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Last updated 1 year ago

Think fast: What is the most dangerous job in the country?

If you picked firefighter or police officer—sorry, you’re wrong! According to CNN, the most dangerous job in America is actually held by fishermen. loggers in a close second and airplane pilots in third.

Sounds like those folks might want to brush up on their worker’s compensation law.

But really, any job has potential hazards that could require familiarity with worker’s compensation law or even a workplace injury attorney.

To help prevent an on-the-job injury, follow these tips:

Use proper lifting techniques. Bend at your knees, not your waist, to pick up heavy items. Managers should ensure that their employees know how to lift items properly, and that procedural rules are in place. Providing the proper knowledge can help prevent injury and the need to hire a workplace injury lawyer.
Report unsafe conditions. If you notice something that could be a potential hazard, tell a supervisor immediately. Teamwork like this can help make the workplace be a better, safer place to be. Staying alert to possible hazards will help you prevent accidents before they happen.
Avoid situations that seem risky when working alone. Climbing ladders and using dangerous tools should be done when someone else is present, so they can provide you with help if you have an accident.
Wear appropriate clothing. If you work in a slippery environment, like a kitchen, invest in non-slip shoes. Most companies will provide the equipment you need if you work in a hazardous setting, so check with your supervisor. If your workplace is unsafe, and you get injured as a result of management’s negligence, a workplace injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you have been hurt on the job, and need more information on worker’s compensation law, contact us at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. We can help you understand your rights and help get you what you may be entitled to!

Last updated 1 year ago

We go to hospitals to get better and we depend on our doctors to help keep us healthy—right?

Well, this may not be the best news of your day, but according to this ABC News report, hospitals and doctors in America are, in some cases, making patients even sicker. This clip provides an eye-opening look into hospitals and how safe and clean they really are.

For more information on possible medical malpractice or doctor error, contact our attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. If you’ve come home from the hospital sicker than when you went in, we can help you figure out what options you may have.

Last updated 1 year ago

When you check a family member into a nursing home, you expect them to be well taken care of—never harmed or mistreated. After all, you most likely turned to a nursing home for help because the care your loved one needs is beyond your means.

But all too often, nursing home patients fall victim to neglect and mistreatment, which may be considered medical malpractice. At some point, a personal injury attorney may be needed to help you sort out a lawsuit, but there are some other steps that should also be taken.

First, it is important to watch out for some of the usual signs of neglect. Often time, nursing home patients can’t communicate for themselves, so it is important for family members to keep an eye out for problems.

Bedsores. These are a top indicator of poor care. If a patient is incapacitated, they need to be turned regularly, and if they aren’t bedsores may develop. These sores can cause infection that can then lead to more serious problems.
Unusual malnutrition, weight loss, or dehydration. These are indicators that the patient is not getting the nutrition they need. Proper care and feeding is essential for a patient’s health, and lack of food and water may constitute medical malpractice.
Dirty or unkempt hair and clothes. Again, basic needs must be met by the caregiver. If the patient is living in unsanitary conditions, it may be necessary to contact a personal injury attorney.
Injuries and bruises. While it is extremely unfortunate and rare, actual abuse does occur in nursing homes. If you notice any signs of violence, contact a personal injury attorney immediately. Abuse goes beyond medical malpractice and into the criminal realm of the law.
If you notice any of these signs, try to document them in some fashion so your personal injury attorney will have some evidence of the wrongdoings. Begin by voicing your concerns to the administrator of the facility, and see how they respond. From there, you will most likely want to contact a personal injury attorney.

For more information on nursing home neglect and medical malpractice, contact us at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. We will fight diligently to ensure your loved one gets the care they need.

Last updated 1 year ago

Crashworthiness is the ability of a vehicle to protect its occupants during an impact. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has several crashworthiness guidelines and standards.

Additionally, seat design may play a factor in the catastrophic injuries suffered during a crash. These injuries could result in paralysis. In other instances, the airbag may fail to deploy or may deploy too late failing to prevent injuries to the occupant.

Ultimately the automobile manufacturers are the ones who have to make the constructive choices that are going to protect the occupants from mishaps such as roof crush or rollovers which with faulty designs and mechanisms cause horrible injuries that are life altering or even worse life ending.

If you have been injured in a car accident, the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood can help you evaluate your individual case. Contact us today at (919) 249-5080.

If you are an attorney interested in having our firm assist you with your potential crash investigation, please email us at [email protected]
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Last updated 20 days ago

At the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, we firmly understand the importance of advocating for our clients in a personal injury case. Our primary concern is ensuring that our community is safe, especially for our children.

A good attorney understands that you must advocate strongly for a client and that you must be smart about it as well. This video explains how we at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood continuously work to meet our clients’ needs.

If you are in need of a personal injury attorney, we would like to be an advocate for you. Call the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary at (919) 238-4668 to learn how we can help.

Last updated 22 days ago

With advances in medicine and an aging baby boomer population, there is an increasing population in nursing homes. Seniors may be vulnerable to neglect because of a diminished mental capacity or physical limitations. If you or a loved one has been the victim of neglect, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney. Every year, roughly two million seniors are victims of neglect or abuse—and experts estimate that the number is extremely low because of the number of cases that go unreported.

Elder neglect occurs when someone has an obligation to take care of a senior and fails to complete essential tasks. Neglect may include failure to provide food and water, medications, assistance with daily activities, and assistance with proper hygiene.

What is the difference between neglect and abuse?
Neglect is one form of elder abuse. In addition to neglect, abuse can include mistreatment, physical abuse, psychological abuse, sexual abuse, and financial exploitation.

What are the symptoms of neglect or abuse?
There are a number of symptoms of abuse or neglect, and it is important to know your loved one and pay attention to how he or she is being treated. Some symptoms of abuse and neglect may include sloppy appearance, bed sores, malnutrition (without a medical explanation), sunken eyes, and weight loss. Other symptoms include extreme thirst; fear; withdrawal and other changes in behavior; hesitation to talk with friends or family; and unsafe or unsanitary living conditions. Many symptoms may be explained by a medical condition or medication. If you suspect elder abuse or neglect, however, it is important to address the issue and seek the help of an attorney if necessary.

At the Law Office of D. Harrison Wood, we offer services in nursing home neglect and personal injury cases. We are located in Cary, North Carolina, and we are experienced personal injury attorneys. If you are ready to find an advocate for your case, call us at (919) 238-4668.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 27 days ago

If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you may need the help of a personal injury attorney. In 2009, there were 10.8 million car accidents in the United States. While some of these were minor fender benders, other accidents were much more serious. The following are common injuries that are the result of car accidents:

1. Neck Injuries

Whiplash is a common neck injury associated with car accidents. The injury can be mild or quite severe, depending on the accident. Some accidents may also result in disc injury or cervical radiculopathy.

2. Back Injuries

Back injuries may not show up immediately after an accident and, like neck injuries, vary significantly in severity. Injuries include sprains, strains, fractures, and disc injuries. Spinal injuries are also possible, and symptoms may include weak limbs, paralysis, numbness, tingling, and labored breathing.

3. Brain and Head Injuries

Brain injuries include concussions, seizures, headaches, and dizziness. More serious injuries can include skull fractures or brain bruises. Facial injuries can be more obvious, as your head can make contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, or windshield during an accident, leading to bruises and fractures.

4. Internal Injuries

Fractured ribs are a common injury after a car accident. It is not uncommon to see injuries in internal organs as well.

5. Psychological Injuries

If you or a loved one has ever been involved in a car accident, you know how devastating it can be. Emotional injuries can be short-term or last for a very long time.

Do any of these injuries sound familiar? The personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood are here to be your advocates. We are located in Cary, North Carolina, and we maintain flexible hours to meet your needs. To get started with a consultation, call us at (919) 238-4668.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 28 days ago

Automobiles are a modern-day convenience that many people cannot imagine living without. However, car accidents can be devastating and deadly. Child safety restraints, also known as car seats, help lessen the threat to young passengers. However, defective car seats can undermine this purpose or, in some cases, create new problems.

If you have been in a car accident or believe that you may have a child safety or personal injury claim, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney. Car seats have come a long way since the first rear-facing car seats were introduced in the 1960s, but there are some important things you should know about the dangers of defective car seats:

Car seats save lives, but a design defect can prevent the seat from doing its job or even cause further injuries. There are frequent recalls based on defective handles, unexpected releases, weak or insufficient construction, and other design flaws. These defects may leave your little ones vulnerable to serious injuries.

In 2011, the nonprofit Ecology Center reported that 60% of child safety seats tested contained at least one dangerous chemical. The chemicals that were tested for have been linked to a variety of health problems, ranging from allergies to cancer. While car seats are an invaluable tool in saving lives, it is important to find a car seat that does not contain chemicals and to keep the seat in top shape by keeping it out of direct UV rays and heat.

At the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, we advocate for community safety, especially when it comes to our children. We offer legal services in the areas of motor vehicle accidents, child safety and injury, and personal injury. If you have questions about the dangers of defective car seats or are looking for a personal injury attorney, we are here to help. Call (919) 238-4668 to speak with an attorney about your case.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.
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Last updated 3 months ago

It is never easy when a loved one passes away. It is even more challenging to lose a loved one as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence. If you are in this situation, you need a wrongful death attorney who can represent you in court and help you get financial compensation for your loved one’s death. Here are a few tips for working with an attorney to file a wrongful death lawsuit:

Schedule a consultation as soon as possible. After your loved one has passed away, set up a consultation with an attorney as soon as possible, because you don’t want to risk the two-year statute of limitations running out. Additionally, as time passes, witnesses’ memories may fade, and they may forget details that are vital to your case.
Practice talking about what happened. It is understandable that discussing the death of someone you love will be difficult, so take some time to practice before you see your attorney. It is important to be clear and concise when discussing your case with an attorney, so he can fully understand what you and your family have gone through.
Decide who will file suit. A wrongful death suit usually requires one person to act in the name of the deceased, like a spouse, parent, or child. This person must be willing to spend a significant amount of time on the lawsuit in different stages of court proceedings. Before speaking to an attorney, try to determine who in your family would be available for this duty.
Bring records. When you go to your appointment with your attorney, bring records of your loved one’s life and death, like tax statements indicating income, medical records pertaining to his death, police reports, and any other documents you have that indicate how he was killed and what it has cost your family.
If you’re considering filing a wrongful death suit in the Cary area, call (919) 238-4668 to schedule a consultation with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. Our experienced, compassionate attorneys can help you through this difficult time and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 3 months ago

Parents of young children know that keeping their kids safe in a moving vehicle has a lot to do with choosing the right car seat and installing it correctly.

In this video, Consumer Reports gives you some tips on what to look for in a car seat for your child. When choosing a safety seat four child, consider factors like whether you’d like a rear-facing or convertible seat, ease of buckling, leveling, and ease of installation. All of these factors are vital for your child’s safety and ease-of-use.

You depend on your child’s car seat to keep your little one safe. If your car seat has malfunctioned and left your baby vulnerable to injury, call the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood today to discuss your options for filing a personal injury lawsuit. To reach our office in Cary, call (919) 238-4668.

Last updated 3 months ago

After a serious accident, you need to think about recovering from your injuries, not trying to build a lawsuit against the responsible party on your own. Read on for four ways a personal injury attorney can assist you during this difficult time:

1. Deal with Insurance Companies

While the insurance companies involved in the accident are usually motivated to settle your claim as quickly and cheaply as possible, your attorney wants to help you get the financial damages you deserve. He can help you stand up to insurance companies instead of settling for what they offer you.

