of success at trial.

It is also true that even our “of counsel” attorneys have a great deal of courtroom experience with various legal issues arising out of medical malpractice cases. Accordingly, if your case involves the negligence of a hospital, doctor, or other health care professional, (or whether it involves a wrongful death or another type of serious personal injury), we are well equipped to prosecute your case. As trial lawyers, we also recognize the importance of all the ethical rules which lawyers are obligated to follow.

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Practice Areas

Our Law Firm represents people and the families of people who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others in the state of Texas. Our clients have received their injuries or have lost their loved ones in all types of situations including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, vehicle accidents, construction site accidents, equipment-related injuries, harm from dangerous drugs, and all other dangerous practices or situations that result in injury to a person.

We have years of experience dealing with cases in the personal injury field. We understand how insurance companies and lawyers for the defense side work. Insurance companies, in particular, are interested in minimizing their economic exposure whenever a serious injury or death has occurred. To do so, they hire attorneys whose job it is to aggressively undermine each aspect of your case. But we know their tactics and can anticipate their moves. We get each case ready to go to trial, and the opposing attorneys know that we will take your case all the way through a jury trial if we need to in order to get the best possible result for you. We often are able to negotiate generous settlements as a result, as there are many cases that the insurance companies do not want to take to trial. We will always act in your best interests and with your full knowledge and consent, but we can often get great settlements and avoid putting you through a trial altogether.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has been killed through the negligence or wrongful conduct of another, contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Let us show you how our experience and dedication can work for you. And remember that unless and until we recover money damages for you, you will not pay us anything.

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Nursing Home Negligence/Abuse

A nursing home is a facility that provides skilled nursing care and related services for residents who require that level of care; rehabilitation services for injured, disabled, or sick people; and health-related care and services, above the level of mere room and board that can be made available through institutional facilities.

Although this type of care, by its very nature, substantially limits a person’s lifestyle and scope of privacy, you should still expect high-quality, compassionate, and dignified care from a nursing facility. And these expectations are guaranteed by various state and federal laws.

Sadly, a number of nursing facilities neglect or even abuse their patients. This is often a combination of lack of money, which limits the quality of the help that can be hired, and a general feeling that the patients are not going to be able to complain anyhow. This attitude is disgusting, however, in that these facilities are dealing with some of society’s most vulnerable people who deserve the best possible care simply because they are in no position to complain. Nonetheless, elder abuse and nursing home neglect are more common than we want to think.

If you have a senior citizen in a nursing home and you notice any of the following signs, your loved one may be suffering from neglect or abuse:

Malnutrition
Dehydration
Pressure sores/bed sores
Dry skin
Chapped lips
Unexplained weight loss
Inability to eat
Infections that do not heal
Falls and broken bones
Excessive bruising
Verbal abuse
Physical abuse

You need to contact an experienced attorney right away for several reasons. First, complaints must be made to the appropriate authorities to protect your loved one as well as every other resident in the facility. Second, immediate steps must be taken to ensure that your loved one is quickly put in a place of safety. And third, your loved one deserves money damages for the injuries he or she has suffered, and the nursing facility needs to be held liable for these injuries.

Contact us immediately if you have any suspicion that your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at his or her nursing facility. We will immediately check into the situation and take all appropriate steps to remedy the urgent situation and begin the process of compensating your loved one for his or her injuries. Let our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys go to work on your loved one’s behalf.

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Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in any type of accident that involves head trauma. Car and motorcycle accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall cases, birth injury cases, premises liability – all these and more can result in a head injury.

The long-term effects of a head injury, anything from a concussion to a skull fracture, can be wide-ranging and difficult to determine. Two people who appear to have suffered the same type and severity of injury in the same location will react to the injury in vastly different ways, any of which can change their lives. While most people associate coma and severe loss of function with traumatic brain injury, or TBI, other consequences can include loss of short-term or long-term memory, changes in temperament and mood swings, loss of fine motor skills, insomnia, and inability to remember family and friends. Other neurological disorders that show up later in life may also be related to the TBI.

If you or a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury due to the actions or negligence of another, you need the help of experienced attorneys to receive compensation for the injury, including money to help with any long-term care or rehabilitation expenses. Our Law Firm has experience dealing with head injuries and can help you or your loved one get the compensation that is needed to deal with pain and suffering, long-term rehabilitation and retraining, care, and unpaid medical expenses.

We can help you get the compensation you deserve. We handle traumatic brain injury cases throughout the state of Texas. You won’t pay a thing until you recover money damages. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Let us show you what we can do for you.

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Spinal Injuries

Spinal and cervical injuries almost always have serious, life-changing consequences. Some type of paralysis is generally involved, ranging from paraplegia and quadriplegia to weakness on one side or loss of fine motor skills. In many cases, a person may have to train for a different job after suffering a spinal cord injury and may be unable to enjoy activities that were a part of his or her life before the injury. Long-term care may be required and some medical expenses may not be covered by insurance.

Our Law Firm has helped many victims of spinal injuries recover the money needed to compensate them for past and future expenses related to their injury, including rehabilitation, retraining for a new career, and long-term medical care. Our in-depth experience allows us to explore different theories of liability and recovery, to maximize the potential amount of damages received by our clients. We take every case as though it were going to trial, lining up experts to talk about the medical aspects of your case as well as the long-term life issues. However, we also participate in settlement negotiations to see if there is a better way to get the money you need. At all times, we keep your best interests as the top priority.

If you have suffered a serious spinal injury, contact us to set up a free initial consultation about your case. We will discuss your case and what our experienced, dedicated attorneys can do for you. And you won’t pay us a thing until you recover money damages in your case.

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Insurance Coverage Claims and Bad Faith

You pay your insurance premiums faithfully, making sure that your home or automobile is covered adequately. But sometimes when you put in a claim, the insurance company violates the principles governing insurance laws and regulations and wrongfully denies your claim, delays in making a decision or in paying a claim, or requires unreasonable actions or documentation on your part to prove a claim.

When this happens, you need aggressive attorneys who are accustomed to dealing with insurance companies to take your side. The insurance companies have entire legal departments who will try to put you off as long as possible – but once you have your own attorney, especially one with a reputation for taking cases to trial and winning, they are more willing to back down. Our attorneys have that reputation. We know how the insurance companies work and we know how to have them honor the policies they have sold. In some cases, if the insurance company has been engaged in a pattern of unreasonably holding up payment of claims, we may be able to recover punitive damages as well.

We have handled insurance company cases throughout the state of Texas. We can help you with your insurance company problem as well. Contact us to set up a free initial consultation. We will examine whatever correspondence you have received from your insurance company and assess how your case might proceed. Then, if you decide to let us help you with your dispute against your insurance company, you will not pay us anything until we recover money damages for you.

Let us show you how our experience with insurance companies can work to your benefit.

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Personal Injury – 7/20/21 – gtg

A car accident lawyer, that can help you with your compensation claim.

If you have been the victim of a car accident you will want to know what you can claim and what your rights are. A car accident attorney specializes in getting you the help you need and the compensation you deserve.

Being involved in a car accident is bad enough, especially if you suffer injury and may not be able to work. Having the worry of how you go about making a claim that fairly compensates you, is a problem that you really do not need when you are trying to recover and recuperate.

Unfortunately, the insurance company of the party at fault never makes claiming a straightforward process. They may try to get you to accept less than you should really be entitled to, pressuring for statements and posing questions designed to slow the entire case. This is designed to either increase the adjuster’s bonus, save the company money or get your claim withdrawn entirely.

By employing the services of car accident lawyers, you remove the worry and stress associated with trying to pursue a car accident claim on your own. They will relieve you of having to deal with communicating in writing with the insurance company, collecting witness statements, as well as any other legal aspects of the claim such as negotiating an out of court settlement.

A car accident attorney will provide you with these benefits and protections:

– A lawyer you are happy dealing with, and that has experience in fighting your type of case

– A free initial consultation to establish the best way to proceed with your case on a strictly no win, no fee basis.

– Establish which party is at fault and liable financially.

– Negotiate a fair and favorable settlement with an insurance company, and represent you in court to fight your case if no settlement is forthcoming.

What do I do following a car accident?

After a collision it is important to stay at the scene of the accident, check for any injuries and wait for emergency services to arrive if necessary. Additionally there are a few other things you can do to help with the legal side. First, take photographs of the damage to vehicles and the site of the collision, and exchange contact details with the other party or parties involved in the crash. Do not apologize or admit any liability, even if you think it may have been your fault or you were at least partially to blame. Even if this is the case, you can still claim damages and qualify for compensation from the other party as long as the degree to which you share any blame doesn’t exceed fifty per cent.

Approach witnesses and take their details as they could prove very useful in determining who was at fault. Assist the police (or report the incident to them if they aren’t at the scene) as fully as possible with their report and, even if you and other passengers are not hurt or feel ok, go to a hospital and get checked out thoroughly. Injuries may not initially manifest themselves and you could need documentary evidence in support of any latent condition related to the accident.

It will not be long after the incident that you will be contacted by the insurance company of the other parties involved. When this happens, do not engage in any kind of dialogue with an “at fault” party’s insurance company relating to your own insurance or release of medical records, and do not sign any settlement agreement you are offered unless reviewed by your own attorney first. At this point, you should engage the services of a car accident lawyer to work on your behalf and help you with the legal aspects of your claim.

Filing a claim for compensation

Texas state law allows for victims of a car accident to have a maximum of two years to file a compensation claim. This is known as the Statute of Limitations and means that you must file a claim within this time if you want to create the opportunity of winning any damages incurred from the accident. It is also generally encouraged you do this as soon as possible to avoid details being lost over time and so create an accurate record of the facts that an attorney can build a strong case with.

Possible reasons for car accidents.

This isn’t an exhaustive list but covers the most common reasons an accident happens. Sometimes it can be a combination of some of the factors below that can be responsible for a collision.

Dangerous Driving
Driving Under the Influence
Head-On Collision
Rear-end Shunt
Ignoring Traffic Signals
Bad Weather Conditions
Visual Errors
Fatigue
Speeding
Roll-overs
Multi-Vehicle Collisions

So what type of injuries can I make a claim for when I hire a car wreck lawyer?

The more common types are categorized below and reflect the injuries an auto accident lawyer tends to help with in a claim.

Chest
Brain
Eye
Back
Neck
Crushing injury
Spinal injury
Whiplash
Paralysis
Fractures
Lost limbs
Teeth
Cuts and lacerations
Death

What damages can I claim for after an auto accident?

If you can establish that a third party is liable for the car accident you were involved in, the following list are examples of monetary claims that you could legitimately make against them.

Medical expenses-past, present and future
Loss of wages and future earning capacity
Temporary and permanent disability or disfigurement
Damage to property
Emotional trauma, distress, mental anguish
Loss of household services
Physical pain and suffering
Loss of consortium

If you have suffered from any injury as a result of a car accident and want to claim for loss or damages, let car accident lawyers help you get the financial compensation you want. You can contact us for a free, no obligation assessment of your case and we will advise you as to the strategy that will get you the best outcome.

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Commercial Vehicle Accidents

Because our Law Firm has significant experience representing clients suffering from injuries sustained in accidents involving TRUCKS, TRACTOR-TRAILERS, and COMMERCIAL VEHICLES, we understand the difficulties you are facing.

You DO NOT have to simply accept an offer from an insurance company. It is in the insurance company’s best interest to limit the amount of financial compensation you receive. We will aggressively negotiate with them on your behalf, and litigate your claim when necessary, to see that you receive the compensation you deserve.

