Chandler | Ross, PLLC is the North Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to fighting for injured Texans. Managing Attorneys Brent Chandler and John Ross, Jr. have over 30 years of experience in Personal Injury and Jury-Trial Representation. Both are highly-regarded among colleagues, clients and the legal community. Our team is here for one reason – to relentlessly pursue and obtain compensation for people injured as a result of the negligent or reckless behavior of others.
Protecting YOUR rights and pursuing justice is what we do, period. With offices in Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas we are positioned to provide the most effective and highly-skilled representation possible.
When you’re serious about your claim or searching online for punitive and exemplary damages definition, don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us right now to see how we can help you. We’re available 24/7, offer a Free Consultation, and can come to you. In addition, in most cases, you pay nothing unless you recover.
Chandler | Ross, PLLC: Serious Results for Serious Injuries. Contact Us Today!
Chandler | Ross, PLLC is the North Texas personal injury law firm dedicated to winning. Managing attorneys Brent Chandler and John Ross, Jr. have over 30 years of combined experience in personal injury and jury-trial representation. Our attorneys are here to relentlessly pursue and obtain just compensation for those injured or killed as a result of the negligence or criminal behavior of others punitive and exemplary damages definition. Protecting these rights and pursuing justice is our passion. With offices in Denton, Tarrant and Dallas Counties, we are positioned to provide the most effective and highly-skilled representation possible.
Don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us today to see how we can help you. In most cases, you pay nothing unless you win.
Car Accident Attorney in Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Every year, there are tens of thousands of motor vehicle accidents on Texas highways, and a high percentage of those accidents result in personal injuries to those involved. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2017, there were 14,299 serious injury crashes with 17,546 people sustaining a serious injury. In a place like Dallas/Fort Worth you will encounter drivers everywhere you go. In order to prevent these horrific accidents from occurring, motorists have a legal responsibility to uphold the highest level of safety and caution when driving on the road. When a car accident does occur, you should know what to do and what information to gather to facilitate your attorneys’ pursuit of your legal claim against the party that caused the accident.
Causes of Car Accidents
Individuals under the influence of alcohol, pedestrians, speeders, people driving at night, and drivers who flee the scene (hit and run) are most commonly responsible for auto accidents. Incidents of speeding and being unable to break in a timely manner are major causes of automobile accidents. Auto accidents also occur when a person operates a car in a reckless, careless and/or unsafe manner punitive and exemplary damages definition. Commonly this includes ignoring traffic signals, following too closely, making an unsafe lane change, or being distracted by eating, texting, or talking on a cell phone.
In all of these cases, a person has been “negligent” in following general rules of automobile safety and using “reasonable care” in operating a car. The negligent person is considered to be at fault in causing the accident.
18-Wheeler/Truck Accident Attorney in Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, a total of 4,102 people died in truck crashes in 2017. Seventeen percent of the fatalities were truck occupants, 68% were occupants of passenger vehicles, and 14% were bicyclists, motorcyclists or pedestrians. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 30 percent higher in 2017 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 52 percent higher than in 2009.
Texas is a popular and extremely busy thoroughfare for large commercial trucks, semi-trucks, big rigs, and 18-wheelers. These are considered commercial motor vehicles. Texas roads are full of commercial motor vehicles transporting everything from frozen food and farm animals to car parts, as well as oil tankers and hazardous chemical trucks. Truck drivers routinely face long hours and tight deadlines to meet the demands of trucking companies. And while most truckers have at least some training, appear to be capable drivers, sometimes disastrous accidents occur because of a truck driver’s and/or the trucking company’s negligence. Inevitably, these drivers and their large vehicles pose the general motoring public problems when they share the roads and are responsible for catastrophic accidents.
A commercial motor vehicle, which requires its drivers to have a valid commercial driving license (“CDL)”, is any vehicle with a gross weight of 26,001 pounds or more. However, a fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. In comparison, an automobile weighs a mere 3,000 pounds. When these two vehicles collide, the automobile’s occupants are the ones who sustain the majority of the injuries.
As a result, the trucking industry has become one of the most regulated commercial industries in the United States. The Federal and/or Texas Motor Carrier Safety Regulations govern both commercial drivers’ minimal training requirements and qualifications, as well impose various legal duties on the trucking companies, including the requirements for hiring, training, and supervision of their drivers, as well as retention requirements for driver logs and maintenance records. If any of the regulations are violated or ignored this can be used to establish the negligence of the truck driver, the trucking company or both, which then may be used to maximize any monetary reward an injured person would be entitled to receive.
Unfortunately, trucking companies have large law firms dedicated to protecting their interests and reducing their liabilities. As such, trucking accident victims in Texas need aggressive and knowledgeable legal representation from the moment they are injured in a trucking accident. The legal team at Chandler | Ross, PLLC has extensive experience working 18-Wheeler/Truck accident cases involving commercial motor vehicles and the regulations that govern them. We are here to help. Please contact us for a free consultation.
