Every year, a significant number of residents are injured in different types of accidents caused by the negligence of someone else. In many instances, these accidents result in serious and even permanent injuries. An alarming number of Midland accidents result in fatal injuries, tragic and even horrific occurrences that take the lives of people who truly are innocent victims. Our Midland-Odessa personal injury attorneys reviewed some common causes of harm across the state and found the following.
The most commonplace types of injury causing accidents in Midland-Odessa, and throughout the Lone Star State, include:
Slip and fall accidents represent some of the most commonplace types of accidents in Midland, across Texas, and throughout the United States. In the U.S., well over 1 million suffer serious injuries in slip and fall cases caused by the negligence of someone else. These injuries include broken bones, including hip fractures. Falls account for the largest number of traumatic brain injuries in Midland, in Texas, and elsewhere in the United States.
Automobile accident injuries are a major issue every year. Indeed, automobile accidents caused by the negligence of someone else represents a major source of injuries in Texas annually. In 2018, the last year a full set of data is available, 15,000 serious automobile accident injuries occurred in Texas, most as the result of a negligence or careless driver, as reported by the Texas Department of Transportation. In addition, over 3,600 lost their lives in fatal Texas car accidents.
Common causes of car accidents include:
Common types of non-fatal Midland-Odessa car accident injuries include:
Construction site accidents represent another type of commonplace injury-causing occurrences in Midland-Odessa and across the state of Texas. The most frequently occurring construction site accidents in the Midland-Odessa area include:
Falls consistently are ranked as the most frequently occurring types of construction site accidents year after year. Construction site accidents associated with falls include:
As is the case with other types of falls, the most frequent type of resulting injury from a construction site fall is traumatic brain injury.
Explosions come in many forms in the Midland-Odessa area, including at industrial sites but also in the very heart of the community, in otherwise peaceful neighborhoods. For example, in recent months, a gas pipeline crossing through a Midland residential neighborhood suffered a major failure, resulting in a major explosion that caused multiple injuries, including area residents that were admitted to hospital burn units. The reality is that gas pipelines crisscross the city of Midland and the county to a greater extent than is found nearly anywhere.
In addition, every year people in the area are injured in explosions and other accidents at industrial sites. These include devastating incidents at chemical and petroleum processing facilities.
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:
You need to take a proactive stance when it comes to retaining the professional services of an experienced Midland-Odessa injury attorney. In the state of Texas, there is a law called the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations establishes a specific deadline by which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In Texas, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the accident.
If you fail to meet this deadline, you likely will be precluded permanently from seeking justice in your case. This underscores the need to be proactive in retaining legal representation after you’ve suffered injuries because of the negligence of someone else.
Possible compensation in your case depends upon the facts and circumstances that surround the accident itself. In addition, the nature and extent of injuries, damages, and losses dictate the extent of compensation that may be available in your case. No matter the specifics, an Odessa injury attorney from our firm will fight tenaciously and tirelessly for justice in your case.
Examples of the types of injuries, damages, and losses for which our firm seeks compensation include:
Our firm fights not only for compensation for your existing losses, but also for those you reasonably can be expected to face into the future. For example, following an accident, you may require ongoing medical care and treatment into the future. Physical therapy is an example. You may endure chronic pain indefinitely. You may not be able to return to work any time soon. All of these situations represent the types of ongoing losses for which we fight for compensation for you.
In some cases, you may be entitled to what are known as punitive or exemplary damages. Punitive damages represent additional compensation awarded in some personal injury lawsuits when the conduct of the party that caused the accident is considered particularly reckless or egregious. A Doan Law Firm personal injury attorney can explain all aspects of possible compensation to you during an initial appointment.
Many Midland-Odessa 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:
If you’ve been harmed as a result of the negligence of someone else, the best course to protect your vital legal interests and to obtain justice in your case is to retain the services of a tireless, experienced injury lawyer in Houston or Midland-Odessa, like a member of the legal at The Doan Law Firm.
We’ve established an injury hotline (432) 653-0000 for people involved in accidents of different types. We staff the hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year, including on all major holidays.
We can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a lawyer any time convenient for you. Our offices are located conveniently at:
4500 West Illinois
Midland, Texas 79703
We can schedule an appointment at your home, at the hospital, or even online as your needs require. There is no charge for an initial consultation. In addition, we make a promise to you. We never charge an attorney feel unless we win for you.
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