We will work with you to seek compensation for damages, including:

Medical Expenses
Lost Wages
Pain & Suffering
Physical Therapy Costs
Future Damages
Punitive Damages
Future Earnings
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident involving a TRUCK, TRACTOR-TRAILER, or COMMERCIAL VEHICLE, please feel free to contact our Law Firm to set up your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. Remember, time is of the essence and waiting too long may allow the trucking companies to destroy evidence critical to your case. We will be paid a fee in your case ONLY IF we are successful in collecting damages for you.

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Aviation Disasters

When disaster strikes, an experienced trial attorney can make a difference in recovering all of the damages you are entitled to. Our Law Firm brings extensive experience to the complex world of aviation law, including work on aviation accidents around the world involving:

Helicopter Crashes
Private Plane Crashes
Charter Plane Crashes
General Aviation Crashes
Commercial Aviation Crashes

While it is accurate to say that plane travel is among the safest modes of transportation, catastrophic aviation accidents still do occur, seemingly more often than ever before. There are no such things as minor airplane collisions or crash landings; these occurrences are devastating, life-altering events. As Aviation Accident Statistics illustrate, the growing popularity of private jet travel and helicopter flights may soon reverse the trend that has seen overall aviation accident rates decreasing in recent years.

“The firm’s expert attorneys have taken leadership roles in high-profile aviation disaster cases.”
We specialize both in proving pilot error and in proving defective design, manufacture, or maintenance of an aircraft or its component parts.

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Information About Birth Injury

Because we have extensive experience in handling birth injury cases, the lawyers of our Law Firm have been able to compile a wealth of birth injury reference materials for anxious parents, guardians, and other family members.

Birth Injury Defined
It is important to differentiate between a birth injury and a birth defect. In general, birth defects are caused either by unavoidable genetic factors, as in Down syndrome, or by the mother’s actions during her pregnancy, as in fetal alcohol syndrome. Birth defects are determined before the child is born.

In contrast, a birth injury results from a medical complication that occurs during labor or birth. For example, if the baby is large or the mother’s pelvis is too narrow, a lengthy delivery might cause either physical damage or temporary loss of oxygen to the baby, resulting in brain damage.

Sometimes, these injuries are inescapable and should be considered as part of the overall risk of pregnancy and childbirth. However, if the doctor’s actions or negligence caused or aggravated the birth injury, our lawyers can protect your legal rights and help you obtain the compensation you’ll need to effectively treat your child’s long-term injury or disability.

Causes of Birth Injury
There are two major causes of birth injury reported to our lawyers; one is the improper use of technique and equipment, and the other is the lack of action or decision by the doctor. These examples of medical malpractice are among the most heartbreaking instances of birth injury because they are generally preventable.

Birth injury is not always caused by medical malpractice or negligence; sometimes injury to the child is a regrettable, but unavoidable part of childbirth. The birth injury lawyers of our Law Firm can sort through the legal intricacies that will uncover the true cause of your child’s birth injury.

Types of Birth Injury
Some of the most common types of birth injury caused by medical malpractice include:

Cerebral palsy – caused when blood flow, and therefore oxygen, is cut off from the brain for an extended period of time. Cerebral palsy is often the result of delaying a cesarean section.
Shoulder dystocia – occurs when the baby’s shoulder gets stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone. When resolved inappropriately by the doctor, shoulder dystocia causes brachial plexus palsy.
Brachial plexus palsy – caused by shoulder dystocia. Total brachial plexus palsy results in paralysis of the shoulder, arm, and hand.
Erb’s palsy – a type of incomplete brachial plexus palsy that affects only the shoulder and upper arm.
Klumpke’s palsy – a type of incomplete brachial plexus palsy that affects only the lower arm, wrist, and hand.
Birth paralysis – can be caused by shoulder dystocia or cerebral palsy. May range from loss of sensation in one area of the body to quadriplegia, or loss of movement in all four limbs.

Birth Injury Treatments
No matter what type of birth injury your child has experienced, quick action is absolutely essential. The effects of some birth injuries, such as shoulder dystocia, can be reduced if appropriate medical action is taken right away. However, for more lasting injuries and conditions such as cerebral palsy, the child will need to be provided with special education and intensive therapy for years to come.

A comprehensive therapy program will depend greatly on the type and extent of the child’s disability and may include such components as physical, behavioral, recreational, occupational, and speech therapy. Our birth injury lawyers understand the subtle importance of each type of therapy, and as such will fight for a settlement that is adequate to pay for top-notch care.

To schedule a free legal consultation at our office, contact our birth injury lawyers today. Time is of the essence; the sooner you act, the better chance you and your child will have to recapture your peace of mind.

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Medical Malpractice Info

Medical malpractice is defined as any action taken by a medical provider that causes injury or harm to a patient. Birth injury cases involving medical malpractice are often brought to our lawyers. It is our job to determine the true cause of a birth injury such as paralysis or cerebral palsy; if negligence or medical malpractice caused your child to be injured, you may be eligible to claim compensation for emotional distress, medical bills, and therapy for your child.

How Birth Injury is Proven
The birth injury lawsuits brought to our office are among the most difficult medical malpractice cases to prove. Our lawyers have to delicately sort through extensive medical records and statements to find out whether responsibility for the birth injury should rest on the doctor in charge, anesthesiologists, nurses, or even the hospital as a whole. Every medical malpractice situation is unique, and the focus of every lawsuit may be different.

Who Can Be Sued for Medical Malpractice?
Different parties may be held responsible for medical malpractice. Our lawyers may choose to first bring a suit against the hospital itself, as it is responsible for hiring competent employees. If medical staff is found guilty of medical malpractice, our lawyers may be able to show that the hospital was negligent by hiring them.

Doctors, nurses, and technicians are most often the people who are found to be directly responsible for medical malpractice. In this age of understaffed hospitals and overworked hospital staff, birth injuries due to medical malpractice are, sadly, on the rise. Some of the more common negligent actions causing birth injury include:

Misinterpretation of a patient’s medical history, or failure to take into account family medical history
Delay in ordering a cesarean section in case of an emergency
Failure to adequately respond to a change in the baby’s condition during labor
During the commotion that often prevails in the delivery room, medical decisions need to be made instantly. Any delay or misstep could be dangerous to the health of the mother or her baby. Similarly, any delay in seeking legal representation could mean a potential loss of compensation. If you think you may have a medical malpractice case, contact the lawyers of our Law Firm today. They have decades of combined experience in medical malpractice and birth injury cases.

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Shoulder Dystocia Information

Even under the best circumstances, the birth of a child is complicated and can be difficult. If and when something goes wrong, medical staff have very little time to react with appropriate treatment. One of these emergency conditions, called shoulder dystocia, can be a leading cause of paralysis among birth injury victims.

During a baby’s birth, the most difficult part of the delivery is usually the passage of the baby’s shoulders through the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia occurs when one shoulder gets temporarily stuck behind the mother’s pelvic bone. In most cases of shoulder dystocia at our hospitals, the condition is quickly resolved by the doctor with no lasting injury to the child. However, if inappropriate measures are taken to dislodge the baby, it is possible to cause nerve damage and paralysis.

Shoulder dystocia can pull, stretch, and even tear the nerves in the shoulder and arm of the baby, causing weakness and paralysis that can take months to disappear. In the most extreme cases, shoulder dystocia causes permanent paralysis; our lawyers have found that the emotional and financial toll associated with these children can be nearly overwhelming.

Types of Paralysis Caused by Shoulder Dystocia
Brachial Plexus Palsy
This type of paralysis is the general name given to paralysis of the shoulder, arm, and hand and is nearly always caused by shoulder dystocia. Brachial plexus palsy is rarely complete and usually manifests itself as a general weakness of the arm and hand.

Erb’s Palsy
Erb’s palsy results when only some of the nerves are affected in the brachial plexus, or bundle of nerves that serves the arm and hand. Babies with Erb’s palsy experience weakness or paralysis in the shoulder and upper arm.

Klumpke’s Palsy
Klumpke’s palsy is the rarest type of paralysis caused by shoulder dystocia in babies born; much like Erb’s palsy, only a portion of the arm is affected; in this case, the lower arm, wrist, and hand experience paralysis.

Since every case of shoulder dystocia is slightly different, parents often find it difficult to determine on their own whether their child’s birth injury was caused by medical malpractice. Our birth injury lawyers have considerable expertise in compiling statements and medical records that put together an accurate picture of the situation.

If you believe that your child’s shoulder dystocia was caused by medical malpractice, you must take immediate action to secure the best chance of full compensation. Contact the medical malpractice attorneys of our Law Firm today for a free consultation; they are respectful legal advocates who will fight for the rights of you and your child.

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Brachial Plexus Palsy Information from Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Brachial plexus palsy is a birth injury that occurs in approximately two to five of every 1000 babies. Much like cerebral palsy, our lawyers estimate that many brachial plexus palsy cases occur due to medical malpractice.

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves in the shoulder area that delivers sensation to the shoulder, arm, and hand. If this bundle is damaged, some or all nerves in any of these areas can be affected, resulting in a lack of sensation and an inability to move the hand or arm. The brachial plexus nerve bundle attaches to specific sections of the spinal cord and spinal vertebrae; the extent of paralysis depends on which vertebrae are affected. Erb’s palsy, affecting the shoulder and upper arm, results from injury to the C5 and C6 vertebrae. Klumpke’s palsy, affecting the forearm and hand, results from injury to the C7 and T1 vertebrae.

Shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby’s shoulder gets caught on the mother’s pelvic bone, causes most brachial plexus injuries. The nerves in the area can be stretched or even torn when shoulder dystocia is not properly treated. Our brachial plexus and cerebral palsy lawyers can help recover compensation for all four types of brachial plexus palsy:

Neuropraxia – The most common type of brachial plexus injury. The nerves are stretched, but not torn.
Rupture – The nerve is torn along its length, but is still intact at the point of attachment to the spinal cord.
Neuroma – This type involves scar tissue development after the nerve injury, causing incomplete signals to be sent to the area.
Avulsion – The most serious type of brachial plexus injury. The nerve is torn from the spinal cord, causing complete paralysis and loss of sensation in the arm, shoulder, and hand.
Parents often have many questions when their children are affected by cerebral palsy or brachial plexus palsy. The lawyers of Phillips Law Group urge them to seek comprehensive and effective medical treatment as soon as possible to help mitigate any long-term disability.

Treatment for brachial plexus palsy generally depends on the type and extent of the injury. Many children recover a great deal of feeling and range of motion in their affected arm; however, some of them are left with varying degrees of motor function, sensory impairment, and paralysis.

If your baby experienced birthing difficulties that resulted in brachial plexus palsy or cerebral palsy, contact the lawyers at our Law Firm today. We can help you find some of the answers you’ve been looking for.

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Information from Erb’s Palsy Attorneys

Not every birth injury is caused by damage to the brain. Many children suffer from Klumpke’s or Erb’s palsy, conditions that our attorneys believe are usually caused by improper delivery techniques.

Erb’s Palsy
Klumpke’s Palsy

Erb’s Palsy
During delivery, there is a chance the baby’s shoulder could become impeded by the mother’s pelvic bone. When proper techniques are used to dislodge the shoulder, the baby can be delivered without any problems. However, if a doctor does not attempt to use every technique available for a smooth delivery, the shoulder and arm may remain stuck for quite some time.