What to Do After an 18-Wheeler/Truck Accident
In Texas, leaving the accident scene could result in a hit-and-run charge. As such the first thing you should do after an accident is get to a safe place, but stay at the accident scene until the police and medical assistance have arrived. If you can, leave your vehicle in the position where it came to rest after the accident. The police may need this as evidence.
Commercial motor vehicle accidents often mean serious injuries and damages. Because your safety and health are most important, please call 911 immediately after any accident. Notify 911 of the accident and request that police be dispatched to the scene. This call will dispatch the police, who can help with collecting evidence and witness testimony. Always request that police be dispatched and for a police report to be made. This will preserve the accident facts if they are contested later.
The accident scene immediately after the crash gives you the best chance to capture vital evidence to prove that the truck driver’s negligence harmed you. So, take pictures of everything, including, but not limited to:
- All vehicles
- All damaged property
- The Department of Transportation (“DOT”) operating numbers on the side of the commercial vehicle
- All license plate numbers
- All drivers and passengers
- Vehicles’ mileage
- Street signs and/or lights
- Emergency personnel
- Insurance cards
This evidence can help you to file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and the trucking company later.
After an accident, do not claim responsibility for the accident to the truck driver, the police or anyone else at the scene of an accident, and generally, do not make any statements that involve responsibility for the accident.
Truck accidents can involve serious injuries and a lot of medical expenses. It is wise to have any 18-wheeler truck accident case reviewed by personal injury attorneys with years of experience, such as Chandler | Ross, PLLC.
Wrongful Death Attorneys in Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
One of the most painful and traumatic experiences in life, is losing a loved one. If you have experienced a death in your family our sincerest thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
At Chandler | Ross, PLLC, we understand how emotionally devastating a loved one’s death is for the survivors, and our Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth wrongful death attorneys can help you through this difficult time by taking care of the necessary legal actions following your family member’s death.
When your loved one’s death is caused by the wrongful actions of another person, it can be especially devastating and debilitating for a family. However, someone can and should be held responsible when his or her negligence led to the death of your family member. Surviving family members are left with a mountain of medical bills and funeral costs, and a hole in their lives that cannot be filled.
If your family member’s death was caused by the actions of another person or a company, you may be entitled to recover damages to compensate for your financial losses and emotional suffering. Texas wrongful death law allows certain surviving family members to recover damages to help lessen the burden caused by a wrongful death. While no amount of money can compensate for the loss of your loved one, it may relieve the financial burden your family member’s death has caused. The wrongful death attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC, will evaluate your death case and make every effort to get you and your family the compensation which you may be entitled.
At Chandler | Ross, we firmly believe that the parties responsible for your family member’s death should be required to pay for these damages punitive and exemplary damages definition. Our Denton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Texas wrongful death attorneys will fight for you and your grieving family to seek justice and just compensation stemming from the loss of your loved one.
Non-Subscribers and Workers’ Compensation
When an employee is injured at work, the legal options vary according to the circumstances and whether the employer carries workers’ compensation insurance. In Texas, many companies carry workers’ compensation coverage – and if your employer does, you may not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against them if you are hurt. However, there are numerous circumstances in which legal action in court may be pursued. For instance, you may be able to file a work injury claim if your employer does not carry workers’ compensation or if your injury was caused by a third-party such as a commercial driver, faulty equipment, contractor, subcontractor, or equipment manufacturer.
Under Texas law, employers are not required to provide workers compensation benefits to their employees. Employers who elect to participate under the Texas Workers Compensation Act receive protection from claims by injured employees. This is known as the exclusive remedy provision of the Texas Workers Compensation Act. Essentially, an injured employee who is guaranteed coverage under workers compensation insurance will be barred from bringing a lawsuit (i.e. negligence) against his or her employer. In theory, workers’ compensation exists to provide employees with the financial and occupational support needed to recover from your injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are an employee’s exclusive remedy against employers that participate in the system. The advantage to employees is that they do not have to show fault by the employer to recover benefits, but the disadvantage is that the injured employee may not file a lawsuit or seek compensation directly from their negligence employer.
However, if your employer does not subscribe to workers’ compensation, they are considered a “non-subscriber”. Many of Texas’s largest employers, like Academy Sports and Outdoors, Best Buy, Big Lots, HEB, Wal-Mart, Kroger, Petsmart, Home Depot, Sears, Target, and Whole Foods, do not have workers compensation insurance. These companies are known as non-subscribers, and cases where workers are injured while working for non-subscribers are known as non-subscriber cases.
