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Have you recently suffered devastating injuries in an accident? Are your injuries making it difficult or impossible for you to live your life normally? If someone else is to blame, you may have the right to compensation for your suffering. Our Houston personal injury lawyers at Sutliff & Stout are here to help you demand justice.

The liable party and insurance company will likely do everything possible to avoid being held accountable for their negligence and financial responsibilities. With an experienced personal injury lawyer representing you, you can rest easier while we begin building a robust case against the at-fault parties. Contact our office for a free consultation today to further discuss your options for financial relief.

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    The Sutliff & Stout Difference

    When dealing with the fallout of a critical injury, you need a legal advocate you can depend on. You want to feel confident and empowered as you go up against the party responsible for causing your injuries. With thousands of personal injury lawyers turning up in your Google search results, it can be challenging to choose the right one.

    You cannot go wrong with Sutliff & Stout. Our legal team has more than 50 years of combined experience, and in that time, we have successfully recovered over $1 billion in trial verdicts and insurance settlements for our clients. We have several strategically placed office locations throughout Texas, allowing us to advocate for victims nationwide.

    Our Texas personal injury attorneys are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This accomplishment is held by just 2% of Texas’s 80,000 licensed practicing attorneys.

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    How Our Houston Personal Injury Attorneys Help

    No legal requirement states you must have a Houston injury lawyer working on your case. However, having an attorney on your side makes the difference in your ability to recover the compensation you deserve. While healing from the accident, the last thing you will want to deal with is complex legal matters. Between figuring out who caused your accident and negotiating with the insurance company, you may quickly find your road to recovery an uphill battle.

    However, when you have a personal injury lawyer working for you, you can devote your time to healing. Your Houston personal injury attorney will thoroughly investigate how the accident occurred, collecting valuable evidence to prove liability along the way. An expert injury attorney will assist with determining whether you have the right to file a claim with the insurance company, pursue a personal injury lawsuit, or combine both.

    If you go at it alone, you may settle for substantially less than your claim is worth. It is not unusual for injury victims to be unaware of the actual value of their claims. However, when you get personal injury representation, your personal injury lawyer is responsible for speaking with you in detail about how your life has been affected by your injuries and the accidents that caused them. This way, you have the most excellent chance of recovering maximum compensation. Only certain damages may be recovered through an insurance claim. According to Texas law under the Texas Tort Claims Act, you have the right to be made whole. Suppose you do not have a catastrophic injury attorney on your side. In that case, the insurance company will attempt to trick you into accepting an insultingly low settlement or agree to an offer that is less than you would otherwise be able to recover with an attorney fighting for your rights. Remember, insurance companies are focused on making money rather than providing you with the necessary compensation following an accident.

    What Is Considered Personal Injury in Houston, Texas?

    Any incident in which one party’s actions cause another party’s injuries or damages could be grounds for personal injury litigation in Texas. The elements of negligence must be met for a Houston personal injury case to be successful. Here, the defendant must be responsible for the victim’s well-being or safety.

    The defendant must have breached this duty of care by making a mistake or intentionally causing the victim’s injuries or damages. The defendant’s conduct must have caused the victim’s injuries, and these severe injuries must have significantly impacted the victim’s life. This does not necessarily mean the victim must have suffered a life-threatening or fatal injury, but rather that their life has been severely affected in some way. This could manifest in emotional, physical, psychological, or even financial damages.

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    What Types of Compensation Can You Seek in Texas Personal Injury Lawsuits?

    As we previously mentioned, Texas personal injury laws are designed to put the victim back into the position they were before the accident. The law states that you have the right to be made whole. We understand that the size of your award will do nothing to take back or change the trauma of your experience or the lasting consequences of the accident.

    However, it is an excellent opportunity to hold the liable party accountable to the fullest extent of the law. You deserve compensation, and the law should strive to help you rebuild your life to how it was before the accident. With that in mind, it is vital that your personal injury attorney carefully evaluate all of the harms and losses you have endured in the past and what you will have to deal with in the future due to the accident. It may surprise you to learn that you should be reimbursed for not only your medical expenses and property damages but every other way you have been influenced by this traumatic event.

    The Value of Your Economic Damages

    Also commonly referred to as special damages, economic damages refer to all your out-of-pocket and monetary losses. You should be reimbursed for every financial expense related to the accident you were involved in.