Because arm nerves are bundled together in the armpit, this lengthy delivery time allows the nerves of the C5 and C6 vertebrae to become strained, or even to tear. When this happens, the resulting paralysis is called Erb’s palsy, or brachial plexus palsy. Erb’s palsy affects the shoulder and upper arm in such a way that the hand rotates inward. It is usually difficult or impossible for Erb’s palsy clients to grip objects or to lift items above their heads.

Erb’s palsy can occur naturally; however, in most cases, the condition is created or aggravated by the actions or negligence of a doctor. The risk for Erb’s palsy is higher for large babies and babies whose mothers are physically small or have diabetes. If believe that your child’s Erb’s palsy was caused by medical malpractice, contact the attorneys of our Law Firm today. We can explain your legal options and help you to make the right choices for your family.

Klumpke’s Palsy
Klumpke’s palsy describes a brachial plexus injury that affects the C7 and T1 vertebrae. Injuries in this area of the spinal cord cause loss of sensation or paralysis in the wrist, hand, and fingers. Klumpke’s palsy is often caused by medical malpractice. As with Erb’s palsy, our attorneys can help victims of Klumpke’s palsy win compensation for future medical costs and therapy.

If you are the parent or guardian of a child with Erb’s palsy or Klumpke’s Palsy, contact our lawyers to schedule a consultation.

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Other Causes of Brain Damage and Injury

In addition to causing such birth injuries as cerebral palsy and paralysis, medical malpractice is also responsible for other kinds of brain damage and injury. To reduce the amount and severity of these problems, parents should be vigilant during, and after, their child’s delivery. If a lawsuit is later determined to be appropriate, any information about the doctor’s or hospital’s actions will be important to the case.

Forceps and Vacuum Extractors
Extraction tools such as forceps and vacuum extractors are very useful in aiding delivery during a difficult or breech birth. Both pieces of equipment are designed to help bring the baby out of the birth canal; forceps are composed of two metal pieces that are locked behind the baby’s head, whereas a vacuum extractor consists of a plastic cup that attaches to the crown of the baby’s head.

Because they are intended for emergency use only, these tools come with moderate risk to the baby of brain injury and other damage. If a doctor uses either method unnecessarily, the resulting injury can be construed in a court of law as medical malpractice. Some of the most frequent preventable injuries caused by forceps and vacuum extractors include:

Skull fractures
Bleeding in the brain (resulting in brain damage)
Spinal cord and brain injury (possibly causing paralysis)
Facial scarring
Facial nerve damage
Neck vertebrae pulled out of alignment

Studies have shown that fewer instances of skull and brain injury are caused with the vacuum extractor than with forceps; expectant parents should discuss both options with their doctors.

If either of these extraction methods was used during your baby’s birth, and you suspect that brain injury or damage was caused as a result, contact our Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with our birth injury attorneys. Our respected lawyers work closely with medical experts to determine whether your child’s brain injury was caused by medical malpractice that could have been avoided.

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Texting and Driving Accidents

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation 3,092 people were killed and 416,000 or more were injured in vehicle accidents involving distracted drivers in just one year. The leading distractions behind these accidents are cell phones.

Although talking on a cell phone hands-free while driving is not necessarily illegal in Texas, Texas has a law banning texting and driving. However, using a cell phone behind the wheel is obviously not safe and can lead to liability, especially if one is distracted.

According to Virginia Tech merely typing a phone number into a cell phone nearly triples the likelihood that one will have a crash or near-crash; that number is much higher for heavy vehicles and trucks. Texting full messages are far worse. Drivers texting full messages are 20 times more likely to get into accidents or near-accidents than non-cell phone users. Luckily, the law gives motorists who have been harmed by cell phone users some protection because unsafe driving is often negligent driving.

If a car accident is due to the negligence of a driver, the negligent party must pay the resulting damages suffered by the accident victim. The law of negligence allows recovery from distracted drivers when an accident victim can show that the driver owed them a duty of care and breached their duty by texting while driving. This essentially requires that distracted drivers act in a manner that a reasonable person would. Most reasonable people would not send text messages while in a position to hit another driver. Additionally, in some situations, texting and driving may result in liability for reckless driving, which is an obvious breach of the duty of care a driver must show to others. In states with cell phone driving bans the mere fact that a person was on a cell phone when an accident occurs can be enough to show that they broke their duty of care. Cell phone-wielding motorists are likely to be liable for car accidents they cause.

To learn more about your rights to a lawsuit or settlement against a distracted motorist in a texting and driving accident, contact our Law Office. Our personal injury attorneys have expertise in texting and driving accident cases. Schedule a free consultation today by calling us toll-free.

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Brain Injury

Catastrophic accidents from car crashes, abuse, sports injuries, and accidents can result in brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be the most expensive kind of harm because of the immediate damage and long-term disabilities that result. When a severe accident causes brain damage it takes a skilled attorney to find all possible sources of recovery to ensure that the accident survivor can get the full compensation they deserve under the law.

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Most traumatic injuries are the result of direct or indirect actions of another. A distracted driver, a negligent manufacturer, abusive caretaker, or another party may be held legally responsible for the injuries that their acts or omissions inflict on others. The law of negligence is a prime tool that brain injury victims have to assert their rights to compensation. Other relevant laws may be strict products liability if the accident occurred through the use of a product or the law of intentional torts if the injury was the result of abuse.

Recovery from a brain injury caused by a traumatic event usually affects the entire body. Swelling, bleeding, and loss of bodily functions commonly occur alongside brain trauma. Immediate medical treatment may focus on ensuring that the brain gets the oxygen and blood it needs to prevent further damage from occurring. Long-term treatment will focus on therapy and rehabilitation.

Brain Injury in the Courts
Unlike less grave personal injury cases, cases resulting in traumatic brain injury make the stakes much higher. Because brain injuries are much more likely to result in long-term problems, the amount of recovery is usually equally high to cover these costs. The types of damages brain injury plaintiffs can receive include medical expenses, lost present and future wages, pain, and suffering, and possibly other damages depending on the extent of the harm. In the most egregious cases, punitive damages may also be available.

If you or your loved one has suffered brain damage in a vehicle accident, product failure, or another kind of abuse, contact our Law Office. Our experienced traumatic injury lawyers can get you the compensation and justice you deserve. Call our offices today toll-free to schedule a free consultation.

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Hit and Run

Hit and run accidents happen frequently. About 70,000 motorists fled the scene of an accident last year, sometimes jeopardizing the lives of the accident victim. All drivers involved in any type of vehicle collision with individuals or property must report their name, address, and insurance information to the other party involved in the collision, or the local authorities. Failure to do so is a crime. However, many uninsured drivers simply flee the scene of an accident in order to prevent having to pay for the damage. In other situations, the driver may be intoxicated and leave in order to evade arrest.

If involved in a hit and run, the most helpful step to take is to write down the license plate and vehicle description of the perpetrator’s automobile. When this happens the perpetrator can be found by police or reported the next time maintenance is performed on the vehicle. Unfortunately, in very serious accidents, this is not always possible. It is then crucial to contact an attorney and file a police report right away to begin the steps of tracking down the responsible individual.

In some cases, police may be able to track down the vehicle using forensic evidence, depending on the circumstances of the accident. Finding the individual responsible is very important to be able to fully recover for injuries due to a hit and run because fleeing the scene of the accident is often enough evidence necessary to prove that the individual was responsible for the accident. Although, if the perpetrator cannot be found, personal insurance may be able to cover some of the medical expenses incurred from the accident. Many auto insurance policies include uninsured motorist coverage. Further, the insurance policy of a co-passenger or house member may also be available to recover damages from.

If you have been harmed in a hit-and-run accident, call the best lawyer for hit-and-run accidents at our Law Office. Our expert personal injury attorneys will explore your legal options to maximize your ability to recover the full amount entitled to you. Schedule a free consultation by calling our office toll-free today.

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What To Do After a Car Accident

These quick tips can help ensure sure that you have the best legal case or defense if you find yourself in an car accident.

First Steps: Get out of Traffic and Consider Calling the Police

You should always make sure to get out of traffic after you have been involved in a car accident, you need to do this to inspect damage and exchange information or decide whether to call the police. If other individuals have been injured make sure to get help for them first, but do not attempt to move anyone.

In many situations, the police will need to be called, do this if there is any visible damage or if someone is injured or may be injured. A police report in and of itself usually cannot determine who is responsible for an accident, but the contents of the report and any related witness statements can be helpful later. Additionally, keep in mind that if the collision took place without the property owner being present you must call the police to report the incident.

The police may issue a traffic citation to a party if it believes that the party committed a crime or violation of traffic laws. As the police report, a traffic citation can not in itself be used to determine liability by law, but insurance companies will often consider the individual who received the citation to be at fault.

Consider Calling an Ambulance

If you have been seriously injured ask for an ambulance. Sending for an ambulance will not necessarily guarantee a higher award; the more important issue is whether you receive treatment by a doctor very soon after the accident. However, if you wait too long after your accident to receive medical attention it could affect the amount that you can receive in a settlement if a lawsuit must be filed.

Take Pictures

It is important to get your own set of pictures of the accident in case you need to prove something that may be contested later. For example, skidmarks can indicate whether a car made an abrupt stop. Additionally, where the damage arises on the vehicle can also tend to help your case should a disagreement arise. For example, if the rear of your car is smashed and the front of the other car is smashed photos indicating this can provide evidence that the other person was at fault for rear-ending you.

Exchange Information

Make sure to get the following information from all the other motorists involved in the accident:

Name, address, and contact information,
Auto insurance information,
License plate number of all vehicles involved,
Driver’s license numbers,
If another motorist flees the scene attempt to write down their license plate.

Contact a Traffic Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of our Law Office. Our lawyers have expertise in handling car crash cases. If you are entitled to payment we can help you get any amount of recovery entitled to you under law. Call us toll-free to schedule a free consultation.

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Aviation Injury

2020 saw an increase in the number of people killed in air crashes around the world despite the Covid-19 pandemic leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of operational flights. Although accidents involving commercial jets are highly publicized, most accidents involving aircraft occur in small planes. The largest number of accidents involve general aviation in the U.S. Unfortunately, most of these accidents can be prevented.

The single largest cause of aviation accidents is due to pilot error. Generally, pilots carrying passengers from one location to another for compensation are common carriers. Common carriers owe an especially high duty of care to the passengers to ensure their safety. This means that when pilots act negligently, pilots and their companies can be liable for all the damages that result. However, airplane and helicopter accidents are complex. They may occur for any of the following reasons:

A mechanic may have made negligent repairs to the aircraft.
A manufacturer may have built a defective component, or negligently assembled the aircraft.
Air traffic controllers may make mistakes that can result in deadly collisions, or they may provide faulty information regarding weather conditions to pilots.
Failure to properly perform a preflight inspection or properly prepare a flight plan.
The law regarding aviation accidents can also get complicated. The outcome of a case or amount of recovery can depend on a wide variety of factors including whether the accident occurred on land in a particular state, over the shoreline, over the ocean, with a charter plane, or with a recreational plane. Due to the inherently dangerous nature of aviation, accidents resulting in death are not uncommon. This used to present problems because deaths that occurred far out on the ocean were not always covered by wrongful death law. However, the federal Death On the High Seas Act allows spouses, parents, children, or dependent relatives to bring a wrongful death case against the individuals responsible for aviation accidents that occur more than 3 miles from shore.

Finally, because small non-commercial planes do not always carry a black box, it makes forensic investigations crucial. The longer an investigation takes place after an accident, the faster that evidence can deteriorate. For these reasons, it is very important to see an experienced aviation attorney as soon as possible if you or your loved one has been involved in a plane or helicopter accident.

