Plano Personal Injury Lawyer

Attorney Doug Goyen Our Plano personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Doug Goyen is committed to assisting accident victims in obtaining compensation for any injuries sustained as a result of another party's negligence. Serious, life-altering accidents occur more frequently in Plano than most people realize. We want to make sure you get the assistance you need to return to your normal life as soon as possible.


If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a Plano, Texas accident, please contact us right away to discuss your case. We are dedicated to defending your right to full and fair compensation.

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WHAT OUR PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN DO FOR YOU

The Law Office of Doug Goyen's experienced team has the knowledge and resources to assist you in fighting for the restitution you deserve. People are frequently overwhelmed by the complex process of filing a claim, gathering evidence, and presenting it in court. With the assistance of a skilled trial attorney, you will be guided through every step of your journey toward receiving financial assistance to properly heal.

You will be competing with large, powerful insurance companies. They have most likely fought and won similar claims in the past. Without the assistance of a legal professional with a proven track record, you will be at a significant disadvantage and will almost certainly lose your case. Even if you do not believe you require legal representation, whoever you are suing will retain one, and you are entitled to the same level of legal representation as the defendant in your civil suit. Your lawyer fights for you and acts on your behalf, relieving you of the burden of dealing with a lawsuit.

If you have been seriously injured, contact a Plano personal injury attorney at (972) 599 4100 to determine whether you are entitled to compensation.

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WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

Suffering an injury through no fault of your own can devastate your life. In addition to dealing with the pain caused by your injury, you may be faced with mounting medical bills and expenses while being unable to work. It can cause a great deal of stress for you and your family members.

The Law Office of Doug Goyen's personal injury attorney wants to assist you. Our attorneys solely represent injured victims and their families throughout Texas.

A personal injury occurs when you or a loved one is harmed as a result of another person's, company's, or government agency's intentional, reckless, or negligent wrongdoing. You have the right to seek full and fair compensation for your losses under Texas law.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights, options, and what to expect when you work with our firm.

You will notice that we give each of our clients the individual attention they deserve. We believe they should be treated with respect, compassion, and professionalism by a lawyer who understands the gravity of their situation.

We take the time to get to know our clients and understand their goals. We promptly respond to their questions and ensure that they are kept up to date at all stages of their case.

In Texas, the majority of personal injury claims are based on the legal theory of negligence. This cause of action requires the plaintiff to prove the following legal elements by a preponderance of the evidence:

  • The defendant had a duty of care to the victim.
  • The defendant breached its duty to the plaintiff.
  • The victim was injured as a result of the breach.
  • The victim did suffer damages as a result of the injury.

Finally, these elements ensure that lawsuits are only filed against parties who are legally responsible for them and have caused actual harm. The goal of the lawsuit is to establish that the plaintiff suffered damages and is legally entitled to compensation for those damages. Each of these components is discussed in greater depth below.

LEGAL DUTY OF DEFENDANT

In a personal injury lawsuit, the first question to ask is whether the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. The plaintiff must establish the nature of this duty. Some obligations are mandated by law, such as the requirement for drug manufacturers to list potential side effects and other warnings on their products. In other cases, the duty may be regarded as a general duty of care, in which all parties owe each other a duty to act in a reasonable and safe manner that a reasonably prudent person would act in under similar circumstances.

DUTY VIOLATION BY DEFENDANT

The defendant's breach of the duty of care must be established as the next element. This can be established by demonstrating what the defendant did or did not do in the circumstances and comparing it to what a prudent person would do in the same situation. In a car accident, for example, the victim may be able to demonstrate that the defendant breached the duty of care by speeding, driving while impaired or distracted, running a red light, or violating other traffic rules.

THE BREACH OF DUTY CAUSED THE DAMAGE

The victim must also be able to demonstrate that the breach of duty caused the injury and that it was not caused by another factor. The violation of duty must be the direct cause of the accident. The accident would not have occurred if the defendant had not acted in a certain way or had failed to act in a certain way. Furthermore, the breach of duty must be regarded as the "proximate cause" of the victim's injuries. This usually means that the defendant could have predicted the type of accident and failed to take the necessary precautions to avoid it.

DAMAGES CAUSED BY BREACH OF DUTY

Even if the plaintiff can clearly demonstrate that the defendant was to blame for the accident, there will be no compensation if the victim suffered no damages. There must be some right to recovery based on the victim's misfortune. A victim, for example, may sustain a physical injury and incur medical expenses. In other cases, the victim may demonstrate that the accident caused property damage or emotional distress.

