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Personal Injury Law
Personal injury is described as an injury that is suffered by a person from an accident which may have caused physical or psychological damage. If the accident is the fault of another; the person who was injured may have the right to make a “personal injury claim.”
The term “accidental death” refers to a fatality that has occurred as a result of an accident. Accidental deaths can occur anywhere and at any time. A wrongful death claim is a claim against someone that can be held liable for a death. The actual death must have been caused by the defendants conduct.
After people have been injured in car accident or have incurred substantial damage to their vehicles from a collision, they may be wondering if they should file an auto accident lawsuit. This is especially true in cases where people believe that they suffered injuries because another driver was negligent.
Drunk Driving Accidents
When you or someone you love is seriously hurt or killed due to the negligence and selfishness of an impaired driver, you need someone on your side who will fight for compensation and justice with passion and commitment. Drunk drivers cost lives, cause unimaginable damage and impact the lives of innocent people.
Truck and Tractor Trailer Accidents
18 Wheeler accidents are some of the most catastrophic forms of auto accidents that our firm handles. Because a commercial 18 Wheeler is so large and so heavy, in a collision the vehicle that sustains the most damage is typically the other vehicle involved – a sedan, motorcycle, SUV or small 18 Wheeler.
Talking to a personal injury lawyer is one of the most important steps to take following a serious motorcycle accident. Under Texas personal injury law, a person who has suffered physical or emotional injury due to the negligent, reckless or wrongful conduct of another may take action to seek financial compensation for his or her injuries.
Neck Injuries & Whiplash
Whiplash is a term used to describe injury to the neck that occurs when the head is suddenly thrown forward and then backward. The muscles, ligaments, nerves or vertebrae may be seriously damaged by this sharp motion, causing a number of side effects, including: headaches, stiffness in the neck, neck pain, dizziness, loss of mobility in the neck, fatigue, and more.
Head and Brain Injuries
If a loved one has suffered a serious brain injury or head injury in an accident of any kind or due to another person’s negligent conduct, it is important that you seek the legal counsel of an experienced attorney. At The Pope & Taylor Firm our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and determine how we can assist you.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries may be caused due to car accidents, sports injuries, workplace accidents, physical attacks, and slip and fall accidents. Depending upon the severity of damage to the spinal cord, a victim may suffer partial or total paralysis. The spinal cord is protected by the vertebrae of the spine and acts as a conduit of information to and from the brain and the rest of the body.
When a patient suffers serious injury due to negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse, surgeon, anesthesiologist or other medical professional, he or she may have the right to bring a claim against that party in order to seek financial compensation for physical and emotional injuries.
RSD / CRPS
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD or RSDS), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), is a chronic pain syndrome that is often characterized by a severe burning pain, extreme sensitivity to touch, swelling, excessive sweating and tissue discoloration. It typically focuses on one limb but in some cases, travels to other areas.
Unfortunately, Texas is one of the remaining states that follow the “one bite rule” which in essence may allow a dog one “free” bite. Under Texas personal injury law, the victim’s attorney would need to prove that the owner knew the dog had the tendency to be aggressive or knew that the dog had bitten someone in the past.
Premises Liability (Slip, Trip & Fall)
Premises liability is an area of law that holds property owners or managers legally responsible for accidents that occur on their property due to unsafe conditions. Premises liability laws are complex, so if you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you are encouraged to speak to a lawyer who can help you understand and protect your legal rights.
Construction Site Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites that over 1,000 of construction site workers will suffer a work-related fatality this year and many will suffer from debilitating injuries, many of which could have been averted.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Every day, hundreds of our elderly loved ones are victimized in their Texas nursing homes. Neglect, maltreatment and abuse can lead to lasting physical and psychological injuries, and even death. At The Pope & Taylor Firm our experienced attorneys represent clients in nursing home neglect and elder abuse claims throughout the surrounding areas in Texas.
Insurance claims are often a necessary part of personal injury cases. In most situations, the responsible party will pay for the victim’s injuries through their insurance policy, whether it is auto insurance, homeowners insurance or any other type of policy they may have. A victim’s own insurance policy may also cover payment.
Defective & Dangerous Products
A defective product may cause serious injury to a consumer. For this reason, Texas product liability law protects consumers from products which have manufacturing or design defects, or the lack of a warning label, and therefore cause injury or death even when used properly.
Hazing is often considered a ritual or test; hazing can include various forms of abuse, harassment and humiliations. Many social groups have used hazing as a form of initiation; sometimes requiring the person to perform meaningless tasks or causing what is considered violent, mental and degrading practices.
According to the United States’ Food and Drug Administration, 1.5 million Americans were hospitalized in 1978 alone, as a consequence of pharmaceutical drugs administered to “cure” them. It was also found that some 30% of all hospitalized people suffered further damage from the therapy prescribed them.
Serious injuries and deaths caused as a result of inadequate safety measures in and around the workplace happen unfortunately all to often because employers are irresponsibly sacrificing safety for profits.