Texas Personal Injury Attorneys
When filing a Personal Injury Claim, 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 Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyers on staff, 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.
After an injury, you may wonder how you will pay for medical bills or recover lost wages? Are you questioning how the legal process works or where to start? These are questions that our attorneys can answer for you.
We have experience handling a variety of injury cases, including but not limited to:
Cases We Handle
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For aggressive representation after sustaining injuries in a truck accident, call our truck accident lawyers at 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.
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.
Amusement Park Injury & Death
Each year, the government estimates, approximately 9,000 emergency room visits from amusement park and roller coaster injuries. Amusement park accidents can happen to both riders and bystanders and often result in serious injury or even death.
If an amusement park’s negligence leads to an accident, whether it be a roller coaster accident or a slip and fall accident, the injured victims in those accidents may be entitled to compensation from the amusement park owners.
Auto Product Defects
Car makers and the manufacturers of tires, brakes, seats, seat belts and other auto parts and products can be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by defective design or construction. This is known as a product liability claim. These are often extremely complex cases, and it can take a highly experienced attorney to aggressively pursue damages after an accident caused by a dangerous or defective auto product.
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.
For more information, visit our Aviation Accidents page.
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 include:
Fusion of fingers, toes or limbs
Cengenital Heart Defects (Heart abnormalities)
Septal Heart Defects (Hole in the heart)
Mental Retardation/Down Syndrome
Brain and Skull Deformities
Hypoplastic Heart Syndrome
Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension (PPHN)
For more information on this matter, visit our Birth Defects page.
In Texas and across the United States, boaters and jet ski operators often find themselves becoming the victims of other boaters’ reckless behavior or negligent repair and maintenance practices can lead to avoidable injuries and property damage. It is not uncommon for many drivers to be without a proper drivers’ license required to operate a boat. As a result, boating accidents occur all too frequently throughout the state of Texas, involving both tourists and residents.
Legal claims involving water accidents can involve complex legal and technical issues. An experienced boat accident injury attorney knows the particulars of maritime law, which comes with its own rules about filing claims and submitting pleadings to the court. The liability rules also differ in some ways from those that govern car owners or tour bus operators.
Our team of personal injury lawyers handle accidents involving boats, wave runners, jet skis, and all types of watercraft, large, or small. Whether you were an operator or a passenger of a watercraft, or a swimmer who was involved in a boating accident, we can help.
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 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 learn more, visit our Bus Accidents page.
An estimated 39 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse exist in the United States today. Although child sexual abuse in the Catholic church has made the biggest headlines, the problem is common in many religions. Regardless of the religion, sexual abuse by a clergy member has devastating physical and emotional consequences for the victims. Unfortunately, victims cannot rely on the church, synagogue or mosque for help in these cases.
Your religious organization may have denied your allegations or promised help and then turned you away, but at The Carlson Law Firm, we will listen to your story and treat you with compassion. Our experienced, caring crime victim lawyers represent both children and adults who were sexually abused by religious leaders.
Daycare Abuse and Neglect
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare. That dreaded phone call saying your child has been injured. Unfortunately this is a terrifying reality for many parents. The facilities we trust our children to, such as daycares, after school programs and camps, aren’t providing the quality of care they are required, and children are being hurt because of this negligence.
Daycare workers are responsible for the care of all the children in their charge. When they fail to maintain a reasonable level of care, they are acting negligently and can be held legally liable for their actions. If your child has suffered harm at the hands of a child care employee, whether it be physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse or child neglect, we may be able to help you fight for the justice you and your children so rightly deserve.
For more information, visit our Daycare Abuse and Neglect page.
At The Carlson Law Firm, we represent dog victims across the state of Texas, as well as the entire nation.
In 2015, 35 Americans were killed by dogs. Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms, and approximately 850,000 victims receive some sort of medical attention.
Many of these attacks involve small children and if your child was a victim, we advise that you first seek medical attention as soon as possible. A dog bite can lead to severe infection and excessive doctor visits. Depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of treatment needed, dog bites can result in high medical bill costs. It is necessary to take legal action against the negligent dog owner that did not take the necessary steps to ensure safe protection from their dog.
Learn more about Dog Bite lawsuits.
EFP Roadside Bomb Injuries
A deadly form of roadside bomb, known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), put U.S. military service members and contractors at increased risk each and every day, while they were bravely serving their country overseas. We now know that enemy forces would not have been able to manufacture these deadly explosive devices without the aid of certain banks that masked wire transactions to help fund terrorist groups.
If you were injured, or someone you know was killed by an EFP in Iraq or Afghanistan between July 2006 and December 2012, you may be eligible for compensation.
