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Mario did a great job on my case. He was extremely responsive and easy to work with. Thank you Mario and team for all your help. – Elizabeth W.
Every Case is Personal
If you have been injured in a Texas accident, you are entitled to pursue a claim for damages against those responsible for your injuries.
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Our team of experienced Texas personal injury attorneys works diligently to obtain maximum compensation for the injuries our clients have endured.
Preventable accidents are one of the leading causes of injury in Texas.
Often, these accidents are the result of another party's negligence. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a Texas accident, you can pursue a financial compensation claim through a personal injury lawsuit.
At The de la Garza Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have extensive experience skillfully handling a wide range of claims on behalf of injured parties and grieving families. We use this experience to secure the best possible result for each of our clients. This is evident through our impressive track record of success; over the past decade, we have recovered many six-and seven-figure damages awards on behalf of our injured clients.
Wrongful Death Case — Jury Award
Mario E. de la Garza represented the family of a young father who was killed by a drunk driver as he was on his way to meet them to celebrate his daughter's birthday. After the presentation of expert testimony and powerful memories of the victim's life, the jury awarded the family over $11 million in compensation.
Types of Burn Injuries
Burn injuries can be classified by type and severity. There are several types of burns, including:
- Flame burns
- Chemical burns
- Electrical burns
In terms of severity, burns are placed into three categories:
- First-degree burns
- Second-degree burns
- Third-degree burns
How do burn injuries happen?
Burns have numerous causes, many of which you encounter in your everyday life. Open flames, hot surfaces, chemicals, radiation, electricity and friction can all cause burns.
While many Texas burn accidents occur at the workplace, that is not always the case. Most burn injuries happen at home. However, Texas workplace burn injuries tend to be the most serious. Construction workers, manufacturing workers and other industrial workers are at the greatest risk of burn injuries.
Any burn injury has the potential to be life-threatening; electrical burns are among the most serious. Electrical burns occur when the skin comes into contact with electricity. Once electricity enters the body, it can cause damage to the internal organs, including the heart, kidneys and brain. Electrical burns are especially concerning because the severity of the burn may not be evident from the visible wound.
The dedicated Texas electrical and burn injury lawyers at The de la Garza Law Group have unique experience and knowledge of these complex cases, which we use to put our clients in the best position possible. Due to our advanced negotiation skills, we can often resolve these challenging cases without the need for a long, drawn-out trial. However, as experienced trial attorneys, we are ready to stand up from the negotiation table when further talks appear fruitless and take your case to trial in pursuit of the compensation you deserve.
Aggressively Representing Texas Burn Injury Victims
CAUSES OF TEXAS TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS
According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, a car accident occurs every 56 seconds, someone is injured in a car accident about every two minutes, and someone is killed in a car accident about every 2.5 hours.
One possible explanation for the high rate of car accidents in Texas is that the state has a large percentage of rural roads. More than half of all fatal Texas car accidents occur on rural roads. The Texas Department of Transportation keeps track of all traffic accidents across the state, as well as their "contributing factors." According to the most recent data, the leading causes of Texas car accidents are:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Distracted driving
- Defective tires
- Failure to yield
- Following too closely
- Alcohol or Drug intoxication
- Improper passing
Looking at the common causes of Texas car accidents, most are preventable if drivers would take the necessary precautions when behind the wheel. Drivers owe a legal duty to others on the road. If you have been hurt in a Texas car accident, you can bring a claim against the at-fault driver, seeking compensation for your injuries.
There was always an answer from him every time I had a question.
Mario was very professional at all times. The one thing that made me at ease with him was that when I would text him, I would get a response every time within 10 minutes or less. - Robert C.
Given the reasonably temperate climate, motorcycles are a popular way to get around in Texas. The state has more than 350,000 registered motorcycles. Motorcyclists face significant dangers each time they hop on a bike. Every year, there are more than 8,100 Texas motorcycle accidents resulting in either serious injury or death. Texas is a particularly dangerous state for motorcyclists, as it has the second-highest rate of motorcycle accident fatalities in the nation.
One of the most common misconceptions about motorcycle accidents is that they are caused by the motorcyclist's negligence. This simply is not true. However, there is a false narrative that motorcyclists are aggressive drivers. This likely stems from the fact that most drivers do not spend a significant amount of time driving around motorcyclists, making a single bad experience stick out in their minds.
