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.
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.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal, it is extraordinarily myopic, reckless and selfish. It places the lives of the driver, his/her passengers, and other individuals on the road in extreme danger. When an individual chooses to get behind the wheel and drive despite being intoxicated, he/she is acting in a grossly negligent manner.
When criminal actions accidentally, albeit not involuntarily, cause harm to others, the culpable individual should be forced to face the consequences and likewise should be held financially responsible for any damages suffered by the victims. Shanna Valentine, a Central Texas (Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill) car accident lawyer, and The Valentine Law firm, provides insightful legal counsel and aggressive legal representation to DUI accident victims.
Holding the Drunk Driver Accountable
Do not allow your life to be constrained by the limitations imposed by an auto accident. Although you may be experiencing physical disabilities, you do not have to sacrifice your savings and your access to top-quality medical services because another driver acted unlawfully.
It is imperative that you contact a drunk driving accident lawyer as soon as possible after your accident; evidence must be collected and medical records must be analyzed in order for your case to be successful. All evidentiary information must be evaluated in a timely manner after the accident. Otherwise, physical evidence can become lost or degraded and witnesses’ memories can become less reliable.
Choose The Valentine Law Firm for Your Case
Your health is your paramount concern at this point in time. A successful conclusion of your injury case is our paramount concern at this time, as it will allow you to obtain the medical care you need. While you are recovering, The Valentine Law Firm will go head to head with powerful insurance companies, ensuring that you will be provided for in the future.
Discuss Your Case with a Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer in Central Texas Today
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a Drunk Driving Accident, turn to The Valentine Law Firm for comprehensive and compassionate legal guidance. Call 512-300-5240 or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
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A serious bicycle accident can result in disabling injuries that affect every aspect of the victim’s life. Getting out of the hospital is often just the first step in the long road to recovery. The cost of lost wages, emergency care, surgeries, and other medical treatment can add up to a small fortune. But if your wreck was caused by another driver’s negligence, you should not have to pay for these losses out of your own pocket.
The Cedar Park, Austin, Georgetown, Texas, bicycle accident attorneys at The Valentine Law Firm will evaluate your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim. We know what’s at stake for you and your family. Our compassionate lawyers will guide you through every stage of the claims process and will make sure the insurance company doesn’t bully you into accepting an unfair settlement.
Types of Texas Bicycle Accident Cases We Handle
Our attorneys handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from bicycle accidents including:
It can seem impossible to focus on legal concerns in the aftermath of a serious bicycle wreck. But putting off your consultation with an accident attorney could prove costly. Insurance adjusters often use devious strategies to get claimants to admit fault, and one misguided statement could be all it takes to derail your claim.
A Texas bicycle accident attorney from The Valentine Law Firm will handle all correspondence with the insurance adjuster. Having a seasoned litigator by your side from the start will tell the insurance company that you would be willing to take your case to trial if necessary. This often translates into a better settlement offer.
For your injury claim to be successful, it must be shown that the liable party owed you a duty of care, breached that duty of care, and this resulted in your injury or loss. Proving duty of care is fairly straightforward when the defendant is a negligent driver since all motorists in Texas have a duty to operate their vehicles in such a way that does not put other people at risk. However, proving a breach of duty, or “negligence,” and tying that negligence to your injury can be more complicated.
If you wait too long to consult an attorney, valuable evidence may be erased, destroyed, altered, or otherwise become unavailable. Our bicycle accident lawyers will get to work right away to gather the evidence needed to prove negligence and liability, which may include:
There is other evidence we may use depending on the cause of your bicycle crash. For example, we may rely on toxicology reports to prove that the at-fault driver was impaired. You may even have a claim against the party who supplied the alcohol or drugs to the driver who caused your wreck.
Our personal injury lawyers know what it takes to strengthen your claim and give your case the best chance of success.
Proving Damages After a Bicycle Accident in Texas
Even when liability seems obvious, recovering a fair payout might involve a complex legal battle. You should expect the insurance company or defendant to do everything in their power to reduce their liability and limit the amount of compensation they have to pay.
Our bicycle accident lawyers will make sure your claim includes all potential damages to which you may be entitled, which may include:
Our attorneys will help you compile medical documents, income tax returns, paystubs, invoices and receipts related to your accident, and other evidence to prove the value of your damages. We can also arrange testimony from financial and medical experts.
Discuss Your Case with a Bicycle Accident Lawyer in Central Texas Today!
If you or someone you love was seriously hurt in a bicycle crash, turn to The Valentine Law Firm for comprehensive and compassionate legal guidance. Call 512-300-5240 or use our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
Insurance companies can use information you share on social media to fight your claim for personal injury compensation. There are specific rules on admissible evidence in court or a settlement, social media is a gray area.
It’s safer to be careful with the information you share on your social networks. Follow these quick tips to help avoid issues:
It’s safer to assume anything you post online can be used against you. Because the rules on using social media evidence aren’t clearly defined, it's better to seek immediate legal advice.
For more information talk to the Cedar Park, Round Rock, Georgetown, Burnet, Marble Falls, Austin, and Liberty Hill attorneys of The Valentine Law Firm today. Call us at (512) 300-5240.
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