2. Investigate Your Accident

Before you can file a lawsuit, you will need to thoroughly investigate the accident and establish who was at fault. An attorney can hire private investigators and analysts to put together a complete picture of what caused your injury and who is responsible. This will be vital for your lawsuit.

3. Help You Win Compensation

Being in an accident has a huge impact on your life, both physically and mentally. You deserve financial compensation for all of these effects, so you can return to the quality of life you had before you were injured. Your attorney will help you calculate how much financial compensation you need, and he will negotiate with the other party in the lawsuit to see that you receive it.

4. Assist You with Applying for Other Benefits

If you need to apply for disability or worker’s compensation, your attorney will be able to assist you with this. He will have experience working with these systems and can make the process go as smoothly as possible.

After an injury or accident, you need a committed lawyer who will help you through this difficult time. In the Cary area, you can count on the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood for the personal injury representation you need. To schedule a free consultation, call (919) 238-4668.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.
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Last updated 4 months ago

Slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle accidents are among some of the most common personal injuries sustained each year. Check out these great resources from around the Web for more information on common child injuries, slip and fall cases, and negligence and liability. Give the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood a call at (919) 238-4668 for more information.

Explore this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for statistics regarding swimming pool accidents and unintentional drowning.
Check out these general motorcycle safety guidelines from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation to help you stay safe and keep your driving record clean.
What is liability? Find out with this link from Duhaime.org.
Last updated 4 months ago

Even the safest drivers are bound to commit driving offenses every once in a while. Unfortunately, even a speeding ticket can have dire consequences. Individuals who are convicted of a traffic violation will have demerit points assigned to their licenses based on the severity of the violation. Too many points may mean a suspension or complete revocation of your driver’s license altogether. However, there are a number of ways that North Carolina drivers can keep their driving record safe and avoid increased insurance rates and high fines:

The first and most important way to protect your driving record is to practice safe driving habits. Be sure to follow designated road signs, obey the speed limit, avoid tailgating, signal before making turns or changing lanes, and avoid distractions such as using a cell phone or changing the radio station. You should also always stay alert and wear a seatbelt. Additionally, if you have had a few drinks, do not get behind the wheel or your car.

Many individuals choose to work with a car accident attorney when facing a speeding ticket or other traffic violation. An experienced attorney can help you fight to keep your insurance rates down and prevent your license from being suspended. In most cases, an attorney will provide court representation on your behalf.

The best way to keep your North Carolina driving record clean is to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible following a traffic citation. Let the car accident and workplace injury lawyers with Law Office of D. Hardison Wood defend your legal rights by contacting us at (919) 238-4668. You can also visit our website to set up an initial consultation.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 5 months ago

Parents sometimes depend on third-party individuals to provide care or supervision over their children. Unfortunately, negligent babysitters can be the cause of a number of child injuries.

This video discusses a recent case in which a 10-year-old babysitter was arrested for abusing a 23-month-old baby girl. The young babysitter was arrested after the hospital reported suspicious injuries to the baby, including a number of external bruises and a possible brain injury. Learn more about the charges involved in this case by watching the full clip.

If you or your child has suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of another individual, you may qualify for damages. Contact the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at (919) 238-4668 to set up an appointment.

Last updated 5 months ago

Negligence and liability play major roles in various personal injury cases. It is important to have a general understanding of these terms so that you can better grasp personal injury claims. In many cases, a personal injury attorney can help you understand how negligence and liability play into your specific situation and whether or not you have sufficient evidence to file a claim.

Negligence is defined as any type of conduct that falls below the standards created by law to ensure the protection of others against the unreasonable risk of harm. There are five basic criteria used to determine negligence. For example, a specific duty of care must have been owed to the injured party by the defendant. Additionally, the defendant must have breached said duty, ultimately leading to a causal connection between his or her conduct, or lack of conduct, and the resulting injury. In order to prove negligence, the damages suffered must demonstrate proximal cause and be the direct result of the defendant’s actions.

Liability refers to an individual’s failure to exercise a reasonable level of care that resulted in the injury or harm of another party. Negligence can be considered a sub-category of liability, as liability works to designate fault following an incident that often results from negligent actions. Liability is determined by demonstrating that the individual who caused harm was responsible for providing certain services, such as maintaining a roadway or stairwell, and the failure to exercise these services led to an injury. It must also be shown that the injured party engaged in activity that was not considered dangerous or posed a foreseeable risk.

Whether you’ve suffered from a workplace injury, car accident, or slip and fall accident, our personal injury attorneys with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood are here to help. Learn more about our services or set up an appointment by contacting us at (919) 238-4668.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 5 months ago

We’ve covered some important topics on our blog lately, like what to do if a loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect and how to avoid workplace injury.For more information on these issues, check out these other great articles. Call The Law Office of D. Hardison Wood for legal help at (919) 238-4668.

The online resource for legal news, LawyersandSettlements.com has an informative article about how to recognize nursing home neglect.
This piece from HelpGuide.org explains what nursing home neglect is and what you should do if you notice it.
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Last updated 6 days ago

Bringing a new child into the world is a special time for parents. Unfortunately, with a busy and rushed medical system, accidents during the birthing process can occur. Medical malpractice is a common incident that can cause minor or major problems during the birthing process. If you noticed a medical condition after your child’s birth, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney.

1. Cerebral and Brachial Palsy

There are a number of different palsy conditions that can occur due to damaged nerves. Sometimes, these injuries only affect your child for a few months; other times, these injuries can affect a child for life.

2. Fracture

Babies are very delicate, and without extreme caution, fracture can occur during birth. If your child was injured in during or after the birthing process, you may be entitled to compensation due to medical malpractice.

3. Brain Damage

Brain injuries, paralysis, and other related cases are somewhat common during birth. These injuries can occur from unnecessary force put on the child or a lack of air due to oxygen deprivation. These birth injuries can cause a number of other conditions to develop.

4. Jaundice

This condition, also called kernicterus, can cause permanent brain damage if not immediately treated after a child’s birth. It is caused by uneven blood levels and must be diagnosed quickly to avoid long-term complications.

If your child experienced an injury during birth, it’s important to know your rights under medical malpractice law. The personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood practice in these legal areas and can help you better understand your case. To speak with a personal injury attorney at our Cary office, call us at (919) 238-4668.

Disclaimer:

The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 7 days ago

Defective products cause hundreds of injuries to consumers each year. By learning more about what defective products are and how they’re defined, you can discover whether you’ve been a victim of a personal injury due to a company’s negligence.

In this video, you can learn what defines a defective product. Watch to find out what types of problems make a product defective and how you may use that information to pursue a settlement.

If you’ve been injured due to a product defect, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood right away. We offer a free case evaluation to answer your questions. Call us today at (919) 238-4668 for more information.

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The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

Last updated 14 days ago

For a parent, safety is always a top priority. Learn more about child seat safety and driving defensively with the following links. If you have questions about an injury due to a defective car seat or motor vehicle accident, contact the personal injury lawyers with the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary at (919) 238-4668.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provides a listing of child seat recalls for the last 10 years.
This site provides an overview on the history of car seats.
You can find a release on this site with information on the most and least toxic car seats tested in 2011.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has posted fact sheets about child passenger safety.
AAA has produced a PDF to educate drivers about defensive driving.
Last updated 15 days ago

Check out the article Are Pit Bulls Inherently Dangerous? Motion Asks Maryland High Court to Reconsider Strict Liability to learn about how Maryland pit bull owners are fighting with the state to overturn a motion that states that pit bulls are inherently Dangerous.

“A motion to reconsider has been filed with the court, delaying the effect the decision, according to an opinion issued this week by the state attorney general.”

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog call the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood at (919) 249-5080 to discuss your rights.

Last updated 16 days ago

Nursing home neglect and motor vehicle accident cases are just some of the types of cases we handle at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, NC. For more information on these two issues, check out these helpful resources or give us a call at (919) 238-4668 to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your unique case.
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Any collision can be terrifying, but collisions involving pedestrians are especially so. Even at relatively low speeds, when a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle, he or she can be traumatically injured. Whether you find yourself in the role of pedestrian or driver there are several things regarding pedestrian/vehicle collisions which you should be aware of.

If you are a pedestrian you must be aware of local traffic laws and you must follow them. If you cross the street somewhere other than a marked pedestrian crossing and are struck by a vehicle, your “jaywalking” may be looked at as a factor in the collision, limiting your ability to receive compensation for your injuries. If you are struck and the vehicle does not stop, to the best of your ability, try to get a good look at the driver, the vehicle, and the license plate; be sure to write details down as soon as possible. Whether the vehicle stops or not, if you are able, contact law enforcement and try to locate potential witnesses who may have seen what happened. If the driver does stop, get his or her name, contact information, and insurance information and be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

Drivers must also be aware of pertinent traffic laws and abide by them. Many municipalities have clearly designated crosswalks; if a pedestrian is in a designated crosswalk, you may have to yield the right of way. If you strike a pedestrian with your vehicle, be sure to stop. It is important that you offer what aid you can to the injured person and contact authorities to further assist the injured person. Try to do many of the some things that you would do after a collision involving another automobile; be sure to take pictures, locate witnesses and contact an attorney. Fallout from the collision will depend on several things such as the actions of the driver and the pedestrian, the extent of any injuries, and insurance coverage.

Accidents happen, but almost every collision is avoidable, drivers and pedestrians alike should do their utmost to minimize the chance of a collision. Drivers should always be vigilant, constantly keeping a lookout for other vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. Pedestrians must also exercise care, wearing bright and/or reflective clothing and/or carrying a flashlight at night, looking for vehicles and only crossing at appropriate crosswalks when it is safe to do so.

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Q: What is a “commercial truck”?

A: A commercial truck is a vehicle used in the course of business and/or for the transport of commercial goods. Examples are 18-wheelers, tractor trailers, tanker trucks, dump trucks, delivery vehicles, semi trucks and other large freight trucks.

Q: How are traffic accidents involving trucks different from accidents involving passenger cars?

A: Accidents involving trucks are typically more catastrophic than accidents involving cars due to the sheer size of a truck. A typical fully loaded large commercial truck can weigh 80,000 pounds or more, while an average passenger automobile weighs approximately 3,000 pounds. Due to this size disparity, and the basic laws of physics, any collision between a commercial truck and another vehicle is likely to result in serious, even fatal, injuries.

Q: What are the most common causes of accidents involving commercial trucks and automobiles?

A: Some common causes of truck accidents include inadequate training as to driving technique, safety issues and defensive driving; driver fatigue; a truck’s characteristics and capabilities (such as limits associated with acceleration, braking and visibility); drug or alcohol use by the driver; speeding; mechanical failure; defective parts; and improper loading or overloading the truck.

Q: I was injured in a crash where a truck driver was at fault. What kind of damages can I recover?

A: Your recovery in a personal injury action can include compensation for your medical expenses, hospital bills, income lost because of missed work, pain and suffering, future medical or physical therapy expenses and compensation for any loss of earning capacity resulting from the accident.

Q: Are commercial truck drivers required to have a special drivers license?

A: Yes. Drivers must have a commercial drivers license (CDL) if they drive a vehicle that weighs more than 26,000 pounds; transport themselves and 15 or more passengers; or transport hazardous materials. To obtain a CDL, an individual must pass a knowledge and driving skills test taken in a truck that is similar to the type of truck that he or she will be driving.

