Accidents happen. Whether you’ve been injured on the job or were involved in a car accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.
Personal injury suits account for a significant number of legal claims filed in Texas each year. The term “personal injury” refers to any case that resulted in injury to a person, including slip and falls, dog bites, nursing home abuse, and all manner of vehicle accidents. These events can wreak havoc on your life, causing long term emotional and physical harm. Considering the costs associated with personal injury accidents, it is important for you to seek recovery from the person responsible by filing a personal injury suit.
At The Zimmerman Law Firm, P.C., we prioritize the needs of our clients, whom we consider our friends and neighbors, to recover for the financial and emotional injuries a life-changing accident can cause. We will fight for your case from beginning to end, and we don’t recover our fees unless you do. The Zimmerman Law Firm is committed to helping you win the recovery and justice you deserve.
How a Personal Injury Attorney in Austin Can Help
Personal injury accidents can be life-changing events, affecting an individual’s ability to work or perform daily tasks. Such life changes take a toll both financially and emotionally. Studies show that a person injured in an accident is more likely to recover financial compensation if they hire an attorney to represent them. Furthermore, accident victims who are represented by an attorney stand to recover significantly more money.
An experienced attorney will make sure you file the right claim, in the right court, at the right time. We will meet and negotiate with the other side to seek the best outcome for your case, whether it be settlement or taking the case to trial. The insurance companies and individuals responsible for your injury will have attorneys representing their side. Insurance companies notoriously rely on the fact that most accident victims are relatively inexperienced in this area of law. Hiring an experienced personal injury law attorney in Austin, Texas, is the best way to ensure that you win the recovery you deserve.
In Texas, the county in which your accident occurs can affect the outcome of your case. For this reason, it is important to hire an attorney familiar with the county where you were injured. The Zimmerman Law Firm has been serving the Austin and Waco communities for nearly 60 years. We can help you file the right claim based on the specifics of your case.
Personal Injury Cases We Litigate
With over 50 years serving Austin and Waco, The Zimmerman Law Firm, has handled a wide range of personal injury cases. We know that filing a lawsuit can seem difficult or overwhelming. At The Zimmerman Law Firm, we consider ourselves advocates of the “little guy,” helping individuals stand up against wealthy corporations.
Personal injury cases encompass various types of injuries suffered by individuals in accidents.
Car accidents are a daily occurrence in Austin. If you’ve been involved in a car accident and suffered injuries, you deserve compensation for your losses. After a car accident in Texas, all involved drivers must determine fault. Once fault is assigned, you file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
However, in many accidents, fault is not easily determined. Some involve shared fault with multiple drivers. If you were injured in a car accident and it was not your fault, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can help you fight for your rights to recover the compensation you deserve.
Motorcycle accidents occur frequently and may result in severe injuries because motorcyclists are not surrounded by metal as cars are. Common causes of motorcycle accidents include drivers who fail to notice a motorcyclist changing lanes or drivers failing to yield to motorcyclists.
Trucking laws, rules, and regulations differ from those that apply to car drivers. Truck accidents involve large commercial trucks, including the following:
- Delivery trucks,
- Oil and gas trucks,
- Big rigs,
- Dump trucks,
- Tow trucks, and
- Refrigerated trucks.
In some personal injury cases, specific circumstances, including the truck type involved in the truck accident, determine whether a particular law applies.
Boating accidents are more likely to cause severe injuries because passengers in boats rarely wear seatbelts. As a result, they are more likely to fall overboard, drown, or be injured. The following persons may be liable in boating accidents:
- Owner of the boat if knowingly loaned to an unqualified person;
- The passenger of a boat acting recklessly;
- Negligent boating operators;
- A defect on the boat; and
- Those responsible to maintain the vessel.
Review and analysis of the various facts and circumstances regarding the accident determine liability.
Wrongful Death Claims
When another’s negligence kills a loved one, a surviving spouse or family member may file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims generally do not serve to punish the defendant but compensate the deceased’s surviving loved ones for the loss.
Surviving family members ask for compensation for financial and emotional losses caused by the passing of their loved one. Damages for a wrongful death claim may include medical expenses, lost financial support, lost inheritance, and loss of your loved one’s companionship, guidance, and affection..
Any act of carelessness can result in a catastrophic injury. Catastrophic injuries are the most debilitating and can leave you permanently disabled. Catastrophic injuries typically require multiple surgeries, extensive rehabilitation, or cause a physical change in appearance. Because these injuries can also be financially and physically devastating, they often involve extensive damages. It’s important to have an attorney to help prove these types of damages and stand up to the insurance company to prevent it from undervaluing your claim.
Premise Injuries (Slip and Fall)
Property owners owe a duty to maintain a safe environment for people entering their property. Slip and fall injuries are often severe and result from hazardous conditions on someone’s property. Slip and fall accidents happen suddenly and can change your life in an instant. To prevail on a slip and fall accident you must prove the following:
- There was a dangerous condition;
- The landowner knew or should have known about the condition;
- The owner was unreasonable in failing to clean up the condition.