Although this stigma is not based on fact, it presents challenges for motorcycle accident victims when seeking compensation for their injuries after an accident. For example, an insurance company may claim that a motorcyclist shared responsibility for an accident—or was the only at-fault party—based simply on stereotypes or preconceived notions.
Most motorcycle accidents involve more than one vehicle, and many are caused by other negligent drivers. Drivers of cars and trucks often do not see motorcyclists or fail to yield to riders when they have the right of way. Other common causes of Texas motorcycle accidents include distracted driving, aggressive driving, road rage, impaired driving, and left-turn accidents.
If you have been injured in a Texas motorcycle accident, you deserve an attorney who understands what you are going through and what hurdles you will face on your road to financial recovery. At The de la Garza Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling all types of motorcycle accident claims on behalf of injured riders. We also work with families who tragically lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident.
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Bicycle and Pedestrian Collisions
Of all the people on the road, pedestrians and bicyclists stand to suffer the worst injuries in the event of an accident.
Texas has a very high rate of both pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents annually. According to the most recent data from the Texas Department of Transportation, over 4,800 pedestrian accidents and 2,100 bicycle accidents occur each year. As a result of these accidents, more than 700 pedestrians are killed each year, with almost 4,000 injured. Fewer cyclists are involved in serious injuries; however, there are still 70 bicyclist deaths and more than 1,900 cyclists injured each year.
These statistics make it clear that most pedestrian and bicycle accidents end in the accident victim suffering an injury. Of the 4,800 pedestrian accidents, only 100 did not result in a pedestrian's injury and, of the 2,100 cyclist accidents, just 130 did not result in injury.
Unlike drivers of cars and trucks, pedestrians and cyclists have no protection if a driver hits them. Often, these accidents result in severe or even fatal injuries.
After a pedestrian or cycling accident, you are likely facing significant medical expenses.
You may also have missed time at work and might not know when you can return. In this way, an accident can have a lasting impact on your life well after your physical injuries have healed. By bringing a personal injury lawsuit, you can recover much-needed compensation to help you cover these costs in addition to the non-economic impact that the accident had on your life.
Most truck drivers take their job and their responsibilities seriously; however, there are exceptions.
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Our team of experienced Texas truck accident attorneys works diligently to obtain maximum compensation for the injuries our clients have endured.
The average truck is over 70 feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded with cargo.
Not surprisingly, truck accidents are some of the most serious motor vehicle collisions on the roadways, often resulting in lifelong injuries to those involved. The most recent data compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration show that each year:
- 3,198 occupants of passenger cars and light trucks were killed in truck accidents, and
- 284 motorcyclists were killed in truck accidents
To be sure, most truck drivers take their job and their responsibilities seriously; however, there are exceptions. This is partly due to the pressure trucking companies put on truck drivers to cover as much ground as possible per day. For example, truck drivers are paid per mile. While this may sound reasonable, it also incentivizes truckers to stay on the road to a point where they are so fatigued that they cannot safely drive. Not surprisingly, drowsy driving is a leading cause of Texas trucking accidents. Other common causes of truck accidents include the following.
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road. Some truckers watch television, talk or text or scroll social media while behind the wheel to fight boredom. However, in doing so, they remove their attention from the road, increasing the chance of a serious accident.
To stay awake and alert, some truck drivers rely on over-the-counter or illegal drugs. While these substances may temporarily increase a truck driver's awareness,they also impact their judgment and reaction time. Moreover, when the drug wears off, the truck driver may experience heightened fatigue.
Whether speeding or quickly changing lanes, aggressive driving can cause a truck driver to lose control of the vehicle, potentially resulting in a chain-reaction truck accident.
Truck Equipment Defects
While most truck accidents involve driver negligence, some result from defective truck components. For example, improperly installed or maintained braking systems, light malfunctions, and faulty tires are common causes of truck accidents. In these cases, the manufacturer of the defective part may be liable to anyone injured in an accident.
At The De La Garza Law Group, our compassionate team of Texas truck accident lawyers has the experience, dedication and skill necessary to handle even the most complex cases. We routinely go head-to-head with some of the largest corporations and insurance companies in the country without hesitation in pursuit offair compensation for our clients.