In fact, non-subscribers lose important legal protections (known as common law defenses), including contributory negligence, from most lawsuits by injured employees and those looking for punitive and exemplary damages definition. They could also be forced to pay high damage awards if an injured employee can prove in court that the employer was negligent in any way. This means that as an employee, you are not provided a streamlined method of seeking compensation for your injuries, but it also means that your employer is not protected from lawsuits. In fact, if the employer is found to be just 1% at fault in causing the injury, the non-subscribing employer can be held liable for 100% of the damages. Thus, if your employer is a non-subscriber, you can bring a lawsuit against your employer to receive full compensation from your employer through the court for your workplace injuries.
If you have been injured on the job and your employer is considered a non-subscriber, Chandler | Ross, PLLC and our non-subscriber workplace injury attorneys can help you seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the employer.
Denton/Dallas/Fort Worth Slip and Fall, Premises Liability Injury Attorneys
Every year, numerous Texans suffer injuries from slips and fall accidents In fact, slip and falls result in more than 1 million emergency room visits annually and represent the primary cause of lost days from work, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Properties such as stores, gas stations, restaurants, parking lots, businesses and apartment buildings are often improperly maintained, thus leading to severe injuries from slip and fall accidents.
A premises liability claim is a specific type of negligence action brought as the result of alleged injuries caused by a condition of real property. A slip and fall injury can be very serious, as it can cause you to suffer from related injuries for years after the accident. Slip and fall accidents can cause significant injuries to your back, brain, hips, arms, knees, toes and/or legs. While it is hoped that you will be able to get back to full function, many times you are faced with having to miss a substantial amount of time at work or even quit your job, due to long term symptoms or even a permanent disability.
Slip and falls can cause severe bodily harm and result in chronic pain, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, impairment, disfigurement and costly medical treatment. When Texas property owners fail to fix or warn people about potentially dangerous conditions on their property, they may be held liable for injuries under Texas premises liability law.
Many of us are dog owners, and we love our dogs just like a family member. In fact, for 2017-2018, The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 84.6 million households in the United Stated have a pet, and in 2015-2016, 42% of those households have more than one pet. In fact, in 2017-2018, 60.2 million households in the United States own at least one dog, which is 48.5% of all households. It is further estimated that in 2017-2018, there were 89.7 million dogs kept as pets in U.S. households.
Although dogs are a great source of companionship, joy, and laughter, they are animals and sometimes they attack and/or bite causing severe personal injuries. Bites and attacks from dogs and other animals can cause you and/or your child to suffer from serious physical and mental injuries. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dog bites pose a serious health risk to our communities and society. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At least half of those bitten are children. Here are more dog bite facts:
- Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
- Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
As such, liability claims for dog-related injuries have been ticking upward in recent years, with an estimated 18,522 incidents in 2017, according to data from the Insurance Information Institute. That’s up 9.5 percent from 2003. Payouts for such claims have skyrocketed 93.4 percent over the same period, they found, from an average $19,162 apiece in 2003 to $37,051 in 2017
Our firm believes that you and your family deserve to be safe around someone else’s pets; however, when this is not the case, the attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Our team of experienced dog bite attorneys are here to help you prove that the dog owner is liable for your injuries and to make sure that you are appropriately compensated for any injuries that may be caused by a dog bite.
What Can the North Texas Burn Injury Attorneys at Chandler | Ross, PLLC do for you?
If your child has been injured, let the experienced attorneys at Chandler Ross Law assist you. We can help get your child to the appropriate specialists for their specific needs and treatment requirements. In the most severe cases, where a family has lost a child, we are here to listen and to help in any way we can. We can often assist with not only any legal claims, but in scheduling and coordinating counseling and therapy for the entire family.
At Chandler | Ross, we specialize in serious injuries, including those that happen to children, and do everything possible to obtain significant recoveries for our clients. This is our business, and we take every case extremely seriously. At Chandler Ross Law, you are not simply another case, or another number. We’ll know you personally, communicate with you and your family directly, and devote the time necessary to thoroughly represent your interests with the utmost integrity.
With offices in Denton, Tarrant and Dallas Counties, we are positioned to provide the most effective, efficient, and highly-skilled representation possible. Don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us today to see how we can help you. In most cases, you pay nothing unless you win. Contact us now at (940) 800-2500 to schedule your free personal injury case evaluation and consultation!
With offices in Denton, Dallas, and Fort Worth, Texas, Chandler | Ross, PLLC and our Personal Injury Attorneys are well positioned to provide the most effective and highly-skilled representation possible. Don’t wait, and don’t compromise – contact us today for a Free Case Evaluation and see how we can help you. In most cases, you pay nothing unless settle your case or win a verdict. Contact us now at (940) 800-2500 or Support@ChandlerRossLaw.com to schedule your free personal injury case evaluation and consultation.