Personal Injury Lawyers

Every day innocent people are severely injured or killed due to the negligent and intentional actions of others. Sadly, many victims experience pain and suffering at the hands of an employer or other trusted entity. When this happens, victims often incur expensive medical bills, suffer lost wages, and experience mental anguish. No victim should ever feel hopeless. Committed to serving the community, the team of Houston personal injury attorneys at Dax F. Garza, P.C. works tirelessly to effectively and efficiently recover damages for victims so they may begin healing and recovery.

Car Accidents: As all Houstonians know, driving in Houston is practically unavoidable. As a city that is consistently growing in population and jobs, Houston’s 2.3 million residents will see more vehicles on the roads, which means there will be more car accidents. In 2019, there was a car accident reported every 56 seconds in Texas. Drivers, passengers, bikers, and all others we share the roads with deserve to be safe and not live in fear of the reckless actions of other drivers.

Trucking and Motor Vehicle Accidents: Millions of Americans’ lives are changed each year due to trucking or motor vehicle accidents in an astonishing six million recorded accidents across the country annually. For Texans who depend on their vehicles and travel extensively on roads and highways, it’s a jarring reality. Unfortunately, because Texans are so used to putting several thousand miles on their cars annually, they often forget the dangers on the road. Collisions with an 18-wheeler or other large truck can quickly turn fatal for the occupants of a passenger vehicle, and even minor collisions can cause severe injuries that require medical treatment.

Motorcycle Accidents: While riding a motorcycle should be a fun and efficient mode of transportation, Houston has been identified as one of the worst cities in Texas for fatal motorcycle accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,800 seriously injured motorcyclists and 412 motorcyclists lost their lives in motorcycle wrecks in 2019.

Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is becoming an all-too-common bad habit amongst Houston drivers. On average, the Houston Fire Department is called out to more than 30,000 car accidents and transport nearly 8,000 people to the hospital each year. Of the Houston car accidents involving fatalities, distracted driving caused 20%. The results of an accident caused by distracted driving can have a lifetime of consequences for all victims involved. If you are a victim of a car accident involving a distracted driver, contact the Houston car accident lawyers at Dax F. Garza, P.C. to learn more about how we can help you recover financial compensation for your damages.

Drunk Driving: Being hit by a drunk driver is a terrifying experience that can wreck your vehicle and leave you with severe injuries. Despite drunk driving being illegal in Texas, every 20 minutes a person is injured or killed in a car accident involving alcohol. In Texas, a person is considered intoxicated and can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) if they have a .08 BAC (blood alcohol concentration). If a person is driving while impaired by drinking alcohol, even if their BAC is not .08, they can also be considered intoxicated and can be arrested.

Workplace Accidents: Getting injured while on the job can be stressful, debilitating, and can leave you and your family wondering how you will cover the costs of your medical bills. Employers should do everything possible to keep workers safe in their work environment. All companies are required to have safe operating practices put into place to prevent harm to their employees.

Wrongful Death: When a person dies as a result of negligence or malice, the grief, mental anguish, and anger felt by their loved ones is incomparable. Wrongful deaths leave an unfillable hole in families when a loved one is taken too soon and under preventable circumstances. The emotional toll and the financial burdens – such as medical bills, funeral costs, and lost wages – make grieving and healing even more difficult and painful for families. While there is no amount of money that could ever replace the loss of someone you cared about, a Texas wrongful death lawyer can help families pursue a lawsuit that would give justice for victims while also lessening stressful financial burdens families have been forced to incur.

Pedestrian Accidents: More Houstonians are opting to walk to work or walk to nearby stores, however, there has not yet been corresponding increased regulation of drivers who break the law regarding pedestrian right of way. Pedestrian accidents are usually the fault of the driver who may not be paying attention to the road, is driving while distracted, or is not actively looking for pedestrians crossing the street. If the pedestrian is using a crosswalk or sidewalk, and has the right of way, the drivers in those accidents will be found legally at fault.

