Personal injury refers to injury anywhere on the victim’s actual body. It omits injury to property or belongings. It can, however, include injury to a person’s psyche or character; as with Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress or defamation of character. These types of injury may bring rise to civil suits, if egregious enough. The only way to know whether an injury supports a case in the Houston metropolitan area is to contact a qualified personal injury attorney. John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC has practiced personal injury law in Houston for many years. The lawyers at Zaid Law have seen a range of victims suffering from various devastating injuries ranging from brain injuries to construction injuries to catastrophic injuries.
There are unforeseen potential dangers around us everywhere and every day. We don’t realize so many things are hazardous until after they have already caused injury. Every object we interact with has a series of potentially liable actors behind it: decision makers, manufacturers, employees, third party sellers, and maintenance officers. There is bound to be human error, and when personal injury is the result, that error is not always on the part of the victim. A personal injury attorney’s job is to discover where, along the chain of participants, the process broke down and caused physical or psychological harm.
In the city of Houston, growing traffic rates and an under developed public transit system make the city particularly vulnerable to incidents of personal injury. At John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC the overwhelming majority of clients have suffered personal injury from automobile accidents. This is the most common sort of personal injury people sustain, though not the only possible source of a viable claim.
When people get hurt, they suffer many collateral damages. They may have to pay expensive medical bills, purchase assistive devices, take time off from work, or even pay to replace damaged or lost property. Filing an appropriate lawsuit, in these cases, has the potential to yield the resources necessary to alleviate the burdens imposed by these extraneous costs. Often, the suits never make it to trial and the responsible party pays the victim to cover the damages. Sometimes just having a lawyer to contact the negligent party or mediate on the victim’s behalf is all it takes to secure the needed funds.
Did you slip and fall? Have you sustained injury from a car or truck accident? Were you hurt at work? The personal injury lawyers at John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC can help. John Zaid and his associates have an established history of helping the people of Houston get justice. The firm handles many personal injury cases for people who have been hurt in all sorts of different accidents. The associates’ success comes from a personal concern for each client’s circumstances and an expert approach to investigating, researching, and building strong cases.
At John K. Zaid & Associates, PLLC clients are not just numbers; they are people whose stories and experiences are important to the firm. Once someone sustains an injury from a fall or accident, they can contact the firm right away to see whether they have a case against some party, at no charge. The firm’s staff will evaluate the circumstances of the potential client’s injury to determine whether someone’s negligence or wrongdoing was the underlying cause of the injury. They’ll investigate questions like: Was there faulty manufacturing? Did the other drive fail to signal properly? Did the maintenance worker neglect to raise proper signage alerting passersby to the wet floor? etc. Because there are endless scenarios that might give rise to liability, it is best to call the firm if you get hurt. There may be someone you should sue.
When a person becomes injured, an expert personal injury lawyer with a proven track record for success can make the difference between financial ruin and financial security. There is no reason to take on the expenses of ambulances, doctors, chiropractors, etc. when someone else’s negligence led to the injury in the first place. The law makes the victim’s bills the perpetrator’s problem; and it’s the personal injury lawyer’s job to find the perpetrator and make him pay.
Complex Liability Issues
When car accidents occur, serious and fatal injuries are common, and there may be many factors and responsible parties involved. While car drivers may have acted negligently by speeding or driving fatigued, the trucking companies may also be held liable under the respondent superior doctrine if the companies pushed the drivers to act this way by violating scheduling rules. Other parties, like contractors and insurance companies, may also be legally liable for damages if key supervisory and relationships are shown to exist.
Heavy Responsibility, Hefty Penalties
Commercial car drivers and their logistic companies owe others on the roads a standard duty of care to practice safe driving and follow both federal and Texas commercial driving regulations. When they fail to do this, and people become seriously injured or are killed, they must be held accountable for their actions. Hiring a Houston personal injury attorney with experience in car accidents can help victims and their families recover damages and compensation from all responsible parties.
If you or your loved one was recently involved in an accident with a car or other commercial vehicle, contact a Houston car accident lawyer to immediately to discuss your legal rights and options.
Driving trucks for a living is a heavy responsibility. Truck drivers have to follow both state and federal commercial vehicle laws, as well as other laws that control traffic and criminal violations. When truck accidents occur and motorists are injured or killed on state highways, complex liability issues arise between the truck drivers, their employers and other third parties, like insurance companies, who may all be held legally responsible for damages.
Federal Trucking Laws
In addition to following the rules of the road, truck drivers and their trucking companies must also follow a number of federal regulations. For example, truck companies must keep driver schedules reasonable, so that no deliveries cause drivers to speed or drive longer hours than the rules provide. Truck drivers and companies must also ensure commercial vehicles are maintained properly and in working order before any trips. Safely securing cargo and hiring qualified, licensed commercial drivers are also two key federal regulations that truckers and truck companies must follow.
Commercial Vehicle Laws in Texas
In Texas, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Service (CVE) is tasked with enforcing the laws of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to reduce trucking road damage and accidents. The CVE does this by weighing commercial vehicles while in service and verifying compliance with state and federal laws involving truck and driver registration, licensing and hazardous materials.
The Texas Highway Patrol and law enforcement officials also work to catch truck drivers violating state traffic and criminal laws while driving on state roads. When truckers and truck companies violate the laws and cause serious accidents, Houston truck accident lawyers can help bring personal injury claims to hold the negligent parties responsible.