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Texas Personal Injury Attorneys

When filing a Personal Injury Claim in Texas, one of the first and most important actions to take after a personal injury occurs is to enlist a knowledgeable lawyer who can help you file a claim. In Texas, the statute of limitations is two years.  This means that you have two years to file a personal injury claim for an accident you were involved in.  Our firm encourages individuals to seek attorney counsel as soon as possible after an accident.  Contact us for a free evaluation of your case so that we can provide you with the necessary information and help you take the best course of action.

At The Carlson Law Firm, we can provide a level of representation that has been given recognition with awards and accolades that can be used to your advantage.  With the number of attorneys at our firm, we have the ability to provide the comprehensive representation you need for your case.  For The Carlson Law Firm, each client is unique and each case should be handled uniquely.  For personalized service with quality you can trust, contact our firm today!

Case We Handle

  • Car Accidents

    Were you injured in an auto accident?

    There are all different kinds of car accidents. Some are very minor and do not incur much damage to those involved. Others are major and can cause severe injury or even death to those involved. If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident that has resulted in personal injuries, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. If you were the victim of an auto accident, you are entitled to compensation for the medical bills, pain, suffering and even future medical procedures. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you prove that the other person is at fault through a detailed look at the case.

    In the event of negligence on the part of the other individual, our firm can help show that the driver was at blame for drinking and driving, reckless driving and all around distracted driving. Our firm has a substantial amount of attorneys, nurses, and investigators who are specialize in not only helping you physically, but helping to prove negligence also. At The Carlson Law Firm, we can help you through every step of the process of filing a personal injury claim.

    Motor Vehicle Cases We Handle

    ATV Accidents 
    ATVs or “all-terrain vehicles” are commonly used for recreation and by nature are equipped with low-pressure tires and typically 4 wheels. Most ATVs are intended to be ridden by one operator. Unfortunately, recreation can sometimes lead to an accident.

    Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents 
    Many bicycle and pedestrian accidents are caused by the negligence of passenger vehicle drivers, although there are a variety of different causes. These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries.

    Bus Accidents 
    Depending on the type of bus, these types of accident claims can be filed against the city or private bus operator. Injuries can be incurred while riding on a bus, traveling in a vehicle or as a pedestrian.

    Distracted Driving 
    Three types of distracted driving are recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): visual, manual and cognitive. By far, the most common kind of distracted driving that results in avoidable accidents is cell phone use while driving.

    Drunk Driving Accidents 
    It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Having alcohol in your system impairs the ability to operate a vehicle safely. This leads to thousands of injuries and deaths each year.

    Hit and Run Accidents 
    Some of the most tragic types of accidents involve the driver leaving the scene. By law, individuals are required to stay at the scene and exchange information until law enforcement and ambulances can arrive (if necessary).

    Motor Vehicle Insurance Claims 
    Our firm is skilled and experienced in handling auto insurance claims for clients to ensure that no one goes without their necessary compensation. At The Carlson Law Firm, we will handle the paperwork for you.

    Uninsured / UIM Motorists 
    Uninsured and underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist claims apply to those individuals who were involved in an accident with a driver who was either uninsured or underinsured. In some cases, the UM/UIM clause applies to those who were involved in hit-and-run accidents.

    Rollover Accident 
    This is among one of the more serious types of motor vehicle collisions. If a car is hit at just the right angle, it can go into a spin and roll over.

    Vehicle Fires 
    In some car accidents, the vehicle is damaged in such a way that it combusts. If you were injured in a vehicle fire, it is likely that you are suffering from burn injuries.

    Car Accidents in Waco, Temple and Killeen

    If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a car accident, you deserve an aggressive group of attorneys who are prepared to help you recover damages. Our legal team has a wide range of skills that can be used to your benefit, and we have a proven history of success in cases in Temple, Waco, Killeen and the surrounding communities. If we take on your case, we can fight for the maximum amount of compensation available. Our lawyers can work tirelessly to achieve a resolution that can allow you to fully recover from your injuries.Contact a Texas car accident attorney from our firm at your earliest convenience!

  • Trucking Accidents

    For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers at the The Carlson Law Firm.  We have the skills and ability to help you, and we can fight for a settlement that makes a difference to your case.  Commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, pose a large threat to passenger vehicles, pedestrians and motorcyclists. They are large and heavy vehicles that are no match for any other vehicle on a roadway or highway.  Another great danger that trucks pose is that they carry hazardous substances and materials that can be toxic and flammable. Their overall design does not allow for quick maneuvers and stopping to be easily executed.

    For more information, visit our Trucking Accidents page.

