What is a Personal Injury Attorney?
Personal injury attorneys like those at Godsey Martin, P.C. in Houston specialize in cases where someone has been hurt through the actions or negligence of another. These injuries can be physical, as in the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident or botched medical procedure, or emotional, such as someone who sues for the loss of a loved one.
Personal injury attorneys can assist you in obtaining compensation for damages using their knowledge of the law and experience in piecing together the facts. You might be surprised to learn that personal injury matters do not always end up in court as the subject of a lawsuit. Through their skills of negotiation, personal injury attorneys can obtain fair compensation through negotiating a fair and just settlement.
Most people probably think of personal injury lawyers in the context of motor vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian accidents. The subject matter is much broader than that, however. Personal injury lawsuits can also involve slip-and-fall accidents, such as from an uneven sidewalk or a slippery floor inside a store; medical malpractice claims, when someone is hurt from a poorly completed medical procedure; products liability, involving injuries from defective products; or random and unexpected incidents such as accidental drownings.
Personal injury plaintiffs can recover damages in several different categories. The first is economic damages, which involve direct out-of-pocket losses such as hospital stays, doctor visits, and physical therapy, as well as items such as lost wages from work or a reduction in earnings capabilities. The second category involves non-economic damages. Under certain circumstances, you may be able to obtain compensation for intangible items such as pain and suffering or emotional trauma from the accident. If the accident causes someone to die, then their relatives in Texas may be able to file a wrongful death case, which is a separate type of personal injury suit. In a wrongful death case, your survivors can receive compensation for amounts spent on medical care and funeral expenses as well as intangible items such as pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Our team of attorneys is experienced in Texas personal injury law and can work with you and your family to obtain fair compensation for personal injuries or other damages. We’ve been fighting for justice for members of the Houston community since 2007.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Your personal injury attorney may negotiate a fair resolution without you having to go through the time and expense of a lawsuit. If that’s not quite how it works out, then the attorneys at Godsey Martin P.C. in Houston are ready to take it to the next level by taking your case to court. Godsey Martin P.C. is one of the largest personal injury firms in Texas. Our attorneys specialize in all forms of personal injury cases including slip and fall and products liability. We’re fighters. Let us help you through this difficult time. Call us or contact us online for a free initial consultation.
Hurt in an Accident? Here’s What You Should Do Next
Personal injury cases often involve injuries suffered in one or more types of accidents, especially those involving motor vehicles. Getting hurt in an accident without warning can be scary, painful, and confusing. Taking the right steps after an accident can help you get back on your feet quickly and position you for the compensation you deserve.
It probably goes without saying, but your first thought after suffering injuries in an accident should be for yourself and anyone else involved. Make sure people, as well as vehicles, are out of harm’s way so nothing worse can happen. Check yourself and others for injuries and make sure that emergency medical help, as well as the police, are on the way.
If you have no injuries or very minor ones, you may want to consider writing down what happened as quickly and as clearly as possible. Memories fade rapidly. If applicable, sketch out a diagram to show your location and the locations of others involved. Write down the cross streets. Get contact information from witnesses if there were any. Their accounts of what happened may be important to you getting the compensation you deserve. You will also want to try to get the contact and insurance information of the other drivers involved. If you are hurt in a slip-and-fall at an establishment, make sure to get contact and insurance claim information from the owner or manager and a process for officially documenting what happened.
As soon as you are thinking clearly, it may be wise to consult with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies will often try to resolve claims quickly, perhaps when you are most vulnerable, and talk you into a quick and easy settlement. Attorneys can serve as your representative in discussions with the insurers to take that pressure off of you.