El Paso Personal Injury Attorney Michael Grossman
El Paso is a bustling border town, home to heavy industry, a university, and a massive military base. Interstate 10, a vital cross-country thoroughfare runs through the heart of the city. The border crossing into Juarez is an important international link for commerce and culture. But perhaps one of the more telling characteristics about the city is the fact that, per capita, it has more injuries and accidents than almost any other city in Texas. We want to change that.
Here in El Paso, our mission is to make the city safer for all its inhabitants. In a world full of uncertainty and doubt, our aim is to help those who could really use a hand: folks who have been injured as a result of someone else’s recklessness, inattention or negligence. We believe that when people are hurt, and it’s not their fault, they deserve compensation from those that hurt them. It’s that simple. Unfortunately, legal remedies and relief can be difficult to obtain. Sometimes, folks aren’t even aware that they can be compensated. Fortunately, here at Grossman Law Offices, we’re here to help.
In this article, award-winning El Paso personal injury attorney Michael Grossman discusses the different ways that Grossman Law Offices helps accident victims recover compensation.
Questions answered on this page:
- From what kinds of accidents can victims recover compensation?
- What special considerations are their in each type of personal injury claim?
- Why does hiring a lawyer make sense?
The law holds that when a person suffers an injury due to someone else’s negligence, that person has the right to pursue a personal injury claim against the person who injures them. This makes sense, since it was another person who made the mistake, but the injury victim who, absent compensation, has to bear the burden of the injury.
Personal injury law is not about “striking it rich,” rather it is about making someone whole. There are accidents where a victim suffers millions of dollars of damages and is compensated in that way. For people who were involved in accidents, but suffered no injury, they should count their blessings that they made it out unscathed. For these people, the law is not there to enhance their personal wealth.
Sadly, every day people suffer injuries because of someone else’s carelessness in and around El Paso. Many chalk these injuries up to dumb luck, or the price we all pay for living in an advanced, prosperous society. Thankfully, neither the law nor El Paso personal injury attorney Michael Grossman feel this way. Personal injury attorney Michael Grossman does not believe that our standard of living can be built upon disregarding safety, endangering others, and that the injuries and deaths that result are just a fact of modern life.
The civil justice system affords each and every one of us the opportunity to seek compensation when we are wronged. This opportunity is the birthright of every American, regardless of age, sex, religion, ethnicity, or national origin.
Unfortunately, most people do no possess the skills necessary to navigate the legal hurdles that stand between them and holding the person or business who injured them accountable. That is where the personal injury attorneys at Grossman Law Offices come in.
For over 25 years, Michael Grossman, Keith Purdue, and other attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have fought for victims who could not fight for themselves, regardless of their ability to pay. We believe that a right that people cannot access is no right at all. That is why, no matter how much or little money you have, you can hire high-quality, experienced legal representation through Grossman Law Offices, while never paying us a cent unless we win for you.
The Types of Injuries Grossman Law Offices Can Help With
For many people, lawyers are just lawyers. They believe that they operate in a self-enclosed world that rarely intersects with the day to day lives of most people. This can be a dangerous over-simplification of the legal profession.
The fact is that areas of the law are as diverse as the languages that human beings speak. You’ll never meet a person who speaks every single language on earth, because the human life span is too short to learn the 6,500 languages in existence. While languages may have over-arching patterns, understanding those patterns does not mean that one can speak a language.
The law is just as complex and diverse as the languages of the world. Each area of the law, while outwardly similar to its siblings, is not readily understood by those who practice different areas. For injury victims, this means that not just any lawyer will do. You need a lawyer who understands the specific area of the law that governs your accident. After all, you wouldn’t hire someone who only speaks French to teach your children Spanish. Similarly, you don’t want a lawyer who deals primarily in car accidents to handle a commercial vehicle case.
At Grossman Law Offices, we focus on a few areas of personal injury law and will not take cases outside of our skill-set. This ensures that we know our particular “language” as well as possible, which in turn means that our clients get first-rate, professional representation. We believe that this approach maximizes the compensation our clients receive, which is what practicing civil law is all about. Some of our areas of focus include:
Many people are surprised after an accident when they discover the harsh reality that most insurance companies are in the premium collection business, not the compensating injured drivers business. While in many instances, insurance companies will properly value property claims, when it comes to medical bills, lost wages, and non-economic damages, they tend to act like these do not exist.
