Boating accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that require emergency care. Although there are countless factors that lead to boat crashes, the majority are due to negligent and reckless behaviors such as drunk boating, speeding, and inattention. The Texas boat accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm help victims of boating injuries fight for the compensation they need to afford medical treatment, lost wages, and other damages.
Types of Cases Our Boat Accident Attorneys Handle:
Boating is a year-round activity in Texas, which is why our state has some of the highest boating accident rates in the country. Hundreds of people are injured and dozens die in boating accidents each year. Victims and their families are often left wondering how they will afford the medical expenses and loss of income.
Our attorneys handle a variety of boating accident cases including:
Other Types of Boating Accidents: Even if the at-fault party was not breaking a law, you may still have grounds for a claim. Our boating accident attorneys handle personal injury and wrongful death cases involving inexperienced boaters, poor weather conditions, and other types of hazards. We handle cases involving all types of watercraft including cabin cruisers, yachts, tenders, personal watercraft (wave runners and jet skis), inflatable boats, sailboats, kayaks, canoes, and airboats.
How Soon After My Boating Accident Should I Call an Injury Attorney?
If you were injured in a boat crash, you should consult a boating accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Valuable evidence that can be used to prove liability and damages may become unavailable within days of your crash. Our lawyers will perform an immediate investigation into the cause of your accident. We will identify all potentially liable parties, handle correspondence with the defendant and insurance company, calculate your damages, and help you avoid critical mistakes.
There are also strict deadlines for filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If the deadline passes, your case will almost certainly be dismissed. It is important to contact a boat accident lawyer as soon as possible.
The Central Texas area, including Austin, has become a dog-friendly area where off-leash dogs are common. Dogs are able to roam freely off-leash while they are in designated dog parks. Unfortunately, dogs are everywhere and may become vicious and attack whether they are on or off a leash.
Unfortunately, with the rise of dog and pet friendly areas, there has been an increase in the number of people that have experienced the painful injury of a dog bite. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 4.7 million dog bite attacks that occur across the United States every year. The second highest reason for emergency room visits is for an animal attack or a dog bite. Thousands of victims in Central Texas will have to experience some type of injury that will require medical attention. Statistics show that about 800,000 people in the United States will end up needing emergency medical treatment from a dog bite. Dozens of people in the United States end up being killed by a dog bite every year.
Dog and other animal bites can cause deep emotional and physical scars. Children are the most vulnerable due to their strength and size and become the most common dog bite victims. When you or a loved one gets injured by a dog or another animal, you need to know your rights. The Valentine Law Firm will make sure that you get compensated for your injuries and are protected from any costs that you had to incur as a result of the animal attack.
What Should You Do After a Dog or Animal Attack?
Are the Pet Owners Responsible for the Attack?
Dog owners and pet owners are responsible for maintaining and controlling their pets. However, it is not uncommon for pet owners to refuse to deal with a victim that has been bit by the owner’s dog. Most people do not like admitting that their dog/pet is violent or that their animal may have injured another person. It is important to know your rights in a dog bite situation. The owner and the homeowner’s insurance company could be responsible for the attack and the resulting injuries.
Very few forces can match the devastating impact of an accident with a semi-truck. Victims who are lucky enough to survive often suffer brain trauma, broken bones, soft tissue damage, and other life-changing injuries. If you were hurt in a big rig crash that you did not cause, the Texas truck accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can help you pursue the maximum compensation for lost income, medical bills, and other damages you have incurred.
We will treat you as if you are our only client. Our truck accident lawyers will meticulously investigate your case, interview witnesses, and aggressively represent your interests during settlement negotiations. Call us today at (512) 300-5240 for a free consultation.
Types of Texas Truck Accident Claims Our Truck Accident Lawyers Handle:
Commercial truckers are some of the most experienced drivers on the road, but they’re certainly not immune to collisions. There are countless factors that contribute to 18-wheeler wrecks, but the vast majority stem from driver errors.
Our personal injury attorneys handle all types of truck accident claims in Texas including:
Truck Accidents Due to Spilled Cargo
Overloaded Truck Accidents
Truck Rollover Accidents
Truck Accidents Involving Wide Turns
Truck Accidents Due to Tire Blowouts
Truck Accidents Due to Fatigue
Truck Accidents Due to Brake Failure
Blind Spot Truck Accidents
Truck Accidents Due to Inadequate Driver Training
Truck Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
What Sets the Lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm Apart from Other Truck Accident Attorneys in Texas?
Truck accident claims can be incredibly complex for a variety of reasons. After most collisions involving regular vehicles, a negligent driver is usually liable for the damages. But in truck accident claims, it is often the case that a party other than the truck driver can be held liable.
Depending on the facts surrounding your collision, you may have grounds for a claim against:
The truck driver;
The company that employs the truck driver;
The owner of the truck;
A mechanic who worked on the truck;
The company that manufactured the truck or its parts;
The company that loaded the truck; or
Officials at a weigh station.
