When to Contact an Odessa Injury Lawyer
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Odessa’s booming economy has led to almost “full employment” for most of 2018. In response to this economy, thousands of workers and their families have relocated to the Odessa/Ector County area. Sadly, this population growth has also led to an increase in the number of accidents and accidental injuries. On this page, the Odessa accident injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm will review some of the more common types of accidents to be encountered in the Odessa area.
In the Odessa / West Texas area, accidental injuries will fall into one of two categories: “industrial” or “non-industrial” accidents.
Industrial accidents are best defined as any accident that 1) involves and employee, contractor, or supervisor of a commercial business that 2) occurs on-the-job or close to a work site. In the Odessa area, most people will associate industrial accidents with operations such as oil and gas production or commercial trucking. However, “industry” also includes retail sales operations such as grocery and department stores, service industries, and even state and local government. Perhaps the best definition of an industrial accident is: “If the injured party is eligible to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits, it’s an industrial accident.”
Most accidental injuries in the Odessa area occur away from places of employment and are usually unrelated to the victim’s job.
Examples of non-industrial accidents include:
”Slip, trip, and fall” accidents
These are probably the most common types of injuries leading to a personal injury lawsuit. If it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by the negligence of the property owner at the site of the accident, a personal injury lawsuit may be filed by the accident victim.
Personal (non-commercial) transportation accidents
Having a reliable source of personal transportation is essential to full participation in modern society. As the number of personal (and commercial) vehicles on our streets and highways increases, so does the possibility of an accident. Regardless of the types of vehicles involved, and the circumstances of the accident itself, any personal transportation accident resulting in an injury should be discussed with a personal injury lawyer before a settlement offer is even considered.
Participation in organized sports
To appreciate the importance of amateur athletics to the West Texas social scene, try to find someone who isn’t planning on attending a high school football game on any given Friday night each Fall. Although attending a football game, and to a lesser extent basketball and baseball, is considered a social duty in some locations, unnecessary injuries frequently complicate such contests. If it can be shown that excessive force was a component of an injury, or that a piece of protective gear was defective, these factors may be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
Also, it is common for all participants in organized or sponsored athletics be required to sign a “waiver” or “release” before they are allowed to participate in such activities. While such documents do offer the sponsoring organization some protection against liability in the even a participant is injured, waivers are rarely “ironclad” and should never be accepted as prohibiting a personal injury lawsuit.
Unforeseeable changes in weather conditions
West Texas weather is, to put it politely, “unpredictable.” This is particularly true during the summer and fall moths that are the peak of the outdoor recreation seasons. Although weather conditions cannot be predicted, much less controlled, changes in weather are often one of the main contributors to an accident and should be routinely addressed in all accident investigations.
Texas personal injury lawsuits are complex matters
Many Odessa-area residents live with the unfounded belief that filing a personal injury lawsuit in Texas involves nothing more than signing a few pages of paperwork and then sitting back to wait for the settlement offer. This cannot be further from the truth, but it is exactly what the big insurance companies and their big business policyholders want you to believe! As long as you have this simplistic view, it will be all that they will need to maneuver you into a position that will reduce the amount of money that they will eventually have to pay in order to settle your injury claim!
Regardless of the type or the extent of an injury, a properly-prepared personal injury lawsuit should always involve:
- a complete review of all documentation produced by the initial accident investigation, including any documents produced by the potential defendant’s insurance carrier
- a basic accident reconstruction to confirm the circumstances of the accident or, if the reconstruction does not confirm the initial impressions, a complete accident reconstruction
- interviews with, and sworn statements from, witnesses
- negotiations with other insurance carriers
Injured in West Texas? Contact the Odessa personal injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm
As mentioned above, many people have found the Odessa area to be “the best of both worlds”: a town with almost full employment and an area with almost unlimited recreational opportunities.
In many accidents there are factors that may not have been considered in the hours immediately following an accidental injury. In fact, critical accident factors may even evade detection unless the accident is thoroughly investigated by an experienced personal injury law firm. In the Odessa area, one such law practice is The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide firm with offices in major cities across the country.
If you or a family member live in the Odessa area and have suffered an accidental injury, we urge you not to settle your injury claim until you have contacted our Odessa personal injury lawyer to arrange a free, no obligation, review of your personal injury case.
When you contact the Odessa personal injury lawyer at The Doan Law Firm, your first consultation with our firm is always free and never obligates you to hire us as your legal counsel Should you later decide that we should represent you in court, we are willing to assume full responsibility for all aspects of preparing your personal injury lawsuit for trial in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of the final settlement that we will win for you.
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