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Houston Personal Injury Attorneys

Fighting for the Rights of Accident Victims in Houston

When you suffer injuries in an accident, your whole life changes.

Suddenly, you may be unable to work. You may be saddled with enormous medical bills and may require ongoing treatment. Your injuries may also prevent you from fully enjoying your life in the ways you did before.

If this describes your situation, you are not alone, and you likely have legal options if the accident was not your fault.

At Potts Law Firm, we are committed to helping you get your life back on track. That starts with holding the parties responsible for your injuries accountable and getting you the compensation that you need to cover your losses.

Our Houston personal injury lawyers have recovered over $1 billion for our clients. We understand the pain and uncertainty you are experiencing and will leverage the full extent of our resources to pursue the best possible outcome.

You pay our firm nothing unless we win, so schedule a free initial consultation with our personal injury lawyers in Houston by calling (713) 348-9638 or contacting us online. Same-day appointments are available, and we offer our services in English and Spanish.

What Are the Elements of a Personal Injury Claim?

Most personal injury claims allege another party’s negligence caused a victim harm. When determining whether someone acted negligently, the court will consider what a reasonable person would have acted the same way under similar circumstances.

To win a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove the following four elements:

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. When someone owes another party a duty of care, they accept a level of legal responsibility. Whether a duty of care exists and how it is proven will depend on the nature of the accident. A driver owes a duty of care to everyone else on the road when they operate their vehicles, for example, while property owners owe a duty of care to visitors and patrons.
  • The defendant breached the duty of care. A duty of care is breached when someone does something a reasonable person would not do in the same or a similar situation. These actions are typically reckless, careless, or outright malicious. A driver breaches their duty of care to others on the road when they run a red light. A property owner may breach their duty of care to patrons if they fail to warn them about a slick surface they knew about.
  • The breach caused injury. The breach must be shown to have more likely than not caused the injury-causing incident. If a driver collides with another while running a red light, the injured motorist would likely argue the driver’s failure to obey the traffic signal caused the crash. A customer who slips on a slick surface would argue the property owner’s failure to warn them about the dangerous hazard led to their fall.
  • The plaintiff suffered damages. A plaintiff can only win a personal injury case if they sustained actual damages as a result of the defendant’s conduct. Egregious conduct alone does not warrant recovery if it does not cause injury.

Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle

Potts Law Firm frequently handles a variety of personal injury cases, ranging from vehicular accidents to premises liability incidents. We encourage you to reach out if you were injured in any type of accident that was not your fault. Our team will carefully review your situation, determine whether you have a case, ascertain liability, and walk you through your recovery options.

Our Houston personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent you in claims involving:

  • Aviation accidents - Our expertise extends to aviation accident cases, which involve a unique set of laws and regulations. We work diligently to investigate the causes and liabilities associated with aviation incidents.
  • Auto defects - Defective auto parts or design flaws can lead to severe accidents. We pursue cases against manufacturers and distributors to hold them accountable for injuries resulting from auto defects.
  • Bus accidents - Whether involving public transportation or private buses, these accidents can cause significant harm to passengers and other road users. We advocate for victims of bus accidents to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
  • Car accidents - If you have been injure in a car accident, our team is experienced in dealing with the complexities of these cases, whether they involve negligence, reckless driving, or defective auto parts.
  • Rideshare accidents - With the rise of ridesharing services, accidents involving Uber, Lyft, or other rideshare companies require specialized knowledge. We navigate the complexities of insurance coverage and liability in these cases.
  • Drunk driving accidents - Cases involving drunk driving accidents require special attention due to the criminal nature of the offense. We focus on securing compensation for victims affected by the irresponsible actions of intoxicated drivers.
  • Motorcycle accidents - Due to the vulnerability of motorcyclists on the road, accidents involving motorcycles can result in catastrophic injuries. Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of motorcyclists and pursuing compensation for their injuries.
  • Dangerous products - When defective or dangerous products cause harm, whether it's due to poor design, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings, we represent those injured by such products.
  • Sexual assault - Whether involving public transportation or private buses, these accidents can cause significant harm to passengers and other road users. We advocate for victims of bus accidents to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.
  • Truck accidents - These accidents often result in severe injuries due to the size and weight of commercial trucks. Our team has extensive experience in dealing with trucking companies and their insurers to ensure fair compensation for victims.

Do not wait to explore your recovery options after you are injured in an accident. Call (713) 348-9638 or contact us online today.

