Dallas Injury Lawyer
Choosing the best Dallas injury lawyer if you or a loved one has been injured is not always easy. As a result, from the moment you contact the Law Office of Doug Goyen, our experience, hard work, and skill will confirm that you have made the right decision. Regardless of the size of your case, you will receive the personal attention, direction, and skilled personal injury attorney you require to fight for the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen is a personal injury law firm that has been open in Texas since 1997 and has decades of experience representing individuals in personal injury-related cases throughout Texas. Thousands of cases have been successfully negotiated, litigated, tried, and settled by our firm. We have collected millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Injury cases in Texas occur due to auto accidents, premises liability, slip and falls, workplace injuries, animal attacks, negligent business practices, negligent government practices, industrial accidents, improper training, product defects, and a variety of other types of negligent conduct or intentional acts that cause injuries or death to others.DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER PRACTICE AREAS
The Law Office of Doug Goyen represents people who need representation for themselves or a family member who has been injured or killed in cases involving the following practice areas:
In 2019, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 1,866 rural traffic fatalities, 731 people died in crashes at or near intersections, and 600 people died in head-on collisions in 2019. There were no deathless days in Texas in 2019. We deal with the insurance company and protect your rights while you focus on what you need to do to get better and take care of yourself and those around you.
Large commercial trucks do serious damage and cause serious injuries. Every year, over 500,000 truck accidents occur in the US. In 2017, 4889 people died in large truck accidents. The number of people killed in large truck accidents increased by 42% from 2009 to 2017. We will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve and protect your rights while you recover.
Drunk drivers cause serious injuries and death every year. Every day, about 28 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes — that's one person every 52 minutes. If you were injured by a drunk driver we can help. We fight their insurance companies to get you compensated for the damage and injury they have caused you.
Pedestrians struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries. In the United States in 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents. That equates to one death every 88 minutes. In addition, an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency rooms in 2017 for nonfatal crash-related injuries. We help our pedestrians struck by cars get compensation for their injury.
Bicyclists are at risk of serious injury if they are hit by a vehicle. Bicyclists account for about 2% of all fatal car accidents each year. Bicyclist deaths among those aged 20 and up have tripled since 1975. The majority of bicyclist deaths result from head injuries, emphasizing the importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. We represent bicyclists who have been hit by careless drivers.
When bars or restaurants continue to over-serve drunk people, and those people cause accidents that result in injuries, we assist clients in obtaining compensation for their injuries. Texas law holds drinking establishments responsible for overserving obviously intoxicated individuals who then go out and cause injury or death to innocent victims.
We fight for the rights of motorcyclists who have been hurt by careless drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 5,014 motorcyclists were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2019. (NHTSA). Per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists were nearly 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash in 2019. We are fighting for full compensation from the insurance company.
The owner of the property is liable for injuries, such as slip and falls, that occur on their property if negligence is proven. Fall injuries cause over 800,000 hospitalizations annually, the most common being a head injury or hip fracture. The property owner may be liable for unpaid medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, or other injuries or damages.
Our firm represents people injured by another person's animal. Every year, over 300,000 people visit the emergency room due to dog bites. A significant number of people who present to hospital emergency rooms with dog bite injuries are hospitalized, necessitating surgical procedures and long-term pharmaceutical treatment. Negligent owners of dogs are responsible for damage they allow their dogs to cause.
Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2019, a 2% increase from the 5,250 recorded in 2018. Hazardous working conditions cause many accidents. If you were injured due to someone else's negligence while on the job, walking through, or driving through a construction zone, you may have a claim against those responsible.
Working in an office, factory, construction, or railroad poses serious risks. Texas had 488 fatal workplace injuries in 2018. In 2018, 5,250 US workers died due to fatal occupational injuries. That's 9.29 percent of all deaths. Our legal team can help you with a non-subscriber workplace injury claim, a construction accident, or any other personal injury claim.
When someone dies as a result of negligence from a motor vehicle accident, the family and estate have a claim against the negligent parties. Texas allows recovery under the Texas Wrongful Death Act and under the Texas Survival Statute. We represent families and estates in obtaining restitution for their losses
The Law Office of Doug Goyen provides experience, expertise, and skillful representation. We have proven results in obtaining top compensation for our client’s personal injury claims. We strive for the best possible outcome in every case. Because each case is unique, each case has unique needs that necessitate individual plans for the specific facts of the case. We do the following for all cases, in addition to the individualized plans required for each case:
- We deal with your insurance company so you don’t have to. Insurance companies are notorious for being difficult to work with, particularly in personal injury cases. We take care of dealing with the insurance company in connection with your injury case.
- We make certain that you take advantage of all available benefits. You could be eligible for more benefits than you realize. You should retain the services of an experienced attorney to review your case and ensure that you are taking full advantage of these benefits for your injury case.
