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If you were injured at the hands of another, the law gives you the right to recover compensation for your damages. In many situations, you may have a claim against a third party for your injuries. You may be injured in a car accident or in a slip and fall as the result of a dangerous condition at a store or other location. Perhaps you were the victim of an assault or other crime.
If you were injured and feel that another person, company, or other entity was at fault, consult an attorney about your legal rights. If you are injured at the hands of another, the law may entitle you to compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Physical pain
- Mental anguish
Stewart J. Guss has practiced personal injury law in Houston and all over Texas for 20 years. He and his team will work tirelessly to recover as much as possible on your claim.
Why Choose Our Team?
- Stewart Guss and his team believe in respect, integrity, and family values.
- Our attorneys and staff will always be here for you.
- With decades of combined experience, Stewart and his team will be an excellent advocate for your rights.
- You don’t pay us anything unless we win your case and win your claim!
Handling a Wide Range of Accident Claims
Personal injury law encompasses claims stemming from many different types of accidents and injuries. Each case will require different resources and legal strategies depending on what happened and who was at fault. Attorney Stewart Guss handles injury claims involving many types of accidents, including:
Car accidents – More than two million people are injured in motor vehicle accidents each year in the United States. Crashes can involve two vehicles, multiple vehicles, or even just a single vehicle. Rear-end collisions, head-on collisions, and rollovers are only some types of accidents that can cause serious injuries. Many causes of car accidents can lead to liability and the losses of victims, including drunk driving, distracted driving, violating traffic laws, aggressive driving, and more.
Truck accidents – About 480,000 commercial vehicles—including semi-trucks, box trucks, buses, and more—were involved in traffic crashes in one year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These vehicles are substantially larger than passenger cars—trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. This means that commercial trucks can often cause extensive damage. Claims stemming from 18-wheeler accidents can often prove complicated, so seek help from a lawyer who knows how to handle them.
Motorcycle accidents – Texas is a popular state for motorcyclists and has the third-largest number of registered motorcycles of all the United States. While riding a motorcycle can be economical and fun, it can also put you at risk of severe injuries if you crash. Among other things, negligent drivers, defective motorcycle parts, or dangerous road hazards can cause motorcycle accidents. Because motorcyclists are so vulnerable in collisions, they often sustain life-changing injuries after an accident, and should always seek immediate medical attention and then legal assistance.
Bicycle accidents – Riding a bicycle is good for the environment, your health, and your wallet. Whether you ride as part of a commute or for recreation, always know the risks of bicycle accidents. Not all motorists know how to share the road with bicyclists as the law requires. Distracted drivers, impatient drivers, drunk drivers, and more can all violate the rules of the road and crash into bicyclists. In addition, many roads do not have adequate bike lanes or are not properly maintained, which can cause a cyclist to crash and get injured.
Pedestrian accidents – Everyone walks near traffic at some point—usually on a daily basis. Even if you are just walking in a parking lot, you are at risk of a pedestrian accident. Pedestrians have no protection from cars—not even a helmet like most cyclists do—so accidents can cause devastating injuries. Pedestrians can suffer numerous traumatic injuries to multiple body parts and often require extensive treatments and an extended recovery periods following collisions.
Premises liability – Some accidental injuries have nothing to do with traffic accidents. Instead, they result from accidents that happen in stores, businesses, or on another party’s private property. Property owners and businesses have the duty to keep their areas in safe conditions, which includes removing possible hazards or warning visitors and customers of hazards so they can avoid injuries. Falls down stairs, slips and falls, toxic exposure, dog bites, swimming pool accidents, and escalator/elevator accidents are all accidents that can lead to premises liability claims.
Construction worker accidents – Construction is a dangerous industry. While all construction workers should know the risks of their profession, they still have legal rights when it comes to injuries on construction sites. Those rights depend on the type of accident and who may be responsible. Common construction worker accidents include falls, electrocutions, power tool accidents, large machinery accidents, and getting hit by objects. In some cases, workers’ compensation should cover construction workers for injuries. In other situations, however, another individual or party may face liability for injuries caused, and the accident victim may seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim.