To give your claim the best chance of success, the Texas truck accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will perform a thorough investigation into your collision to identify all potentially liable parties.
We will gather all available evidence to prove negligence and liability, which may include:
Weigh station receipts;
Receipts for gas and food;
Toll booth receipts;
The truck driver’s cell phone records;
Bills of lading;
Black box data;
Expert witness testimony;
The accident report; and
Photos and videos of the crash scene.
Expert witness testimony often plays a critical role in truck accident cases. The attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm can arrange testimony from accident reconstruction experts, engineers, medical experts, and financial experts.
Insurance companies throughout Texas know that our attorneys provide comprehensive and aggressive legal representation. We are not afraid to take your case to trial, and our willingness to go the extra mile for each of our clients often results in fair settlements offer early in the proceedings.
Do I Have Grounds for a Truck Accident Claim?
If you intend to bring a claim against the truck driver or another party that contributed to your accident, you will need evidence to prove that the defendant breached a duty of care owed to you, and this breach of duty resulted in your injury or loss. Breaching a duty of care is also called “negligence.”
See How Our Truck Accident Attorneys Can Help You Today by Calling (512) 300-5240
At The Valentine Law Firm, we know how challenging it can be to cope with the physical and psychological impact of a serious injury. Although no amount of compensation can undo the trauma you and your family have experienced, you may be able to avoid debt and regain your financial footing by filing a personal injury claim.
During your free initial consultation, our lawyers will assess your case and help you determine the most strategic way to proceed. We are passionate about helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death pursue justice and compensation from those who have harmed them. Call us today at (512) 300-5240 or use our contact form to set up a free consultation.
At The Valentine Law Firm, we have a powerful & knowledgeable team that'll treat you like family. Read more about the team that makes it possible for you and your family to feel safe this holiday season: About Us.
With years of experience and a plethora of wins and families that are doing better today than they were before us, we are the team to trust to make sure your case is treated with the utmost importance.
From personal injury to car accidents and 18 wheeler wrecks, we are the experts to help and we are determined to win for you.
Contact us today for a free consultation.
With the holidays around the corner and people picking up to travel and visit loved ones, there can be an added layer of risk when on the road. Make sure to be vigilant and drive aware of your surroundings.
5 Tips for Safe Travel
While your focus is on having fun during a road trip, it"s important to remain safe in the process. Following the tips provided here can help you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy as you embark on your vacation.
Maintain Proper Maintenance of Your Vehicle
It’s vital to take your car in for a full maintenance check prior to starting your trip. Have your
vehicle inspected thoroughly as this will allow you to fix any existing problems promptly. It will help prevent serious and sometimes expensive damage to your vehicle by making sure it is in top condition before enduring the wear and tear that long trips create.
Make Frequent Stops to Rest and Stretch
Sitting for long periods of time can be difficult, and this is especially true for children. We
recommend taking frequent breaks to allow everyone to get out of the car, move about and stretch their legs. This can help prevent fatigue, muscle cramps and even blood clots in those who may be prone to developing them. Frequent breaks will also keep children in a good mood and make traveling with young ones much more pleasant.
Invest in a Roadside Assistance Plan
We highly advise the purchase of a roadside assistance plan along with your vehicle insurance. Roadside assistance can provide the much-needed peace of mind that if something goes wrong with your vehicle during your travels, it will be taken care of promptly. The threat of an unforeseen occurrence can take the joy out of your vacation plans, so having this peace of mind can be priceless.
Plan Your Route of Travel While Remaining Flexible
It is best to plan your route of travel well in advance. This will allow you to know where you want to stop for breaks and provides you with an estimated timeline for getting from point A to point B. Of course, it’s important to be flexible because traffic jams, automobile accidents and road work can always be a possibility, in which case alternate routes and detours may be necessary.
Keep a Safety Kit in your Car
We suggest keeping a first-aid kit in your car along with any personal items that might seem appropriate for the current season.
Traveling should be centered around fun with those you love most, not the stress that unforeseen events can create. By following these tips, you can enjoy safe travels.
Most importantly, if you are in an altercation, keep your wits about you. Make sure to assess your surroundings and document the circumstances of the event. And if it seems serious, please contact The Valentine Law Firm for legal perspective.
HOW OUR CENTRAL TEXAS LAW FIRM CAN HELP YOU AFTER A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT
Austin, Texas Pedestrian Accident Lawyer
At The Valentine Law Firm, we have a long and proud history of standing up for Hill Country residents when they need it most. Over the years, our Cedar Park personal injury attorneys have helped numerous clients recover compensation after being involved in a personal injury case.
ACCURATELY ASSESS YOUR DAMAGES
When pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, and car accidents occur in Austin, Texas, it is not at all unusual for the victims to underestimate the amount of medical care they will require – and demand too little compensation from the at-fault party. As a result, they often have to pay for some of their expenses out of their own pocket.