- We evaluate your case and work with the insurance company to reach an agreement. Because of our years of experience handling injury cases, we will be able to evaluate your case. We will fight to ensure that you receive every penny owed to you in your case.
- We will fight for our client’s point of view. You need a Dallas injury lawyer to fight for your case if you have been injured in the Dallas area.
- We will refer clients to a reputable body shop if necessary. People don’t always know where to turn to get their vehicles repaired. Our years of experience can assist in locating reputable body shops.
- We assist clients in locating reputable medical treatment facilities where their injuries can be treated. We are able to locate medical facilities that will treat you for your injury, including medical facilities that will defer collecting for any billing until the insurance company pays the injury claim. This allows our clients to begin healing and taking care of themselves and their families.
- In order to maximize the value of our client’s case, we gather all of the information required by the insurance company.
- We Conduct an extensive investigation into our client’s case to determine how their injury occurred and who should be held legally liable for the harm they have suffered.
- We consult highly qualified experts in a variety of fields, including accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals.
- We examine our clients’ medical records and other data to determine the full extent of their losses and the appropriate amount to seek in your case.
- We review all relevant insurance policies in your case and deal with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure our clients are able to receive all the compensation our clients are owed.
- We ensure that all documents, including claims with insurance companies and documents in the court where your case will be litigated, are filed on time.
- We negotiate with insurance companies to settle your claim in a fair and timely manner.
- We obtain compensation for your lost income and lost earning capacity.
- We get the money you need to pay your medical bills.
- We get our clients compensated in full for their personal injury claim for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any other type of damage caused by their injury.
- Skillfully litigating your case in a Texas state or federal court, as needed, and handling all post-trial legal matters.
- Resolving any liens, such as health care or workers’ compensation liens, that may have been attached to your settlement funds.
A personal injury case’s value is determined by several factors, including the severity of the injury, liability issues, and the ability to collect against a defendant.
The severity of the injury is the first thing to consider. Because of the severity of the injury, a more serious injury usually necessitates more compensation. The medical bills, future treatment needed, loss of earnings, physical impairment, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other possible damages caused are all considered.
The next factor to consider is the liability issues. If the defendant is entirely to blame, you should be able to attribute 100 percent of your damages to the defendant who caused them. If a jury decides that the injured person was partially to blame for the accident, the amount that person can recover will be reduced by whatever percentage the jury assigns to the injured party.
The ability to collect from a Defendant is another important factor to consider when determining the value of your case. If the person who caused your injury is indigent, has no insurance, no property, and no money you might not be able to collect from that person.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen gathers the evidence required to prove your damages, establish liability in your case, and locate any insurance or other assets that may be available to cover your claims. We have a long history of defending our clients’ rights and ensuring they receive fair compensation for their injuries.
Discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney to see if you require assistance in your situation. Taking the wrong steps may prevent you from recovering the funds required to cover your case.
Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to get started on your case right away.
We assist you in determining which types and amounts to include in your demand letter to the at-fault party. Every injury case is different, with different damages and losses suffered by survivors. Seeking an appropriate amount can improve your chances of obtaining a successful insurance settlement. A Dallas injury lawyer from the Law Office of Doug Goyen can review your case and determine an appropriate settlement amount. We can assist you in obtaining this amount or more from an insurance company or another defendant.
Texas allows people injured by another person, company, or another type of entity to recover their damages for any injury that has been caused by negligence. Texas categorizes these damages for injury cases as economic damages and non-economic damages.
1) Economic Damages are compensation for actual economic or pecuniary loss (losses measured in money). Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 41.001(4). Common economic damages recoverable in Dallas injury cases include:
Past and future medical bills: The amounts of medical bills incurred in the past and future to treat your injury.
Earning capacity lost in the past and future: The amount of money you could have earned if you hadn’t been injured.
Property damage: In an accident case, property damage such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses is recoverable. For example, in a car wreck, your property damage claim may include the following items in addition to the actual damage done to the vehicle:
Rental car expenses, or if you used your property or vehicle for business purposes and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven, are recoverable in a car wreck or accident case.
Storage: You will be charged if your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard. In the event of a car accident or a motor vehicle wreck, this is recoverable.
Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the vehicle’s pre-accident value.
Diminished property value: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you have the right to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.
Loss of services: A husband or wife is entitled to compensation if they are unable to perform their normal household duties as a result of the injury.
2) Non-economic Damages are awarded to compensate for physical pain and suffering, mental or emotional pain or anguish, loss of consortium, disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of companionship and society, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, injury to reputation, and all other nonpecuniary losses. The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 41.001(12).
Compensation for past and future pain and suffering is allowed, based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In order to settle a claim, the value of pain and suffering is determined by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is.