  • Motorcycle Accidents

    There are many advantages to motorcycle transportation. Motorcycles are an easy and gas-efficient vehicle that can be used to commute or take a relaxing trip through the state. More and more individuals have been purchasing motorcycles to use as an efficient and fun vehicle that can weave through traffic on a busy freeway. The primary problem with motorcycles, however, is the danger factor they possess. There are many motorcycle accidents that cause catastrophic injuries to the victim or victims involved. These accidents are also known for leading to wrongful death of the rider. The victims and loved ones of the victims can forevermore lead shattered and painful lives as a result of one moment of negligence or carelessness of another driver.

    For more information, visit our Motorcycle Accidents page.

  • Admiralty Law

    What is Admiralty Law

    Texas is covered by over 80,000 miles of waterways and is home to one of the busiest seaports in the nation: the Port of Houston.  With so much hustle and bustle off our coasts, legal issues are bound to arise, and that is where admiralty law comes into play.  Anything that happens on or near any body of navigable water is liable to call forth the admiralty jurisdiction of the federal courts and the application of the national maritime law.

    There are a vast majority of legal issues that can occur on the water, just as they can on land.  Workers’ compensation, criminal offenses, personal injury and employment issues are all covered by admiralty law when they occur on water.

    For more information, visit our Admiralty Law page.

  • Asbestos

    Were you exposed to asbestos?

    A mineral fiber that was commonly used among an array of construction and building materials, asbestos fibers can become damaged and disturbed during renovations and remodeling. When disturbed, the fibers become airborne, where the dangerous materials can be inhaled and cause serious health, long term health problems.

    Although the dangers of asbestos have come to light, provoking new regulations and the elimination of its use in newer products and materials, the deadly fibers continue to affect those previously exposed and properties being remodeled where asbestos was used. Some of the products where the material was previously used include:

    • Manufactured goods
    • Roof shingles
    • Ceiling and floor tiles
    • Paper products
    • Asbestos cement products
    • Automobile clutches
    • Auto brakes
    • Vehicle transmission parts
    • Heat resistant fabrics
    • Packaging
    • Gaskets
    • Coatings

    Exposure to asbestos can occur in a variety of environments, though employees who work, or used to work, in asbestos producing environments or mines often endure dangerous asbestos exposure. Other industries where employees, contractors and workers may be exposed to the fibers are:

    • Building demolition asbestos exposure
    • Renovation asbestos exposure
    • Insulation removal asbestos exposure
    • Fireproofing material removal asbestos exposure
    • Floor tile removal asbestos exposure
    • Construction asbestos exposure
    • Acoustical material removal asbestos exposure
    • Textile manufacturing asbestos exposure
    • Automotive repair work asbestos exposure

    A naturally prevalent fiber, asbestos is resistant to heat and many chemicals, making it a material that was previously used in a variety of products and goods, especially in homes, buildings and properties under construction. Asbestos can come in a multitude of forms including, chrysotile, crocinolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite and actinolite, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

    While there are a wide range of health problems associated with asbestos, some of the more serious issues involve the inhalation of the fibers, increasing the risk of lung disease, also known as mesothelioma. The more someone is exposed to the deadly fibers, inhaling even the most miniscule particles, the greater the risks accompanying. The fibers inhaled by those exposed to asbestos can imbed themselves into the lung tissue, causing mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

    Though the inhalation of the fibers is dangerous enough as it is, people who smoke are at an even greater risk for experiencing illness as a result. Asbestosis is a disease that results from inhaling asbestos, which irritates and produces scarring in the lungs. The scarring can make it hard for sufferers to breath. Some of the people affected by asbestosis experience a dry, crackling sound in the lunch when breathing in deeply.

    Asbestos Lung Cancer (Mesothelioma)

    Those experiencing complications resulting from inhaling asbestos endure the greatest number of deaths as a result of lung cancer associated. In fact, in contrast with the general population, those exposed to asbestos have a much higher rate of developing lung cancer, even if exposure occurred years and year ago. Some symptom of lunch cancer caused by asbestos inhalation may include (but are not limited to):

    • Shortness of breath
    • Frequent and repetitive chest pain
    • Anemia
    • Hoarseness

    Texas Asbestos Attorneys

    A type of cancer, Mesothelioma is a rare type that affects those who work in industries and environments where they are exposed to asbestos. The cancer affects the lining in the lungs as well as the heart, abdomen and chest regions and may not develop for years following exposure. A cure for mesothelioma is not always possible.

    If you or someone you love has been seriously injured, died or fallen ill with cancer or any other asbestos related conditions, call our asbestos exposure attorneys or mesothelioma lawyers in Austin, San Antonio, Killeen and statewide Texas, contact us online or visit one of our 11 office locations in Texas for a free consultation today. Our experienced attorneys will help you seek fair compensation for your pain, suffering and loss. We care. We can help.

