Personal Injury Lawyers Houston
At the Pursley Law Firm PLLC, a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer can provide aggressive legal representation for clients that need an experienced personal injury attorney in Houston, Galveston, El Paso, Austin, Dallas and throughout Texas.
Personal injury is an area of tort law that gives people who are injured (through no fault of their own) in an accident the opportunities to file a claim for damages incurred and deter others from committing the same harms. Most commonly, if someone suffers a personal injury in Houston they may sue for the recovery of monetary damages, by hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer, to file suit on their behalf. In some instances, an injured party may attempt to gain an order from the court which prevents the wrongful conduct from continuing. When a person suffers an injury or a wrongful death due to the fault of another person (intentional or not), the injury can vary greatly in severity, from hardly noticeable or only minor discomfort to severe, and life-changing injuries or even death. Most areas of personal injury law are complicated and require extensive investigation and expert testimony, so it is imperative to have a thorough and competent Houston Personal Injury Lawyer to represent your best interests. What do truck accidents, mesothelioma, medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, defective drugs, products liability, dram shop or liquor liability, premises security liability, construction site and refinery explosion injuries all have in common? The Pursley Law Firm PLLC has successfully handled cases in all of these areas of personal injury law in addition to wrongful death, drunk driving or other automobile accidents and recovered compensation for the victims of negligence.
For more information on how our firm handles a variety of personal injury claims for clients located in Houston, Dallas, Austin and throughout Texas, including those arising out of: Personal Injury, Accidents, Mesothelioma, General Liability, and Wrongful Death, please read more about us.
Automobile and other motor vehicle type accidents are usually the first thoughts that come to mind when someone mentions a personal injury lawyer, but there are many more types of injuries this area of law covers. Burn injuries, brain injuries, electrocution, and spinal cord injuries are some of the more serious specific types of medical injuries that can result from any number of situations or circumstances brought about by negligence. Whether it is an accident at a workplace, such as construction sites or a refinery explosion, exposure to toxic chemicals like asbestos and manganese or mold; it is important you pursue every course of action needed to protect and provide for your family while you recover from the injury or loss. An experienced Texas Accident Attorney will help you do this.
As mentioned previously, exposure to toxic chemicals, such as asbestos, is a common workplace injury that frequently occurred earlier in the twentieth century without the workers knowledge. The problem is that since the resulting injuries of this exposure can take up to 20 years to manifest, the claims are only being filed increasingly in recent years and it is usually estimated that claims for Mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses will continue to rise over the next 10 years. Since this is a type of terminal cancer, the treatments for Mesothelioma only help lessen the symptoms until the person's death and the relatives may continue with the claim until it is settled. If an employer was negligent in protecting you from this harmful chemical or others such as, manganese, silica, hazardous waste, mold, or any other chemical that is dangerous if inhaled, then you should seek legal advice and counsel.
On the other hand, it is true that automobile and other motor vehicle accidents are a large portion of the personal injury cases and lawsuits being pursued in the court system today. It is important to note that because there are so many motor vehicle accidents, an investigation of the facts and details needs to be thoroughly conducted to determine the damages are sufficient to warrant the considerable time and effort it takes to pursue any financial recovery beyond the initial insurance agreement. This is generally true of most personal injury cases, not just automobile accidents. Unfortunately, there are thousands of people seriously and/or permanently injured or killed in auto accidents every year. In our experience, people with more serious injuries are often more likely to receive unfair treatment from insurance companies, in addition to being offered inadequate compensation for their injuries. The Pursley Law Firm PLLC and a Houston personal injury attorney is able to help by providing aggressive representation of your interests to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries.
In product liability cases we retain qualified experts to testify on your behalf. In these cases, it can be a very complicated process to show that a company is at fault, so we conduct a thorough investigation to determine the responsibility of the defendants. Complaints of negligent design, misrepresentation or claims against the manufacturer such as; breach of warranty, inadequate instructions for use, failure to warn about safety or risks, or fraud are some of the common issues in products liability cases. These can be addressed with auto accident cases when the investigation shows that the cause of the accident was due to faulty car parts. Defective drugs are similar and fall under the category of products liability and can even cause more serious health problems or terminal diseases, as with the recent Vioxx cases.
Premises Security liability requires that an owner or proprietor of a property (store, apartment complex etc.) acts reasonably and carefully to ensure guest safety. Not only should they post warnings of any dangers to guests, but they should try and prevent any harm they are aware of that could occur on the property. Certain facts need to be proven to show the owner or proprietor was aware of the risk of harm and was negligent in preventing any injury. This can lead to complicated cases involving investigations and cooperating with police or other security presence. If you or a family member was injured on the property of another due to a defective condition, then you should seek legal counsel to discuss your case. The forseeability and preventability of the injury by the owner or proprietor are the key conditions to prove in these cases.
Another type of premises liability case is those involving the sale of alcohol, also known as dram shop or liquor liability cases. In these cases, if it is proven that the bartender, waitress, or store clerk served and/or sold alcohol to a visibly intoxicated person or to a minor, then the server or bar owner may be liable for whatever injury and damages the intoxicated person caused. Obviously, with the sale of alcohol to an already intoxicated person, there is a forseeability of potential harm to the person intoxicated or to a third party.
Wrongful death can result from any number of circumstances or causes, as long as it is proven to be caused by negligence on the part of one or more parties. The situation could be motor vehicle accidents, drunk driving, a prescribed defective drug, and injuries at a construction, refinery, or other work site, or as a result of toxic chemical exposure, and in cases of medical malpractice. Since medical malpractice cases are extensive in their scope of investigation and understanding of the medical area involved, they are difficult to prove at times. Because of the highly technical nature of these cases, it requires very specific details to explain how the injury or disease was due to the negligence of the doctor or healthcare professional. These doctors, psychiatrists, and healthcare professionals owe a higher duty of skill towards a patient and have the duty to exercise a higher standard of care in diagnosing a patient's illness because of the lengthy and dedicated training they go through.
Among the types of compensatory damages the injured party may recover in personal injury cases are: reasonable medical expenses, loss of earnings capacity, and pain and suffering. Both present and future expected losses are included in the total awarded. Though no amount of money can completely compensate someone for the injuries and losses resulting from a personal injury, the damages awarded in a personal injury case are an attempt to restore an injured party to the way they were before the injury occurred.
Our Texas personal injury attorneys have experience in all of these types of cases and have a network of experts to work with when their expertise is needed in a particular case. Thankfully over 90% of cases do not even have to go to trial because they can be settled through negotiation and mediation prior to the trial date. Mr. Pursley's knowledge and acquired skills in the field of settlement negotiation, coupled with an aggressive approach to trial practice are an excellent combination for achieving optimal outcomes to both litigated and non-litigated disputes. If you are not sure if you have a case, please fill out our questionnaire and a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer will contact you to discuss your case.
Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers conveniently serve our clients in Harris, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties, our Dallas office serves clients in Dallas, Tarrant, Denton, and Collin counties and our Austin office serves clients in Travis, Bastrop and Bexar counties and throughout Texas.
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