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Truck Accident — Settlement
Mario E. de la Garza represented a young trauma surgeon and his father-in-law who were severely injured in a commercial truck rollover. Through advocacy on behalf of the two men and their spouses, he secured a combined settlement for the clients of $5,500,000
Mr. Mario de la Garza and his team are one of a kind and hands down the best law firm in Houston. – Christina L
Slip and Fall Cases
While the risk of a fall increases with age, falls are a leading cause of preventable injury across all age groups.
According to the National Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of preventable injury in the United States. Each year, more than 800,000 people are hospitalized for fall-related injuries.
Premises liability is the legal term used to describe a property owner's duty to their visitors. In general, all property owners owe a duty of care to their guests, regardless of the reason for the guest's visit. This duty requires property owners to cure known hazards on their property. However, Texas slip and fall law imposes an especially significant duty on businesses, which must also conduct regular inspections of all areas accessible to customers. If a business fails to ensure the safety of its customers, the company may be liable through a Texas premises liability lawsuit.
Unlike most other states, Texas does not require employers to purchase workers' compensation insurance. As a result, many employers are not covered by the workers' compensation system.
This is not necessarily bad for injured workers, as it may open the door to filing a personal injury claim against an employer.
THIRD-PARTY INJURY CLAIMS
Texas workplace injuries caused by the negligence of a non-employer fall outside the scope of the workers' compensation system.
These lawsuits are referred to as third-party injury claims. A third-party injury claim may arise in any of the following situations:
- Accidents caused by a negligent worker who is employed by another company;
- Negligent motorists who cause a Texas motor vehicle accident;
- Negligent business or property owners who fail to take the necessary precautions to ensure their property was reasonably safe for a worker; and,
- Injuries caused by dangerous or defective products.
At The de la Garza Law Group, we have vast experience handling Texas workplace injury claims across all industries. Regardless of whether your injury was caused by your employer's negligence or a non-employer third-party, we can help you understand your rights and how to pursue them effectively.
I have been a client of Mr. De la Garza two times now where he shows professionalism and honesty and a definite care for the people he represents.
- Ashley V.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Nursing homes have an important role in our society in that they care for a very vulnerable population of Texans.
There are currently an estimated 1.4 million nursing home residents across the U.S.
Most nursing home workers accept a position in a long-term care facility with the best of intentions. However, the realities of working in a nursing home can wear them down. Texas nursing homes are notoriously understaffed. By some estimates, up to 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. By failing to provide an acceptable number of workers at any given time, nursing homes place residents and staff at significant risk.
What is nursing home neglect?
Nursing home neglect may involve any of the following:
Failing to provide residents with their prescribed medication
Failing to report signs of infection or illness to a resident's doctor
Failing to regularly move immobile residents to prevent bedsores
Failing to attend to a resident's daily hygiene needs
Failure to ensure a safe environment for residents
Failing to protect residents from other residents
What is nursing home abuse?
Nursing home neglect may involve any of the following:
Both nursing home employees and management owe a duty to residents to provide for their needs and ensure a safe living environment. In the event of nursing home abuse or neglect, the individual employee and the facility may be liable through a Texas nursing home lawsuit.
Dangerous and Defective Products
Manufacturers have a legal duty to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for their intended uses.
Additionally, businesses must warn customers about the unavoidable risks associated with using their products. For example, a pharmaceutical company must warn patients considering taking the drug of all potential side effects and drug interactions.
When a product suffers from a design or manufacturing defect or a manufacturer's failure to warn customers of a product's dangerousness adequately, the manufacturer can be liable through a Texas product liability lawsuit.
Most product liability lawsuits rely on a theory of strict liability. Strict liability is a legal concept by which a manufacturer is liable for any injuries caused by their product, regardless of the manufacturer's negligence. The idea is that by marketing and selling a product, a manufacturer assumes the risk of liability associated with that product. While this can make proving a product liability case easier in some ways, there are still challenges that arise in bringing these claims.
At The de la Garza Law Group, our committed team of Texas product liability attorneys works closely with a nationwide network of respected experts to help prove our clients' claims. Expert witnesses are crucial in most product liability claims because they can help explain to the judge or jury what the manufacturer could have done differently to ensure a safer product.
I would HIGHLY recommend anyone to be represented by The de la Garza Law Group. They were there every step of the way.
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Damages in a Texas Personal Injury Case
In Texas, there are two types of actual or "compensatory" damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic and non-economic damages are crucial to ensuring that accident victims are fully compensated for both their physical and emotional injuries.
