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Personal Injury Attorneys El Paso, TX

If you have been seriously injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. A personal injury accident can shake up your life, and you deserve to see compensation for your injuries and damages. Our El Paso, TX personal injury attorneys can guide you through your case to help you get a successful outcome.

After you have read about your personal injury case, please call Chavez Law Firm today to set up your free, initial consultation. We can go over the details of your case and discuss your next step to get compensation.

How El Paso, TX Personal Injury Compensation Works

When you seek compensation, you are asking the liable party’s insurance company for an award to cover your injuries and damages. In a car accident, the liable party would be the other driver who hit you. In a negligent security case, it would be the property owner.

You can be compensated for the following:

  • Medical expenses, both past and future;
  • Lost wages/lost earning capacity, both past and future;
  • And, pain and suffering, both past and future.

Medical expenses, lost wages, and lost earning capacity is an easier calculation to make than pain and suffering. That is because there are dollar amounts attached to the bills and paychecks, and you can more easily calculate those things. Pain and suffering is more abstract and difficult to put a dollar amount on. That number may be determined by a jury after they have looked at how much this accident has affected your life.

Rules of Modified Comparative Negligence

When there is a compensation award that has been decided, there is an additional factor that goes into how much you can collect. In every accident case, there are insurance negotiations that determine who was responsible for what and by how much. If someone was involved in a truck accident where that truck was driving erratically and they tried to speed to get around it, but ended up in an accident, they may be deemed partially at fault. El Paso, TX allows for injured parties to collect compensation even if they are partially at fault.

  • Injured parties who are 0% at fault get full compensation
  • Injured parties who are 1% – 50% at fault get reduced compensation
  • Injured parties who are more than 50% at fault get no compensation

Let’s say, in the scenario above, that the driver of the truck was 80% at fault and the injured person was then 20% at fault. If the injured party were awarded $100,000 for their injuries, they would be able to collect $80,000.

Types of Personal Injury Accidents

The term “personal injury” is a sort of umbrella term. There are several kinds of personal injury accidents that we cover. They include:

Each case is highly individualized. When you are looking for a personal injury attorney, it is best to search for an attorney who has handled your particular case successfully. You do not want someone who has only just dabbled in your practice area. You want someone who knows the ins and outs of your case and will be able to do a thorough job of representing you. Your El Paso personal injury attorney should be a trial attorney and should be someone who you trust. This case will take some time and you do not want to pick someone who you cannot work with and who you do not think will do a good job representing your case.

El Paso, TX Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

El Paso Personal InjuryWhen you pursue a personal injury case, you need to be aware that you are on a time constraint. Starting from the date of your accident, El Paso, TX allows you two years to bring your claim or have it settled in civil court. While it might seem like you have those two years to wait to talk to an attorney, that is not a wise thing to do. Your case is time-sensitive in many ways. If you were to wait to talk to an attorney, you might find that your evidence has disappeared, your witnesses have forgotten fine details of your accident, or that you have made some mistakes that could ruin your case. An attorney will be able to step in and make sure that you do not make mistakes. If you did not have an attorney right away, you might have given the insurance company a recorded statement, effectively jeopardizing your chance at full compensation. The sooner you call an attorney, the better. If you miss your statute of limitations, you will no longer be able to file a personal injury claim.

Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

How Should I Choose a Personal Injury Attorney?

When you have been seriously injured, you need to look for an attorney with trial experience. Trial experience is crucial because a trial attorney can take the case all the way to trial, if needed. Additionally, a trial attorney is a bigger threat to the insurance companies and the big corporations out there who don’t want to fully and fairly compensate clients for the injuries that their negligence has caused.

Perhaps most importantly, you want to have an attorney with heart – somebody who truly cares for their clients and who truly believes in what they are doing. Here at the Chavez Law Firm, we believe in what we’re doing because we know that what we do makes our community safer and provides the best outcomes for our clients.

Do I Get Compensation for Emotional Damages?

Individuals with personal injury claims often wonder if they can recover for emotional distress or emotional anguish. The answer in El Paso, TX is yes. Emotional damages is something that we always look at in order to fully and fairly compensate clients who have suffered serious injuries.

Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim with Low Medical Bills?

When medical expenses are low, clients often worry that they may not have a good, valid claim in El Paso, TX. For example, a recent client of our firm, as a result of the negligence of their employer, actually had their hand cut off at work. The medical expenses from the hospital were very low, surprisingly. There were, however, other types of damages that we were able to prove, such as future treatment, future prosthetics and future care. This strategy put our client in the best position possible. In short, there is no minimum, in terms of medical expenses, that would make a case invalid in El Paso, TX.

Can I Have Preexisting Conditions and Injury Claims?

The other day we spoke with a client with a preexisting injury who wondered how it would affect their case. The answer is the defendant or the negligent party must pay for any difference or any worsening of the injuries as a result of their negligence. To put it very simply, it is not a barrier to getting fully and fairly compensated under the law.

That is something that we have a lot of experience with at the Chavez Law Firm. We ask our clients about issues such as this during our client intake, and we prepare for those types of situations throughout trial. If you have any questions related to a preexisting condition, please give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and help you out.

What is the Role of an Expert Witness?

Expert witnesses play a pivotal role in personal injury cases. For example, in a trucking case, one might need a crash reconstructionist with experience in putting together a trucking collision case. If it is a medical malpractice case, it is important to hire the correct type of medical expert to give an opinion in that case. If it is a case involving injuries in an industrial worksite, you need a forensic engineer who can talk about safety and the rules that the negligent party violated.

We know how to find and handle the issue of expert witnesses. If you have any questions, we at the Chavez Law Firm will be more than happy to answer your questions and help you any which way we can.

When Should I Be Seeking Medical Treatment After an Injury?

Sometimes clients arrive at our firm without having immediately received medical care after their injuries. It’s always best to seek immediate medical care; that is the gold standard. This means within one or two weeks at the latest. This gives us a snapshot early on of what injuries are involved and lets us trach whether injuries are getting better or worse over time.

If a person does not seek immediate medical treatment, we at Chavez Law Firm have experience dealing with those types of situations. We can guide and direct the client so that they get the treatment that they need in order to get the best outcome and full and fair compensation for the injuries that they have suffered.

Is There a Chance of Settling an Injury Case Before Trial?

Oftentimes I have clients who come in and they ask about whether or not they have to go to trial. They want to try to get their case resolved before going to trial. The truth of the matter is the vast majority of cases don’t go to trial and settle beforehand. The only time cases don’t settle before going to trial is because the insurance company or the big corporation is being unfair; they’re not fully and fairly compensating clients for what they have done to them.

At the Chavez Law Firm, we always prepare for trial because we know that when you prepare for the end result, you have a better chance of getting full and fair compensation for your clients.

Should I Accept the First Settlement Offer?

Clients often ask if they should accept an initial offer from an insurance company. It’s important for clients to consult with a lawyer before accepting an offer. Chances are the insurance company has lowballed the client, and lowball offers tend to remain such until you get a trial lawyer or a lawyer with a lot of trial experience on the case.

Insurance companies and big corporations know that a person without a lawyer in our legal system is at a tremendous disadvantage, and that’s why they give them lowball offers. They’re taking advantage of employees or people under those circumstances, so it’s never a good idea to take the initial offer from an insurance company. It’s never a good idea to go up against an insurance company or a big corporation without the services of an experienced trial lawyer.

What Are the Steps to File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you are seriously injured in El Paso, the steps for filing a lawsuit from the client’s perspective are very simple. First and foremost, find a lawyer with significant trial experience. That lawyer will know what to do and take you through the steps, which are, one, to file a lawsuit, serve the negligent party, and then you go through a process of paper discovery, deposition or testimony discovery of the bad guys or the black hats, and, at that point, you’re ready to go to trial. It’s a very simple process, in terms of the steps, and then we go to trial.

If you have any questions about what it takes to go to trial or what are the steps, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We are trial experienced attorneys with a lot of trial experience, and we’ll be able to answer all of your questions and help you in any way we can.

What is the Timeline for a Personal Injury Case?

