Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer

Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer, Doug Goyen Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen for a free case evaluation with a Dallas personal injury lawyer regarding your case. Our goal is to get the maximum compensation for our clients for their injury cases. We provide experience, expertise, and powerful representation for our clients. Personal injury attorneys handle injury cases related to negligence and intentional acts. 

Personal injury cases can include motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, Texas Dram Shop Act cases, premises liability injuries, workplace accidents, construction and industrial accidents, dog bites, wrongful deaths, and other types of personal injuries caused by the negligence of another person, company, or entity.

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DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER INJURY STATISTICS CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE

Personal injuries cause damage, injury, and financial drains to not only the victims of those who are negligent but to the victim's family, to the community at large, and to the State of Texas. A healthy compensation system where those who cause harm are required to pay for the harm they cause helps to deter bad behavior by reminding bad actors that they have a responsibility to pay for any damage they have done. 

These types of incidents occur on a regular basis in Texas. Understanding personal injury statistics provides a clear picture of the types of incidents that cause injury and occur in Dallas, as well as the consequences - demonstrating how many accidental injuries and deaths occur each year in Texas, our country, and the Dallas area. As a result, liability is frequently contested in these cases. When this occurs, a personal injury claim or other type of litigation may be required.

Auto Accident Statistics: According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 256,338 people were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019. In 2019, there were 3,610 fatalities in car accidents in Texas. There were 886 people killed in car accidents in which the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Texas Fall Facts: According to the Texas Department of Health Services, there were 1,495 unintentional fall-related deaths among Texans 65 and older in 2015. Among Texans 65 and older, there were 36,337 unintentional fall-related inpatient hospitalizations in 2014. Men had higher rates of fatal fall injuries than women across all age groups.

Statistics on Unintentional Injuries: Unintentional injuries include injuries caused by negligence. The CDC reports that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged 1 to 44 years. They are the third leading cause of death in people aged 45 to 64. Many of these injuries are the result of some form of negligence. Unintentional falls are the leading cause of non-fatal emergency room visits in the United States, with 8,591,683 people visiting the ER for fall-related injuries in 2018.

As the numbers of negligence that causes accidents increase the numbers of injuries caused by negligence increase. If you have been injured by negligence in an auto accident or some other negligence call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100. A Dallas personal injury lawyer from our office will start working on your case today. 

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HOW OUR DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER CAN HELP

Injured person going in an ambulance, Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer The Law Office of Doug Goyen will handle your personal injury case with the goal of maximizing your recovery. Our investigation process identifies aspects of your personal injury case that demonstrate how your injury has not only caused financial harm but has also changed your life.

When our firm accepts your injury case, we will handle everything, including:

  • We handle personal injury cases and help our clients recover the money they are owed due to their injury and damages. 
  • Conducting an in-depth investigation into your case to determine how your injury occurred and who should be held legally responsible for the harm you have suffered.
  • If our clients do not know where to go for treatment, assist them in locating a medical facility for treatment.
  • Assist our clients in locating a medical facility that defers billing while the client receives treatment.
  • Consultation with highly qualified experts from various fields, such as accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals. 
  • We closely examine your medical records and other data to fully calculate your losses and the appropriate amount to seek in your case.
  • Examining all relevant insurance policies in your case and dealing with insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Ensure that all documents are filed on time, including claims with insurance companies and documents in the court where your case will be litigated.
  • Negotiating with insurance companies for a fair and timely settlement of your claim.
  • We obtain compensation for your lost earnings and medical bills.
  • We receive the full amount of your personal injury claim for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any other type of damage caused by your injury.
  • If necessary, skillfully litigating your case in a Texas state or federal court and handling all post-trial legal matters.
  • Resolving any liens that may have been attached to your settlement funds, such as health care or workers' compensation liens.

Our Dallas personal injury lawyer can help you focus on your recovery and your family while we seek fair compensation for your losses. We get results for our clients.

We offer free consultations and strategy sessions for people in need of assistance with personal injury and car accident injury cases. Contact us today at (972) 599 4100 so that we can assist you in developing a strategy to maximize the recovery in your case.

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WHAT A DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER MUST PROVE 

Personal injury cases are typically proven by demonstrating that the person or company who caused the injury did so negligently or intentionally. The majority of personal injury cases involve negligence. Certain "elements" of a negligence case must be proven in order to collect on a claim.

