Let a Houston personal injury lawyer help you get compensation
Our attorneys will personally handle your claim and protect your rights
If you’ve been injured in Houston because of someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys can aggressively advocate for your best interests and fight to get you the maximum recovery for your damages. Smith & Hassler has over 30 years of experience getting results for clients in Houston and can help you get the compensation you need and deserve.
At Smith & Hassler, our dedicated legal team understands what you’re going through and realizes you might feel overwhelmed, confused, and frustrated when you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault. That’s why when you let our attorneys handle your case, we make it our top priority to gain your trust by being open, honest, accessible, and attentive to your needs.
You shouldn’t expect anything less from the law firm handling your claim, which is why we take so much pride in the reputation we’ve built in Houston and throughout Texas as trusted and powerful advocates for those who have been seriously injured due to negligence.
How to file a personal injury claim
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you deserve compensation. When dealing with the insurance company, there are certain steps that must be followed to get the best possible outcome.
- Contacting an attorney
An experienced lawyer can review the details of your case and go over your legal options. You can also get answers to any questions you have.
- Investigating your accident
Your attorney’s legal team gathers evidence, carefully reviews documentation and interviews witnesses. This helps them get the facts needed to build a strong case.
- Determining your damages
In general, you can seek compensation for medical expenses related to your injuries and lost wages if you couldn’t work. You may also be able to seek compensation for other damages, such as pain and suffering.
- Negotiating a settlement
A lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company to reach a settlement that meets your needs. Most personal injury claims are resolved this way.
- Filing a lawsuit, if needed
If you can’t reach agreement with the insurance company, you can take them to court. Insurance companies will sometimes reopen negotiations to avoid a trial.
What qualifies as a personal injury?
Personal injury law is also called tort law. If you’ve been injured or your property has been damaged due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness, recklessness, or intentional actions, you have the right to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.
To have a successful personal injury claim, you must establish that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, that duty of care was breached due to the at-fault party’s negligence, and as a direct result of that negligence, you sustained injury or suffered harm.
Claims involving dog bites or slip and fall accidents, which are a form of premises liability, are among the most common types of personal injury cases.
Do I really need a personal injury attorney?
If you or a loved one’s been injured due to the negligence, you should strongly consider talking to an attorney to discuss your legal options. Common scenarios that might require the help of a lawyer include:
- Someone’s negligence caused you to sustain a serious injury.
- You sustained a debilitating or permanent injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault.
- You need help investigating your accident and proving fault.
- You’re not sure what you’re entitled to recover in compensation for your damages.
- You need someone to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
- You’re not sure if the insurance company’s settlement offer is fair.
- The insurance company is challenging or has denied your claim.
- You want to pursue a lawsuit to recover damages from the at-fault party.
- Your loved one died due to negligence and you want to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.
Another reason to hire an attorney is if you came in contact with a toxic substance and developed a serious illness or condition, such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
How much is the average personal injury settlement?
The total amount of compensation you’re entitled to recover through a negotiated cash settlement or court award depends on the specific details of your case, such as the severity of your injuries and the total cost of all your damages. In general, you may be eligible to recover compensation for:
- Property Damage
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Loss of Earning Capacity
- Replacement Services
- Pain and Suffering
- Wrongful Death (for immediate family members of those killed due to negligence)
Every claim is different, which is why it’s tough to give an exact dollar amount. Your case may involve medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, a boating accident, a hunting accident or something completely different – and each of those claims can have a significantly higher or lower value than the other. It really all depends.
To get an idea of what your case might be worth, call Smith & Hassler right away. Our Houston legal team can review the details of your case and explain what you might qualify for in compensation. If you’re looking for more information, you can also view our personal injury FAQ page.
Fight back with a personal injury attorney in Houston
When you or a loved one’s been injured in an accident, trying to take on the insurance company alone can be a lot to ask – and if you’re not careful, you could end up receiving minimal compensation and lose out on the compensation you’re entitled to. The last thing you need after everything you’ve been through is to pay out of pocket for someone else’s irresponsible actions.
Put the power of an experienced and respected law firm to work for you. Our personal injury attorneys are a force to be reckoned with and will work diligently to bring a successful resolution to your case. Whether it’s through a negotiated cash settlement or by way of a jury award, we will fight to get you maximum compensation.
Best of all, we represent injury victims on a contingency fee basis. That means there are no upfront costs and you do not pay unless we win. Find out what our experienced Houston attorneys can do for you. Contact us today for a free consultation.
"I recently had a personal injury case and I needed an Attorney. I hired Brian Stansell of Smith & Hassler. I was VERY pleased with the outcome. The entire staff was responsive to all my phone calls, text, and emails. I will most definitely use them again, if needed. The staff was professional, caring, and respectful." - Scott