Clients sometimes ask how long a case is going to take. The answer is it depends on where they are in terms of the treatment of their injuries. Some injuries take longer to treat, and some injuries take less. We need to wait until treatment is complete so that we have a complete picture of the injuries and their consequences.

What we always do at the Chavez Law Firm is push our cases. We push our cases as aggressively as possible, always taking into consideration the needs of the client and what is best for the client so that we can maximize their compensation and their recovery from those who have harmed them.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

It is not always clear early on if a case is going to trial. For one, we don’t know what the evidence is going to show or how medical treatment is going to go. What is certain is that the only time we go to trial is when the insurance company isn’t negotiating in good faith.

When that happens, rest assured that we will fully prepare for trial. If you have any questions about your personal injury case or how long your case could potentially take to go to trial, give us a call. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Call Our El Paso, TX Personal Injury Attorneys Today

An injury can change your life and you deserve to get compensation in the fullest and fairest amount for your damages. If you are looking for skilled, dedicated, and supportive representation, please do not hesitate to call our El Paso, TX personal injury attorneys to set up a free, initial consultation.

Car Accident Attorneys El Paso, TX

When you are involved in a car accident, your life can be seriously affected in a very negative way. You might have serious injuries and damages that deserve full and fair compensation. Our El Paso car accident attorneys will guide you through your case successfully.

After you have read more here about car accidents in El Paso, please do not hesitate to call Chavez Law Firm today to set up your free, initial consultation. These cases are complicated and you want to ensure that you have the right lawyer representing you.

How Car Accident Compensation Works in El Paso, TX

When you have been seriously injured in a car accident, there are a few things that you need to understand before you should call a lawyer about your case. You are seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Generally speaking, the more severe your injuries are, the more your compensation will be. Additionally, you can get economic and non-economic damages.

The economic damages are the ones that are easily calculated:

  • Past and future medical expenses
  • Past and future lost wages

You can typically look at medical receipts, pay wages, and lost hours in order to calculate to the penny how much money was lost.

The non-economic damages are harder to calculate and include:

  • Past and future pain and suffering

Pain and suffering is a damage that does not have a dollar amount attached to it. It needs to be determined. When determining the amount of non-economic damages you are owed, there are a lot of factors that come into play. If you are not able to do the things you used to do, you cannot return to the same line of work, or you have a decrease in your quality of life, then that is taken into consideration.

Once there is a dollar amount determined, there is one more factor that goes into how much you can collect. In Texas, we follow something called modified comparative negligence, which means the role you played in causing the accident will affect your compensation award. Texas does allow you to collect an award even if you are partially at fault. The way modified comparative negligence works is as follows:

  • If you are 0% at fault, your compensation is unaffected
  • If you are 1% – 50% at fault, you have a reduced compensation award
  • If you are more than 50% at fault, you will not be allowed to collect compensation

The fault that you have in the accident will be determined during insurance negotiations. For example, if someone was speeding a little bit while they were driving, but got hit by someone blowing a red light, they might be deemed 10% at fault. If someone with 10% fault was awarded $100,000 in damages, then it would have to be reduced to $90,000 to account for their role in the accident.

Avoid Case-Ruining Mistakes in Your Car Accident Claim

If you have sought out compensation from the liable party’s insurance company, you will likely be getting phone calls from them asking for a recorded statement from you. It is not in your best interest to give them one. When they get recorded statements from people, they are trained to ask questions in a way that could lead to that person giving an answer that could ruin their case. Anything you say, they can use against you.

To protect yourself from slipping up and saying something wrong, it is beneficial for you not to give them a recorded statement at all. You are in no way obligated to give them any kind of statement. Instead, you can have your El Paso car accident attorney take over all communication with the insurance company. They will be able to protect your right to full and fair compensation.

Texas Car Accident Statute of Limitations

These cases can be complicated and you do not have an unlimited amount of time. Texas allows two years from the date of your car accident to bring your claim. If you do not bring your claim within two years, you will be barred from receiving compensation.

There is a lot of time sensitive stuff in a car accident claim such as evidence at the scene of the crash, testimony from the witnesses before they forget, and avoiding making mistakes that you might not know about if you don’t have a lawyer yet. The sooner you hire an El Paso car accident attorney, the more successful your case will likely be.

Frequently Asked Car Accident Questions

How Should I Choose a Car Accident Attorney?

People often call our firm with questions about what to do when they have been involved in a car accident. What can be done under these types of situations? How does a client, under these circumstances, go about finding the right attorney for this type of case?

The most important thing that a client in these circumstances can do is make sure that they talk to a lawyer with a lot of trial experience in this specific area of law. Although it may seem straightforward, this area of the law requires a lot of experience. Building a strong case involves a number of factors, including getting the right type of experts and the right kind of medical treatment. You also want to be able to explain to a jury how the defendant violated the safety rules of the road.

It’s very important that a potential client or somebody in these circumstances look for a trial-experienced attorney. We at the Chavez Law Firm have this type of experience. We are trial-experienced lawyers, and we are here to answer any question you have about your case.

What Are Common Mistakes After a Car Crash?

A common mistake that people make when they get into a car crash is not immediately calling the police; another one is not going to seek medical treatment soon thereafter. Perhaps the worst mistake of all is talking to the insurance company adjuster before talking to an experienced trial-ready lawyer. Insurance companies are in the business of making money for themselves and for their shareholders. They’re not in the business of paying out compensation for those that have been injured.

We here at the Chavez Law Firm are experienced trial lawyers. We welcome your questions. We’re here to answer your questions. Please give us a call and we’ll help you in answering those questions as best we can.

How Do You Determine the Value of a Car Accident Claim?

Clients often ask us how they can determine the value of a car wreck case. One of the factors that goes into determining the value of a car crash case is how bad the defendant’s conduct was in causing the injury. For example, a driver being seriously inebriated obviously adds to what the case is worth. If you have a defendant driver who chooses to run a red light or tries to beat a yellow light, those are also factors that go into determining the value of a case. Other factors include medical expenses and how much a client has suffered emotionally and physically in terms of trauma as a result of their injuries.

If you have any questions about the value of your case or how to determine how much your car wreck case is worth, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We will answer your questions and are happy to do so.

What Do You Do for a Distracted Driving Crash?

A number one reason for car crashes in Texas and across our nation is distracted driving. You’ve probably seen it yourself – the driver beside you on the road is distracted because they’re texting or looking at something on their phone.

We at the Chavez Law Firm know how to look for that type of evidence. If you believe you were involved in a wreck in which a driver was distracted and caused serious injuries to you or your family, please give us a call; we’re happy to help and answer any questions you have in that regard.

How Do I File a Claim Against a Drunk Driver?

Sometimes, clients reach out to us because they or their loved ones have been hit by a drunk driver. Obviously, drunk driving is one of the most horrendous and serious types of crashes that can occur. We here at the Chavez Law Firm handle cases against drunk drivers and are experts in this area.

We know that these types of cases are serious, and we give them the attention and resources that they deserve – serious attention and resources. If you believe that you have been involved in an accident related to the influence of alcohol or drugs, please give us a call. We’re happy to answer any questions that you have in those types of situations, and we are happy to help as best we can.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement After a Car Accident?

After a car crash, it is never a good idea to give a statement to the insurance company’s adjuster. Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out compensation to other people who have been injured. They’re in the business of making money for themselves and for their shareholders. Additionally, it’s been our experience as a firm that insurance companies at times have doctored statements and transcripts that people have given them to win a case.

To avoid these scenarios, you need to talk to an attorney who is experienced in this area of the law to guide you through that process. We here at the Chavez Law Firm have the necessary trial experience, and we are ready, willing and able to answer all the questions that you have concerning your case. Please give us a call; we’re happy to help.

What is Lost Wage Reimbursement?

Oftentimes, clients involved in a car crash want to receive reimbursement for lost wages caused as a result of the injuries that they suffered. The first step in making sure that you have your lost wages fully and fairly compensated is hiring an attorney with trial experience in this area of the law. A firm such as ours with this type of experience knows what to do to move your case forward so that you get full and fair compensation from the insurance company of the negligent driver.

