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National Burn Awareness Month: Fire Safety and Burn Prevention

While it is good to know how to identify and treat burns, the best defense against burn injuries is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Below are some proactive steps you can take to prevent fires, burns, and scalding injuries.

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips for Your Home

  • Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home and check them monthly to ensure they are functioning. Generally, it is best to replace batteries at least every six months.
  • Get the wiring checked in your home at least once every 10 years.
  • Get a professional to inspect and clean of your chimney once a year.
  • Have a fire extinguisher handy in your home and know how to properly use it.
  • Create a fire escape plan for your home. Perform regular fire drills and designate a meeting place outside in case of a fire.
  • Do not leave lit candles unattended.
  • Do not smoke in bed and discard all used cigarettes. Fires caused by smoking materials are the leading cause of deaths in house fires.
  • Cooking fires are the leading cause of house fires. Put out a small fire on a stove by sliding a lid over the flames.

Burn Prevention and Safety Tips for Your Home

  • Wear gloves and other protective clothing when handling chemicals. Store chemicals and gasoline out of the reach of children in order to prevent chemical burns.
  • Cover all electrical outlets that are within a child’s reach and throw away electrical cords that are frayed and damaged in order to prevent electrical burns.
  • Use space heaters carefully and teach children to stay away from them.
  • Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet or where children can’t reach them.
  • Cover car seats with a towel when parking in the sun. If you have children under the age of one, always check the car seat to see how hot it is. Hot seat-belt straps or buckles can cause second-degree burns on small children.
  • Don’t let small children play near the stove or help you cook at the stove.
  • Don’t wear clothing with long, loose sleeves when you are cooking.
  • Do not use a microwave oven to warm baby bottles. The liquid may heat up unevenly and scald your baby’s mouth.
  • Unplug hot irons, such as clothes irons or curling irons, and keep them out of reach of children.

How to Prevent Scalding Injuries in Your Home

  • Test the water temperature before you or your children bathe. Don’t let young children touch the faucet handles during a bath.
  • Set the temperature on your water heater to 120º F, or use the “low-medium” setting. Water that is hotter than this can cause burns in 2 to 3 seconds.
  • Turn the handles of pots and pans toward the side of the stove, or use the back burners of the stove.
  • Use cool-water humidifiers or vaporizers. If you use hot-steam vaporizers, keep them out of the reach of children.

What to Do if There Is a Fire in Your Home

  • Use your family escape plan and meet at your designated meeting place immediately.
  • Smoke and heat rise, so it’s best to stay as close to the ground as possible.
  • Before opening doors, check to see if the door is hot or cool. If the door is hot, do not open it – this means that the fire is nearby. When a door is cool, open the door cautiously and slowly.
  • Close doors in order to separate yourself from the fire.
  • If you or your clothing catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll.

Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a severe burn injury, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experience burn injury lawyers are available to assist you. If you sustained your burn injury due to the negligence of an individual or company, you may be entitled to collect damages for medical costs, lost wages from missing work, future earnings, and more. We will handle your case with care and ensure that you are in the best position to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

Burn Injury Awareness Month: What to do After a Burn Injury

The first step is to stop the burning to prevent a more severe injury, each type of burn has different protocol for immediate treatment. After immediate action, you should assess your injuries and act accordingly.

When a burn injury occurs, the first step is to prevent further injury. Each type of burn has a different protocol for immediate treatment. Once immediate action is taken, you should assess your injuries and consider seeking medical attention.

What to do Immediately After a Burn

  • Heat Burns: Cover any open flames with a blanket or water. Assess your burn after.
  • Cold Temperature Burns: Warm the areas of your body that are affected through blowing warm air in them, tucking them inside your clothing, or submerging them in warm water.
  • Liquid Scald Burns: Run cool tap water over the burn for 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Electrical Burns: Check for steady breathing and a steady heartbeat or pulse. If the individual is not breathing call 911 immediately.
  • Chemical Burns: Find out what chemical caused the burn. Call your local Poison Control Center or the National Poison Control Hotline (1-800-222-1222) for more information on treatment for the burn.
  • Tar or Hot Plastic Burns: Immediately run cold water over the hot tar or hot plastic to cool the tar or plastic.