Q: Are there limits on the amount of time that a commercial truck driver can spend on the road?

A: Yes. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, which apply to all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic, contain specific regulations governing hours of service of drivers (49 C.F.R. §395). For example, a driver is not allowed to drive more than 10 hours following 8 straight hours off duty or for any period after having been on duty 15 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty.

Q: If I am injured in a truck accident, who can I sue?

A: Generally, you will likely be able to sue the driver of the truck, the trucking company and perhaps the truck’s manufacturer. Whether you can sue the trucking company depends on whether an employment relationship is established between the truck driver and the trucking company. If such a relationship is shown, the company can be held liable for the driver’s negligence under a legal theory known as “respondeat superior.” If a truck driver is an independent contractor of the trucking company, and not an employee, it will probably not be possible to establish liability using respondeat superior. However, the trucking company may be liable for negligent hiring or supervision of the truck driver. It may be possible to sue the truck’s manufacturer if you can show that the accident was caused by some defect in the truck.

Q: What is an “underride” accident?

A: An underride accident happens when a passenger car collides with a truck or the trailer of a truck or semi-trailer and runs underneath the truck. This type of collision can result in the roof of the passenger car being sliced off. If the impact occurs near one of the truck axles, it is likely that the vehicle will be prevented from going completely under the truck. There are two types of underride collisions: side underride and rear underride.

Q: What are some unique features of trucks that contribute to the severe nature of many truck accidents?

A: Trucks often have large tank bodies that affect the truck’s maneuverability. Further, a tanker truck that is carrying liquid may be swayed by the sloshing of the liquid it carries. Trucks also have a longer stopping distance than passenger cars, and the brake systems of trucks and cars are completely different. Most tractor trailers have air brakes in which pressure is used to increase the braking force. Proper use of air brakes can help prevent a truck from sliding and jack-knifing. If a brake system is unbalanced, it can affect the steering, control and stopping distance.

Q: If I am partially at fault for the accident, can I still recover compensation?

A: It depends on the degree of your fault. Under the legal doctrine known as “comparative negligence,” the amount of another party’s liability for the accident is determined by comparing his or her carelessness with your own. That party’s portion of liability determines the percentage of the resulting damages he or she must pay. In most states, you cannot recover anything if your own carelessness was 50% or more responsible for the accident.

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Understanding No-Fault Accidents in Texas
attorneys explain your right to sue or choose no-fault insurance coverage
When you are injured in an auto accident, the resulting medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries, car damage and other losses can be overwhelming. Your first thought may be to turn to insurance companies for the compensation you need. However, more than likely you will not receive the full compensation you deserve in your car accident case from insurers.
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we help you understand your rights and options after an accident, including negligence laws, no-fault insurance and your right to sue. Our lawyers understand the fright and pain you have experienced in a serious accident, and we are dedicated to providing you with the legal care, comfort and support you need.
What is no-fault insurance?
No-fault insurance covers your damages when you are in an accident, regardless of whether you or another driver or party is at fault under Texas’s negligence laws. In Texas, you can pick no-fault insurance or you can choose the “full tort” option in auto accident cases, which allows you to pursue a lawsuit for personal injury in court.
If you choose the no-fault insurance option, you may recover a variety of benefits under your plan, such as:
Bodily injury coverage for anyone injured in an accident
Personal injury protection coverage for medical bills and other losses, such as lost wages
However, the amount you can recover is limited by the policy, and many losses are not covered, including damage to your vehicle and other property. Moreover, in many cases an insurer may offer you a settlement of less than you deserve.
Why you need an attorney after any serious car accident
While you may think it wise to turn to insurance companies for the compensation you need, insurers are not on your side. Insurance providers are big businesses that have the goal of maximizing profits. They do so by finding ways to deny or undervalue your claim, paying you less than you deserve for your injuries and losses.
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we have decades of experience dealing with large insurers. Our results speak for themselves. We use our long history of practical experience and our professional reputation to negotiate a fair settlement for you and your loved ones. We can guide you through your options to help you choose when to opt in for no-fault insurance coverage and when to pursue a lawsuit. When you choose no-fault insurance, we are strong negotiators who do not settle for less than your claim is worth. When you choose to sue, our trial lawyers aggressively protect your rights in court.
Contact compassionate attorneys who fight for your rights
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we truly care about the results of your case. We personally investigate your claim and handle all aspects of your serious accident case. To learn more about our services, including our home and hospital visits, contact us online or call us 24/7 for a free initial consultation. Our firm charges no legal fees until we recover for you.
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Accident-Prone Highways in Texas
attorneys help victims injured by dangerous road conditions
An auto accident is often the fault of a careless driver. However what happens when the road itself presents a danger? At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we help victims of traffic crashes caused by dangerous or defective highway conditions. People often fail to consider that the road or highway may be dangerous or defective and cause an accident. We personally handle accident investigations to gather evidence and make sure important details are uncovered.
Who is responsible for highways that cause accidents?
Highways may be prone to cause auto accidents for a variety of reasons, including dangerous design or poor maintenance, including sinkholes and potholes, missing guardrails, broken or missing signals, signs or warnings, poor materials, debris in the roads and construction hazards. A public entity, such as a county or municipal agency, which is responsible for the defective condition may be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit only when you can prove certain elements, such as:
The highway or road was in dangerous condition at the time of the injury.
The injury was caused by the dangerous condition.
The dangerous condition created a reasonably foreseeable risk of that kind of injury.
You must also prove that a negligent or wrongful act by the public entity’s employee during employment created the dangerous condition or that the public entity knew of the dangerous condition and had time to correct it.
Roads in Texas prone to cause traffic accidents
In 2011, there were 64,568 total injury crashes on all road systems in Texas, 6,877 in . There were also another 6,400 injury crashes in Essex County, 3,701 in Hudson County, 4,024 in Passaic County and 868 in Sussex County. Some of the most dangerous routes in Texas include Route 17, Interstate 80, the Texas Turnpike and the Palisades Interstate Parkway:
Route 17 — The annual average daily traffic (AADT) on Route 17 in is more than 94,300 vehicles. This route is prone to auto accidents, with more than 520 occurring in 2011.
Interstate 80 — Interstate 80 has an AADT measure of 92,322, with some sections of the route seeing more than 158,500 vehicles. In 2011, there were 4,119 total crashes, 980 of which resulted in injuries and a dozen of which resulted in fatalities.
Texas Turnpike — This turnpike, Route 295, has an annual average daily traffic measure of 63,855 vehicles. In 2011, there were 2,059 crashes recorded, more than 530 of which resulted in injuries and a dozen of which were fatal accidents.
Palisades Interstate Parkway — This dangerous highway runs 11 miles from the George Washington Bridge into New York state. It is limited to passenger cars, motorcycles and permitted buses. Trucks, cars with trailers and commercial pickups are all prohibited. Despite this, accidents still occur regularly.
Contact attorneys you can rely on to seek just results
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we are passionate about providing the highest quality legal representation to each and every client to help him or her obtain the results they deserve. Our office is just one-mile north of the George Washington Bridge, off the Palisades Parkway, and is easily accessible by bus or Texas Transit. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced lawyers today, contact us online or call anytime.
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Helping Families Recover for Fatal Accidents in Northern Texas
Compassion and support after the loss of a loved one in an accident
Despite federal, state and local safety regulations, ongoing safety studies, defensive driver training, licensing and registration requirements, and other steps taken to ensure that our roads are safe, serious accidents occur in Texas every day. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we realize that understanding where and why accidents occur can help you avoid a potentially fatal crash.
Where do fatal accidents occur on Texas roads?
In 2011, there were 79,886 crashes in Texas with 106 fatalities on the municipal road system and 74,794 crashes with 174 fatalities on the county road system. The majority of these accidents occurred between intersections during the daytime. The most common accidents were rear end crashes, angle collisions, collisions into parked vehicles and sideswipe accidents.
Some of the most commonly used roads and highways in include Route 17, Route 4 and Route 93 (or Grand Avenue). In the tri-state area, U.S. Route 130, also known as Burlington Pike, has earned the title of deadliest road based on the number of pedestrian deaths along that route. Interstates I-76 and I-78 number among the most deadly highways in the nation. Other dangerous roads include I-80 and the Texas Turnpike, each of which had a dozen fatal accidents in 2011.
Fatal accident statistics for Texas
Fatal accidents occur regularly on Texas roads and highways. During the first half of 2013, 237 vehicle accidents occurred, involving 249 fatalities, 13 of which occurred in . The victims of these Texas crashes were mostly drivers — 129 to be exact — with an additional 40 being passengers, nine cyclists and 71 pedestrians who sustained deadly injuries. By contrast, in pedestrians are at the greatest risk of wrongful death, followed by vehicle passengers.
Auto accidents are not the only type of fatal accidents. Motorcycles, trucks, bikes and pedestrians can all be involved in fatal traffic injuries in Texas and throughout the United States:
An average of about 2,000 injuries and 70 fatalities result from motorcycle accidents on Texas roads each year. Between 2003 and 2007, 377 motorcyclists died on Texas highways, according to the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission.
In 2008, about 380,000 truck accidents were recorded involving semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other large trucks in the United States. About 90,000 people were injured and 4,229 killed. This number represents 11 percent of all reported traffic fatalities and is an increase over prior years. The majority of injuries and fatalities involved passengers of other vehicles.
Bicycles were involved in 17 accidents in Texas in 2011, while 142 pedestrians were killed.
For all types of vehicles in Texas in 2011, alcohol use contributed to more than 190 fatalities. Speeding contributed to another 174 deadly accidents.
Contact attorneys who care about the results of your case
If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, our attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg have the skills and sensitivity to help you recover monetary damages for your loss, including for medical bills, funeral costs and compensation for the loss of a wage-earning family member. To learn more about your rights in a wrongful death lawsuit or insurance claim, contact us 24/7 online or by calling to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Car Accident Attorneys
Some steps to take and actions to avoid after a car accident injury in & Northern NJ
If you suffer an injury from a car accident in northern NJ, you should seek immediate medical help. After a car accident, try to remember the following:
Stay calm: Panic or angry behavior makes the situation worse.
File a car accident report with the police: Even after a minor accident it is important to make sure there is a legal accident report. Do not leave the scene until the police file a full report.
Do not admit fault or liability: Stay neutral, and limit your discussion of the accident to speaking with the police. Be polite, but remember that anything you say can be used against you.
Do not move your vehicle: Unless you are in danger, it is best not to move your car until the police arrive. The police record the locations of the cars. This is extremely important to any future case.
Gather information: Be sure to get names, address, and phone numbers of everyone involved in the accident, including witnesses. Use your cell phone to take pictures of the accident. Record information such as weather conditions, date, and time of the accident. Secure a description of the other car and license plate number. You also need the name of the insurance company of the other driver and the vehicle identification number of the car. The police can assist you with gathering this information.
Call your insurance company: Ask if there are any deadlines for filing claims. Do not cooperate with the insurance company. You do not want unwittingly to make damaging statements that may be used against you. Do not accept a settlement before you speak to a car accident lawyer, and do not sign anything.
Call an attorney: If you are injured, an experienced car accident lawyer in can assist you with such things as preserving the evidence you may need to prove your case. The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg can put your mind at ease and give you the time to heal while pursuing your rights. Most important, we know how to value your case.
One of our car accident lawyers in South Texas can help
Contact an experienced car accident lawyer at The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg today if you have suffered an auto accident injury. Serving Northern Texas, including Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic, and Sussex Counties.
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Texas Dog Bites — Civil and Criminal Remedies
Dog bites send some 368,000 victims to hospitals nationwide every year. Fortunately, most dog bites don’t cause fatal injuries, but they can result in serious damage to nerves and tissues. Some dog bites cause permanent disfigurement as well as emotional and psychological trauma.
Two male pit mixes recently attacked a 49-year-old Plainfield man as he rode his bicycle down a residential street. The dogs ran from a porch through an unlatched gate and bit several parts of the man’s body, including his calf, ankle, forearm and buttocks. Paramedics treated his wounds at the scene and then transported him to the hospital. The humane society took the dogs until the court issues an order. If the court deems the dogs vicious based on their history of attacking people, the humane society could be ordered to euthanize the dogs.
Criminal assault by animal?
Some owners train their dogs to attack other people. Texas lawmakers introduced a bill to criminalize assault by animal. Under Bill A1717, you are guilty of fourth-degree assault if you purposely use an animal to intimidate a person. If the dog injures a person, it is a third-degree crime. If the dog injures a police officer, it’s a second-degree crime.
Take legal action and get compensation for injuries
Criminal charges against dog owners are separate from civil penalties the owners face for injuries caused by their dog. Texas laws hold a dog owner legally liable even if the dog has not previously exhibited a propensity to bite people.
Dog bite survivors can seek financial compensation for:
Medical expenses
Physical therapy
Lost wages
Mental anguish
Physical pain
If you or a loved suffered a dog bite injury, contact a Texas dog bite attorney before agreeing to any settlement of your claim.
By Richard S. Greenberg | Published February 11, 2014 | Posted in Dog Bites | Tagged dog bite injuries, dog bites, personal injury attorney | Leave a comment

