Serious personal injuries can alter a victim’s life in ways that are almost unimaginable. Physical disability, mental suffering, and anxiety are all common consequences of major accidents.
The financial impact can be even more devastating – emergency room bills, hospital bills, ongoing medical treatment, rehabilitation, loss of income, loss of work capacity. The potential impact on a victim’s way of life is staggering.
Perhaps the most tragic part of so many major injuries is that they were caused by negligence and could have been prevented if the responsible party had taken proper actions. At Guajardo & Marks, we’ve seen the fallout from almost all forms of catastrophic personal injury cases, and we know the struggle victims face. More importantly, we know how to fight for our clients to make sure they receive just compensation for their injuries.
Michael Guajardo turned my life around. I was involved in a truck wreck and I had initially hired a lawyer who turned out to be someone who I didn’t trust. Michael took over my case and he got me more money than my first lawyer said my case was worth! I have already recommended Michael to other friends. – R.G. HOUSTON, TX
Many victims feel so overwhelmed by the hardships they’ve sustained that they simply don’t want to suffer through a fight to receive the compensation that they rightfully deserve. For that reason, too many people choose to settle for an amount that will never be adequate enough to cover their losses.
The personal injury attorneys at Guajardo & Marks take up this fight on your behalf so that you can be sure you’re getting the best possible result for your case. Put the job in the hands of proven attorneys at Guajardo & Marks. We will give you a free consultation and evaluate your case to tell you what you can expect if you choose to move forward. Contact Us Today
Common Personal Injury Questions & Answers
We are often approached with some basic personal injury questions, which we’d like to address here. Every case is different, but there are a few general answers that we can offer you. Please see our Personal Injury FAQ to learn more.
How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action or Hire an Attorney? In general, the answer is the sooner the better. In major car accidents, for example, a case can be won or lost in the days immediately following the wreck. Time is of the essence, especially if the responsible party has their own legal representation.
Understanding Catastrophic Injuries in Dallas
While all personal injury claims are important, there are some that will have a much greater impact on the life of the claimant. In this, we are referring to accidents that result in catastrophic injuries. With cases that involve catastrophic injury, there is much more on the line for the client and the attorney will need to employ an even higher level of dedication to the preparation and representation of the case.
How Should I Deal With the Insurance Companies? In reality, you shouldn’t. You have just suffered a traumatic event and you need an experienced representative. The most important thing to know is that you should never sign insurance forms immediately following an accident. Doing so can limit your ability to get the compensation you deserve. Insurance companies have a formula to determine how much they are going to offer you based on the circumstances of your accident. That number is almost always too low to cover your losses. After all, an insurance company is a business, and they’re trying to save as much money as possible.
How Long Will It Take To Get Results? Every case has its own timeline and it really does depend on your particular set of circumstances. Cases involving serious injuries (like broken bones, severely injured neck or back, injuries requiring surgery) can take months to reach a conclusion. Stay away from attorneys who offer you a quick result, especially without knowing the details of your case. If your injuries are severe, then your case will take a little more time and effort, but thoroughness will often result in larger recoveries.
Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer? Insurance companies approach victims when they’re at their most vulnerable and usually try to elicit information that will be harmful to their potential case. If you have sustained a major injury, then you need to make sure your legal rights are protected as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney can not only advise you of your legal rights, but they can step in to protect you from insurance companies. Most importantly, those who have representation fare much better in receiving compensation than those who choose to go it alone.
Personal Injury Statistics in Dallas County
These numbers come from the Injury Prevention Center:
In 2012 alone, the citizens of Dallas County lost an estimated $3.16 billion due to injuries, through either medical costs or lost productivity.
Injury is the leading cause of death for residents age 1-54.
The top 4 leading mechanisms of death for injuries in Dallas County are firearms (25%), poisoning (20%), vehicle accidents (13%) and falls (13%).
Over half of these fatalities (58%) were unintentional.
Types of Dallas Personal Injury Cases
Injuries are caused by a variety of accidents. Here are just a few of the most common:
Life-altering injuries come in many forms. In some cases, a victim’s quality of life can be permanently affected. Our clients have suffered many different types of injury. This list represents some of the cases we’ve worked on:
Dallas has many major roads and a large population. That combination leads to the high occurrence of major vehicle accidents.
These heavily trafficked roadways play host to many traffic collisions: I-35E / Stemmons Freeway; Lyndon B Johnson Freeway/ I-635; US 75; E R L Thornton Freeway / IH 30 / US 67; Woodall Rodgers Freeway / SS 366; SH 183; and Dallas North Tollway.
In 2014, a person was killed every 2 hours and 29 minutes and injured every 2 minutes and 13 seconds in the state of Texas.
According to AllState’s Best Driver’s Report, Dallas drivers are 36% more likely to be involved in a traffic accident than drivers in the rest of the country.
Common reasons for these vehicle collisions in Dallas include reckless driving (like speeding, improper lane shifts, etc.), distracted driving, drunk driving or mechanical failures.
In 2014, there were 33,061 vehicle crashes involving commercial motor vehicles (large and heavy trucks, buses, etc.) in Texas. 3,180 of those crashes were in Dallas County.
In those 33,061 CMV crashes, there were a total of 588 fatalities (26 in Dallas County) and 1,522 incapacitating injuries (98 in Dallas County).
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I injured my neck and back and the insurance company gave me the run around. Michael worked hard and fought hard for my case, and he got me a settlement that was very reasonable. I highly recommend Michael and his law firm, Guajardo & Marks, LLP to anyone in the Dallas area who has been injured in a car accident. – BECKY G.
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