The injured party carries the burden in these cases and must prove these facts to prevail.
Dog Bites and Other Animal Attacks
Texas does not have a strict liability statute for dog bites. Instead, it follows the “one-bite rule.” To recover under the one-bite rule, the victim must prove that the owner knew that the dog would bite or had bitten someone in the past. If that is not the case, then the victim must prove that the owner was negligent in controlling their pet.
Defective and Dangerous Products
Manufacturers hold the responsibility to release products to the public that are safe for general use. Warnings are required if a product is not safe. A victim is entitled to recover from the manufacturer when injured by a defective or dangerous product. The following must be proven to establish that a product was defective or dangerous:
- A design defect existed, and an alternative design would have been safer;
- The manufacturer failed to adequately warn of a risk posed by the product; or
- A manufacturing defect existed that caused the product to be dangerous.
In many cases, you will need expert testimony to establish that a defect or dangerous element existed.
Equipment malfunctions, unsafe working conditions, and negligence of workers cause workplace injuries. Workplace injuries may be severe, including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, and long-term health conditions such as cancer or leukemia.
Injured employees may file workers’ compensation claims if their employer is covered by workers’ comp insurance. If not, employees may seek compensation through a work injury claim by showing that the employer was negligent.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents typically result in severe injuries due to the environment involving heavy equipment, heavy materials, and dangerous chemicals. If an injury resulted from your employer’s negligence, you might have a personal injury claim for your damages or you may need to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Proving negligence in construction site accidents is complicated due to a large number of parties responsible for maintaining site safety.
Oil Field Injuries
Individuals working on oil fields and oil rigs may sustain a wide variety of injuries. While workers’ compensation may provide some benefits, these benefits are rarely sufficient to compensate the injured fully. Depending on the circumstances and your employer’s coverage, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against your employer or a third party. If you were an offshore oil worker, additional options may be available.
Common injuries suffered by those on oil rigs and oil fields include the following:
- Unintentional falls on stabbing boards;
- Equipment malfunctions resulting in fire or explosions;
- Falling objects of substantial weight due to explosions or negligence; and
- Exposure to toxic chemicals used by equipment and machinery on oil rigs and oil fields.
Many parties may be responsible for injuries on oil rigs and oil fields. For this reason, it’s important to counsel with experienced personal injury attorneys to explore your options for proper compensation.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing home abuse and neglect cases can be especially horrific. We rely on these facilities to provide proper care to our elderly loved ones. However, for many reasons, including lack of sufficient education and staff and cost-saving measures, safety and care procedures are not always followed. Common signs of nursing home abuse and neglect include:
- Sudden weight loss,
- Unexplained bruising and fractures,
- Poor hygiene,
- Changes in behavior and demeanor,
- Avoidance of staff, and
- Missing valuable items.
Recognizing whether these signs exist keeps your loved one safe. Acting quickly protects your loved one from further abuse and neglect.
Injuries to Children
An injury to a child can be especially traumatic. Parents feel their sole duty is to protect their children, and when they are unable to do so, they blame themselves. However, no parent can prevent all accidents. If a child suffers an accident due to another adult’s neglect, speak with a personal injury lawyer quickly to explore your options. An adult may be responsible for a child’s injuries if the adult reasonably could have prevented the accident. Once the fault is determined, that adult is financially accountable for the harmed child’s injuries.
No matter what kind of personal injury accident you’ve been involved in, The Zimmerman Law Firm, can help. Our lawyers will fight for you to help you get the recovery you need and deserve, and we don’t recover our fees unless you do.
What Damages Can I Be Compensated For?
If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to a form of financial compensation called, “damages.” In Texas, you can be compensated for economic and non-economic damages. We have helped our clients recover the following damages:
- Current and future medical bills,
- Pain and suffering,
- Mental anguish,
- Lost wages,
- Lost earning capacity,
- Property damage, and
- Cost of rehabilitation.
It is important to act quickly to seek the financial compensation you deserve. In Texas, you have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim for damages. Failure to file within that time may mean you are barred from ever filing suit. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure that you don’t miss important deadlines.
How Much Can I Recover?
The amount of compensation you can expect to recover depends on the court’s determination of liability, or fault. Texas is a “modified comparative fault” state. This means that a person’s total financial compensation is reduced according to their degree of fault. For example, if you suffered $50,000 in damages but were 20% at fault, you could recover only $40,000 from the other party. Further, if a court determines that you are more than 50% at fault, you may not recover damages at all.
With your health and financial compensation at stake, you need experienced Austin personal injury lawyers on your case. The Zimmerman Law Firm is a family owned law firm that has been serving the personal injury needs of Texans since 1962. Call us at (254) 752-9688 or 1-800-INJURIES or contact us online for a free case review. We’ll fight to get you the recovery you deserve.