Getting injured is, unfortunately, often unavoidable. This seems to especially ring true in today’s modern world where everyone is trying to get everything done as quickly as possible. As a result, people can get injured in a multitude of ways. More often than not, however, a person is injured due to the negligence of another. When this happens, wrongfully injured victims have legal rights and options; you also have qualified professionals that can fight for them on their behalf.
The experienced Houston accident attorneys at Tilton & Tilton have decades worth of experience between them. Since opening our doors, our legal team has worked tirelessly for every client that has walked through them. We have all seen firsthand the havoc a serious personal injury can wreak on an individual and his or her family — relationships can become strained, childcare is often an issue and the injured person is likely losing wages due to not being able to work. Whatever the situation, we will fight vigorously on your behalf in order to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Are the Most Common Types of Negligence Cases?
Negligence is defined as the action (or inaction) of another party that results in a person’s harm. Texas law describes negligence as a “careless mistake or error” that can take many forms and manifest in many different circumstances and contexts.
Some of the most common examples of negligence claims include the following:
- Premises Liability– If a property owner fails to make the premises he or she owns reasonably safe for customers and/or guests — resulting in a person getting injured — then the owner can be held liable. For example, if a patron goes to the supermarket and slips on an unmarked wet floor, then they have the right to file a premises liability claim against the owner of the supermarket. Dog bites and other animal attacks also fall under the banner of premises liability.
- Defective Products– A person can file a personal injury claim if a product they were using causes injury to him or her (and any others nearby, if applicable). A product can be considered defective due to faulty labeling, defective design or manufacture, or having other unlisted dangers to the user. If it is determined that the product which caused the injury was indeed defective, then the manufacturer can be held liable.
- Workplace Accidents– In most circumstances, workers injured on the job are entitled to file a workers’ comp claim if the injury was due to negligent business practices. Some of the most commonly reported workplace injuries sustained while working include exposure to chemicals, back injuries and brain trauma.
- Medical Malpractice– When medical professionals deviate from the accepted standards of medical care, health care and/or safety — resulting in great harm being done to the patient — this is considered a severe form of negligence called medical malpractice. Common cases involving medical malpractice include failure to diagnose a serious illness (cancer, for example), misdiagnosis (especially a misdiagnosis which leads to a significantly shortened lifespan of the patient) and surgical mistakes.
What Happens in the Event of Wrongful Death Due to Negligence?
In the most unfortunate of circumstances, a person who otherwise had cause to file a personal injury lawsuit is killed in the initial incident. Generally, it is the surviving family members who file wrongful death suits against another individual and/or company for the wrongful death of a loved one. The family has the right to file a wrongful death suit in many different scenarios. A few common examples of wrongful death claims include:
- As mentioned above, if a doctor failed to diagnose a serious illness (such as cancer or a heart condition) — or was otherwise careless while providing care to the patient — then that patient has the right to file a personal injury claim against the doctor. If the patient dies before that information comes to light, the family can choose to pursue a wrongful death claim saying that their loved one died due to the negligence of the doctor.
- In another all-too-common example, if a person has suffered wrongful death while behind the wheel (or as a passenger) due to another driver’s negligence, then the family can seek restitution by filing a wrongful death case against the responsible driver.
Losing a loved one in a case of wrongful death is one of the worst situations a person can go through. Our professional Houston accident attorneys understand how difficult this situation is and can be there for you every step of the way during your wrongful injury suit.
Injured? Have Questions? Our Houston Law Firm Can Help
No matter the cause, being injured is a stressful time in a person’s life. Life continues around you, even if you may not be able to continue along with it at the same pace (or at all). The injured person likely feels overwhelmed with life stressors including bills, the stress of trying to figure out how to pay those bills and trying to find consistent help with childcare. If this sounds similar to the situation you find yourself in, then please contact our office to schedule your free consultation.
Our Houston accident attorneys are passionate about helping wrongfully injured victims and their families receive the justice they deserve. For many years, they have been successfully winning cases for their fellow Texans — any one of them know the inner workings and complexities of both state and federal personal injury law. They know what it takes to win personal injury cases. Call now to see how we can help.