EXPERIENCED ACCIDENT ATTORNEYS
Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful behavior. Thomas J. Henry believes victims of such incidents are entitled to justice and compensation. Over the past two decades, our experienced attorneys have represented victims that were injured in a wide variety of accidents. Our financial and legal resources allow our team of lawyers to develop your case properly, keep in touch with you constantly, and answer any questions that may arise during the process. Thomas J. Henry has an established history of achieving record-breaking verdicts and settlements for accident victims. When choosing an attorney to represent you, your choice matters.
WHY CHOOSE THOMAS J. HENRY INJURY ATTORNEYS?
- Free case review
- Attorneys available 24/7, nights and weekends
- You don’t pay unless we win your case
- Largest personal injury firm in Texas
- More than 100 experienced injury attorneys working for you
ACCIDENT CASES WE HANDLE
Thomas J. Henry has handled a multitude of accident lawsuits over the past two decades. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients injured in a wide variety of accidents.
- Automobile accidents
- More than 2.44 million people were injured in automobile accidents in 2015. Our car crash attorneys have consistently demonstrated how negligent drivers have caused severe injuries and death to our clients and their families. We have helped injured victims involved in distracted driving and drunk driving accidents achieve the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Learn more about automobile accidents, distracted driving accidents, and drunk driving accidents.
- Trucking accidents
- Thomas J. Henry has a record of obtaining record-breaking verdicts, settlements, and judgments for clients injured in semi-truck accidents. Annually, more than 100,000 people are injured in crashes involving 18-wheelers. Our experienced truck crash attorneys understand how truck drivers are supposed to handle themselves on the roadways. When drivers and trucking companies but profits before safety, you and your family are put in danger. Learn more about large truck accidents.
- Company vehicle accidents
- A company vehicle is any vehicle owned and operated by a company that is used by employees or agents of the company. Corporations and businesses can be held responsible for the actions of their employees when they act negligently or recklessly on the roadways. A company vehicle can be a car, truck, van, tractor-trailer, bus, garbage truck, and many more. Thomas J. Henry has the financial resources necessary to take on large companies and corporations. Learn more about company vehicle accidents.
- Motorcycle accidents
- Motorcyclists are fatally injured at a clip of 27 times more frequently than passenger car occupants. When a motorcycle is struck by another vehicle in a crash, the results are oftentimes catastrophic, if not deadly. Our motorcycle crash lawyers fight diligently on behalf of our injured clients to ensure they are comfortable and informed throughout the legal process. Learn more about motorcycle accidents.
- Pedestrian accidents
- When a pedestrian is struck in a motor vehicle accident, injuries sustained in the crash may include severe disabilities, permanent scarring, and in some cases death. Injured pedestrians deserve dynamic representation from a personal injury firm with the experience and legal resources to properly develop their case. In 2014, a pedestrian was injured in a traffic crash every eight minutes in the United States. Learn more about pedestrian accidents.
- Bicycle accidents
- In most cases, bicycle accidents are avoidable, preventable, and due to the negligence of a motorist. Bicyclists can suffer serious injuries when hit by a car or truck, such as broken bones and fractures, internal organ injuries, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Sadly these accidents turned fatal 817 times in 2015. Our experienced bicycle accident lawyers will take immediate action on your case by preserving evidence and getting you the care you need. Learn more about bicycle accidents.
- Premises liability accidents
- Negligent property owners put thousands of people in danger each year due to unsafe properties. Corporations, businesses, governments, and other property owner must keep their grounds safe from hazards that could cause injury to visitors. Owners may be held liable for serious injuries or deaths that occur due to their negligence, including dog bites, amusement park accidents, slips and falls, swimming pool accidents, elevator accidents, and defective railings. Learn more about premises liability lawsuits.
- Beauty salon accidents
- Accidents occurring at beauty, hair, and nail salons can leave people with permanent and painful injuries. Salon technicians are charged with providing safe, clean services. Burns, infections, and allergic reactions are just some of the injuries that can occur at a salon. Our experienced salon injury attorneys work tirelessly and pursue every legal option possible when representing clients suffering from a salon injury. Learn more about salon injuries.
- Aviation accidents
- Planes, hot air balloons, and helicopters are examples of vehicles that can be involved in an aviation accident. Although aviation accidents are rarer than motor vehicle accidents, they can be just as deadly. Plane crashes can be caused by the negligence of a pilot, aircraft owner, or manufacturer. Skydiving and paragliding accidents can cause severe and fatal injuries as well and are oftentimes due to operator negligence. Learn more about aviation accidents.
