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Serious accidents often result in serious injuries, and victims can often face a long and agonizing road to recovery. The Beaumont 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 event. It can rob them of their health, their ability to enjoy life, and support those they love. We’re here to make things right, and make sure that if someone else’s actions caused an injury, they are the ones held responsible.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 noneconomic 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).
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. Let Portner Bond, PLLC 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, and 2018 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.