Negligence is broken down into duty, breach, causation issues, and damages. Each element must be proven to collect on a personal injury case:

DUTY: People have a “duty” towards others in society to exercise reasonable care. This duty is to use the amount of care that the ordinarily prudent person is supposed to use under the circumstances. So, for instance, drivers of automobiles have a “duty” not to run red lights, since doing so is dangerous to others. If there is no duty, then there is no negligence. Every individual and company has a duty to act as a reasonably prudent person would act with regard to the safety of others. Every case is different, so the duty and breach of duty vary from case to case. 

BREACH OF DUTY: Two ways to show breach are: 1) a person actually knows they are putting another person at risk, and they take the chance anyway (ie., a person sees the red, decides to run it, hoping he won’t hit anyone, but knowing he could); or 2) person doesn’t see the risk, but a reasonable person in the same circumstance would have foreseen the risk of hurting someone (ie., someone answers a cell-phone while driving, is distracted, and causes a collision).

CAUSATION / Foreseeable: The act must have actually caused the injury claimed. It must also be foreseeable to a reasonable person that the injury in question could have happened. Most of the time the injury caused by the person or company that caused the injury is foreseeable. If you speed, run a red light, drive while distracted, fail to look before you pull out in traffic, it is foreseeable that you may cause a collision that will cause another person to be injured. Courts have held some types of injuries as not foreseeable. For example, a police officer who was holding back a crowd at a car accident site suffered a heart attack and died. His estate sued the driver who had caused the collision, claiming that he would not have suffered the heart attack had the driver of the vehicle not caused the collision. Texas courts found this type of injury as being too far removed and not foreseeable. 

DAMAGES: In order to collect for an injury claim, there must be actual damages caused by the act. Damages include, but are not limited to, past and future medical bills, past and future lost earning capacity, past and future lost income, past and future physical impairment, past and future disfigurement, past and future mental anguish, past and future pain and suffering, property damage, loss of use of your property – such as rental car bills, storage, total loss of property, diminished value of the property, loss of body member (arm, leg, . . .), loss of body capacity (hearing, eyesight, . . . ), loss of consortium, loss of services, emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury), prenatal injury, exemplary damages, prejudgment interest, attorney’s fees, and court costs.  

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TYPES OF PERSONAL INJURIES CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE

The nature of the injury frequently determines the severity of injuries sustained in a personal injury case. Many negligent acts that result in injury or accidents in Dallas result in serious injuries or death. Whether you were injured in a car accident, a premises liability case, a workplace injury, a dog bite, or another form of negligence that resulted in your personal injury, our Dallas personal injury lawyer can help.

We fight for compensation for all of your personal injuries. Personal injuries from negligence may include:

These injuries can make working difficult or impossible, and medical bills can quickly add up. You should not be forced to suffer as a result of someone else's carelessness. If you're ready to start exploring your options, give us a call today. We would be happy to visit you at home or in the hospital if you are unable to come to our law offices.

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WHAT COMPENSATION CAN A DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER GET?

You can rely on our law firm to aggressively pursue the best possible financial recovery for you. A personal injury case's value is determined by three factors: liability, damages, and ability to collect. All three elements are critical in order to collect damages. Our Dallas personal injury lawyer is skilled at proving the elements needed in order to collect the damages you are owed. 

Texas law allows for the recovery of either economic or non-economic damages. Section 41.001(8) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The amount of these damages is determined by the jury in jury trials. 41.008(a) is an example. We may seek the following damages on your behalf:

A) Economic Damages: Economic Damages are compensation for actual economic or pecuniary loss (losses measured in money). Section 41.001(4) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. The following are common economic damages recoverable in auto accident personal injury cases:

Past and future medical bills: The cost of medical bills required to treat your injury in the past and in the future.

Earning capacity lost in the past and in the future: The amount of money you could have earned if you had not been injured.

Property damage: Property damage, such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses, is recoverable in an accident case. Included in your property damage claim may be rental car bills, storage, or towing. 

Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the value of the vehicle immediately prior to the accident.

Diminished value of the property: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you are entitled to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.

Loss of services: If a husband or wife is unable to perform their normal household duties as a result of the injury, they are entitled to compensation.

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B) Noneconomic 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 other than exemplary damages. Section 41.001(12) of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Past and future mental anguish: How your physical injury has caused significant mental anguish, to the point where it is more than disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.

Compensation is allowed for past and future pain and suffering: based on a jury's common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In terms of settling a claim, determining the value of pain and suffering is done by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is.

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, this injury may need to be claimed separately from physical impairment or disfigurement in order to recover damages for the harm caused.

Loss of consortium: If the injury was severe enough that you no longer enjoyed 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 as a result of your injury, and how you will be physically impaired in the future. Texas' version of "loss of enjoyment of life" is physical impairment.

