Dallas Personal Injury Attorney
Dallas is a city with a great deal of diversity in its population and economy, which includes major sectors in information technology, finance, telecommunications, transportation and defense. It’s home to no fewer than 10 Fortune 500 companies and to many historic and cultural sites that draw millions of visitors every year. These include the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park and, of course, the Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewings from the “Dallas” TV series.
People here get hurt just like anywhere else, and when you suffer an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you have rights. Learn how the Dallas personal injury attorney at The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC, can give you the best shot at significant compensation for the harm you’ve suffered at the hands of another.
Helping You in Your Darkest Times
Getting hurt because someone else acted recklessly or even deliberately tried to injure you is a real betrayal. The injuries themselves can be debilitating and devastating, and that doesn’t even account for the emotional toll that the accident takes on you. You might be suffering from mood swings, depression or even PTSD. You could be unable to work and looking at piles of bills that you’ve got no way to pay. You’re angry, you’re desperate and you’re terrified about the future. All you want is to get your life back.
We’ve seen many people go through just what you’re facing, and we’re here to help. Let us stand up to the bullies at the insurance companies. Let us fight for your rights and for justice for you. We’ll work every step of the way to advocate for you to give you the best shot at maximum compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
Facing the Insurance Company
When you get hurt, you’ll probably hear from the insurance adjuster for the person who hurt you within a few days. Insurance adjusters will initially come across as compassionate and caring about what you’ve faced. Then, they will tender you an offer that may cover just a fraction of the harm you’ve suffered. If you turn it down, their compassion might go away quickly. They may cajole you, try to strong-arm you or even threaten and bully you.
The first thing to know is that you don’t have to even talk to those people. You are always within your rights to direct them to your Dallas injury lawyer at The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC. Let us deal with them. We’ve got years of experience standing up to the bullies at insurance companies, and we’re ready to fight for justice for you. It all starts with a free consultation, so just give us a call.
Types of Injuries
We’ve seen just about every type of injury over the years, including:
- Slip and fall
- Car, truck, motorcycle and other vehicle accidents
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injury
- Work accidents
- And more
If you’ve suffered these or any other injuries that were someone else’s fault, call us for a free consultation today.
The heart of negligence is the idea that someone owed you a basic duty of care, which means they were expected to behave in a responsible and reasonable way that didn’t put you at undue risk of harm. Proving a failure of that duty of care is the first part of negligence.
The second part of negligence is demonstrating that the defendant’s unreasonable, reckless or malicious actions led to the accident. This can be direct or indirect, but the idea is that if they had acted properly, no accident would’ve happened.
Finally, we must show that you got hurt as a direct result of the accident.
What makes this complicated, and why you need a personal injury lawyer in Dallas, is that Texas uses the concept of modified contributory negligence. What this means is if you’re responsible in any way, your settlement can be reduced. So, if your case is found to be worth $100,000 and you’re 15% responsible, you’ll only get $85,000. Worse, if you’re more than 50% responsible, you won’t get anything at all. Having a lawyer in your corner gives you the best shot at minimum responsibility and maximum compensation.
What Kinds of Compensation Can I Get?
There are many kinds of compensation to which you may be entitled. We’ll need to sit down with you and discuss the specifics of your case. You may be entitled to a range of damages, including, but not limited to:
- Medical bills, past and future
- Lost wages and potential future earnings potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of comfort and relationships
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral costs (if you lose a loved one to injury)
- Punitive damages (in the worst cases)
- And more
Before we can value your case, we’ll need to hear about what happened to you. It’s vital that we sit down and discuss the events surrounding your accident and how it happened so we can properly value the damages. There’s no cost at all to discuss your case with us. Just give us a call and we’ll start right away.
Will I Need to Go to Court?
The truth is that the vast majority of personal injury cases in Dallas and elsewhere get settled outside of court. The reason for this is that going to court is time-consuming, expensive, adversarial and generally not in anyone’s best interests. It tends to be an “all or nothing” affair. It’s much better to negotiate back and forth until we come to a reasonable settlement that satisfies everyone.
The process begins when we value your case and draft a demand letter, which we send to the insurance company. They then respond with a counter letter outlining what they see as the problems with our demand. This counteroffer is usually very low. We then respond, giving a little, and they come back a bit higher. We go back and forth in this manner until everyone agrees on a final settlement. This can take some time, so we always ask for patience, but we’ll keep you informed of what’s going on every step of the way, and you’ll have all the input you want.
Sometimes, though rarely, we do hit a wall with negotiations. When this happens, court may be necessary. If we do have to go to court, you can rest assured that we’ll fight every step of the way to get you the maximum value for your case.
Why a Dallas Personal Injury Attorney Matters
When you file a personal injury claim, you’re not just dealing with the person who hurt you. You’re facing their insurance company and the powerful attorneys they have in their employ. Without someone in your corner who has experience going up against these insurance companies, you’re at a disadvantage. The insurance companies know the law and the loopholes that can paint you as responsible rather than the defendant.
Having the right, experienced Dallas injury lawyer in your corner makes all the difference. In addition, at The Law Office of Philip M. Gommels, PLLC, we work on contingency. That means there’s no cost for your consultation, and if we don’t get compensation for you, you won’t owe us a dime. There’s no risk, but you have everything to lose if you don’t get representation.