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Texas workers’ compensation attorney explains how injuries must arise out of the scope and in the course of employment
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we advise our clients that to collect workers’ compensation benefits, their injury must be job related, though it’s not always clear what job related means. Courts have held that the injury must “arise out of your employment” and occur “in the scope” and “in the course” of employment. Do the circumstances of your injury fit this technical language?

Arising out of employment — This means that work-related activity must be a major contributing factor, such as lifting boxes causing a back strain or typing triggering carpal tunnel syndrome.
In the scope — The activity that was the contributing factor in your injury has to be something that an employee with your job would be expected to do. A receptionist who shoots herself with a nail gun must explain how that activity fits her job description.
In the course — The injury must occur while you are working. Break time injuries fall into a gray area. Regularly scheduled breaks in designated areas are generally covered.
Common challenges to proving an injury was job related
At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, we encounter many injury scenarios that test the limits of the definition of “work related.” Examples include:

Social events — Company-sponsored social events are tricky, because the employer would argue that parties and softball games convey no benefit on the company and are strictly for the benefit of the employees. Employees, however, tend to think that attendance is expected, so these events are part of the job.
Commuting — Your travel from home to work is generally not covered by workers’ comp, because that activity conveys no benefit on your employer, but there are several exceptions. Travel from your regular workplace for an off-site meeting is covered, as are errands for the boss on the way to or from work.
Traveling — Business trips are covered; however, if you’re a traveling salesperson with no true worksite, you are covered when traveling directly to or from a sales call, but not for time spent deviating from the direct route.
Prohibited conduct — You may still collect workers’ comp benefits for your injuries even if your own misconduct was a contributing factor. The decision may ride on whether your employer knew of the misconduct prior to your accident and, though it was technically against the rules, did not discourage or discipline employees who participated.
Pre-existing conditions — If you have a pre-existing condition, and can prove that your regular job activities worsened it, you may be covered. The key may be to show that the previous injury had cleared up and your work activity caused a recurrence.
If your case falls into any of these gray areas, you truly need capable representation from an experienced workers’ comp attorney. The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg provides diligent care whether you’re filing a claim for the first time, appealing a denial or trying to reach a disability settlement.

Contact our experienced workers’ comp attorneys to discuss your job-related injury
Act now to protect your rights to workers’ comp benefits for your job-related injuries. The Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg assists injured workers in and throughout northern Texas. To schedule a free consultation, contact our dedicated and compassionate attorneys online or by calling . Se habla español.
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Compassion and support after the loss of a loved one in an accident
Despite federal, state and local safety regulations, ongoing safety studies, defensive driver training, licensing and registration requirements, and other steps taken to ensure that our roads are safe, serious accidents occur in South Texas every day. At our Law Office, we realize that understanding where and why accidents occur can help you avoid a potentially fatal crash.

Where do fatal accidents occur on South Texas roads?
In 2011, there were 79,886 crashes in South Texas with 106 fatalities on the municipal road system and 74,794 crashes with 174 fatalities on the county road system. The majority of these accidents occurred between intersections during the daytime. The most common accidents were rear end crashes, angle collisions, collisions into parked vehicles and sideswipe accidents.

Some of the most commonly used roads and highways in include Route 17, Route 4 and Route 93 (or Grand Avenue). In the tri-state area, U.S. Route 130, also known as Burlington Pike, has earned the title of deadliest road based on the number of pedestrian deaths along that route. Interstates I-76 and I-78 number among the most deadly highways in the nation. Other dangerous roads include I-80 and the South Texas Turnpike, each of which had a dozen fatal accidents in 2011.

Fatal accident statistics for South Texas
Fatal accidents occur regularly on South Texas roads and highways. During the first half of 2013, 237 vehicle accidents occurred, involving 249 fatalities, 13 of which occurred in . The victims of these South Texas crashes were mostly drivers — 129 to be exact — with an additional 40 being passengers, nine cyclists and 71 pedestrians who sustained deadly injuries. By contrast, in pedestrians are at the greatest risk of wrongful death, followed by vehicle passengers.

Auto accidents are not the only type of fatal accidents. Motorcycles, trucks, bikes and pedestrians can all be involved in fatal traffic injuries in South Texas and throughout the United States:

An average of about 2,000 injuries and 70 fatalities result from motorcycle accidents on South Texas roads each year. Between 2003 and 2007, 377 motorcyclists died on South Texas highways, according to the South Texas Motor Vehicle Commission.
In 2008, about 380,000 truck accidents were recorded involving semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and other large trucks in the United States. About 90,000 people were injured and 4,229 killed. This number represents 11 percent of all reported traffic fatalities and is an increase over prior years. The majority of injuries and fatalities involved passengers of other vehicles.
Bicycles were involved in 17 accidents in South Texas in 2011, while 142 pedestrians were killed.
For all types of vehicles in South Texas in 2011, alcohol use contributed to more than 190 fatalities. Speeding contributed to another 174 deadly accidents.

