Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
As the capital of Texas, Austin holds a spot of particular importance in the state. It’s a city that takes great pride and at one point was ranked as Forbes’ No. 1 city of the future. Austinites enjoy cosmopolitan surroundings with an economy versed in art, culture, education, business, technology and manufacturing. Visitors flock here every day to enjoy the serenity of Lake Travis, Lady Bird Lake and Mount Bonnell, and to see the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art and the many other attractions of this ultramodern city.
Of course, with so many visitors and so many attractions, it’s inevitable that accidents will happen. When you get hurt in an accident caused by someone else, you have rights under the law. Collecting compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, however, requires help from a qualified and experienced Austin personal injury lawyer like The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC.
Your Dedicated Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
For years, The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC, has been a top firm in Austin. We are capable of handling almost any kind of personal injury case, including:
- Vehicle accidents (car, motorcycle, semi-truck)
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Premises liability (slip and fall)
- Product liability
- Workplace injury
- And many others
Getting hurt because someone else was acting irresponsibly can turn your whole life upside down. You’re not alone, and you deserve someone in your corner to fight for justice for you. That’s where we come in. We are your dedicated top Austin personal injury lawyer.
Fighting for You in the Toughest Times
When you’re hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s irresponsibility or recklessness, it turns your entire life upside down. Suddenly, you’re not able to work to earn a living. Your doctor bills keep piling up, as do your utilities, and your mortgage is due. You’re having a hard time maintaining relationships with your loved ones because you’re depressed, scared and angry. Nothing works as it should, and you just want to get better again.
That’s where we come in. We’ve seen it before, and we know how tough it is. You have rights, and you’re not alone. The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC, is here to fight for justice for you. We’ll work hard to get you full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. You just focus on getting well. Let us take on the stress of the fight for compensation.
A Wide Range of Compensation
When you’re hurt in an accident, there are many types of damages you may be eligible to collect compensation for. The specifics depend on your individual case, but a few of the types of damages you may have the right to compensation for include:
- Medical bills (doctor’s visits, procedures, medication, transportation)
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Lost wages and compensation
- Loss of comfort
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Punitive damages
- And more
The best way to find out what your case is worth is with a 100% free, no-obligation consultation with our attorneys. Give us a call at 713-529-3900 or use our online form today.
Negligence: The Heart of Personal Injury
The key to every personal injury case is determining who is responsible or at fault for the accident. In legal terms, this concept is known as negligence. Negligence revolves around the idea that we all have a basic duty of care toward one another. What this means is that we’re expected to act in a reasonable, responsible manner so that we don’t place others at undue risk.
If someone goes against this duty of care, acting in a way that no reasonable person would, they have violated what is known as “the reasonable person standard.” We need to be able to demonstrate three factors in order to prove negligence and get compensation for you:
- First, that the defendant violated their duty of care toward you and acted in a grossly irresponsible way that violates the reasonable person standard.
- Second, that the defendant’s reckless or even deliberate actions directly or indirectly led to the accident in question.
- Third, and finally, that you got hurt as a direct result of the accident.
Why You Need an Austin Injury Attorney
The above may seem straightforward, but when the insurance company and its lawyers get involved, it can get very complex, very quickly. This is because Texas uses a concept called modified comparative negligence. This means that whatever degree of responsibility you have will reduce your settlement by that much.
Let’s say it’s determined that your slip and fall case is worth $100,000. However, it’s also determined that you were careless when you fell, and that the responsibility is about 10% yours. In this case, you’ll only get $90,000 of the $100,000. Worse, if it is determined that you were more than 50% responsible, you won’t get anything at all.
The insurance company and its attorneys will go to great lengths to prove that you’re at fault for the accident or that you weren’t that badly hurt, or use any other method they can to get out of paying. It’s vital to have someone in your corner who knows how to stand up to them, how to fight back and how to remind everyone just who got hurt and who did the hurting.
What Will an Attorney Cost?
The good news is that a personal injury attorney in Austin won’t cost you a thing unless you actually get compensated. There’s no fee at all for the initial consultation, and even after we take your case, we won’t charge you a penny if we don’t win compensation. There’s no risk in hiring an attorney to take on your case, but not having one could end up being costly.
Do I Have to Go to Court?
For the most part, you probably won’t have to go to court. The majority of accident cases get settled outside of court through back-and-forth negotiations. It can be a long process and require a lot of patience, but court cases can take longer and are always more expensive. Worse, a court case is all or nothing, so it’s rarely in anyone’s best interest.
Sometimes, however, our negotiations fail and we hit an impasse. When that happens, we may have to go to court. Even if we do go to court, however, we’ll continue to fight for you. We are fierce litigators, and we certainly know how to handle a courtroom. We’ll work tirelessly to get you the maximum settlement possible.
Getting Started With Your Austin Injury Lawyer
Getting started is super easy and fast. All you need to do is reach out and give us a call at 713-529-3900. It’s really that simple. You don’t even have to get up off the couch. We’ll give you a completely free, no-obligation consultation about your case. We’ll get to know you and what happened, and we’ll value your case to see how much we think you’re entitled to collect.
After that, if we take on your case, we’ll cover all the hard parts: standing up to the bullies at the insurance company, reminding everyone that your rights are on the line and working to get you justice. You’re not alone, and you deserve help. Just call The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC, today or use our online contact form.