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Injuries occur every day from preventable accidents. Fortunately, many injuries heal, and some do not require medical treatment. People can continue with life without facing massive economic consequences. However, severe injuries can lead to massive financial losses and mental anguish on top of the physical pain of an injury and the recovery process.
If you have sustained injuries due to the careless behavior of another person, business, or entity, you have several decisions to make in the coming days and weeks. Individuals who suffer serious preventable injuries commonly feel uncertain about their next steps, but consulting with an experienced personal injury law firm can provide the guidance you need to move forward with your life.
Until you have an opportunity to discuss the details of your case with our legal team, we have compiled answers to the following frequently asked questions about personal injury lawsuits and the legal process of seeking compensation for preventable injuries caused by others.
The legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, enjoys national recognition for protecting the rights of injured victims for over two decades. If you suffered injuries at work, on the road, or any other location in Houston, call us to discuss your case with one of our intake specialists. Learn all about your legal options!
Our team has someone available 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and we are here to help. Don’t delay and miss out on recovering compensation for your injuries. Contact Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, today at 800-898-4877.
If you think you should contact an attorney and file a claim, you should follow your intuition and speak with a Houston personal injury attorney. Whether your injury was extreme or minor, it is always wise to consult with a lawyer and file an injury claim.
Contact a personal injury law firm that can review the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim. You don’t lose anything by finding out that you do not have a viable claim. However, if you assume that you didn’t suffer severe enough injuries to take action and just try to move on, you might miss out on the opportunity to receive compensation you’re entitled to! Don’t risk losing thousands of dollars that could help you out.
The following scenarios also serve as good indicators that you need a personal injury attorney to help with your claim:
If you file a personal injury claim after suffering injuries due to negligence, you could receive compensation for your injuries and related losses. The exact damages that someone receives depend on the type of injury and the total losses.
Insurance settlements and jury awards might include compensation for:
Your Houston personal injury lawyer will evaluate your case and advise you on which damages may apply to your situation.
A statute of limitations is a time limit that dictates how long victims of negligence or intentional harm have to bring a civil lawsuit against the person, business, or another entity that harms them. In Texas, the vast majority of personal injury claims fall under a two-year statute of limitations. Plaintiffs must file a lawsuit within two years from the date of their accident. The same statute of limitations applies to family members seeking compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit after the tragic loss of a loved one.
Regardless of the strength of your claim, if you fail to take action before the statute of limitations runs out, a Texas court will likely refuse to hear your case.
The law does allow for some exceptions in rare situations. Examples of scenarios that might constitute grounds for a court to pause or toll the statute of limitations for a plaintiff or situations for which Texas law automatically grants a longer statute of limitations include:
Your experienced Houston personal injury lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you on which statute of limitations applies to your claim.
You must pay your medical bills after receiving treatment for injuries, even if another party caused your accident. Initially, your health insurance will kick in and your auto insurance benefits will apply if you have purchased optional medical payments coverage. If you prevail in your personal injury claim, you will receive compensation for your medical expenses from a settlement or jury award. It’s common for victims of negligence to receive reimbursement for medical treatment costs. Additionally, any money someone receives for accident injuries often covers unpaid medical bills.
Some injured individuals choose to avoid paying their medical bills until the conclusion of their case. However, failure to pay can result in medical providers sending bills to a collection agency and potentially damaging someone’s credit rating. Don’t let the careless person or business that harmed you ruin your credit, too! If you cannot afford to pay your medical bills after treatment, you should explain your situation to your providers. If they understand your situation, they might put your account on hold or make a payment arrangement that fits your budget. Most importantly, these providers will usually refrain from sending your accounts to collections.
Most personal injury cases settle out of court. Your personal injury claim likely will not go to trial, but you should always prepare for that possibility. We can’t know for certain if you will need to go to court. Whether you go to court depends on the type of event that led to your injuries and the extent of your injuries. If you sustained injuries in a Houston traffic accident, you will likely settle out of court. The outcomes of other types of cases vary greatly. Your legal team will review the event that led to your injuries and advise you on the probability of your case proceeding to trial. Together, you can formulate a strategy.
Although you face a higher likelihood of going to trial in cases that do not involve traffic accidents, both sides of personal injury claims typically like to pursue settlement options. Litigation may add a year or more to the timeline of your claim. Sometimes negotiations fail, and you may need to take your case to trial to pursue fair compensation for the full cost of your injuries. Your attorney might also recommend alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, to avoid the costs of going to trial.
If you have not already consulted with an attorney, you should contact a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to review the offer you received. Most personal injury claims involve some type of insurance carrier for auto insurance, homeowners’ insurance, commercial property insurance, and others. Insurance carriers protect their bottom line by reducing the amount they pay on each claim that comes their way.
These companies often employ a tactic of presenting settlement offers early in the process to trick injured individuals into accepting low amounts. Insurance companies use these predatory offers to tempt victims of negligence to accept the money and resolve the claim, especially when they sense you’re suffering financially.