  • Aviation Accidents

    At The Carlson Law Firm, our Killeen airplane accident lawyers represent family members of victims of private and commercial aviation accidents. Although various standards and protocols have been put in place to govern design, inspection, maintenance, pilot training, and evaluation, statistics prove that many deadly airplane crashes are completely preventable.  In fact, most airplane crashes occur due to the negligence of maintenance personnel, design teams, crews, pilots, and airplane management.

    If you have lost a loved one in an aviation accident or one of your family members has sustained serious injuries in this type of crash, it is important you seek experienced legal representation right away.  Our legal team at The Carlson Law Firm can provide legal strategies to help you and your family.

    To speak with a Killeen airplane accident attorney, call The Carlson Law Firm, or fill out a free case evaluation form online! We are ready to fight for your rights.

    For more information, visit our Aviation Accidents page.

  • Birth Defects

    It can be difficult for parents to understand the causes of why their baby was born with birth defects.  These questions may be difficult for anyone to answer.  Although the causes of many birth defects are unknown, many studies have found links between birth defects and certain medications and chemicals.  These studies have brought parents into courtrooms asking for answers.

    Common birth defects

    • Cleft Palate
    • Club Foot
    • Fusion of fingers, toes or limbs
    • Cengenital Heart Defects (Heart abnormalities)
    • Septal Heart Defects (Hole in the heart)
    • Fetal death/stillborn
    • Mental Retardation/Down Syndrome
    • Brain and Skull Deformities
    • Spina Bifida
    • Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome
    • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
    • Many more.

    For more information on this matter, visit our Birth Defects page.

  • Bus Accidents

    Bus travel is a necessary method of getting around for a lot of people. From getting children to and from school, to offering travelers an alternative to flying, school buses, greyhound buses, commercial buses and public transportation can all offer positive solutions to a multitude of passengers. But despite the access buses offer, they can also pose serious danger to other drivers in passenger vehicles and the passengers within the bus itself, if they are not operated by trained, attentive employees and if the equipment is not properly maintained.

    Bus Accident Causes

    Bus injuries and fatalities can be endured within a variety of situations, including; while riding as a passenger, as a pedestrian or while occupying a passenger vehicle sharing the roadway.

    Despite the situation in which someone is injured by a bus, the medical costs, burdensome injuries and loss of work can create strain upon individuals and family members alike.  Buses must possess the equipment necessary to carry out safe transportation of passengers.  Additionally, those trusted with the great responsibility of transported passengers from one point to another must be properly trained by bus employers.

    To read more visit our Bus Accidents page.

  • Dangerous drugs

    Injuries from Dangerous Prescription Drugs

    If you suffered ill effects or if a loved one died after taking a prescription medication, you may have a valid injury claim against the manufacturer, pharmacy or prescribing physician, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case.  Discuss your case with a Texas personal injury lawyer at our firm.

    • A bad prescription originating with a doctor may be evidence of medical malpractice. The physician may have failed to confirm allergies or screen for drug interactions.
    • A medication error originating with a pharmacy may also be cause for a professional malpractice claim.  The pharmacist may have given you the wrong drug or wrong dosage.
    • A dangerous or defective drug issued by a pharmaceutical manufacturer may be cause for a product liability claim against that producer.  The manufacturer may have released a drug for public consumption without conducting sufficient testing, or after ignoring negative test results.  The drug manufacturer is responsible for taking reasonable precautions to ensure that medications are safe for the patients they are prescribed to. 

    Product Liability Lawyer: Protecting Your Rights

    If drugs that caused serious illness or death had previously been recalled, the manufacturer, pharmacy and/or physician should not have released those defective prescription drugs.  The caring lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm represent clients who, as consumers and patients, were harmed by dangerous and defective drugs such as the following:

    Dangerous Drug Lawyer Serving Texas

    If you were seriously harmed by a medication administered to you in a hospital, sold over the counter or issued by a pharmacy in Arkansas or Texas, the defective drug lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm are prepared to evaluate the facts of your case. Contact a Texas dangerous drug attorney at our Killeen, Temple, Waco office or any of our other locations throughout the state for a free consultation with an experienced Texas personal injury attorney. We serve injured clients nationwide. No appointment is required during normal business hours, and bilingual staff members are available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Se habla español.

  • Fitness Equipment Injuries

    Fitness is becoming increasingly important to many Americans, as we become more aware of the long-term health hazards associated with not exercising. Treadmills are a staple at the majority of fitness centers, and even in homes across America.

    Treadmills are among the best-selling exercise machines in the United States, with nearly 28 million users, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. What most people aren’t aware of however, is the prevalence of fitness equipment injuries.