To learn more about whether you are entitled to a lawsuit or settlement in your aviation accident case, contact our Law Firm. To schedule a free consultation call our offices today.

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Birth Injury

Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals make mistakes. Long hours, hectic schedules, and simple inadvertence are usually to blame. Nevertheless, these are not valid excuses considering the gravity of their duty to provide medical treatment and monitor infants during births and pregnancies. According to the Center for Disease Control, about one-third of babies are born with a birth defect. Unfortunately, many of these defects can be prevented by competent medical intervention.

Birth Injury: The Law
There are generally two broad types of medical negligence that can lead to birth defects. The first kind is direct negligence by injuring the mother or infant during delivery, such as failing to control blood loss or failing to monitor the baby’s oxygen levels before and after delivery.

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In these situations, a mother can file a professional negligence claim, also known as a medical malpractice claim, against the doctor for any injuries the doctor caused her including medical expenses, pain and suffering damages, and any related costs. If the infant is injured by malpractice the parents, as legal guardians of the child, must bring a lawsuit.

Examples of types of cases that could lead to a malpractice claim for direct injury include deciding to deliver the infant prematurely, failing to diagnose and treat a high-risk pregnancy that results in harm to the infant, or other failures before, during, or after delivery.

Additionally, in some cases, parents of children born with birth defects can also recover from the doctor failing to diagnose the defects. These lawsuits are known as wrongful birth cases. This occurs when the parents can show that a doctor knew or should have known that a child would be born with birth defects and that if the doctor told the parents, they would have either avoided the pregnancy or terminated it. Usually, these cases stem from the failure to perform or give accurate results of genetic testing prior to conception or warn parents when signs of the defects appear at the early stages of pregnancy.

Parents are entitled to compensation for the special costs of raising a child with birth defects in wrongful birth cases. These costs can include medical expenses, costs to educate the child, and pain and suffering for raising a child with birth defects.

What To Do Now?
Too many cases of professional negligence go unreported every year. If your child has been harmed by the carelessness or negligence of medical personnel, contact an experienced birth injury attorney right away. The attorneys of our Law Office handle medical malpractice cases and can get you the justice and compensation you deserve. To learn more about our birth injury lawyers, contact our offices for a free case evaluation today.

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Brain Injury

Catastrophic accidents from car crashes, abuse, sports injuries, and accidents can result in brain injury. Traumatic brain injuries can be the most expensive kind of harm because of the immediate damage and long-term disabilities that result. When a severe accident causes brain damage it takes a skilled attorney to find all possible sources of recovery to ensure that the accident survivor can get the full compensation they deserve under the law.

Info on our Brain Injury Attorney

Most traumatic injuries are the result of direct or indirect actions of another. A distracted driver, a negligent manufacturer, abusive caretaker, or another party may be held legally responsible for the injuries that their acts or omissions inflict on others. The law of negligence is a prime tool that brain injury victims have to assert their rights to compensation. Other relevant laws may be strict products liability if the accident occurred through the use of a product or the law of intentional torts if the injury was the result of abuse.

Recovery from a brain injury caused by a traumatic event usually affects the entire body. Swelling, bleeding, and loss of bodily functions commonly occur alongside brain trauma. Immediate medical treatment may focus on ensuring that the brain gets the oxygen and blood it needs to prevent further damage from occurring. Long-term treatment will focus on therapy and rehabilitation.

Brain Injury in the Courts
Unlike less grave personal injury cases, cases resulting in traumatic brain injury make the stakes much higher. Because brain injuries are much more likely to result in long-term problems, the amount of recovery is usually equally high to cover these costs. The types of damages brain injury plaintiffs can receive include medical expenses, lost present and future wages, pain, and suffering, and possibly other damages depending on the extent of the harm. In the most egregious cases, punitive damages may also be available.

If you or your loved one has suffered brain damage in a vehicle accident, product failure, or another kind of abuse, contact our Law Office. Our experienced traumatic injury lawyers can get you the compensation and justice you deserve. Call our offices today to schedule a free consultation.

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Construction Injury

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction jobs are amongst the most dangerous of occupations in the U.S. Fatalities and serious injuries are not uncommon. In 2020 BLS reported that 2.8% of construction workers reported receiving injuries at work. The likelihood is that the number of people injured on the job is actually much higher, but workers often fear reporting injuries.

Construction site injuries can be serious. In fact, a total of 1,061 construction workers died on the job in 2019. Although this number is down significantly from past years, it is still unacceptable when injuries are preventable.

Employers owe a legal duty of care to employees to ensure their safety on the job. The company or person that controls a worksite has a duty to ensure that workers have a safe workplace. This can mean that the organization or person behind the construction job is responsible to ensure that the work performed by subcontractors is safe. If they breach this duty, it can lead to liability under the law of negligence.

The law of negligence requires that an injured person shows that a construction company owed them a duty of care, broke that duty of care, and the breach of the duty was the actual and proximate cause of their injury that led to actual damages.

Usually, construction accidents can be prevented by taking reasonable caution. As mentioned above, the contractor should supervise subcontractors to ensure that they are building in a safe manner. Contractors must warn of dangers in the worksite and ensure that subcontractors and workers comply with safety requirements.

In addition to the law of negligence, other state and federal safety laws may allow injured workers to file a legal claim to recover for their injuries.

Our Law Office can help you get compensation if you have been hurt in a construction injury. The experienced construction injury lawyers of our Law Office have many years of experience handling personal injury claims, including construction injuries. Get a free consultation with a construction accident attorney by calling us toll-free.

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Elevator and Escalator Accident

We take elevators and escalators for granted, but they are complex machines that require proper maintenance to prevent serious injury. Unfortunately, not all landowners take these responsibilities seriously. Elevator and escalator manufacturers may also fail to warn consumers of the dangers of using these machines. When this happens you need an experienced escalator and elevator accident lawyer to get you compensation for your injuries.

Law requires that all landowners who allow the public or invited individuals onto their property keep their property safe by removing possible hazards and warning visitors about hazards. Failure to keep premises safe, for example, by failing to warn guests or the public of maximum numbers in elevators or escalators, will make the landowner liable for injuries that occur from these hazards. In these cases, an injured person must often show that the landowner had a duty to repair, they failed to repair it in line with their duty, and an injury directly resulted. As mentioned before, opening the property to the public or certain guests establishes the duty to repair. Also in many cases, courts will find that the mere fact that certain accidents happen, such as elevators suddenly falling, or escalators suddenly failing, will be evidence in itself that the landowner, or individual responsible for maintenance, failed their duty.

Additionally, contracted maintenance personnel may also be liable for injuries that guests or the public receive on escalators and elevators. This is usually true when maintenance contractors have an exclusive agreement to keep the machinery in good repair. Both maintenance or landowners can also be held liable if they attempt to repair an elevator or escalator and do so negligently in a way that causes further malfunction and injury.

If you have been injured while using an elevator or escalator the injury lawyers of our Law Office can help. We have the experience and expertise necessary to get you the total amount of compensation legally due to you from negligent landowners and escalator or elevator companies. Contact our office for a free consultation today.

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Railroad Injury

Trains and railroad operators carrying passengers for money are known as common carriers. Common carriers owe an extraordinarily high duty of care to ensure their passenger’s safety. This duty extends to boarding, exiting, and the ride in between. When train accidents injure passengers the rail company may be on the line for all damages sustained.

Train accidents are very complex, but state and federal safety regulations require trains to be equipped with certain safety equipment. Failure to comply with safety requirements can expose railway operators to massive liability under the law of negligence. One common issue in rail accidents is that operators rarely admit fault because the stakes are often quite high. The sheer size and weight of a train can cause enormous damage and lead to many deaths.

Although most people think of trains as much safer than planes, trains may injure individuals in many ways, including:

Derailment
Collision with motor vehicles or other trains
Spilling toxic chemicals
Hitting pedestrians
Or in other railroad crossing accidents

If you or your loved one has been injured in a railroad accident, call the train injury lawyers at our Law Office. Recovery for personal injuries due to railroad accidents is complex and is best handled by attorneys skilled in accident investigation and who possess a thorough understanding of the law. Schedule a free consultation with a train accident attorney by calling us today.

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Swimming Pool Accident

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in south Texas is that pools can often be utilized much of the year. However, swimming pools can be very hazardous without the right protection in place. The second most common cause of death in this country for children under the age of 15 is from drowning. Other serious injuries include pool pumps that malfunction and cause intestinal damages when children become stuck over the powerful pumps. Slipping and falling on wet floors around pools is another common form of injury.

Whether a pool injury occurs at your home, a friend or acquaintance’s property, public or commercial property, a swimming accident attorney may be able to hold the negligent parties responsible for the injury or death from a swimming pool accident.

Even in cases where the accident was caused while trespassing, the law provides that the pool owner can be held responsible. One reason is that landowners owe a duty of reasonable care to children who trespass on their property because of an attractive nuisance. Swimming pools that may be accessible to trespassing children are one example of the types of attractive nuisances that require landowners to exercise care towards trespassing children.

If a child or adult is injured due to faulty pool equipment, a claim may be brought against the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of the equipment. If repairs were negligently made to faulty equipment the person who made the repairs may also be subject to liability.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a swimming pool accident call the swimming accident lawyers at our Law Office. Our attorneys will ensure that you get the compensation you need to recover. To schedule a free consultation with a swimming accident attorney, call us today.

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Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia errors are common but are typically underreported incidents that can have long-term effects on patients who suffer from them. Dozens of errors can cause anesthesia complications including:

Failure to monitor the patient
Failure to properly instruct the patient prior to receiving anesthesia
Improper assessment of risks of anesthesia
Over sedating the patient
Providing anesthesia to the wrong patient
Failure to properly administer oxygen

Complications from anesthesia errors can lead to birth injuries, stroke, heart attack, brain damage, and death.

Liability for Nurse and Surgical Staff Anesthesia Errors

Under Texas law, specific members of medical staff may be liable for errors that occur during an operation. However, the members of the medical staff are responsible for their own actions. Nevertheless, the hospital or medical facility of the staff members may also be held liable for the malpractice of the medical staff, if it becomes apparent that a member of the medical staff was incompetent to perform the duties required of them. This is true even if the medical staff are not technically employees of the hospital.

Neurological Injury Compensation Act for Birth injuries

The Neurological Injury Compensation Act (NICA) is a no-fault act that provides compensation for infant victims of surgical errors or other potential malpractice. For example, if anesthesia is improperly administered to a mother while giving birth, the child could have lifelong brain damage as a result. Although NICA allows the victim to recover without having to resort to litigation, the amount recovered is sometimes tremendously less than a victim would be able to recover in a malpractice lawsuit or settlement, and may not be enough to cover the costs the child will endure for the remainder of their lives. For this reason, insurance companies often try to protect themselves from liability by telling the victim they are not eligible for compensation through a lawsuit because they must go through NICA. However, this is not always true. There are strict eligibility guidelines for NICA, and an experienced malpractice attorney can tell you whether you can fight the insurance company’s claim that NICA must be brought.

Contact an Anesthesia Errors Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been injured because of the failures of a physician, schedule a free consultation with the expert anesthesia errors attorneys at our Law Office today.

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Cerebral Palsy Malpractice

Cerebral Palsy is a type of brain injury that is usually diagnosed in the first few months after an infant is born. It is a lifelong disability and is incurable. The symptoms of cerebral palsy include loss of muscle control and movement, this often manifests as a failure to reach milestones, weak muscle tone, or walking on toes. Although many cases of cerebral palsy are not preventable, in cases where it is preventable, the parents of a child who develops cerebral palsy may be entitled to compensation for the development of the disease.

