Hire the Best Personal Injury Attorneys in Odessa
A car crash, work injury, or another traumatic event can have life-altering effects. The team at Flores, Tawney, & Acosta, P.C. will
At Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C., we understand your confusion after an accident, which is why we’re happy to answer these questions and many more.
Our Odessa personal injury lawyers will help you navigate the complex claims process. We will take the matter to court if necessary and we will protect your rights. Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and legal remedies.
Our Firm Handles a Wide Range of Personal Injury Cases
Our accident and injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge necessary to represent clients in many types of injury-causing accidents. We fight on behalf of victims who are hurt by:
Car Accidents: Most of these collisions are caused by driver negligence, such as speeding, drunk driving, and using a phone while behind the wheel.
Truck Accidents: Though they also involve negligence, these incidents are usually far more complicated than typical motor vehicle collisions.
Other Traffic-Related Incidents: Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are also common when a motorist doesn’t exercise proper caution, and you can sustain severe injuries as a victim.
Oil Field Injuries: The workplace environment is inherently dangerous, but serious accidents can happen in the presence of unreasonably hazardous conditions.
Other Workplace Accidents: Texas doesn’t require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, but many do. You may have rights through an insurance claim, but you can file a civil lawsuit under certain circumstances.
Product Liability: Defective products can cause serious injuries for consumers who are unaware of the dangers. Companies may be liable under the theory of strict liability if they put a defective product into the stream of commerce.
Discuss your case with us during a free consultation.
How Personal Injury Claims Work in Texas
Careless or reckless conduct causes the most serious injuries, which the practice of law refers to as “negligence.” To recover compensation, you must prove four essential elements:
- You need to show that the responsible party had a duty to exercise caution, so as to not cause a risk of harm to others;
- You must present proof that the responsible party failed in this duty;
- Establish that there’s a direct connection between the breach of duty and the accident that caused your injuries, such that you wouldn’t have been hurt but for the breach; and,
- You must prove that you suffered losses because of your injuries, physically, financially, and emotionally.
Though it’s not an additional element, you should note that the statute of limitations in Texas is two years. This means you have two years from the date you were hurt to file a lawsuit in court. The statute of limitations only applies to litigation, so it doesn’t count if you filed a claim with an insurance company within that time frame.
Get the Compensation You Deserve After an Accident
Monetary damages reimburse you for your losses. Both economic and non-economic losses come into play. Our personal injury lawyers in Odessa, TX will fight to obtain the maximum compensation allowed by law, including:
Economic Damages: You may be eligible to recover compensation for past and current medical bills, as well as certain future expenses. Examples include costs of treatment, hospitalization, rehabilitation, physical therapy, pain medications, surgery, and at-home care.
In addition, economic damages may be available for losses related to property damage, vehicle repairs, past and future lost wages, and more.
Non-Economic Damages: This category of losses is more subjective and not as easily definable, but you most definitely suffer. You may be able to recover compensation for:
- Pain and suffering;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Diminished quality of life;
- Emotional suffering; and,
- Many other losses.
Wrongful Death: If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to compensation. Liability in such cases is similar to other personal injury matters, but there are some distinct factors that make wrongful death claims very complex.
Limitations on Compensation: Note that your amount of monetary damages may be affected if you were partly at fault in causing the accident which led to your injuries. Texas law on proportionate liability, sometimes called comparative negligence, may reduce the amount you can recover when your own negligence contributed to the incident.
Insurance Claims and Civil Lawsuits for Personal Injury Cases
In most situations, your first step to recovering compensation is to file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. Drivers, business owners, employers, and other entities carry insurance to protect them from liability. However, even when your right to monetary damages seems clear, you may experience push-back from the insurance company. The claims adjuster may blame you for the accident or question the severity of your injuries.
Our attorneys at Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. are skilled at overcoming the challenges presented by insurance companies. We will aggressively negotiate on your behalf, and won’t accept anything less than what you deserve to cover your losses. If we can’t reach an agreement with the insurance company, we’ll take your case to court to protect your rights.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Odessa, TX Can Help with Your Claim
For more information on how we can assist you after an injury-causing accident, please contact Flores, Tawney & Acosta, P.C. at (915) 308-1000 or send us an online message. We can schedule a free case evaluation at our offices in Carlsbad NM, El Paso, TX or Las Cruces, NM. Our attorneys will provide more detail about your legal options after reviewing the specifics of your case.