How to Evaluate Your Burn

  • First Degree: First degree burns affect the top-most layer of the skin and are characterized by redness, minor inflammation or swelling, pain.
  • Second Degree: Also called partial thickness burns, second degree burns damage the first and second layers of skin and may affect deeper skin layers. These burns cause the skin to blister and are characterized by extreme redness and soreness.
  • Third Degree: Third degree burns or full thickness burns injure all the skin layers and skin tissue and require medical treatment. These burns are so extensive that there may not be pain because of nerve damage. Look for charred skin or skin with a waxy or whit color. Skin may also appear raised or leathery.
  • Fourth Degree: These burns extend past the skin to the muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bones, always requiring medical treatment

Follow Up Actions

  • Look for other injuries besides the burn
  • Remove any items from the burn such as jewelry or clothing. If an article of clothing is stuck to the burn do not detach it. Cut around the stuck fabric, removing any loose fabric.

Preparing to See a Doctor

  • Cover the burn with a clean, dry cloth to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Refrain from applying any salve or medicine to the injury so your doctor will be able to properly assess the burn.
  • Refrain from applying ice or butter to the burn, this may damage the skin tissue.

Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a severe burn injury, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experience burn injury lawyers are available to assist you. If you sustained your burn injury due to the negligence of an individual or company, you may be entitled to collect damages for medical costs, lost wages from missing work, future earnings, and more. We will handle your case with care and ensure that you are in the best position to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

National Burn Awareness Week: Types of Burns and Levels of Severity

There are various types of burn injuries, all of which are measured by their level of severity. No matter the cause of a burn, they are categorized as first, second, third, of fourth degree burns. The severity is determined based on how many layers of skin and tissue are burned.

Common Types of Burns

Understanding the various types of burns and how they occur is an essential step to prevention and treatment. Among the most common types of burns are:

  • Heat Burns – Heat burns are caused by fire, steam, hot objects, or hot liquids. Scald burns from hot liquids are the most common type of heat burn.
  • Cold Temperature Burns – Cold temperature burns occur when skin is exposed to wet, windy, or cold conditions.
  • Electrical Burns – Electrical burns are caused by contact with electrical sources or lightning.
  • Chemical Burns – Chemical burns are caused by contact with household or industrial chemicals. These chemicals can be in the form of a liquid, solid, or gas.
  • Radiation Burns – Radiation burns can be caused by the sun, tanning booths, sunlamps, X-rays, or radiation therapy for cancer treatments.
  • Friction Burns – Friction burns are a form of abrasion caused by the friction of skin rubbing against a surface.

Identifying the Severity of a Burn

Less serious burns occur while performing daily activities and can transpire from contact with hot water, curling irons, stoves, etc. Generally, less severe burns can simply be treated through home remedies. More severe burns may injure the skin and damage other parts of the body such as muscles, blood vessels, nerves, lungs, and eyes. Severe burns require immediate medical treatment.

When attempting to identify the severity of a burn, medical professionals will use the following categories.

  • First-Degree Burns: Considered mild compared to other burns, but can still be painful. They result in pain and reddening of the out-layer of skin called the epidermis.
  • Second-Degree Burns: Also referred to as partial thickness burns, second-degree burns affect the epidermis and the dermis (the lower layer of skin). Second-degree burns are generally characterized by swelling and blistering in addition to pain and redness.
  • ThirdDegree Burns: Third-degree burns are referred to as full thickness burns as they pass through the dermis and affect deeper tissues. Third-degree burns result in white or blackened, charred skin that may be numb. The numbness is causes by nerve damage.
  • Fourth-Degree Burns: These burns extend past the skin to the muscle, ligaments, tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bones. Fourth degree burns are result in extreme damage and always requiring medical treatment.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Burn Injuries?

Burn injuries can occur almost anywhere and can be caused by a multitude of factors, including:

If your burn injury was caused by negligence on the part of an individual or company, you may choose to hire an attorney to help recover damages including past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.

Contact an Experienced Burn Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one have been the victim of a severe burn injury, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. Our experience burn injury lawyers are available to assist you. If you sustained your burn injury due to the negligence of an individual or company, you may be entitled to collect damages for medical costs, lost wages from missing work, future earnings, and more. We will handle your case with care and ensure that you are in the best position to achieve the real results you deserve.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free case review.

