Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in McAllen, TX
A serious injury often bisects a life, turning it into a “before” and “after” situation. Some people will recover from such an accident and go on to a “new normal,” while others may never obtain the quality of life they once enjoyed before another person’s recklessness or negligence changed them forever. After such an ordeal, ordinary people – especially those recovering from serious injuries – do not have the experience necessary for dealing with insurance companies. Claims adjusters and insurers main interest is paying victims as little as possible. A skilled personal injury lawyer in McAllen, Texas fights hard for you, so that you may receive the compensation you deserve. While most cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial for our clients.
Types of Personal Injuries
Motor vehicle accidents account for the majority of personal injury cases, but they are far from the only causes of such serious issues. Other frequent causes of personal injuries include:
- Construction site accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective products
- Dog and other animal attacks
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Slip and fall accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Work-related accidents
Some injuries, known as catastrophic injuries, are so severe that the victim will never recover and will never work again. Such injuries often involve brain or spinal cord trauma. Even people who recover from a serious injury may require months of hospitalization, rehabilitation and medical treatment, and the inability to work for a long period. During this time, they may require the need of a professional caregiver or spend time in a rehabilitation facility or nursing home. The bills keep coming, and the injured person could lose his or her home to foreclosure or face eviction if the rent is not paid. Your attorney works to see that the person or entity responsible for this situation makes amends.
Personal Injury Compensation and Damages
Under Texas law, personal injury victims may receive compensation – or damages – for medical and other expenses. Economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages and prospective future wages
- Property damage, such as reimbursement for a wrecked motor vehicle
There are also non-economic damages, which include pain and suffering, mental anguish and “loss of consortium.” The latter term refers to injuries or death of a spouse in the accident. In cases of drunken driving or extreme negligence, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages are literally meant to “punish” the person or entity found liable. They serve as a warning that bad behavior has consequences.
McAllen Landmarks and Places of Interest
The largest city in Hildago County, McAllen’s best-known landmarks includes the Quinta Mazatlan, an urban sanctuary sharing environmental knowledge, and the McAllen Convention Center. Yearly events and celebrations include Border Fest, Citrus Fest, and the Annual Texas Square Dance Jamboree.
The city is named for John McAllen, and at the time of its formation, in 1905, had the train depot closest to the Hidalgo County seat. In 1927, the municipality adopted a home-rule charter. By 1954, the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge was the second highest port of entry into Mexico. Today, it is still in the top three ports of entry into Mexico from the U.S.
Local Resources in McAllen
Emergency workers may transport victims of accidents occurring in McAllen to McAllen Medical Center, the area’s designated Advanced Level III Trauma Center, or to the emergency room at Rio Grande Regional Hospital. The city’s Emergency Management Department and police department can provide you with accident report information.
To prove your case, you will need as much information as possible in the form of medical reports, police records, and eyewitness contact information. Your attorney investigates every aspect of the case for the client and works hard to provide the best outcome possible.
If You’ve Been Injured, Contact Us
If you or a loved on has suffered a serious injury, contact the Dashner Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and advise you of your options going forward. Under the Texas statute of limitation, personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the date of the incident.