- Maritime accidents
- Any accident that occurs during an activity or occupation related to the sea. Maritime accidents can include cruise ship accidents, oil rig workplace accidents, shipyard accidents, and fishing boats accidents. Negligence ship operators and crews as well as defective equipment and poorly maintained rigs could cause life-altering injuries and death. Our experienced maritime accident lawyers are knowledgeable in Jones Act claims. Learn more about maritime accidents.
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Our elderly family members and friends are unfortunately exposed to abuse and neglect when in the care of others at a nursing home or senior living facility. Elder abuse comes in many forms, including physical abuse, lack of medical care, theft, and coercion. At Thomas J. Henry, our team of nursing home neglect attorneys will leave no stone unturned in bringing nursing home staff and operators to justice while achieving the compensation you and your family deserves. Learn more about nursing home neglect.
LEGAL RESOURCES NECESSARY TO WIN YOUR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT
Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys has the financial resources and experienced attorneys to ensure that your accident lawsuit is handled professionally, efficiently, and effectively. We are dedicated to our clients’ needs and will explore every measure available to make our clients comfortable, informed, and in the best position possible to achieve the real results they deserve.
As a firm, we want to be as mobile as possible for our clients. From the scene of the accident to the final slam of a gavel, Thomas J. Henry is there for our clients. No matter where the accident occurs, from California to New York, our experienced personal injury attorneys are accessible — via live streaming, jet services, or satellite technologies. Not only is our team of attorneys accessible, client case information is accessible from anywhere in the country at the click of a mouse.
At Thomas J. Henry, attorneys are equipped with the most advanced technologies on the market. Providing dynamic legal representation is paramount to us. We employ state-of-the-art solutions in case management, client interaction, and information security. Accessibility is important to us, but the security and confidentiality of your information is always number one. When our lawyers have the ability to access your files from anywhere, we can keep you up-to-date with the latest news regarding your case.
HAVE YOU SUFFERED A SERIOUS INJURY?
Serious and catastrophic injuries can occur from car accidents to slip and fall accidents. Accidents can leave people with disfigurements, disabilities, permanent scarring, psychological stress, and chronic pain. These injuries oftentimes require multiple surgeries, reconstructive procedures, and years of physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Unfortunately, individuals injured in accidents due to someone else’s negligence may never be able to return to the life they once led. In some cases, injuries prove to be fatal.
Injuries come in many form, all of which cause a significant drop in quality of life. If you suffered any of the following injuries due to someone else’s negligent, dangerous, or careless actions, you may be entitled to damages.
- Burn injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Loss of limb or amputation
- Eye injuries
- Bone breaks or fractures
- Soft tissue injuries
- Hearing loss
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Neurological damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Vital or internal organ injuries and illnesses
This is by no means an exhaustive list of injuries you could sustain in an accident. At Thomas J. Henry, no matter how severe your injury, we will fight on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve.
WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT
We understand how disorienting and difficult it can be after being involved in an accident. There may be injuries — physical, emotional, psychological — that result from the accident. As an accident victim, you have rights that need to be protected. Following these steps may help the success of your potential personal injury case.
- Seek medical attention immediately for your injuries
- If you, a family member, or friend were hurt in an accident, get medical help first. Your well-being and health is paramount over anything else at this time. Be aware that some injuries are not apparent immediately after the accident and may become obvious days, weeks, or months later.
- Call the police and file a police report
- Be sure to be as accurate as possible when describing the accident to the police. Do not make assumptions or speculations regarding facts surrounding the accident and your injuries.
- Gather contact information from witnesses
- Collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any people involved in the accident, including witnesses. In some accident cases, such as automobile and trucking accidents, you should get the insurance information of all parties involved.
- Record facts and take pictures
- Document the accident by taking pictures of the scene, factors that contributed to the accident, and your injuries. We know how negligent companies, drivers, and property owners operate, and acquiring evidence from the scene can be crucial in your injury lawsuit.
- Contact an experienced accident attorney
- At Thomas J. Henry, our team of experienced injury lawyers will assist you every step of the way. Protecting the rights of our injured clients is important to us. We will take immediate action on your case to preserve evidence, examine the existing case law, and find the best expert witnesses in the country on your behalf. We will put you in the best position possible to achieve the compensation you deserve.