To try to prevent this nightmare scenario from happening to you and your family, the lawyers at The Valentine Law Firm, will review the details of your injury and assess your damages. Our skilled legal team has been working in the industry for many years, so you can be confident that our assessment is accurate.
SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE TO HELP YOUR CASE
If you wish to emerge from your pedestrian accident lawsuit with the compensation you deserve, you will need to prove that:
What to do when you get into a car accident?
1. Wherever you are, make sure to call the police.
You need to make sure to have a verbal report of what happened. If anybody is injured you need to make sure EMS is on the way The police can include all of the facts from the scene in the police report. The police can say that if there are not catastrophic injuries, they will not come out. Insist that they do, but if they don't, the most important thing is to make sure you have placed the 911 call. All 911 calls are recorded and can often times be used as evidence in your case.
2. Don't admit to anything.
A lot of kind Texans like to apologize but if you say you're sorry, then any witnesses can testify to that and it can be used against you.
3. Don't make a recorded statement.
Whether thats to your insurance company or the other parties insurance company. Recorded statements can often be used against the person making them. If they ask you about your injuries and you're in a state of shock, you may end up saying all you have is a headache but 3 weeks later you have lower back pain. The insurance company can now use the recorded statement to prove that you didn't have that at time of injury. If you do make a recorded statement make sure that your attorney is present.
4. Seek medical attention within 48 hours after the accident.
Even if you have insurance or not, seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident and the accident was not your fault, whether you have insurance or not, you will be compensated for the expenses that are associated with your medical treatment. If you have a gap of a week or two weeks, then it makes it difficult to correlate the injuries with the accident.
The death of a family member is one of life’s most painful experiences. If you have experienced a death in your family our thoughts and prayers go out to you. At The Valentine Law Firm, we understand how emotionally devastating a loved one’s death is for the survivors, and our Central Texas (Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill.) attorneys, can help you through this difficult time by taking care of the necessary legal actions following your family member’s death.
If your family member’s death was caused by a wrongful act of someone or entity in Texas, you may be entitled to receive damages from the responsible parties. Texas wrongful death law allows certain surviving family members to recover damages to help lessen the burden caused by a wrongful death. While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of your loved one, it may relieve the financial burden your family member’s death has caused. The wrongful death attorneys at The Valentine Law firm, will evaluate your death case and make every effort to get you the compensation which you may be entitled.
Do you have a medical malpractice claim?
When you or your loved one visits a doctor, you expect that the care will be high quality. You expect and need the attending doctors to care for you and your loved ones based on your history and required care. Whats next if that doesn't happen?
If you or a loved one receives improper care, serious injury may occur. This can be lethal or create long-term battles with health that the person would not have otherwise had.
In many situations, the injury or death may have been preventable, such as if health care workers had paid closer attention to what they were doing or had implemented better communication practices. Depending on the circumstances, issues such as these may be medical malpractice.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice may apply to any practitioners involved in providing health care to patients. This may include doctors, dentists, nurses and other health care professionals. In some cases, a malpractice claim may also name the facility, such as the hospital, clinic or nursing home, and its other staff who may have had a part in the action or inaction that caused you or your loved one harm.
A number of actions may fall under medical malpractice. These can include prescribing or administering the wrong prescription or dose; misdiagnosis of conditions; neglect, abuse or injuries while staying in a facility; wrongful death; and more.
How long do you have for filing a claim?
Contact us to discuss your case, how much time has passed, and whether or not you still have the ability to put in a claim.
During your case, would you risk not having an attorney with Trial Experience? Even though personal injury cases can be settled outside of court, you never know if your case will be the one to make it to court, which is why it's important to consider hiring a law firm with immense trial experience.
Many people don’t realize that a lawyer with trial experience won’t just help you if you end up in the courtroom. In fact, trial experience is a major advantage for countless steps involved with navigating your case and potential settlement. For example, experts agree that you’re much more likely to get a high settlement when a trial-experienced lawyer is on your side as opposed to a lawyer without much trial experience.
Furthermore, during the settlement stage, having an attorney with trial experience sends a powerful message to the other side’s legal team. Essentially, you’re letting the other party know that you’re more than prepared to go to court if necessary, and you’ll do whatever it takes to have success with your case. Having this confidence and making it clear to the other party can work as an effective psychological strategy. Never assume that trial experience is only relevant if you end up in a courtroom.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most common personal injury cases include motor vehicle accidents (52%), medical malpractice (15%), and product liability (5%). Depending on the type and severity of your case, your attorney may end up being unable to agree on a settlement and take the initiative to bring the case to court. This allows any attorney with adequate trial experience to go above and beyond to prepare a thorough case for the courtroom. You’ll be able to rest assured knowing that whatever happens, no stone was left unturned in seeking just compensation for damages.
Ultimately, whether you need a car accident attorney or a personal injury attorney, understanding that you should not only want, but need an attorney with trial experience is crucial.
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