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Plano Personal Injury Lawyer

Boasting a rich history of success, the Plano personal injury lawyers at The Patel Firm are unwavering advocates for injury victims in the vibrant city of Plano, Texas. Our compassionate, resilient team of legal professionals stands with you during these testing periods. Our paramount mission is guiding you towards justice and recovery.

If you have been injured by the negligence of someone else, it leaves you in the challenging position of being physically injured and watching your medical bills pile up while your earnings dwindle – and you are forced to cope with the pain and suffering that you’re dealing with. It is a lot, but the surest path forward toward recovery is with an experienced Plano personal injury lawyer in your corner.

Personal Injury Law

The Patel Firm Personal Injury LawyerPersonal injury law is a broad category of the law that addresses those losses (called damages) that are caused by someone else’s negligence. This someone else has to be someone who owed you a duty of care. For example, if you climbed over a 10-foot-high padlocked fence to stroll on someone else’s property, that person might not owe you any duty of care (or at least not much). Generally, however, commercial property owners owe their guests, customers, clients, and other invitees a duty of care – the same way that motorists owe one another a duty of care – and we will explore this concept further.

Duty of Care Owed

The legal duty of care mentioned amounts to a responsibility that we owe one another. In a nutshell, this duty of care involves engaging in a degree of care that is in keeping with the level of care that others would afford in a similar situation. As such, if you slip (and subsequently fall) on a spill that had just happened in a restaurant, the property owner or manager responsible may not have neglected his or her duty of care – due to the fact that he or she may not have even known about the spill and – regardless – did not have time to effectively address the matter. It is a very different story, however, if all the following apply:

  • the dangerous spill in question had been on the floor for some time
  • the property owner knew about it
  • The property owner simply ignored the inherent danger

This is an example in which other reasonable restaurant owners would very likely have cleaned up the spill in a reasonable amount of time, and the duty of care owed was thus breached.

The Elements of a Personal Injury Claim

In order to bring a successful personal injury claim, the following critical elements must be present:

  • The at-fault party – whose insurance company you file your claim with – owed you a duty of care.
  • The at-fault party neglected that duty of care in some way.
  • In doing so, the at-fault party caused you to be injured.
  • You suffered legal damages as a result of your injuries.

Consider an Example

Perhaps the easiest way to understand how personal injury claims work is by providing a straightforward example, and since the duty of care that motorists owe one another is obvious and fairly well understood, a car accident is a prime example. While there are many forms of driver negligence that can lead to dangerous accidents, a common cause is driver distraction. Consider how the elements of a personal injury claim play out in the following example involving a distracted driver who causes a car accident:

  • A driver who is distracted by texting plows into the rear of a forward vehicle at a stop light. This driver failed to live up to the duty of care he owed the forward driver.
  • The rear-end accident caused the forward driver to break her wrist, and this break represents the injury suffered.
  • The forward driver experienced steep medical bills, lost hours and earnings on the job, and significant pain and suffering that left her emotionally rattled. These effects represent the legal damages the forward driver experienced, which will be addressed in her car accident claim.

The Covered Damages

If you are injured by someone else’s negligence, there are several important categories of damages for which you can seek compensation.

Property Damage

If, for example, the accident in question is a traffic accident of some kind, you can seek compensation for property damage to your vehicle

Medical Costs

The medical expenses that often attend personal injury claims can be exceptionally high. The fact is that serious injuries do not necessarily heal and that is the end of that. They can lead to the need for ongoing medical treatment and care and to secondary health concerns that can be very serious in their own right. Some of the medical costs that are commonly associated with personal injury claims include:

  • Emergency care at the scene of the accident
  • Emergency transportation from the scene of the accident
  • Surgical care and follow-up care
  • Hospital stays
  • Medical treatment, care, tests, and procedures
  • Care from doctors, specialists, and other medical professionals
  • Pain management
  • Prescription medications
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Adaptive physical devices and adaptations to home, office, and/or vehicle
  • Home health care
  • Assistance with the activities of daily living (for those who suffer certain catastrophic injuries)

Lost Earnings

While you recover from your physical injuries, you can expect to be off the job and to experience a decrease in the income you bring home. This is difficult enough, but if your ability to earn into the future is affected, the financial consequences can be devastating. If your ability to do your job is compromised or is completely destroyed, it can have as serious emotional consequences as it does financial consequences. Many of us derive important emotional strength from our careers, and having this dashed by someone else’s negligence can have a profound effect on one’s future.

Pain and Suffering

The physical and emotional pain and suffering associated with being injured by someone else’s negligence in a frightening accident can be difficult to overstate. The physical pain can be physically debilitating, and the psychic pain can haunt its victims. The emotional consequences that are commonly associated with personal injury claims include the following:

  • Increased anxiety and/or anxiety attacks
  • Terrifying accident flashbacks
  • Sleep disturbances that can include insomnia, nightmares, and/or night terrors
  • Depressive episodes and feeling of hopelessness
  • A tendency to self-isolate and to distance oneself from loved ones
  • Severe mood swings
  • Increased irritability
  • Emotional lability
  • Difficulty moving forward in life

It is critical that your personal injury claim adequately address every facet of your damage in order to help ensure that you receive just compensation that allows you to pursue the help you need to reach your fullest recovery.