CHOOSING INDUSTRY EXPERT WITNESSES FOR YOUR ACCIDENT LAWSUIT
Expert witnesses have been retained in litigation for hundreds of years. In many cases, finding and using the right expert witness can make all the difference in recovering the damages that you deserve. Expert witnesses provide expert reports and testimony for judges, lawyers, insurance companies, and government agencies in federal and state trials and arbitration. Thomas J. Henry has spent years finding the best expert witnesses from across the United States. Each expert that we engage with undergoes a rigorous examination and questioning process before ever participating in one of our client’s cases.
In addition, our firm is continuously researching intuitive and creative ways to utilize retained experts in personal injury lawsuits. A wide range of experts can be retained, depending on the type of accident that occurred. Here’s a small example of experts we may retain on your behalf:
- Trucking accidents: Accident reconstructionists, hazardous materials experts, general equipment technical expert
- Automobile accidents: Automotive forensic consultants, accident investigation experts, physicians
- Premises liability accidents: Premises maintenance experts, forensic architecture expert, security experts
- Maritime accidents: Maritime safety consultants, forensic examiners, fire and explosion investigators
- Nursing home abuse: Nurses, wound care specialists, rehabilitation specialists
TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURY DAMAGES
In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured party seeks to recover monetary damages from the party found responsible for causing the accident and injury. When most people think of damages, they think of compensation for medical bills and other healthcare-related costs. Medical bills are just one part of what is referred to as compensatory damages.
Compensatory damages are awarded to the injured party by the negligent party to make up for financial and physical losses suffered in the accident. Compensatory damages may include:
- Medical bills (i.e., surgeries, therapy, prescriptions)
- Lost wages and future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Enjoyment of life
- Lost opportunities
- Loss of consortium (relationship diminished between parent and child, or two spouses due to person’s injury)
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
Punitive damages may also be rewarded to injured parties. Instead of compensating for a financial loss or injury, punitive damages are considered a punishment when the negligent party’s behavior is especially harmful or egregious. Punitive damages can be determined by statute or existing case law, depending on the state. In some states, there is a cap on punitive damage awards.
CONTACT THOMAS J. HENRY TODAY FOR A FREE CASE REVIEW
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our experienced accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Accidents can cause great physical and financial harm to an individual and their family. We can help you address medical bills and living costs, letting you focus on healing while we take care of the ongoing legal processes. It is our goal to ensure our clients are taken care of while our injury attorneys fight relentless to obtain the real result you need. Don’t wait — contact Thomas J. Henry today for a free legal consultation.
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULT
$1.8 MillionExpenses: $20,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $765,000.00 | Net to Client: $1 Million
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULTS
$2 MillionExpenses: $78,475.96 | Attorneys Fees: $850,087.96 | Net to Client: $1,071,436.00
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT RESULT
$2.3 MillionExpenses: $200,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $900,000.00 | Net to Client: $1.2 Million
RECENT COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENT RESULTS
$3.36 MillionExpenses: $47,269.49 | Attorneys Fees: $1,428,000.00 | Net to Client: $1,884,730.51
COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENT
$2.5 MillionExpenses: $130,082.37 | Attorneys Fees: $1,603,562.50 | Net to Client: $1,308,855.13
COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
$10 MillionExpenses: $125,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $4,250,000.00 | Net to Client: $5,625,000.00
COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENT
$4.9 MillionExpenses: $13,218.97 | Attorneys Fees: $2,082,500.00 | Net to Client: $2,804,281.03
COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENT
$5.2 MillionExpenses: $104,737.43 | Attorneys Fees: $2,233,375.00 | Net to Client: $2,916,887.57
COMPANY VEHICLE ACCIDENT
$2.2 MillionExpenses: $19,440.03 | Attorneys Fees: $952,000.00 | Net to Client: $1,268,559.97
RECENT TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULTS
$8.2 MillionExpenses: $596,554.46 | Attorneys Fees: $3,517,780.83 | Net to Client: $4,162,796.08
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$5 MillionExpenses: $462,092.42 | Attorneys Fees: $1,979,242.52 | Net to Client: $2.5 Million
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$4.56 MillionExpenses: $141,284.60 | Attorneys Fees: $1,938,000.00 | Net to Client: $2,480,715.40
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$4.5 MillionExpenses: $85,403.05 | Attorneys Fees: $2,025,000.00 | Net to Client: $2.3 Million
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$6 MillionExpenses: $57,924.70 | Attorneys Fees: $2,550,000.00 | Net to Client: $3,392,075.30
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$35 MillionExpenses: $100,000.00 | Attorneys Fees: $12,750,000.00 | Net to Client: $22,150,000.00
TRUCKING ACCIDENT RESULT
$5.8 MillionExpenses: $226,492.83 | Attorneys Fees: $2,125,000.00 | Net to Client: $2.3 Million (Purchase of a Lifetime Annuity)
Do you have questions after being injured in an accident? Check out the following FAQs. If you don’t find your answer below, contact us and speak with an experienced Texas accident attorney — available 24/7, nights and weekends.
