Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston & Texas
In addition to trying to recover from your injuries, you may need money to pay for your medical expenses, rehabilitation and living costs. Meanwhile, you may have missed extensive time from work and find yourself unable to work again or hold the same job you had before your injury.
Without a lawyer representing your interests, you will likely discover that it is very difficult to work with insurance companies. They may challenge your claim and use your statements against you in an effort to minimize or deny your claim.
A personal injury lawyer from Tate Law Offices can ease the stress you are experiencing. We can deal with the insurance companies while you focus on your recovery. We can ultimately pursue a maximum amount of compensation for your physical, emotional and financial losses. Our mission is to help you to move past this difficult time in your life.
We serve clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and cities throughout Texas.
Call us at 888-769-1093 for a Free Consultation with a Dallas personal injury lawyer, Houston personal injury lawyer or Fort Worth personal injury lawyer today. We charge no legal fees or case costs unless we obtain a financial recovery for you.
What Can a Texas Personal Injury Lawyer Do For You?
Don’t talk to the insurance company. Call Tate Law Offices instead. While the insurance company will be out to protect its profits, we will be set on protecting you through all stages of the personal injury claims process.
It starts with a consultation. You can tell us everything you know about your case, and we can answer all questions you may have about your rights and options.
If we agree to move forward with your case, we can ensure that your medical treatment goes uninterrupted while your case is pending. We can review all private and public health insurance options available to you. If needed, we can work directly with health care providers to make sure you get the treatment you need. Your health is important to you. It is important to us, too.
Our Texas personal injury lawyers can also:
Investigate your case
By focusing exclusively on representing plaintiffs in Texas personal injury claims, we have developed the skills and resources that are needed to effectively and efficiently investigate a case.
We will work with our team of investigators and experts to determine why you suffered your injuries, who should be held legally responsible (or “liable”) and the maximum amount you should seek in just compensation.
Negotiate a personal injury settlement
Many personal injury clients we assist are anxious about filing a lawsuit and going to court. The reality is that, in many cases, neither step is necessary.
Our attorneys can deal directly with the insurance company to seek a full and fair settlement of your claim without filing a lawsuit. We are experienced, aggressive negotiators who know how to counter common insurance company tactics.
Even if a lawsuit is filed, we can still seek to resolve your case through a settlement. If a case is settled, it will avoid the need to go to trial.
Litigate your case
From the moment we take on a case, we prepare it as if it is going to a trial. This approach gives us leverage when we present a case to insurance companies for settlement. It also allows us to be ready to present a solid case before a judge and/or jury in the courtroom.
In many cases, our ability to obtain court orders to obtain information and prevail on pre-trial motions can convince an insurance company that it is better to resolve a case before it goes to court.
Resolve your claim
Our lawyers understand that your goal is to obtain a full financial recovery in a timely manner. Being injured by another person’s wrongdoing is a traumatic experience. You want to move on.
Upon obtaining a verdict or settlement on your behalf, Tate Law Offices will move quickly to resolve any liens that may be attached to your financial recovery, account for your legal fees and costs and disburse the funds you are due as quickly as possible.
We can also advise you on the best way to structure your compensation – through a lump sum, for instance, or through a series of payments commonly called a “structured settlement.”
We offer free consultations and do not charge legal fees or costs unless you obtain a recovery. This is because we do not want cost concerns to stop you from seeking the legal assistance you need and to keep you from fully protecting your rights.
What Can You Recover in a Texas Personal Injury Claim?
The personal injury attorneys of Tate Law Offices will be focused on maximizing the value of your claim. We will seek a full and fair recovery for all of the damages you have suffered. Whether it is through a settlement or verdict, we will seek a recovery of:
- Special damages – These are damages that naturally (but not always necessarily) result from a party’s negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct. Typically, these damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses (including emergency treatment, surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, assistive devices and medication)
- Lost earnings (including lost past wages and the decrease in your ability to earn wages in the future)
- Physical disability (or impairment)
- Loss of consortium (or the harm to your family relationships)
- Loss of household services (the economic value of services you would provide around the home such as mowing the lawn or taking care of the children)
- Future pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- General damages – These are damages that necessarily result from a party’s misconduct and may include:
- The aggravation of a preexisting injury (such as a bad back)
- Scarring and disfigurement (including scars from burns or loss of limbs)
- Past pain and suffering and mental anguish.