The Position of the Insurance Company

You will file your personal injury claim with the insurance provider of the at-fault party, and while this is fairly straightforward on the surface, the fact is that it may be anything but. While the insurance company is paid to cover your related damages, it is – first and foremost – a for-profit business that, like other businesses, is very invested in keeping its profits high (and its settlements as low as possible). In its efforts toward this end, the insurance company has wide-ranging techniques at its disposal.

Early Settlement Offer

You have been injured by another party’s negligence, and you are about as vulnerable as you can be. You’re healing from physical injuries – not to mention the emotional pain and suffering you’ve endured – while also contending with seemingly never-ending medical bills and the financial consequences of lost earnings. When the insurance company gets back to you swiftly with an early settlement offer within this context, you may be very tempted to accept (out of financial desperation if nothing else). The insurance company is well aware of the effect its early settlement offer is likely to have on you, and is hoping you buy in. The fact is that, if the accident and your attendant injuries are serious, calculating the extent of your damage is likely to be a complicated process, and accepting a settlement offer before you’ve accomplished this task will leave you with no legal recourse down the road when you encounter additional expenses and further damages. The most important point to keep in mind is that it is always in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer who is familiar with your claim before signing off on a settlement offer.

Claim Denial

If the insurance company gets right back to you with a claim denial, you may feel like – who am I to disagree – and this is exactly the effect the insurance company is going for. Claimants often buy into the insurance company’s overall attitude that it has the final say in these matters and that what it says goes. While this notion gets a lot of play, it is far from the truth of the matter. Ultimately, the law will decide if your claim is viable and what your legal damages are. If the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith, your personal injury lawyer will likely advise you to move forward with a lawsuit – allowing the court to make the final determination.

Shifting Blame

If the insurance company’s response is to attempt to shift blame off its policyholder and toward you, it may help to know that this is a common insurance tactic. In your vulnerable state, the insurance company may have no trouble convincing you that you are responsible for the accident that left you injured, but it’s important for cooler heads to prevail. Your dedicated personal injury lawyer will not move forward with your claim if he or she does not believe it’s viable, which means that fault (beyond your lawyer’s estimation on the matter) is not something you need to concern yourself with.

Prolonging the Claims Process

Personal injury law claims are complicated, and you can expect yours to be lengthy. This does not. However, give the insurance company carte blanche to artificially complicate and prolong the process, which is generally an attempt to smoke out claimants who are losing hope to begin with. There are strict rules and restrictions in place to help stop these less-than-honest practices, and your personal injury lawyer will fight for your rights throughout the process – and will be sure to highlight any industry restrictions the insurance company breaks in its efforts to break you.

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The Patel Firm PLLC is a Texas personal injury law firm with it’s principal office in Corpus Christi. The firm is dedicated to providing first-class representation for injury victims & their loved ones.

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Our Areas of Practice

In Plano TX, the Patel Firm is a distinguished legal institution renowned for its adept handling of personal injury cases, providing support to local citizens and guests alike in procuring just compensation under Texas law. With their considerable expertise and resources, they regularly offer legal representation to clients involved in a variety of wrongful harm scenarios resulting from the negligence of others.

Car Accidents Car Accidents

Like any bustling city, Plano is no stranger to devastating car accidents. These events, while seemingly common, are far from ordinary for the victims who often endure severe, life-changing injuries. The Patel Firm recognizes the considerable physical, emotional, and financial impact these incidents have on our clients. We are committed to holding the responsible parties accountable and ensuring our clients receive the necessary compensation to aid their recovery. Read More

Slip & Fall Accidents Slip & Fall Accidents

In Plano, something as seemingly simple as a fall can result in severe injuries, particularly among individuals over 65. These slip-and-fall incidents, though commonplace, are a serious matter. Property owners bear a legal duty to ensure the safety of their visitors. Our team at The Patel Firm is dedicated to holding property owners accountable when their negligence results in harm. Read More

Motorcycle Accidents Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists in Plano, despite acknowledging the inherent risk of open-air riding, should not be subject to careless road users. The Patel Firm advocates for motorcyclists' rights to safe roadway usage, emphasizing their entitlement to a full lane and expected courtesy from other motorists. We strive to secure compensation when reckless behavior towards motorcyclists results in accidents. Read More

18-Wheeler Accidents 18-Wheeler Accidents

Accidents involving 18-wheelers can inflict considerable harm and present complex legal challenges distinct from standard car accidents. The Patel Firm specializes in navigating these complexities, identifying liable parties amidst the wreckage and legal intricacies, and seeking deserved compensation for victims of truck accidents in Plano. Read More

Wrongful Death Wrongful Death

Experiencing a loss through accidental injury is an unimaginable tragedy no family should endure. However, in such dire circumstances, Texas law permits the pursuit of wrongful death suits. While The Patel Firm never wishes to encounter grieving families, our firm offers unwavering commitment in seeking justice and compensation for their loved ones during such challenging times. Read More

An Experienced Plano Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you’ve been harmed by someone else’s negligence, the practiced Plano personal injury lawyers at The Patel Firm are fully committed to skillfully advocating for your rights and for your rightful compensation. We’re here to help, so please don’t hesitate to contact us online or call our office today at 361-400-2036.

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