- How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim?
The time limit placed on bringing a personal injury or wrongful death claim is called the “statute of limitations.” It is important to file a legal action within this period because if you don’t, you may forfeit your right to compensation for any damages suffered. In most cases, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of injury. The statutes of limitations vary from state to state, and they may differ depending on the type of claim.
- Can I hire a Texas lawyer if I live in another state?
Yes, you can hire a Texas lawyer if you live in another state. No matter where you live, it is important to find a lawyer who has the necessary legal resources, experienced staff, and dedication to help you obtain the best results for your case. It is also crucial that you find an attorney who has experience in your needed legal area. For example, you don’t want to hire a criminal defense attorney when you suffered injuries from an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. When it comes to your case, look for the type of lawyer who deals with the laws surrounding your situation.
- How much does it cost to speak with you about my situation?
We never charge for an initial consultation and for a review of the facts surrounding your case. Personal injury cases normally involve a contingency fee agreement- the client agrees to pay a specified percent of the recovery (which sometimes varies depending on whether a lawsuit settles early or the matter goes to trial or is appealed). If there is no recovery there is no fee, and the attorney normally absorbs any expenses which have been advanced on the case. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.
- What is a company vehicle?
A company vehicle is any car, van, truck, or other vehicle that is owned and operated by a company to be used by employees or agents of that company. These vehicles can be used to carry employees, transport passengers, and haul goods and equipment. Tractor-trailers, cement mixers, cars used for ridesharing services, and corporate automobiles are just a few of the many different types of company vehicles on the road. When the employees operating these vehicles cause a crash, the employer or company may be held liable for negligent hiring practices and supervision, failure to properly train their employees, and more.
- I feel fine. Should I still see a doctor after my automobile accident?
Definitely. Many times injuries sustained during an automobile accident are not recognized or noticeable until days or weeks after the accident. This means that even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering from internal injuries. You should always seek medical attention after being involved in an auto accident. When you do see the doctor, make sure to mention any complaint you may have, no matter how minor. Don’t play medical expert and evaluate the importance of a symptom. If you did not cause the auto accident, the law allows you to seek and receive compensation for any medical bills you have incurred after the collision.
- How soon after an accident should I get a lawyer?
Quickly. To be safe, you should talk to an attorney as soon as possible, especially if the injuries are severe or a death has resulted. All too often valuable evidence disappears, witnesses move, memories grow dim and the practical ability to prove your case may diminish. If you are still being treated by a physician, an attorney can also provide you with guidance concerning your medical care and help you deal with unpaid bills and getting needed treatment. Legal advice can also be useful if you have questions about the settlement value of a claim, your insurance policy’s terms, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurance company. Contact Thomas J. Henry to discuss your personal injury case for free.
- What do I do if I'm in a car accident?
If you are involved in an automobile accident, you should never leave the scene; otherwise, you could face criminal charges. Your first step is to call an ambulance if someone has been injured. Make sure your vehicle is not creating a hazard to other motorists by moving it from traffic, when possible. Call the police and file an accident report. Never admit liability — this is a legal matter that will be investigated later. Be sure to collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses, or others involved in the accident. It is also a good idea to take photographs to document skid marks, vehicle damage, road obstructions, and injuries.
- What is premises liability?