 

Study Shows CTE is Caused by Hits to the Head, Not Concussions

Human brain wrapped in bandages.

According to the Washington Post, a new study has found additional evidence linking chronic traumatic encephalopathy to hits to the head rather than concussions.

Study Author Says Concussions are Irrelevant in Triggering CTE

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma, such as football players, other athletes, and combat veterans.

Previously, CTE was thought to being caused by concussive head injuries and loss of consciousness. However, current studies continue to show that not only does the injured individual not have to lose consciousness in order to be at an increased risk of CTE, but even subconcussive hits can lead to CTE.

This is further supported by a new study led by Boston University researchers which analyzed the brains of teenagers with head injuries and used mice to recreate head trauma.

The analysis found that “concussion is really irrelevant for triggering CTE,” according to Dr. Lee Goldstein, an associate professor at Boston University School of Medicine and College of Engineering and a corresponding author of the study. In reality, Dr. Goldstein says it is the hit that matters.

CTE Is Not Only a Problem for Professional Athletes

In addition to discussing the study’s findings, Dr. Goldstein also relayed that the extent of CTE sufferers extends well beyond professional athletes. In addition to the NFL, which has been the subject of news and controversy the past couple of years, vulnerable populations include:

  • Military veterans
  • Victims of domestic abuse
  • Incarcerated populations
  • Homeless individuals

However, Dr. Goldstein also pointed out that CTE is not limited to vulnerable populations, saying “It’s a big problem for the NFL, a bigger problem for amateur athletics, and an even larger problem still for the general public.”

2,000 7-Eleven Customers Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis A

Salt Lake County health officials warn that 2,000 residents could have been potentially exposed to hepatitis A at a 7-Eleven convenience store.

About the 7-Eleven Hepatitis A Exposure

According to the CNN, people who visited a 7-Eleven location in West Jordan between December 26 and January 3 could have been exposed to hepatitis A if they used a restroom in the store or consumed certain foods sold at the location.

In a statement, the Salt Lake County Health Department said “The possible hepatitis A exposure occurred when an infected employee worked while ill and potentially handled certain items in the store.” Additionally, officials believe the incident is connected to a wider hepatitis A outbreak in the area.

Among those at risk, are customers who used the restroom or consumed fountain drinks, fresh fruit, or food from the hot food case. These customers are urged to contact the county health department for information about receiving a preventive hepatitis A injection.

As of Monday, 256 people had been referred by the county health department to get an injection.

What is Hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver disease and is most frequently transmitted by eating food or drinking water handled by someone who has not properly washed their hands, but it can also be spread by sex and illicit drug use.

Common symptoms of hepatitis A include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Fatigue

Symptoms may take 15 to 50 days to appear.

 

 

Will My Texas Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

The truth is that many personal injury cases are resolved early on without need to go to trial. Still, when an insurance company fails to provide you with a fair and just settlement, you and your attorney may seek other recourse.

Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me Settle My Claim?

Insurance companies will attempt to pay out as little as possible when resolving an injury claim. When an individual pursues compensation from an insurance company without the aid of an attorney, the insurance company may see the lack of representation as an opportunity to low ball the injured victim as there is no immediate risk of trial or legal recourse.

By hiring a competent attorney who has a reputation of achieving large verdicts in the courtroom, you are sending a message to the insurer. It will provide the insurance company with extra incentive to offer a fair settlement the first time.

If that first offer is not fair, an experienced personal attorney will have the resources and the knowledge to negotiate with the insurance company in pursuit of a better offer.

When Will Settlement Negotiations Begin?

When settlement discussions begin will depend on the size and complexity of a case. Larger cases may progress further before negotiations begin as neither side wants to appear overeager or desperate to resolve a matter.

After your personal injury case has been filed, your attorney and the defense will begin pretrial investigations. This is known as the discovery process. During discovery, attorneys will begin gathering evidence and may solicit written answers from the opposition, known as interrogatories, or request sworn testimony under oath, known as depositions.

Keep in mind that it is rare for insurance companies to engage in serious settlement negotiations before completing the discovery process.