Seeking Compensation for Your Injuries & Losses

In a personal injury lawsuit, you stand to recover compensation for all economic and non-economic losses resulting from the accident. Punitive damages can also sometimes be awarded in cases where the defendant’s conduct is particularly reckless or careless. However, you can only recover damages if you take legal action before the statute of limitations expires.

Our Houston personal injury lawyers will fight to maximize the value of your claim and get you just compensation for all losses, such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost income and earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Disfigurement

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

In Texas, you generally have two years from the date of an accident to bring a personal injury claim. The time limits for medical malpractice cases are more complicated in situations involving minors or instances where you do not immediately discover injuries, but you should always speak to a legal professional as soon as you can to avoid missing any deadlines.

In cases of wrongful death, survivors have two years from the date of the victim’s passing to file a lawsuit.

What if I am Partially to Blame for the Accident?

If you know you are partially to blame for an accident, you may be wondering if it is worth filing a personal injury lawsuit. Fortunately, comparative negligence laws in Texas allow you to recover a portion of your damages so long as you are not more than 50% responsible for the accident. Your total damage award will be reduced by your level of fault, so, in a situation where you are 30% responsible and your damages total $100,000, you would still be able to get $70,000.

We understand how to navigate cases involving partial liability and will work to secure as much compensation as possible.

What to Do After an Injury

If you've been injured in an accident and are considering pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, here are the steps you should consider taking:

  1. Seek Medical Attention: Your health is the priority. Seek immediate medical care for your injuries. This not only ensures your well-being but also creates a documented record of your injuries, which can be crucial for your case.

  2. Document the Accident Scene: If possible, gather evidence from the scene. Take photographs or videos of the accident site, injuries, property damage, and any contributing factors (skid marks, traffic signals, weather conditions, etc.).

  3. Report the Incident: Inform the relevant authorities about the accident. This might involve calling the police or filing an incident report, especially in cases involving auto accidents or premises liability.

  4. Collect Information: Obtain the contact information of any witnesses. Their statements might support your case later. Additionally, exchange information with the other parties involved (name, address, insurance details).

  5. Keep Records: Maintain records related to your injury, including medical bills, doctor's reports, receipts for medications, and any other expenses incurred due to the accident.

  6. Avoid Discussing the Incident: Refrain from discussing the details of the accident or your injuries with anyone, especially insurance companies, without consulting with an attorney.

  7. Contact a Personal Injury Attorney: Seeking legal advice early is crucial. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case, advise you on your rights, and guide you through the next steps. Choose a reputable attorney or law firm experienced in handling cases similar to yours.

  8. Statute of Limitations: Be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in your state. This is the legally prescribed time limit within which you must file a lawsuit after the incident.

  9. Follow Legal Counsel: Once you've engaged an attorney, follow their advice closely. They will guide you through the legal process, handle communications with insurance companies, and represent your best interests in negotiations or in court if necessary.

What a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Do for Your Case

Investigate the Accident

When you work with Potts Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys in Houston can investigate the accident to determine who was at fault and what caused it. We will review police reports, witness statements, and any other evidence that may be available in order to build a strong case on your behalf. Our investigation can also help us determine if there were any factors that contributed to the accident that could be used as grounds for liability.

Negotiate with Insurance Companies

Insurance companies have a team of lawyers whose job is to reduce the amount of money they pay out on claims. A personal injury lawyer can help you negotiate with insurance companies in order to get the maximum amount of compensation possible for your injuries. We will use our knowledge of the law and our expertise in negotiation to ensure that you are fairly compensated for all damages incurred due to the accident.

Represent You in Court

In some cases, a personal injury claim may need to be taken to court in order for a victim to receive fair compensation for their injuries. In these cases, a personal injury lawyer can represent you in court and provide legal advice throughout the process. We will work hard to ensure that all evidence is presented correctly and that you receive justice.

Provide Resources

In addition to providing legal representation, a personal injury lawyer can also provide resources such as referrals to medical professionals or support groups for those who have been injured. We understand how difficult it can be after an accident and want to make sure our clients have access to all of the resources they need during this difficult time so they can focus on healing and recovering from their injuries without having additional stressors added on top of it all.

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

If you've suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence, hiring a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal process and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. However, with so many lawyers out there, it can be challenging to know what to look for when choosing the right one for your case.

