How soon after the death should I meet with an experienced wrongful death lawyer?

It is best to meet with an experienced wrongful death lawyer quickly so that there is an opportunity to preserve as much evidence as possible.  A statute of limitations specifies the time you have to file your case and we want to make sure that we secure any evidence out there before it disappears. If we take the case, we …

Settlement Offers from Car Accident Insurance Companies

What should I do if an insurance company makes me a settlement offer? You should certainly talk to a lawyer if you have been offered a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company. Ideally, you want to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer immediately following your accident so that the lawyer can assess your damages and determine the correct …

Two Different Causes of Action: Survival & Wrongful Death

In Texas, we have two types of actions arising from the death of an individual: wrongful death and survival. They are two separate causes of action and, oddly, survival goes to the estate of the individual who died and wrongful death goes to the surviving beneficiaries. A survival action allows for damages that the victim suffered from the time of …

Working with Insurance Companies After a Car Accident

Should I notify my insurance company of the accident? Yes, if you’ve been in an accident, you have to let your insurance know about the collision to make sure that you do not void any insurance coverage that you might have.   Should I also make contact with the other driver’s insurance company? You should make contact with the other …

Being Involved in a Car Accident

What do I do when I am involved in a car accident? When you have been in a car accident, the first thing we recommend is to make sure that everyone in the car is safe. You may call 911 and let the police and the paramedics assist in the situation.   Are the police going to come to the …

Pain and Suffering Damages and Mental Anguish Damages

What circumstances typically lead to higher pain and suffering judgments?  Typically, what higher pain and suffering damages result from injuries that are visibly painful. By that I mean broken bones, cuts, stitches, burns or surgery. These are the types of injuries that a jury can look at and automatically understand the pain involved.   I can work, but I can …

Workplace Injuries and Third-Party Actions

What if I am injured while I am working by a person or entity who is not my employer?   If you are within the course and scope of your employment, you will be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage.  In Texas, if you are in the course and scope of your employment and you are injured by the negligence …

Workers Compensation FAQs

Q: What types of injuries qualify for workers compensation? Texas is a no-fault workers compensation state. Generally, this means if you work for a company that carries workers’ compensation insurance, then you will be compensated regardless of how or why you were injured in the workplace. How Are Workers Compensation Benefits Calculated? As an injured employee, you will be entitled …

What kind of damages can arise in a wrongful death case?

In a wrongful death case, the family can recover monetary damages for the loss of the decedent’s earning capacity, advice, counsel, services, care, maintenance and support. Loss of earning capacity is the amount of wages the victim would have earned from the time of death until he or she would have naturally died.   The family can also recover damages …

Wrongful Death Caused by an Underinsured Motorist

If a culpable driver causes a wrongful death and does not carry enough insurance to pay all claims or to fully compensate all beneficiaries, one of two things will often happen: either the beneficiaries themselves will agree how the funds will be split up, or if they are unable to come to an agreement, then the beneficiaries are advised to have …