Texas Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury victims deserve compensation for their pain, suffering, and medical expenses when injured at little to no fault of their own. However, successfully recovering compensation through a lawsuit requires legal knowledge, advocacy skills, and persistence. That is where we come in. The Texas personal injury lawyers at Shamieh Law can manage every part of your case, from gathering evidence to negotiating with insurers. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
3800 North Lamar Blvd Suite #200 Austin, Texas 78756
Personal injury is a diverse area of law designed to help victims injured due to negligence secure compensation from responsible parties. We proudly help injury victims throughout Texas secure the full and fair compensation they need to get on with their lives after being harmed by others.
If you were injured in an accident you did not cause, our Texas personal injury attorneys can help. We will work with you to hold the responsible party accountable for their carelessness and recover damages to cover your medical bills, property damage, pain, suffering, and more.
Why Trust Shamieh Law with Your Texas Personal Injury Lawsuit?
At Shamieh Law, we believe our holistic approach sets us apart. We call our firm’s philosophy “Winning With Awareness.” This means we strive to secure excellent results on our clients’ behalf each and every time. It also means that we treat everyone involved in each case with utmost respect and courtesy. In doing so, we maintain the integrity of our firm, as well as strong professional relationships that can positively impact our cases.
We are extremely proud of our work on behalf of personal injury victims throughout Texas and beyond. From start to finish, you can count on us to handle your case like we would for members of our own families. From the beginning, you can also count on our Texas injury lawyers to be completely open and transparent about the status of your claim.
How Can Our Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
It is certainly possible to file a personal injury lawsuit without an attorney. Whether this is advisable is an entirely different matter. The law is complex, as is the legal system. Your attorney’s job is to help you navigate both.
By hiring an attorney at Shamieh Law, you will benefit from our deep legal knowledge, as well as our advocacy skills in settlement negotiations and in court. Among other services, our Texas personal injury lawyers can:
- Provide you with a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.
- Make sure you know your full legal rights and options.
- Investigate the governing law.
- Identify relevant cases that were similar to yours.
- Collect all available evidence.
- Calculate your full and fair compensation.
- Prepare correspondence, documents, and filings in your case.
- Make sure no deadlines are missed.
- Negotiate with insurance companies.
- Present your case in court.
We will be available to address your questions and concerns at every stage of the process. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique situations and goals.
How Can Our Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
Our Texas personal injury lawyers have a strong track record when it comes to recovering compensation for our clients. Below are just a few of our case results:
- $9.5 million for the family of a worker who fell 30 feet to his death due to a lack of training and safety equipment.
- $5 million for the family of a store employee who was murdered after making multiple requests for additional security.
- $2 million for a victim struck by a distracted driver on his phone.
- $1.6 million for a victim who needed a laminotomy and discectomy after an 18-wheeler multi-vehicle accident.
- $1.325 million to a peaceful protestor after the Austin police department shot him in the face with a “Less Lethal” shotgun.
- $1.056 million for a client who suffered permanent scarring and lung damage when an airbag exploded.
- $1 million for a victim of sexual assault.
- $1 million to a victim of a head-on collision with a semi-truck.
- $1 million for property damage and injuries to multiple victims of a crane collapse.
- $1 million for the family of a charter bus driver who died during a head-on collision.
- $950,000 for victims of an 18-wheeler crash who suffered multiple injuries, including a broken nose.
Personal Injury Case Types We Handle in Texas
Personal injury law is designed to cover all scenarios in which someone is hurt due to someone else’s carelessness. In other words, the case types that fall within the personal injury umbrella are virtually limitless.
Our legal team has the knowledge, skills, experience, and resources needed to evaluate and handle all sorts of personal injury scenarios, including those involving:
- Car Accidents
- DWI/DUI Car Accidents
- Rideshare Car Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Product Defects
- Premises Liability
- Hazing Litigation
- Drone Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Rental Car Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Oil and Gas Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Animal Attacks
- Boat Accidents
- Plane Accidents
- Train Accidents
- E-Cigarettes and Vape Pens
- Electrocution Accidents
- Daycare Abuse
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Burn Injuries
- Forklift Accidents
- ATV Accidents
- Helicopter Accidents
- Airbag Failure
This is not an exhaustive list. Do not hesitate to reach out if your case type is not listed above. Because we offer free consultations, there is no downside to having your case reviewed by one of our skilled personal injury attorneys in Texas.
How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
It can be difficult to predict the value of a personal injury claim without a close look at the facts, and it is impossible to guarantee. According to the National Safety Council, the average economic cost of fatal car accidents in 2021 was nearly $1.8 million.
Compensation in personal injury cases normally comes in the form of economic and non-economic damages, collectively known as compensatory damages. These forms of damages can compensate for things like:
- The cost of past and future medical expenses
- The cost of long-term care and support
- Lost wages and lowered future earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage repair or replacement costs
- Wrongful death
Our Texas personal injury lawyers can help you determine how much your case may be worth and fight for your legal rights to your full and fair compensation at every turn.
