Beaumont Wrongful Death Attorney & Catastrophic Injury Lawyer
A personal injury can often prove to be fatal or catastrophic, requiring the highest level of knowledge and experience from a personal injury law firm to ensure that those hurt or left behind have someone who will protect the quality of life that remains and punish those responsible. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we bring more than three decades of experience to your legal situation. We don’t represent the insurance companies or corporations. We represent the victims.
Wrongful Death and Survival Claims
Dealing with the premature death of a loved one is devastating. When that death was someone else’s fault, the grief can be compounded by anger, depression and the need for justice to be carried out. Filing a wrongful death claim accomplishes two things; one, compensation can be awarded to cover expenses, including medical expenses incurred in an effort to keep the deceased alive, and two, punitive damages may be awarded in an effort to punish those responsible and keep others from falling victim to the same kinds of negligence. Wrongful death cases can be complex. It is critical to work with an experienced Texas wrongful death attorney who can guide you through the process and be a voice for those who have passed.
A survival claim is made by an estate representative, or will executor, of the decedent. These claims concern the harm suffered by the decedent as a result of their injury. Damages won in a survival claim benefit those named in the will or, if there was no will, whoever has been determined as a beneficiary per intestate succession. Damages may include pre-death income that was lost as a result of the injury, medical expenses and compensation for the victim’s pain and suffering.
Wrongful death claims and survival claims are exceedingly complex and require you to determine liability and prove that those responsible for the victim’s death acted negligently and/or recklessly. You must also demonstrate that you have suffered monetary and/or emotional harm because of the loss. Texas law also requires proof that you are eligible to file a claim. Filing has strict limitations. Working with a wrongful death attorney is essential not only in conducting a thorough investigation, but also in alleviating the stresses commonly associated with the legal process. Grieving a loved one is difficult enough. At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we allow you to focus on the well-being of you and your family while we skillfully handle your case.
Maritime Wrongful Death Lawyer
If you have lost a member of your family in a fatal maritime accident, you may be entitled to compensation. The Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act each provide relief in cases involving fatal maritime accidents. Our experience as wrongful death lawyers, combined with decades of work with offshore accidents and maritime injuries, make us a formidable ally for families who have lost a loved one in a maritime accident.
Protecting Your Right to Compensation
If a seaman is killed, his or her family may bring a Jones Act suit to seek monetary damages. Jones Act claims provide compensation for seamen on a wide range of vessels, including offshore oil drilling rigs, boats, ships, barges, cruise ships, fishing boats and other seafaring vessels.
Federal Law Allows Compensation for Family Members
The Death on the High Seas Act also provides a means of recovery for family members in cases involving fatal maritime injuries. According to the act, when the death of an individual is caused by a wrongful act, neglect or default occurring on the high seas beyond three nautical miles from the shore of the United States, the personal representative of the decedent may bring a civil action in admiralty against the person or vessel responsible. The action shall be for the exclusive benefit of the decedent’s spouse, parent, child or dependent relative.
Wrongful Death & Product Liability
Losing a loved one in an accident caused by a defective or dangerous product is an injustice that no amount of money will make right. Under Texas law, family members of a person killed in a product liability accident may seek compensatory damages from all parties held liable for the accident and death. In Texas, the family members who may bring a lawsuit on behalf of the decedent include the spouse, children and parents of the victim.
Our attorneys are committed to providing the help you need. For experienced, knowledgeable and highly skilled representation, you can rely on Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC.
A catastrophic injury is one that completely alters your quality of life, requiring long term care and treatment such as paralysis, burn injuries, amputation, chronic pain, and other serious injuries. The expense that often accompanies a catastrophic injury requires the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that maximum compensation is recovered.
People who have sustained spinal cord injuries face significant medical, financial and personal challenges. Such injuries can cause paralysis, partial loss of movement and other motor functioning challenges. These injuries frequently require a lifetime of medical care. The cost of medical services, rehabilitation services and other necessary treatment can be financially overwhelming. Spinal cord injuries are frequently the result of auto accidents or work accidents, but they may result from a wide variety of accidents. Anyone who has sustained a spinal cord injury should retain a highly qualified personal injury attorney.
Severe spinal cord injuries are highly complex and should be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney. We understand that people who have suffered paralysis experience significant medical, financial and personal challenges. People who suffer from paraplegia or quadriplegia may find it difficult to maintain employment, provide for their family, perform daily life tasks and take part in activities they once enjoyed. Such claims must be properly managed to establish liability, prove damages and obtain the full compensation that the injured persons are entitled to receive.
Personal injury claims involving amputation are highly complex and should be handled by an experienced lawyer. It’s important to look far enough ahead to ensure you seek enough compensation to cover future needs such as ongoing therapy, additional surgery to treat issues such as infection, improved prostheses when they become available and loss of earning capacity.
At Portner ♦ Bond, PLLC, we have represented clients who have sustained burn injuries resulting from fires, explosions and chemical exposure. We have also represented clients who have sustained electrical burns, thermal burns and other burns. Our attorneys represent clients who have sustained burn injuries in a wide range of personal injury claims, including work accidents, motor vehicle accidents, oil and gas explosions, plant fires, mobile home fires, refinery accidents, construction site accidents and other personal injury claims.
With more than 30 years of legal experience, our attorneys have helped thousands of accident victims, including many clients who have sustained moderate to severe brain injuries. Our attorneys are here to help if you or a loved one has sustained a brain injury resulting from an accident. Contact us to discuss any type of brain injury, including traumatic brain injury (TBI), closed head injury, concussion, contusion, coma, brain penetration injuries, anorexic or hypoxic brain injury (caused by lack of oxygen to the brain), skull fractures and other catastrophic head injuries.