Premises liability claims involve an injury on someone’s property due to an unsafe, defective, or dangerous condition. When a person suffers an injury on an unsafe property that the property owner negligent cared for, the injured party can file a premises liability claim to recover damages, including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Property owners, landlords, and tenants can be held liable if they knew of a potentially dangerous condition on their property and failed to fix or remove the hazard that caused an invitee’s injuries. Slip and fall injuries are one of the most common types of premises liability cases. The experienced premises liability lawyers at Thomas J. Henry can help you determine the viability of a premises liability injury claim.
- Who is responsible for a dog bite injury?
Most of the time, the owner of the dog will be considered liable for the attack. Owners aware of the dog’s aggressive behavior or dangerous propensity may be held liable if a dog bite injury occurs. In addition, if a dog owner fails to secure the dog behind a fence or gate and allows the dog to run free, resulting in dog bite injuries, they could be held accountable for any injuries sustained.
- What is "negligent security?"
Commercial properties such as parking garages, parking lots, shopping malls, and office buildings are responsible for ensuring the safety of their visitors from criminal activity. A premises liability claim may be appropriate when a person is a victim of a criminal act due to a lack of security measures, such as proper lighting, security crews, fences, and security cameras. Owners of these properties can be held liable for injuries sustained in a criminal act on their grounds if they failed to provide safety from a foreseeable or predictable criminal act.
- What has to be proven in a premises liability claim?
In order to recover damages in a premises liability, the plaintiff must prove that there was a defect in the property that directly lead to injuries and that the defendant is the owner or occupier of the property and knew (or should have known) about the defect and did not fix the defect or warn the plaintiff about the dangers of the defect.
- I was injured due to unsafe premises at my apartment building. Can I sue my landlord?
Landlords can be held responsible for injuries that you receive inside your rental unit and in the common areas of the building if you can prove that the building was kept in a dangerous condition.
- I was injured at a friend's house. Do I have to file a lawsuit against them to receive compensation for my injuries?
If you were injured on a friend or family member’s property, you may be faced with a dilemma of whether or not to file a claim. It is important to remember that premises liability claims will be compensated through an insurance policy and not directly from the property owner. Filing a lawsuit against a friend may not result in your friend being hurt financially, but he or she may see an increase in insurance premiums. Sometimes civil litigation is the only way to get fair compensation for the injuries suffered. If you do not file a claim, you may have to spend out of pocket for medical expenses and take other losses.
- I had a slip and fall accident at a store's parking lot and was injured. Do I have a case?
You may have a premises liability case. Generally, an owner of property can be held liable for one’s injuries if he had actual knowledge of a particular defect, or had constructive knowledge of the problem and did not correct the dangerous condition.
- When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, is it okay for me to talk to them?
Yes, you should. Whether you are the victim or the cause of an automobile accident, limit yourself to discussing the facts. You should avoid taking blame for the accident or making accusations.
- What should I do if I think the accident was at least partly my fault?
Despite your honorable intentions, be aware that you are probably not in the best position to figure out how or why the accident happened. There are many possible causes for an accident. Accepting blame and apologizing to another driver can be used against you later. Contact our auto accident lawyers and let us help preserve your rights as an accident victim.
- What happens if the other driver and I were both at fault for an automobile accident?
In Texas, liability can be shared by multiple parties. However, if you’re found to be 51 percent or more at fault for the accident, you cannot recover damages.
- Why do I need a police report (aka Uniform Crash Report)?
Your attorney needs a copy of the police report (also called a Uniform Crash Report or accident report) for a number of reasons: to get information about the other driver involved in the accident; to get information about the driver’s insurance company; and to see what the police have recorded about how the accident occurred. If the police report is inaccurate, your attorney will contact the investigating officer because it’s important to get it corrected as quickly as possible in order to avoid clouding the facts and casting any questions on liability on you.
- Who is responsible for providing me with a rental car while my vehicle is being repaired?
The at-fault driver’s insurance company should provide you with a rental car to drive while the repairs to your car are being made. Needless to say, this can be a big hassle if insurance company is disputing liability, or if they require time to authorize a rental. If you have rental car coverage on your own insurance company, you should contact your insurance company about getting them to provide you with a rental car, and let them directly seek reimbursement from the liable insurance provider.
- Who pays for my medical bills if I've been injured in an accident?
Ideally, the liable insurance company would pay for your medical bills without any hassle. However, oftentimes insurance companies dispute liability, and it can be a very difficult to get an insurance provider to pay your bills up front. If that is the case, it may be a wise decision to get your health insurance to pay your medical bills and seek reimbursement from the auto insurance company as part of the settlement.
