Accidents often result in more than just damage to your vehicle. They can be traumatic and life-altering for those involved. If negligence caused your crash, seek justice and fair compensation now.
Beaumont Personal Injury Lawyers
Serious accidents often result in serious injuries, and victims can often face a long and agonizing road to recovery. The Beaumont personal injury lawyers of Portner Bond, PLLC provide skilled, compassionate representation for people who have been hurt in accidents across Southeast Texas. Our team has seen firsthand the struggles that accident victims and their families face after a car crash, slip and fall accident, workplace accident, and other unforeseen events. It can rob them of their health, their ability to enjoy life, and support those they love. Our Beaumont personal injury attorneys are here to make things right, and make sure that if someone else’s actions caused an injury, they are the ones held responsible.
Portner Bond, PLLC handles a wide variety of personal injury claims, and we will sit down with people to get a thorough understanding of their situation and story. Our team of Beaumont personal injury lawyers fights to help individuals obtain all the full and fair compensation they deserve, and we’ve forever changed the lives of so many of our clients for the better. Let us help you get back on your feet, and put this devastating event behind you. Call (409) 838-4444 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
At Portner Bond, PLLC we are committed to providing the experienced, skilled and aggressive representation you require.
Chris Portner was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2008 as a rising star by Texas Super Lawyers. He has been honored as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, to which fewer than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members.
Trent Bond is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction earned by only about 10% of lawyers in Texas. He was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 through 2023 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service). He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, to which fewer than 1% of attorneys in the United States are members. Trent is also AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Tom Kiehnhoff has enjoyed a long career representing both individuals and private businesses both large and small. From 1990 – 2001, Tom worked as Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas. Tom is also AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Our Beaumont Personal Injury Law Firm will negotiate a just settlement to your case that covers all of your past, present, and future expenses stemming from your accident. We can also file a lawsuit to try your case in court when an adequate settlement becomes impossible.
Portner Bond, PLLC also handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. You only pay for legal services when you obtain a monetary award.
Commercial vehicle accidents often result in devastating injuries that can have a lasting impact on your health, your livelihood, and your family. Turn to a team that knows how to handle these often-complex cases.
When motorists refuse to share the road, or if a defect in the roadway causes you to crash, you have the right to take action to hold the responsible party accountable if you’ve been hurt.
The untimely loss of a loved one leaves family members struggling with grief and loss. Our team helps families get justice and the compensation they need to cope, heal, and support one another.
Injured on the job? Our attorneys fight to protect injured workers in our community, and we’ll work to make sure you get the benefits you’re owed.
If you’ve been hurt or if you lost a loved one in an industrial accident, our team will be there to make things right. Turn to us for the qualified counsel that you need during this challenging time.
If you have been injured while on another person's property, the negligent property owner must be held accountable.
An accident while riding an off-road vehicle can be devastating. Learn more about the liability surrounding these accidents.
Learn more about boating and watercraft accidents and what to do if you or a loved one are injured.
Our firm is able to help you with a variety of legal issues. To see a more detailed list of the types of cases we handle, click here.
Clients are very satisfied to work with us
Dependable firm I hired Mr. Bond through recommendation from a close friend. After our consultation he immediately got to work investigating the case and taking steps to insure success on our side. Because of their diligence the case was settled quickly & I am a 100% satisfied client.
Great lawyer This office gave me very personalized service. The staff was great and always returned my phone calls. I even had Trent’s cell phone and could call and text if I ever had any questions. It did not matter if it was after hours or on the weekend, Trent would always quickly respond to my call or text. I am very glad that I used Portner Bond to help me with my auto accident.
Child custody case Trent bond has been my lawyer on two cases. He is a very respectful non judgmental lawyer and a bulldog to say the least. I could call or text him anytime if I needed anything even after office hours. He fought for me and my rights until I got EVERYTHING I wanted. I could go on and on about how great he was to me.
Incredible work! Trent bond is an amazing lawyer! Knowledgable on many topics and so helpful. He has helped me with any thing I needed and I have known him now for 4 years. Very trustworthy man and really cares! I would never consider using another lawyer!