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OUR PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE AREAS

Personal injury cases are handled by the Law Office of Doug Goyen throughout Texas. Car crash cases (automobiles, 18 wheelers, motorcycles, pedestrians struck by vehicles, etc.), premises cases (such as injuries caused by a dangerous condition on a property), dog bite cases (or other animals where the owner let their animal loose or had a dangerous animal and the owner's negligence causes injury to someone else), workplace injuries, and other injuries caused by the negligence or harmful acts of others.

Car Accidents
Car Accidents

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.

Truck Accidents
Truck Accidents

Large commercial trucks do serious damage and cause serious injuries. We will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve and protect your rights while you recover.

DWI Accidents
DWI Accidents

Drunk drivers cause serious injuries and death every year. We fight their insurance companies to get you compensated for the damage and injury they have caused you.

Pedestrian Accidents
Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrians struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries. We represent people injured in by negligent drivers and help our clients get compensation for their injury.

Car Accidents
Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are at risk of serious injury if they are hit by a vehicle. We represent bicyclists who have been hit by careless drivers.

Truck Accidents
Dram Shop Cases

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.

DWI Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents

We fight for the rights of motorcyclists who have been hurt by careless drivers. We are fighting for full compensation from the insurance company.

Wrongful Death Accidents
Wrongful Death Accidents

When someone dies as a result of negligence from a motor vehicle accident, the family and estate have a claim against the negligent parties. We represent families and estates in obtaining restitution for their losses


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TYPES OF INJURIES CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE

Personal injuries caused by negligence can result in the following types of injuries (among others):

Catastrophic injuries - A catastrophic injury is one in which a person's life is forever altered negatively as a result of the injury. Catastrophic injuries can have a negative impact on a person's physical appearance, mobility, mental capacity, and overall ability to enjoy life. They typically necessitate extensive surgery, hospitalization, long-term medical treatment, rehabilitation, and a lengthy recovery period.

Catastrophic injuries can include paralysis, amputations, and loss of body parts or bodily functions, loss of senses such as vision or hearing, traumatic brain injuries, burn injuries, nerve and neurological injuries, and chronic pain are all examples of catastrophic injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injuries and Head Trauma – While any injury has the potential to be fatal, head and brain injuries are among the most dangerous. Severe brain injuries are frequently fatal due to the fragility of the skull and brain.

Traumatic Facial Injury – Injuries to the mouth, face, and jaw are examples of facial injuries. These range from minor cuts and lacerations on the face to more serious issues such as broken teeth and facial bones. There is a possibility of fractures in the lower or upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, or eye sockets.

Injury to the Eye as a result of a Traumatic Event – Eye injuries from trauma include black eyes, 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 (trauma).

Neck Injuries – The vertebrae, spinal cord, nerves, discs, windpipe, esophagus, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and blood vessels comprise the neck. Any of these parts of the neck can be injured in a car accident. Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries in personal injury cases, as they can result in paralysis.

Injuries to the Shoulder – Our shoulders and rotator cuffs act as pivot points from which we can move our arms freely. With healthy shoulders, you can carry items, drive a car, put on clothes, cook, clean, do yard work, and perform a variety of other arm-related tasks. Shoulder injuries limit our ability to do almost any job until the pain subsides.

Back Injuries – A traumatic injury is a back injury caused by a car accident. Depending on the type of injury, the treatment will differ. Sprains and strains are frequently treated differently than spinal fractures. The type of doctor to see for a back injury differs as well. Back injuries involving spinal cord injury can result in paralysis.

Chest Wall Injuries – Auto accident chest wall injuries include sternal fractures, shoulder girdle fractures, contusions and hematomas, rib fractures, and flail chest.

Injuries to the pelvis and hips – A pelvic or hip injury can be extremely debilitating. These injuries can result from a direct hit, a severe twisting motion, or even a compression-type motion seen in trip and fall accidents and car accidents.

Leg Injuries – As a result of a car accident, people can sustain a variety of leg injuries. Among them are fractures, abrasions, lacerations, Achilles tendon ruptures, dislocations, knee injuries, ankle injuries, and foot injuries.

Knee Injuries – Knee injuries are common among car accident victims, and they include soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint damage. A collision impact can cause a fracture, dislocation, cartilage tear, sprain, or strain due to blunt force trauma or twisting.

Ankle Injuries – Ankle injuries are severe injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident. In order to receive the compensation you deserve in your case, you will need to hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in car wreck injuries if you are looking for an ankle injury accident lawyer.

Foot Injuries – Trauma-related foot injuries include bruises (contusions), puncture wounds, ligament injuries that support your joints, tendon injuries, such as ruptured tendons in your heel, joint injuries (sprains), pulled muscles (strains), broken bones or fractures, dislocations, and compartment syndrome.

