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Just what is a personal injury case? Lawyers say that they do “personal injury cases” or “accident cases” or “product liability cases” or “wrongful death cases.” Many times, folks are not really sure what this means. Indeed, people who have known me for years will come up to me and ask me for a referral to a car accident attorney! They do this even though I think that they know exactly what it is that I do. So, a personal injury case describes the type of harm that was caused. A wrongful death suit is a personal injury that has resulted in death. Further, in personal injury cases, there are many different situations, and circumstances which cause harm such as cars, trucks, products, explosion, and premises. These are still personal injury cases which are handled by lawyers who specialize in personal injuries. A board certified lawyer in personal injury law should be qualified to handle all of these cases.
What kinds of personal injury cases have I handled? The real question is what kind of case have I not handled. I have handled explosions, oil field accidents of all kinds, car wrecks, major truck wrecks, defective products (probably 50 kinds of products), dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, premises liability, maritime and offshore injuries, brain damage, spinal cord injury, birth defects, fires, and so forth. I have actually prepared and tried cases involving these issues. I've been featured in News and TV coverage involving some of the better known cases, but most of my cases involve the common and ordinary person who needs a lawyer who wants to help them get back on their feet, and to be repaid for what has happened to them. Those are the cases that I am most proud of, not the ones that involve lots of media attention.
Some Personal Injury Cases I Have Worked on Featured Catastrophic Injuries Such as:
Spinal Cord & Paralysis
Head & Neck Injuries
Loss of Limbs
Loss of Sight or Hearing
Bone Fractures & Breaks
How do you find the right lawyer for your case? I have written books to guide you, even if you don’t hire me. Simply contact us and request them, and we will send them to you for FREE with no obligation. The more informed you are the better your decision will be.
Helping Catastrophic Injury Victims & Their Families Live a Normal Life
What will an experienced injury lawyer do on your case? Here is a list of some common things that I may do for you as a client. Remember that each case is different, and that not all of these tasks will be required in every case. They are:
What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do for Their Clients?
Do Lawyers Add Much Value to the Majority of Claims?
Before you decide whether to hire an attorney… did you know that a 1999 study found that insurance companies pay higher settlements to injured people who use an attorney than those who do not?
It’s true. In 1999, the insurance industry performed a study to find out if people who had accident claims received more money in settlement by using an attorney than those people who settled on their own. The study was performed by the Insurance Research Council, a non-profit organization that is supported by leading property and casualty insurance companies across the United States. The mission of the IRC is to advance the insurance industry’s view on matters crucial to insurance companies. The IRC found that people who used an attorney received, on average, 3½ times more money in settlement than those individuals who settled on their own.
Do I Need A Lawyer Who Has Handled Cases Just Like Mine to Expect a Good Result?
The more experienced the lawyer, the better likelihood you will get someone who knows what they are doing. Most experienced personal injury lawyers have handled hundreds, if not thousands of claims similar enough to your situation to do you a good job. However, not all experienced lawyers have the same “experience” in fighting claims, so I advise you to read my book “Hiring the Right Lawyer, the Truth About Lawyer Advertising,” in order for you to pick the right lawyer for your situation. Contact us, and we will send you the PDF version for FREE, right now.
What Must You Prove to Win Your Case?
Just because you were hurt doesn’t mean you are entitled to money. In order to bring a personal injury claim, regardless of how it occurred, your lawyer will need to prove that a company or a person carelessly or negligently caused your injury. (or death of a family member, if that is the harm that resulted). If a product hurts or kills someone, the law of product liability applies. This law says that the product manufacturer and seller is liable if a defective and dangerous product harms someone.
If you fail to prove the other party’s negligence or defective product caused your injuries, then you lose. If you sue the wrong person, you lose. If you wait too long to sue, you lose. If you had an injury BEFORE the accident, then you are only entitled to be compensated to the extent your injury is now worse.
So what happens if you were partially to blame. In Texas, if you were in any way at fault, you do not necessarily lose. This is known as the law of comparative negligence. This means that if the “other guy” was 99 percent at fault and you were 1 percent at fault, then you are entitled to recover 99% of your losses. However if you are more than 50% at fault, i.e. 51%, the law says you do not get to recover anything.
Before we accept your case, we must be confident that your actions were not the only cause of the accident.
Also, in Texas, except in extraordinary circumstances, you cannot sue your employer for negligently hurting you if the employer carries worker’s compensation insurance. If the employer’s gross negligence results in death, the family can sue, but these cases can be hard to win. I.e. it has been said that it is easier to uphold a murder case in the Appellate Courts than to get them to uphold a “gross negligence” case.
Sometimes, several persons or companies are at fault, and a jury gets to decide the percentage of blame against each. If one company such as an employer is to blame, but cannot be sued, the jury can apportion fault among the others in most circumstances.
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Joe Stephens is a double board certified lawyer who has tried over 100 Houston injury trials during 26 years of practice protecting the rights of the poor, the injured, the forgotten, and the downtrodden. His specialty in trying cases to a jury has earned him recognition across the country. He has won many important personal injury trials, including wrongful death, and serious injury cases. “Joe Stephens has been chosen by a blue ribbon panel as a “Texas Super Lawyer” (2008, 2009, 2010). Only the best lawyers in the country are considered for this honor which is based on independent and objective research of candidates.