Jefferson County Medical Malpractice Attorneys
At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, our mission is to help all those who have been injured because of negligence or wrongdoing. Injuries often happen in very specific situations, requiring knowledge and experience that matches the unique circumstances, regardless of what those may be. By working towards a comprehensive understanding of personal injury, we follow through on our promise to you that no avenue will be left unexplored in achieving the best possible outcome to your case.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys & Birth Injury Lawyers
Every year, countless people are injured across the United States due to medical malpractice. The injuries suffered in a typical medical malpractice case are catastrophic, including birth injuries, brain bleeds, cerebral palsy, overdose, paralysis, infection and undiagnosed illness. Unfortunately, the medical practice errors experienced by a patient can cause permanent disabling injuries and, in extreme cases, even death. If you have suffered an injury due to the negligence of a hospital, doctor or nurse — including misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, or anesthesia errors — contact our office for help. In a medical malpractice case, proving damages requires an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Not only must the attorney have a firm understanding of applicable medical malpractice laws, he or she must also have resources necessary to retain the doctors, nurses and other specialists needed to prove your medical malpractice case. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we work with experienced, accredited doctors and nurses to investigate and prepare the strongest case possible.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
When a car collides with a bicyclist or pedestrian, police arriving to the scene typically hear the person in the motor vehicle describe how the accident happened. The pedestrian or bicyclist is usually too hurt to say anything. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we speak up for the injured. We represent bicycle and pedestrian accident victims in Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Chambers, Harris, Liberty, Jasper, Tyler and other Texas counties.
Comparative Negligence and Bicycle/Pedestrian Accidents
Texas is a comparative negligence state. This means that your recovery from a personal injury lawsuit is reduced by any percentage of fault that is assigned to you. However, you still have a right to sue, as long as you are not more than 50 percent at fault for the accident. In other words, if you are 51 percent at fault or higher, you do not have the right to sue.
Determining fault in car-pedestrian and car-bicycle accidents is complex, and it’s important to put your case in the hands of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Remember, any statements you submit to the insurance company of the other driver can be used against you.
Your personal injury protection (PIP) generally protects you whenever you are injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle, whether you are operating a car or are struck by a car while riding a bicycle or walking. During your free initial consultation, our Beaumont car accident lawyers will answer your questions about insurance and ensure you get the medical care you need until your case is resolved.
Amusement Park Accidents
It’s every vacationing family’s worst nightmare: You or your children are suspended high above the ground in a Ferris wheel, performing corkscrew loops on a roller coaster or traveling down a water ride when something goes terribly wrong.
Sadly, accidents at amusement parks and related venues are by no means uncommon. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in such an incident, turn to Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC. Our Beaumont amusement park accident lawyers have more than 30 years of experience and a strong reputation for results.
We represent both adults and children who have been injured on defective, poorly maintained or negligently supervised rides and attractions. Such personal injury cases frequently occur at:
- Amusement parks
- Theme parks
- Water parks
- Yearly festivals
- Traveling circuses
Understaffing and Poor Maintenance Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries
Due to difficult economic conditions, many theme parks and carnivals have cut down on staffing. Some do not hire enough employees to load and unload rides. Others hire students to work on a temporary basis, but fail to provide adequate training.
In addition to negligent supervision, accidents frequently occur due to inadequately maintained equipment, insufficiently tested rides, exposed electrical wiring, poor design or construction and a host of other causes. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we will uncover the truth behind your accident and hold the responsible parties accountable for your losses.
Day Care Injuries and Negligent Supervision
When we leave our children at day care centers, we rely on the staff to provide a safe and supervised environment. Sadly, child injuries due to lack of supervision are far more common than we would like to acknowledge.
At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, our attorneys represent families whose children have suffered serious injuries at day care centers. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Day Care Centers And Child Injuries
Many injuries at day care centers are minor: bumps, scratches and bruises that will quickly heal and soon be forgotten. If your child has suffered a minor injury, you should count yourself lucky. If you feel the day care center should have done more to prevent the injury, you should consider changing providers. However, there is no need to involve the civil justice system unless your child has suffered a serious injury.