    For instance, in the accident’s immediate aftermath, you may have quickly started accruing medical expenses. If you took an ambulance to the hospital, you would have received medical bills. When you receive medical treatment, the hospital or healthcare facility may attempt to bill your health insurance provider or send you a direct medical invoice related to your hospital stay, diagnostic imaging, and medical treatments. All of this can quickly become overwhelming.

    If you require future medical care, ongoing mental health counseling, or physical and occupational therapies, these costs should be included as we calculate the value of your claim.

    You should be repaid for all lost wages related to the accident. Every hour you lose from being out of work should be calculated into the value of your economic damages. But it is not just a loss of income you can recoup in your personal injury lawsuit. Suppose you are an employee of a company that provides benefits, and you lose these benefits because you are out of work. In that case, these can be calculated into the value of your personal injury lawsuit. If you can no longer continue working in this position due to the extent of your injuries or if you are dealing with a permanent disability, your attorney can also seek compensation for a loss of future potential earnings.

    This can expand even further. If you needed to hire babysitters or childcare providers unexpectedly because of the accident, that could be considered as well. Do you need help keeping your house clean and maintained while recovering from the injuries? You may be able to seek reimbursement for a loss of household services.

    Quantifying Non-Economic Damages 

    However, not all damages are financial. Non-economic damages, also called general damages, do not have a monetary worth. Your attorney needs to quantify them and will often utilize the per diem or multiplier methods to determine how much your non-economic damages are worth.

    For example, if you suffered severe scarring or disfigurement due to significant burn injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for the skin scars and the embarrassment you feel.

    If you are having trouble coping emotionally with the trauma you went through, are having difficulty maintaining close relationships with family and friends, can no longer participate in an intimate spousal relationship, or deal with excruciating physical pain on a day-to-day basis, these are all losses you can receive compensation for.

    However, these types of damages are entirely subjective. They can influence each person’s life in unique ways. For this reason, you must go into great detail with your attorney about how your non-economic damages affect you. This is the only way to ensure you receive fair compensation for your suffering.

    When Punitive Damages Can Be Awarded 

    It is not unusual for injury victims to have questions surrounding punitive damages. In Texas, these are also commonly known as exemplary damages. However, unlike in popular books and movies, punitive damages are not awarded in every case. Punitive damages are rarely granted. Although they are possible, the Texas civil court system will generally only award punitive damages if they deem the defendant’s actions to be intentionally malicious or harmful, grossly negligent, egregious, or reprehensible.

    The jury must find, by clear and convincing evidence, that the at-fault person or company showed a callous disregard for the safety and welfare of others. This has a subjective and objective component and requires egregious conduct. Awarding these damages is to punish the lousy actor and deter similar behavior by others in the future.

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    What Should You Do After Being Injured?

    The steps you take immediately after being injured could influence your ability to hold the liable party accountable and be awarded compensation for your suffering.

    Call for Help

    You must call 911 and emergency responders as soon as possible. Even if the liable party encourages you to leave law enforcement out of it, police reports are valuable pieces of evidence that can be used to support your case against those responsible.

    Document the Scene and Collect Supporting Evidence 

    Do what you can to document the scene and collect as much evidence as possible. This is an excellent time to take photos of your injuries, get the names and contact information of involved parties, contain witness statements, and even write a detailed account of everything you remember leading up to and during the accident.

    Get Medical Treatment and Care

    Make sure you get evaluated medically. Invisible injuries could be life-threatening if they are not properly treated. If you did not get medical help after the accident, the defense will almost certainly attempt to argue that you are embellishing your injuries.

    Hire a Texas Personal Injury Firm to Be Your Legal Advocate

    As soon as possible, contact a personal injury lawyer in Houston, TX for help. We can meet you at your convenience at the accident scene, your hospital room, or our offices. When we start your case, you can rest easier while we work tirelessly to hold the liable party accountable.

    Common Types of Accidents to Sue For

    Personal injury accidents can take virtually any form. Any accident where one party is the cause of another party’s injuries could be considered an individual injury case. With that being said, our injury lawyers in Houston at Sutliff Stout handle certain types of personal injury accidents more often than others, including:

    Other injuries include:

    • Oil field injuries
    • Wrongful death
    • Dog bites
    • Slip and falls
    • Premises liabilities
    • Maritime accidents
    • Work-related car accidents
    • Nursing home abuse
    • Catastrophic injuries
    • Work Injuries
    • Construction accidents
    • Other motor vehicle accidents
    • Jones act claims
    • Bicycle accidents
    • Pedestrian accidents
    • Defective product claims

    These are just a few examples of the types of cases we handle. If you were involved in any other accident where you believe someone else is to blame, do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm for help. We will listen to your story and determine what legal options are available to you and your family.