The three types of cerebral palsy are known as spastic, athetoid, and ataxic. Spastic cerebral palsy results in difficulty in movement and stiffness. Athetoid cerebral palsy manifests as uncontrolled movements. Ataxic cerebral palsy causes problems with depth perception and balance.

The majority of cerebral palsy cases are congenital, which means that they occurred before or during the time of birth. This can be due to a variety of reasons including:

Prolonged stress during the labor period,
Deprivation of oxygen during labor period or while in the womb,
Infections during pregnancy,
Blood disorders in the mother,
Meningitis in the mother,
Genetic disorders,

OB/GYNs have a duty to monitor the baby during the labor process. They have tools that they must use to monitor a fetus’s oxygen level, and level of distress. Additionally, when a baby is in distress during birth, it should be obvious to the medical staff. When medical staff fails to meet their duty of care to the mother and newborn child they can be held legally liable for birth injuries that result.

If medical staff fail to meet their duty of care the damages from cerebral palsy or other brain injuries will result in lifelong costs for medical care. Damages that can be awarded in a successful malpractice claim include the costs for medical expenses, pain and suffering, nursing, assistive devices, lost income, and other costs.

If you think that your child developed cerebral palsy due to the negligence of medical staff, contact a cerebral palsy attorney to explain your legal options. Our Law Office can help you hold the negligent parties legally and financially responsible. To learn more about cerebral palsy malpractice call our Law Office or request a consultation online, quickly and easily.

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Medical Misdiagnosis

Doctors make mistakes. Every year, in fact, hundreds of thousands of patients are seriously injured or lose their lives as a result of physician malpractice. There are many ways that doctors can fail to meet their duties to patients. One of the most common is misdiagnosing patients. This kind of malpractice can happen in any type of medical issue. To establish a malpractice lawsuit a patient must show the following elements.

The first element is that the individual was a patient of the doctor. The second element is that the doctor failed to provide treatment in a competent and skillful manner; in other words the doctor was negligent. The last element is that the doctor’s negligence in misdiagnosis was the actual and legal cause of an injury.

Usually, the first element is not at issue in malpractice cases. However, the element of the doctor’s negligence is usually contested. Merely misdiagnosing a condition or disease is not in itself proof that the doctor was negligent. Generally in misdiagnosis cases the differential diagnosis method the doctor applied to reach the conclusion must be examined.

The differential diagnosis is a method that doctors should use to diagnose patients. This requires the doctor to list all possible diagnoses and eliminate incorrect diagnoses by asking the patient questions, or by performing laboratory and other tests. If this method was used to diagnose the patient’s problem, a court will determine whether a reasonably competent doctor would have correctly identified the real medical issue. The doctor will be liable for malpractice if the doctor included the correct diagnosis on the differential list but failed to perform tests or investigate the diagnosis. The doctor can also be liable if the doctor did not include the correct diagnosis on the list and a reasonably skillful doctor would have. The standard for how a reasonably skillful doctor would act depends, in part, on the type of practice the doctor was engaged in; whether they were a family doctor or other specialist. Specialists are judged by the national standards of physicians in the same practice type. Family practitioners on the other hand are judged according to the standards of the local area.

One common circumstance were misdiagnoses arise in is with cancer. A doctor may fail to use the diagnostic method, and thus fail to recognize the correct diagnosis. Alternatively, the doctor may recognize the possibility of cancer, but decides on another diagnosis without doing proper testing. The patient must show that the failure to competently diagnose the condition also caused them harm. This can usually be shown if the patient was forced to undergo a more intensive, longer-lasting, or more costly treatment because of the misdiagnosis.

Very few doctors are reported for their mistakes. This needs to change to improve medical care and accountability for doctors. If you believe that you have been harmed by the unreasonable mistakes of a physician contact the medical misdiagnosis attorneys at our Law Office. Our attorneys will ensure that you get the compensation entitled to you by law from negligent medical care providers. For a free consultation with one of our medical malpractice lawyers call us toll-free.

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Car Accident Attorneys

Our car accident attorneys are aware of just how many Americans rely on their cars to get them where they need to go. Unfortunately, while automobiles are almost necessary to get us from place to place, they also place those who use them in considerable danger. In fact, every year millions of Americans are injured in car accidents. In some cases, these accidents are no one’s fault, but rather the unfortunate result of circumstances beyond anyone’s control. However, far more often, car accidents are caused by recklessness or negligence on the part of one or more parties.

Those who have been involved in a car accident often must cope with significant consequences that can affect nearly every aspect of their lives. Among other consequences, car accident victims typically must seek costly medical care, spend time away from work while recovering from their injuries, and pay for the damages to their vehicle. All of these consequences can exert a serious toll on the financial resources of the accident victim and their family.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury in a car accident caused by another person, you shouldn’t have to pay for the consequences on your own. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced attorney, you may be able to get the compensation you need in the aftermath of this unfortunate circumstance. Contact our car accident lawyers today to speak with a qualified legal professional about the details of your case and learn more about the legal options that may be available to you in this situation.

Our Practice Areas
Car accidents can occur in a wide variety of different ways, and it’s important to have an attorney who understands what it takes to represent these different types of cases in order to ensure that your case has the greatest possible likelihood of a favorable outcome. At our Law Firm, we are prepared to help those whose cases involve:

Truck/18-wheeler Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents
Rollover Accidents
Auto Defects
Speeding Accidents
Reckless Driving Accidents
Road Defects
Drunk Driving Accidents
Insurance Claims

Whether you have suffered as a result of these or other types of car accidents, we can possibly get you the help you need. Our team of experienced, knowledgeable legal professionals helps our clients navigate the legal system in this difficult time, allowing them to focus on what matters most while pursuing the compensation they need.

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Drivers who cause others to suffer as a result of their own irresponsible behavior need to be held accountable for the consequences that their actions have had. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a car accident caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone else, you should contact an experienced legal professional for help in getting the justice you are seeking. Contact a car accident attorney of our Law Firm today to discuss your case with a qualified member of our legal team and learn more about your rights and options under the law.

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Truck Accident Lawyers

While large commercial trucks fill highways, interstates, and other public roadways, transporting billions of dollars worth of goods across the country every day, our truck accident lawyers are all too aware of the serious threat these large vehicles can pose to other motorists on the road. Because of their considerable size, any accident involving an 18-wheeler or other large truck is often far more devastating in its consequences than a typical car accident would be, potentially leaving drivers with life-altering physical damages or worse.

Aside from the pain and suffering that may be caused by the injuries resulting from a truck accident, there are many other consequences with which accident victims may have to cope. Among other repercussions, these often include expensive medical bills from treatment for the injury, both in the immediate aftermath and later on if physical rehabilitation is necessary, as well as potentially substantial losses of income, either from time spent away from work recovering or permanently reduced earning potential.

No one should have to pay for these types of consequences by themselves. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a truck accident that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. Contact a car accident attorney of our Law Firm today to speak with a qualified legal professional about the details of your case. We make it our priority to fight aggressively to protect the rights and interests of our clients when they are going through such a situation.

Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accident injuries may be caused in a number of different ways. The most significant cause is typically the impact from the accident itself. However, there are other issues relating to truck accidents which may have the potential to cause serious physical harm to the accident’s victims, including fires that may occur as a result of fuel tank explosions and exacerbation of injuries due to the attempts of medics to remove injury victims from the scene of the accident.

The actual injuries which may occur as a result of an accident with a large commercial truck can vary significantly. However, some of the most common truck accident injuries include the following:

Severe contusions
Broken bones
Internal organ damage
Severe burns
Spinal cord injuries
Traumatic brain injury

The consequences that these and other types of injuries caused by a trucking accident can have a devastating effect on the lives of those who are affected. Whether you have suffered these or any other types of truck accident injuries, our team of experienced legal professionals may be able to help you fight for the justice you are seeking.

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If you or someone you know has suffered injuries in a truck accident caused by another person’s negligence, the responsible party should be the one to bear the burden of their actions. Contact the car accident lawyers of our Law Firm today to discuss your case with an experienced member of our legal team and find out how we may be able to help you hold these individuals liable for their transgressions.

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Texting While Driving

Distracted driving has been a problem for many years throughout the country, but in recent years, texting and driving has become a serious issue. Several years ago, Texas banned texting while driving. Individuals who are caught reading or sending text messages while they are operating motor vehicles will be subject to tickets and fines. Despite the ban, however, people still continue to text and drive, and when they do so, their actions sometimes lead to accidents.

Driver distraction, particularly texting and driving, is a common cause of vehicle accidents. Reading or replying to a text while driving causes an individual to take his or her eyes off the road, which is dangerous for both the driver and others on the road.

If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by someone who was texting and driving, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Let one of our skilled car accident attorneys evaluate your case. Call us toll-free or email us today for more information.

The Dangers Of Texting While Driving
Studies have shown that drivers who text while driving can be even more dangerous than drunk drivers. For example, a study that was done by researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute revealed that whenever drivers text while driving, their risk of having an accident is 23 times higher than when they aren’t texting. The study also showed that drivers who are texting while driving often spend the last seconds immediately preceding an accident looking at their cellphones instead of the roadway.

The law in Texas is clear – it is illegal to text and drive. This means that even if an individual is stuck in traffic or sitting at a red light, he or she cannot take that time to pick up the phone and read or send text messages.

The Possible Results Of Texting While Driving
Drivers who act carelessly and irresponsibly by sending and viewing texts while driving should be held responsible for any harm they may cause. It is important for accident victims to work with skilled lawyers who can investigate the accident and gather all the appropriate evidence needed to prove the case.

An accident that involves texting while driving can be even more devastating than other types of accidents because the driver typically isn’t focused on applying the brakes in order to lessen the impact of the crash. In fact, studies have shown that a texting driver’s reflexes and reaction times are just as slow as a drunk driver who might cause a drunk driving crash. The results of such accidents can lead to broken bones, serious internal injuries, or even death.

Cellphone Carriers Unite
Even cellphone companies, like Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, recognize that texting while driving is a serious issue in the U.S., and accordingly, some have launched ad campaigns geared toward dissuading individuals from using their cell phones while driving. As a matter of fact, the Department of Transportation refers to texting and driving as an “epidemic.”

Regardless of what it’s called, texting and driving is a dangerous activity that can have life-changing results for accident victims and their families.

If you have been injured in an accident by someone who was using a cellphone or texting while driving, contact one of our skilled lawyers to find out more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us right away to schedule an appointment.

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Reckless Driving And Speeding

Reckless driving and speeding are two common causes of vehicle crashes. Depending on the circumstances, speeding can be deemed to be a type of reckless driving that can lead to devastating injuries or even death. However, reckless driving includes many other aspects of driving besides speeding.

A reckless driver is anyone who drives dangerously without regard for the safety of others. A driver can be reckless by changing lanes in an aggressive manner, cutting off other drivers on the roadway, and/or tailgating. Much like drivers who text while driving, when individuals drive in such a reckless manner, accidents can occur.

Motor vehicles are a primary mode of transportation for many people who travel in and around the state. Those who operate motor vehicles in the area are required to abide by city and state laws. When drivers disregard those laws, they put other people’s lives at risk and drastically increase the likelihood of an accident occurring.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by another person’s reckless driving or speeding, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys to discuss your options. Call us toll-free or email us today for a consultation.