Here are some things to keep in mind when hiring a personal injury attorney:

  • Experience: Look for an attorney who has experience handling cases similar to yours. You want someone who is familiar with the laws and regulations specific to your case and has a track record of success.
  • Communication: A good attorney should be responsive and communicative. They should be willing to answer your questions and keep you updated on the progress of your case. Communication is critical in building trust and ensuring that you and your attorney are on the same page throughout the legal process.
  • Reputation: Do some research to see what others are saying about the attorney you're considering. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients, as well as any awards or recognition the attorney has received.
  • Fees: Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they only get paid if you win your case. Make sure you understand how much the attorney's fees will be and what percentage of your settlement they will take.
  • Personality: You want to work with an attorney who is approachable, empathetic, and who you feel comfortable with. Personal injury cases can be emotional and stressful, and you want an attorney who will be a supportive and calming presence throughout the process.
  • Resources: Look for a firm who has the resources to handle your case effectively. This includes access to expert witnesses, medical professionals, and investigators who can help build a strong case on your behalf.

By keeping these factors in mind, you can find the right attorney to represent you and fight for the compensation you deserve.

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Explore our past successes
  • Paraplegic Minor $12 Million

    Derek H. Potts and Timothy L. Sifers obtained a $12,100,000 verdict against Lisa Gard, M.D. for medical malpractice involving a minor. The jury found the Salina emergency room doctor to be negligent in her assessment of the minor upon presentation in the emergency room, failing to timely diagnose a rare spinal condition. The case was one of the largest verdicts in history in the State of Kansas.

  • Birth Injury $4.6 Million

    Derek H. Potts and Samuel Cullan were members of the plaintiff's trial team which obtained a $4,600,000 verdict for a minor delivered at Bethany Medical Center. Ariana Wilburn, the minor, suffered a spinal cord presentation after being born in the breech position.

  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Birth Injury $3.5 Million

    Potts Law Firm secured a $3,500,000 settlement for a single mother whose infant suffered severe brain damage while being delivered in a New Mexico hospital. The mother, having no previous pregnancy or medical issues, began laboring and immediately went to a hospital. Despite the clear signs of fetal distress and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), the doctor and nurse did not order an emergency cesarean section.

  • Catastrophic Injuries $3.5 Million

    Derek H. Potts was co-lead counsel with Thomas Cartmell in representing John Novogradac of Kansas City whose health was neglected during his stay at two nursing home facilities. Mr. Novogradac developed bedsores on his body and had above-knee amputations on both legs after his wounds became severely infected with gangrenous and dead tissue.

  • Trucking Accident $1.05 Million

    Potts Law Firm served as lead counsel for the family of Kook Oh who was killed by an 18-wheeler in Alvarado, Texas. Mr. Dortch sued the driver of the 18-wheeler and his employer. Following a week-long jury trial, Micah’s client received a verdict awarding over one million dollars in damages and a finding of punitive liability on the part of each of the defendants. I

  • Pharmaceutical Birth Defect $1.05 Million

    Potts Law Firm secured a $1,050,000 settlement for a mother whose infant suffered birth defects from a pharmaceutical drug that was taken during pregnancy. Though the migraine drug manufacturer knew the medication could cause a fetus to develop a cleft lip and/or cleft palate when consumed by the mother during the early stages of pregnancy, they failed to warn consumers about these dangers.

  • Sgroi vs. St. Louis University Hospital $1 Million

    St. Louis City District Court, 2009. Lead Plaintiffs Trial Counsel obtained a $1,004,421 verdict due to medical malpractice and successfully argued an appeal before Missouri Supreme Court upholding the verdict. Total fees and expenses of $525,702.04. See Sgroi vs SLUH, No. SC 89840.

  • Failure to Diagnose $825,000

    Derek H. Potts obtained an $825,000 jury verdict in St. Louis against the hospital and doctor for failing to diagnose a hip fracture.  It was appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court which affirmed the verdict, adding interest.

  • Wrongful Death $800,000

    Potts Law Firm secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of a family for the wrongful death of their father. The father of five from Las Vegas, New Mexico was wheelchair-bound.  While visiting his dentist’s office, the father maneuvered his electric wheelchair up a ramp.  The ramp did not have a curb or rails to prevent a fall. Despite being airlifted to a hospital, the father died of his injuries.

  • Foot Injury $750,000

    Potts Law Firm secured a $750,000 settlement for an oil rig worker whose foot was severely injured after being caught in rig tongs. The oil rig company had failed to properly tag out and lock out the tongs after a power outage.  When the power returned to the rig, the tongs closed on the worker’s foot, crushing his bones.