Personal Injury Lawyers

Catastrophic and serious injuries can devastate individuals and families. The impact of physical and emotional pain can affect every aspect of your life. In some cases, the bodily damage may be life-altering.

When you or a loved one are hurt in a negligent accident, you need a personal injury attorney to stand up for your rights. At Pierce Skrabanek, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience helping those affected by careless, negligent, or intentional acts. We provide compassionate counsel and aggressive representation to every client.

Contact Pierce Skrabanek for a free initial consultation by clicking here or by calling (832) 690-7000—it’s the first step towards securing the compensation you deserve.

Table of Contents

What Is Personal Injury Law?
What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Can We Represent?
What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Personal Injury Cases?
How Does a Lawyer for Personal Injury Prove Liability?
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case?
What Damages Can a Personal Injury Attorney Recover in My Case?
Why Should I Hire Pierce Skrabanek for My Personal Injury Claim?
Personal Injury FAQs

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What Is Personal Injury Law?

In Texas, the Civil Practice and Remedies Code governs personal injury matters. When someone is hurt due to negligence or an intentional act, they may recover monetary compensation in a civil suit called a personal injury claim.

Personal injury law covers a wide range of matters. Throughout the nation, people suffer preventable accidents every day. For example, in the United States:

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by someone’s careless acts, you need a personal injury lawyer to protect your rights.

What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When you or a loved one are harmed by the intentional or careless acts of another, a personal injury attorney can seek justice in civil court. At Pierce Skrabanek, our lawyers will hold all liable parties accountable by recovering financial compensation, otherwise known as damages.

Damages are meant to make the injured person “whole” again, not to punish a negligent party. Monetary punishment in civil actions is referred to as punitive damages.

Most damages consist of tangible losses, like reimbursement for property loss and hospital bills. Other damages may include intangible matters, including how painful the injury is or how a victim is affected emotionally.

Intangible damages are very difficult to quantify. An exceptional personal injury lawyer will be able to translate your pain and emotional trauma into financial terms and present them in a way that the law can understand.

What Types of Personal Injury Cases Can We Represent?

At Pierce Skrabanek, our personal injury attorneys have handled numerous cases over the years. While there are too many types of personal injury cases to list, some of the most common claims we have represented are:

Our personal injury lawyers are not limited to the above list. If you or a loved one have been injured in a preventable accident due to negligence, schedule a consultation today.

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What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Personal Injury Cases?

Injuries range from minor to catastrophic in personal injury claims. The Office of Injury Prevention in Texas has been studying preventable deaths for decades. According to their studies, preventable injuries are the leading cause of death for Texans between 1-44 years old. The top three injury-related deaths are caused by:

  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Firearm violence
  • Drug poisoning
  • Some of the most common injuries accident victims sustain include:
  • Broken, fractured, or dislocated bones
  • Head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
  • Internal injuries, sometimes resulting in organ damage or internal bleeding
  • Burn injuries
  • Loss of limbs, amputations
  • Disfigurement or severe scarring
  • Spinal cord injuries, which may cause paralysis or quadriplegia
  • Neck injuries, including whiplash
  • Lacerations
  • Crush injuries

If you or a loved one have suffered any of the above injuries due to someone’s careless acts, our personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to recover the compensation you need to put the pieces of your life back together.

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How Does a Lawyer for Personal Injury Prove Liability?

A personal injury lawyer will need to establish fault for your injuries. In some cases, there may be multiple parties to blame.

First, a skilled attorney will need to investigate your claim by:

  • Examining the evidence collected by police
  • Speaking with witnesses and review their statements
  • Reading through police reports
  • Taking special note of your injuries and how they affect your everyday life
  • In many cases, the medical evidence is very intricate and will require an attorney knowledgeable in complex matters.

Second, an experienced personal injury lawyer will need to establish negligence. There are four factors that must be present for a person or entity to be considered negligent:

  • The person or entity owes a duty of care, or an obligation to keep another person safe from all reasonable harm. For example, a grocery store owner has a duty to ensure employees and customers remain reasonably safe from hazards. However, a skilled personal injury lawyer will need to argue what is considered reasonable or negligent.
  • A breach of duty can be challenging to prove. In a medical malpractice claim, a doctor’s actions are determined to be reasonable or negligent based on how other professionals in the same situation act. If your personal injury attorney can establish that the doctor missed a complication from surgery that other doctors would have caught, you may be entitled to compensation.
  • The third element that must be shown is a causal link between the breach of duty and your injuries. In a product liability case, a faulty valve may cause the heavy machinery to malfunction, thereby causing your injuries. The manufacturer had a duty to supply a working valve, and that duty was breached when the valve was found to be defective.
  • Finally, a personal injury case may only be pursued if the breach of duty caused damages. Damages may be the physical trauma of your accident, emotional distress, property loss or destruction, and economic losses.