Injuries from Burns – Past expenses in a major burn case can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The intensive care by specially trained personnel using specialized medical equipment and supplies is usually followed by physical therapy and multiple surgeries as the initial treatment.

Wrongful Death - In almost any type of negligence case, including car accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, premises liability cases, workplace accidents, and other personal injury cases, wrongful death can occur. In some personal injury cases, the victim is killed as a result of another person's negligence.

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WHAT COMPENSATION IS AVAILABLE IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

A personal injury victim may be eligible for a variety of damages, including the following:

ECONOMIC LOSSES

Economic damages are those that represent the financial losses incurred by the accident victim that can be directly linked to economic factors. Economic losses include the following:

These types of damages are typically straightforward and may not be too difficult to prove. Loss of earning capacity is another type of economic damage. If an accident prevents you from returning to work or if you can only do lower-paying work, you may be able to recover the difference between what you can earn now and what you were expected to earn before the accident. In most cases, an economic expert witness is required to establish this component of your damages claim.

NON-ECONOMIC LOSSES

Non-economic damages are those that are not directly related to a specific economic loss and can be more difficult to prove.

These types of damages compensate accident victims for their physical pain and suffering and mental anguish, scarring, disfigurement, and physical impairments.

EXEMPLARY OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES

These penalties are meant to punish the defendant and deter similar behavior in the future. These penalties are only imposed in the most egregious of circumstances.

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WHAT ARE THE DEADLINES FOR A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

Time is of the essence in a personal injury claim. In civil law, the term "statute of limitations" refers to the amount of time a person has after an accident to file a lawsuit. A personal injury claim in Texas usually has a two-year statute of limitations. However, exact times vary depending on the type of claim. 

Choosing the right lawyer is a personal decision, but you should ultimately go with someone with whom you feel at ease. Please do not hesitate to contact a Plano personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Doug Goyen to protect your future, no matter what type of accident you or a loved one has been involved in. For a free and comprehensive consultation, call (972) 599 4100 or contact us online.

FREE CASE REVIEWS

If you are looking for a Plano personal injury lawyer, call (972) 599 4100. We offer free phone consultations. We also provide a free strategy session. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, legal issues involved, and legal issues we identify as being critical to maximizing the compensation owed.

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THERE IS NO FEE IF WE DO NOT WIN

You owe us nothing if we are unable to recover. We charge a contingency fee structured to take a percentage of what we recover. As a performance-based contract, the better we do for you, the better we do for ourselves. This aligns our interests in the case with our client’s interests.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR OFFICE

Law Office of Doug Goyen
15851 Dallas Pkwy #605
Addison, Texas 75001
(972) 599 4100 phone
(972) 398 2629 fax

Directions to our office: We are on the southbound side of the service road to the Tollway. Stay on the Dallas North Tollway until you come to the Keller Springs exit. Take the Keller Spring exit. Stay on the service road on the southbound side and go just past Keller Springs. Our office is the 2nd building south of Keller Springs, located on the service road to the North Dallas Tollway in the Madison Business Center on the 6th floor.

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com

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You want a great lawyer who keeps you informed on whats going on speaks with you personally and gets the job done call Doug Goyen. He is excellent & very professional you wont go wrong choosing him!! Thanks again for all your help Mr. Goyen! Socorro V.
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Very efficient staff. I am VERY pleased with this firm. Gina W.
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Very professional job handling my accident claim. I had some ER bills, and some visits to my ortho after (and various other bills that kept coming in). I was afraid I was going to get stuck owing money, but Doug Goyen took care of the case and had everything paid, including compensating me for the injury. Great lawyer IMO. I felt like my case was taken care of very well. Thx!! Bernard M.
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Doug is a great attorney. He took care of my auto accident claim promptly, and answered any questions I had. I also had one of my hospital bills go into collections for non-payment. I was able to contact Doug a year after the accident, and received a copy of the check the hospital claimed they didn’t receive. I highly recommend this guy. David J.
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The Law Office of Doug Goyen helped me recovery every bit I was owed on my claim. Very happy I used them. They knew what they were doing, and kept me informed. I felt taken care of the whole way. You wont go wrong using them. Arthur H.
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Mr. Goyen helped me take on my own insurance company, the great and mighty Allstate. My prior firm basically dumped me, with a permanent injury because the case didn’t meet their financial guidelines for a settlement. I was a bicycle rider hit by a car driver at an intersection, and Allstate was the company on BOTH SIDES OF THE CLAIM. My own insurance company tried to throw me under the bus to limit their payout! Without Mr. Goyen’s help, I would have been left with NOTHING! I had thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills, unable to receive treatment to correct the issue. He was unafraid and helped me get the best settlement I could … I am tremendously thankful! Pamala M.