    Satisfied Client Stories

    Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person, not just dollar sign..

    I was in a terrible car wreck, one that could have ruined me considering today’s economy. After searching far and wide, I finally found Sutliff & Stout. Their character and high morals were exemplified in my legal representation against huge power company. Through their expertise, I received proper medical care plus the money I needed to pay for future medical treatment and secure my financial future.

    - Judy J.
    Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person, not just dollar sign..

    Most lawyers will take cases for the money. Sutliff & Stout took an interest in me as a person and not just dollar sign. If you want attorneys who will do their best, and go the extra mile, Sutliff & Stout are perfect for you. They took care of everything after my personnel basket transfer accident, and their efforts made sure that my family would be taken care of in the future.

    - Tony N.
    I felt like I was talking to old friends…

    When I met Hank and Graham of Sutliff & Stout, I felt like I was talking to old friends. We met, discussed my case and they were off and running. After promptly filing a lawsuit on my behalf, they even helped find a good doctor for me. Sutliff & Stout were very interested in getting the justice I deserved. They were also very attentive to any questions or theories I had.

    - Danny H.
    Sutliff & Stout fought to make my situation a bit more bearable…

    Sutliff & Stout immediately started working on my case and resolved it as soon as they could, because they understood I had been through enough after the death of my husband. Although a number of lawyers refused to help me because of the risk and cost involved in my case, Sutliff & Stout boldly took on my case and obtained a settlement that secured my economic future and, thereby, lessening the load on my shoulders after the accident. Where the other lawyers turned their backs, Sutliff & Stout fought to make my situation a bit more bearable.

    - Linda F.
    These guys are tireless and fierce advocates…

    Having never been in a car accident before, I assumed the insurance company for the 18-wheeler would take care of everything, and do so honestly. I was wrong. The insurance company refused to help me with my medical bills and wouldn’t treat me fairly. That’s when I contacted Sutliff & Stout. Thankfully, they stepped into the picture and made sure that I was treated fairly and with respect. These guys are tireless and fierce advocates for their clients. Sutliff & Stout provided clear explanations at every step, outlined my options, and carried out any decision I made. I was very fortunate to have found this firm.

    - Shannon H.
    Sutliff & Stout were there for me…

    I had an accident with an 18-wheeler. All I wanted was for my medical bills to be taken care of but the company would not help. Sutliff & Stout came to my house, sat down with me and discussed my options. I liked them immediately. I’d never been involved in an accident with a vehicle that massive before. It was scary, and I didn’t know what to do. Sutliff & Stout were there for me, and they helped me map a strategy to achieve all of my goals. I highly recommend Sutliff & Stout for any legal matters you may have.

    - Matt K.
    Sutliff & Stout made sure that I was always informed and up to speed…

    My daughter and I sustained a significant loss due to a defective tire. I didn’t know where to turn to, until I found Sutliff & Stout. Sutliff & Stout were very knowledgeable about the law as it pertained to my case. They were definitely client driven, understanding, and aggressive. Sutliff & Stout made sure that I was always informed and up to speed on any of my case developments and I was never out of the loop on any aspect of my case.

    - Kendall W.
    I would recommend their services to anyone…

    When I was rear-ended by a commercial truck, I needed an aggressive attorney to pursue the trucking company responsible for putting the driver on the road. Sutliff & Stout cared about me enough to help me find quality medical assistance for my neck injury. I would recommend their services to anyone in need of help.

    - Shavona W.
    Sutliff & Stout still got me the compensation necessary to treat all my injuries…

    Despite all of my prior medical problems, Sutliff & Stout still managed to win me the compensation necessary to treat all my injuries. After my accident, I was able to recover my lost wages and received a great amount of compensation for my losses. I have easily recommended Sutliff & Stout to my family and friends a number of times, and highly recommend them to you as well. Thanks again.

    - Doyle A.
    I will always go to Sutliff & Stout…

    I suffered a neck injury that kept me out of work for a long time. The good news was that I didn’t have any bills afterwards; even my hospital and my ambulance bills were paid for after my accident. The insurance company settled once Sutliff & Stout boldly showed them we were prepared to try the case. I will always go to Sutliff & Stout.

    - Susan C.
    They were patient, and always made sure I understood everything…

    I never thought I would be in a situation where I needed an attorney. I actually never thought I would be in a dredging accident. I found Sutliff & Stout through a friend and I turned everything over to them. They walked me through all the steps, and I asked loads of questions, but they were patient, and always made sure I understood everything. I am really happy that I chose such a good law firm to help me.

