Dobbs & Porter, PLLC provides high-quality legal representation in personal injury actions throughout East Texas. We have a Personal Injury Trial Law Specialist on site, certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Certification requires experience, demonstrable achievement and specialized education. As a client seeking legal counsel, you should be aware that less than 10 percent of attorneys practicing personal injury law can call themselves specialists. With members of the firm belonging to that select group means you can expect the highest level of legal professionalism from the beginning of your case to its successful conclusion.
People generally have a duty to obey the rules that protect us all. When they breach that duty by acting carelessly or failing to take a required action, they are responsible for the harm they cause and must compensate the victim. If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident, for example, you have a right to compensation from the negligent driver who hit you. But how do you pursue compensation?
Most personal injury cases begin with an insurance claim against the policy of the person who is at fault. If the insurance company refuses, as they so often do, to offer a reasonable settlement, the claimant can file a lawsuit, most often in state court. This is done by filing a complaint against the defendant that explains how the injury event occurred, why you deserve compensation and how much compensation is appropriate.
Legally, you can negotiate with the insurance company and file the lawsuit yourself without an attorney’s help, but this is generally not a good idea while you are focusing on recovering from your injury. Because of your inexperience, you’re also likely to make mistakes that hurt your case while you’re going up against knowledgeable professionals who are determined to deny you the compensation you deserve.
Studies show that clients who are professionally represented recover much more than those who attempt to represent themselves, even after deducting the attorney fees. We can take this weight off your shoulders from the outset so you can have peace of mind while our lawyers work to recover the maximum damage award possible under the facts of your case.
In addition to motor vehicle accident claims, we capably manage cases related to:
In all the injury cases we undertake, our firm strives to recover the full measure of compensation our clients deserve for their medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other compensable losses.
The worst cases are those that result in catastrophic injury or death. Catastrophic injuries, such as traumatic brain injury, paralysis, loss of a limb or blindness, change the victims’ lives irrevocably. Wrongful death cases arise from fatal accidents, leaving families shattered. Dobbs & Porter, PLLC advocates for victims’ families with sensitivity and professionalism. These types of cases cry out for justice, but insurance companies defend them rabidly, so it’s difficult to obtain a truly just outcome. You should only trust such a case to a certified personal injury specialist.
Texas law requires you to bring your personal injury claim within two years of the injury, or you lose your right to sue forever. Rare situations can extend the statutory period, but you cannot rely on that. You should also act quickly so your attorney can start to build a case before evidence is lost and witnesses’ memories fade.
Finally, Texas operates under a modified comparative fault rule that reduces victims’ compensation if they share any blame for the accident. A victim who is more than 50 percent at fault cannot recover any damages from a defendant. Since insurance companies try to use this rule to reduce damage awards and settlements, you must retain an experienced attorney who knows how to protect you from allegations of comparative negligence.
From our office in Tyler, we represent clients in personal injury, auto wreck and other types of injury litigation. With a certified specialist in Personal Injury Trial Law on-site, we are prepared to deliver the highly professional representation your case requires. Call Dobbs & Porter, PLLC at 903-600-HURT(4878) or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.