Angleton Personal Injury Attorney
Knowledgeable and Aggressive Lawyer Recovering Your Damages
At the Law Office of Mark B. Jones in Angleton, Texas we have many years of experience representing clients who have suffered a personal injury. We understand that every personal injury claim is different, and every client has unique needs and goals. We will aggressively pursue damages in court or skillfully negotiate a settlement outside of trial that meets your needs.
Our firm handles a wide range of personal injury claims, including cases involving:
- Motor vehicle accidents — car accidents, truck crashes, or motorcycle wrecks, whether you are a driver, passenger, or pedestrian.
- Industrial accidents — exposure to toxic substances, an explosion, the malfunction of any machinery or equipment, the collapse of a scaffold or crane.
- Workplace injuries — injuries caused by parties other than your employer or a co-employee, including subcontractors, product manufacturers, suppliers, and vehicle operators.
- Premises liability — negligent maintenance of residential or commercial property, handling claims involving slips and falls or negligent security.
- Medical malpractice.
Our PI Litigation Techniques
You can count on us to handle the lawsuits behind your serious and catastrophic loss, such as brain or spinal cord injury, broken bones, paralysis, and amputation or loss of limb. Our firm also represents surviving family members in wrongful death claims, and we will help you pursue full and fair compensation for all your losses, including wages and income, medical expenses, loss of companionship or consortium, and physical pain and suffering.
Attorney Mark B. Jones will provide comprehensive counsel and fully investigate the facts and circumstances of your case, including traveling to the scene of the accident if necessary. Our firm will bring in expert witnesses, such as accident reconstruction specialists, engineers, and financial professionals, to prepare and present the most compelling case for your financial recovery. We will prepare and file all necessary documentation required by the court and will be your advocate in all hearings or proceedings, including any dealings with insurance providers.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
Statutes of limitations establish the amount of time a person has to go to civil court and file a lawsuit after suffering some type of harm. The filing deadlines vary depending on what type of case the claimant want to file. In Texas specifically, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 2 years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system.
It is important to be aware of the 2-year deadline, because after the 2-year window closes, the Texas civil court system will likely refuse to hear the case, and the individual will lose their right to compensation. Note that personal injury claims involving a government entity or agency must be filed within 6 months of the accident. The filing deadline could be extended in certain circumstances, and an experienced attorney can better help determine that possibility.
Shared-Fault Injury Cases
In some personal injury cases, the person or business an injured person is filing a claim against might argue that the claimant is to blame (or partially to blame) for the incident that led to the injuries. If the court finds that the claimant does in fact share some degree of liability, it can end up affecting the total amount of compensation the injured person can receive from other at-fault parties.
In shared-fault injury cases, Texas follows a “modified comparative negligence rule," where the amount of compensation an injured person is entitled to receive will be reduced by the amount equal to their percentage of fault. However, if the claimant is found to bear more than 50% of the legal blame, they cannot collect any compensation at all from other at-fault parties. For example, if a person is determined to be 25% at fault for the accident in question, their damage award will be reduced by 25%; if they are determined to be at least 51% at fault, they will not receive any damage award.
Certain states limit the types of compensatory damages an injured person can receive after a successful lawsuit. In Texas, statutory limitations on damages only apply to medical malpractice cases, where non-economic damages (those meant to compensate for "pain and suffering") are limited to $250,000 per defendant, and $500,000 overall. For medical malpractice cases involving wrongful death in the state, the cap is around $2,000,000 or more, depending on the situation.
Note that if the injury case involves the potential liability of a government entity or employee in Texas, such as if a person slipped and fell on an improperly maintained stairway in a state-owned building, the individual does not file a lawsuit against the government. Instead, the injured person needs to file a formal claim with the governmental unit that they believe may be responsible for their injury, and the claim should include a description of the damage or injury, the time and place of the incident, and a summary of what happened.
Contact The Law Office of Mark B. Jones for Help
The Law Office of Mark B. Jones represents clients in personal injury matters ranging from motor vehicle accidents to industrial accidents to workplace injuries to premises liability to medical malpractice, including issues like brain injury, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, paralysis, amputation, loss of limb, and wrongful death claims. Evening and weekend appointments are available to clients upon request, and our office is located two blocks south of the courthouse in Angleton. Attorney Mark B. Jones is a BV-rated attorney certified by the Martindale-Hubbell ratings, and you can trust that our firm has the legal ability and ethical standards in our legal practice to fight aggressively and skillfully for your right to compensation in your personal injury case in Texas.