In these instances it is often necessary to retain the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney. When that attorney is one from Grossman Law Offices, we begin by getting you the evidence you need to prove the other driver’s liability. This ability means that you are in a much stronger negotiation privilege, since an insurance company will be able to see that you can win in court, which at the end of the day is the only way to force them to pay you anything.
Insurance companies get be a pain in the you know what to deal with when all they have on the line is $30,000. Now imagine their mule-like kicking when they stand to lose $1,000,000 dollars, which is the minimum amount of insurance a commercial truck must carry in Texas.
Over the years, our firm has seen insurance companies hire private investigators to dig up dirt and smear victim’s of their drivers negligence. We’ve seen them data mine a victim’s social media accounts, contact former intimates, do whatever they can to attempt to scare an injured person into a low-ball settlement. Hiring an attorney who knows how to deal with trucking companies and their insurers not only maximizes your compensation, but is a way to mitigate insurance companies (sometimes) harassing and heavy-handed tactics.How the trucking industry stacks the deck in their favor Read More >
Texas law holds alcohol providers responsible when they unlawfully serve alcohol to drunk people who later cause injuries to themselves or others. This is known as dram shop liability law.
Dram shop liability is one part of the law that many people have likely never heard of. If you haven’t heard of dram shop liability, don’t feel bad, many lawyers who practice personal injury have only a passing familiarity with dram shop law. Unfortunately, this does not stop many attorneys from taking on dram shop cases. The result is usually that the inexperienced attorney drastically underestimates the commitment of time and resources that it take to successfully pursue a dram shop case. In the end, the victim is forced to accept an insultingly low settlement offer, or risk losing at trial.
Grossman Law Offices has successfully handled hundreds of dram shop cases. There are few firms anywhere in Texas that can match the experience our attorneys have handling this area of the law. In addition, dram shop law is a bit of a passion project for our firm. Our attorneys know first hand the terrible pain of losing a loved to a drunk driver. We believe that anything we can do to hold irresponsible alcohol servers responsible for their failure to honor their word and not endanger the community is for the benefit of all of us.
That we can do this and get compensation for victims of this abhorrent behavior at the same time is an example of where helping victims also helps the community at the same time.
Few accidents are more frustrating that drunk driving accidents. That is because few of them would occur, but for a person’s decision to drive while intoxicated. This area of the law is also particularly difficult for many attorneys because it is a fusion of car accident law and dram shop law.
We have seen countless examples of injury victims who did not recover as much as they should have, because their attorney treated a drunk driving accident like a car accident case and ignored the dram shop portion of the case. When this happens, liquor stores, bars, and restaurants who unlawfully over-serve people who later get behind the wheel are never held accountable for their negligent, immoral behavior.
Who ends up paying footing the bill for this legal mistake? The victims who did not receive enough compensation to cover all of the damages they suffered at the hands of the drunk driver.
In Texas, most people assume that when they are injured on the job, their employer has to compensate them for their injury. To this end, Texas has a workers’ compensation system. While it is supposed to be a no-fault benefits system for injured workers, there are special exceptions that employers and their insurers can use to deny benefits.
While these exceptions are for things such as employees who are hurt by horseplay or intentionally injure themselves, unscrupulous employers and their insurers will manipulate these well-meaning exceptions to deny legitimate claims. When this happens, many injured workers are forced to navigate the labyrinth otherwise known as the workers’ compensation system on their own.
This puts those workers at a great disadvantage, since insurance companies have lawyers on staff to help them with their legal issues. The only way for many injured workers to level the playing field and get the benefits they desperately need is with the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney like those at Grossman Law Offices.
Another problem injured workers face is that while they were injured on the job and receive benefits, the negligent party is not their employer, but a third-party, such as a customer or vendor. In these instances, the only way to hold the negligent party accountable is by filing suit. Many people expect that workers’ compensation will assist with this lawsuit, but the fact of the matter is that they do not. In that instance an injured worker has not other recourse than to retain an attorney.Texas Work Injury Law Overview TX work injury law is vastly different than every other state, and it all comes down to the fact that...Read More >
While many Texas workers are covered by workers’ compensation, Texas is unique in that it is the only large state that permits employers to opt out of the workers’ compensation system. For employees this means that if their employer opts-out, there case is generally treated like most any other personal injury case. The only way to compel a negligent non-subscriber to pay compensation for a work injury is through a work injury lawsuit.