Contact attorneys who care about the results of your case
If you lost a loved one in an accident caused by the negligence or wrongful acts of another, our attorneys at our Law Office have the skills and sensitivity to help you recover monetary damages for your loss, including for medical bills, funeral costs and compensation for the loss of a wage-earning family member. To learn more about your rights in a wrongful death lawsuit or insurance claim, contact us 24/7 online or by calling to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Understanding No-Fault Accidents in South Texas
attorneys explain your right to sue or choose no-fault insurance coverage
When you are injured in an auto accident, the resulting medical bills, lost wages, permanent injuries, car damage and other losses can be overwhelming. Your first thought may be to turn to insurance companies for the compensation you need. However, more than likely you will not receive the full compensation you deserve in your car accident case from insurers.
At our Law Office, we help you understand your rights and options after an accident, including negligence laws, no-fault insurance and your right to sue. Our lawyers understand the fright and pain you have experienced in a serious accident, and we are dedicated to providing you with the legal care, comfort and support you need.
What is no-fault insurance?
No-fault insurance covers your damages when you are in an accident, regardless of whether you or another driver or party is at fault under South Texas’s negligence laws. In South Texas, you can pick no-fault insurance or you can choose the “full tort” option in auto accident cases, which allows you to pursue a lawsuit for personal injury in court.
If you choose the no-fault insurance option, you may recover a variety of benefits under your plan, such as:
Bodily injury coverage for anyone injured in an accident
Personal injury protection coverage for medical bills and other losses, such as lost wages
However, the amount you can recover is limited by the policy, and many losses are not covered, including damage to your vehicle and other property. Moreover, in many cases an insurer may offer you a settlement of less than you deserve.
Why you need an attorney after any serious car accident
While you may think it wise to turn to insurance companies for the compensation you need, insurers are not on your side. Insurance providers are big businesses that have the goal of maximizing profits. They do so by finding ways to deny or undervalue your claim, paying you less than you deserve for your injuries and losses.
At our Law Office, we have decades of experience dealing with large insurers. Our results speak for themselves. We use our long history of practical experience and our professional reputation to negotiate a fair settlement for you and your loved ones. We can guide you through your options to help you choose when to opt in for no-fault insurance coverage and when to pursue a lawsuit. When you choose no-fault insurance, we are strong negotiators who do not settle for less than your claim is worth. When you choose to sue, our trial lawyers aggressively protect your rights in court.
Contact compassionate attorneys who fight for your rights
At our Law Office, we truly care about the results of your case. We personally investigate your claim and handle all aspects of your serious accident case. To learn more about our services, including our home and hospital visits, contact us online or call us 24/7 for a free initial consultation. Our firm charges no legal fees until we recover for you.
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Individual assistance to help you obtain compensation for serious, permanent injuries
When you are injured, you need to find a South Texas accident attorney who has the experience, skills and determination to help you obtain a just result. At our Law Office, we provide the support you need through skilled legal representation backed by years of experience in courtrooms and negotiations. Our lawyers offer hands-on representation to guide you through your serious injury claim, making complex matters easier to understand and overcome.
Personal injury in and northern South Texas
Clients throughout northern South Texas rely on our law firm to obtain the compensation they need in all types of serious, permanent personal injury cases. We handle a broad range of claims, including:
Auto accidents — With insurance companies paying out less money on claims than ever before, it can seem impossible to obtain a just settlement after an auto accident. Our lawyers use our professional reputation, skills and determination to help you negotiate with auto insurers to get a fair result. When necessary, we provide strong representation in lawsuits against insurers and negligent parties.
Truck accidents — Because of the enormous size and weight of large commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks, big rigs and 18-wheelers, accidents involving trucks frequently result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Our compassionate attorneys guide you through a serious truck accident claim to obtain compensation for life-changing injuries or the loss of a loved one.
Motorcycle accidents — When a driver is negligent or reckless and hits a motorcycle, it can cause life-threatening injuries to the relatively unprotected rider. Our lawyer’s help victims recover for motorcycle accidents, even when you are partly at fault — as long as you are less at fault than the other party.
Dog bites — Dog bites and animal attacks often cause permanent, disfiguring injuries and severe emotional distress. We help you recover for these traumatic injuries by holding dog owners strictly liable for injuries their animals cause.
Workers’ compensation — From construction sites to offices, employers must provide a safe workplace, but workplace accidents and injuries occur even when an employer is not negligent. We help you file workers’ comp claims to recover benefits for the harm you’ve endured.
Products liability — Manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are free from design and manufacturing defects and have proper labels, instructions and warnings. If a defective product causes you serious injuries, our products liability lawyers have the skills and experience to hold the manufacturer responsible.
Back and spinal injuries — Back and spinal injuries can leave you with long-term harm, ranging from a painful herniated disc to paralysis. With decades of legal experience dealing with all types of catastrophic injuries, we help you obtain compensation for both the immediate and long-term effects of your injuries.
Head injuries — Head injuries may result in serious traumatic brain injury and are often caused by slip and fall accidents and motor vehicle crashes. We have a network of doctors to help you obtain the treatment you need and are dedicated to obtaining the fair compensation you deserve.
What should you do when you are injured and it is someone else’s fault?
When you have been injured by someone else’s carelessness, you should take some initial steps toward making sure your injury claim can be settled fairly and as quickly as possible, such as:
Write down everything you can remember about how the injury occurred, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of potential witnesses, police officers and insurance company representatives. For work injuries, write down the names of company or workers’ compensation representatives.
Call a dependable, experienced lawyer before making any statements — written or verbal — to insurance company adjusters or representatives.
Take steps to protect any evidence you may need to prove your injury, such as your totaled car, photographs of an accident or injury scene, clothing you were wearing and damaged personal belongings.
Do you have questions about injury settlement in northern NJ?
At our Law Office, we are passionate about providing the support you need after a catastrophic injury accident. Our lawyers are here to answer your questions 24/7. Home and hospital visits are available, and you pay no legal fees unless we recover for you. To learn more, contact us online or call for a free initial consultation. Se habla español.
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South Texas Statute of Limitations for Lawsuits
Since time is limited to bring a claim in, find an attorney as soon as possible after an accident
When you are injured, the last thing you may want to think about is suing the responsible party. With your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering, just getting through the ordeal is enough to consider. However who will pay for all the costs and losses? At the Law Offices of Richard S. Greenberg, our lawyers help you tackle the legal aspects of your accident so you can focus on your recovery. By working with us as soon as possible after an accident, you protect your right to recover compensation through an insurance company or a lawsuit. However because your time to sue is limited, you must act quickly.
What is a statute of limitations?
A statute of limitations limits the period you have to seek a legal remedy for negligence, recklessness or other default. If you do not start a lawsuit within the legally specified time period, you generally lose the right to sue and recover the compensation you may need for the harm you’ve suffered. In some cases, for example if you were injured when you were a child, the period may be temporarily paused. Many different statutes of limitations — and exceptions — apply in various types of cases. A knowledgeable lawyer like those at our law firm can help you understand the time limits that apply in your case and protect your rights to monetary damages.
Time limits for your injury case
Under South Texas law, you must start a lawsuit within a specific limited time period or you may lose your right to sue for:
Personal injury — In general, the South Texas statute of limitations for a personal injury case limits the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit to within two years. If you were injured because of a defective and unsafe property condition, you may have up to six years.
Auto accidents — As with most types of personal injury claims, you have two years to start a lawsuit if you are injured in a motorcycle, truck or auto accident.
Products liability — If you are injured by a defect in the manufacture or design of an item or because of a failure to warn, you have two years to sue product manufacturers and sellers for products liability.
Workers’ compensation — You must file a formal claim petition within two years of the date you were injured or the date of the last payment of compensation, whichever is later. Payment of compensation includes medical treatment that the employer authorizes. If you suffer an occupational illness, including asbestosis, lead poisoning or hearing loss, you must file your claim petition within two years from the date you first learned about the condition and that it related to your employment.
How the discovery rule applies to you
Under the law, the time period in which you need to either sue or lose your right to recover compensation through a trial usually begins when the negligence first occurs. In some cases, you may not immediately discover your injury. For example, some internal injuries, like traumatic brain injury may not present symptoms until days or even weeks after an accident. In those cases, the time period begins when you discover the injury or when you reasonably should have discovered the injury.
Seek trusted help as soon as you can to recover monetary damages for your injuries
When you are injured in an accident, whether it’s a slip and fall accident, car accident or workplace injury, you need to act quickly. At our Law Office, our attorneys take on all the complicated legal aspects of your case to help you get the money you need and deserve. For the help you need from attorneys with results you can trust, contact us 24/7 online or by calling We offer free consultations and do not charge legal fees until we recover for you.
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Understanding Negligence Laws in South Texas
Experienced lawyers help you recover compensation for personal injury
An accident can leave you seriously injured and in need of compensation. Our lawyers at our Law Office help you secure the compensation you need when your accident was caused by the negligence of another. We have decades of experience in all types of injury cases, including helping clients recover fair settlements through tough negotiation with insurers and strong courtroom advocacy in personal injury litigation.
How do you prove fault under South Texas negligence laws?
To collect on a personal injury claim in South Texas, you usually must prove the person who caused the injury was negligent and did not exercise reasonable care. You must prove certain essential elements, such as:
The person who caused your injury owed you a duty.
The person failed to carry out that duty.
You suffered damages.
The other person’s failure caused your injury.
People in different circumstances have different duties of care. For example, drivers have a duty to drive safely and obey the rules of the road, while property owners generally have a duty reasonably to maintain their properties or warn of known dangers that cannot be remedied.
South Texas law has become stricter in recent years, requiring victims to demonstrate a serious injury. While injuries do not have to be life-threatening, a victim must have an injury backed by real medical evidence to win a personal injury lawsuit.
How comparative negligence works in South Texas
South Texas is one of many states in which the law considers comparative negligence. Under South Texas’s modified comparative negligence system, each person is assigned a degree of fault in the cause of an accident. If you were injured, you may collect damages from a negligent party, even if you were also negligent as long as your negligence was 50 percent or less. However, if you are 51 percent at fault, you cannot recover damages. For example, if you were determined to be 50 percent at fault and your damages were $50,000, you could still receive $25,000.
The degree of fault is determined by an insurer or judge or jury based on an investigation and the evidence presented. In auto insurance claims, the insurance company determines fault when you file a claim against another driver who you believe caused the accident. An insurer may consider such things as the primary cause of the accident, if either driver had a greater duty of care and if either driver may have avoided the accident. Under South Texas no-fault accidents law, you can also to choose to recover compensation directly from your own insurer without consideration of fault. Our attorneys at our Law Office can advise you about the merits of your case, especially when comparative negligence and multiple parties are issues.
What is my claim worth?
Under South Texas law, the person who injured you is responsible for a broad range of economic and noneconomic damages, including:
Past, current and future estimated medical expenses
Time lost from work, including time spent going to medical appointments or therapy
Property that was damaged, such as your vehicle
The cost of hiring someone to do household chores when you could not do them
Permanent disfigurement or disability
Your emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, fright, shock and any interference with your family relationships
Physical pain and suffering
Change in future earning ability because of the injury you suffered
Any other costs that resulted from your injury
When you are awarded a sum based on these damages, the sum may be reduced if your negligence contributed to the accident.
Seek help from attorneys who will help you at every step
At our Law Office, we help you understand your rights and options through frank, honest communication when comparative negligence and multiple parties are issues in your case. To learn more about our attorneys and how we may assist you, contact us online or call anytime for a free initial consultation. Our office is just one-mile north of the George Washington Bridge, exit 1 off the Palisades Parkway, and is easily accessible by bus or South Texas Transit.
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Can I Recover Compensation from Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists after a South Texas Accident?
attorneys help you understand how insurance affects your personal injury case
After an auto accident, you may be relieved to know you have insurance to cover your losses. However will an insurance company protect you? Unfortunately, insurance companies are paying out less and less, while all other expenses increase.
At our Law Office in , our lawyers have fought insurance companies on behalf of our clients for decades. When your own insurance company or the other driver’s is refusing to pay or offering to settle for too little, we provide strong support. Our forceful negotiation is backed by our willingness to go to court when it is in your best interests. With more than $100 million in settlements earned for our clients over the years, our results speak for themselves.
Is insurance required in South Texas?
South Texas state law requires that all drivers carry auto insurance and ensures that a basic policy is available for everyone. Certain minimums are set for a basic policy:
$5,000 per accident for property damage
$15,000 in personal injury protection per person per accident and up to $250,000 for certain injuries
In addition, you may add bodily injury liability, collision coverage and comprehensive coverage. A standard auto insurance policy has higher minimums and always includes bodily injury, personal injury and property damage protections.
What is uninsured motorist coverage?
Uninsured-underinsured motorist (UM-UIM) coverage is available as part of standard insurance policies. You can have UM-UIM coverage up to your liability coverage limits. Uninsured motorist coverage covers your damages up to your limits when the other driver is not insured. Underinsured motorist coverage applies when the other driver has a policy limit less than all your damage and your coverage would give you greater compensation. Because South Texas follows a system of comparative negligence, your insurance company may reduce your payment by the percentage it decides you are at fault.
How do South Texas insurance laws affect my auto accident claim?
In any situation, the more coverage you have, the more likely your policy will cover most of your medical bills, lost wages, vehicle damage and other losses caused by an accident. Because the minimum required coverage — even in a standard policy — is so low, in many cases the payments will not cover the full extent of the medical bills for auto accident victims. In addition, despite severe penalties, many drivers still fail to carry any insurance at all. A standard policy with UM-UIM coverage can protect you in these situations.
When you have a standard policy, you must choose whether you want a limited or unlimited right to sue for personal injury after an accident:
Unlimited right to sue — You may start a lawsuit against the person who caused the car accident to recover for the pain and suffering caused by your injuries.
Limited right to sue — You choose not to sue anyone who causes an accident unless you sustain injuries that include the loss of a body part, significant disfigurement or scarring, a displaced fracture, permanent injuries, loss of a fetus or death.
These options only affect your right to sue for pain and suffering and other losses not financial. Medical expenses and other economic damages are covered by your personal injury protection insurance.
Seek immediate assistance from experience accident lawyers
When you or a loved one is injured in a car crash, contact an experienced attorney immediately to help you with your claim before speaking to insurance companies that may use your words against you. To speak with an attorney at our Law Office 24/7, contact us online or call Consultations are free, and our firm charges no legal fees until we recover for you.
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Recovering for DUI-Related Accidents in Northern South Texas
When a drunk driver injures you, our attorneys fight for justice
Each day, almost 30 people across the United States are killed in motor vehicle crashes involving a driver who is impaired by drugs or alcohol. At almost one death every 48 minutes, the chances of a collision with a drunk driver are far too high.
If you were injured in South Texas because of the negligent or reckless actions of a driver who was using drugs or alcohol, our attorneys at our Law Office are passionate about getting you the monetary damages you need to get your life back on track. Drunk driving accidents can — and should — be avoided. We work hard to ensure that each party is held responsible through a lawsuit or settlement for the harm caused to you.
Is a drunk driver responsible to pay for my injuries?
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) refer to alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. Drunk and drug-impaired drivers endanger us all — not only other drivers, but also passengers and unsuspecting pedestrians. Across the nation in 2011, 8,878 fatalities resulted from alcohol-impaired driving. Drugs other than alcohol, including marijuana and cocaine, are generally involved in about 18 percent of deaths to drivers. In South Texas alone, more than 190 fatal accidents were related to alcohol consumption.
Under South Texas law, it is a crime to drive while intoxicated. Intoxication is determined through a test of blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Anyone with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher while driving a car or boat can be charged with DUI. The penalties for DUI include fines and fees, license suspension, installation of an ignition interlock device on a vehicle, community service and jail time. In addition to pursuing criminal penalties, our attorneys help you sue the intoxicated driver who causes an accident for personal injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.
What is dram shop liability and how does it affect my accident?
While a drunk or drug-impaired driver will likely be found negligent or reckless, he or she may not be solely responsible for your accident. Under dram shop liability laws in South Texas, a bar, club, tavern, liquor store, restaurant or other business that sells alcohol — known as a dram shop — may be held responsible when selling alcohol to a person who is visibly drunk and causes an accident.
Our lawyers help you determine which persons and businesses are responsible for your injuries and property damages. When a business is responsible in addition to a drunk driver, we work hard to make that business pay for your losses through a lawsuit or settlement.
Seek the help you need from lawyers with proven results
When an alcohol or drug-impaired driver hurts you or your loved ones in a DUI-related accident in northern South Texas, the attorneys of our Law Office have the experience, skills and proven results to guide you through your accident claim. For help understanding your rights and getting the monetary damages you need, contact us anytime online or by calling Initial consultations are free, and we do not charge attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you.
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What to Know about Motorcycle Accidents in South Texas
lawyers guide victims through claims for motorcycle injuries & fatalities
When motorcycle riders are involved in accidents, they can suffer serious, and even deadly, harm. At our Law Office, we help you obtain the compensation you need for your injuries or the loss of a loved one after a severe accident. Through experience, we understand that motorcyclists are often unfairly blamed for accidents that are caused by the negligence of other drivers. We personally investigate crashes to gather evidence of the likely cause and guide you through each step of your claim to help protect your rights and interests.
What are the common causes of motorcycle accidents in South Texas?
With 2,000 motorcycles involved in crashes each year in South Texas, riding can be extremely dangerous. Nearly 27 percent of fatal accidents involve alcohol, 22 percent involve inexperienced riders without motorcycle endorsements on their driver’s licenses, 23 percent involve riders who have a previous license suspension or revocation, and 21 percent involve speeding. Other common causes of motorcycle accidents include:
Negligent or reckless drivers of cars, trucks and other vehicles
Manufacturing or design defects of motorcycles, motorbike parts or other vehicles
Dangers and defects in or on the roads
The negligence of other drivers poses a serious problem for motorcyclists. Many drivers fail to watch for motorcycles and seriously can harm relatively unprotected motorcyclists. More than half of all motorcycle crashes that involve other vehicles occur at intersections, and more than two-thirds of accidents occur when the driver of a larger vehicle does not see the motorcycle.
What types of injuries can you suffer in a motorcycle crash?
Accidents involving motorcycles can be extremely serious, involving broken limbs, severe spinal injuries and traumatic brain injury. The most common nonfatal injuries are reported to include:
Leg or foot injuries
Neck or head injuries
Injuries to the upper trunk, including the chest or back
Arm or hand injuries
Lower trunk injuries, including the lower back or stomach
Other injuries
An estimated 1,222,000 people needed emergency treatment for nonfatal injuries, and more than 34,000 motorcyclists were killed between 2001 and 2008, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While fatal accidents involving cars and light trucks reached a low in the United States in 2008, motorcycle fatalities reached a record high. If you were injured or have lost a loved one in a serious or fatal motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another, our attorneys will help you seek the compensation you need through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
What can you do to prevent serious motorcycle injuries?
With head injuries the second most common motorcycle injury, you should follow South Texas law by wearing a protective helmet. You should also wear eye protection, jackets and pants resistant to tears and scrapes, protective footwear and gloves. In addition, make yourself visible and watch out for larger vehicles that have drivers who are distracted, reckless or just not watching out for you.
Contact our attorneys for the reliable help you need after an accident
If you are injured in a motorcycle accident despite precautions — and even if you were partly negligent — our lawyers at our Law Office will help you understand your potential claim and protect your rights to compensation. For a free initial consultation about your potential lawsuit or insurance claim, contact us today online or by calling We are available 24/7, and our firm charges no legal fees until we win monetary compensation for you.
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Truck Accidents
Helping the Injured after Serious South Texas Truck Accidents
Our lawyers provide dedicated service after serious accidents
One in nine fatal accidents involves a large truck, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck collision because of a jackknifed or overturned truck because of an unsecured truck-load, or in any other type of truck accident in or northern South Texas, our Law Office is prepared to help you. Our lawyers have decades of experience assisting the injured, a commitment to sensitive, client-focused representation and a strong record of proven results.
What are common causes of truck accidents in South Texas?
Large trucks are more likely to be involved in multi-vehicle accidents than other vehicles. More than 80 percent of truck accidents involve passenger vehicles. While many of these collisions involve overturned trucks and trucks striking passenger cars, trucks are frequently rear-ended by other vehicles. Using their hands-on experience, practical skills and sensitivity, our lawyers at our Law Office help victims recover compensation for injuries resulting from a wide range of causes, including:
Driver negligence
Trucking company liability
Violations of safety regulations
Overloaded or improperly loaded vehicles
Oversize trucks
Improper vehicle maintenance
Defective trucks or truck parts
Dangerous or defective road conditions
Who is at fault in a truck crash?
In many cases, an accident is caused by truck driver negligence from fatigue, distraction, drug or alcohol use, inexperience, speeding and unsafe turns, lane changes or other maneuvers. When a commercial truck driver is at fault, the trucking company that employs the driver may also be responsible for injuries if the driver caused the accident while acting within the scope of employment. The trucking company may also be responsible for inadequate driver training, failure to enforce safety regulations or negligent hiring — for example, hiring a driver with a poor driving record or history of drug or alcohol abuse.
Injuries caused by serious truck accidents
Because of their enormous size and weight, large commercial trucks, such as semi-trucks, big rigs, 18-wheelers and tractor-trailers, are highly likely to cause catastrophic or fatal injuries when they’re involved in accidents. Our attorneys help victims of all types of serious injuries, from amputation injuries to internal injuries and paralyzing spinal injuries to head injuries, recover compensation to make up for immediate and ongoing medical costs, rehabilitation, lost income and earning capacity, pain, suffering and other losses. If you lose a loved one in a truck accident, we help you through each step of your wrongful death claim with integrity and compassion.
Understanding commercial truck regulations
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by both federal and South Texas state regulations. There are strict rules about the size and weight of trucks, proper vehicle loading, proper maintenance and required vehicle inspections, driver logs, driver rest periods, overweight vehicles, hazardous loads, safe road access, licensing and registration, and much more. Truck drivers are also specifically banned from using cell phones and other handheld devices by South Texas law. When a truck driver or truck company violates these regulations, it may be unsafe for everyone and provide grounds for a lawsuit.
Contact dedicated lawyers for help recovering money after a truck accident
When a truck accident occurs, the results can be devastating. At our Law Office, we work tirelessly to help victims throughout and northern South Texas recover the money needed to help make up for their losses. To learn more about our cases and how we can help with yours, contact us online or call anytime to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Head & Brain Injuries Caused by South Texas Accidents
Seeking compensation for accident victims suffering traumatic brain injuries
Head and brain injuries can occur in almost any type of accident in which there is a bump, blow, jolt, impact or penetrating injury to the head or a lack of oxygen to the brain. Whether you fell and hit your head while on someone else’s property or were injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another, you may suffer serious damage.
Brain injuries can affect all aspects of your life, from your ability to earn an income to your enjoyment of daily life activities and being able to care for yourself. At our Law Office in , our lawyers understand what a terrible impact a head or brain injury can have on your life. With decades of experience both in and out of South Texas courtrooms, we help you recover just compensation so that you can get the medical treatment and care, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, and other damages that you deserve.
What are the common causes of a head injury?
The most common cause of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the United States is a slip or trip and fall accident. While falls can injure victims of all ages, they are primarily harmful to children and elderly adults. They cause half of all head injuries in children up to 14 and more than 60 percent in adults 65 years and older.
The second most common cause of brain injury is an auto accident. More than 17 percent of TBIs are caused by traffic accidents, including accidents involving trucks and motorcycles. Head injuries received in a truck accident may be particularly serious or fatal because of the severity of these accidents. Motorcyclists, on the other hand, can help protect themselves from serious TBI by wearing helmets. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), helmets are 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries, and helmeted riders have a 73 percent lower fatality rate than riders without helmets.
In addition to falls and motor vehicle accidents, more than 16 percent of brain injuries are caused when the head is struck by or against a moving or stationary object. Another 10 percent are caused by assaults.
What types of brain injuries occur in accidents?
Whether due to a car accident, a workplace accident, a slip and fall accident or any other accident caused by the negligence of someone else, head injuries tend to be very serious. Brain injuries can include a wide range of harm:
Tearing of the delicate brain tissue, such as from a sudden impact
Bruising, caused by impact to the skull
Swelling
Deprivation of oxygen, called anoxic brain injury
When a traumatic brain injury occurs, the victim may suffer a variety of short- or long-term effects, including:
Coma
Concussion
Behavior and personality changes
Concentration and memory problems
Paralysis
Loss of senses, such as touch or smell
Depression, anxiety or other mood changes
Impaired speech and vision
Seizures
Physical or mental impairment
What are the symptoms of a brain injury?
When a brain injury occurs, it is important to act quickly to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can seek immediate medical attention and minimize possible long-term harm. Many different symptoms indicate brain injury, including:
Loss of consciousness
Dilated pupils
Being dazed, confused or disoriented
Memory or concentration problems
Persistent or worsening headache
Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
Nausea or vomiting
Sensory problems
Slurred speech
Sensitivity to light or sound
Mood changes or mood swings
Agitation, combativeness or other unusual behavior
Feeling depressed or anxious
Fatigue or drowsiness
Difficulty sleeping, sleeping more than usual or the inability to wake up
Weakness or numbness in fingers and toes
Convulsions or seizures
Clear fluids draining from the nose or ears
Contact our experienced lawyers for personalized service in
If you have suffered a serious head or brain injury in an accident caused by another in northern South Texas, our attorneys at our Law Office have the knowledge, resources and staunch commitment to help you obtain compensation through a lawsuit or settlement. For help with your brain injury case, contact us online or call at any time to schedule a free consultation.
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What to Do When an Accident in South Texas Causes Back & Spinal Injuries
lawyers guide you through your claim for a spinal cord injury
A back injury seriously can harm the spine and spinal cord. A spinal cord injury is generally caused by a blow to the back that fractures or dislocates the vertebrae in the spine. Additional damage can be caused when the vertebrae or fractured pieces of the spine tear into cord tissue or damage the nerves. The most severe injuries cause paralysis below the site of the injury.
If you sustained a serious back injury or spinal injury in or northern South Texas because of the negligence or wrongful acts of another, it’s in your best interests to find an attorney who can help you recover compensation for your medical bills, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other harm. At our Law Office, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the full compensation you need and deserve under the law. Our highly experienced lawyers personally handle your case to ensure the best quality of service and results.
What are the symptoms of spinal injuries?
Because spinal injuries are internal, they are not always easily recognized or diagnosed. If you or a loved one was in a car or truck accident, a slip and fall accident or otherwise injured your spine, seeking medical treatment is the best way to diagnose the injury and minimize the harm. Many symptoms indicate a spinal cord injury, including:
Pain or pressure in the neck, head or back
Tingling or loss of sensation in the hand, fingers, feet or toes
Partial or complete loss of control over any body part
Urinary or bowel problems
Balance and walking problems
Bands of pain or pressure in the area between the head and abdomen
Difficulty breathing
Unusual lumps on the head or spine
Signs of weakness or brain injury
Unconsciousness or semiconsciousness
What kind of back injuries can you sustain in an accident?
Our lawyers help you recover compensation for all types of serious injuries to the back, neck and spine, including:
Herniated disc injuries
Fractures
Spinal cord injury
Slipped vertebrae
Broken or fractured spine
Pinched or damaged nerves
Numbness, pain or weakness
Blood pressure problems
Loss of muscle, lung, bowel or bladder control
Reduced mobility
Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
What are the causes of back and spinal injuries?
Diseases and accidents both can cause a spinal injury. Alcohol is a factor in about one out of four accidental spinal injuries. At our Law Office, our attorneys assist victims in recovering compensation from negligent parties in all types of accidents that cause an injury to the spine:
Auto accidents and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal cord injuries. They cause more than 40 percent of new injuries in the United States each year.
Trip and slip and fall accidents and falls from heights cause more than 25 percent of spinal injuries. If you are over age 65, falling is the most common way to injure your spine.
About 15 percent of spinal cord injuries are caused by gunshot wounds, knife wounds and other violent acts.
About 8 percent of back injuries are caused by athletic and recreational activities, including impact sports, such as football and diving in shallow water.
Seek help from attorneys with records of compassionate service and proven results
At our Law Office, we have decades of experience helping clients recover compensation in and out of the courtroom for serious back and spinal injuries and a history of more than $100 million in settlements. For highly sensitive, personalized service with your case, contact our lawyers 24/7 online or by call Consultations are free, and we charge no legal fees until we win compensation for you.
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Herniated Disc Injuries