If you have questions about how to get fully compensated for your lost wages as a result of a negligent driver, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We will be happy to answer your questions.

What If the Other Driver Has No Insurance?

On occasion, the other driver in a car wreck does not have liability insurance. Under those circumstances, we ask the client to bring in all of their own insurance documentation and what we do is we look for uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage in Texas covers these sorts of situations.

Sometimes, the other lies about their insurance status or employment status. A driver on the clock during an accident may well be covered by employer insurance. That is something that we at the Chavez Law Firm know to look for. The other driver not having insurance isn’t the end of the story.

We are happy to answer any question that you might have about your case or about your situation. Please give us a call. We are happy to help you in that regard in any which way we can.

What Steps Do I Take After a Car Accident?

If you’re in a serious car crash here in El Paso, the first thing you should do – if you can and are able – is get as much information as you can from the other side, including insurance information and contact information. Also, make sure you get as much information from the police officers at the scene and witnesses as is possible. Additionally, you need to seek medical attention immediately so that we get a snapshot early on of what your injuries seem to be.

We here at the Chavez Law Firm are experienced trial lawyers in this area of the law, and we are here to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll be very happy to answer your questions and help you any which way we can in that regard.

What is the Timeline for a Car Accident Injury Case?

We often get this question from clients: How long is my car wreck/car crash case going to take to get resolved? There are a lot of factors that go into how long a case takes. First and foremost is how long medical treatment takes. If their treatment takes a year, then you have to factor in at least a year before we can, in earnest, start to push the case. We need to have a complete picture of where they are in terms of their health and their injuries and what their medical expenses are, so that is a big factor that goes into it.

Rest assured that at the Chavez Law Firm, we, will push your case as quickly and efficiently as possible, with the goal of maximizing the outcome. If you have any questions about your car crash/car wreck case, please give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions and help you any which way we can.

Who Pays My Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

Many clients are concerned about medical expenses and who is going to pay for those medical bills in the aftermath of an accident. The goal is always to make the insurance company of the negligent driver pay for those medical expenses. The first step in accomplishing that goal is hiring a trial team – lawyers with trial experience in this area of the law. We here at the Chavez Law Firm have that type of experience and, on a daily basis, help our clients go through the process needed to get full and fair compensation for medical expenses.

If you have questions in this regard, please give us a call. We’re very happy to help you.

Call Our El Paso, TX Car Accident Attorneys Today

You deserve to have strong, dedicated, and experienced representation for your case. Our El Paso, TX car accident lawyers are here to guide you every step of the way to get you the results you need. Please call Chavez Law firm today to set up your free, initial consultation.

Truck Accident Lawyers El Paso, TX

A truck accident can change your life, if you suffer serious injuries. If this has happened to you, you can get compensation for your injuries and damages from the liable party’s insurance company. Our El Paso truck accident attorneys at Chavez Law Firm are here to guide you through your case every step of the way to ensure that you are getting the most compensation possible.

Common Types of Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents are not going to be the same from case to case. No two accidents are identical, so you want to make sure that your lawyer has experience handling truck accidents and that they know what to look for. For example, there are many different kinds of injuries that can happen.

You may experience injuries like:

  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Concussion
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Internal organ damage
  • Head, neck, or back injury

No matter what type of injury you have, you need to take it very seriously and seek immediate medical attention. You do not want to attempt to brush off the injuries.

If you wait to see a doctor, the insurance company will look at your case and grow suspicious. They will try to say that they owe you less (or even no compensation) because you waited to see a doctor and were not actually injured as badly as you say you were. They may even suggest that you did not get the injuries from the accident with their insured.

How Truck Accident Compensation Works in El Paso

When you seek compensation for a truck accident, you are asking the liable party’s insurance company to compensate you for your damages. That includes compensation for:

  • Your past and future medical expenses
  • Your past and future lost wages
  • You pain and suffering

The medical expenses and lost wages are a calculable amount of money that is fairly easy to figure out, once you have an understanding of the extent of the injuries. Pain and suffering, however, is considered a non-economic damage, and is harder to put a number on.

Once there is a compensation award determined, the role you played in causing the accident has to be factored in, too. Every state has different laws that determine how much you can collect for the amount of fault you had in the accident. Texas is a modified comparative negligence state. That means:

  • You can collect a full award if you are 0% at fault;
  • You can collect a reduced award if you are 1% – 50% at fault;
  • Or, you cannot collect an award if you are more than 50% at fault.

If you were to be deemed 20% at fault for your truck accident and you were given a compensation award of $10,000, you would have that reduced to $8,000 to account for your role in causing the accident. Our El Paso truck accident attorneys will work hard to prevent your compensation award from being reduced.

Texas Truck Accident Statute of Limitations

When you are filing a lawsuit, you do not have an endless amount of time. You have to adhere to a strict timeline in which you are allowed to bring your case or have it settled in civil court. Texas law allows victims of truck accidents two years from the date of their truck accident to bring their claim.

If someone were to approach a lawyer about their truck accident claim with a week left in their statute of limitations, that lawyer probably would not be able to help you. These cases take some time to develop and build. They also involve some time-sensitive factors. If you wait almost two years to pursue a case, there may be no evidence left of the accident. Witnesses may have gone missing, the vehicles may have been fixed, and you may have made some big errors along the way.

The sooner you get to a lawyer about your case, the better. You want to give them as much time as possible to make sure that you are on track to have a successful case. You also want to be able to do everything right from the beginning, which a lawyer can help ensure.

Frequently Asked Truck Accident Questions

How Do I Choose a Truck Accident Attorney?

Chavez Law recently met with an entire family who came in after they had lost their loved ones as a result of a trucking crash incident. These are very, very difficult cases emotionally. The most important thing that a family or a person who was involved in this type of situation can do is to look for and hire a trial attorney with experience in these types of cases.

We at the Chavez Law Firm have extensive experience in these types of cases. We know what to look for and we know the experts that are required for prosecuting a case such as this. If you have any questions about the process or if you need guidance in navigating such a situation, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We will give you the attention that you deserve and answer all the questions that you have concerning such a serious matter.

What Are Some Common Mistakes After a Truck Accident?

Some of the most common mistakes that we see after a trucking accident or collision is clients not seeking immediate medical attention for whatever reason. Second of all – and this is probably the most important one – is that they do not seek the assistance of an experienced trial lawyer in this area of the law. It is important to have an experienced hand guiding such a complex process. An experienced attorney knows to hire the experts needed to do an immediate crash reconstruction of the scene and how to take photos and videos of the vehicles involved in the scene.

We at the Chavez Law Firm are experienced in this area of the law and we are ready, willing and able to answer any question you have in this regard.

How Do You Determine the Value of a Truck Accident Claim?

Oftentimes, the clients involved in trucking collision/trucking wreck cases ask how long these cases take. One of the factors that goes into how long these cases take is the amount of medical treatment that clients need. We at the Chavez Law Firm are experienced in guiding our clients through the maze of medical treatment that our clients need.

Another factor is one has to put together a persuasive case for the jury so that, if necessary, the jury can tell the negligent trucking company, or the insurance company that isn’t coming to the table with full and fair compensation for our clients, what is full and fair compensation. We hire the experts necessary for proving our case, in terms of medical experts and the crash reconstructionist, and we’re prepared for this from the very get-go.

If you have questions about your case, in terms of how to go through this process, please give us a call. We at the Chavez Law Firm have trial experience in these matters, and we’re happy to answer any and all of your questions.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement After a Truck Accident?

Oftentimes when we have clients who have been involved in a serious trucking incident, they tell us that the representative for the trucking company or the trucking company’s insurance company has been calling them wanting to take their statement. It is never a good idea to give a statement to the insurance adjuster or the trucking company’s representative without first talking to an experienced trial lawyer in this area of the law. The reason being is that insurance companies and trucking companies are not in the business of paying out claims to compensate those they have injured. They’re there to make money for themselves and for their shareholders.