Reckless Driving And Speeding Can Lead To Serious Injuries
Realistically, many people drive a few miles over the posted speed limit on a regular basis, but exceeding beyond just a few miles over the posted speed limit can create hazards. Likewise, some individuals frequently change lanes in traffic in an effort to get to their destinations a little quicker than the current traffic conditions will allow. However, such driving techniques can lead to horrific accidents that cause substantial injury or death.

Some of the possible injuries that accident victims might sustain include:

Spinal cord injuries
Abrasions and bruises
Head and brain injuries
Some victims might also face very serious disabling injuries that might be temporary or permanent. That said, it is important for those who have been hurt in accidents that were caused by someone else’s reckless driving and speeding to seek legal counsel from well-versed lawyers who can provide more insight with respect to the facts of their particular cases.

What Constitutes Reckless Conduct While On The Road?
Along with the techniques noted above, there are several other driving tactics that can be deemed as reckless driving. For instance, in addition to speeding, some people drive too fast for the conditions of the road. If the roads are wet or a driver faces foggy conditions, he or she may need to drive much slower than normal in order to avoid a possible accident.

Another issue that can lead to reckless driving and speeding is “road rage.” Road rage is a condition where a driver has an emotional reaction while driving that can result in erratic and unpredictable behavior which may endanger other motorists. Road rage can occur in even the most mild-mannered drivers, especially if they are stuck in traffic and running late for an appointment. Road rage leads to aggression, and that aggression can lead to a serious accident.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a motor vehicle accident that was caused by someone driving in a reckless manner, you may be entitled to compensation. Discuss your case with one of our skilled lawyers today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Defective Car Parts

In the U.S., automobile accidents take place every day, and those accidents can occur for any number of reasons, such as texting while driving. Many accidents happen because of driver errors; however, some motor vehicle accidents happen because of errors made during the manufacturing process. Defective car parts have played a role in many car accidents across the country.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the auto industry recalled just about as many vehicles as it sold. That is an astounding fact that demonstrates a large number of vehicles out on the roadways today that are defective or have defective car parts. Defective car parts can cause vehicle crashes that can change the lives of those involved.

If you have been involved in a car accident that was caused by a defective car part, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss the facts of the case.

Defective Car Parts Can Lead To Devastating Injuries
Defective automobiles can lead to a variety of problems. For instance, some defective parts can actually cause an accident to happen or hinder the proper prevention of an accident. Examples of defective car parts that can lead to automobile accidents are:

Defective tires, which can experience tread separation that might lead to blowouts on a highway
Brakes
Accelerator pedals might become stuck when depressed, which can lead to unintended acceleration and vehicle crashes
Serious injuries can happen when certain auto parts malfunction. Some examples may include defective seatbelts or airbags. Automobile manufacturers are required and expected to put their motor vehicles through meticulous testing prior to selling them. That said, it is important to hold responsible the manufacturers and other parties involved for any accidents that may occur because of their actions or inactions.

What Must You Do To Prove The Existence Of A Defective Car Part?
First of all, anyone who is considering taking on an automaker or car part manufacturer should not attempt to do so alone. Manufacturers have teams of lawyers working for them; therefore, it is important for any accident victim who believes that he or she has been hurt because of a defective car part to contact an area attorney as soon as possible.

A skilled car accident attorney can look over the facts of the case and make a proper assessment regarding the viability of the case. In a defective car parts case, it is very important that the vehicle at issue is preserved as-is and taken in for a full inspection after the accident. The vehicle is the most important part of the case, so make sure that the vehicle remains in the same condition that it was at the time of the crash is crucial.

If the vehicle has been properly preserved, an expert can perform an analysis that will show the existence of defects and malfunctions in the vehicle, and such a showing can prove to be very beneficial for the case.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident due to a defective car part, you may be entitled to damages. Contact one of our skilled lawyers today to learn more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Dangerous Roads

Much like reckless driving and speeding, dangerous roads are a factor in many of the car accidents that occur all across the nation. Thousands of people have died as a result of crossing over the center lane, dropping down a slope, or crashing into still objects, such as light poles or walls. While it is true that such accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, one often-overlooked car accident cause is the presence of dangerous roads.

Dangerous roads can be the result of several things, such as bad road design or poor construction and maintenance. When a dangerous road hazard exists, the possibility of an accident may increase. For instance, a dangerous curve in a roadway can cause the driver of a vehicle to either cross over into the opposite lane and crash into an oncoming automobile or run off the roadway and roll over.

Individuals who have suffered injuries in an accident caused in part or in total by a dangerous road condition should contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss the particulars of the case.

What Types Of Dangerous Road Conditions Can Cause An Accident?
Heavily populated areas are often congested with motor vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. A large number of people on congested roadways can make for a dangerous situation on its own; however, the situation worsens when the roadways at issue are poorly designed and inadequately maintained.

There are many types of dangerous road conditions that can lead to automobile accidents, such as:

Dangerously short exit ramps that don’t allow for drivers to safely merge onto the roadway
Pavement that has poor skid resistance
Improper drainage can lead to ponding on street surfaces and hydroplaning
Poor street/highway construction
Potholes, a lack of guardrails, and missing and/or deteriorated signage
Certain roads become dangerous due to poor visibility caused by low-hanging or overgrown vegetation, a lack of reflective markings that can be seen by drivers after dark, and an inadequate amount of shoulder space.

What Should An Accident Victim Do If An Accident Occurred On Known Dangerous Roads?
One of the first things that an accident victim should do, regardless of the type of accident, is seeking medical attention. Once proper medical attention has been obtained, the accident victim should consider contacting a knowledgeable car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident because timing is crucial and the preservation of evidence is vital.

Having a lawyer handle a dangerous road case is very important because quite often, such cases involve governmental entities that receive certain levels of immunity when it comes to lawsuits. That said, an attorney can be beneficial to the case because he or she can hire relevant experts and conduct a thorough investigation that might reveal certain facts that can defeat the government’s immunity defense.

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you believe that the accident may have been caused by a dangerous road hazard, help is available to you. Contact one of our capable lawyers today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Car Accident Injuries

Car accident injuries can range in severity from a few minor scratches to traumatic brain injuries. Minor injuries might only require a couple of visits to the doctor; however, more severe injuries can require long-term care and rehabilitation that can change a person’s life forever.

For many car accident victims, dealing with physical injuries is burdensome. But victims often have to deal with other issues as well — namely, the financial and emotional consequences of a car accident. Those who have been injured in a motor vehicle accident are encouraged to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.

If you or a loved one has sustained car accident injuries and you’re concerned about the related financial ramifications, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys to find out if you’re entitled to financial compensation. Call us toll-free or email us today for more details.

The Types Of Car Accident Injuries That Might Occur
The types of injuries incurred in those accidents are varied; however, certain car accident injuries are more common than others. Depending on the severity of the accident, car accident victims may experience the following:

Back injuries: The human back is a very vulnerable part of the body. When an individual suffers a serious back injury, the results can be physically and financially devastating. An individual can sustain a back injury in any number of ways during a motor vehicle accident.
Brain injuries: Brain injuries can be some of the most traumatic types of car accident injuries that accident victims can experience. Injuries to the brain can disrupt a person’s cognitive abilities and can lead to several physical and behavioral impairments.
Head injuries: Accident victims who acquire head injuries at the time of a motor vehicle accident should seek immediate medical care. Such injuries are very serious, regardless of whether the injury is internal or external. Head injuries can lead to brain damage, loss of consciousness, or death.
Neck injuries: Neck injuries are very common types of car accident injuries. The injuries can affect the skeletal parts of the neck, as well as the neck’s soft tissues. Neck injuries can lead to long-term and sometimes permanent pain and suffering for victims.
Fatal car accidents: Unfortunately, many car accidents end in death. Fatal car accidents can be very troubling for the loved ones of the accident victim, but it is important for them to know that they have rights.
There are also many other injuries that an accident victim might suffer, such as facial and dental injuries, lost limbs, and paralysis. Whatever the injury is, a car accident victim is strongly encouraged to seek legal guidance from a skilled lawyer.

Let A Lawyer Handle Your Case
Car accident victims must not only deal with their injuries but also with the financial trauma that their households might experience because of an accident. However, depending on the facts of the case, financial compensation may be available to those who have been injured by another motor vehicle.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a vehicle accident that resulted in car accident injuries that require medical treatment, contact one of our skilled lawyers to find out if financial compensation is available in your case. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Back Injuries

Depending on the severity of the accident, some car accident victims will be forced to deal with a number of car accident injuries. Some of the injuries suffered might be minor; however, some of the injuries might be very serious. Common car accident injuries that some accident victims might experience include cuts, bruises, strains, sprains, and back injuries.

The cuts and bruises that an individual might suffer during a motor vehicle accident will likely heal within a short period of time. However, accident victims who incur back injuries may experience long-lasting pain for years to come. Occasionally, back issues don’t manifest themselves until long after an accident, and unfortunately, not all back injuries can be fixed with surgery or therapy.

If you or a loved one has sustained back injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys right away to learn more about your legal options. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss the facts of your case.

Types Of Back Injuries
Injuries to the back, much like injuries to the neck, can be very painful. Some back ailments are also disabling. A person might experience different types of back injuries after a car accident, such as:

Spinal cord injuries that can lead to paraplegia or quadriplegia
Bulging or strained back disks
Herniated disks
Lumbar strains
Depending on the nature of the injury, some motor vehicle accident victims who suffer injuries to the back recover within a year or so of the accident; however, some back and spine injuries do not heal as quickly, if at all. Long-term injuries lead to increased medical bills that can become overwhelming. Therefore, accident victims who are dealing with accident-related back issues should consider seeking the advice of legal counsel in order to find out if any legal remedies are available to them.

Seeking Compensation For Your Back Injuries
Given the amount of devastation that a back injury can cause, it is common for accident victims to wonder about their rights with regard to obtaining compensation from the party or parties responsible for the accident. A skilled lawyer can help car accident victims determine whether or not they have viable cases.

A car accident attorney can look at the facts of the case and make an assessment with respect to who might be held responsible for the accident. An attorney can also determine the best course of action to take in order to receive the maximum amount of compensation for the injuries suffered. A competent attorney might also utilize the services of expert witnesses, such as physicians, who can provide valuable information regarding the extent of the back injuries and the possible course of treatment that will be required.

If you or a family member has sustained injuries to the back from an automobile accident, help is available to you. Contact one of our car accident attorneys today to learn more about possible compensation. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle accidents cause approximately 30 percent of the traumatic brain injuries that occur every year throughout the U.S. A brain injury can be very serious. In fact, it is one of the most devastating injuries that an accident victim can experience.

Much like other types of vehicle accident injuries, brain injuries can have a major impact on the lives of the victims and their families. Such an injury can require ongoing medical treatment and care, which can be a substantial burden on the victim and his or her loved ones. However, accident victims do not have to face their medical and financial challenges alone. Help is available.

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury that resulted from a car accident, contact one of our well-versed car accident attorneys as soon as possible to find out about your rights. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss your legal options.

What Is A Traumatic Brain Injury?
A traumatic brain injury is typically the result of a serious blow or hard impact to the head. However, such injuries can also occur without direct impact, as in cases of fast acceleration or deceleration. If an accident victim experiences any sort of head trauma in an accident, he or she should seek medical attention right away.

Some car accident victims might face what is known as mild traumatic brain injuries after a vehicle accident occurs. These injuries typically don’t require surgery, but they can have a serious impact on a person’s cognitive and social abilities.

