If you or a loved one has been injured or harmed because of another person’s negligence or recklessness in Texas, the experienced personal injury attorneys of Portner Bond, PLLC in Sour Lake, Texas, are here to help.
Every year thousands of people are injured in Texas as the result of someone else’s actions. Many of these people face injuries that leave them in pain, unable to work, or unable to fully enjoy their lives as they had before.
Texas personal injury law allows individuals who were injured through no fault of their own to pursue compensation for loss and harm associated with their injuries. If you were injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact the experienced attorneys of Portner Bond, PLLC by calling us at (409) 838-4444. You’ll get a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your legal options.
Types of Cases We Handle
Personal injury attorneys represent people who were injured through no fault of their own. These people may pursue compensation for their injuries and other accident-related losses from the at-fault party who injured them. General categories of personal injuries include:
Accidents – If you’re injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could pursue compensation for your medical bills and other expenses through an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company or through a lawsuit.
Defective Products – Product liability is the type of law that comes into play when a person uses a defective product in the way it was intended to be sued and is injured as a result. This may include prescription or over-the-counter medications. Products commonly found around the home, such as ladders or step stools, could be defectively designed. You could pursue compensation from the company that made the defective product.
We’ve handled these types of cases for our clients in the past:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boat and Jet Ski accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Defective products
- Assault and battery
- Bicycle accidents
- Four-wheel/ATV accidents
- Dog bites
- State Fair injuries
- Premises liability
- Medical malpractice
- Burn injuries
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Zantac claims
- Jones Act and Maritime Law
- Wrongful death
Texas Statute of Limitations
A “statute of limitations” is the law that dictates how long someone has to file a lawsuit. The amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas is dependent upon the type of case or the specific details surrounding your injury. Contacting an attorney immediately following your injury is crucial to preserve your right to compensation and to avoid missing the statute of limitations period for your claim.
Some examples of statutes of limitation in Texas as defined in the Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code are as follows:
- General personal injury: Two years
- Wrongful death: Two years
- Medical malpractice: Two years
Certain situations allow Texas law to “toll” or extend the statute of limitations. One such example is the injury of a minor, where personal injury claims are allowed to be tolled until the individual is legally considered an adult. The injured individual is then able to bring a claim within two years from the date they become an adult. This extension in Texas law is only applicable to those claims that are directly the child’s and not the parents.’
Texas Personal Injury Damages
Compensation for accident-related injuries that weren’t your fault in Texas fall within three categories:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
- Exemplary damages
Economic Damages – Economic damages in personal injury cases can include compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. This can include compensation or reimbursement for:
- Hospital stays
- Emergency department treatment
- Ambulance expenses
- Doctor appointments
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages from the inability to work
- Lost future wages
Non-Economic Damages – Non-economic damages in personal injury cases are compensation for intangible losses associated with the accident-related injury. These are often more difficult and complicated to prove, as it may be more difficult to qualify the loss, injury, or harm. Non-economic damages may include compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Depleted quality of life, such as depression or anxiety
- Loss of consortium (the damage to the family structure or bond)
- Permanent impairment
Exemplary Damages – Unlike the other two types of damages, exemplary damages are meant to be a direct punishment of the defendant for their wrongful conduct. In order for exemplary damages to be awarded, economic losses or non-economic losses must be established. Exemplary damages can only be obtained in a court case, and the attorney must prove, with clear and convincing evidence, that the defendant’s gross negligence, malice, or fraud caused the plaintiff’s harm.
Why Hiring an Experienced Attorney Is Important in a Personal Injury Case
For many people, a lawsuit can seem like a daunting or even impossible task. You could represent yourself, but you’ll get better results with an attorney. If you file an insurance claim and you’re unrepresented, the insurance adjuster will know that you’re unrepresented and likely inexperienced and might convince you to accept a settlement that’s worth far less than you deserve. And if your case should go to trial, you’ll definitely be better off with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner.
Our attorneys and staff have the knowledge and experience to navigate the complicated court and legal system. We can work with experts to make sure your case is presented as strongly as possible and that your case is presented in the best way to the judge or jury.
After a serious injury that wasn’t your fault, it’s in your best interest to allow the experienced attorneys at Portner Bond, PLLC in Sour Lake, Texas, handle your case. You won’t have to worry about a thing. We’ll handle all the little details and the big stuff, too.
If you’re hesitating because you fear the cost of hiring an attorney, come see us anyway. We take cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means you pay nothing upfront. If we don’t get compensation for you, we don’t get paid.