Past and future mental anguish: Defined by how your physical injury has caused significant mental anguish, beyond disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.
Loss of a body member or mental function: If you lost an arm, leg, hearing, or mental function or capacity as a result of the accident or injury, you may need to claim this injury separately from physical impairment or disfigurement to recover damages for the harm caused.
Loss of consortium: If your injury was severe enough that you could no longer enjoy the companionship of your family members, you are entitled to compensation for the harm done to your family relationships.
Physical impairment in the past and future: How you have been physically impaired in the past and how you will be physically impaired in the future as a result of your injury. Physical impairment is Texas’ definition of “loss of enjoyment of life.”
Disfigurement in the past and future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how it will physically disfigure you in the future.
Emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury): If a close relative witnesses the event in some way, such as witnessing a loved one seriously injured or killed, they have the right to recover as a bystander for the emotional or mental trauma caused by witnessing such an event.
For a variety of reasons, the law allows for the recovery of injuries caused by negligence. Restoring the injured person to the position they would have been in had the injury not occurred. A court’s only option for carrying out this compensation is to award money. Holding wrongdoers accountable serves as a deterrent to wrongdoers and their insurers to implement safety policies and correct bad behavior. Wrongdoers are required by law to pay for the harm they cause. In negligence cases, the following types of injuries are common:
Head Injuries and Brain Trauma: Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction (TBI). TBI is typically caused by a powerful blow to the head or body. Based on the characteristics of the injury, TBI is typically classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
Facial Injury: Facial injuries include injuries to the mouth, face, and jaw. These range from minor facial cuts and lacerations to more serious issues like broken teeth and facial bones. Fractures in the lower or upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, or eye sockets are all possible.
Eye Injury: A black eye, bleeding in the eye, burns and irritation, corneal abrasions, injuries from a foreign object, orbital fractures, retinal detachments, PVD injuries, and floaters from PVDs or retinal detachments or fractures are all examples of eye injuries from trauma.
Detached Retina: When an accident victim’s head collides with a forceful object, such as a window, steering wheel, or windshield, a break or tear in the retina can occur. If left untreated, this tear can result in a retinal detachment, which can cause permanent damage to one or both eyes and, in severe cases, blindness.
PVD Eye Injury: PVD (posterior vitreous detachment) is a condition that occurs when the vitreous membrane separates from the retina. This condition is defined as the separation of the posterior hyaloid membrane from the retina anywhere posterior to the vitreous base.
Eye Floater Injury: Severe eye injuries are not cheap to treat. Repairing a detached retina or performing a vitrectomy to remove floaters can cost thousands of dollars. If your eye injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Back Injuries: Back injuries can occur as a result of car accidents, falls, assaults, and other traumatic events. Back injuries are commonly characterized by pain, tenderness, pain with movement, coughing, sneezing, or laughing, stiffness, difficulty moving, difficulty standing up straight, muscle spasms, bruising, swelling, and radiating pain down either leg or both.
Neck Injuries: Neck injuries are an all-too-common side effect of a wide range of accidents. These injuries can have long-term ramifications. If you have suffered a neck injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be able to seek compensation to cover medical and other costs.
Burns Injuries: Past expenses in a major burn case can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The initial treatment usually entails intensive care by specially trained personnel using specialized medical equipment and supplies, followed by physical therapy and multiple surgeries.
Leg Injury: People can sustain a variety of leg injuries as a result of trauma caused by negligence. They include upper leg fractures, lower leg fractures, dislocations, knee injuries, ankle injuries, and foot injuries.
Ankle Injury: Ankle injuries are serious injuries that can occur as a result of car accidents or falls. If you are looking for an ankle injury accident lawyer for your injury, you will need the assistance of a Dallas injury attorney to obtain the compensation you are entitled to in your case.
Foot Injury: Foot injuries from the trauma of someone negligently causing an injury can include puncture wounds, torn ligaments, sprains, strains, fractures, tendon injuries such as ruptured Achilles tendon, dislocations, compartment syndrome, and amputations.
Knee Injury: Many victims of negligence suffer knee injuries that include soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint damage. Due to the blunt force trauma or twisting of the knee, a traumatic impact can result in a fracture, dislocation, cartilage tear, sprain, or strain.
ACL Tear in Knee: ACL tears are severe knee injuries. It is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. It runs down the middle of the knee diagonally. It also provides rotational stability to the knee.
Pelvis & Hip Injury: A pelvic or hip injury can be extremely debilitating. These injuries can occur as a result of a direct hit, a severe twisting motion, or even the compression-type motion seen in trip and fall accidents and car accidents.
Chest Injury: Trauma-related chest wall injuries can include chest wall injuries, sternal fractures, shoulder girdle fractures, contusions and hematomas, rib fractures, and flail chest.