    Click here to learn more about Fitness Equipment Injuries

  • Law Enforcement Abuse

    Law enforcement abuse is a hot topic these days after several instances that have made national news in the past few years.  From beatings to shootings of individuals, it has brought law enforcement in the court rooms with injured victims or their families demanding justice.

    Reasons for law enforcement abuse lawsuit

    • Discrimination
    • Harassment
    • False Arrest
    • Excessive force

    Law enforcement is automatically granted qualified immunity from lawsuits. This protects officers from having to worry about lawsuits when they are trying to do their job.  It is believed to help them do their job more effectively.  Although they are immune, they can be sued if it is shown that they willfully acted in an unreasonable manner.  Negligence is not enough to overcome immunity.

    For more information, click here.

  • Mass Torts

    What is a mass tort?

    A mass tort is a civil lawsuit involving several plaintiffs (victims) filing under the same court.  These plaintiffs have suffered severe injuries from dangerous pharmaceuticals and products.  A tort is a civil (not criminal) wrong doing from one person that results in injury to another.  A mass tort is when a wrong doing from one person or company affects several people.

    What types of torts are there?

    1.  Consumer product claims

    These products can be any device with a defect that causes injury to another person.  The claims must show liability.  Liability can be due to manufacturing defects, design defects or failures to warn consumers of certain risks. These defective products can be anything from medical devices to vehicles.

    2.  Toxic torts

    Toxic torts are when the plaintiff believes their injuries are due to exposure to a poisonous chemical.  These chemicals can be exposed during an occupation that works in a highly toxic environment.  Studies have shown that industrial workers that have constant exposure to these chemicals are at higher risk of developing certain diseases compared to the general population.

    3.  Pharmaceuticals

    Pharmaceutical cases are when the plaintiff’s claim that their injury, disease or condition are due to a drug they have taken.  These cases can also be considered product liability, in which the drug is the product. This is what separates pharmaceutical torts from medical malpractice cases. Injuries could be from blindness to cancer.  For these cases to be valid, the condition of the patient cannot be a warning on the drug label when the patient was prescribed the drug.

    For more information, visit our Mass Torts page.

  • Military Contractors

    Legal Representation for Military Personnel

    The Carlson Law Firm represents military men and women who have been hurt or victimized by military contractors. When contractors are more concerned about making a profit and getting a job done than they are about the safety of our military personnel, the attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm can step in and hold them accountable for their actions.

    What are “qui tam” claims?

    In the United States, any individual who has information about possible fraud, negligence or another type of violation on behalf of a military contractor can bring a “qui tam” claim according to the U.S.C. § 3729 on behalf of the federal government for offenses committed against it. Sometimes, this type of claim is referred to as “Lincoln Law.” Essentially, it allows whistleblowers to bring claims against federal defense contractors for alleged fraud and misconduct.

    U.S. Defense Contractors in Texas

    In the state of Texas there are a particularly large number of U.S. defense contractors, especially in major cities such as Dallas and Houston. Some of the major defense contractors in Texas include:

    • KBR
    • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    • Bell Helicopter Textron
    • BAE Systems
    • Boeing
    • DRS Technologies
    • Alliant Techsystems
    • Raytheon
    • Vought Corporation
    • Rockwell Collins

    If you have been injured, become seriously ill or your loved one was killed and you believe you may have a claim against one of the aforementioned defense contracting companies or another, please do not hesitate to contact The Carlson Law Firm to discuss your legal options.

    Potential Claims Against Military Contractors

    The Carlson Law Firm is prepared to represent individuals who may have claims against military contractors. One of the most common claims that have surfaced in recent months against defense contractors involves toxic exposure. One example of this was various military men and women who were exposed to contaminated water at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant in Iraq. Some who were exposed are now suffering from various types of respiratory problems.

    Another claim was filed against KBR by the family of a military member who was killed by electrocution on a military base. Although the lawsuit was initially denied, the family appealed and a judge ruled that the case against KBR did have merit. Other military members might have claims related to other types of toxic exposure, burns, chemicals and more.

    Calling The Carlson Law Firm

    Our law firm is passionate about advocating for the brave men and women who serve our country. Our goal with these cases is to hold military contractors accountable for their negligence and carelessness so that our clients can recover the compensation they need and deserve after suffering avoidable injury and/or illness. To learn more about how The Carlson Law Firm could help you, you can call us today and receive a free, no-obligation evaluation of your case.

