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Bicycle Accident FAQs


That depends on your case, but it’s advisable to hire an injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help prove the other party’s negligence and negotiate with the insurance company to retrieve adequate compensation for your damages. Insurance companies are not generally known for their generosity, which is why having someone on board who knows exactly what your rights are can significantly improve your negotiating position. Especially for cases that involve serious injuries, hiring an injury attorney can make a great difference in regards to the amount of compensation you may recover.

You should always see a doctor after you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident (or any other accident for that matter). Injuries are not always apparent immediately after an accident. Certain conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, can take hours and even days to show symptoms. Often victims are also in shock after the accident, which can disguise pain. A doctor can perform a full check to see if there are any signs of injury and will make a report of the injuries they discover. This report will help your lawyer retrieve compensation for your sustained injuries.

This depends on your specific case. If the involved vehicle performed negligent behavior that would’ve caused the accident whether you were breaking a traffic law or not, it might still be possible to prove that fault lies with the involved motor vehicle driver. In most cases a percentage of fault will be assigned to both the cyclist and vehicle driver, which will determine the compensation.

In Texas any cyclist’s bicycle must be equipped with a properly functioning brake. When riding at night your bicycle must have a white lamp on the front that emits light that is visible at least 500 feet ahead of your bicycle. Your bicycle must also be equipped with either a red reflector or a red lamp at the back. There is no bicycle helmet law in Texas, nor in Austin, though you should seriously consider wearing one. Head injuries are very common after bicycle accidents and wearing a helmet can reduce your chance of injury.

As a cyclist you have the same rights and responsibilities as a driver.

If the driver was negligent in any way you can absolutely file a lawsuit.

Brain Injury FAQs


Most people in their right mind aren’t intentionally putting themselves in serious danger of head trauma. Often times when a brain injury occurs as a result of an incident and a personal injury claim is filed, it is because something has gone wrong. A victim is usually suffering from the negligence of those in charge or overseeing the parameters of how their accident or incident took place. This means that when you or a loved one experiences severe head and brain trauma after an accident, someone else has made a mistake which put this hardship upon you.

Brain injuries happen in car accidents all the time. While a seat belt can protect your body from jerking around and flying out of the vehicle, sometimes your head is very unprotected. Should another driver be operating their vehicle under the influence or simply disregarding traffic laws and crash into you, your head could be subjected to serious impact from the window, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or even the ceiling. These intense and power impacts to your brain during a car accident can leave serious swelling and damage that causes complications both in the hospital and perhaps even the rest of your life. Countless victims have been at the mercy of negligent drivers and forced to life the rest of their life with sub-par communication or motor skills due to brain injury.

Other circumstances include a work related injury where an employee works alongside very heavy machinery or elevated materials. In a split second, something could fall in a warehouse or a machine could fail and crash. These accidents are very dangerous and pose serious hazards to nearby workers who could suffer brain trauma by getting hit on the head or falling off of something onto their heads. While safety helmets may be present, an employers awareness of the hazards present may not be, which could result in a severe accident leaving a worker mentally inept after a tragic brain injury. Accidents that could have been preventable had the responsible steps been taken should not go unnoticed or uncompensated on behalf of the victims and their families who no deal with the hardships of a lasting brain injury.

Car Accident FAQs


Personal injury claims after being involved in an accident at the mercy of a drunk driver can have serious consequences for your livelihood and well being. The possibilities of what horrible problems could arise after the hazard of drinking and driving becomes an incident and accident are very serious. Often times our clients are unsure about what exactly accounts for their claim for a personal injury. Here are some major problems that people are faced with after being hit by a drunk driver which can be reflected in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Hospital Bills
      After an unexpected accident with a drunk driver, your injuries could be serious enough to require medical attention. Whether it be head or spinal trauma, a lesion from impact on something in your car, or internal pain and injuries sustained from the impact and your seatbelt, you will most likely need to visit a hospital or at least a doctor to get help to relieve your pain or in some cases save your life. After you have stabilized and hopefully recovered from these injuries, your medical bills might be costly. It shouldn’t be your responsibility to break your bank over these unwanted medical costs due to the carelessness and endangering actions of another party. We help our clients seek just compensation for their medical bills for their drunk driving accident personal injury claim against an offender.
  • Lost Wages
      Once involved in an accident, especially one at the hands of a driver who has been drinking, you may be facing severe soreness or injuries which could keep you bed ridden for a while. Resting and recovering are important to carrying on with your life after such a traumatic event, however in doing so you may be missing out on other facets of your life; specifically your job. Without working you might not be receiving a paycheck which you use to live off of and provide for yourself and your family. This pay loss is a direct result of the accident which was caused by someone’s negligence to abide by the law and drive safely. You deserve to seek retribution for the time you’ve spent resting and recovering as well as the wages lost due to the accident. Let our expert personal injury attorneys fight for your in order to keep your income stable enough to survive while out of commission.
  • Damaged Property
      While many victims will turn to their insurance companies following a motor vehicle accident, it is a possibility that insurance adjusters don’t compensate entirely, in same cases even remotely enough, to full cover damages received to one’s vehicle or property during a drunk driving accident. A drunk driver does not just effect their own vehicle in an accident, they can serious damage one or more other victims and their property. These incidents should not go without punishment and left up to the victim to deal with. That is why at Colley & Colley L.L.P. our well experienced attorneys know how to fight for our clients to seek just compensation for all property damages acquired after a drunking driving accident where the offending party is at fault.
  • Long Term Care or Condition
      If a car accident is serious enough, you may unfortunately be left with some life long damages to your well being. These lasting injuries and effects can call for additional care and treatment needed on a regular basis. These long term cares, such as lifetime handicap treatment, paralysis, issues with sensory, or any other problems that effect your well-being and have stemmed from the accident, can be costly and mentally draining for you and your loved ones. That is why you should assure justified compensation by hiring the appropriate and prepared legal term that will work hard in to win your personal injury claim after being involved in a DWI accident.