Understanding Texas’s Comparative Negligence Rule
Victims sometimes assume they cannot seek damages if they were partially responsible for the accident that gave rise to their injuries. Fortunately, that is not the case in Texas. Under the state’s comparative negligence rule, injury victims can recover compensation so long as their degree of fault does not rise above 50 percent. However, the total amount of compensation will be reduced proportionately to your degree of fault below 50 percent.
To avoid paying anything at all, some defendants strive to prove that injury victims were more than 50 percent responsible for accidents in which they were injured. The skilled legal teams at our Dallas law office or Austin law office are here to push back on your behalf.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas?
Determining liability in personal injury cases is sometimes straightforward and sometimes quite complicated. This is largely because multiple parties can share responsibility for a single accident. Our skilled Texas personal injury attorneys can evaluate the circumstances of your accident and identify all sources of liability.
Determining Fault in a Personal Injury Case
Most personal injury cases, though not all, are based on the legal theory of negligence, which simply refers to a failure to use reasonable care to avoid causing harm to others. To prove negligence, plaintiffs must establish the following four legal elements to be more likely than not:
- Duty of care – To hold someone liable in a personal injury case, you must first prove they owed you a duty of care. For example, property owners must keep their premises reasonably safe for lawful visitors.
- Breach of duty – The next step is to show that the defendant breached their duty of care. For example, this might mean showing that a driver was texting while driving.
- Harm – Next, you must show that you suffered an injury or loss, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, or property damage.
- Causation – Finally, to recover damages, you must show that their breach of duty caused your injuries and losses.
In some cases, plaintiffs may be able to get around proving these elements by arguing negligence per se instead. Negligence per se occurs when someone injures another person by violating a safety statute meant to guard against a specific form of harm. This is because violating these rules may be inherently negligent. Traffic violations are a common example.
No matter which route makes the most sense in your case, our personal injury attorneys are here to build a solid claim on your behalf. Contact us today to get yours started in a free consultation.
Potential At-Fault Parties
Identifying at-fault parties is easier in some cases than others. For example, suppose you are involved in a trucking accident. The truck driver is the most obvious potential at-fault party. However, the trucking company, loaders, maintenance crews, and parts manufacturers could also be on the hook. Similarly, if poor road maintenance or design contributed to the accident, the responsible state agency could also take on liability.
Our personal injury lawyers in Texas will leave no stone unturned as we identify all possible sources of liability in your case. Before we file your lawsuit, we will conduct a thorough, independent investigation to determine who is truly responsible for your injuries and losses.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Texas?
In Texas, personal injury victims generally have only two years from the date of injury to file a claim seeking compensation. This deadline is set by a law known as the statute of limitations. Though it is strictly enforced, there are a few possible exceptions, including if the:
- Victim was a minor at the time of the incident
- Defendant committed fraud to conceal their responsibility
- Defendant is absent from the state
- Victim is unable to bring the claim due to mental incapacity
- Victim is on active military duty
- Cause of the incident was unknown
However, before relying on any of these exceptions, it is important to check with an experienced attorney whether they actually apply to your case. Remember, failure to file by the correct deadline will result in your case being dismissed in court. Therefore, do not wait to consult with one of our knowledgeable and compassionate attorneys. We are here to help.
Personal Injury FAQs
Here are answers to a few questions we regularly receive from our clients.
Texas law imposes the following caps on personal injury damages:
- State government – In cases against the state government, personal injury liability is capped at $250,000 per person and $500,000 per accident.
- Medical malpractice – The maximum amount of non-economic damages you can recover in a medical malpractice claim is $250,000.
- Punitive damages – Punitive damages are capped at the greater of (1) two times the amount of economic damages plus an amount equal to non-economic damages (not to exceed $750,000) or (2) $200,000.
You are not required to speak with the at-fault party’s insurer. We recommend that you do not do so until you have consulted with an attorney. In particular, do not sign medical record releases, give permission for them to record your conversation, or accept any early settlements. Remember, early settlements are likely to undervalue your claim, especially if the adjuster knows you have not consulted with an attorney.
However, when discussing your case with your own insurer, the governing policy most likely requires you to “cooperate” with their investigation. Failure to do so may eliminate your benefits. However, cooperating does not mean you have to give them every bit of information they ask for.
Whether discussing with the at-fault party’s insurer or your own, it is important to realize that neither has your best interest at heart. Insurers are in the business of saving money by denying claims, and even your own insurer is eager to deny yours. In all cases, it is best to simply refer insurance adjusters to your attorney.
Consult with a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney at Shamieh Law Today
We can handle the legal footwork required to secure the compensation you are entitled to. Meanwhile, you can focus on recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track.
Our Texas personal injury lawyers serve clients throughout Texas and beyond. We believe everyone deserves excellent legal representation in their hour of need, regardless of their financial situation. That’s why you pay nothing unless we win your case. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.