Beware: Accepting an offer also includes waiving the right to seek further compensation for the same damages, eliminating the insurance company’s risk of paying out a higher settlement or court-ordered damages later on.
Victims of negligence who accept an offer too soon typically do not know the full extent of their injuries or long-term prognosis. Permanent injuries and illnesses increase the value of a claim. When insurance companies make an early offer, it can leave victims without the money needed for additional medical treatment, nursing care, lost wages, and other expenses. Fortunately, an attorney can review the offer and use it as a starting point for negotiations to help you fight for compensation to cover the full cost of your injuries.
Various factors impact how long you have to wait to receive money for your injuries if you prevail in your claim. Some claims settle within a few months of an injury, and others take years because they have to go to trial. It’s impossible to give an exact timeframe, but a consultation from a lawyer can let you know what to expect with your unique case.
Examples of factors that could extend how long you need to wait for compensation include:
Personal injury lawyers do not charge upfront retainers, like divorce attorneys and tax attorneys. Never let concerns about the cost of legal counsel prevent you from taking action to seek justice for your injuries. It’s the industry standard for personal injury law firms to accept new clients on a contingent fee basis. Contingency fee agreements give a firm the right to deduct attorney fees and other costs of representation from any settlement money or jury award a client receives. This prevents clients from needing to pay upfront legal fees.
Sometimes, victims of negligence choose not to hire a lawyer because they do not have a full understanding of how an attorney can help them with their injury claims. Everyone knows lawyers draft legal documents and submit paperwork to the court, but that only constitutes a small portion of what personal injury lawyers and law firms do to help clients.
Benefits of consulting and hiring a Houston personal injury attorney include:
Various scenarios can lead to a personal injury claim, and we have the ability and capacity to help clients handle most of them. However, some types of injuries give rise to personal injury claims more often than others. Below, we discuss some practice areas in which we see the most cases and provide a broad overview of each category to give you an idea of where your case might fit in:
Houston ranks as one of the most dangerous cities for driving in the nation. More than 50,000 car crashes occur in the Greater Houston area each year. Thousands of these accidents lead to severe injuries, and between 250 and 300 people die each year in Houston car accidents. Car accidents can occur because of poor weather, road construction, and traffic conditions, but even these types of accidents are preventable.
Drivers must operate their vehicles with the safety of others on their minds. Unfortunately, some drivers simply do not care, lack experience, or make horrible choices behind the wheel. Drowsy drivers, distracted drivers, and aggressive drivers put others on the road at risk for accidents that can result in injury and/or death. The personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Attorneys, hold negligent motorists and their insurance carriers accountable for the reckless actions that cause accidents and injuries. You should never have to face the consequences of someone else’s poor choices behind the wheel!
Each year, Harris County ranks first among Texas counties with the highest number of drunk driving accidents and fatalities, often more than double of the second-ranked county. Most people know about the dangers of drunk driving; parents, driving instructors, media, and other sources begin warning drivers as soon as they get their permits.
Choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol constitutes a crime as well as a moral violation, because these drivers make a deliberate choice to put others on the road in danger of serious or fatal injuries. Drunk drivers swerve into oncoming traffic, ignore traffic control devices, and cannot accurately judge space and distance when driving.
If you have suffered injuries in a Houston drunk driving accident, it’s time to stop the driver that harmed you from hurting others. The Houston personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, make drunk drivers pay for their reckless choices behind the wheel, so you get maximum compensation for your drunk driving accident claim.
Truck accidents, especially semi-truck accidents, rank among the most dangerous of all traffic accidents. Due to their extra weight, large trucks create a greater force upon impact, leading to more property damage, more severe injuries, and a higher risk of fatalities than the average car accident. According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), close to 5,000 truck accidents occur in Harris County each year. Truckers enjoy some protection due to the size of their 18-wheelers and often walk away unscathed or with minor injuries when they cause an accident, but what about the victims they leave behind?
Truckers who act like they are the only ones on the road and trucking companies who hire incompetent drivers, or do not adequately train the truckers they do hire, play a large part in the occurrence of 18-wheeler accidents. At Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Attorneys, our team holds trucking companies accountable for poor hiring, training, and maintenance practices, and we make sure reckless and negligent truckers bear responsibility for the harm they cause others on the road.
Houston’s warm climate creates the perfect environment for bikers to go for a joyride. Some even depend on their motorcycles as their primary mode of transportation. Unfortunately, reckless drivers who do not watch for motorcycles put bikers at risk for accidents and injuries. TxDOT estimates that over 8,000 motorcycle crashes occur each year across Texas, hundreds of which occur in Harris County. Several hundred of these motorcycle accidents result in fatalities.
Even the safest bikers who wear protective gear and drive defensively can suffer dangerous and potentially fatal injuries if a driver in a passenger vehicle or truck causes an accident. Bikers have little protection between their bodies and the road, leaving them vulnerable to painful injuries such as road rash. The experienced motorcycle accident team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, helps injured bikers seek compensation for damages related to their injuries and associated losses so they have the funding they need to pay for costly medical treatment.