 

That depends on your case, but it’s advisable to hire an injury attorney. An experienced attorney can help prove the other party’s negligence and negotiate with the insurance company to retrieve adequate compensation for your damages. Insurance companies are not generally known for their generosity, which is why having someone on board who knows exactly what your rights are can significantly improve your negotiating position. Especially for cases that involve serious injuries, hiring an injury attorney can make a great difference in regards to the amount of compensation you may recover.

You should always see a doctor after you’ve been involved in a bicycle accident (or any other accident for that matter). Injuries are not always apparent immediately after an accident. Certain conditions, such as traumatic brain injury, can take hours and even days to show symptoms. Often victims are also in shock after the accident, which can disguise pain. A doctor can perform a full check to see if there are any signs of injury and will make a report of the injuries they discover. This report will help your lawyer retrieve compensation for your sustained injuries.

This depends on your specific case. If the involved vehicle performed negligent behavior that would’ve caused the accident whether you were breaking a traffic law or not, it might still be possible to prove that fault lies with the involved motor vehicle driver. In most cases a percentage of fault will be assigned to both the cyclist and vehicle driver, which will determine the compensation.

In Texas any cyclist’s bicycle must be equipped with a properly functioning brake. When riding at night your bicycle must have a white lamp on the front that emits light that is visible at least 500 feet ahead of your bicycle. Your bicycle must also be equipped with either a red reflector or a red lamp at the back. There is no bicycle helmet law in Texas, nor in Austin, though you should seriously consider wearing one. Head injuries are very common after bicycle accidents and wearing a helmet can reduce your chance of injury.

As a cyclist you have the same rights and responsibilities as a driver.

If the driver was negligent in any way you can absolutely file a lawsuit.

Due to the large percentage of motorcycle riders who sustain injuries during an accident, wearing a helmet is for your own protection and required by law. In the state of Texas motorcyclists and their passengers are legally obligated to wear a helmet.

Depending on your case you can retrieve compensation for:

  • Incurred and estimated future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering directly related to the accident
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of consortium

In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may also be able to receive compensation for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Incurred medical expenses prior to the victim’s death
  • Lost future earnings from the deceased
  • Any other economic losses related to the victim’s wrongful death

Whether you are still able to retrieve compensation if you were speeding at the time of your accident depends on the specific circumstances of your case. For example say that you were speeding but the accident occurred because another vehicle ignored a stop sign. In this situation it might still be possible to prove that the accident was caused by the vehicle ignoring the stop sign and not your speeding. These cases can be very complicated though, which is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your case.

Construction Accident FAQs


There are many problems that stem from being injured at your construction job. Immediately following your accident you could be rushed to a hospital to treat critical and serious injuries such as spinal cord damage, sever lesions, burns, or even broken bones. While these treatments are needed to sometimes save your life, they are by no means cheap. Unexpected hospital visits can be very costly and after a construction accident you might be stuck with the bill. Sometimes injuries even require extended measures of rehabilitation, even a life long alteration to your daily routine to account for a change to your well-being after the accident, are all extended costs that you shouldn’t have to assume because of the accident which you weren’t the cause of.

The time spent off work after an accident can be not just a stress on your body as it tries to recover, but a stress on your family and loved ones due to financial burdens. Time off work results in lost wages and pay, meaning you could struggle to meet ends meet while you get back on your feet. These hardships don’t deserve to be faced by honest hard working construction employees if their accident is the result of a negligent employer or fault construction equipment they were told to use. Reasons like these are why the legal team at Colley & Colley L.L.P. are ready to fight your personal injury claim. Let our attorneys build and push your case to get you the money you are rightfully owed for what you’ve been through.