We understand this at the Chavez Law Firm. We understand the politics, so to speak, in play, and we guide our clients through the process, from the beginning to the very end. If you have questions with regard to this process or whether or not you should give a statement to the insurance adjuster or the trucking company’s representative, first call us. We are more than happy to answer your questions and help you in this regard.

What If I Am Partially at Fault for a Truck Accident?

Sometimes we have clients who have come to us and we determine that they are partially at fault for a trucking collision. That’s not the end of the story. Just because a client is partially at fault for a trucking wreck doesn’t mean that the professional driver who drives for a commercial trucking company isn’t at fault, as well. They are the professionals. They have a higher responsibility for the safety of all of us on these roadways because of this.

It is something that the Chavez Law Firm always has in mind. We know what the responsibilities of these trucking companies are. There are lots of regulations and rules that address this issue, and we are familiar with all of them.

If you have a question about your situation, we are here to answer your questions.

What Steps Should I Take After a Truck Accident?

If you’re involved in a serious trucking wreck with an 18-wheeler or some other type of big truck, first and foremost, make sure you get immediate medical attention. Soon thereafter, it is important for you to find and hire an attorney who is experienced in these types of cases. We here at the Chavez Law Firm have experience in these types of cases. We know to hire the experts to go out and do the accident reconstruction. We know how to guide our clients through the maze of medical doctors so that they get the medical treatment that they need.

If you have questions about your case, please give us a call. We’re very happy to answer all your questions and help you as best we can in that regard.

What is the Timeline for a Truck Accident Injury Case?

When we have clients who have been involved in trucking wreck cases, they always ask how long the case will take. One of the factors that goes into how long it takes to resolve a trucking case such is medical treatment. We first have to, as a matter of practicality, wait for the clients to finish with treatment or get to a point where they’ve reached maximum medical improvement. Once they’ve reached that maximum medical improvement, we begin to more aggressively push the case forward.

Another thing that factors I is whether or not the trucking company is negotiating in good faith. If the trucking company and the insurance companies aren’t negotiating in good faith, it’s going to take longer. However, we at the Chavez Law Firm are prepared for this. From the very beginning of a trucking crash case, we immediately hire our experts to go out to the scene of the car wreck and survey the entire wreck to take pictures and videos of the scene and also of all the vehicles. We also guide our clients through the maze of medical doctors and medical treatment that they have to go through because these are usually such serious injuries.

If you have questions or concerns about your case involving an 18-wheeler or other big truck, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We have trial experience in these types of cases and we’re happy to answer any question you have in this regard.

Call Our El Paso, TX Truck Accident Attorneys Today

After your truck accident, it is important that you get in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer right away. Our El Paso truck accident attorneys can defend your right to full and fair compensation. If you would like to set up a free, initial consultation, please call Chavez Law Firm today.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys El Paso, TX

If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, the injuries you have sustained have likely negatively affected your life. You deserve to be fully compensated for your injuries and damages. Our El Paso motorcycle accident attorneys can stand up to the liable party’s insurance company to get you the compensation that you deserve. After you read about your motorcycle accident case, please call our office to set up your free, initial consultation.

How Compensation Works for a Motorcycle Accident in El Paso, TX

You can be compensated for a number of things. They include:

  • Past and future lost wages
  • Past and future medical bills
  • Pain and suffering

If you have had fairly significant injuries that required a lot of treatment and from which you may never fully recover, your case will be valued higher. Your compensation award is essentially based on how much this accident has affected your life. How you carry on with your daily life and what you are able to do has a big impact on how much compensation you can get.

When determining how much compensation you are getting, there may be insurance negotiations about your role in causing the accident. If you are found to be at fault for the accident, it will affect how much compensation you get.

Texas follows the rules of modified comparative negligence, which means that you can be compensation for your damages even if you have been deemed partially responsible for causing the accident.

Modified Comparative Negligence:

  • Injured parties with 0% fault collect a full compensation award
  • Injured parties with 1% – 50% fault collect a reduced compensation award
  • Injured parties with more than 50% fault cannot collect a compensation award

If you fall in the range of 1% – 50% fault, your award will be reduced to reflect your role in causing the accident. For example, if someone was speeding 5mph over the limit and went through a green light, then got hit by someone blowing that red light, they still might bear some responsibility. Let’s say that they were deemed 10% at fault and their compensation award was for $100,000. They would be able to collect $90,000 of that award when their percentage of fault was factored in.

Avoid Making a Case-Ruining Mistake

Shortly after your motorcycle accident, do not be surprised if you receive a lot of phone calls from the liable party’s insurance company trying to get ahold of you. They have a job to do, and that involves trying to reduce what they owe you. If they get you to give them a recorded statement, they may be able to reduce your claim.

If you say one wrong thing to them during a recorded statement, they will use that against you either to reduce your compensation or to throw out your case altogether. The way to avoid that happening to you, while also providing the insurance company with information, is to have your lawyer take over communication with them. A lawyer will make sure that the insurance company does not have the opportunity to ruin your case. You will be fully protected if you have your personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX take those calls and handle that statement for you.

Another mistake you can make in a motorcycle accident case is waiting too long to get in contact with an El Paso motorcycle accident lawyer. Texas has a two-year statute of limitations, which means you need to have filed your claim within that time limit in order to get compensation. If you are late for that deadline, you cannot receive compensation no matter how injured you are.

Even if you approach an El Paso motorcycle accident attorneys with a couple weeks left before your deadline, they may not be able to help you. The negative consequences of waiting to bring your claim include:

  • Your witnesses may have disappeared or forgotten important details
  • Your evidence may go missing
  • You may not have enough time to build a strong case

The sooner that you get to a lawyer about your case, the better off you will be.

Frequently Asked Motorcycle Accident Questions

How Do I Choose personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX?

Clients who have been in motorcycle accidents, incurred hundreds and thousands of dollars in medical expenses, and even been in a coma often contact us for advice on how to proceed with a case. The most important thing that a person can do when they’re in a situation like this is look for and find personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX with trial experience and experience in this area of the law.

Our team at the Chavez Law Firm has this type of experience. We know how to guide our clients through the maze of medical treatment that they need after suffering such serious injuries, and we know how sensitive you can feel after a traumatic incident. If you have questions for yourself or for your love ones who have been involved in a serious motorcycle crash due to the negligence of someone else, please give us a call. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have in this regard.

What Are Common Mistakes After a Motorcycle Accident?

Some of the most serious mistakes we see in the aftermath of serious motorcycle crashes are not seeking medical attention immediately. The other mistake that they make is talking to the insurance adjuster for the negligent driver or the negligent company without first talking to an experienced trial lawyer.

Insurance companies are not in the business of paying out claims to injured people; they’re in the business of making money for their shareholders and paying out as little as they can. Talking to an insurance adjuster before you find and hire an experienced trial lawyer in this area of the law could be detrimental to your case.

We here at the Chavez Law Firm are experienced trial personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX, and we have the skill to guide you through the process so that you get what you need and deserve. If you have questions about the process or anything related to either your or your loved one’s motorcycle crash, please give us a call. We’re more than happy and able to answer your questions.

How Do You Determine Fault in a Motorcycle Accident?

The way an experienced personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX determines fault in a motorcycle crash is by looking at everybody involved. We want to make sure we look at the fault of the other drivers involved in the motorcycle car crash. We need to determine to what degree they are at fault, and we also have to get a complete picture of how the motorcyclist and to what degree the motorcyclist may have been at fault. In this way, we can have a true, complete and full picture of what occurred.

We know, as experienced trial lawyers and as lawyers in this area of the law, what questions to ask, what experts to contact and retain to execute a crash reconstruction. If you have questions about this process, please give us a call. We are ready and willing to answer all your questions that you might have on behalf of yourself or on behalf of your loved ones.

How Do You Determine the Value of a Motorcycle Accident Claim?

One of the questions that I am often asked by my clients who have been injured in serious motorcycle crashes is how to determine the value of a case. One of the factors we look at is the seriousness of the negligent driver’s conduct. For example, if the driver was driving drunk, that is obviously a factor we look at. If the driver was not paying attention to where they were driving and crashed into the back of my client’s motorcycle and caused serious injuries, that is another factor that we look at.