Nursing home abuse – While the number of residents in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and assisted-living facilities is rising, so is the number of injuries to residents in such facilities. Nursing home residents can suffer many wrongful injuries at the hands of staff, visitors, or even other residents. Injuries can arise from neglect, physical assaults, emotional abuse, sexual assault, or even financial abuse. These incidents can often go unreported for some time, resulting in extensive physical and mental injuries. Nursing homes should be held liable for any injuries that occur due to negligence or wrongdoing.
Dangerous drugs – The pharmaceutical industry profits from manufacturing and selling medications that are supposedly meant to improve or control medical conditions. Unfortunately, many large pharmaceutical corporations are more interested in profits than the health and safety of consumers. Many medications make it onto the market despite dangerous side effects that can cause serious injuries to users. Many of these medications also come with inadequate warnings regarding potential side effects, so consumers have no idea of the risks until it is too late and they require additional medical treatment or may even have life-threatening conditions.
Gas and oilfield injuries – Many tough Texans go to work in gas and oilfields on a daily basis. While these individuals provide priceless economic benefits for the state and our country, they are also at an almost constant risk of serious accidents and injuries. Gas and oilfield accidents can result in life-threatening, permanently disabling, or even fatal injuries. People injured while working in gas and oilfields have legal rights to compensation for their many losses and should discuss their injuries with a Texas personal injury lawyer who understands these types of accidents.
No matter the type of accident, discuss your rights and options with a highly experienced personal injury attorney. Stewart Guss can examine your situation and determine the best course of action for you to recover the compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Personal Injuries
The above accidents can result in a wide variety of injuries to victims, and the law firm of Stewart Guss has handled cases involving many types of injuries, including:
- Moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Open fractures
- Whiplash and other soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Skull fractures
- Broken noses, jaws, or cheekbones
- Dental injuries
Personal injury claims not only differ based on the type of accident but on the type of injuries sustained. Even minor injuries can lead to a case if the victim incurred any medical bills or other losses as a result. The insurance process can often resolve such cases without the need to file claims in court. The assistance of an attorney will ensure that an insurance company does not try to take advantage of you by offering inadequate payment.
Your Rights as an Accident Victim
Accidents can happen for many reasons. Sometimes, you can make a mistake that leads to an accident. Other times, an accident is no one’s fault and was not preventable. However, in many situations, other parties cause accidents by acting in negligent or careless ways.
An injured party can hold a negligent person or company liable for all of the losses stemming from the resulting injuries. The first step in evaluating a personal injury case is to determine whom you may hold accountable for your accident. This can involve technical investigations and complex legal principles, so you want a qualified personal injury lawyer handling your case from the start.
The many different negligent parties in personal injury claims include:
Individuals – Negligent people can cause accidents, include:
- Dangerous drivers
- Negligent commercial truck drivers
- Doctors engaging in medical malpractice
- Dog owners
Corporations – Negligent companies can be held liable for:
- Selling defective household products
- Selling dangerous pharmaceuticals
- Hazards on the premises that cause slip and fall accidents
- Toxic exposure
- Construction accidents
- Employees who negligently harm others
Government entities – In some instances, a local or state agency may cause accidents and injuries. This can include:
- Accidents caused by dangerous roadways
- Accidents at public schools
- Falls due to dangerous public sidewalks
- Playground injuries in public parks
- Injuries at public swimming pools
The requirements for bringing a legal claim can vary depending on the liable parties in your accident. In any case, however, accident victims have the right to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, future estimated losses, and more.
Do Not Wait to Seek Help
After suffering a serious injury, you are likely concerned about your health, medical treatments, and getting back to normal as soon as possible. As the medical bills pile up, you may feel concerned about your rights to compensation, but you may not know where to begin or may not have the energy to pursue a possible claim. Texas has deadlines for these cases, however, so you should never wait to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney.
If you have been involved in an accident, it is important to speak to a Houston personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. To schedule a free case evaluation with the attorneys of Stewart J. Guss, Attorney at Law, call today at (281) 664-6500 or send us an email through our online contact form. Remember—you pay us nothing up front when we take your case, and you pay us nothing unless and until we’ve won your recovery.
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