Arm Injury: The humerus, radius, and ulna are the three bones that make up the arm. Medical treatment, including surgery, is likely depending on the location of the injury and the severity of the fracture. Blisters (contusions), sprains (ligament injuries), tendon injuries, pulled muscles (strains), ruptures of the bicep or tricep tendon, fractures, dislocations, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hand injuries, and wrist injuries are all common arm injuries.
Wrist Injury: Depending on the severity of the wrist injury, the victim may require extensive medical treatment, including physical therapy, pain medication, cast immobilization, and possibly surgery. In many cases, wrist injury treatment can result in high medical bills, which can be a financial burden for some people, particularly those who are unable to return to work due to their wrist injury.
Hand Injury: A hand injury is a serious and painful condition that may require surgery or lifelong therapy. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for your injuries.
Shoulder Injury: Our shoulders and rotator cuffs serve as pivot points from which we can freely move our arms. Carrying items, driving a car, putting on clothes, cooking, cleaning, yard work, and a variety of other arm-related tasks are all possible with healthy shoulders. Injuries to the rotator cuff and shoulders have a significant impact on our ability to perform almost any job until the pain goes away.
Rotator Cuff Injury: Motor vehicle accidents and falls are two of the common traumatic causes of rotator cuff injuries. In studies of rotator cuff tears and injuries, the following injury patterns were observed: falls (often onto an outstretched arm), forceful external rotation with an abducted or adducted arm, motor vehicle accidents, lifting a heavy object, and reaching out to grab a rail to prevent falling.
An injury lawyer is required if you are pursuing a personal injury claim. Personal injury cases involve a wide range of legal issues. Tort law and contract law are two of the most important areas of law in personal injury cases. Working knowledge in these areas of law is critical to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Our experience, expertise, and drive to achieve the best possible results assist our clients in obtaining proven top results in personal injury cases.
In proving liability and damages, the injury claim is governed by tort law. The Law Office of Doug Goyen is well-versed in the various types of claims that are legally available to you. We can legally prove claims in ways that persuade Defendants and their insurance companies that our clients pose a legal and financial risk if their claims are not properly handled.
In personal injury cases, knowledge of contract law is required because dealing with insurance policies necessitates an understanding of contract law – specifically, how insurance policies are interpreted under those areas of the law.
The most common insurance policies used in personal injury cases are liability insurance policies (which cover negligence for vehicles, homeowners, or businesses), health insurance policies (which may have paid for medical bills and will seek reimbursement from your injury claim), claims for first-party insurance coverage such as collision coverage, and uninsured or underinsured motor vehicle coverage.
In addition to his 23 years of experience handling personal injury claims against insurance companies, Attorney Doug Goyen worked for insurance companies as a bodily injury claims adjuster from 1989 to 1997. Attorney Goyen has experience on both sides of personal injury claims and understands what is required for his clients to obtain the best possible results. The Law Office of Doug Goyen understands the contract issues involved and knows how to use this knowledge to maximize our clients’ compensation.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen’s personal injury attorneys are able to maximize the amount of money our clients receive from settlements. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to determine whether our clients are being offered a fair settlement for their claims.
We can ensure that our clients do not violate any of the insurance policies involved in their injury cases. We understand what elements of damage our clients are entitled to for their specific injury claim and can produce evidence of these areas of damage in ways that ensure insurance companies consider and fully value their claims for these elements.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen assists clients in negotiating down any amounts owed to medical facilities, health insurance policies, or anyone else who may have a lien or claim against our clients’ settlements. Our experience and knowledge in these areas enable us to put more money in our clients’ pockets as a result of their settlements.
You should hire a personal injury attorney for your injury case if you want to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, protect your rights, and avoid violating any terms of any insurance policies involved.
There is no fee unless and until you win! In injury cases, personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. There is no need to pay anything upfront. The lawyer is only paid if they are successful in your case. The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.04(d) Fees, defines a contingency fee as a “fee contingent on the outcome of the matter for which the service is rendered.” This means the attorney cannot collect the fee unless a certain result is obtained. In personal injury cases this means that if the lawyer is unable to recover any money in your case, the lawyer is not paid.
Personal injury attorneys charge a percentage of the amount recovered for your claims. In practice, this transforms into a performance-based contract. The better your attorney performs in your case, the more money they make. This aligns your lawyer’s interests with yours in personal injury cases. In Texas, a contingency fee is determined by the lawyer you hire (some charge a higher percentage), but it is typically 1/3 of the amount recovered for your injury case and can rise to 40% if a lawsuit is required.
If you or someone you know needs the assistance of a Dallas injury lawyer call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and a free strategy session regarding your case. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved with your case, and identifying those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case. We will email a copy of this strategy session to you for you to keep. Call us today.OUR OFFICE LOCATIONS: ADDISON/NORTH DALLAS OFFICE
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