We also factor in the medical expenses incurred as a result of the other driver’s negligence. The medical expenses are also helpful in determining any physical pain and suffering that my clients have suffered, and also what is the emotional trauma that my client has suffered as a result of the driver’s negligence.

These are all factors that the Chavez Law Firm addresses in preparing our evidence for trial. If you have any questions about this part of your serious motorcycle crash case, please give us a call. Here at the Chavez Law Firm, we are experienced in this area of the law and have the experienced trial lawyers you need to answer questions about your case.

What Are the Differences Between Motorcycle Accident Claims and Car Crash Claims?

Motorcycle crash cases are different from car crash cases for a couple of reasons. First and foremost is that the injuries in motorcycle crash cases are normally catastrophic and more often can include brain damage or paralysis. Motorcycle cases often involve a good deal of blaming the motorcyclist, even if he or she was not at fault.

We’re very sensitive to these types of issues, and at the Chavez Law Firm we know to ask the right questions. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have in this regard, either for yourself or for your loved ones. Please give us a call.

Should I Be Giving a Recorded Statement After a Motorcycle Accident?

One of the first questions we ask clients is if they have given a statement to the insurance adjuster or the representative for the driver. It is never a good idea to give a recorded statement to the insurance company’s adjuster or the driver’s representative’s adjuster. The reason is that their interest in taking a statement is not to get at the truth; it is to try to get their driver out of the mess that they’ve put themselves in by being a negligent driver. We know this at the Chavez Law Firm, and we know how to guide our clients through this process.

If you have, unfortunately, found yourself in this sort of situation, give us a call. We are more than happy to answer any and all questions you have in this regard.

Can There Be Injury Claims for Motorcycle Passengers?

Sometimes we have clients who have been injured because they were a passenger in a crash involving a motorcycle. In those circumstances, it is important to look for the insurance company who is covering not only the other vehicles involved in the crash with the motorcyclist, but you also look at the insurance company for the driver or the rider of the motorcycle.

We at the Chavez Law Firm know to do that, and we can guide you through the process. If you or a loved one who may have been injured as a passenger in a motorcycle crash, please give us a call.

What Do You Do for Motorcycle Accident with Minor Injuries?

Occasionally, we hear from clients who have been involved in motorcycle crashes where they believe that the injuries were minor. The first thing we need to determine is whether or not that’s actually the case. Oftentimes, people who have traumatic brain injuries don’t know it, and they don’t know that they have suffered a traumatic brain injury until sometimes even months later.

If you have any questions about whether or not you have suffered minor injuries in a motorcycle/car crash or if you have any doubt about that, please give the Chavez Law Firm a call. We will be more than happy and willing to answer any question you have in this regard.

What Are the Steps to Take After a Motorcycle Accident?

If you or one of your loved ones have been seriously injured in a motorcycle wreck or crash, one of the first things you need to do is seek medical attention immediately. Second of all, you need to find and hire personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX experienced in this area of the law with significant trial experience. The reason being is that this area of the law is unlike other car crash cases. For example, a motorcyclist is often severely injured and can have quadriplegia, paraplegia. They can be paralyzed; they can have brain injuries; they can have loss of their arms, legs, feet or hands.

We are sensitive to these types of injuries. We here at the Chavez Law Firm have the experience you need, and we are very willing and very able to answer any question you have in this regard. Please give us a call.

What is the Timeline for a Motorcycle Accident Injury Case?

Oftentimes, when clients have been seriously injured in motorcycle crashes, they ask how long it will take to resolve their case. First, it depends on how long and how much medical treatment clients are getting as a result of the serious injuries that they’ve suffered. The longer it takes for them to go through medical treatment, the longer it takes to resolve the case. Only once we have a clear picture of what their medical expenses are can we then determine what is full and fair compensation for their injuries.

The second thing that is a big factor is whether or not the insurance company for the negligent driver or the negligent trucking company is negotiating in good faith. The fact of the matter is that every case that goes to trial is because the insurance company or the trucking company or the corporation are not negotiating in good faith and are not willing to provide full and fair compensation for clients.

We at the Chavez Law Firm know that these are the two biggest factors, and we are prepared to deal with it. Our experience has been that when we prepare fully for a trial, our clients get the most compensation. If you have questions about your case in this regard, please give us a call. We are more than happy to answer your questions.

Call Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX Today

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, please do not hesitate to reach out to Chavez Law Firm. Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX are here to help you get the best results possible. You deserve to get compensation to cover your injuries and damages. Please call today and we will set up your free, initial consultation.

Wrongful Death Attorneys El Paso, TX

There is nothing quite as difficult as grieving the loss of someone you love, especially if you lost them in an accident that didn’t need to happen. First and foremost, we are sorry that you are mourning and we understand that this very hard for you and your family.

We commonly see surviving family members suddenly overwhelmed with medical bills, costs of a funeral, and lost income. Our El Paso wrongful death attorneys are here to help you deal with the legal aspect of a case like this, and we will work to get you the damages from this accident.

We understand that, during this mourning period, you may not want a legal case to be occupying your thoughts. This s why we handle the case for you so that you can focus on your family while we focus on recovering damages for you. If you have lost a loved one in a wrongful death case, please call our office right away to get a free initial consultation.

Types of El Paso, TX Wrongful Death Cases

When you say wrongful death, it is an umbrella term encompasses many different types of fatal accidents. What all these accidents have in common is that the fatality was due to negligence. These cases are typically handled in civil court. The most common types of wrongful death cases in El Paso, TX have included:

  • Car accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Drowning
  • Workplace injury
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Construction accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Medical malpractice

Our attorneys know how to handle these cases and have successfully done so in the past. Each accident has very particular details and requires a level of expertise. You want to ensure that the attorney you hire knows how to handle your case. Who you decide to hire to represent your wrongful death claim can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Make sure you are hiring someone who will represent you well.

How Texas Wrongful Death Compensation Works

Wrongful death cases can be fairly confusing when it comes to compensation. You can receive two forms of compensation. You can receive compensation for wrongful death damages and you can receive pain and suffering. The first type of compensation is meant to compensate the family for all of the expenses related to losing their loved one. You can recover the lost potential earning capacity of the lost loved one, any medical bills, and funeral costs. These wrongful death damages are easier to calculate because you can put these numbers into a calculator and come up with an answer.

The harder damages to determine are pain and suffering damages. These damages compensate the family for the suffering the victim experienced before passing on. The more pain and suffering they went through, the more damages you will receive. These damages don’t plug into a calculator because pain and suffering is abstract and you cannot easily put a number on something like that.

Length of Time You Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in El Paso

To ensure that you have the best possible chance of having a successful case, make sure that you are working with an attorney who knows what they’re doing. You are given only a short length of time when you want to pursue compensation. Civil court will hold you to your statute of limitations. In El Paso, you are permitted two years from the date of the accident or the death of your loved one. While two years may seem lengthy, we assure you that it goes by quickly, and we do not advise that you wait to find an attorney. If you miss the statute of limitations, you will no longer be eligible for compensation. These cases take some time to build, and you want to give your attorney as much time as possible.

Frequently Asked Wrongful Death Questions

How Should I Choose personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX?

Someone who is looking for representation in a case involving a wrongful death must first find and look for an attorney with trial experience in these types of cases. Wrongful death cases are tragic. They’re tragic, of course, because clients lose loved ones— the worst thing that can happen to anyone. An experienced personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX will know how to help navigate this type of situation with the sensitivity that is required under these circumstances.

If you have any questions about who to hire or you have questions about the process, please call personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX at the Chavez Law Firm.

What is the Cost to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Oftentimes when people come to our office asking about a wrongful death claim, they are concerned about whether they can afford a case. The experienced trial attorneys at Chavez Law take these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the attorney gets paid if and only if there is a recovery, either by going to trial or through forcing a settlement on the insurance company or the negligent corporation that caused the death.

If you have any questions about how to prosecute this type of case or if you have any questions about how these types of cases are paid for, give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm. We’ll be more than happy to answer your questions in this regard.