- Do I have a case if I was hit by a drunk driver?
Assuming that the drunk driver is covered by liability insurance, you have a very good claim against the drunk driver and his insurance company. Because of the extreme danger a drunk driver poses to the public, drunk driving crash victims are able to recover punitive damages from the drunk driver and his insurance company. Also, if a business decides to keep serving beer or alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person and that person causes a motor vehicle accident, the business can be found liable for injuries caused by the intoxicated person.
- Who can I sue after a trucking accident?
Some truck drivers own their own rig while others are employees of trucking companies, sometimes driving vehicles that the employer has leased from another company. Determining the exact nature of an employment relationship between a truck driver and a trucking company is often just the first step in identifying all of the parties that can be held liable for negligently causing an accident. Our truck accident lawyers can examine the facts of a particular accident, identify each of the relevant parties, and assess their potential liability.
- How are semi-truck accidents different than accidents involving other types of vehicles?
Trucks are required to carry higher amounts of insurance coverage. The drivers must also meet higher safety standards than other vehicle drivers. Trucks travel in interstate commerce and therefore, are subject to many federal regulations that do not apply to other vehicles. Trucking companies also have responsibility to perform background checks prior to hiring drivers and must periodically evaluate existing employees. Drivers are subject to limits on the number of hours they can drive in a given day. Drivers are also subject to testing for drugs and alcohol, both randomly and in the event of an accident. Violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Act can provide the basis for establishing fault on the part of the trucking company and it’s driver.
- Do I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim?
Many personal injury claims are paid by insurance companies without going to court. You may talk to an attorney and come up with a compensation figure that all parties believe is fair, and the case is settled without having to enter the courtroom. Not all insurance companies will oppose every legal challenge filed against them; in some instances they may already be predisposed to a settlement under previous advice by actuaries.
- Should I notify my insurance company of the accident?
Yes. You have a duty to cooperate with your own insurance company. Most insurance companies require their policyholders to promptly report every auto accident so that they can gather basic information. In fact, failure to provide information to your insurance company in a timely manner can result in loss of coverage for the accident. However, you should avoid making statements about who was at fault in the accident and only relate the facts of the accident as they occurred. You should consult a personal injury attorney before providing any other information to the insurance company.
- Should I accept a settlement offer from the insurance company?
No. Insurance companies are in business to collect money, not pay out claimants. As a result, they work vigorously to pay victims as little as possible. Often, they will attempt to contact an injured victim and try to settle for very little as quickly as they can. By having legal representation, your lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf and work toward securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.
- What damages am I entitled to recover?
This will depend largely on the type of case and the damages sustained. When clients come to us, they have suffered an injury and require medical treatment. Thus, past and future medical treatment is recoverable. In addition, all past and future lost wages can be recovered as well. General damages can be recoverable, which include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and inconvenience associated with the injury. In some cases, our clients are entitled to ‘punitive damages’, or damages that are intended to punish the wrongdoer, when the wrongdoer’s actions were intentional, reckless, or especially egregious. In auto collision cases, our clients are also entitled to recover the damage to their vehicle, as well as the ‘loss of use’ of that vehicle for the time the client was without the use of the vehicle because it was damaged.
- What should I do if the at-fault driver flees the scene?
Unfortunately, hit and run collisions leave many people injured every year. If you’re involved in such an accident, you should NOT try to follow or chase the other car. Instead, you should do the best to remember the following: license plate number, a description of the driver, and the color, make, and model of the car. Regardless of how much information you’re able to get, you should immediately call the police. It is crucial to make sure that a report is filed, as this will play an extremely important role in your claim. You can follow up and request a copy of this report later. It is also vital to seek immediate medical attention for any injuries you have suffered — your safety should be your top priority.
- Who is liable if dangerous road conditions contributed to a pedestrian accident?
While motorists are legally obligated to take reasonable care to watch out for pedestrians, it is not uncommon for the dangerous design or quality of a road to contribute to a pedestrian accident. For example, if an intersection is poorly marked and poorly lit, it may interfere with a driver’s ability to see an individual crossing the street. The government agency or property owner responsible for maintaining that intersection may be liable for damages for failing to take reasonable measures to prevent harm.
- I was hit by a car while crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk. Do I have a viable injury claim?