Very nice attorney I was unable to hire him for my son do to the financial part of it. But he gave me very good advice and do to that my son got time served. I will be forever grateful for the advice and if I ever need help again I will call him.
Professional, Knowledgable, and Reliable lawyer-Trent is an exceptional lawyer Trent is a very good and legit lawyer. I have known him for over 3 years and he still represents me in my matters to this day. I would never want to use another lawyer. I trust Trent with his opinions, advice, and the way he handles my case. He has never led me wrong. He is very knowledgable and thorough on many topics. Consistent with his efforts and is always available for questions or just general advice. He represents himself in a professional matter that just boils down to his true character as a man of honor and integrity. He is also compassionate and takes the time needed to honestly help you through your personal matters. I respect and give praises to Mr. Bond.
Mr. Bond and Kayla were so amazing I helping me with my case! I would recommend them to everyone. They answered all my questions in a timely manner. They are very professional, and trusting!
I was very pleased with the professionalism of the Portner Bond Firm. Every staff member was very helpful and treated me as if I were a member of their family. After having a very traumatic experience being involved in a motorcycle accident, Trent Bond went to bat for me and knocked it out the ball park. I thank you so very much , your the best of the best. Nancy LeBlanc
Both of these attorneys have worked for me on drastically two different things, and both times I have been satisfied. My most recent dealings, I hired Trent and I have to say, I have never employed a more fair, a more honest, a more harder working person. I am totally impressed with him as a person. I don’t know him personally, outside that we Crossfit together, but the way he treated me only speaks to his character and his personality. His integrity is unreal. I am trying to find words to express my gratitude but all I can say is I’ve never been treated with more genuine respect. By the way, he’s a dam good attorney. Thank you Trenton!
Jason W. Apodaca
Mr. Bond handled my case. Excellent results. He became a very trusted friend. I highly recommend him.
Mr. Bond and Kayla, his paralegal, made my side of this nightmare a breeze. They were there to answer the multiple questions I had and on top of every twist of our ever-changing legal issues. I HIGHLY recommend this firm to anyone and everyone
As someone who has never hired an attorney before, I was in unfamiliar territory when I found myself in need of one. I must say, hiring Trent Bond as my attorney turned out to be the best decision I ever made! His office staff was always friendly and professional and handled every question I had with ease. From the start to the end of my case, I always felt like I was cared for and like my case was a priority! Mr. Bond always took the time to talk to me about any questions I had and explained everything to me in detail! I would definitely recommend Trent Bond to any one looking for an attorney!
Trent and Chris are great lawyers. What I really liked about their office was the fact they cared about me. The staff was great and always returned my phone calls. I even had Trent’s cell phone and could call and text if I ever had any questions. It did not matter if it was after hours or on the weekend, Trent would always quickly respond to my call or text. I am very glad that I used Portner Bond to help me with my auto accident.
I retained Mr. Bond as my attorney after an auto accident. My experience with him as well as the other associates in his the office was always pleasant. I never had to worry about waiting for someone to follow up on my case or make sure that all of my questions were answered. Mr. Bond was very thorough and made sure I understood every detail of the case. If I ever had questions or concerns there was always someone available to assist me. I would highly recommend Mr. Bond to anyone who is seeking legal representation.
Trent Bond and Chris Portner are the smartest and most honest lawyers I’ve ever met. They are very straight forward with you. If they can help with your case, they will start right away to work hard for you. If they do not think they would be the best fit as your attorneys, they will do their best to refer you to someone who can help. They will be honest with you and tell you if you have a case or not. I have had other lawyers take advantage of me and I did not know my case was weak until I had already spent a lot of money. I definitely recommend anyone who has legal issues to get the Portner Bond Law Firm to represent you. They are a firm you can trust and I know they will work their hardest to try and win your case.
If you’re looking for an attorney I highly recommend Trent Bond. His work ethic, professionalism, and approach towards handling my case was by far substantial. He provided me with his cell phone number especially if I need to contact him directly. If I ever need another case handled, I’d hire him again without any doubts.
Mr. Bond,I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for the pleasant experience that I had with my legal issues. You and your staff are very professional, courteous, thorough and explained everything to me so that I knew exactly all the issues of my case. I would be very glad to use your law practice again, if needed. I will definitely refer Portner Bond law practice to anyone that is in need of a good attorney.
