In Texas, court-ordered mediation in tort cases is an increasingly common occurrence. If you are in litigation, chances are the judge will order you to go through a court-ordered mediation process before you can proceed to trial. Consequently, it is important to understand how mediation might impact your personal injury lawsuit.
The fee arrangement for personal injury representation is distinct from other areas of law. The typical structure involves a contingency fee contract. A plaintiff does not owe any attorney’s fees or costs to the attorney unless he or she recovers in court. In that event, the attorney is awarded a percentage of the recovery.
In this two-part blog series, we continue our discussion of some of the hallmarks of effective personal injury representation. By understanding these traits, you will know what to look for when the time comes for you to find an effective personal injury attorney.
If necessity is the mother of invention, this explains why many new clients come to us only when they are in dire need of a personal injury attorney. Typically, they want to pursue compensation against someone whose negligence caused injury to them.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety regulations for all the different types of industries, and while each has unique hazards to address, some general rules cover all. One of those is the need for companies to provide the necessary safety training -- especially to new employees. Too many catastrophic injuries are suffered within a few days or weeks of people starting new jobs. A recent chemical plant explosion in Texas underscores this concern.
The unexpected loss of a loved one can wreak emotional and financial havoc on surviving family members. When that loss of life is because of another's negligence, it is sometimes necessary to hold the responsible party financially accountable. Several Texas families are pursuing suits against the U.S. Air Force after they lost family members or suffered catastrophic injuries in the Sunderland Springs First Baptist Church mass shootings last November.
Hospice care is often an essential aspect of providing care with dignity to elderly patients in Texas. Many patients who require hospice care suffer from serious diseases that impact their mental state, such as Alzheimer's or dementia. Failure to provide proper care for these already fragile patients can lead to catastrophic injuries or even death.
Many people in Texas consider their pets to be members of their family. Unfortunately, this can make it hard for some pet owners to understand just how dangerous or violent their dogs might be. Many fail to take necessary precautions to protect other people from their animals, and it might make owners even more resistant to taking responsibility for catastrophic injuries caused by their dog biting someone.
College should be a fun and challenging experience for students continuing their education. Sadly, one Texas student will never have that opportunity. A fraternity and 10 of its members were recently named in a wrongful death lawsuit, blaming them for the catastrophic injuries that led to a young man's death.
Life can change in an instant. Since your accident, you have probably had this thought countless times. No doubt, you spend time reflecting on your life before your injury and comparing it to where you are now. A catastrophic accident has changed your life forever.