Dallas Personal Injury Attorney
If someone intentionally or negligently harms someone else, he or she is legally liable for the resulting injuries. Personal injury is an area of civil law that allows individuals who suffer to obtain fair compensation for their losses. At the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz, we have over 35 years of experience handling personal injury cases. Our Dallas, TX team helps injured individuals secure compensation to cover the costs associated with injuries, ongoing medical care, lost wages and future income, loss of quality of life, and other areas of loss. Every case is different, and we use our legal expertise to develop strong cases and advocate for our clients’ rights.
Experienced personal injury attorneys are not ambulance chasers looking to make a fast paycheck. In fact, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will never pay for our services unless we secure compensation on your behalf. Our job is to hold careless and malicious individuals legally and financially responsible for their actions, to help you find closure, and to give you a chance to recover as much as possible after a devastating incident.
Types of Personal Injuries
Personal injuries include all kinds of preventable injuries. While many people initially imagine fractures, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries, personal injuries include a range of injury types:
- Burn injuries including chemical, friction, and thermal burns
- Eye injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Preventable illnesses
- Severe emotional injuries
- Injuries from physical assaults
- Electrocution injuries
An injury that impairs your quality of life temporarily or permanently could qualify as a personal injury if someone else caused it. Intentional acts of violence and careless or reckless acts may contribute to personal injuries.
Do I Have to Be a Resident to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Every individual has a duty to act reasonably and responsibly in daily life. When someone breaches that duty and another person suffers, the individual who caused the incident is legally liable. Anyone can file a personal injury claim, including state residents, national citizens, visitors, visa holders, and undocumented immigrants. Your status in the United States may affect your ability to recover, but it will not affect your ability to file a claim.
At the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz, many of our staff members speak English and Spanish. If you suffer an injury on a construction site, in a car collision, or elsewhere, we will protect your right to seek fair compensation.
Negligence in the State of Texas
In most personal injury claims, the courts must determine the presence of negligence to award damages. To prove negligence, each plaintiff must prove that:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a reasonable duty of care.
- The defendant breached his or her responsibility.
- The defendant’s actions or failure to act caused the plaintiff’s injury.
- The plaintiff did, in fact, suffer an injury.
These basic elements make up most personal injury cases, from car collision claims to dog bite claims. In addition to proving negligence, Texas operates under a modified comparative negligence rule. If the court finds a plaintiff responsible for over 50% of the incident, that individual will lose the right to collect compensation.
Reach Out to the Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz for a Free Consultation
Our firm accepts all personal injury cases in and around Dallas, TX. We have experience in personal injury, so we can provide our clients with the highest level of legal advocacy available in the region. With over 35 years of legal experience and the resources needed to investigate and build an unquestionable case, we are ready to help you secure fair compensation after any preventable collision.
For more information about our approach to personal injury or for a free case evaluation, reach out to our Dallas, TX office. We look forward to helping you find closure, justice, and fair financial compensation.
“Steve has handled my personal injury case with such compassion. His attention to detail is second to none. My life will never truly be the same due to getting injured but I thank the Lord I’ve had such a caring and methodical attorney in my corner. Thanks for everything you’ve done Steve.” -Debbie