Fort Worth Chest Injury Lawyer

Fort Worth Chest Injury Lawyer

Have you suffered a chest injury in an accident in Fort Worth, TX? You may be entitled to compensation for your injury from the at-fault or negligent party.

Fort Worth chest injury lawyer Jason Stephens is here to fight for you in seeking the full compensation you deserve to move on with your life.

Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a case review with an attorney with more than two decades of legal experience.

Your first evaluation is absolutely free of charge.

How Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, Can Help with Your Fort Worth Chest Injury Case

Chest Injury

Every year, thousands of Texas residents suffer serious chest injuries in car accidents, workplace accidents, and falls. When someone else’s negligence has caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation, but it is not always easy to get the money you deserve.

Insurance companies do not care about how much you have suffered or how much your life has been changed. They have a strong incentive to get you to settle for as little as possible and shift as much liability as they can to someone else – even you.

At Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, founding attorney Jason Stephens has over two decades of experience handling complex personal injury cases. He is a nationally recognized Fort Worth personal injury lawyer who has been named a Texas Super Lawyer and earned the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.

Jason Stephens has secured some of the largest awards in Texas history for his clients and will fight to do the same for you by:

  • Independently investigating your accident to analyze and build evidence
  • Work with experts in multiple fields to establish causation, liability, and your damages
  • Protect you from attempts to shift the blame onto you
  • Determine all possible sources of liability in your accident
  • Represent you in negotiations with the insurance company
  • Take your case before a jury if needed 

Jason Stephens is not afraid to try your case in court and will not pressure you to accept a low settlement offer that will not fully compensate you. Call Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced chest injury lawyer in Fort Worth who will help you explore your options.

What Are Common Types of Chest Injuries?

Chest injuries can be serious and even life-threatening whether they involve a puncture or a blow to the chest. An injury to the chest can affect organs like the heart, lungs, and esophagus as well as the ribs, blood vessels, soft tissue, and bone. A chest injury can even result in a spinal cord injury.

Jason Stephens represents clients who have suffered serious chest injuries such as:

  • Stab wounds or gunshot wounds
  • Collapsed lung
  • Broken ribs
  • Fractured sternum
  • Flail chest, a dangerous condition in which a part of the ribcage is broken and detaches, causing chest pain and other symptoms
  • Pulmonary injury to the lung
  • Ruptured diaphragm
  • Cardiac injury to the heart such as a heart rupture or aortic rupture
  • Chest wall hematoma
  • Chest wall contusion 

Even a seemingly minor chest injury can lead to life-threatening complications if it isn’t treated promptly. Have you suffered a chest injury in an accident? Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your case with a compassionate personal injury lawyer who can help.

What Damages Are Available For a Chest Injury Texas?

When someone else’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing causes you injury, you have the right to seek compensation for your damages from the at-fault party. There are two broad types of damages you may be entitled to economic damages (for damages with a clear financial value) and non-economic damages (which includes pain and suffering).

Depending on the details of your case, you may be entitled to many forms of compensation for your chest injury:

  • Medical bills, including emergency room treatment, surgery, hospitalization, doctor visits, prescription medication, physical therapy, and more. This includes not only the expenses you face immediately after your accident but also anticipated future medical costs.
  • Property damage to your vehicle
  • Lost wages for time you needed to take off work to recover
  • Lost future earning capacity or disability if you cannot return to work or cannot return to your field
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Emotional distress 

Getting an attorney involved in your case can help to ensure that your damages are identified and calculated properly. Call Stephens Law Firm, PLLC to discuss your case today.

What If I Share Some of the Blame For My Chest Injury?

Insurance companies

It’s important to remember that Texas uses a modified comparative negligence rule. Under this rule, you are barred from recovering anything if you are more than 50% at fault for your accident.

If you are found even partially at fault, your damages will be reduced based on your share of blame.

For example, if it’s determined that you were 15% at fault for a crash and you were awarded $100,000 in damages by a jury, your damages would be reduced by 15% ($15,000) based on your share of fault.

Insurance companies will use this rule against you and attempt to shift as much blame as possible onto you or another party. An experienced personal injury lawyer will work to investigate your accident, consult with experts, and document causation and liability to fight back from attempts to shift blame.

What Causes Chest Injuries in Fort Worth?

Chest injuries are usually sustained in accidents, but they may also be the result of intentional harm or a crime. The following are the most common causes of chest injuries in Fort Worth, TX.

Traffic Accidents

Traffic crashes are perhaps the leading cause of chest injuries in the United States. In a crash, a chest injury can occur due to blunt force trauma or a puncture injury to the chest. A chest injury can be caused by an airbag or seatbelt, even when it functions as intended, a projectile puncturing the chest, or the chest hitting a hard surface like the steering wheel.

These serious injuries can occur in:

car accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 80% of all serious car crash injuries involve the chest or head.

Trauma to the chest also accounts for nearly 35% of all trauma-related deaths in the country.

Among these fatal thoracic injuries, about 80% occurred in a motor vehicle accident.

Workplace Accidents

In 2019 alone, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace illnesses and injuries reported by employers in the United States. Over 888,000 required at least one day off work. A workplace injury can occur at virtually any job site, although the construction and retail industries have the highest rates of injury.

Chest injuries can occur on the job in many scenarios, including accidents that involve a fall, machinery accidents, work-related traffic accidents, forklift accidents, and being caught in/between an object.

Slip and Fall Accidents

While slip and fall accidents are most likely to result in back injury, knee injury, or head injury, a serious fall can also result in an injury to the chest. A serious fall can cause chest contusion, fractured ribs, and other injuries. Many chest injuries are the result of a fall from a great height which can cause impact trauma to the chest.

Assault

Sadly, many chest injuries in Texas are not the result of an accident but intentional harm caused by someone else. Many injuries to the chest are caused by a gunshot or a stab wound from a knife. Both of these assault injuries can be fatal and give rise to a wrongful death claim or lead to life-changing injuries like a penetrating injury to the lungs or heart.

Is There a Time Limit For Filing a Chest Injury Case in Texas?

In most cases, you are faced with a strict statute of limitations of just two years for personal injury lawsuits in Texas. If you do not file a lawsuit before this statute of limitations runs out, you are barred from pursuing compensation through the legal system.

Do not make the mistake of assuming that two years is a long time and you can afford to wait to pursue your claim. It’s critical to begin investigating your accident and preserving evidence as soon as possible.

An investigation may take time, and it may also take time for you to reach maximum medical improvement before negotiating a settlement. The faster you act, the easier it will be to protect your claim and recover the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Fort Worth Chest Injury Lawyer

A chest injury can leave you with life-changing consequences, mounting medical bills, and lengthy time away from work– if you are ever able to return. You deserve a personal injury lawyer who will fight for you, protect your rights, and seek the compensation you need from an uncaring insurance company.

Jason Stephens will help you in any way he can and serve as your advocate every step of the way. Contact Stephens Law Firm, PLLC today to schedule a free case review with a Fort Worth chest injury lawyer to discuss your claim.