With non-subscriber accidents in particular, it is important never to sign anything in exchange for compensation without an attorney looking into your case. Often, unscrupulous employers choose not to participate in workers’ compensation because they don’t want to pay the insurance premiums. After a worker gets injured, they may take advantage of the worker’s desperation by offering a couple of thousand dollars in exchange for the injured worker signing a waiver of liability. This waiver makes it impossible to sue the employer and such an exchange is usually looked upon as a settlement agreement by courts.
It is not all bad news for injured non-subscribers. Unlike workers’ compensation, non-subscriber lawsuits permit injured workers to recover the full amount of their damages. Furthermore, as an incentive to get companies to opt-in to the workers’ compensation system, the Texas Legislature stripped non-subscribers of many traditional defenses. If that were not enough, if the employer is found to have been even 1% at fault for the employee’s injuries, they are on the hook for all of the damages.
In general these cases can be quite contentious and consulting with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident will ensure that your case has the best outcome possible.
This is one of the more misunderstood areas of the law. Even the news media tends to mock “slip and fall” accidents. What they fail to realize is that injuries that result from negligent property owners are some of the oldest types of personal injury lawsuits in existence, pre-dating our Constitution. They date back to the common law and are based upon that idea that property owners have an obligation to maintain their property and protect visitors and passersby from injury.
The main obstacle that many injured by a property owner’s negligence is that this area of the law is very specific and technical. For that reason, it is very difficult for people to successfully pursue premises liability claims without the assistance of an attorney. So whether the injury is a slip and fall, pool accident, defective apartment railing, or an injury sustained in a commercial retail store, the premises liability attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have handled that kind of case.
Perhaps the most emotional area of law, wrongful death law allows people to gain compensation for the loss of a close family member. Under Texas law the people who can pursue this type of case is limited by statute to spouses, parents, and children. Siblings, cousins, friends, and domestic partners are barred from pursuing these claims.
Wrongful death claims are almost always derivative claims, meaning that have an underlying cause of action found in another area of the law. In practice, this means that the right wrongful death attorney for your particular case is one who has experience with the area of the law that underlies the claim, in addition to experience handling wrongful death cases.
For instance, if a loved is killed by a commercial 18-wheeler, then the case is governed by both commercial truck accident, as well as wrongful death law. This means that the attorney you choice should have successfully handled numerous truck accident cases, as well as wrongful death cases.
Where many people get into trouble is that they see an ad for a personal injury attorney and assume that they handle all kinds of personal injury cases. So even though their relative was killed in a commercial truck accident, they hire an attorney who deals almost exclusively in car accidents. The difference between the two areas of the law can be truly daunting. When a wrongful death claim is added on top, it can be overwhelming for inexperienced attorneys.
When justice for a loved one is on the line, it is no time to risk that case on an unknown attorney. Instead, most people choose to go with an attorney who has handled similar cases many times before, like the attorneys at Grossman Law Offices.3rd-Party Investigations How you can gather info and evidence that the police don't bother to collect...Read More >
Grossman Law Offices: A Marriage of Legal Skill and Client Service
One of the biggest problems that many law firms have is that the lawyers spend most of their time dealing with other lawyers. Contrary to popular reports, most lawyers aren’t bad people, but like any other group that is insulated from the public at large, it can lead to forgetting why we do what we do.
At Grossman Law Offices we realize that the law, and by extension those who practice law, is meant to serve everyone, not just lawyers. That is why we have an innovative single page contract that essentially says, “You’ve hired us, you can fire us, and here’s what we charge.” By contrast, many other law firms have contracts that can be 8, 15, or even 20 pages that you would need to hire another lawyer to read to fully understand what they say.
The simple fact of the matter is that we believe lawyers are in business to represent clients. It’s the client’s interest that should motivate every decision a lawyer makes. So whether it is answering the phone anytime, day or night, keeping our contracts simple and easy to understand, or not pressuring clients to take settlements that they don’t agree with, El Paso personal injury attorney Michael Grossman always puts the client first.
If you’ve been injured an need a personal injury lawyer, call Grossman Law Offices at (915) 317-1352 for a free consultation. We know that you want to get your life back on track. Let us help you.
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