Being involved in an accident is not only scary but can also lead to financial and emotional losses. If your accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you can fight for your right to compensation. At Carter Law, our Fort Bend County attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and options as well as secure a fair settlement.
While you may not think you need an attorney, it is in your best interest to retain our services; we not only have an understanding of the state laws governing your case but also have experience handling these types of cases. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience and are equipped to help you achieve the best possible case results.
To learn more about how we can help you, reach out to our Fort Bend County professionals today. Call (713) 597-6562!
Types of Cases We Handle
At Carter Law, our Fort Bend County attorneys are equipped to handle a wide variety of personal injury cases. Once you retain our services, we can help you gather evidence, minimize your liability, develop a case strategy, and handle the case legalities. Specifically, we represent clients in the following types of cases.
- 18-wheeler accidents. Big rigs (i.e. 18-wheelers or trucks) are imposing forces on the road and being involved in an accident with one can have serious consequence. These accidents can be caused by driver fatigue, lack of training, failure to adhere to weight limits or pack the vehicle correctly, or any number of other issues, and those involved can suffer from injuries that range in severity depending on the type of accident, materials in the vehicle, and other factors.
- Car accidents. There are multiple types of car accidents, including but not limited to fender benders, low impact or speed accidents, head-on collisions, hit and runs, rollover accidents, and side impact or swipe accidents. Whatever type of accident you have been involved in, we are here to help you determine the causation and fight for your right to fair compensation.
- Catastrophic injuries. After being involved in any type of accident, you may suffer from catastrophic injuries, such as burns, amputations, or traumatic brain injuries, which can impact your quality and way of life. You may need continued medical care or physical therapy as well as specialized accommodations and equipment because of your injuries, and we can help you calculate your damages and fight for compensation.
- Insurance claims. You can retain our Fort bend County attorneys and refer your insurance company to our team instead of having to deal with the claims department yourself.
- Motorcycle accidents. Another type of vehicular accident we handle is motorcycle accidents. Whether you are involved in an accident with another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian, we can help you protect your interests.
- Oil field accidents. While oil field accidents are rare, our attorneys are dedicated to helping clients investigate the accident and develop a solid case strategy, because we understand how serious and life-threatening these accidents can be.
- Plant or refinery injuries. Many plant and refinery workers encounter or work with chemicals and/or dangerous equipment, which can lead to serious injuries if not handled with care or stored correctly.
- Premises liability claims. These claims arise when a person, who is legally on another person’s property (residential or commercial) is injured because of negligent conditions on the property. Property owners have a duty to guests and visitors to eliminate hazards or warn them of potential dangers on the property. Many types of accidents fall under the umbrella of premises liability cases: slip and fall accidents, electrocutions, elevator and escalator accidents, dog bites/animal attacks, swimming pool accidents, negligent security, amusement park accidents, fires, and defective property conditions.
- Product liability cases. Manufacturers should ensure their products are safe to use, designed soundly, produced safely, and labelled well (with warnings and details). However, people sometimes suffer from injuries after using a product, which can lead to a product liability claims.
- Wrongful death suits. If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to bring forth a wrongful death suit. While no amount of compensation can excuse or make up for your loss, it can help cover funeral expenses, medical costs, loss of consortium, and other damages incurred.
Proving Negligence in a Fort Bend County Personal Injury Case
For a personal injury suit to be successful, you will need to prove the following elements.
- The defendant owed the plaintiff (the filing party) a duty of care. People have a duty to act or not act in a certain way.
- The defendant failed in that duty of care. A person should act in a certain way (i.e. responsibly), and if they act recklessly or in a way that another person would not have, they breach that duty of care. For example, a doctor should take time to establish a patient’s medical history or offer standard care, and motorists should avoid texting and driving.
- The plaintiff’s injuries were caused by this breach of duty. To substantiate a claim of negligence,
- The plaintiff has suffered damages. You will need to show that the plaintiff has been harmed or suffered a loss.
What Is Modified Comparative Negligence?
Many clients worry whether they can still pursue a claim if they are partially at fault for their accident, and yes, you can. Texas is a modified comparative negligence state, which means that a plaintiff can still receive damages if they are partly at fault as long as their percentage of fault does not exceed 50%. However, their settlement award will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, let’s say you are involved in a car accident. While the other driver did hit you and caused you injuries and damages, you are held 20% at fault for the accident because you were driving distracted (which affected your ability to react). If you were going to be award $100,000, then that award will be reduced by 20,000, and you will only receive $80,000 under modified comparative negligence laws.
Do I Still Need a Personal Injury Attorney if I Have a Settlement Offer?
Yes, even if you have a settlement offer, you should still consult with our Fort Bend County personal injury attorneys. We have experience calculating economic and non-economic damages and have your best interest in mind. The insurance company and their adjuster, however, do not have your best interest in mind, and their job is settle cases quickly and for a low amount. Thus, your initial offer is likely a lowball offer. Working with our attorneys can help ensure that you receive fair compensation.
Potential Damages in Fort Bend County Personal Injury Claims
There are two types of damages in personal injury cases: economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages include the costs and expenses that have a clear price tag, like medical bills, lost wages (present and future), property damage, rehabilitation costs, and therapy costs. Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, aim to compensate plaintiffs for intangible losses, such as loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium.
Why Work with Our Firm?
Carter Law is a full-service law firm that is committed to offering our clients personalized attention and counsel. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries and damages in a negligence-based accident, our attorneys are here to help. You can trust our firm to handle the case legalities, while you navigate this difficult time and heal. Why?
- We are trusted and respected by peers and past clients alike.
- We have recovered millions for our clients.
- We are experienced trial attorneys and are also equipped to handle settlement negotiations.
- We have an impressive track record of success (i.e. over 1,000 legal wins) and over a century of collective experience.
- We have award-winning attorneys and staff.
- We are committed to helping our community.
- We treat our clients like family, because we care about you.
Schedule a consultation today by calling (713) 597-6562 or completing our online contact form.