How Do You Determine the Value of a Wrongful Death Claim?

Clients who come to us because they have lost a loved one, such as a husband or a wife or a parent or a child, often wonder what full and fair compensation mean in their case. In instances in which a family has lost a loved one, the family is entitled to the lost income that that father or mother or spouse would have provided them.

Another thing that the law allows for, in terms of compensation, is damages for emotional pain and suffering. Other types of damages are the physical pain and suffering that that person went through as a result of dying. Other damages involve what the survivors— the family members— are entitled to. They’re entitled to full and fair compensation for the emotional trauma resulting from the loss of their loved one that was caused by a negligent corporation or person.

What is the Timeline for a Wrongful Death Case?

When I have clients who have lost a loved one – a spouse, a child, or a parent – due to a wrongful death incident, they often ask me how long a case will take. One of the factors, in fact the key factor, in a wrongful death case is whether or not the insurance company for the defendant who caused the wrongful death is negotiating in good faith. Let’s be absolutely clear – the only cases that go to trial are cases where the insurance company is unwilling to pay full and fair compensation for the horrible and tragic harms that they’ve caused clients. This is the greatest detriment to a quick resolution.

We at the Chavez Law Firm understand this, and we prepare from the very beginning for trial because we understand that the best way to get full and fair compensation for our clients is to be prepared from the get-go.

If you have questions because you are in this terrible situation, please give us a call at the Chavez Law Firm and we’ll be more than willing and able to answer your questions.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?

Oftentimes when I have people come into the offices of Chavez Law, they ask who can file a wrongful death claim in Texas. The answer is very simple – husbands and wives, parents who’ve lost their children, and children who have lost their parents can file wrongful death claims in Texas. Because of the importance of these claims, you have two years, generally, to file a wrongful death claim. The first and most important thing in determining whether or not you have a wrongful death claim for the negligence that somebody else caused is to find and hire an experienced trial attorney with experience in this area of the law.

If you have questions about your potential wrongful death claim, please give us a call. We are ready and willing to answer your questions.

What Should I Know About Wrongful Death Claims in Texas?

What is important to know about a wrongful death claim in Texas is that you have two years to file your claim for wrongful death. Wrongful death claims are different from other types of claims because the damages are so catastrophic. A person has lost a loved one – a husband, a wife, a child or a parent. It is very important that you find and hire an experienced trial attorney with experience in this area of the law.

If you have any questions about a wrongful death claim because you have lost a loved one, please call us. We are ready, willing and able to answer the questions that you have concerning your claim.

Contact Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX Today for a Free Consultation

Our attorneys know how difficult it is for you and your family to deal with this loss, and we want to assist you. We can take the burden of the wrongful death case off of your shoulders and do the work on your behalf. Our El Paso wrongful death attorneys know what they are doing and will ensure that each step they take is in your best interest. We will not back down, and we will fight to get you the results that you deserve. Please do not hesitate to call our office today to set up a free initial consultation to get to know more about the case process and how we can help you recover for the damages your family has suffered.

Construction Accident Attorneys El Paso, TX

If you have been involved in a construction accident, you are likely very seriously injured. These injuries can change your life, and you deserve to get compensation. Our El Paso construction accident attorneys can help you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries and damages.

After you have read a bit about your case here, please call Chavez Law Firm today to set up a free initial consultation to go over the details of your case and discuss what your legal options are.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

When someone is hurt in a construction accident, it can either be a worker or a bystander of the accident. These cases would both be considered construction accidents, but may be handled very differently. Additionally, the accidents that injure them can vary.

Common Worker Accidents:

  • Tripping or falling
  • Being hit by something falling
  • Electrocutions
  • Crushing accidents
  • Equipment malfunction
  • Heavy machinery or truck accidents
  • Insufficient or lack of proper safety equipment
  • Failing to follow state safety regulations

Common Bystander Accidents:

  • Getting hit by construction vehicles
  • Having an eardrum rupture from loud noises or explosions
  • Being exposed to hazardous or toxic materials
  • Getting hit by a falling object

The best thing to do after something like this happens is to call an El Paso construction accident attorney to get started on your case. They will be able to tell you what your next steps should be to get full compensation.

How to Get Compensation After a Construction Accident

Texas is unique in that it does not have a law requiring that employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. That means that if you are in an accident at a construction site, your employer may not have benefits available to you. They do not have to provide that for you.

If you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, you will be given benefits and coverage for your injuries and damages. However, there is a requirement that these injuries be completely work-related. That may even include work-related travel. In order to claim workers’ compensation insurance, your injuries need to be within the scope of the workplace.

Being covered by workers’ compensation insurance means that you will be covered for your damages and injuries. The things you can be covered for include:

  • Medical expenses that are associated with your workplace injury
  • Lost wages and/or lost earning capacity

If your injury caused you not to be able to return to the same work that you used to do, then that would affect your compensation.

There are instances in which you can bring your construction accident claim as a personal injury lawsuit. That would be if you were not covered by workers’ compensation or if a third party was the liable party in your accident. Then you will be able to seek compensation through that avenue.

Tips for a Successful El Paso Construction Accident Case

There are four essential things that need to happen when you are involved in a construction accident:

  1. Report your injuries to your employer or manager.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention.
  3. Your employer will report the injury to the insurance company.
  4. The insurance company will either settle your claim or deny it.

If you would like to receive workers’ compensation, you need to obey the regulations of the Department of Insurance. By law, you have to report your injury to your employer within 30 working days of the accident. This should be a notice that is in writing, as a verbal notice will not be enough.

You need to get to a medical professional right away. Your employer should be able to provide you with a list of healthcare professionals who are covered under their insurance for workers’ compensation. If this list is not provided for you, then you can choose who you see.

When your employer has been notified of your injuries, they have the duty to report it further down the line to their insurance company. By Texas law, they are required to notify the insurance company about your injuries within eight (8) days.

When the insurance company has been notified, they will evaluate your claim. You will receive a notice of contest from them about whether they will deny your claim or provide an admission of liability. If your claim gets denied, it may be because there was not enough information about your accident or that they do not believe your injuries were work-related.

Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions

How Do I Choose personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX?

When choosing personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX, it’s very important to find a trial lawyer with experience in this particular area of the law. When you are involved in a construction site incident or injury, there may be many different players who could be responsible, including general contractors and subcontractors. If you don’t choose the right lawyer with the right experience in these types of cases, it could be detrimental to your case.

If you have a question about a case involving injury or death at a construction site, whether as an employee or as a visitor to the construction site, we can answer your questions. Please give us a call. We stand ready to answer and give you the information that you need.

What Are the Common Mistakes After a Construction Accident Injury?

Common mistakes that people make in construction include not seeking medical attention immediately. Yet another mistake is not reporting the injury to everyone they can report to, and doing it in writing. Thirdly, many do not look for an attorney who has trial experience and experience in this area of the law. Finding an attorney with trial experience and experience in this area of law is crucial if you want full and fair compensation for injuries that occur on a construction site. An attorney with the right experience can guide you through the legal process and help you find the right medical providers for your case.

We at the Chavez Law Firm have this experience, and we stand ready, willing and able to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call, set up an appointment, and we’re happy to answer your questions.

How Do I Get Construction Accident Compensation?

Oftentimes, my clients who come to us because they have been injured in a construction site either as an employee or as a guest on the construction site ask what full and fair compensation for their case means. There are several different types of compensation that a person would be entitled to in this situation. One is lost income and benefits. Any and all time lost as a result of the injuries sustained on the construction site are potentially recoverable under the law.

The other types of compensation that clients may be entitled to are for pain and suffering, physical and emotional, or compensation for the loss of affection and companionship of a loved one killed in a construction site incident.

If you have questions about what types of compensation you or your loved ones would be entitled to for an incident occurring on a construction site, we stand ready to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll set up an appointment so that we can answer your questions. Please give us a call.

What Should I Know About a Construction Accident Injury Claims in Texas?