After an accident, your life is immediately changed—sometimes forever.
You may suddenly face the reality of spending weeks in the hospital, follow-up surgeries, doctor's appointments and lengthy courses of physical therapy. However, the accident's impact on your life also extends to your emotional well-being and mental health. You may experience a lifetime of lingering pain and physical limitations, which will inevitably take their toll on you and limit the activities you can enjoy.
In Texas, there are two types of actual or "compensatory" damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are meant to compensate a claimant for actual economic or pecuniary loss and can often be determined by presenting receipts, medical bills or through the testimony of an expert witness.
What are economic damages?
Economic damages can be measured. Examples of economic damages include the following:
Future medical expenses
Loss of earning capacity in the future
What are non-economic damages?
Non-economic damages are more subjective in nature. Examples of non-economic damages include the following:
Physical pain in the past and future
Mental anguish in the past and future
Physical impairment in the past and future
Understanding Texas Wrongful Death and Survivor Claims
If a loved one dies as the result of an accident caused by someone's negligence, two types of claims may be available.
A wrongful death action is a type of Texas personal injury cause of action that family members can bring to obtain compensation for the loss of their loved one. Under Texas law, a spouse, child and parent can bring a wrongful death claim.
Additionally, the deceased victim's estate can bring a survival action for the pain and anguish that the deceased accident victim suffered leading up to their death and their medical and funeral expenses.
TEXAS WRONGFUL DEATH ACTIONS
Nothing can bring back a family member who was killed in a senseless accident. However, the surviving spouses, children and parents may seek damages through a wrongful death claim. Monetary damages consist of actual damages, and in some cases, exemplary (punitive) damages.
Actual damages in a wrongful death claim include:
1) Pecuniary losses
2) Mental anguish
3) Loss of companionship and society
4) Loss of inheritance
Pecuniary losses include the loss of the decedent's earning capacity, advice, counsel, services, care, maintenance and support; they may also include expenses for the family member's psychological treatment that resulted.
Loss of inheritance is defined as the present value that the victim would, in reasonable probability, have added to the estate and left at natural death to the statutory beneficiaries, but for the wrongful conduct that resulted in the death.
In some cases, a judge or jury can award exemplary (punitive) damages. Unlike actual damages, punitive damages are not designed to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries. Instead, punitive damages focus on punishing the defendant for their especially egregious behavior. Punitive damages are rare and are awarded when the plaintiff can prove that the death was caused by the wrongdoer's willful act or omission or gross negligence.
TEXAS SURVIVAL ACTIONS
When a negligent party causes a fatal accident, the victim's estate can recover damages that the deceased victim suffered as a result of the wrongdoing. The "survival" action is brought on behalf of the deceased for their damages, including the physical pain and mental anguish that preceded the death, their medical bills, and their funeral expenses.
It is called a "survival" action because the claim "survives" the accident victim's death, allowing the deceased's estate to bring the suit.
At The de la Garza Law Group, we understand the frustration and stress that come along with suffering serious injury due to a preventable accident and put our maximum effort into each case we handle.
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At The de la Garza Law Group, we offer free consultations to accident victims, during which we will cover the personal injury recovery process in detail, obtain all the details of the accident and answer any questions.
Every case is unique, and every accident impacts the victim's life differently. Some of our notable recent results include:
in a wrongful death case involving a young father who was killed by a drunk driver. Distribution of funds.
in a products liability case involving a farmworker who was seriously injured by a piece of defective equipment. Distribution of funds.
in a truck accident case involving a negligent truck driver who caused a preventable rollover accident. Distribution of funds.
in a product liability case involving a utility worker who was seriously injured due to faulty equipment. Distribution of funds.
in a bicycle accident case involving a client who was struck by a negligent truck driver. Distribution of funds.
Contact a Houston Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyer Today
At The de la Garza Law Group, we know that no two cases are the same. Every client is unique. Every case is personal. We know that to help our clients obtain the justice they deserve, we must get to know our clients and how the accident has impacted their lives. For this reason, we spend significant time getting to know the details of each client's case and always maintain awareness of the client's goals for the representation.
If you recently suffered serious injuries or lost a family member in a Texas accident, contact The de la Garza Law Group today. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation. To learn more, call 713-784-1010, or call toll-free at 844-784-1010.