Disfigurement in the past and in the future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how it will disfigure you in the future.

Emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury): If a closely related person witnesses the event in some way, such as seeing 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.

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OUR DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY PRACTICE AREAS

The Law Office of Doug Goyen handles personal injury cases throughout the state of Texas. This includes 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, Dallas personal injury attorney
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, Dallas personal injury attorney
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.

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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

Premises Liability and Slip and Fall Lawyer in Dallas  

Injured in a Store or other Premises such as a Slip and Fall: We represent people who have been injured in “slip and fall” accidents where the person who owned the premises was negligent, had a dangerous condition on their premises, and due to their negligence, the dangerous condition caused an injury. Statistics on Fall Injuries: According to the CDC, one out of every five falls results in a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year as a result of a fall injury, the most common of which is a head injury or hip fracture.

Construction and Industrial Accident Attorney in Dallas  

Injured by the Negligence of a Construction Company, Utility, or Municipality: We represent those who have been physically injured or killed by a negligent construction company, utility, or municipality. Statistics on Workplace Injuries: In 2016 and 2017, one worker in Texas died on the job every 16 hours. According to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), there were 177,977 recordable nonfatal cases in Texas in 2018. In 2018, there were 488 fatal occupational injuries in Texas. Texas TBI from Falls Statistics: According to the Texas Department of Health Services, 48 percent of fall-related deaths in 2015 resulted in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI was twice as common in men as it was in women. In 2014, TBI accounted for 16% of all fall-related hospitalizations (5,732).

Dallas Dog Bite Attorney  

Injured by a Dog Bite or Animal Attack: We represent people who have been injured due to a dog attack or other animal who injures that person due to the negligence of the owner of that animal.

OUR DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY SERVICES

The Law Office of Doug Goyen will handle your personal injury case with the goal of maximizing your recovery. Our investigation process identifies aspects of your personal injury case that demonstrate how your injury has not only caused financial harm but has also changed your life.

1) Client interviews: We interview our clients at the beginning of the case to ensure we have a clear understanding of the facts as our clients saw them regarding liability, what their injuries are, and any other types of damages resulting from the incident caused the injury. In a car accident case, for example, in addition to medical and injury information, we would obtain evidence regarding the amount of property damage, towing bills, rental car bills, storage bills, and the vehicle's diminished value. We keep in touch with our clients throughout their injury treatment so we can understand exactly how the injury progresses – so we know if your injury heals or if there is nothing else we can do for it and you have to live with how the injury has changed your life.

2) Medical Treatment: If you are unsure where to seek treatment for your injury, we will consult with you to discuss your options. You may be able to get care through your health insurance or a previous visit to a medical facility. If those options are not available and you are unable to afford medical treatment, we can assist you in locating a medical facility that will accept you on the basis of a letter of protection from the attorney's office. A letter of protection ensures that the medical facility will be paid once the insurance proceeds are collected. Unfortunately, liability insurance takes much longer than health insurance to release funds for your medical treatment, so some medical facilities require a guarantee from your lawyer that we will send the payment out of any proceeds received from any insurance company. This way, you will be able to receive the necessary treatment.

3) Insurance companies: We request that the insurance companies involved contact us as your representative, and we request that you direct anyone attempting to contact you regarding your accident or injury to contact us as your attorney. We will handle any information requests they may have.

4) Witness interviews: In order to obtain the evidence needed to prove liability in your case, we interview any fact witnesses who may have knowledge of how the incident occurred. Police reports and other types of accident reports frequently include witness statements. Witness information can also be found on 911 recordings from time to time. We obtain any report that may contain witness statements or witness information in order to ensure that we have all of the information required to prove your case. We interview witnesses who can describe how their observations of how your injury has changed your life before and after the injury.

5) Viewing the scene of the injury: We obtain photographs of the accident scene where the injury occurred in order to gain an understanding of the surroundings and to better understand how the accident occurred. A picture can express a thousand words. Viewing the accident site assists us in conveying your story about how the accident occurred.

6) Documents and other tangible evidence to support your injury claim: In addition to police reports, 911 tapes, and other public records, we obtain any other records, bills, photos, video, audio, or other evidence required to support your injury claim. This includes medical bills and records, information from your employer about your lost income, benefit explanations from any health insurance, and records from physical therapists or any other type of therapist you may be seeing as a result of your injury.

7) Expert Witnesses: Not every case requires expert witnesses, but when they are required to prove your case, we hire them. When expert witnesses are required to explain your injury, we hire them. When necessary, we hire expert witnesses to establish liability.

