Personal Injury

Personal injury is a broad term that can mean many things in the eyes of the law. Typically, a personal injury claim involves a civil claim where the plaintiff (the person bringing the lawsuit) is alleging physical (bodily injury) or psychological injury. Typically the plaintiff is asking for money or payout to make him or her whole again.

There are many types of different personal injury claims. The most common claims Matthew Pillado PLLC handles include auto accidents or car wrecks, boating accidents, brain injuries, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and 18-wheeler (semi-truck) accidents (including wrongful death).

But some not so common examples include, animal bites, aviation (plane), bicycle, burn injuries, construction, defective products, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and slip-and-fall accidents.

Brain injuries/closed head injuries and disability We excel in cases that involve brain injuries and other permanent personal injuries caused by the negligence of others. Victims of these accidents deserve aggressive legal representation to ensure fair compensation for all their past and future medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and pain and suffering.

We take on closed head injuries and other serious personal injury cases such as permanent paralysis of extremities that involve lifelong disabilities. The lawyers at Matthew Pillado PLLC are prepared to hire life care planners to ensure that victims are adequately compensated for all of their future needs. These caretakers estimate the cost of living for those victims who suffer from permanent paralysis, closed head injuries and other major injuries which greatly affect the life of the victim and their loved ones.

Trucking accidents Statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have shown that car wrecks involving large trucks and buses (18-wheelers, semi trucks, tow trucks, dump trucks, and other commercial vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds) have increased in the past several years. These trucks, due to the nature of their size, can cause serious and permanent injuries to unsuspecting drivers and passengers of other vehicles on the road.

Commercial motor vehicle personal injury claims can be complex. Truckers and trucking companies must follow certain federal and state safety regulations which an average person could get lost in. In order to obtain the greatest amount of compensation for your injuries, you must show corporate misconduct on the part of the trucking company. Some examples of corporate misconduct include putting drivers on the road who have unsafe driving records, putting fatigued drivers on the road, and by failing to properly maintain their vehicles. Our attorneys are trained to act quickly and preserve the information you need to recover the most compensation for your injuries and prove negligence on the trucking company itself, not just the trucking company driver.

Pedestrian accidents The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle-related accidents and that approximately 76,000 pedestrians in 2012 suffered injuries when hit by a car or truck. Car accidents between vehicles and pedestrians can cause serious injuries. Although vehicles usually have the right of way on the road itself, that is not to say that a pedestrian who is struck by a vehicle while crossing a street is not the victim of the driver's negligence. The standard for negligence is what a reasonably prudent person would do under the same or similar circumstances. Even if a pedestrian is crossing in the middle of a street, the driver of a vehicle can still be found negligent if he or she was driving while distracted (texting, eating, taking a selfie while driving, or otherwise using their cellphone), speeding, disregarding weather or traffic conditions, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The office of Matthew Pillado PLLC is not afraid to take your claim if you are a pedestrian involved in a car wreck and put at fault in a police report. If needed, we will file a lawsuit and take the deposition of the driver to prove that he or she was negligent and could have avoided the accident.

Bus accidents Bus accidents are very similar to commercial vehicle accidents such as 18-wheelers, tow trucks and dump trucks. Bus drivers, and the bus company, are usually governed by the same state and federal safety regulations. However, if you are struck by a government bus such as a Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus (DART), the Fort Worth Transportation Authority bus (T-bus), or any government owned vehicle, you must comply with strict state procedural rules in order to file a personal injury claim. Our office is trained to quickly and accurately satisfy the guidelines of the Texas Torts Claims Act, specifically, the notice requirement of Section 101.101. You may also be entitled to bring a personal injury claim if you are a passenger in a bus for the negligence of the bus driver. In cases in which a governmental vehicle is involved, the insurance policy limits for a single wreck is only $500,000. Although $500,000 may seem like a lot of money, if 20 individuals are in the bus and they all sustain serious injuries, the $500,000 may not be sufficient to cover each claim. Our lawyers are trained to get you your medical treatment and prove your damages fast so that you are ensured proper compensation for your injuries and damages.

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Call our team of attorneys at Matthew Pillado PLLC today to learn more: 800-672-3911 or send us an email. We have offices in Hurst, Dallas and Irving to represent clients throughout the Tarrant County area and Texas.