  • Military Helicopter Crashes

    Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer from Our Firm: (844) 332-8474

    When military aircrafts, such as helicopters, are not maintained or are built using defective parts, pilots can face catastrophic and fatal injuries if an accident occurs.  Unfortunately, every year, many service members are harmed in helicopter accidents due to faulty manufacturing, negligent maintenance, and pilot errors.  In many cases, the injured service member or the military personnel’s family members can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit to hold the negligent party responsible for the fatal or injurious accident.

    If someone you love was injured in a military helicopter crash, contact a personal injury lawyerfrom The Carlson Law Firm right away! We have the resources and skills it takes to pursue monetary compensation for you and your family.

    For more information, visit our Military Helicopter Crashes page.

  • Plant explosions

    Were you injured in an industrial accident?

    Plant and refinery workers have one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation. Every day, they go up against heavy machinery, harmful chemicals and the knowledge that an accident could happen at any moment. In 2010, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) reported 4,690 total fatal workplace injuries, 329 of which were in the manufacturing industry. In 2011, the DOL reported nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. The Carlson Law Firm offers legal representation to industrial workers such as this, and is passionate about pursuing their rights.

    Human Error, Equipment Malfunctions & More

    When working with dangerous materials, there are many things that could go wrong. One potential cause of industrial accidents of this nature is lack of proper regulation or adherence to those regulations. Plant and refinery companies are required to adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as well as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. These regulations are in place to protect workers, the surrounding community and the environment from avoidable harm. Was there an incomplete inspection? Did the plant operator fail to adhere to standard safety regulations? Any of these factors can result in serious accidents and even deadly explosions.

    Human error and equipment malfunctions are also common causes of industrial accidents. To err may be human, but even a minor error in this type of industry can have massive implications. When workers, supervisors and the like fail to perform their job duties safely and correctly, they run the risk of causing accidents that can seriously injure and even kill. Equipment malfunctions also often occur because of poor adherence to industry-wide regulations. Machinery must be inspected and corrected constantly so as to avoid wear-and-tear that could result in an accident of catastrophic proportions. When machines aren’t maintained, workers are at risk.

    OSHA & EPA Investigations

    Plants and refineries should be inspected regularly by government entities such as the EPA and OSHA. If an inspection finds that the plant is not up to code, then it will be fined and required to fix whatever is necessary. Government investigations also occur after accidents to ascertain the cause. After any type of fatality or catastrophe, entities like OSHA conduct investigations as a response. An investigation of this nature can pinpoint the cause or causes of an accident. When workers and others are killed and injured, The Carlson Law Firm can step in and assist. Our firm will hold the negligent or careless party liable for their actions, so that victims can secure the compensation that is rightfully theirs.

    Why hire The Carlson Law Firm?

    If you or someone you love has been injured in a devastating plant or refinery explosion or a serious industrial accident, then trust The Carlson Law Firm with your case. Our firm has been serving the people of Central Texas since 1976. Currently, we have offices in Killeen, Waco and Temple making it easy for Central Texans to come and meet with our firm. 

    We are no stranger to these types of cases. Our firm is passionate about the representation of victims so that they can pursue not only maximum financial compensation for their losses, but justice. To learn more about how The Carlson Law Firm can assist you with your case, please do not hesitate to call today. Consultations are free.

    Were you affected by the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas? Click here to learn more.

  • Premises liability

    After being injured on another individual’s property, you likely have many questions regarding the accident. For that reason, it is our firm’s pleasure to make sure that all of your inquiries are fully answered and regarded. This is a complex situation that should only be handled by an experienced and professional lawyer who has knowledge of the situation. Property owners have a stern responsibility to care for their property to ensure that it is safe and hazard free for the public. If that does not take place and the property is rejected, serious circumstances and injuries can result. Accidents on the property location can occur as a result of negligence and physical damage may be a resulting factor.

    Seeking Justice for Negligence

    This inattention on the part of the owner can lead to a serious situation that will demand substantial compensation. Two common examples of premises liability include slip and fall accidents and lack of substantial security. If a property owner or manager does not provide warning of potential dangers and hazards, such as a spilled drink on the floor. If you have been injured on another person’s property or bitten by their dog, it is advisable to contact an attorney from our firm. We have the tools to provide you with access to financial compensation for your physical and emotional injuries.

    Our firm can aggressively pursue compensation for financial expenses. Medical costs can be covered for both present and future expenses from the injury. If therapy is needed, this can be covered also. If you have lost wages at your workplace, it is a possibility that this can be compensated. If someone has been injured in a premises liability accident, our firm has the tools to effectively handle your situation. One of our Texas premises liability attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm can determine if a claim should be filed. Contact one of our attorneys for more information on how The Carlson Law Firm can help you!

