Injured in an accident in Houston?
When one is injured in an accident that could have been avoided had another person or commercial enterprise not been negligent, it is likely you have a personal injury case. When dealing with these frightening and sometimes tragic incidents, the support of a strong Houston personal injury lawyer to assist you with the legal aspects of your case is a critical factor. At The Doan Law Firm, P.C., we are prepared to fight on behalf of injured clients and in some cases for their families in personal injury or wrongful death cases.
At the Doan Law Firm, P.C. each case is given the full attention it deserves. You must have an exceptionally dedicated attorney who is determined to fight for you from the inception of the case through to trial, should the case go that far before settlement. When a settlement is offered, you want to know that it is fair based on the actual damages that were suffered in the case. At The Doan Law Firm, P.C., we are prepared to fight aggressively and negotiate skillfully for our clients and provide the personal legal services you deserve.
Hiring an Injury Attorney
All too often victims are confused about whether or not they should hire an attorney to file a claim. While they can handle their claim themselves, they can count on obtaining a low-ball settlement because they don't have the knowledge or the skills to understand the true value of their claim, whereas a seasoned attorney would be a formidable adversary that wouldn't accept a low dollar settlement offer.
How much is my claim worth?
Every personal injury case is very unique. How much the victim can anticipate obtaining depends on a variety of factors including the extent of their injuries, the medical costs and anticipated medical costs, as well as any other past, present and future damages that are incurred resulting from the accident.
Insurance companies are focused on one thing, their bottom line; therefore, as the injured victim, it can be very frustrating dealing with an adjuster who is actively working against you, making every attempt to pay you as little as possible. You can count on the fact that whatever they offer you is below the value of your claim. For this reason, it's critical that you enlist the services of a highly knowledgeable attorney to combat such low-ball settlement offers.
Strict liability is an aspect of product liability law. Basically, with strict liability when a manufacturer releases a dangerous or defective product on the market that injures a consumer, the manufacturer can be held "strictly liable" for any damages incurred regardless if they were negligent or not.
Settlement vs. Trial
The vast majority of personal injury claims are settled outside of court; however, there are cases where it becomes apparent that a case would be better served if it was taken to court. If the legally liable party is offering too low of a settlement and we cannot come to terms with their offer, then we may be able to secure a larger verdict if a judge rules in our client's favor.
Who is liable?
Personal injury claims fall under different categories depending upon where the accident occurred and the circumstances of the case. In a medical malpractice case, liability may fall upon the hospital or on the medical doctor themselves if they were an independent contractor. In a dog bite case, if the accident occurred on the owner's property, then the dog's owner would be held responsible; however, if that dog bit someone on commercial property, then the property's owner or the leaseholder may be held responsible because the dog attack occurred on their property.
What is negligence?
When someone fails to take proper safety precautions, or when they act in a reckless manner and someone else is injured as a result, it is considered to be negligent. Examples of negligence would be a driver that was driving at excessive speeds on a residential street, or a store owner who failed to mop up a spill, or a commercial building owner that failed to properly maintain their elevators, all of these would be considered negligent behaviors that can lead to undue harm and injuries.
To schedule a consultation with a caring attorney to discuss your claim, please contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C. today.