    - Anthony R.
    Without Sutliff & Stout, I would not have been treated fairly…

    When ten different attorneys gave me the cold shoulder, Sutliff & Stout warmly accepted me and my case. When I thought there was no hope for me, Hank and Graham worked extremely hard, for a very long time, in order to put me in a position to convince the city to settle. Without Sutliff & Stout, I would not have been treated fairly and would have significant debts as a result of the collision.

    - Chris F.
    They treated me more as a friend than as a client…

    I cannot thank Sutliff & Stout enough for the way they handled my case in a very professional yet caring manner. They treated me more as a friend than as a client. Their endearing ways in dealing with clients show how much they genuinely care. They resolved my case as soon as possible because they didn’t want me to go through any further hardship after already losing my daughter. In my time of need, Sutliff & Stout was there for me.

    - Daisie M.
    I wouldn’t even dare think of calling any other attorney…

    The Sutliff & Stout Law Firm helped me when I needed it the most with true professionalism and courtesy. After my child was injured at a daycare, Sutliff & Stout helped me make the best decisions possible. I would definitely recommend Sutliff & Stout to anyone that needs legal assistance. I wouldn’t even dare think of calling any other attorney.

    - Cassie F.
    Sutliff & Stout helped me fight back…

    I felt slighted and demoralized after a former associate of mine breached an agreement we made. Maybe the person thought I would just give in, but I didn’t. Sutliff & Stout helped me fight back. Their aggressiveness and hard work pushed the defendant to finally pay the rightful amount before we even went to trial. It’s nice to know there are attorneys out there like Sutliff & Stout that will fight for me.

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    We’ll never have to search around for lawyers again, we found our guys…

    Our company received the short end of a very bad business deal. Things were looking bleak financially. We’d never been part of a business deal that had gone so bad. When we met Sutliff & Stout, our worries were put to rest. Their commitment and prioritization produced a $850,000 settlement on our behalf. Things are back to normal, and we are financially secure again thanks to the hard work and know how of Sutliff & Stout. We’ll never have to search around for lawyers again, we found our guys.

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    Statute of Limitations and Deadlines for Personal Injury Cases in Texas

    It would help if you took action on your personal injury case as soon as possible. We intend to avoid pressuring you into moving too quickly, but a countdown on your claim has already begun. You have a two-year statute of limitations for most negligence-based injury claims in Texas. That means you must file suit on or before the second anniversary of the accident. In most circumstances, if your lawsuit is filed after the end of the statute of limitations, your claim could be time-barred.

    If your claim is not filed on time, the liable party could get away with their negligence. Thankfully, when you have the legal counsel of Sutliff & Stout working for you, these deadlines will be acceptable. We will ensure your claim is filed promptly so the statute of limitations does not impact your ability to demand justice. Our team will also ensure your insurance claims are filed promptly.

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    How Sharing Liability Could Impact Your Payout

    Although you may be offended and shocked when the liable party accuses you of being responsible for your injuries, it will not surprise your personal injury attorney. This is one of the most common ways liable parties and insurance companies attempt to avoid financial liability. Texas follows modified comparative negligence laws under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 33.001. Here, if you are partially at fault for the accident, your settlement may be in jeopardy.

    Texas is a proportion liability state. In Texas, if the jury finds you greater than 50% responsible, you are not entitled to recover anything from the other party. Typically, when fighting liability, this is where the main fight will exist. The at-fault will try to assign you some of the blame to reduce the amount you will be owed. If the jury finds your damages to equal $3 million but finds you to be 40% at fault, you can only recover the remaining 60% of your damages. This sizable deduction could have been avoided with help from a knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorney, ensuring liability was assessed accurately in your case.

    Connect With Our Experienced Texas Personal Injury Lawyers Today

    No matter what type of accident you were involved in, when your injuries have devastated your life, you can make them pay if someone else is at fault. Whether you file a claim against their insurance policy or pursue a civil lawsuit, you can be repaid in full for your suffering and damages.

    Learn more about how the personal injury claims process works, who should be sued for your losses, and how much compensation you could be awarded when you contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Sutliff & Stout. Our firm proudly serves Houston residents and offers 100% free consultations to injury victims throughout the state. Take advantage of this opportunity to regain control of your life. Please fill out our quick contact form or call our office to get started as soon as today.

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