Fighting for Injury Victims in Midland & Odessa
Providing Quality Legal Services Since 1995
Were you or a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness?
If so, you can find the legal advocate that you deserve at the Dean Law
Firm. When you need to recover fair compensation to pay for your medical
bills, income losses, and other losses, we can help you get justice.
Why Choose Our Accident Lawyer?
- Tens of millions of dollars recovered for clients
- One-on-one service from an award-winning lawyer
- Weekend, evening, and off-site availability
- Real-world experience in high-profile cases, including the BP Texas City
explosion, Hurricane Ike, and Paxil cases
Not only are we known for getting results, but we are also known for winning
results with integrity. Our personal injury attorney is AV Preeminent®
rated by his peers, a testament to his proven ethics and legal skill.
Please don’t hesitate to discover what our high-caliber law firm
can achieve for you.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Below is a sample of the personal injury claims that we take on. With our
wide-ranging experience, there is no case that is too difficult for
our attorney to help you. See our
awards and our
testimonials to learn what our firm has accomplished in the past, or feel free to contact
us today to speak with a skilled attorney.
While our Midland personal injury lawyer is an experienced litigator, he
has also reached hundreds of out-of-court settlements. Whether your accident
claim demands a skilled negotiator or a tenacious trial lawyer, you can
rely on the Dean Law Firm to provide the excellent representation that
you deserve. Let us answer your questions – read our
personal injury FAQ or give us a call today to set up your
free initial consultation
Auto Accidents and Their Many Forms
Out of all the possible personal injury incidents out there, auto accidents
may very well be the greatest danger to the average person. Just about
all of us drive to and from work, down to the grocery store, across town
to visit friends, and so on. Whenever we get behind the wheel and onto
public roads, we are exposed to the recklessness and negligence of other
drivers. Even those who exercise appropriate levels of caution and control
their own vehicles safely are at risk of collisions and serious injuries.
The most common forms of auto accidents are:
Car accidents: For every car on the road, there is someone who is responsible for handling
it carefully. Perhaps needless to say, the most common form of auto accident
is a car accident between two or more civilian drivers.
Truck accidents: Big rigs on the highways pose a serious danger to other drivers. Inexperienced
or exhausted truckers can lose control of their vehicles and cause a truck
accident without much warning. In the Midland-Odessa area in particular,
commercial trucks lugging oil from oilfields and industrial sites are
a rising cause of auto accidents.
Pedestrian accidents: In a city or town, intersections are dangerous location for pedestrians.
The majority of pedestrian accidents occur either where two streets meet
or close to a driveway.
Motorcycle accidents: A disproportionate number of motorcyclists are seriously injured in auto
accidents each year. Despite making up a small fraction of total collisions,
motorcycle riders are expected to receive serious injuries in about 70%
of crashes and may lose their lives in 20%.
As previously mentioned, the Midland-Odessa areas in West Texas have become
notoriously dangerous in recent years as the
oilfield industry starts to boom again. Large tractor trailers haul heavy freight
and equipment to oilfields and construction sites. At literally all hours
of the day, even in the early morning, oil trucks race down the I-20 to
bring the precious cargo to refineries elsewhere, and many more race back
into the region to collect more.
While we can all appreciate an economic upturn in the state and the country,
many oil companies do not seem to appreciate the safety of Americans.
By forcing truckers to work long shifts and by putting hundreds of large
vehicles on Texas highways at a time, they needlessly endanger the wellbeing
of other drivers around them.
To make matters worse, they also may put their own employees at risk by
failing to maintain their oilfields and worksites; quite often you will
see a news article announcing an explosion or critical failure at an oil
site. Employees can feel betrayed as they have to fight against their
own employers for fair compensation after being hurt on the job. At Dean
Law Firm, we stand up for our clients in the face of giant oil and gas
companies, whether you are an employee or otherwise.
Compensation You Should Be Seeking
You should take a moment to consider the compensation you will need to
recover from your injuries and the damage to your property. Each personal
injury case may be different but, in the end, most of the time the financial
restitution sought will only fall into a few select categories. Talk to
our personal injury lawyer to figure out which ones make sense for your case.
The four main types of compensatory damages include:
Medical: Hospital bills, medications, ongoing treatments, rehabilitative therapy,
and much more is expensive. Your own medical insurance is probably going
to run out before the receipts stop coming. You will need to sue to get
coverage for the rest.
Repairs: In some accidents, your property is destroyed due to the actions of another,
such as in a car accident. Unless you want to repair or replace your property
on your own, you will want reparation costs covered.
Lost wages: A serious injury may take you away from work for weeks, months, or even
years. Your lawsuit can seek damages to make up for all the wages you
missed. It can also consider promotions and raises you may be ineligible
to get due to your injury.
Pain and suffering: Also known as nominal damages, you can receive money for your physical
pain and emotional suffering.
Problems with Insurance Providers
When you sign up for an insurance policy, they are supposed to take care
of you first and foremost. You need to realize that they are still a business
underneath all of their advertisements, support, and goodwill. In order
for them to continue operation, they must make a profit at the end of
the fiscal year, just like any other company. One of the fastest ways
to increase profits is to decrease how much money they give out to their
customers after an accident. The same can be said for the insurance companies
of other parties involved in your incident. To this extent, your injury
claim might be less against the liable party and more against their insurance,
or even your own.
Be sure that you do not jump at the first offer an insurance company gives
you for damages, assuming they provide you one at all. Odds are high that
they have calculated the minimum amount they can legally offer and used
that number upfront. With research, determination, and professional support
from a personal injury lawyer, you can fight for a greater amount, one
that is better fitting for the pain, suffering, and damages you have experienced.
Sorry But Not Sorry
One of the most common ways people inadvertently hurt their own chances
at receiving a fair and maximized recovery after an accident is by apologizing
to other people involved. Undoubtedly this is an instinct of yours but
it must be resisted. From car accidents to defective products, the moment
you say you are sorry for your behavior, insurance companies can spin
that into an admission of guilt and put liability on your shoulders that
can be hard to shrug off. It is better to leave the talking to your lawyer
and trust that they know what to say and to whom to say it.