In larger, more complex cases, such as on the job accidents or commercial trucking accidents, defense attorneys may wait for the plaintiff’s attorney to identify their expert witnesses before discussing settlement amounts. This is because expert witnesses can make or break a case. If a personal injury attorney is able to obtain expert witnesses who are knowledgeable and capable of providing compelling testimony, chances are the attorney has done the work necessary to make a valid case during trial.

What are Other Ways to Resolve a Case Outside of Court?

Another common way to resolve a personal injury case outside of court is through arbitration. Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which the plaintiff and defendant agree to be bound by a decision handed down by impartial adjudicators called arbitrators.

Unlike litigation, where parties are assigned a judge, arbitration allows parties to choose their own tribunal and is often faster than an in-court trial. Additionally, defendants may seek an arbitral proceeding as arbitral awards are generally non-public and can be made confidential if both parties agree to it.

Other times, arbitral proceedings may be required as part of an ancillary agreement. That is, the fine print of a consumer on employee agreement states that they have agreed to mandatory binding pre-dispute arbitration by purchasing a product or taking a job. If arbitration is mandatory and binding, it means the parties have waived their rights to have a judge or jury decide their case.

What Can I Expect if My Case Goes to Trial?

If your case goes to trial, expect your attorney to fight for you. If you have hired a competent attorney, then they would have already gathered the evidence and witness testimony to prove your claim before a jury or judge.

Your attorney will also coach you on court room procedures and how to handle questioning and cross-examination.

Going to trial can feel intimidating; however, with the right attorney on your side, you can at least feel well prepared and confident that your best interests will be represented. Thomas J. Henry has been successfully trying cases against large trucking companies for the past 30 years and has built a reputation by securing record-breaking jury verdicts.

With a team of more than 100 attorneys ready to represent injured clients at a moment’s notice, we have the money and the resources to fight and win against even the largest trucking companies.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide. Our priority is to provide our clients with the best legal representation. Our experienced trial attorneys are committed to defending your rights in personal injury matters including defective products, recalled drugs, child injuries, and auto accidents.

Should I Be Concerned if I Am Running Up Medical Bills?

If you have been involved in a personal injury accident, you need to seek medical attention. However, many people may be deterred from seeking proper treatment due to concerns caused by ever increasing medical bills.

Whether you medical bills are $5,000, $10,000, or $100,000, you need to focus on your recovery and take care of your health. Hire an attorney to handle the rest.

What If I Can’t Afford My Immediate Medical Expenses?

Following a personal injury accident, it is not uncommon for healthcare providers in your community to provide your immediate healthcare needs based on the future of your case. What this means is that healthcare providers and even specialists will provide treatment and provide the bills for those procedures to you so you can apply those bills towards your claim.

Also, if you are working with an attorney on your case, do not be afraid to address any financial concerns you may have when speaking about your case. Your attorney is there to help you on you physical recovery in addition to your financial recover.

May attorneys work closely with medical providers and may even be able to refer you to a doctor or specialist who is both familiar with your injuries and is also willing to provide the medical attention you need based on the future of your case.

What Kind of Medical Bills Can I Recover in My Personal Injury Case?

Medical bills that are associated with the diagnoses and treatment of your injuries can be sought in your Texas personal injury case. You may also add expenses related to your long-term recovery, such as physical therapy.

Typical examples of expenses sought in a Texas personal injury claim are:

  • Hospital bills
  • Laboratory fees
  • Surgery costs
  • Therapy and rehabilitation expenses
  • Costs of prescription medicines
  • Pain and suffering management

When seeking compensation for medical expenses, it is essential that you attend all medical appointments and therapy sessions. Failure to attend these appointments may result in the defense challenging the validity of your injuries, possible lowering the damages awarded.

How Can I Prove My Medical Expenses?

Medical bills are complicated and proving your expenses will often require the help of medical experts and legal professionals. This is why it is so important that you seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Your attorney will make sure you injuries and medical expenses are thoroughly documented and that your damages are calculated and account for all future problems before submitting a request for compensation.

Your attorney will also consult with expert witnesses, both in the medical field and investigative field, to prove that your injuries are in fact the result of your accident.