House Fire Injuries
A fire — and the injuries it causes — can devastate a family. And after the fire, survivors and family members often face physical, financial, and emotional hardship that can last a lifetime.
We have a deep understanding of different types of burn injuries and how to pursue medical treatment that addresses both physical injuries and psychological trauma. Our attorneys stay abreast of regulation and litigation on these issues and have recovered significant compensation to help the families move forward after the fire.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of ladder injuries occur at home rather than at a work place and this is due to using ladders unsafely, not understanding the dangers and risks involved with ladder use and ladders that fail due to defect. Whenever a product causes bodily harm, it is the right of whoever has been injured to receive compensation for medical treatment and other financial considerations.
The Texas ladder defect lawyers at The Carlson Law Firm have pursued hundreds of cases on behalf of clients whose injuries were the result of using poorly manufactured and designed ladders that failed to perform as intended.
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:
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.
Due to the dangerous nature of offshore work, many of the accidents and injuries that occur at sea are often have very serious, life-altering consequences. Many times, injuries that occur can be fatal. If you, or someone you love have been injured or killed while working offshore, it is in your best interests to contact a knowledgeable maritime law attorney as soon as possible. The Carlson Law Firm serves clients nationwide.
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.
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.
Military Helicopter Crashes
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.
For more information, visit our Military Helicopter Crashes page.
The increased demand for and price of crude oil and natural gas have created a marked increase in drilling activity in the U.S. oil and gas industry – particularly in Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Montana, Pennsylvania and Nebraska. The increased demand for crews and equipment has put additional pressures on the industry to use inexperienced workers and unsafe equipment. This has led to poor practices and unsafe work environments due to an increase in work injuries from blowouts, pipeline explosions and other well site accidents.
In 2012, 65 gas and oilfield workers lost their lives in the course of doing their jobs. This was a 50% increase over the year before and a 10 year high in the state of Texas. While this number is tragic, it is also stunning to learn that there were over 18,000 amputations, broken bones, explosion injuries, burns, cuts, and other injuries reported in Texas oil and gas fields in the last five years.
Oilfield injury litigation is extremely complex, requiring specialized knowledge about the industry, equipment, personnel roles, company roles, and more. Our years of experience on numerous oilfield cases gives us the advantage when handling new oilfield cases. We know the relationships between the different parties that are present at a site. We understand the terminology and jargon specific to that industry.
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.
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.
Pool Injuries and Drowning Accidents
With an abundance of warm months and countless water based activities to enjoy across the state, water safety is an important consideration for Texans. Drowning accidents in Texas are more common than we realize. Drowning accidents are even more commonplace among children and young adults. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in every 5 drowning victims in the U.S. is a child under the age of 14.
In addition to the risk of death, drowning accidents can also result in serious injury, including brain damage resulting from the lack of oxygen endured by victims.
Learn more about Pool Injury lawsuits.
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.
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:
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are generally considered premise liability cases, which require the expertise of a skilled Texas slip and fall attorney. When a property owner does not properly care for and maintain his or her property, the situation can result in a tragic slip and fall accident. These situations can seem hopeless as you fight to prove liability of the property owner or manager. With our team of Texas Slip and Fall Attorneys from The Carlson Law Firm, there is no reason to be afraid of the matter at hand. We can help.
Learn more about Slip and Fall injury lawsuits
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 8,000+ car accidents every year can be attributed to tire blowouts. A tire blowout refers to a situation in which a tire loses air rapidly and explosively, resulting in a loss of control over the vehicle. The tire can quickly deflate as it loses air, placing the vehicle at an increased risk for a rollover. When a vehicle has a defective tire, this may significantly compromise a driver’s ability to maneuver the vehicle. This may lead to a single-vehicle or multi-vehicle collision that leaves drivers, passengers and even nearby pedestrians or bicyclists seriously injured.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Disorientation / confusion
Early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s
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.
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.
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.)
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
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.
Nursing Home Heavy Lift Injury
Heavy Lift Injuries in Nursing Homes
Providing care to nursing home residents is extremely physically demanding work. Nursing home residents often require assistance to walk, bathe, or perform other normal daily activities. In some cases residents are totally dependent upon caregivers for mobility.
The frequent heavy lifting or re-positioning of patients has become a major issue concerning nursing home staff. This task often ends with the staff member becoming injured.
The injuries that are associated with heavy lifting are typically musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which include but aren’t limited to: low back pain, sciatica, rotator cuff injuries, epicondylitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Numerous studies have shown that training caregivers how to use proper body mechanics to lift residents is not an effective prevention measure because lifting the weight of adult patients is intrinsically unsafe.