Even if you crossed a street at an undesignated crosswalk, you may be entitled to receive damages based on comparative fault. Essentially, both parties should take reasonable care to avoid causing harm or an accident. If a pedestrian jaywalks, he or she may be found only partially at fault for an accident if there is evidence that the driver engaged in negligent behavior, including speeding, distracted driving, or driving drunk.
- If I suffer an injury while on my bicycle, who can be held liable?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your bike accident, you can possibly recover from the negligent vehicle driver, the vehicle owner, manufacturer or retailer of the bicycle or vehicle, a bicycle repair shop, or the entity that controls and maintains the road where the accident occurred.
- I hit a pothole in the road with my bicycle and was seriously injured. Do I have a case?
It depends on the location of the pothole and whether it was created as a result of someone’s negligence or created naturally. The longer the pothole has existed and the larger the pothole is, the greater the chance that you have a case for your bicycle crash injury.
- I was injured after a car ran my bicycle off the road. The car never hit me, but can they be held liable for causing my accident?
Yes. If a driver runs you off the road or forces you to take evasive maneuvers to avoid being hit by them, you may certainly pursue a case against them if you can prove them liable.
- How is liability proven in a semi-truck accident?
In order to get the compensation you deserve following an 18-wheeler accident, you must be able to prove liability. You can do this by presenting two primary types of evidence: testimonial and material. Testimonial evidence can include detailed accounts from witnesses and evaluations from experts. Material evidence can include photos of damages to vehicles and physical injuries, video footage of the accident, tire marks on the road, and even driver logs and inspection records. Our semi-truck crash lawyers are experienced in handling these kinds of cases and will take immediate action to obtain and secure evidence.
- What should I do after a motorcycle accident to preserve my injury claim?
What you do after a motorcycle crash will affect your chances at an optimal case outcome down the line. Document everything you can so you will have the material you need to support your claim. Take photographic evidence of the crash site and all resultant damages, including injuries and property damage. Gather contact information from all involved parties, including witnesses. File a police report and get a medical report from your treating physician. Keep a detailed written account of your daily struggles after the accident. Do not take your damaged motorcycle to a repair shop – it could serve as vital evidence.
- Do I still have a claim if I was not wearing a helmet during my motorcycle accident?
You still have a viable lawsuit against the negligent party even if you were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. However, keep in mind that the amount of damages you receive may be reduced if not wearing a helmet contributed to your injuries. Motorcycle accidents result in devastating and debilitating injuries regardless of whether a helmet was in use or not at the time of the crash.
- Can I file a claim against a driver in an injury accident if I’m a passenger?
If you were injured in a car accident as a passenger, you can file a personal injury claim against whichever driver was found to be at fault for the accident, regardless of whether the at-fault driver was at the wheel of the vehicle in which you were riding.
- Do I still have a viable claim if I was injured in an 18-wheeler accident caused by a mechanical issue?
Whenever you’ve been injured in a semi-truck accident, there are many potential causes that can lead to the wreck. Mechanical failures, including worn tires, defective brakes, inadequate safety systems, or unsecured cargo could have been prevented if the trucking company kept up proper maintenance schedules for their vehicles. These can all be grounds for a trucking accident lawsuit.
- Do I have legal options after I was injured in a recreational boating accident that was someone else's fault?
If you’ve been injured in a recreational boating accident that was someone else’s fault, you might be able to be compensated for your injuries. Boat owners and operators can be held liable if their negligence caused you injury or caused the death of your family member. In boating accidents, examples of negligence include failure to follow directions, observe signs, maintain their vessels, pay attention to weather, or operating a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You might be able to sue for property damage, medical expenses, and other losses that occurred as a result of the accident.
- Can an elderly family member sue a nursing home for neglect or abuse?
Nursing home residents must get the essential services and care to achieve or maintain the highest level of mental, physical, and emotional health. When a staff member at a nursing home fails to meet these standards, the grounds for a lawsuit may be present. Our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers can help you determine if your family member has been a victim and if they are entitled to recover damages for their injuries.
- I was injured while on a cruise. Can I sue for my injuries?
Yes. Cruise ships are responsible for the safety of their passengers. If a passenger suffers a cruise injury or is hurt on a shore excursion, the cruise ship may be legally responsible for paying financial compensation. The cruise line may also be responsible if the cruise injury happened due to an accident or assault that the cruise line could have prevented by taking reasonable precautions. Contact our cruise ship injury lawyers to help determine if you have a viable claim.