Houston Personal Injury Attorneys
Fighting to Recover Compensation for Personal Injury Victims in Houston
When you suffer injuries in an accident, your whole life changes. Suddenly, you may be unable to work. You will likely 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 and have the power required to prevail in cases of all types and complexities. 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 by calling (713) 348-9638 or contacting us online today. 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 in Houston, TX
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
- Bicycle Accidents
- Birth Injuries
- Boat and Jet Ski Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Oilfield and Offshore Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Sports Injuries
- Toxic Torts
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Do not wait to explore your recovery options after you are injured in an accident. Call (713) 348-9638 or contact us online today.
I had a wonderful experience with this law firm.- Stephen P.
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The Potts Law Firm is a powerhouse of brilliant attorneys.- Molly H.
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I would recommend Potts Law Firm for any and all legal matters that come my way in the future!- W. Gary
Types of Compensation You Can Recover in a Texas Personal Injury Lawsuit
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.
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. Should someone sustain fatal injuries in an accident, qualifying survivors have two years from the date of the victim’s passing to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
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
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
Partner Adam T. Funk 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.
Settlement for Missouri Minor Confidential Settlement
Partner Timothy L. Sifers achieved a settlement on behalf of a child in Missouri who was a victim of medical malpractice.
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.
Birth Injury $1.5 Million
Partner Timothy L. Sifers settled a $1,500,000 medical malpractice case pertaining to a birth injury on behalf of a Sudanese family.
Trucking Accident $1.05 Million
T. “Micah” Dortch 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
Partner Adam T. Funk 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.