When South Texas Accidents Cause Herniated Disc Injuries, Attorneys Provide Assistance
How attorneys can help after an accident
If you have sustained a severe herniated disc in an accident in northern South Texas because of the negligence of another, our lawyers at our Law Office can help you obtain relief. Medical treatment can be costly, and a painful slipped disc may make you miss work or render you unable to do the job you did previously. The pain and suffering can be excruciating and affect all aspects of your life. Our attorneys understand your situation, and we put our knowledge and vast network of professionals to work to help you obtain the medical care you need and the monetary damages for your harm that you deserve.
What are the causes of herniated discs?
The spine is made up of individual bones, called vertebrae, which have rubbery cushions, called discs, between them. The discs are soft inside with a harder exterior. In an accident, the exterior may crack and the soft inside the disc may push out, creating a herniated disc, also called a slipped or ruptured disc. Herniated discs can irritate nearby nerves and cause severe pain, numbness or weakness, not only in the back but also in the arms and legs.
At our Law Office in , we help accident victims obtain compensation for all types of back injuries resulting from accidents caused by another, such as:
Sciatica, a lower back injury that causes pain and numbness in the buttock and down the leg
Cauda equina syndrome, a serious herniated disc injury in which the bundle of nerve roots at the end of the spinal cord is squeezed, causing bowel, bladder, genital or intestinal problems, tingling or loss of feeling to the lower pelvic area and legs, or loss of function in leg muscles
How are herniated discs treated?
After an accident, if you suffer ongoing pain or numbness in the spine or limbs, you need to seek medical attention. A doctor may diagnose a slipped or ruptured disc through a physical exam or need to conduct tests, such as:
X-rays
CAT scans
MRIs
Myelograms
Nerve tests, such as electromyograms
Once the location and severity of the injury is determined, you may need treatment, including:
Over-the-counter pain medications
Narcotics, such as codeine or Vicodin
Nerve pain medications
Muscle relaxers
Cortisone injections
Physical therapy
Heat or ice
Traction
Ultrasound
Electrical stimulation
Short-term bracing for the neck or lower back
In a few severe cases, you may need surgery if other treatments fail and a disc fragment is pressing on a nerve, causing progressive weakness, or you have trouble performing basic activities, such as standing or walking. A surgeon may need to remove a portion of the disc or the entire disc and fuse the vertebrae together or implant an artificial disc.
Treatment for spinal cord injuries may be costly and time-consuming, resulting in significant financial harm. Our attorneys strive to help you recover compensation from any negligent parties that will cover your initial and long-term treatment and your lost income from missed work and other damages. Whether you were in car or motorcycle accident, slip and fall accident or construction accident, we have the knowledge and skills to help you through your lawsuit or settlement.
Contact lawyers who can help you recover the money you need to heal from your back injuries
When you have suffered from a painful slipped disc because someone else’s negligence or wrongful acts have caused an accident, turn to our lawyers at our Law Office. Possessing decades of experience with lawsuits and a record of more than $100 million in settlements, we can provide reliable legal support in . For help with your case, contact us online or by calling 24/7 for a free initial consultation.
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Construction Accidents

