West Texas Personal Injury Lawyer
Representing Injured Residents of Abeline and Midland, TX
When you are injured in an accident, you may be left with many questions. How will you pay your medical bills? How will you support your family if you are unable to work? How can you hold the person or company that caused your injuries accountable?
At Potts Law Firm, our personal injury lawyers are here to help you find the answers. We have the experience and resources to handle all types of personal injury claims, and we have a proven track record of success in recovering compensation for our clients’ losses.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury refers to any physical or psychological harm caused to a person due to the negligence, recklessness, or intentional actions of another party. These injuries can occur in various situations, leading to legal disputes where the injured party seeks compensation for damages suffered.
Some common types of personal injury cases include:
- Car Accidents: These occur due to collisions involving cars and can result from factors like speeding, distracted driving, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Truck Accidents: Similar to car accidents but involving larger vehicles, often causing more severe injuries due to their size and weight. Factors such as driver fatigue, improper loading, or inadequate maintenance can contribute to these accidents.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Involving collisions or accidents specifically with motorcycles, often resulting in serious injuries due to the lack of protection compared to cars.
- Slip and Fall Injuries: These occur when a person slips, trips, or falls on someone else's property due to hazardous conditions like wet floors, uneven surfaces, or poor lighting.
- Medical Malpractice: Refers to cases where medical professionals or healthcare providers fail to provide a standard level of care, leading to patient injury or harm.
- Nursing Home Abuse: Injuries or harm caused to elderly residents in nursing homes due to neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, or inadequate care.
- Product Liability: Occurs when a defective product causes injury or harm to a consumer. This can include defects in design, manufacturing, or inadequate warnings/instructions.
- Premises Liability: Injuries that occur on someone else's property due to unsafe conditions, such as inadequate security, dangerous conditions, or lack of proper maintenance.
- Dog Bites: Injuries caused by dog attacks or bites, where the owner may be held responsible for failing to control their pet or warn others about its behavior.
- Workplace Accidents: Injuries sustained while on the job due to unsafe working conditions, lack of proper training, or employer negligence.
- Wrongful Death: Occurs when a person dies due to the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. Family members may seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.
What are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Damages?
When you file a personal injury claim, you can seek to recover both your financial and non-financial losses. This includes your current and future losses, and it includes both your economic and non-economic damages. Some of the most common types of damages in personal injury cases include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Property damage
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
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In order to recover financial compensation for a personal injury, you must be able to prove that someone else is to blame for your losses. This requires proving four elements:
- Duty – The person or company that caused your injuries must have owed you a duty of care. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road, and property owners owe a duty of care to their guests.
- Breach – The person or company that caused your injuries must have breached its duty of care. For example, a driver breaches his or her duty of care by running a red light, and a property owner breaches his or her duty of care by failing to clean up a spill.
- Causation – The person or company’s breach of its duty of care must have caused your injuries. For example, if you are injured in a car accident, you must be able to prove that the accident caused your injuries.
- Damages – You must have suffered damages as a result of your injuries. This can include financial and non-financial losses, and it can include both current and future losses.
Transvaginal Mesh Settlements Over $1 Billion
The Potts Law Firm and its joint venture partners have been successful in resolving over $1 billion in transvaginal mesh settlements. Derek H. Potts was one of a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers from around the country who spearheaded the establishment of what would become the largest medical device MDL consolidations in history.
Kugel Mesh Hernia Patch $184 Million
Derek H. Potts was a member of the Kugel Mesh MDL Plaintiffs Steering Committee which was instrumental in obtaining a $184,000,000 global settlement for several thousand persons who had received the Kugel Mesh hernia patch.
ERISA Class Action Settlement $36 Million
Potts Law Firm served as class counsel in the ERISA class action, Diebold, et al. v. Northern Trust Investments, N.A. et al., 09-Civ-1934 (Diebold), in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where the Court approved a collective settlement of $36 million dollars for class representatives resulting in millions of dollars returned to investors.
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.
Fraud Against Lender $10.7 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a United States Bankruptcy Trustee. The case stemmed from the massive bankruptcy of Royce Homes, one of the largest homebuilders in the country. Micah and Chris represented the bankruptcy Trustee against a multitude of defendants, including the chief Lender, for claims related to the homebuilder’s downfall and the fraudulent transfer of assets from the rightful owners, the creditors.
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.
Fraudulent Transfers $2.42 Million
Potts Law Firm represented a Bankruptcy Trustee, resulting in a combined $2.42 million being recovered for creditors of ATP Oil & Gas Company. The claims related to fraudulent transfers of overriding royalty interests in oil & gas properties made by ATP in a failed attempt to liquidate the assets of the company.
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.
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.