Among the experts who may be hired for your personal injury case are:

  • Medical Doctors and Physicians
  • Biomechanical Engineers
  • Forensic Experts
  • Accident re-constructionists
  • Health care administrators
  • Wound care specialists
  • Reconstructive surgeons

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide. Our priority is to provide our clients with the best legal representation. Our experienced trial attorneys are committed to defending your rights in personal injury matters including defective products, recalled drugs, child injuries, and auto accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact our offices immediately – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

In Texas, a personal injury case is only worth what a jury is willing to award you. This is why you need an attorney who can not only prove the economic damages you have sustained due to your accident, but can also demonstrate the value of non-economic damages you may have sustained, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.

What are Examples of Economic Damages?

Economic damages are losses that have intrinsic monetary value. The two most common examples of economic damages sought in a personal injury case are medical expenses and lost wages.

When seeking medical expenses following a personal injury accident, you are entitled to reimbursement for procedures and services, including:

  • Doctor visits
  • Hospital stays
  • Emergency room treatment
  • Ambulance fees
  • Nursing services
  • Medication costs
  • MRIs, x-rays, and other scans
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy

To be awarded these damages you will have to demonstrate that the expenses are related to medical conditions resulting from the accident or injuries being addressed in your personal injury claim. You may also recoup future medical expenses provided your injuries will require ongoing treatment. The total amount of medical expenses is sometimes used to determine whether the overall award of damages is reasonable.

Lost wages represent the amount of money you would have earned from the time of an injury to the date of settlement. You can also recover loss of earning capacity if you have sustained a long-term disability and will be unable to make as much money as you did before your accident as well as damages for lost opportunities such as an interview or promotion you missed out on while you were recovering.

Aside from basic wage calculations (how much direct pay you lost), you are also able to claim:

  • Money that reflects a promotion or wage increase provided you were due for a wage increase or promotion while out of work.
  • Loss of commissions on sales.
  • Bonuses that you were paid in the past and were on track to receive prior to your injury.
  • Loss of fringe benefits.
  • Loss of pension benefits.

You can even recoup damages for the vacation or sick leave you used while recovering from your injury.

What Are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages are those that do not have a clear monetary value connected to them. As such, they can be difficult to quantify, and it can be even more difficult to demonstrate their determined value of the damages to a jury.

When seeking non-economic damages, you may pursue the following:

  • Pain and suffering – If you injury has resulted in pain or serious discomfort, you may be entitled to pain and suffering damages. This can include pain experienced when an injury was caused, pain experienced immediately after an injury was caused, and any ongoing pain that can be attributed to the injury or accident.
  • Loss of enjoyment – These damages attempt to quantify loss of enjoyment in day-to-day pursuits like hobbies, exercise, and other recreational activities.
  • Emotional distress – Not all injuries are physical. If your accident or injury has had a psychological impact and has resulted in things like anxiety, depression, or sleep loss, you may be entitled to emotional distress damages.
  • Loss of consortium – Typically applied to wrongful death lawsuits, loss of consortium damages can also be sought when a severe injury has resulted in a loss of companionship or an inability to maintain a sexual relationship with a spouse. Children may also sue for loss of consortium if the injuries have significantly hampered the victim’s ability to provide care, nurturing, or comfort.

Are There Any Other Damages I Can Collect in My Personal Injury Case?

There is a final type of damage a jury may award you, provided your case meets a strict criteria. These are known as punitive damages.

Punitive damages are different from compensatory damages in that they are not meant to give a plaintiff back something that was lost. They are meant to punish the defendant for conduct that was especially reckless or malicious and demonstrate to society that the conduct displayed by the defendant will not be tolerated.

In order for punitive damages to be awarded, there must first be actual damages. Actual damages are thing s like medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of wages. Without actual damages, punitive damages cannot occur.

Second, you must be able to demonstrate that the defendant acted with gross negligence. This means showing:

  1. That a reasonable person in the same situation as the defendant would have known that their behavior or conduct involved an extreme degree of risk.
  2. That the defendant knew of the risk but acted with disregard.

The most common example of gross negligence in an auto accident is when a person is injured or killed by a drunk driver. When a drunk driver gets behind the will, they have made a deliberate choice to ignore the obvious risk they could pose to others.

How Will an Experienced Injury Attorney Pursue My Claim?