8) Negotiations: When your case is ready for demand, we review it with you to make sure we're on the same page about your injury and damages. The insurance company is then served with a demand. When we receive offers from insurance companies, we review them with you. We will provide you with legal counsel in response to any settlement offers. We will not settle any case unless you give us permission to do so first.

9) Litigation and Trial: The majority of cases settle without the need for a lawsuit. However, in some cases, a settlement cannot be obtained without first filing a lawsuit. If a settlement cannot be reached, we will discuss your options for taking the case to trial and proving your case. When a lawsuit is filed, we prepare to present your case to a jury. From the filing of the lawsuit to the final verdict, we keep you updated at all times.

10) Settlement Proceeds: We will notify you as soon as any settlement proceeds or other funds related to your case are received. We will transfer your funds from our IOLTA trust account to you as soon as we receive them.

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WHEN DO YOU NEED THE SERVICES OF AN ATTORNEY IN A PERSONAL INJURY CASE?

The Texas Statute of Limitations for most personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of the incident causing the injury. You should not wait to hire a lawyer though. If you have been injured by negligence, you need a Dallas personal injury lawyer working on your case right away.

In our experience, if you have been injured as a result of the negligence or actions of another person or business in a car wreck, a fall, a dangerous condition at a home, business, or workplace, a dog bite, or any other type of negligence, you need a lawyer in your case. The insurance companies deal with injury claims on a daily basis. Their adjusters are trained and experienced in attempting to avoid payment of a portion or the entirety of your claim. They have lawyers on staff who will assist them in avoiding payment of your claim.

When you file a claim with an insurance company, they already have a lawyer on their side, and their adjusters deal with claims all day, every day, and are experts at finding ways to avoid payment. If you are going up against an insurance company that already has lawyers on staff working against you and claims personnel who are trained to avoid paying claims, you will need your own lawyer.

Delay tactics are one method used by insurance adjusters to avoid payments. “How difficult can it be?” That is what most people think when they begin the process of dealing with a claims adjuster after being injured due to someone else's negligence. The adjuster initially puts their mind at ease by assuring them that everything will be "taken care of" when they are ready to settle the case. Things start to get complicated after that. Not because it's all that complicated, because it isn't. But if you don't have any leverage with the insurance company, they can quickly complicate things... and they're not going to tell you what the formula is for what they need.

Delay is the name of the game in the insurance industry, and the more they can delay, the more they have you exactly where they want you. For example, you call in and are forced to leave voice messages (because no one ever answers the phone), "I need to have my shoulder looked at, it hasn't been right since the collision." “Can you recommend me to anyone?” There is no follow-up call (or the adjuster answers and says, "I'll have to get back to you on that"). You called a few more times that week. You call again the following week. And then again the next time. You've been dealing with a disabled shoulder for over a month and have received no response from the insurance company.

They finally call you back after a long enough delay and use the old argument, "it's been so long, how do we know this is related to the accident?" As steam escapes your ears at the thought of them even saying this, remember that it was the adjuster who caused the delay. But now you see what their plan all along was – delay until you couldn't prove your injury was related.

Insurance companies look for coverage issues, payment issues, cooperation issues, liability issues, issues with whether you are able to prove your damages are related to their insured's negligence, whether you contributed to your own injuries, whether you had preexisting conditions – the list of reasons they can find to deny all or part of a claim is long.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases since 1997. We have decades of experience fighting insurance companies and defending our clients' rights. Contact us today if you are looking for a Dallas personal injury attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve for your case.

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NO FEE UNLESS YOU WIN

You owe us nothing if we are unable to recover compensation for your case. In personal injury cases, we charge a contingency fee. Contingency Fees are structured to take a percentage of whatever we are able to recover in your personal injury case. We charge a third of any money we recover if we can settle the case before going to court. We do not file any lawsuits without first discussing the case with our client and obtaining permission to proceed. When it comes time to settle the case, we do not do so without first obtaining your permission. Because this is a performance-based contract, the better we do for you, the better we do for ourselves. This aligns our interests with your interests in the case.

FREE CASE REVIEWS

We offer free phone consultations to review your case with you. During the phone consultation, we also provide a free strategy session. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, the legal issues involved, and any legal issues we identify as being critical to maximizing the compensation you are owed. We are customer-focused. We care about our clients and want to assist them in recovering what they are owed.

Doug Goyen's Law Office has decades of experience handling personal injury cases in North Texas. Call us at (972) 599 4100 or use our website's contact form.

By Doug Goyen, douggoyen@goyenlaw.com

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Client Reviews
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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.