    Common types of premises liability:

  • Product liability

    Some of the most undesirable situations include those involving malfunctioning products. If a product is purchased and does not perform as stated, but instead, causes injury or harm to its users, the situation could lead to substantial frustration as a result of the injuries. A potentially defective process can cause substantial dangerous circumstances, and when they occur, it is important to obtain the help you need. Our firm can use each experience we have encountered, as a team and individuals, to make your case one that is prepared to be fought.

    Proving Liability in Waco, Temple & Killeen

    There are many laws and regulations in place for how products should work and fulfill expectations. If the product does not work as advertised, but instead causes injury or even wrongful death, our firm can provide assistance as soon as you contact our office. We have substantial experience with product liability cases, which is the liability of distributors, suppliers, and manufacturers for defective products. When a consumer is unfortunate enough to be the user of a defective product, great danger could result. Liability can be proven with the assistance of one of our personal investigators. There is no other place you need to go to get the representation you deserve.

    Product liability is often difficult to determine because it is hard to figure out who is truly at fault. Manufacturers are liable for design defects and other situations that could have been prevented with closer attention to the product. Possible injuries include head injuries, burns, fractures and even blindness. Damage from recalled products cause a loss of money and injuries each year, and a lawyer from our firm is available to fight for compensation in this situation. Contact our firm at your earliest convenience to handle your situation with one of our attorney’s help.

    To find our more about current recalls, visit our Recalls page.

  • Train Accidents

    Train accidents occur more frequently than many people realize.  In fact, two accidents occur every hour in the U.S.  on average.  Collisions and derailments are responsible not just for extensive property damage, but also catastrophic injury and loss of life to pedestrians, motorists, railroad employees, and train passengers.

    If you or someone you know has been injured in a preventable train accident, or if you have suffered the loss of a loved one, contact The Carlson Law Firm to seek the legal guidance of a national accident lawyer.  Our team of more than 20 seasoned attorneys has decades of combined experience representing injury victims and families throughout the United States. When you consult with our firm, we can determine whether you have grounds to seek compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

    For more information, visit our Train Accidents page.

  • Sexual assault

    Representation for Victims of Sexual Abuse

    If you were sexually assaulted, you should fight for justice and compensation! A criminal legal proceeding does not award damages to victims, so it is important that you and your family file a civil lawsuit to receive the compensation you need to move forward.

    After you have been victimized, it is important that you know that you do not have to be the victim any longer.

    Who can I hold accountable?

    When a sexual assault takes place, you can hold the perpetrator and an institution (if they failed to keep a parking lot lit and safe, for example) accountable. When an institution employs a sex offender and fails to supervise them, it can be held accountable. When an apartment complex fails to provide adequate security to keep its residents safe, it can be held accountable.

    Whether you or your loved one was assaulted in a child care facility, place of worship, school, hospital or commercial facility, you can be confident that The Carlson Law Firm will dedicate 100% of its resources to fight for you! When you need someone to talk to and fight for your rights, you can count on the team of attorneys at our firm. We can help you determine whether you can hold the perpetrator, landowner, employer or another party accountable for the harm you suffered.

    When can I sue a business?

    When can a facility be held responsible?

    • When it negligently hired the perpetrator without doing an adequate background check
    • When it negligently supervised its employees
    • When it negligently retained an employee after potential predatory signs
    • When it negligently trains its employees on how to watch out for signs of potential sexual assault
    • When it negligently enforces guidelines on how to prevent sexual assault
    • When it negligently fails to supply the necessary security to protect its employees and customers
    • When it negligently fails to investigate complains of an alleged sexual assault

    We will investigate all of the details surrounding your case and help you fight for the proper compensation. If aggravated factors existed— such as the threat of violence, the threat of injury, the threat of kidnapping, the brandishing or use of a deadly weapon or an administered substance— we will make sure you receive every penny for the suffering and duress you endured.

    Contact The Carlson Law Firm today!

    When you are looking for a compassionate and yet hard-hitting legal advocate, you can be confident that you will find the right representative at The Carlson Law Firm! Contact us for a free consultation now!

  • Sports-related concussions

    Claims Against the NFL

    A slew of lawsuits have recently surfaced in collegiate and professional football, claims by players alleging that the NFL is responsible for serious side effects related to head trauma, concussions and the like.  The various lawsuits all allege basically the same thing: that the NCAA or NFL did not adequately warn players of the risks associated with the high-impact sport, specifically, that concussions and other head / brain trauma could leave the players suffering for a lifetime.  Various helmet manufacturers have also been named in these complaints.

    If you played collegiate, professional or semi-professional football and are now experiencing symptoms such as:

    • Chronic headaches
    • Brain trauma
    • Disorientation / confusion
    • Emotional instability
    • Depression
    • Suicidal thoughts
    • Insomnia
    • Amnesia
    • Dysnomia
    • Early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s

    You may be entitled to bring a lawsuit against the NFL, a helmet manufacturer or an affiliated party.

    Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy or CTE

    A serious disease from repeated concussions and brain trauma is CTE.  Individuals suffering from CTE slowly deteriorate over time and can have their life changed from the condition.  The most common symptoms of CTE is is loss of memory, depression, impulsive behavior, impaired judgement and other neurological symptoms.  These symptoms can sometimes lead to suicide and death.

    NFL Improperly Attempted to Influence Concussion Research

    According to a report released Monday, May 23, 2016, the NFL officials “improperly attempted to influence the grant selection process” in a concussion study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The NFL promised $30 million to the study about chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which triggered an investigation.

    “The NFL’s interactions with NIH and approach to funding the BU study fit a longstanding pattern of attempts to influence the scientific understanding of the consequences of repeated head trauma,” according to the report released by the Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce states. “These efforts date back to the formation of the NFL’s now-discredited (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) Committee, which attempted to control the scientific narrative around concussions in the 1990s.”

    The NFL denies all allegations in the report.

    Treatment for Concussions

    Football players suffering from the lasting effects of a concussion or multiple concussions may be able to seek financial compensation for medical expenses related to the treatment of concussions.  Since side effects can be both physical and emotional, financial compensation could be provided to cover the cost of:

    • Doctor visits
    • CT Scans / neuroimaging / MRIs
    • Physical or occupational therapy
    • Psychiatric care or counseling
    • Antidepressant / Anti-anxiety (SSRI) drugs

    NFL Concussion Lawsuits

    Literally thousands of former football players have file lawsuits against the NFL alleging that the league did not do their part to adequately warn players and protect players from concussion and its long-term effects. Football players can sustain not just one, but multiple concussions during their career.  With each blow comes an increased risk of severe side effects later on in life.  As you can see from the symptoms listed above, concussion and traumatic brain/head injury not only causes lasting physical effects, but lasting emotional trauma as well.

    Many football players allege that, not only did the NFL adequately warn of the long-term effects of football-incurred head trauma, but that these organizations intentionally concealed this information to keep players in the game.  Many players say that, after suffering serious head injuries, they were encouraged to get back on the field as soon as possible, sometimes without receiving medical attention.  So far, the NFL has already paid millions in settlements to players who have brought claims forward.  Some of the notable people to bring claims forward include:

    • Tony Dorsett
    • Jim McMahon
    • Junior Seau

    Thousands of former NFL players may be eligible for lawsuits against the league and possibly the league’s helmet manufacturer.

    NFL Concussion Lawyer

    If you or someone you love formerly or currently plays professional or collegiate football and is suffering from complications stemming from concussions or traumatic head injury, please do not hesitate to contact The Carlson Law Firm.  We have medical professionals testing players and former players to see if their condition qualifies for a case.  Our law firm is capable of NFL concussion litigation and is ready to fight for you.  We can provide confidential case evaluations so you can explain your case to us and we can provide you with information on the best legal recourse.

  • STD contraction

    It is against the law for someone to knowingly infect someone or put someone at risk for contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). If you or someone you love contracted an STD because of someone else’s negligent actions and/or failure to disclose their STD to you, then you may be able to seek legal representation to hold the person accountable for their actions. The Carlson Law Firm is prepared to bring these types of claims against individuals who are responsible for knowingly transmitting their STD.

    Types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

    At The Carlson Law Firm, we are prepared to bring claims against individuals for transmitting diseases such as, but not limited to, the following:

    Genital herpes is a viral STD. There are two forms of herpes: HSV1 and HSV2. The first type of herpes is generally described as a “cold sore” which appears on the mouth/lips and goes away with time. HPV2 or genital herpes manifests itself as sores on the genitalia. Herpes is not completely curable, but can be treated with anti-viral medications.

    Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a virus that can lead to Aids and other life-threatening conditions. HIV is transmitted through bodily fluids- not just genital fluids, but blood and even breast milk can be effective methods of transmitting the virus. HIV can be treated, but not cured. The sooner treatment is administered, the better the chances can be of avoiding Aids.

    Many researchers consider human papilloma virus (HPV) the most common STD. HPV is the virus commonly associated with cervical cancer, but not all HPV cases lead to cancer. Some people have no symptoms while others suffer from somewhat painful and embarrassing symptoms.

    This STD can be cured with treatment. Women are infected in their cervix while chlamydia in men affects the penis/urethra. Chlamydia can lead to pain during intercourse. Many do not detect that they have contracted this disease until months later, although symptoms can appear within weeks.