In order to win your personal injury claim, your attorney will need to develop your case in a way that accurately demonstrates any economic and non-economic damages you have incurred. This will require legal expertise, financial resources, and a knowledgeable support staff.

Thomas J. Henry has the legal and financial resources necessary to properly develop and handle your case in the most effective and efficient way possible. Client satisfaction is paramount, and our attorneys make sure every client is treated with respect, is kept informed with the most up-to-date information on their case, and is made comfortable throughout the entire legal process as we work to secure the compensation they deserve.

We are constantly exploring and implementing new and innovative solutions in the areas of case management, client interaction, and information security. Through satellite technologies, live streaming, and jet services, our lawyers are accessible to clients from anywhere in the world. Can’t make it to one of our Texas law offices? No worries — our lawyers can come to you at your home, workplace, or hospital. Case files and information can also be accessed at the click of a mouse, allowing information to be expedited between our team and to other legal professionals.

In personal injury cases, it can be extremely important to retain expert witnesses with specialized knowledge on a subject related to the case. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the best expert witnesses across the United States. Our firm retains the most qualified experts for each individual case, from accident reconstruction experts to medical professionals. Every expert undergoes a rigorous and in-depth examination process before ever being involved in a client’s case.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide. Our priority is to provide our clients with the best legal representation. Our experienced trial attorneys are committed to defending your rights in personal injury matters including defective products, recalled drugs, child injuries, and auto accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact our offices immediately – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

Will I Have to Pay to Speak with an Attorney About My Texas Personal Injury Case?

If you have been injured due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another, it is essential that you contact an attorney to discuss your rights. However, seeking out an attorney can raise another series of questions, often including “How do I hire the right attorney” and “How much will it cost me to even speak to an attorney?”

The answer to the latter is heavily dependent on the attorney and how they choose to run their firm. At Thomas J. Henry, not only do we offer free consultations to discuss your legal options, we also offer a “No Fee Guarantee” which means you pay us nothing unless and until we win your case.

 How Do I Set Up a Free Consultation with an Attorney?

At Thomas J. Henry, we understand the days and months following a personal injury accident can be confusing and hectic, especially when faced alone. We want you to have the opportunity to discuss and understand your legal rights as soon as you accident occurs.

This is why we offer all injured individuals an opportunity to consult with an attorney at no cost.

To speak with an attorney, simply contact our office via phone or through on website’s contact form. The details of your accident and injury will be recorded and forwarded to an attorney for review. That attorney will explain to you what legal recourse you may have.

More than that, if you choose to have our firm represent you in your personal injury claim, your case will be handled on a contingency-fee bases. This means you will not owe us anything unless and until you case is successfully resolved.

What is a Contingency Fee?

In a contingency fee arrangement, an attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of your recovery as payment. This means that if you win your case, your attorney will collect their fees and expenses from the money awarded to you. However, if you lose your case, your attorney will collect nothing.

Most lawyers prefer not to work on contingency cases for two reasons:

  1. There is a risk the firm will be paid nothing
  2. Any payment is delayed until money is collected from the opposing party

Generally, a lawyer who accepts contingency fee cases:

  1. Regularly represents clients who lack the financial resources to pay hourly attorneys fees (as is often the case for personal injury victims).
  2. Is more selective about the cases they accept.
  3. Is very confident in their ability to win the cases they choose to handle.

Thomas J. Henry’s “No Fee Guarantee”

Since its founding in 1993, Thomas J. Henry has always operated on a contingency-fee basis. The owner of the firm, Thomas J. Henry, believes that working on a contingency-fee basis, also known as the “No Fee Guarantee”, is a critical component to building client trust.

“The No Fee Guarantee helps ensure my clients have faith in me as their attorney because I take on all the risk,” Thomas J. Henry stated. “I only take cases I believe I can win. I spend the money needed to develop the case and take it to trial.  My clients can have faith in me because I have their back.”

However, the No Fee Guarantee goes far beyond just establishing trust – it also allows clients access to resources and legal representation they might otherwise struggle to afford. The more serious a case is, the more money it costs to take to trial. This is because complex litigation tends to take longer to resolve and the entities involved fight harder.

This is especially true if your lawsuit is against a large company, as would be the case in a trucking accident or on the job injury. Such companies employee teams of lawyers and have seemingly unlimited financial resources. You need an attorney who has the same. Thomas J. Henry employs a team of more than 100 attorneys and has the money to fight your case out to the end.