Construction site injuries are quite complex. One reason is that, in a construction site, you may have many different companies involved. You have one company for electricians, another company for plumbers, another company for cement, and so on. Due to these issues, the first thing clients need to do is look for and hire an attorney with experience in this area of the law who understands the complexities at hand.

If you have a question about who is responsible or how somebody is responsible for injuries caused in a construction site, we stand ready to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll be very happy to give you an appointment so you can talk over your case with us.

Should I Be Giving a Recorded Statement After a Construction Accident?

After an injury sustained at a construction site, either as an employee at the construction site or as a guest to the construction site, it is never a good idea to speak to the insurance representative or the company representative to give a statement. Insurance representatives aren’t there to get the full story. They’re there, very simply, to try to get you or whoever was injured on the construction site to give a version that absolves their client of responsibility for the injuries that they’ve caused.

We at the Chavez Law Firm are aware of this problem and are able to guide our clients through the process of not only figuring out what medical treatment they, but also how to get full and fair compensation for their injuries. If you have questions about this process, please give us a call. We stand ready, willing and able to answer your questions.

What is the Timeline for a Construction Accident Case?

Oftentimes, our clients who have been injured in a construction site incident ask how long it will take to resolve this case. There are two major factors that contribute to how long a case takes. One is the medical treatment that the injured person needs to get them back to where they were before their injuries. A long healing process obviously adds time to a case.

The other very important factor, if not the most important factor, is whether or not the insurance company involved in a construction case negotiates in good faith. In cases where the insurance or the company or the defendant company’s representative don’t negotiate in good faith, the cases go to trial because they are unwilling to provide full and fair compensation for the people who are injured.

At my law firm, we know this and we know how to prepare for this tactic from the very beginning. If you have a question, either because you yourself or one of your loved ones was injured or killed in a construction site, give us a call. We stand ready to answer all of your questions.

Call Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX Today

If you have been seriously injured during a construction accident, it is important that you have skilled and dedicated representation. Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX are here to help you get compensation in the fullest and fairest amount. Please call Chavez Law Firm today to get your free initial consultation.

Negligent Security Attorneys El Paso, TX

In El Paso, a large number of violent crimes happen regularly and often end up with the victims being seriously harmed. In instances in which you have been severely injured on someone else’s property, especially public property, you may be able to bring a negligent security claim against them. Public property owners have a duty to keep you, the visitor, safe; if they fail to do so, they could be held liable.

Property owners are responsible for several things. They need to ensure that their property is free of hazards that could cause accidents and incidents. They need to be well-informed about the criminal activity that is happening in their area, as well, and they need to take precautions to avoid incidents from happening on their property. If none of this is being done, they can be held liable for a negligent security case.

If you are seeking a negligent security case against a liable property owner, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our El Paso negligent security attorneys today to set up a free consultation.

Proof for a Successful Negligent Security Case

There are a few places in which a negligence security incident can take place. They include:

  • Shopping malls
  • Public stores
  • Hotels
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Strip malls
  • Parking lots

If you want to have a successful negligent security case, there are a few things that you need to be aware of. While you may be able to bring your injury case against the person who is personally responsible for harming you, it is often a more successful avenue to bring your claim against the owner of the property where you were harmed. With that approach, you go after negligent security damages rather than a civil case against one person who you may or may not be able to track down.

To successfully bring your negligent security case, you need to do four things:

  1. You need to prove that the property was owned by the liable party where you were seriously injured.
  2. You need to prove that there was knowledge that the conditions of the property left room for injuries and that no one took any prevention measures.
  3. You need to prove that the security at the property was insufficient.
  4. You need to prove that, because of all these factors, you were harmed.

El Paso, TX Negligent Security and Premises Liability

Negligent security is a term that can apply to a number of incidents. You may bring this type of case if you were harmed by someone taking advantage of a poorly lit parking lot to assault you, as an example. A negligent security case could also stem from harm caused to you during a robbery at store.

The crimes that are typically involved in a negligent security case include crimes such as:

  • Armed robbery
  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Mugging
  • Rape
  • Theft

The bottom line in a negligent security case is that, by definition, if the property owner acted in a different way, they could have prevented the injury from happening. Perhaps they could have hired a security guard to watch over the cameras to prevent a robbery. They may even have been able to prevent an assault if they had installed good lighting in a parking lot.

There are many other things that can also be done to secure a property such as installing locks, gates, or fencing, only giving keys to employees who are well-trusted, and installing cameras with guards watching the footage. All of these things could have made a great deal of difference in preventing incidents from occurring.

You need to understand a few things in order for your case to be successful:

  • The property owner you’re bringing your case against needs to have been aware that they were missing some crucial safety measures.
  • The property owner must then have always been aware that an injury like yours was a possibility and have done nothing to prevent it from happening.

The property owner will be held responsible for the injuries and damages that befell you due to their lack of security if you can prove those two things.

Frequently Asked Negligent Security Questions

What Do I Do About a Business Owner Denying Responsibility for an Injury?

Oftentimes in negligent premises security cases, the premises owners – whether it be a landlord of an apartment complex or the owner of a commercial mall or store – routinely deny liability. When they’re denying liability, they’re saying that didn’t know that there was a probability or a possibility of an incident occurring on their property. The law, however, says that if a premises owner knows of violent criminal activity or should know of violent criminal activity on their premises or around their premises, then they are responsible for any attack and any injuries caused as a result.

If you have questions about your case or the case of a loved one who has been injured due to negligent premises security, we stand ready, willing and able to answer your questions. Please give us a call.

How Do I Choose personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX?

When choosing a negligent security attorney or a premises security attorney, the most important thing to do is look for an experienced trial attorney with experience in this area of the law. You need an experienced trial attorney in this area of the law because these are hard-fought cases, and you need somebody who knows what to look for and knows what questions to ask.

If you have any questions in this regard, please give us a call. We’re more than happy to answer the questions you may have about your negligent security case or your premises security case.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement After a Negligent Security Injury?

It is never a good idea to speak to the insurance adjuster representative for the premises or to the premises representative. Chances are these representatives are asking you questions in a way that isn’t aimed at getting the entire truth. Their purpose is to try to get you to say something that absolves their client or their company from being responsible for the damages that they have caused.

An experienced personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX with experience in this area of the law knows this, and they will know how to guide a client through the entire legal process. If you have any questions about this issue or your negligent premises security case in general, please give us a call. We stand ready, willing and able to answer your questions.

Can I File a Hotel Assault Lawsuit?

When people are assaulted at a hotel or other commercial establishment, one of the first things they should do is call the police and write a report. The second thing they should do is get medical attention immediately. As part of the report to the police, also report it to the premises owners or whoever is in charge there at the time.

This area of the law is filled with potential traps for those who don’t know what they’re doing. If you have a questions about these potential traps or about the process of going through with your case, give us a call. We stand ready, willing and able to answer your questions about your case.

What Should I Know About Negligent Security Injury Claims in Texas?

People who come to me for negligent security claims or premises security claims come to me because either they themselves or a loved one has been assaulted on commercial premises. What people don’t know about these types of claims is that the law protects consumers, customers, tenants, etc. from foreseeable criminal activity on these premises. An experienced personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX will know to look for a history of prior criminal violent activity not just on the premises, but around the premises.

Other things that an experienced personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX with experience in this area of the law does is they look to see whether the premises is being kept up. For example, whether an apartment complex has adequate lighting or whether a mall has enough security.

If you have been injured or if a loved one has been injured or killed because of negligent premises security or inadequate premises security, give us a call. If you have any question about situations such as these, we are ready and willing to answer your questions.

What Happens If a Property Owner is Attempting to Transfer Liability?

Oftentimes, the defendant or the commercial property owner or the landlord attempts to shift blame onto the person who did the attack. That is a very, very common defense; under the law, however, a premises owner is responsible for the safety of its guests when there is a history of violent criminal activity, not just on the premises but also in the surrounding area.

An experienced trial personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX with experience in this area of the law knows this. If you are in search of such an attorney and need questions answered concerning your premises security case, please give us a call. We stand ready and able to answer your questions.

What is the Timeline for a Negligent Security Case?