Examples of serious injuries include broken bones, head injuries (i.e. concussions), injuries requiring hospitalization and/or surgery, child abuse and/or molestation, and instances in which a child wanders away from a facility.
Serious injuries are more common at in-home day care centers rather than commercial day care centers. Most injuries are caused by a lack of supervision and/or negligent hiring.
Day Care Centers and SIDS
Infant deaths from sudden infant death syndrome have dropped since the early ’90s when parents were first advised to put babies to sleep on their back or sides. If your infant child has died from unexplained causes at a day care center, it may be due to negligence in putting the child to sleep on his or her stomach.
Whenever a death or serious injury has occurred, our lawyers will review all evidence to determine if the day care center staff or owner was negligent.
Playgrounds hold an everlasting attraction for children. From the colorful tubes, slides and climbing walls at McDonald’s or Dairy Queen, to the monkey bars, swings and merry-go-rounds at a mall or day care center, playgrounds offer a world of fun — and potential injuries.
If your child was seriously hurt in a playground accident in Texas, turn to the skilled personal injury law firm of Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC. Our Beaumont playground injury attorneys are committed to ensuring that you and your child receive full and fair compensation for any medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from another party’s negligence. To speak with a lawyer at our firm, contact our law office today.
Common Causes of Playground Accidents
You may have a personal injury case if your child’s accident resulted from:
- Failure to exercise reasonable care: Property owners and managers have the responsibility to inspect and repair broken playground equipment, provide appropriate safety mats on the floors, properly train their staff, etc.
- Defective playground equipment: If the playground equipment itself has manufacturing, design or construction flaws, these defects can easily lead to injuries.
- Negligent supervision: At day care centers and during school and church outings to playgrounds, the adults in charge of your children have the responsibility to properly supervise all activities.
Accidents Involving Inflatable Bounce Houses
According to a study conducted by the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, injuries related to bounce houses increased by 1,500% between 1995 — 2010, with one in five injuries affecting the head or neck. These large, air-filled structures are a popular attraction at children’s birthday parties and other events. Unfortunately, collisions between bouncing children or falls onto hard surfaces can cause concussions, broken bones and other serious injuries. Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC is here to counsel and represent you in any accident case involving an inflatable bounce house or similar attraction.
Recreational Boat and Jet Ski Accidents
Boating and Jet Ski accidents are a significant problem in Texas. Accidents caused by negligent boat operators, Jet Ski operators and other watercraft operators have caused a significant number of serious and fatal injuries in recent years.
If you or a family member has been injured in a boat or jet ski accident, protect your rights by contacting an experienced personal injury attorney at Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC. We offer experienced, skilled and dedicated legal representation for boat and watercraft accident victims throughout Texas. We also offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Holding Boat Operators Accountable for Their Negligence
Most boat accidents are the result of operator negligence. According to a recent report by the U.S. Coast Guard, the top five contributing factors to boat accidents are operator inattentiveness, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed and alcohol consumption.
At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we are committed to holding negligent boaters accountable for their actions. We pursue maximum compensation on behalf of clients who have been injured by negligent boat operators.
Debilitating Jet Ski Injuries
Few people are aware of the potential for hydrostatic injuries from Jet Skis. When a person falls off the back of a Jet Ski, he or she is at risk of serious injury from the Jet Ski propulsion system. A woman can suffer lacerations and perforations to her vagina. A man or woman can suffer from a perforated colon, requiring colon bypass surgery. In some cases, the damage may be permanent.
Product Liability and Jet Ski Accidents
Determining liability in Jet Ski accidents is complex, and it’s important to put your case in the hands of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers will investigate all possible sources of compensation for your injury, including the possibility of filing a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Jet Ski.
Manufacturers have a duty to anticipate how their products will be used and to take steps to protect users from potential injuries. If a danger cannot be designed out of the product, then the manufacturer is required to warn users. Our lawyers have the experience to hold manufacturers accountable when they fail to do everything required in order to protect their users.
Our attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims and have successfully obtained compensation for clients injured in boat and Jet Ski accidents. We have extensive experience in cases involving serious injuries and wrongful death. You can rely on us to provide the vigorous representation you require.