Finally, by collecting any fees and expenses after a verdict or settlement is secured, Thomas J. Henry can help ensure his clients are able to focus on healing. “The client’s job is to heal. We will handle the rest,” says Thomas J. Henry.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

At Thomas J. Henry, we focus on personal injury matters and achieving the maximum recovery for you and your family. Our firm has the resources to take care of you and your family during the legal process. Our lawyers are dedicated to each and every client and their unique case. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you have sustained. Contact our personal injury attorneys — available 24/7, nights and weekends — for a free legal consultation.

 

What Should I Do if the Insurance Company Offers Me a Check Right Away?

If an insurance company offers you a check right away, do not sign it. When an insurance company seems overly eager to settle a claim, it is because they are trying to limit their liability or they are trying to beat out future damages that have yet to be identified. As such, many checks will include release language benefiting the insurer.

Make Sure All Your Injuries Have Been Diagnosed and Treated Prior to Accepting Payment

Oftentimes, when you are injured in a personal injury accident, the full extent of your injuries may not be immediately evident. The pain and discomfort that you feel may not completely diminish and may even be symptoms of a larger issue that can limit your movement and ability to perform certain tasks or job duties. This is especially common in back and neck injuries.

When an insurance company rushes a settlement check, it could be because they think your claim may result in more damages that have not yet been identified. As the full extents of your injuries are diagnosed, you may find that future therapy and treatments will be necessary.

If you have accepted a settlement from an insurer, they may have successfully excluded themselves from future liability leaving you solely responsible for future medical expenses, such as:

  • Doctor visits
  • Specialist visits
  • Medication costs
  • MRIs
  • X-Rays
  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical therapy

By contacting an experienced personal injury attorney, you can verify that a settlement offer is made with your best interests in mind. Additionally, your attorney will evaluate all of your medical bills to ensure the amount offered covers all relevant expenses and will communicate with your doctor so that all possible future expenses are properly reflected in your claim.

Make Sure the Insurance Company has Included All Economic Damages

When an insurance company attempts to settle a claim quickly, chances are they are not covering all of the economic damages you have sustained. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, for example, the insurance company will likely address vehicle repairs and immediate medical expenses as they know these items are among your greatest concerns.

However, they may be skipping out on other essential damages, such as lost wages or loss of earning capacity. Even if they do include these damages, chances are they have not covered all areas of your income.

When you pursue wage related damages, you are entitled to all wages lost – not just those associated with your base salary.

Areas often overlooked by individuals attempting to settle with an insurance company include:

  • Loss of commissions on sales
  • Loss of fringe benefits
  • Loss of pension benefits
  • Money that reflects a promotion or wage increase provided you were due for a wage increase or promotion while out of work
  • Bonuses that you were paid in the past and were on track to receive prior to your injury
  • Sick leave and vacation you may have used while recovering from your injuries

A skilled personal injury attorney will work with your employer to identify all areas of lost income and will bring these to the attention of the insurance company.

Is the Insurer Covering Non-Economic Damages?

A final area of compensation that the insurance company may try to downplay is that of non-economic damages. These are damages that do not have immediate monetary values placed on them, like lost wages and medical bills do, and understanding how much these damages are actually worth can be near impossible for those without personal injury experience.

Most insurance companies use formulas to determine an extra amount to be added to your settlement as non-economic damages. This amount is normally a predetermined percentage of you economic damages.

This kind of approach does not address your unique damages and is most often added by the insurer to make it look as though they are going above and beyond in paying out your claim so you will not hire an attorney. Think of it as “hush money.”

Non-economic damages that should be considered include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement
  • Deformation
  • Loss of consortium

Attorneys understand how non-economic damages work and how to assign value to these damages, allowing you to recover the financial compensation you truly deserve.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys is a personal injury law firm with offices in Corpus Christi, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, and Houston, Texas representing accident victims nationwide. Our priority is to provide our clients with the best legal representation. Our experienced trial attorneys are committed to defending your rights in personal injury matters including defective products, recalled drugs, child injuries, and auto accidents.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact our offices immediately – we are available 24/7, nights and weekends.

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