Oftentimes clients who have been seriously injured due to negligent security or a premises security situation wonder how long it will take for this case to resolve. There are two major factors that come into play. One is what sort of medical treatment is required. A recent Chavez law case involved a client who was assaulted in a restaurant/bar.  The assault caused permanent vision loss. A serious injury like this that requires a good deal of treatment can affect how long the case will take.

Another factor is whether or not the insurance company representative for the premises or for the apartment complex will negotiate in good faith. The truth of the matter is this: When the defendant is unwilling to pay full and fair compensation, the case will go to trial, extending the length of the case.

If you have any questions about your negligent security case or your premises security case for yourself or for a loved one, we stand ready to answer your questions. All you have to do is give us a call.

Call Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX Today

If you have been seriously hurt in an incident due to negligent security, please do not hesitate to reach out to Chavez Law Firm right away. Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX can guide you through your negligent security case every step of the way.

Finding the right personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX to represent you is a very important aspect to having a successful claim. Choose someone who has proven success with this type of case. Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX are here to support your journey to receiving compensation in the fullest and fairest amount. We can take your case to trial if need be. Please call our office today to set up your free initial consultation.

Rideshare Accident Attorneys El Paso, TX

If you have been seriously injured in a rideshare accident, you may be feeling worried about your future. You deserve to see full and fair compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. Our El Paso rideshare accident attorneys can help guide you through your case to get you a successful outcome.

After you read about your rideshare accident, please do not hesitate to call Chavez Law Firm to get a free initial consultation. Rideshare accidents can seem complicated but we can answer any of your big questions.

Insurance Obstacles You May Face When Involved in a Ridesharing Accident

There are likely going to be obstacles when you ask the insurance company for compensation for your injuries and damages. Here are some key pieces of information to know when pursuing compensation after a rideshare accident:

  • Some insurance companies have loopholes that minimize their responsibility.
  • Uber and Lyft don’t have protection for their drivers because it’s a contract job.
  • Uber and Lyft are not required to give injured drivers workers’ compensation.

Other forms of transportation such as trains, taxis, and buses have very different insurance policies which protect you if you are severely injured in an accident. Uber and Lyft vary from that slightly. While they do offer some protections and coverage for their passengers, their drivers are not so well protected. Their policies include loopholes that can really make things tricky. They categorize their employees as contractors so that they are not required by law to protect them in the case of an accident. Also, because their drivers are contractors, they are not eligible for workers’ compensation, which makes it that much more challenging. If you have a trusted El Paso rideshare accident attorney on your side, they will be able to discuss all of your legal options as well as protect your best interests.

El Paso Uber and Lyft Accidents

One big selling point with an Uber or a Lyft is that you can opt to take one rather than getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. The convenience of having the app right in your pocket makes it a marketable tool. The idea of having this accessibility to a safe way home was intended to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents on the road.

Unfortunately, a study done in 2016 showed that companies such as Lyft and Uber have not affected the number of traffic accidents ending in fatalities on the road. In fact, each year, the number of fatal traffic accidents seems to increase.

What you may not know about these rideshare companies is that, unlike bus and taxi drivers, the drivers who work for rideshare do not have to go through special training to get their job. The only requirement is that they have their own car, their own insurance, and a valid driver’s license. That means that your driver is about as likely to get in an accident as any other person on the road.

Avoid Ruining Your Rideshare Case

Like in any personal injury case, there is one sure way to jeopardize your chance of receiving full compensation— giving the insurance company a recorded statement. Shortly after the accident, you will likely be receiving a call from the liable party’s insurance company asking you to give them a recorded statement. You should understand that there is no legal obligation for you to give them a recorded statement. They will tell you that your case will resolve quicker, but that is not always in your best interest. If they get you to slip up during your interview, they will have that on record and can use it against you to reduce the amount of compensation that they owe you— something you certainly want to avoid. If you get an attorney on your case right away, they can protect you from this happening and take over all communication to protect your rights.

Frequently Asked Rideshare Accident Questions

How Should I Choose personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX?

When choosing an attorney for your case involving a rideshare crash, it is very important that you hire an attorney who has trial experience and experience in this area of the law. Without an experienced trial attorney or an attorney with experience in this area of the law, you risk not getting fully and fairly compensated for the injuries that you or your loved one have suffered as a result of somebody else’s negligence. An experienced trial attorney in this area of the law can guide you, in terms of the medical treatment that you or your loved one needs, and also guide you through the legal process of getting full and fair compensation.

If you have questions about your rideshare case, please give us a call. We’re ready and willing to answer your questions in this regard.

What Are the Common Mistakes After a Ridesharing Accident?

Common mistakes that people make after being involved in a rideshare collision or crash is, one, not seeking immediate medical attention. The other one is talking to the insurance adjuster or representative of the rideshare company, or, if it was another driver that was involved in the collision with the rideshare company, talking to their insurance adjuster. The reason this is a mistake is that these insurance adjusters or representatives aren’t asking fair questions, and they’re not there to get at the truth. Rather, they’re there to try to get their own party – either the rideshare company or the other negligent driver – off the hook so that they’re not held accountable for the injuries that they’ve caused.

It’s very important that the very next thing you do is hire an experienced trial attorney with experience in this area of the law. If you have questions about this type of incident and what you should do or what one of your loved ones should do, give us a call. We’re more than happy and ready and willing to answer your questions about your case in this area of the law.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement After a Ridesharing Accident?

If you are seriously injured in a rideshare wreck or crash, it is never a good idea to talk to the insurance company adjuster and give a statement before talking to an experienced trial attorney with experience in this area of the law. Insurance adjusters and rideshare agents are not in the business of getting to the truth, as they may say. They’re in the business of trying to absolve their own company or their insurance company from responsibility for paying full and fair compensation for the injuries that you have suffered.

Before speaking to the insurance company, find and hire an experienced trial lawyer with experience in this type of situation and this type of case. If you have any questions in this regard, give us a call. We are ready and willing to answer any question that you may have in this type of situation.

How Can I Recover Lost Wages After a Ridesharing Accident?

Oftentimes my clients who are injured in cases involving rideshare or the negligence of other drivers while they’re in a rideshare situation ask me whether or not they can recover lost wages due to lost time from work. The answer is yes. You can recover lost wages or lost income due to losing time from work.

For example, if you used sick leave for the time you were off work, you are entitled to compensation for all the time you took, even if your employer provides that sick leave for the time that you were out of work due to your injuries.

If you have any questions about whether you are entitled to damages for lost income as a result of being involved in a rideshare incident, give us a call. We’re more than willing and able to answer any question you might have in this regard.

What Steps Should I Take After a Ridesharing Accident?

If you have been involved in a ridesharing accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical treatment immediately. Next, you should look for and find an experienced attorney who has trial experience and has experience in this area of the law. A skilled attorney, like the ones at Chavez Law, can guide you through the maze of medical treatment you need and deserve, and also guide you through the maze that is this legal field.

If you have any questions and if you or a loved one have been injured in a rideshare collision or incident, please give us a call.

What is the Timeline for a Ridesharing Accident Injury Case?

Sometimes clients who have been injured in rideshare crashes or incidents ask me how long a case will take. It depends on a couple of factors. One is how long it will take for the client to go through the medical treatment. Obviously, the longer the medical treatment goes on, the longer it takes to resolve the case. The reason for this is very simple – we have to wait until the treatment is done so that we have a full and complete picture as to what the injuries are, what the medical expenses are and what the prospects for returning to normal life are.

The other thing that takes a long time or is a factor in determining how long these cases take is whether or not the rideshare company, or maybe the other negligent driver’s insurance company, are negotiating in good faith. The truth of the matter is the only cases that go to trial are cases in which the insurance company or the rideshare company representative aren’t negotiating in good faith.

If you have any questions about your rideshare case or your loved one’s rideshare case, please give us a call. We’re ready to answer your questions.

Call Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX Today

If you have suffered injuries in a rideshare accident, you deserve full and fair compensation. Our personal injury attorneys in El Paso, TX are here to guide you every step of the way to get you the results you deserve. Call Chavez Law Firm to set up your free initial consultation.