Lastly, it is important to know how Texas’ modified comparative negligence works. Comparative negligence, also known as proportionate responsibility, assesses the fault of each party in an accident and quantifies the amount of fault using percentages.

For example, suppose a person is injured running up the stairs when a handrail breaks. The building owner is responsible for maintaining a safe property, including the upkeep of the railings. However, the injured person is partially at fault for running up the staircase instead of walking at a reasonable pace. In this instance, the property owner may be found to be 80% at fault and the injured person 20% at fault.

Comparative negligence allows for a person partially at fault for their injuries to recover damages. However, the damages will be awarded based on fault percentages. If the injured person above is awarded $100,000 in a personal injury claim, then they are entitled to 80% of the monetary value.

Conversely, if a person is found to be more than 50% at fault, they cannot recover any damages for their injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Case?

It is critical to know the statute of limitations in Texas. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries related to a negligent accident, you must file your claim within two years of the incident. A personal injury attorney will need time to file a claim, so it is imperative that you seek representation as soon as possible.

While Texas law regarding the statute of limitations is strict, there are rare occasions that may allow for an extension for a certain amount of time. Your particular set of circumstances will need to meet the requirements to allow a suspension. Speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today if you feel your case may qualify.

What Damages Can a Personal Injury Attorney Recover in My Case?

Damages in personal injury cases can vary. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer to ensure you recover the full compensation you deserve.

While every personal injury claim is different, some of the most common damages include:

  • Funds to cover medical expenses, including expenses that might be incurred in the future
  • Lost wages if a victim is unable to work
  • Loss of earning capacity if the plaintiff cannot return to the same position or is unable to perform the same job
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium, or the health of a marriage
  • Possible punitive damages

Consult with one of our personal injury attorneys today to discuss your unique case and what damages you may be able to recover.

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Pierce Skrabanek have recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients—if you or a loved one have been hurt due to the careless actions of another party, consult one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys today.

Why Should I Hire Pierce Skrabanek for My Personal Injury Claim?

The exceptional attorneys at Pierce Skrabanek have been helping injury victims recover their losses for years. Our founding attorneys, Michael Pierce and Paul Skrabanek, combined their unique knowledge of personal injury law and have dedicated their careers to seeking justice for those affected by catastrophic injuries.
Our personal injury lawyers are highly accomplished, and have received significant recognition and awards, including:

  • Induction into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • SuperLawyers Rising Stars of Texas
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Additionally, we have recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients. Our personal injury lawyers are results-driven. We provide aggressive representation and fight to secure the compensation our clients deserve.

If you or a loved one have been hurt due to the careless actions of another party, consult one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys today. We have the skills, experience, and resources you need. Contact Pierce Skrabanek to discuss your recoverable damages today. Schedule a free case evaluation by clicking here or calling (832) 690-7000.

Wrongful Death FAQ

You should file a personal injury claim within two years. In Texas, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is 24 months from the day of the accident. If you or a loved one have been injured due to an intentional or negligent act, it is important that you seek the counsel of a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Personal injury law is a general area of law that covers a wide range of negligent and intentional acts. The most common negligent personal injury claims are product liability, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical malpractice, and workplace accidents. Deliberate acts of harm may include assault and battery, false imprisonment, conversion, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, sexual assault, murder, and wrongful death.

Settling personal injury claims can vary. In most cases, the time it takes to recover damages largely depends on the court and jurisdiction. If your case settles out of court, it may take an average of 9-18 months to finalize.

Retaining the right representation is crucial to your personal injury case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will:

  • Conduct an investigation into your claim
  • Gather critical evidence
  • Prepare all filings and collect pertinent medical records
  • Place a monetary value on your claim
  • Negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement

In the event your case must proceed to trial, a personal injury attorney will fight for the verdict you deserve.
Contact Pierce Skrabanek for a free initial consultation by clicking here or calling (832) 690-7000 and secure the compensation you deserve.