The Signs And Symptoms Of Brain Injuries
All injuries to the head and to the brain are not created equal. The signs and symptoms of brain damage can vary depending on the sex and age of the accident victim, the side of the brain on which the injury occurred, and whether or not the individual sustained additional injuries during the motor vehicle accident. Symptoms can also vary based on the nature of the impact.

Some of the common symptoms of traumatic brain injury include:

Physiological issues, such as nausea, vomiting, and loss of motor functions
Psychiatric issues, such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, and depression
Physical issues, such as nose and ear drainage and dilated pupils
Cognitive issues, such as slurred speech, visual impairments, and attention deficit issues
Additional symptoms include loss of or impaired hearing, confusion, and an inability to sleep. Accident victims who are experiencing any of the above-mentioned symptoms should seek medical help right away if they haven’t already done so.

The Effects Of Brain Injuries
Identifying and diagnosing a traumatic brain injury can be difficult, even for physicians who specialize in brain injuries. Brain injuries carry major consequences for accident victims and their families. Undoubtedly, accident victims who have suffered brain injuries will face high medical costs for things such as medication, rehab, and other treatments that may be necessary. Additionally, brain injury victims may no longer be able to work or function normally in society as they did in the past.

If you or a family member has suffered a brain injury due to an accident, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident lawyers today. Preserve your rights and ensure that you receive the just compensation for the injuries that you deserve. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Head Injuries

Automobile accidents can cause head injuries that are not immediately realized at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, because head injuries may not become apparent until hours or even days after the occurrence of an accident, they can go undiagnosed and untreated. Therefore, it is crucial for a car accident victim to be seen by a physician as soon as possible after an auto accident. Although everything may “seem” fine on the outside, the inner workings of the head may tell a different story.

Although certain federal agencies compile statistics with respect to the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur and the number of people who are injured or killed in those accidents, information regarding the exact number of injuries to the brain and head that result from motor vehicle accidents is not readily available. Nonetheless, some statistics indicate that automobile accidents are the leading cause of all head injuries.

If you or a loved one has sustained a head injury that was caused by an automobile accident, contact one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys as soon as possible. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss your case.

Head Injury Classifications
The human head and brain are complex organs. The brain not only controls an individual’s thoughts but also controls a person’s actions. Consequently, many things can go wrong when the head and brain sustain injuries.

Head injuries are generally placed into two classifications:

Open head injuries
Closed head injuries
Open head injuries occur when an object penetrates the skull. For instance, in a motor vehicle accident, an accident victim might sustain an open head injury if he or she goes through the windshield and some of the glass cuts through the skull.

Closed head injuries occur when an individual sustains a hard blow to the head, but that blow does not penetrate the individual’s skull. For example, an accident victim might experience a closed head injury if the victim hits his or her head on the steering wheel, dashboard or any other hard surface in the vehicle during the accident.

Anyone who suffers either class of head injuries might face long-term brain damage; therefore, it is crucial for accident victims who experience such injuries to receive immediate medical diagnosis and treatment.

Possible Causes Of Head Injuries
Head injuries can occur in a number of ways; however, in automobile accidents, determining what caused an accident victim’s head injury might be a difficult task. For instance, some car accident injuries that involve the head and brain might occur during the deployment of an airbag. Likewise, a head injury might occur if a vehicle’s seat belts were defective at the time of the accident and malfunctioned, thus allowing the individual to be thrown from the vehicle.

If you or a family member has been in a motor vehicle accident that resulted in head injuries, contact one of our capable lawyers to find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation from the individual or individuals who caused the accident. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Neck Injuries

Automobile accidents can lead to all types of auto accident injuries. The severity of those injuries will vary based on the level of impact experienced during the accident. One injury that is common in vehicle accidents is a neck injury. Neck injuries, much like injuries to the back, have varying degrees of severity, and the pain felt after sustaining such injuries can be long-lasting.

Car accident victims can experience neck injuries in a number of ways. For instance, rear-end collisions, side impacts, and head-on collisions can jostle the head, neck, and back in a way that can lead to serious injuries. When such accidents happen, the driver and his or her passengers will likely need medical treatment, and some of the treatments can be very expensive. Some accident victims, however, may be entitled to financial compensation from the party or parties responsible for the accident.

If you or a loved one has sustained neck injuries from a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our car accident attorneys today. You may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. Call us toll-free or email us to discuss your case.

Whiplash
Whiplash is a slang term often used to describe a neck injury that is common to a rear-end accident. The neck and spine can be damaged in a crash due to the amount of force that results in rear-end and side-impact crashes. An individual’s neck can be “whipped” to the front, back, or side while his or her head remains in place after impact, and the injuries that can result from that extreme jerking motion are what’s commonly referred to as whiplash.

Some people mistakenly believe that whiplash-type injuries can only be sustained after major high-speed crashes, but that is not true. In fact, whiplash commonly occurs in low-impact, rear-end accidents.

Types Of Neck Injuries
Sometimes when motor vehicle accidents occur, individuals try to “brace themselves” for the impending impact. But even when people brace themselves, they can’t really stop their necks from jostling. Such jostling can lead to certain soft tissue injuries in the neck that can vary in severity. There are two types of whiplash-like injuries that a person might experience:

Sprains, which generally refer to injuries to the ligaments in the neck
Strains, which refer to injuries to the muscles and tendons in the neck
Additionally, there are three levels of strains and sprains: mild, moderate, and severe. Whenever an individual injures his or her neck tissues, the individual might experience pain and some loss of movement, but not in the arms. However, when a person experiences injuries to the nerves in the neck, he or she can have arm pain, numbness, and weakness.

Symptoms And Treatment For Neck Injuries
After the occurrence of a motor vehicle accident, individuals might notice some common signs of neck injuries. For example, some people might experience neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and blurred vision.

Some neck injuries can be treated with certain chiropractic methods. Regardless of the method chosen to treat neck injuries, individuals should start receiving treatment as soon as possible.

If you or a family member has suffered neck injuries from a vehicle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact one of our skilled car accident lawyers by calling us toll-free or you can email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Fatal Car Accidents

When people get into their motor vehicles, they generally expect to reach their final destinations safely. No one ever plans to be involved in a car accident, but accidents do happen. The accidents that take place can range from pedestrian accidents to tractor-trailer accidents. Such accidents can cause a range of auto accident injuries; however, some of the crashes that occur in the city are fatal car accidents. The loss of a family member or loved one in a motor vehicle accident can be one of the greatest tragedies that a person ever experiences.

If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident and you have questions about your legal rights, allow one of our skilled car accident attorneys to help you. Call us toll-free or email us as soon as possible to discuss the details of your case.

Types Of Fatal Car Accidents
Fatalities can occur in various types of accidents. For example, many alcohol-related crashes can result in fatalities. Likewise, lives can be lost in:

Intersection accidents
Cab and limousine accidents
Commercial truck accidents
Intersections are often places where drivers use poor judgment and make costly mistakes that can lead to injuries of the neck and head or even death. In fact, the Driving Institute of America reported that more than 40 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involved drivers who failed to yield the right of way.

With respect to cab and limo accidents, passengers should be aware that they have rights if the vehicle is involved in an accident. Similarly, those who have lost family members or loved ones in such accidents might also have a right to recover from the loss of those individuals.

Any individual who has lost a loved one because of an accident that involved a commercial truck is encouraged to speak with a skilled accident lawyer as soon as possible because there are a number of factors to consider in such cases. No matter the type of fatal car accident, it is important that family members realize that, in many instances, they have rights with respect to seeking just compensation from those who caused the accident.

Wrongful Death Actions
A family member or personal representative of the deceased individual’s estate can file a wrongful death action against the party or parties who were responsible for the loved one’s death.

Under Texas law, in order to succeed in a wrongful death suit, the family member or representative must demonstrate that the deceased was killed due to someone else’s misconduct or negligence. Additionally, grieving family members should keep in mind that they must file a wrongful death lawsuit within a certain period of time; otherwise, they may lose their rights to recovery.

If you have lost a family member in a fatal car accident of any kind, contact one of our competent accident lawyers as soon as possible because time is of the essence. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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What You Need To Know

Quite often, car accident victims have many questions and concerns after they have been involved in crashes. A wealth of information is available for accident victims, some of which is helpful and some of which is incorrect. Going through that information can take a great deal of time. What you need to know as an accident victim is that there is help available to you and you don’t have to deal with the legalities of the accident alone.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and you have questions, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys right away. Call us toll-free or email us today to talk about the facts of your case.

What You Need To Know In A Nutshell
There are many questions that go through the minds of accident victims at the time of collisions or shortly thereafter. However, there are a few common questions and concerns that victims often have. Some of those questions and concerns are:

Do I have a case?: One of the first things that you must consider is whether or not you actually have a viable case. This can be difficult for you to do on your own; however, a skilled car accident lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise you appropriately.
How much is a car accident settlement worth?: Whenever a person sustains injuries from a car accident, he or she might consider settling with the responsible parties for the damages incurred. Not all accident cases are equal, though, so it is important for an accident victim to speak with an attorney who can provide advice about the value of his or her specific case.
Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?: Many individuals often wonder whether or not they need a lawyer to handle their car accident cases. However, there are a number of factors to consider before answering yes or no to the question.
What to do after a car accident: Quite often, accident victims get flustered and nervous after the occurrence of accidents, and some people are unaware of the steps that they should take following an accident. Certain things should be done after an accident in order to preserve your legal rights.
Working with the auto insurance company: Some individuals believe that insurers have their best interests at heart when it comes to providing fair compensation for an accident. However, that is not always the case. Most insurance companies attempt to settle low with a person to save as much money as possible.
Auto accident victims have many questions, and the questions and issues mentioned above are provided in an effort to give victims a good starting point for conducting their research.

Find Out What You Need To Know From An Attorney
As tempting as it may be for accident victims to simply look on the Internet for information and take it as truth, obtaining the most up-to-date legal information directly from an attorney should be a top priority.

If you or a family member has been involved in a motor vehicle accident and you have questions or concerns regarding that accident, contact one of our skilled accident attorneys today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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Do I Have A Case?

Once car accident victims deal with the shock and anguish that can occur after crashes, they might start to develop questions about liability. For example, a victim who was hit by a truck driver might wonder whether or not there are others beyond the driver who can be held responsible for the injuries suffered. However, while this is a valid question, one of the first questions that a victim should ask is, “Do I have a case?”

Determining whether or not an accident victim has a viable case can be tricky. There are many factors involved in making the determination. That is why it is best for individuals who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents to speak with well-versed car accident attorneys prior to making any decisions on their own.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident and you want to know if you have a case, contact one of our capable lawyers today to discuss the facts of your case. Call us toll-free or email us for more information.

How To Determine If You Have A Case
Car accidents can happen for any number of reasons. However, quite often, motor vehicle crashes occur because one or more drivers were negligent in some way with regard to the operation of the vehicle. Among the many things you need to know, you should know that drivers who operate motor vehicles have an obligation to use reasonable care when driving their vehicles.

If a driver fails to use reasonable care, he or she might be held responsible for any injuries or damages suffered in an accident. When an accident victim is determining if he or she has a case, one of the first things to consider is whether or not another driver was negligent.

Factors To Consider When Assessing The Viability Of A Case
Prior to making the final decision to sue an individual or entity for damages, accident victims should keep in mind that a number of factors should be taken under consideration first. Some of the factors for consideration include:

Possible legal strategies
Favorable and unfavorable elements in the case
Likelihood of a settlement
With respect to possible legal strategies, a lawyer who typically handles car accident cases will likely have an idea of what strategies will work and what strategies won’t work based on the facts of the case.