Helping All Types of Victims of Construction Accidents in South Texas
Lawyers assisting with personal injury lawsuits and workers’ comp in
At our Law Office, our attorneys assist all type of victims injured in construction accidents, including bystanders and pedestrians, construction workers injured in the course of employment, and construction workers injured by another employer, another company’s worker or other third party at the same work site. We have decades of experience with injury claims, including assisting victims with workers’ compensation claims and with personal injury lawsuits and negotiations.
Types of construction accidents
With a record of successful personal injury settlements that speaks for itself, our highly experienced attorneys are dedicated to helping you obtain just compensation for all types of serious injuries, from crush injuries to amputations and head and brain injuries to back and spinal injuries. We provide sympathetic, responsive representation for victims injured in construction accidents with a broad range of causes, including:
Defective equipment
Safety violations
Failure to use proper protective equipment
Ladder accidents
Scaffolding collapse
Crane collapse
Falls from heights
Slip and trip and fall accidents
Forklift accidents
Heavy construction equipment or machinery accidents
Crush injury accidents
Trench collapses
Excavation accidents
Drilling accidents
Rollovers or back-overs
Electrocution
Chemical burns and toxic exposure
Repetitive motion injuries
Types of injuries caused by construction accidents
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for employees. In 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded 781 workplace fatalities involving full-time construction workers. About four out of every 100 cases involved injuries that required days away from work, job restriction or transfer. Our lawyers assist in recovering compensation for all types of serious construction site injuries, including:
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Back injuries, including spine, spinal cord and herniated disc injuries
Broken bones and fractures
Burn injuries, electric shock and chemical burns
Crush injuries
Amputation injuries and disfigurement
Serious repetitive motion injuries
Who is liable for construction accidents in South Texas?
Who is responsible to pay for the costs of your injuries depends on the circumstances of your case. If you were a bystander or pedestrian injured at a construction site, you may have a case against the construction company if the company or a construction company worker was negligent and the negligence caused your injuries.
If you were a construction worker injured on-the-job, our lawyers can help you file a workers’ compensation claim to obtain benefits for your damages directly from your employer or employer’s insurer, even if your employer or a fellow coworker was not negligent. However, if your injuries are due to negligence by another employer or other third party, we may help you sue the responsible parties. A lawsuit for construction site injuries can be worth more money than you might otherwise recover from a worker’s comp claim. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and guide you through your best options.
Contact our firm today for direct assistance from experienced lawyers
At our Law Office, we are dedicated to personally investigating accidents when necessary, maintaining open communication with you and supporting your case with strong legal skills and a network of experts. To learn more about how we can assist with your construction accident case, contact us anytime online or by calling Consultations are free, and no legal fees are charged until we recover for you.
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Wrongful Death

