Suffering injuries due to someone else's negligence can put you on a difficult path toward recovery that can feel hopeless. However, with your rightful compensation under the law, you can better recover and regain your health and well-being. If you have permanent injuries, financial support can help you adjust. Fortunately, an experienced Mesquite personal injury lawyer at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers can help you.
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Personal Injury Guide
- Injuries in Mesquite, Texas
- Your Mesquite Personal Injury Claim
- Premises Liability Claims
- Your Physical, Financial, and Emotional Losses
- Traffic Accidents
- The Many Varieties of Driver Negligence
- Your Personal Injury Lawyer
- Protecting Your Claim
- When Is It Time to Contact a Mesquite Personal Injury Attorney?
- An Experienced Mesquite Personal Injury Lawyer Is on Your Side
Injuries in Mesquite, Texas
Mesquite is a sprawling Dallas suburb with its own charm, which shines through in its annual championship rodeo. In fact, a lot of people know Mesquite as the Rodeo Capital of Texas.
Mesquite is also the location of many traffic accidents. Some of the most dangerous spots include the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway from Jupiter Road to the I-30 interchange. Over two recent years, 12 fatal accidents happened on this stretch of road—amounting to 2.5 fatal traffic accidents per mile.
If any negligence-based accident injured you, the experienced personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers in Mesquite have 20 years of impressive experience helping clients like you obtain beneficial claims resolutions.
Your Mesquite Personal Injury Claim
Personal injury claims are all based on the negligence of another party, but they come in many different forms, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
- Slip and fall accidents and other types of premises liability claims
- Drunk driver accidents
Additionally, accidents on construction sites and wrongful death claims in which the accident victim succumbs to their injuries are similar to personal injury claims.
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability claims refer to claims for injury-causing accidents that stem from the negligence of commercial property owners or negligence in terms of maintaining their premises in a manner that supports the safe passage of guests, clients, customers, and other visitors.
Property owners and managers have to apply the same level of care that other commercial property owners use in similar situations. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for any accidents that ensue. Slip and fall accidents are one of the most common premises liability claims.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slipping and falling at a store, restaurant, or another kind of business is as jarring as it is dangerous. In fact, slipping and falling are often far more dangerous than you probably recognize.
The National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) shares all the following statistics (highlighting exactly how dangerous slip and fall accidents are):
- Falls are the leading cause of ER visits (accounting for more than 8 million annually), and slip and fall accidents make up a full 12 percent of these falls.
- Floors and flooring materials are directly responsible for more than 2 million slip and fall accidents each year.
- Twenty-two percent of all slip and fall accidents result in the victim needing more than 31 days off the job.
Slip and fall accidents are often severe.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents
While you can slip and fall as a result of almost anything, these accidents are commonly associated with negligent care and maintenance on the part of property owners and managers.
Common slipping culprits include:
- Poorly maintained outdoor walkways, including uneven, buckled, or cracked pavement
- Inadequate lighting for outdoor walkways
- Outdoor walkways that contain slippery yard debris
- Door thresholds that jut upward (causing tripping hazards)
- Poorly maintained floor coverings
- Naturally slippery floors, such as highly polished marble
- Poorly maintained, designed, or constructed stairways
- Inadequate indoor lighting
- Indoor walkways that have crowding displays
- Awkward transitions from room to room
- Spills that workers don’t clear promptly
The Elements of Your Premises Liability Claim
To bring a successful premises liability claim, you’ll need to demonstrate that:
- The commercial property owner or manager owed you a duty of care, which is true if you were on the commercial property legally (you weren’t trespassing).
- The commercial property owner or manager failed to live up to this responsibility, which means they knew they should have known about a hazard and failed to fix it.
- The hazard in question caused you to be injured.
- You suffered losses or damages.
Your Physical, Financial, and Emotional Losses
You can experience immense losses in a premises liability accident, so you need a lawyer who can include every category of your loss in your claim.
Your Medical Costs
While medical bills are not difficult to tally, it can be challenging to identify the full extent of your losses in this category if you experience secondary health concerns, have serious side effects, or face long-term healthcare needs. Regaining your health is primary to your recovery, which makes obtaining just compensation in this category essential.
Your Lost Income
You've suffered an injury, so you may lose earnings that correspond to lost hours on the job. While this financial loss is severe enough, circumstances can make it more so if your earning potential is affected. Because many of us derive considerable personal satisfaction from our careers, such losses can also have an emotional component.
Your Physical and Psychological Pain and Suffering
Suffering an injury due to someone else’s negligence can lead to considerable emotional suffering—in addition to the physical pain and suffering you endure. Your pain and suffering are genuine and can have very significant consequences in your life. This is precisely why this category of loss should receive the attention it deserves in your personal injury claim.