If an attorney sees certain obstacles in the case that can’t be defeated, he or she may advise the accident victim to forego pursuing a lawsuit and work towards obtaining a settlement instead, particularly if more obstacles exist than favorable elements. Working with your auto insurance company can be a tough task, but a skilled attorney will already be aware of the common tricks and tactics that insurers typically use.

Do You Have A Case? Let A Lawyer Advise You
It is always a good idea for accident victims to work with skilled lawyers with respect to their car accident cases. A lawyer can let victims know whether or not pursuing lawsuits or obtaining settlements would be in their best interests.

If you or a family member has questions about whether or not you have a good case, contact one of our accident attorneys today. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule a consultation.

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How Much Is A Car Accident Settlement Worth?

How much is a car accident settlement worth? The answer to that will depend on the facts of the case. If you’ve been in a car accident, there are many things you need to know. The first thing you should know is that if you were hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for both your economic and non-economic losses.

Regardless of whether the injuries incurred were minor or severe, the person or entity responsible for the accident is obligated to make the accident victim financially whole again. That being the case, it is important for accident victims to have an idea of how much a car accident settlement is worth prior to reaching any agreements with the responsible party or parties.

If you or a loved one has questions about the potential value of your car accident settlement, contact one of our skilled car accident attorneys immediately. Call us toll-free or email us as soon as possible to discuss the case.

How Much Is A Car Accident Settlement Worth? Depends On The Strength Of The Liability Claim
In order for a car accident victim to recover monetary compensation for the injuries suffered, he or she must show that the other driver was negligent or careless while operating the motor vehicle. This means that the victim will be required to prove that the other driver failed to use reasonable care, and that failure was what caused the accident that brought about the injuries.

There are a number of driver actions that can constitute negligence, such as:

Tailgating or following too closely
Driving too fast for the road conditions
Disobeying traffic signs and signals
Texting or using a cellphone while driving
Having evidence to demonstrate any of the above actions will be crucial to the case. However, many accident victims don’t know what they should do after a car accident, and their lack of knowledge might cause them to lose valuable pieces of evidence.

The Extent Of Damages Will Be Important To Determining How Much A Car Settlement Is Worth
If liability exists, the only thing left to figure out is how much monetary compensation is appropriate based on the extent of the injuries sustained. Insurance adjusters generally gather various pieces of information regarding the severity of the injuries, the amount of medical care needed, and the overall prognosis prior to making a settlement offer.

Some insurance companies use a special computer program to formulate a settlement offer; however, some insurers may choose to calculate the amount of the accident victim’s medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses.

Occasionally, insurers will need to consider additional factors. For example, if an accident victim was responsible for taking care of a child or an elderly relative prior to the occurrence of the accident, the accident victim may need to hire a caregiver to manage those responsibilities. This, and several other things, should be taken into account before making a final settlement offer.

If you or a family member has been hurt in a motor vehicle accident and you have concerns about how much your settlement might be worth, allow one of our car accident lawyers to help you. Call us today toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment.

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Do I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident?

Do I have a viable case? What should I do next? These are both common questions that car accident victims typically ask. However, there is another question that some victims grapple with after they’ve calmed down and taken time to evaluate their situations, and that question is, “Do I need a lawyer for a car accident?”

The answer to the question will depend on the facts and issues involved in the case. However, you will need to consider several things before making a final decision with regard to whether or not you need a lawyer for a car accident.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an automobile accident, you may have questions about your need for a lawyer. Speak with one of our knowledgeable car accident attorneys about your case before making a final decision. Call us toll-free or email us today to discuss your options.

How Will I Know If I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident?
Not all accident cases necessitate the use of a lawyer. For example, if the accident in question only involved a small amount of property damage and no physical injuries, the accident victim might be better served handling the case on his or her own.

On the other hand, accident victims who have injuries that require ongoing medical treatment or physical therapy may want to consider working with a skilled car accident attorney in order to ensure that they receive just compensation for the injuries incurred and the long-term care that will be required.

Of course, deciding whether or not to hire a lawyer for a case is always up to the individual, but what you need to know is that accident victims who have lawyers by their sides tend to benefit greatly from their knowledge and skills.

Reasons Why Hiring An Attorney Might Be Helpful
Anyone who suffers injuries because of another person’s carelessness has certain rights under the law. Some accident victims might not be aware of their rights; therefore, hiring a lawyer might be beneficial to those who are not familiar with their legal rights.

Depending on the circumstances, there are additional reasons why working with a lawyer might be a good idea, including the following:

There are time limitations under the law for filing car accident lawsuits. If an accident victim does not bring the suit within the required time, the victim will lose his or her right to sue.
Insurance companies might not share an accident victim’s views regarding the accident. A lawyer can help with the negotiations and work to obtain fair compensation.
An accident victim might miss some of the potential damages to which he or she may be entitled. There may be many opportunities for compensation in a case, and a skilled attorney can make sure that all possible avenues are considered.

If you have been involved in a car accident and you want to make a determination regarding whether or not you need a lawyer for your accident case, contact one of our well-versed car accident attorneys immediately. Call us toll-free or email us today to schedule an appointment.

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What To Do After A Car Accident

Car accidents can be extremely traumatic for some individuals. In fact, depending on the severity of the accident, some people experience long-term emotional issues afterward. Still, as the accident victim, you are required to do certain things under the law after the accident, and knowing what to do after a car accident is critical to ensuring that your legal rights are protected.

Given the state that many accident victims are in at the time of the incident, it should not be surprising that some victims do not have a clue about what needs to be done right away and what can be done at a later date. What you need to know is that it is imperative for you to speak with an attorney prior to making statements to an insurance company or signing any forms.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, the experience might be very frightening and overwhelming for you. Allow one of our skilled car accident attorneys to help you handle the legalities of the case. Call us toll-free or email us for more information.

Safety First
One of the first things that an accident victim should do after a crash is to ensure his or her own personal safety, as well as the safety of any other passengers who may have been in the vehicle. Where possible, accident victims should move their vehicles over to the side of the road.

Get Medical Attention For Yourself And Others
An individual’s health and well-being are of utmost importance. If you, your passengers, or others at the accident scene have sustained injuries, the law requires you to provide reasonable assistance, if you are able to do so. That assistance could be something as simple as calling an ambulance or providing first aid if you have the know-how.

Stay Put And Call The Police
Under Texas law, after an accident occurs, all parties to the accident are required to stop and remain at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to a separate set of issues that an accident victim will not want to deal with. Additionally, if you have the means to do so, call the police. The police will play an important role in any potential case you might bring because it is from them that you will receive a police report that will provide a description of what happened.

Gather Evidence
Accident victims should keep in mind that evidence will be crucial to proving their cases. It is very important for victims to keep a list of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the parties of the accident, any witnesses to the accident, and the law enforcement officer who arrived at the scene and wrote the report. Also, if possible, accident victims should take photos of the scene, any damage to the vehicles and property, and any injuries incurred.

A Lawyer Can Tell You What To Do After A Car Accident
Some accident victims might become quite concerned with how much a car accident settlement is worth in light of the medical bills and ongoing treatment they might face. That is why it is crucial that victims know what to do after a car accident because following the proper steps can lead to a successful outcome to a case or claim.

If you have questions about the steps to take after an accident, call us toll-free or email us today to schedule a consultation.

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Working With The Auto Insurance Company

Working with an auto insurance company can be a huge headache for accident victims. Insurers often use a variety of tactics on accident victims during so-called negotiations that may or may not be beneficial for the victim in the long run. What you should know as an accident victim is that whenever a claims adjuster shows some resistance with respect to a claim, you are not obligated to take a lower settlement offer as final.

Some individuals want to know if they need a lawyer for a car accident, especially if they do not intend to file a lawsuit. Even if an accident victim doesn’t intend to file a suit, having a lawyer by his or her side when attempting to work with the auto insurance company can prove to be quite valuable.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and you believe that you need help working with the auto insurance company, contact one of our knowledgeable attorneys as soon as possible. Call us toll-free or email us today for more information.

Insurance Requirements Under Texas Law
Texas requires its drivers and vehicle owners to be financially responsible for their actions with respect to the vehicles they operate. All drivers and owners must have written proof of financial responsibility. Under state law, drivers can prove financial responsibility by having:

At least $30,000 of coverage for injuries per person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 of coverage for property damage. This is called 30/60/25 coverage.
Individuals who don’t have the above-mentioned evidence can face legal penalties that will only make a bad car accident situation even worse.

Working With The Auto Insurance Company To Reach A Fair Agreement
Individuals who have suffered injuries and damages in automobile accidents want to obtain the most amount of compensation to which they feel entitled. However, claims adjusters are constantly looking to find ways to lower potential payouts and save the insurance company as much money as possible.

Two parties with competing interests can lead to some difficult negotiations. That said, accident victims who are concerned with ensuring that they obtain the best possible outcome should consider working with a local accident lawyer who has experience in dealing with insurance companies.

One thing that an accident victim should keep in mind is that insurers often attempt to rush victims to agree to settlements as quickly as possible. However, if an accident victim agrees too soon, he or she may miss out on compensation for additional medical and repair bills that the insurer or victim might not have considered initially.

If you or a family member has been in an accident and you’re thinking about handling insurance negotiations on your own, contact one of our lawyers first. Call us toll-free or email us to schedule an appointment today.

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Car Accident Lawyers Working To Protect Your Rights

The experienced car accident lawyers at our Law Firm work to protect the rights of their clients. Just like each car accident is unique, so is each accident victim. They understand this and provide individually tailored service to every victim they represent. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, you should contact our dedicated attorneys.

Our attorneys will work with you and your family to determine the best way to approach your case. We will also handle all of the accident-related paperwork and will communicate with insurance companies on your behalf. With our attorneys on your side, you will have the time to focus on the important things in life.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Call us toll-free to learn about your options.
Car accidents happen often and unexpectedly. Many car accidents are caused by factors such as texting and driving, drunk driving, and other negligent types of driving. For those researching ways to get financial compensation after being seriously injured in a car accident, get a car accident lawyer.

What Types Of Accidents Produce Compensation Claims?
There are many types of motor vehicle accidents that give rise to claims for financial compensation. Accidents that involve cars, trucks, and pedestrians have the potential to create severe injuries or deaths. Careful driving could have prevented many motor vehicle accidents that cause debilitating and life-altering injuries. A car accident lawyer with experience in motor vehicle accidents can determine if pursuing some kind of compensation is right for you and will tell you what steps to take.

Do You Know What Caused Your Car Accident?
Many factors, all coming together is what creates a car accident. However, the most common car accident causes include texting, drunk driving, and dangerous roads. Regardless of what specifically caused your accident, you should consider the services of a car accident lawyer. If factors beyond your control, such as the negligent action of another driver, caused your accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Car Accident Injuries Can Be Very Serious
Car accident injuries can be serious, leaving victims with debilitating damage or even fatal injuries. Some of the most common car accident injuries include head, neck, and back injuries. Car accident injuries can require expensive medical treatments, and you may be having difficulty paying your medical bills. If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to receive a settlement.

Do You Have Questions? Get The Answers You Need From A Car Accident Lawyer
After a car accident, it is normal to have many questions about finances. To get answers to some of these questions, you can visit the car accident info center. However, it is important to remember that many of these answers are general and may not apply to your case. Get answers that specifically apply to your case by contacting a car accident attorney as soon as possible.

Remember, you might have options that you’re not aware of yet. Do not risk missing out on a possible financial settlement – call for a case evaluation as soon as possible after an accident.

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