Oilfield Accidents: Texas is proud to be the top producing state for the oil and gas industry. Oil and gas companies’ success depend on their workers, but they remain unlikely to maintain the appropriate workplace safety standards. Due to heavy equipment and sensitive materials being used, oilfield workers have few protective barriers between themselves and a catastrophic accident. Oil companies have a responsibility to provide workers with adequate and proper personal protective equipment specific to each worker’s job. Additionally, energy industry employers are required by law to properly safeguard all potentially hazardous objects that vulnerable employees could come in contact with. Although appropriate safety measures are required by law, oilfield workers are still injured and killed year after year due to the failure to meet basic safety requirements in the workplace.

Construction Injuries: The construction industry has long been notorious for workplace hazards. In fact, the construction industry does such a poor job of ensuring workers’ safety that OSHA found it to be the most dangerous industry in the nation. The main causes of construction accidents have been rightfully dubbed Construction’s “Fatal Four,” and they include accidents related to slips and falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, and being caught-in/between an object or equipment. The Fatal Four represent the most common of many types of preventable accidents responsible for seriously injuring and killing thousands of construction workers each year. Construction companies recklessly disobey federal safety requirements, putting workers in direct danger of suffering a severe injury or worse, being killed.

Refinery Explosions: Refinery owners and operators must build and maintain a safe workplace for employees, especially when it comes to the machinery and equipment that processes and stores the volatile compounds used in refinery operations. Sadly, Texas has a history of refinery accidents and explosions, and workers continue suffer life-altering injuries in preventable workplace explosions. Refinery accidents usually come with little warning, making it nearly impossible for workers to safely evacuate. Despite exposure to highly volatile chemicals, federal guidelines regarding inspection of and maintenance to all equipment and pipelines leading to preventable explosions and fires continue to be ignored.

Aviation Crashes: Flying in a plane or helicopter can be an unnerving experience, and for good reason. Aircraft passengers place an immense amount of trust not only in the qualifications of pilots and crew members, but also in the aircraft itself. Because of the devastating nature of aviation accidents, it’s incredibly important that pilots, airline companies, and aircraft manufacturers do everything in their power to design, develop, and operate aviation equipment safely and adhere to all applicable federal aviation regulations.

Maritime Accidents: The maritime industry has a reputation for utilizing inadequate safety measures, leading to a frequency of workplace accidents. Seamen aboard a vessel in navigation often endure grueling physical labor in extreme climates, which can cause horrific injuries, including amputations. Maritime law acknowledges the dangers that workers are subject to and allows seamen to pursue damages largely regardless of their own fault. Seamen rely on their employers to properly inspect and maintain vessels, as well as investigate cargo to ensure it is secure and follows safety guidelines.

Wrongful Death: When another person or entity causes the wrongful death of another by their negligent or wrongful actions, families and loved ones are left devastated emotionally and financially. In addition to mourning the loss of a loved one, families of wrongful death victims are left with expensive medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss wages. The loved ones are entitled to compensation to cover such damages and justice for their loved one. Through pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit, the party or parties who inflicted harm are held accountable for their actions.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Workers’ rights have been long fought for across industries and occupations in the United States. As part of protecting the health and safety of the American workforce, federal laws have been implemented to address and forbid the unfair treatment of employees by their employers. One such federal law is the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Common Types of Personal Injuries

Depending on a variety of factors, including the cause of an accident and the time of day it occurred, the severity of injuries can vary. Regardless of how an injury occurs, the impacts of an accident can have long-lasting effect on victims and their loved ones. Personal injury accidents can alter the course of our lives forever. Of the common injuries suffered in these accidents, many leave individuals disabled, unable to return to work, or require years of extensive medical treatment. Common injuries suffered  include:

  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Fractures or Broken Bones
  • Deep Lacerations
  • Severe Burns
  • Chemical Burns
  • Paralysis

Houston Personal Injury Attorneys

Victims of personal injury accidents often suffer extreme pain, trauma, and stress due to the careless actions of others. Adding insult to injury, victims suffer financial ramifications due to associated damages. The trial attorneys of Dax F. Garza, P.C. have successfully represented personal injury victims across Texas and nationwide. We effectively advocate for victims’ rights, so if you have a question about a personal injury or wrongful death claim, please contact us to learn more about how we can help.

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