Trent Bond took over my case after another law firm had sat on the case for years. Trent returned my phone calls and was happy to talk to me. Trent settled my case within a year of me bringing it over to Portner Bond. You could tell by the way he always returned my phone calls that he not only cared about my case, but about me. I am going to recommend Portner Bond, PLLC to my family and friends.
When I met Mr. Bond I was going through a very difficult time in my life and did not know where to turn. Luckily a person I knew asked Mr. Bond if he would help me. Although my case was difficult and it certainly was not a big money case, that did not matter to Mr. Bond, he treated me and my case like it was worth millions. He would always return my calls and if he was in, he would see me even if I stopped by unannounced without an appointment. I felt like not only my case but I mattered to Mr. Bond and I felt that way because I knew it did matter to Mr. Bond. He was the best lawyer I could have hoped for during one of the worst times of my life. If you are looking for an attorney that cares and will guide you through your difficult times, I recommend Mr. Bond, he was great.
I was hurt on the job and was unable to return to work because of my injury. The company that caused the injury blamed me. Portner Bond took my case and after several depositions, it quickly became apparent that it was the company’s fault and not mine. On the eve of the trial, we were able to resolve the case and I was put in a position where I could rebuild my future. When I settled my case, I knew I was put in the best position possible because Mr. Bond worked hard and was prepared to try my case. I highly recommend Portner Bond.
I hired Portner Bond to help with an underinsured motorist claim. They were prompt, professional and always returned my phone calls quickly. I never felt my case was too small or unimportant. Chris and Trent were always there to answer any questions that I had. Thankfully, we were able to resolve my case without a trial. I would highly recommend Portner Bond for any case you might have.
Mr. Bond represented me in a case where I was not only injured but the injury cost me my job. Thanks to his hard work, I was able to make ends meet and even started a new career. Even after my case was over, I am still able to call Mr. Bond whenever I need legal advice and help. He always makes himself available to help me, no matter what the problem might be.
Unfortunately, I have been involved in a couple of accidents where I received serious injuries to my neck and back. Mr. Bond has been my attorney on these occasions and he has done a great job representing me during some very difficult times and has made sure that I get everything I deserve.
Exceptional quality Mr. Bond and Kayla were so amazing I helping me with my case! I would recommend them to everyone. They answered all my questions in a timely manner. They are very professional, and trusting! I'm very grateful I them on my side!
I highly recommend Mr. Bond Mr. Bond handled my case with very favorable results. He is a very trusted attorney who is always available to talk with you.
Texas Statute of Limitations
Texas’s statute of limitations on injury claims can impact your ability to receive compensation for your personal injury claim, so we want to make sure you have a firm understanding of how long you are eligible to take legal action.
The statute of limitations in Texas states that a person has two years to file a personal injury claim after receiving a personal injury, including:
- Car accidents
- Wrongful death
- Property damage
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability (although in some cases you could file a product liability claim up to 15 years later, see Code 16.012)
If you do not file your personal injury claim within the two-year time period, the defendant (the person or party who injured you) can file a “motion to dismiss” your claim. If this happens, you will likely not receive any compensation for your claim even if your injuries are severe or the defendant is obviously at fault.
The time window in which you must file a claim begins at the moment of the “cause of action,” or the moment you are aware of your injury. Also, note that the claim must be filed within two years of the cause of action—it does not need to be brought to court or heard by a jury during that window to be considered a valid case.
Since your promptness in filing your case can drastically change the outcome of your case, we recommend that you contact a competent legal firm immediately. The sooner you file, the more likely we’ll be able to help you win compensation for the full amount you deserve. Call Portner Bond, PLLC at (409) 838-4444 today to begin the process with a risk-free consultation.
Statute of Limitations
Memories and evidence fade with time. If an event happened more than two years ago, it’s likely that people’s memories regarding the incident will be flawed. Also, most evidence from that long ago will no longer be in existence by the time your case is filed.
In addition, Texas wants to encourage plaintiffs (those accusing the defendants) to be diligent and earnest in seeking legal action. The statute protects defendants from being dragged into drawn-out, unfair, or unreasonable trials.