    This is a bacterial STD very similar to chlamydia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year there are 700,000 new reported cases of people who have contracted gonorrhea.

    Syphilis sores are usually visible. Many people with this disease use condoms to reduce the risk of transmission, but this cannot completely guarantee that it won’t spread.

    Proving Liability in an STD Lawsuit

    It can be difficult to prove liability in an STD lawsuit for a few different reasons, but this does not mean that our attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm aren’t up for the challenge. Listed below are various hurdles that you might encounter along the way, but that our firm is prepared to handle so you can receive justice.

    • Pinpointing exactly who infected you could be difficult, particularly if you have had more than one sexual partner in recent months. Some people do not find out they have an STD for a long time, which could make it even more difficult to pinpoint the at-fault party.
    • Simply transmitting an STD isn’t enough to make someone liable for another’s condition. A person can be liable if it can be shown that they know about their condition, and had intercourse anyway without disclosing the STD to his/her partner.
    • Have the battle with these types of cases takes place even before a lawyer is contacted. That is, many people who have contracted STDs can be embarrassed about bringing this type of information to loved ones, let alone a lawyer they have just met. The Carlson Law Firm is committed to complete client confidentiality as well as compassionate legal counsel.

    The Carlson Law Firm: Attorneys and Counselors at Law

    At The Carlson Law Firm, we take our jobs seriously- we are not only attorneys, but counselors at law. In these cases particularly, our clients need both. This is an incredibly sensitive issue that deserves the utmost care and compassion, while simultaneously one of the most difficult to litigate, which requires aggressive representation. If you have contracted an STD because of someone else’s careless or selfish actions in concealing their condition from you, please contact The Carlson Law Firm for a free and confidential evaluation of your case today.

  • Workplace injury

    Work Injury Attorneys in Texas

    When a serious or fatal injury occurs in the workplace, the team at The Carlson Law Firm is here to help. Our firm helps injured workers pursue the maximum recovery in third-party liability claims. That means we investigate accidents, uncover responsible parties and hold them accountable for the harm their negligence causes.

    Our team of experienced workplace accident and personal injury lawyers can handle a wide range of cases, including:

    • Construction site accidents
    • Industrial and manufacturing injuries
    • Farm and ranch accidents
    • Oilfield accidents (fires, explosions, oil well blowouts, equipment failure, etc.)
    • Gas explosions
    • Food service injuries like burns and kitchen slip-and-fall accidents
    • Back injuries and other lifting accidents
    • Health care worker injuries
    • General workplace injury in the office or warehouse

    We are dedicated to providing the kind of honest answers, sound legal advice and powerful advocacy that victims of workplace injury can count on. Our attorneys are committed to standing up for the rights of construction workers, factory employees, petrochemical industry workers and others who have suffered as a result of third-party negligence.

    Call The Carlson Law Firm for Reliable Help

    Don’t let another moment pass without an experienced advocate on your side to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact us for a free consultation with one of our Texas workplace accident attorneys in one of our offices in Killeen, Temple, or Waco.

    We serve injured workers statewide. No appointment is necessary during normal business hours, and bilingual staff members are available to assist our Spanish-speaking clients. Se habla español.

  • Wrongful death

    Proving Liability & Seeking Compensation

    One of the most tragic circumstances that can occur is that of a wrongful death. When a loved one dies as a result of another’s careless actions or negligence, the law does not take this situation lightly. Victim’s families are able to receive compensation for the wrongful death of another individual to care for those who are suffering and facing heartache as a result of the accident. When a loved one is lost to wrongful death, the family is entitled to substantial compensation. The main problem with this situation, however, is proving liability of the individual who caused the circumstance, especially with few or no witnesses present. At The Carlson Law Firm, we are diligent in our pursuit of investigating wrongful death cases.

    When a loved one is lost, there is not enough compensation in the world to make up for the pain and suffering that is taking place. Families are forced to deal with logistical and expensive situations, such as a funeral and burial. An attorney from our firm can discuss this scenario with you and can take the burden upon ourselves. We can also aggressively pursue compensation for the lost loved one. We understand that this is a difficult and emotionally challenging situation, and therefore, we can fight right by your side. Our goal is to protect your rights and ensure that your family gets the compensation that you deserve.

    Common Causes of Wrongful Death

    There are many causes of wrongful death, but some are more common than others, Many wrongful deaths occur from motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving drunk driving. Workplace accidents can take place and pose a serious risk to the employees. Product liability is another cause of a wrongful death and one that is especially tragic. No matter what the cause or circumstance, our firm can help you accomplish a fair and just settlement. Our job is to protect your rights, so call today to schedule a consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. The Carlson Law Firm has offices in Killeen, Temple, Waco, and throughout central Texas.