According to TxDOT, at least 2,000 bicycle accidents occur across Texas each year, many of which lead to serious injuries or fatalities. The frequency at which bicycle accidents occur in Texas led the state to prioritize bicycle safety through its Share the Road program. Cycling provides great exercise and an environmentally friendly alternative to gas-powered motor vehicles. However, Houston cyclists have little protection from others on the road. Young children riding their bicycles face the most risk for dangerous and fatal injuries, as their small frames do not stand up to the impact of any careless driver who strikes them.
At our firm, we believe you should not have to suffer the economic burden that comes with severe bicycle accident injuries. Our skilled legal team knows how to communicate with insurance companies and avoid their dubious tactics. If you suffered injuries in a Houston bicycle accident, we stand ready to make sure the insurance company takes you seriously. Let us give you the best chance of receiving maximum compensation for your injuries.
Downtown Houston offers dining, dancing, shopping, and various other activities, as well as a thriving business district that keeps pedestrians in the streets. The same is true of nearby residential areas where people might enjoy a morning run or evening walk. Whether walking or running, those on foot in Houston risk suffering severe injuries when careless motorists do not pay attention to the road.
All drivers have a legal duty to drive safely to protect others on the road, especially children. Drivers who do not uphold this duty can cause death or severe injury if they run down a person on the side of a street or in a crosswalk. The legal team at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, understands the challenges that come with suffering pedestrian accident injuries. For over 20 years, we’ve proudly assisted injured pedestrians in seeking compensation for losses related to their injuries in Houston and across the country.
Property and business owners in Houston have a legal obligation to maintain their businesses and properties to keep visitors safe. For example, owners must warn visitors of any dangers and eliminate any hazards as soon as possible. When careless and lazy owners don’t fix things or leave their properties in disarray, dangerous accidents happen to innocent people.
Premises liability accidents include slip and fall accidents and trip and fall accidents, as well as various other situations that lead to injuries, such as elevator accidents, swimming pool accidents, and theme park accidents. Dog bites also fall under the umbrella of premises liability injuries, even when the attack does not occur at the pet owner’s home or business. Our team can help identify the owner responsible for your injuries and help hold that party accountable for poor property management.
Houston, like other large metropolitan areas in the United States, undergoes constant construction, rebuilding, and remodeling of streets, roads, buildings, homes, and other structures. Construction remains among the most dangerous industries for workers. Construction workers accept the danger that comes with their job, but they should not have to be exposed to excessive hazards beyond normal expectations. When negligence creates an unsafe work environment, this is unacceptable.
Construction workers put in long hours, further increasing their chances of suffering workplace injuries. Some common hazards on construction sites that lead to injuries include:
If you work as a Houston construction worker and you’ve suffered on-the-job injuries, you need to file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider to get your medical expenses covered and collect disability benefits you are potentially entitled to. If this process goes smoothly and you receive the benefits for which you qualify, you might not need an attorney. However, some businesses and individuals who employ construction workers do not comply with the law and may try to retaliate.
In other situations, your employers’ insurance carrier might deny your claim for a questionable reason. The personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, can help you get through the workers’ compensation claims process and fight for maximum compensation on your behalf, every step of the way.
Losing a loved one often constitutes the worst experience of a lifetime for the surviving family members. The situation becomes even more tragic when you learn that you could have avoided the loss, if not for the negligence of another person, business, or entity. Additionally, grieving families must also cope with the financial consequences of the sudden loss of a loved one. If the family member who passed provided a significant portion of household income, their wrongful death could leave family members without enough money for monthly utilities and expenses and necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing. Our personal injury team can evaluate the facts of your wrongful death claim, determine your eligibility for compensation, and advise you on the best path forward for you and your family. Real closure deserves real justice, and our team will treat you the respect, compassion, and patience you need.
As you move through the world each day, you may encounter negligent behavior from others. Sometimes, their actions can even lead to injury. Careless drivers cause traffic accidents, medical professionals fail to uphold a quality standard of care, and business owners do not maintain their properties to protect visitors from injuries. Severe injuries from these mishaps cause pain, but they also come with psychological trauma and financial stress. When injuries occur because of reckless behavior or intentional harm, it makes matters worse.
You should not suffer because someone else was careless or lazy.
A skilled Houston personal injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation that covers the full cost of your injuries, including your medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses associated with your injuries. At Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, we fight for maximum compensation on behalf of all of our clients. Our team can evaluate your injury claim 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact us toll-free at 800-898-4877, or click here to submit your case for review.
The skilled team of intake specialists, legal professionals, and personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, fight for every dollar for accident victims who suffer injuries due to negligence. We take pride in our dedication to client advocacy and professional excellence, which has led to the recovery of millions of dollars in settlement money and court-awarded damages for our clients.
We serve clients throughout the nation, but our firm began right here in Texas. Our experienced personal injury team in Houston will uncover the facts of your case and negotiate with insurance companies to obtain the best results possible for your situation.
While we cannot guarantee a specific financial outcome for your personal injury claim, we are confident our team has the knowledge and resources to fight for you and help you hold negligent parties responsible for their actions.
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