Exceptions to the Statute of Limitations
The following are some possible exceptions to the Statute of Limitations. The plaintiff might be granted more time to file if:
- The plaintiff was under the age of 18 or otherwise of an “unsound mind” at the time of the incident. Texas law provides that the time of the disability is not included in a limitations period, so the standard two-year statute of limitations becomes applicable only when a victim turns 18 or their disability is cured.
- The plaintiff was exposed to asbestos or silica. For injury claims regarding exposure to asbestos or silica, Texas has a statute of limitations of two years after diagnosis of the asbestos- or silica-related disease for personal injury and two years after death for wrongful death claims.
- The defendant was outside of the state of Texas or tried to conceal themselves for a significant portion of the two-year window.
- The defendant tried to cover up the injury.
- There is some discrepancy about when the cause of action could have reasonably been identified.
- Certain criminal offenses were committed. State law also allows up to 15 years for a person to bring suit for personal injury caused by certain criminal offenses, such as indecency with a child, sexual assault, or trafficking of persons.
Determining whether you qualify for any of these exceptions can be complicated. We highly recommend you consult with an attorney at Portner Bond, PLLC regarding the status of your case to determine the best way to move forward with your personal injury claim. Work with one of our award winning Beaumont personal injury attorneys by calling (409) 838-4444 today.
The following are some common questions we get regarding personal injury cases. This list is not comprehensive. If you have questions about your case that are not addressed here, feel free to contact us to set up a free consultation.
Your first step after any accident needs to be seeking medical attention. Even if you do not think that you were hurt, you should still get an evaluation performed at the scene of your accident or go to a hospital. Certain injuries involve delayed symptoms, and any delay in treatment will be used by an insurance company to argue for a reduced award because your injuries were not treated properly. When possible, try to take as many pictures as you can of the scene of your accident. Your photographs could prove to be invaluable later, so get many pictures from different angles and distances. Also be mindful of possible witnesses and ask such people for their names and phone numbers. Try not to discuss your accident with anyone, including friends and family, until you have spoken to a lawyer. Be especially careful not to post anything to social media and try not to make a statement to an insurance company.
Under Texas law, a person has two years from the date of their accident to bring suit for personal injury. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. State law does provide a couple exceptions, however. A person is considered to be “under a legal disability” if they are younger than 18 years of age or of unsound mind. Texas law provides that the time of the disability is not included in a limitations period, so the standard two-year statute of limitations becomes applicable only when a victim turns 18 or their disability is cured. For injury claims regarding exposure to asbestos or silica, Texas has a statute of limitations of two years after diagnosis of the asbestos- or silica-related disease for personal injury and two years after death for wrongful death claims. State law also allows up to 15 years for a person to bring suit for personal injury caused by certain criminal offenses, such as indecency with a child, sexual assault, or trafficking of persons.
Many accident cases are resolved through settlements because an insurance company will usually conclude that settling a case is cheaper than taking it to trial. Many settlements are agreed to the same day trial are supposed to begin. When a person does file a lawsuit in court and the case goes to trial, the victim could be awarded compensatory damages, which are usually a combination of economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are quantifiable losses, while noneconomic damages are much more subjective. Economic damages frequently include medical expenses, lost wages, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are awards for pain and suffering, emotional distress, or loss of consortium. A rare number of cases could also involve punitive damages (also called exemplary damages or vindictive damages).
Beaumont Personal Injury Attorney
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in an accident caused by another party’s negligence in Jefferson County, you should not have to struggle to pay bills created by somebody else’s mistake. Contact the Beaumont personal injury lawyers of Portner Bond, PLLC to see how we can help.
Our firm is focused on getting results for our clients. You can have us discuss your rights during a free consultation when you call Portner Bond, PLLC or contact us online today.
* Trent Bond is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
** Trent Bond was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service).
*** Chris Portner was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2007 and 2008 as a rising star, a Thomson Reuters service, by Texas Super Lawyers.
**** Trent Bond is a Peer Reviewed AV-rated attorney designated by Martindale Hubbell a Lexis Nexis company.
***** Trent Bond has been recognized as a “Superb Lawyer 10” by Avvo inc.