Attorneys Help You File a Wrongful Death Claim for a Fatal Accident in South Texas
Focusing on legal and financial problems after a deadly accident
An accident that takes the life of a loved can devastate you and your family. Often, families are too grief-stricken after an unexpected fatal auto accident, workplace injury or fall to think about monetary compensation for their lost loved ones. However medical bills, burial costs and other financial problems can mount quickly, particularly if your loved one was a wage earner. The financial repercussions of your loved one’s death can soon overwhelm you and your family.
Our lawyers at our Law Office understand what a difficult time this is for you. We work hard to help you obtain the money you need and deserve after an accident to help make your loss less of a financial struggle. Through personalized service, accessibility and a passion for justice, we are proud to have obtained more than $100 million in settlements for our clients in and northern South Texas over our years of practice.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in South Texas?
When loved ones are killed in fatal accidents, certain family members may recover compensation for their resulting financial losses under South Texas laws. Surviving family members who may file for wrongful death include the heirs under intestate law:
Spouse
Children and grandchildren
Parents
Siblings
Dependents
If you are an heir who was dependent on the deceased victim at the time of his or her death, you may recover an award as if you were the sole heir in a proportion determined by the court, which considers such factors as the age of all dependents, physical and mental condition, educational needs, finances and other sources of support. In any case, beneficiaries can only recover monetary damages for their own losses, including:
Loss of current and future financial support, including wages and benefits
Loss of assistance, guidance and companionship
Medical costs
Funeral expenses
In addition, a survivor’s action can be joined with a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages that the deceased suffered. When a person is killed because of a wrongful act, neglect or default, the administrator of the deceased’s estate can sue to recover damages the deceased would have been able to recover if he or she had lived. These are basically personal injury damages and include the pain and suffering the deceased victim went through before death.
What types of wrongful death cases does our firm handle?
At our Law Office, our attorneys have experience and skills in all types of wrongful death claims in South Texas. If you lost a loved one in any type of accident caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default of another, we can help you seek compensation for your loss. Some of the most common fatal accidents that may give rise wrongful death claims involve all types of motor vehicles collisions:
Auto accidents — There were 17,442 fatal auto accidents involving passenger cars recorded in 2011.
Motorcycle accidents — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 4,749 fatal motorcycle accidents in 2011.
Truck accidents — There were 16,740 fatal accidents involving light trucks and 3,608 large truck accidents in 2011.
Seek the help you need from lawyers who care about just results
With decades of experience in the courtroom and at the negotiation table, our attorneys at our Law Office have significant knowledge and skills combined with a passion for helping accident victims. To learn more about your claim for the loss of a loved one, call us or contact us online 24/7 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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Slip and Fall & Trip and Fall Accidents in Northern South Texas
Helping victims injured by dangerous or defective property conditions in
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur whenever a property or business owner fails reasonably to inspect or maintain a premises, including interiors and exteriors, or creates a hazardous condition and does nothing to fix it. A needless accident can also result from a landowner failing to warn of a danger he or she should have known about.
If you slipped on a snowy sidewalk that a store owner should have shoveled hours before, fell in the supermarket when no one had cleaned up the aisle, tripped on misaligned sidewalk edges, fell down stairs in poor condition or were otherwise injured in a fall while on or in someone else’s property or business, you may have a claim for negligence. At our Law Office, we have decades of experience in all types of slip and trip and fall cases — known as premises liability — and the results to prove it.
Where do slip and fall & trip and fall accidents occur?
Slip and fall cases are significantly different from other types of personal injury cases. The evidence of the condition that caused the injury often quickly disappears. The snow melts, the spill gets cleaned up or the stairs are repaired. If you are injured by tripping or slipping and falling, try to get photographs of the scene with a camera phone if you have one, the names and phone numbers of witnesses, and any physical evidence. Remember, slip and fall and trip and fall accidents can occur almost anywhere you go, including:
Department stores
Malls and shopping centers, including on escalators
Restaurants and bars
Fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald’s
Coffee shops, like Starbucks
Sidewalks and entryways maintained by stores and businesses
Parking lots or underground garages
Apartments or rental units
What are some typical property defects that cause accidents?
Using their decades of experience, our lawyers help victims recover compensation through a lawsuit or settlement for injuries caused by all types of dangerous property conditions and defects, including:
Grocery store spills
Dropped food and spills in restaurants, including fast-food and convenience stores
Slippery or wet floors, stairs or sidewalks
Slippery floor-cleaning products
Missing handrails
Broken or uneven steps or stairs
Garbage spills
Poor drainage
Leaks
Puddles, ice or snow
Swimming pool accidents
Cracked or uneven pavement, sidewalks or flooring
Torn or uneven carpeting
Cracked, uneven or poorly repaired sidewalks or passages
Potholes
Electrical wiring
Negligent construction work
Inadequate or dim lighting
Failure to warn of hazards
Are slip and fall injuries serious?
Unfortunately, many people erroneously believe that trip and fall and slip and fall accidents are minor and should not result in a lawsuit. Falls can cause serious injuries, including badly broken bones in the wrist, arm, leg, foot or spine. Falls are the leading cause of brain injuries in victims of all ages, accounting for more than 30 percent of new traumatic head injuries each year. While falls affect victims of all ages, children and older adults are particularly susceptible to these kind of injuries. Falls cause half of all traumatic brain injuries in children ages 14 and younger and more than 60 percent of brain injuries in adults ages 65 and older. Older adults are also particularly at risk for a spinal injury during a fall, with 25 percent of spinal cord injuries resulting from falls. Falls are the leading cause of spinal injuries in adults older than 65.
Contact attorneys you can depend on to give your case the attention it deserves
At our Law Office, our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you obtain compensation for slip or trip and fall injuries when dangerous property conditions cause an accident. To learn more about your rights against negligent property owners and business owners, contact us online or call for a free initial consultation.
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South Texas Dog Bites and Owner Liability for Injuries
Holding dog owners responsible for attacks and bite injuries
At our Law Office, our lawyers understand how frightening a dog attack can be. If you have been bitten or attacked by a dog in or northern South Texas, you may have suffered serious, painful and even permanent injuries. Dog bites may result in serious cuts, abrasions and disfigurement. You may also fall and fracture a leg, arm, hip or other bone during an attack. These injuries may require costly medical bills. Painful or disfiguring injuries may affect your ability to earn an income or enjoy life activities. With decades of knowledge and experience combined with a proven record of success, our lawyers work hard to help you get the monetary damages you deserve from the responsible owner or an insurance company to help you pay for costs and other harm.
Are dog owners responsible for dog bites?
Under South Texas liability laws, dog owners are liable for the injuries their dogs cause, regardless of whether or not the dog was ever vicious before and even if the dog never bit anyone before. This is known as strict liability. When you were bitten or attacked, you must have been in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the dog owner. Anyone who is performing duties imposed by laws or postal regulations or who is on the dog owner’s property by express or implied invitation is protected. For example, invited guests and deliverymen, such as FedEx or UPS, postal workers and others at work may all be considered lawfully on the dog owner’s property.
When is a dog owner not liable for bite injuries?
Although dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries their pets cause, there are exceptions. In certain cases, the owner may not be liable for your injuries, including:
If you were trespassing with a criminal intent at the time of the dog bite
If you were taunting or hurting the dog and it was protecting itself
If you knew the dog was dangerous or had a history of biting or violence and deliberately or knowingly exposed yourself to the injury
Can I sue for dog bite injuries?
To win a personal injury lawsuit and recover compensation for dog bite injuries, you must prove certain elements of your claim, including:
You must identify the dog owner.
You were bitten by the dog.
You were in a public place or lawfully on the dog owner’s private property.
You were injured.
Our lawyers can guide you through your dog bite lawsuit to help you obtain monetary damages for medical bills and other harm you have suffered.
Can I obtain an insurance settlement for my dog bite injuries?
In many situations, an insurance policy may cover the costs of your dog bite injuries. Our attorneys help you with all aspects of your case to ensure that insurance companies do not wrongfully deny or undervalue your claim. We assist with insurance negotiations that involve all types of policies, including homeowner’s insurance, renter’s insurance, commercial general liability insurance and umbrella policies.
Seek help from attorneys who strive to get you the money you need to recover
Our lawyers at our Law Office have experience both in and out of the courtroom helping dog bite victims recover the compensation they need to recover from serious injuries and pay for their losses. To learn how we can help you, schedule a free initial consultation anytime online or by calling Se habla español.
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Products Liability for Injuries Caused by Defective Products in South Texas
Holding manufacturers responsible for the harm caused by product defects
Manufacturers and sellers of products have a duty to ensure that their products are reasonably fit, suitable or safe for their intended use by consumers. A manufacturer that fails to prevent a defect in a product that causes injuries may be liable for the resulting harm. At our Law Office in , our attorneys help you recover compensation when you are injured or lose a loved one because of a dangerous or defective product.
How are liability and compensation determined?
Product manufacturers, designers or sellers may be held responsible in a lawsuit for personal injury or wrongful death when their products have design defects or manufacturing defects or they do not contain adequate warnings or instructions:
Design defects — Design defects exist when there is alternative design that would be safer than the one manufactured that is not overly costly, that is practical and that has the same primary purpose as the original, dangerous design.
Manufacturing defects — Manufacturing defects exist when the resulting design is different from the intended design, the product is poorly made, there are worker errors, poor materials are used or there are other errors that occur during the manufacturing process.
Failure to warn — Manufacturers may be responsible for your injuries if the product did not contain adequate instructions or warnings of dangers of use or misuse not immediately apparent.
In addition to being strictly liable for defective products, manufacturers may also be held responsible for personal injury when a product injures you because of the manufacturer’s negligence. They may also be responsible for breach of warranty, including promises, statements or advertisements about a product incorrect or untrue.
What types of products can cause injuries?
Our attorney’s help victims recover compensation from manufacturers for injuries caused by all types of defective products, including:
Auto defects, including poor crashworthiness and rollovers
Defective automotive parts, such as tires, windshields or children’s car seats
Defective toys and children’s products, including the use of lead paint or choking hazards
Defective household products, including cleaning agents, food and medicine
Defective appliances, including ovens, vacuums, heaters and air conditioners
Power tool defects
Defective heavy machinery and workplace equipment
Gas station explosions
Defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs
What are common types of injuries from defective products?
All types of serious or even fatal injuries can result from the use of products defectively designed or manufactured or that do not contain adequate warnings. Using our decades of experience in South Texas injury law and a network of experts to assist us, we help victims recover a just award or settlement for all types of injuries caused by product defects, including:
Head and brain injuries
Back, neck and spine injuries
Broken bones
Burns and scars
Chemical burns
Toxic exposure
Amputations
Internal bleeding and injuries to organs
Suffocation and brain damage from lack of oxygen
Injuries to children
Is there a limit on how long you can wait to sue for products liability?
The South Texas statute of limitations for products liability limits the time you have to start a lawsuit against manufacturers, designers or sellers for injuries caused by defects. This time limit is two years from the date the defect occurred, the date you were injured or the date you should have discovered an injury that was not obvious, such as an internal injury caused by a chemical or toxic substance.
Contact our lawyers today to hold manufacturers responsible for your injuries
If you were injured, do not delay contacting attorneys you can trust to guide you through your claim and help you get the money you deserve. At our Law Office, our lawyers have the experience, skills and resource to fight manufacturers for fair results and the results to prove it. To schedule your free initial consultation today, contact us online or call Se habla español.
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Injury Settlement in South Texas
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, an auto accident occurs every ten seconds. Those accidents often lead to litigation. A recent Department of Justice study showed that while nearly 60 percent of personal injury cases involve auto accidents, only four percent of filed automobile personal injury lawsuits go to trial. The likely scenario is for your auto accident lawsuit in to settle.
The amount of your settlement for your automobile accident lawsuit in is likely to depend on the skill of your attorney. To obtain an injury settlement, your car accident attorney must be a skilled negotiator with the ability to investigate properly and evaluate your injury.
What you can collect
A personal injury lawsuit in can seek recovery for the following:
Medical expenses
Time lost from work
The value of property that was damaged
The cost of hiring someone to do your household chores
Any permanent disfigurement or disability
Emotional distress
Physical pain and suffering
Lost wages
An important part of your personal injury litigation hinges on your lawyer hiring expert witness to best prove your damages in your personal injury in .
Negotiation and settlement of your injury lawsuit
To begin the negotiation process to obtain a personal injury settlement, your lawyer may notify the people responsible that you are hurt and expect to file for your damages. At your first meeting with your lawyer, he or she is likely to ask you to bring documents such as the police report, photos of the scene of the accident, and wage stubs. Your attorney also needs the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.
Your lawyer may send a injury settlement package to the adjuster including all your documentation. The adjuster is likely to make an offer to settle your potential car accident lawsuit for far less than the amount your lawyer requests. Eventually the two parties should come to an agreement on the amount of your injury settlement in . If they do not, your lawyer can then proceed to bring a car accident lawsuit.
We can help with injury litigation in South Texas
Contact an experienced lawyer at our Law Office today for a free consultation about your car accident lawsuit in , or if you have questions about any type of personal injury lawsuits in .
Serving Northern South Texas
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Auto Accidents
Have You Been Involved in an Auto Accident in South Texas?
lawyers help you through auto accident claims for serious injuries
An auto accident can cause you severe, life-changing injuries that may require costly medical treatment and extensive time away from work. To make sure your injuries do not also result in financial disaster, you must obtain full compensation for your losses.
At our Law Office, our lawyers have the extensive experience, knowledge and skills to secure full compensation. We guide you through every step of your accident case to make sure you do not say the wrong thing to an insurer or miss important evidence or filing deadlines for your lawsuit. With our experience and dedication to client satisfaction, we take a large amount of the stress and worry out of your situation and help you get the results you deserve.
What are common causes of car crashes in South Texas?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) found that in 2011, 29,757 auto accidents resulted in fatalities. Thirty-one of South Texas’s 627 traffic fatalities occurred in . More than 190 of the South Texas fatalities were related to alcohol consumption. While drunk driving is a common cause of accidents, many other factors may contribute to a crash, including:
Driver negligence
Manufacturing defects in the vehicle or auto parts, including seat belts, air bags and tires
Poor vehicle crashworthiness
Dangerous road conditions or road design
Reckless and negligent driving commonly cause accidents and may include all types of wrongful behavior, such as:
Speeding
Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
Drinking or drug use
Distracted driving, including:
rubbernecking
chatting with passengers
changing the radio
Texting or using a cell phone while driving
Driver fatigue
Unsafe lane changes or turns
Failure to stop or yield
Failure to obey the rules of the road or road signs
Have you suffered serious injuries in an auto accident?
When an auto accident occurs, whether it’s a single car crash or multicar pileup, the results are often devastating. Auto and motorcycle accidents are the leading cause of spinal injuries, responsible for more than 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year. Motor vehicle accidents are also the second most common cause of head injuries, responsible for more than 17 percent of all serious traumatic brain injuries. If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, our lawyers guide you through this difficult, painful time to help you get compensation for immediate medical treatment, long-term care and other losses.
How do you determine fault in an accident?
In most cases, to collect on a personal injury claim arising from a car accident in South Texas, you must prove the person who caused the injury was negligent and did not exercise reasonable care, and that this negligence caused your injuries. South Texas law also allows victims to collect damages even if you were partly negligent as long as the other person was more negligent than you.
Contact knowledgeable attorneys for the help you need and compassion you deserve
If you were seriously injured in an auto accident, the sooner you contact an experienced auto accident lawyer, the more likely you are to protect your rights. At our Law Office, we are passionate about providing the caring representation you need to obtain a fair settlement from your insurer or verdict in your personal injury lawsuit. To learn more about how we can help in your case, contact us online or call us anytime at for a free initial consultation. We charge no legal fees until we recover for you.
Discover what our injury law firm can do for you.
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