When we take to the road in our vehicles, we accept a considerable amount of responsibility for the safety of everyone on the road. Motorists who fail to take this responsibility seriously enough put us all at significant risk, and—unfortunately—there is no shortage of negligence out there.
The Many Varieties of Driver Negligence
There are many forms of driver negligence out there—all of which can leave you seriously injured.
Distraction behind the wheel leaves motorists less well prepared to adjust their driving to risk factors on the roadway ahead and makes accidents far more likely. Texting and other forms of smartphone use are the most dangerous forms of distraction—and some of the most common.
Drunk drivers experience considerable impairments that endanger everyone on the road. Alcohol can lead to cognitive, physical, and visual deficits that interfere with one's ability to operate a car safely. The fact that alcohol also interferes with impulse control and sound decision-making makes the matter that much more serious.
When a motorist gets too little sleep, it can affect them much as alcohol does. Drowsy drivers can experience cognitive and physical deficits that mimic those caused by alcohol. Motorists, however, aren't as attuned to the dangers associated with exhaustion behind the wheel.
Speed increases the risk that accidents will happen and increases the chance that these accidents will be deadly. Speed is a primary factor in more traffic accidents than any other driver's negligence.
Aggressive drivers typically engage in more than one kind of driver negligence on any given trip, and the results are alarmingly dangerous.
The most notable form of aggressive driving is excessive speed, and when you couple that with these aggressive driving practices, the risk grows immensely:
- Dashing in and out of traffic
- Passing dangerously
- Attempting to engage other drivers
- Commandeering the right-of-way
Aggressive drivers take dangerous driving to new levels.
Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Our personal injury lawyers can help you build your most substantial claim—in support of your best interests—in all these critical ways:
- Gathering all the physical evidence from the scene of the accident
- Obtaining testimony from eyewitnesses who were at the accident scene
- Hiring witnesses who have the expertise to help corroborate your claim.
- Having accident reconstruction models created that illustrate how the injury-causing accident transpired
- Helping to ensure that you are well informed about the personal injury claims process
- Providing the insurance company with the information that it needs (insurance representatives have experience in coaxing damaging statements out of vulnerable claimants, and the less you share, the better)
- Negotiating with the insurance company for your claim’s most advantageous outcome
- Preparing for trial (if the insurance company will not negotiate fairly)
Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer from Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers, if possible.
Protecting Your Claim
Your claim will be unique to you and the involved circumstances, but there are specific steps that every claimant can take to help protect their personal injury claim.
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
One of the most important things you can do to help protect both your health and your personal injury claim is to take your doctor’s instructions and advice seriously. By doing so, you send a strong message to the insurance company that your injuries are just as serious as claimed.
Reach Out to an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Having a seasoned personal injury lawyer on your side can make a significant difference in the outcome of your claim, which makes having one in your corner one of the most important steps you can take.
Leave the Insurance Company to Your Attorney
The insurance company handling your claim is a for-profit enterprise that wants to keep those profits as high as it can manage. Toward this end, its representatives are skilled at obtaining statements from claimants that go on to harm their claims. You are not obligated to make a statement to the insurance company, and it is to your advantage not to do so.
Don’t Post on Social Media
You may wonder what social media and your personal injury claim have to do with one another, but they have closer ties than you likely realize. Social media has become the venue for sharing our best lives, and there is a strong tendency to paint things in a rosy glow, which can serve to weaken your claim of damages. Additionally, there is virtually no hope of privacy when it comes to social media (regardless of how careful you are with your privacy settings), and insurance companies are skilled at obtaining the information they seek. Finally, you are far more likely—in your vulnerable, post-accident state—to inadvertently post something that the insurance company can mold to its advantage. In the end, giving social media a hard pass until your claim has reached its resolution is the best policy.
When Is It Time to Contact a Mesquite Personal Injury Attorney?
After an injury, life can seem overwhelming. You are undergoing treatment, watching the bills pile up, and you miss work and lose income. With stress levels rising, the last thing you want to add to your plate is finding legal help.
However, the sooner you contact our law firm, the sooner we can relieve much of your stress. We make your situation easier - not harder. We determine the best course of action to seek maximum compensation and handle every step of the process.
An Experienced Mesquite Personal Injury Lawyer Is on Your Side
The best thing you can do for yourself if you've suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence is to hire a lawyer. Some people might think they can deal with the insurance company alone. The simple fact is, that is what the insurance company wants you to believe.
With their 20 years of focused experience, the trusted, nationally recognized Mesquite personal injury lawyers at Stewart J. Guss, Injury Accident Lawyers are well-positioned to zealously advocate for your legal rights and rightful compensation.
If an accident injured you in Mesquite, call our office right now for a free consultation! Because we take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, you will not owe us a dime unless we win your case. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so call us today at 800-898-4877 or contact us now by clicking here.