We proudly represent clients throughout Texas, including all major metropolitan areas. We represent many clients throughout the greater Houston area, including Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Jefferson County, Chambers County, Waller County and Montgomery County, including The Woodlands, Pearland, Pasadena, Baytown, Clear Lake, Galveston and Sugar Land.
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Mr. Mario de la Garza and his team are one of a kind and hands down the best law firm in Houston. They really do care about you and take your case seriously. He takes your calls and actually takes the time to talk to you and explain how everything is going to work and he leaves no questions unanswered. I also want to say his team is the best! Lidia thank you so much for always replying to all my emails, calls and messages. All though I know I was a pain at times, she was always so responsive, patient and would always return my calls when she said she would. – Christina L.
I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly.
Mario de la Garza is a good lawyer. He secured insurance reimbursement for a personal injury that has taken 2.5 years settle. He was compassionate and patient and provided good counsel when solutions appeared non- existent. He was tenacious with medical providers, coordinated payments on a timely basis and worked well with insurance companies. I was fortunate to have him on my team and recommend him highly. - HP
My experience with The de la Garza Law Group was phenomenal.
Me being a 21 year old juggling my time as a full time employee and a full time college student dealing with a car accident sounded terrifying, but with the help of Mr. Mario de la Garza all my worries went away. He made the process so easy and met every one of my expectations and more. I would highly recommend The de la Garza Law group to anybody especially young adults who are terrified of having to deal with a car accident for the first time. Trust and believe The de la Garza Law Group will not disappoint. - Stefanie G.
Mario fought for every single penny in my case.
I was in a 18 wheeler car accident late August 2019. And as soon I got out the hospital, I looked up a good Injury attorney law firm to help me with this case. And the De la Garza law firm was the first one to pop up. They took care of me throughout the nine months. They have a great staff. With great people. I give them 5/5 stars. Mario fought for every single penny in my case. You got to respect a lawyer that’s willing to go beyond for you. I highly recommend De la Garza’s law firm. Thank you guys. - JW
I would definitely use Mario again.
The one thing that made me at ease with him was that when I would text him, I would get a response every time within 10 minutes or less. There was always an answer from him every time I had a question. He was always on time or a few minutes early when we had to meet up for things pertaining to my case. He would even work & reach out to me about my case on Saturdays & Sundays (7 days a week). I would definitely use Mario again if needed and would highly recommend him to someone else needing an attorney. - Robert C.
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Our case pertained to an auto-pedestrian collision involving a commercial vehicle that resulted in catastrophic injuries to my brother. Unfortunately, and ultimately these injuries resulted in his wrongful death due to this hit and run in the Houston area. On behalf of my family, we are extremely grateful to The de la Garza Law Group for all their legal assistance. Mario de la Garza personally assisted in all legal matters pertaining to/and getting settlements for all medical bills and restitution for the family until the matter was concluded. We highly recommend this firm.
– Mariann B.
His team is very professional and I would highly recommend to anyone.
My experience with Mr. De la Garza was very pleasing during a difficult time. My case was a workplace injury causing serious injuries that unfortunately lead to a wrongful death. He was very patient with all of us due to several families being involved in this case and worked well with us all. I am glad he didn’t turn down our case (like others did). I was very pleased with how everything was handled in this case and the outcome as well. His team is very professional, and I would highly recommend to anyone. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza and team. – Lisa L.
I fully recommend The de la Garza Law Group for any legal representation.
Attorney Mario de la Garza, who is fluent in English and Spanish, is very professional and passionate about his work. My daughter and I are very satisfied with the outcome. At The de la Garza Group you will find a friendly and communicative staff, which along with the attorney, will handle your legal case with a very positive and professional demeanor. - Desiree D.
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My experience with De la Garza law group was a very long pleasant experience it was a little difficult to keep up with it since this was my 1st experience with an attorney, but he did really great to keep in touch even though I have a very busy schedule with work and hard to reach and was very informative before, and during the whole process. Thank you, Mr. de la Garza for your help. – Denise G.
It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario fight for you.
I have been a client of Mr. De la Garza two times now where he shows professionalism and honesty and a definite care for the people he represents. I got in a car accident in February and it caused such a hardship coming close to an end. It’s like a breath of fresh air having someone like Mario not only represent you but fight for you. I hope not to have any more accidents but if I did I will look forward to working with him again! – Ashley V.