- Exemplary damages – These are damages that are not aimed at compensating you for your harm. Instead, they are intended to punish the party who injured you and to deter that party and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future. These are also called punitive damages. These damages can be awarded if it is shown through clear and convincing evidence that a party knew his or her conduct carried an extreme degree of risk but acted anyway with conscious indifference to the safety, rights and welfare of you and others. Exemplary damages are subject to a cap under Texas law.
As we stated above, our goal will be obtain these damages for you in a settlement without the need to file a lawsuit or go to trial. However, if needed, we will be prepared to bring your case into the courtroom.
Many of the acts or omissions that give rise to a personal injury claim may give rise to a wrongful death claim if the misconduct results in the loss of a loved one. However, a wrongful death claim is different from a personal injury claim in many important ways, including the damages which are sought. It will be crucial for you to work with a law firm that understands these differences and how they can impact your recovery.
What Cases Do Our Dallas Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
The personal injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices have extensive experience in helping those injured by the negligence of others. As a result, we can handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including those caused by:
- Car, truck, motorcycle and other vehicle accidents
- Construction and other workplace accidents
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Slip-and-fall accidents and other unsafe property accidents
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
Our attorneys also understand the unique issues that can arise with specific types of injuries. We can assist clients who have suffered injuries such as:
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
We believe a personal injury lawyer can make a significant difference in the amount you recover for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering and other damages. We will seek to recover compensation from all parties responsible for your losses. We also will closely review all insurance policies from which compensation can be obtained.
How Do You Prove a Texas Personal Injury Claim?
To establish a personal injury claim in Texas, you will need to show that another party was negligent. In other words, the party failed to act as a reasonable person would have acted when faced with the same or similar situation.
As Tate Law Offices works on your case, we will focus on the four elements of a negligence claim:
- A party owed a duty of care to you
- The party breached that duty through its acts or omissions
- That breach caused you to suffer
- Actual damages that you deserve to be compensated for.
In some cases, a party may admit that it is liable. In other words, the above four elements are clearly met, and the party’s fault is impossible to deny. As a result, a trial will be needed on only the issue of how much should be awarded in damages.
You should know that, in Texas, you can be partially at fault for your injuries and still be able to collect compensation. Our state follows a rule called “modified comparative negligence.” Under this rule, if you are 50 percent or more at fault for your injuries, you would be barred from a recovery. Otherwise, your recovery would be reduced in proportion to your degree of fault.
So, for instance, let’s say you suffer $100,000 in damages in a personal injury case. If you are 60 percent at fault, you could not recover anything for your losses. However, if you are 40 percent at fault for your losses, you could recover compensation. However, your compensation would be reduced by 40 percent. So, your recovery would be limited to $60,000.
At Tate Law Offices, our goal will be to ensure that no undue amount of fault is attributed to you when we deal with the insurance companies or present your case in court.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Texas?
Another rule you should be aware of is the “statute of limitations.” This is the period of time in which you must file a personal injury claim, or else your claim would be time-barred.
Generally speaking, in Texas, you have two years from the date when your injury arose in which to file a claim. However, there are many exceptions to this rule. Also, the time limits work differently when a case involves alleged medical malpractice or injuries caused by a dangerous and defective product.
You should pay close attention to the statute of limitations. It is important to meet with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident in order to give the attorney sufficient time to investigate your case before the statute of limitations expires.
At Tate Law Offices, we can advise you of the time limits that apply to your case. We will work efficiently to make sure that your personal injury claim is filed on time.
Contact a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Today
The Texas personal injury lawyers of Tate Law Offices take a team approach to every case we handle. Our goal is to make sure that you receive the care and attention you deserve, and your case is handled with the professionalism it requires. Your case is important to you. It is important to us, too.
Please see “Our 10 Promises to You” to learn more about the service we provide to each one of our personal injury clients in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and communities throughout Texas.
We can provide an immediate, free consultation. Contact us today and allow us to get to work on your case.