In the event of most construction accidents, the cause of the incident which lead to a victim’s injury and hardships is very rarely just a coincidence or freak accident. Often times it is the negligence or careless consideration of another party that paved the way for such a mistake to occur. Most times the manufacturer of the materials or equipment that is being used during the accident are at fault for producing and selling a faulty product. Other times it is a matter of careless instruction by an employer or contracting company to put their workers in hazardous or risky situations. In a matter of seconds, a lack of provided security measures or turn of events in a tense procedure could easily result in great harm to a construction worker.

There are countless risks at a construction site. Many of the jobs performed are done so at high elevations because of multiple story structures being built. In an instant something could go wrong with safety harnesses that are securing either equipment or a worker. Whether a worker falls to the ground and is tragically injured, or heavy materials come loose and fall down to potentially crush an unsuspecting worker, the circumstances could have most likely been avoided had an employer assured that the appropriate measures were taken. Other accidents happen whenever machinery malfunctions. Whether it’s a large fork lift or power drill, a chemical applicator or electrician’s maintenance tool, any form of utility that assists in a job and was created by an outside manufacturer has the ability to fail and operate incorrectly, thus putting the one using it and workers nearby at risk.

That is where our experienced team of attorneys steps in; to assure our clients that the victimization they were subjected too does not go unnoticed or uncompensated. Our clients enter the construction field under the assumption that it is safe and secure, leaving them an opportunity to use their bodies and knowledge of construction to make a paycheck that provides for them and their families. Let the experienced legal team here at Colley & Colley L.L.P. fight for you to get what you deserve after your serious construction accident.

We’ve fought for our clients in cases such as:

  • Falls
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Electrical injuries
  • Building collapses
  • Employer negligence
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • OSHA non-compliance

Dog Bite FAQs


In an instant a seemingly nice and domesticated dog can turn into a vicious defender. Mostly provoked by the assumption that they need to protect themselves or their owners, unaware and untrained canine’s have been known to seriously attack and injury innocent pedestrians or house guests. If you’ve been attacked by a dog:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Identify the dog that bit you and its owner
  • Report the attack
  • Have photos taken of your injuries
  • Contact Colley & Colley, LLP

There can be serious injuries and traumatic effects that stem from being attacked by a dog. The first and obvious effects are the physical ones; damaged limbs, bruised or lacerated body tissue and muscle damage, torn tendons, facial damage, even serious lesions and blood loss. While gruesome to imagine, it’s even more gruesome when these become a reality at the expense of a victim. These physical traumas could require serious medical attention and even an extended visit to a hospital for recovery, meaning costly medical bills that could be a damper on your current financial situation.

While physical and visible pains from a sudden dog attack are apparent, often times there are other hardships that come from a dog bit experience that can haunt a victim far past the healing of the wounds. A lifelong fear of dogs and the development of a canine-phobia is a traumatic thing that our clients sometimes have to live with after their negative experience with a dog. These issues can be difficult to deal with because of how common and popular dogs are in our society; from family friends having family pets to people in public with service dogs and even the regular passing of a dog on the street with a leash on, this fear can cause problems for victims and should be compensated justly.

It is important to understand who is the legal owner of the animal. This is not strictly for appropriation of fault, but also so that the animal can receive proper treatment to prevent future attacks from happening. While the owner can certainly be held responsible for the attack that has already occurred, by identifying them and making them aware of what needs to be done, whether through suggestion or court order, an owner can help reduce the risk of future incidents.

DWI Accident FAQs


Personal injury claims after being involved in an accident at the mercy of a drunk driver can have serious consequences for your livelihood and well being. The possibilities of what horrible problems could arise after the hazard of drinking and driving becomes an incident and accident are very serious. Often times our clients are unsure about what exactly accounts for their claim for a personal injury. Here are some major problems that people are faced with after being hit by a drunk driver which can be reflected in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Hospital Bills
      After an unexpected accident with a drunk driver, your injuries could be serious enough to require medical attention. Whether it be head or spinal trauma, a lesion from impact on something in your car, or internal pain and injuries sustained from the impact and your seatbelt, you will most likely need to visit a hospital or at least a doctor to get help to relieve your pain or in some cases save your life. After you have stabilized and hopefully recovered from these injuries, your medical bills might be costly. It shouldn’t be your responsibility to break your bank over these unwanted medical costs due to the carelessness and endangering actions of another party. We help our clients seek just compensation for their medical bills for their drunk driving accident personal injury claim against an offender.
  • Lost Wages
      Once involved in an accident, especially one at the hands of a driver who has been drinking, you may be facing severe soreness or injuries which could keep you bed ridden for a while. Resting and recovering are important to carrying on with your life after such a traumatic event, however in doing so you may be missing out on other facets of your life; specifically your job. Without working you might not be receiving a paycheck which you use to live off of and provide for yourself and your family. This pay loss is a direct result of the accident which was caused by someone’s negligence to abide by the law and drive safely. You deserve to seek retribution for the time you’ve spent resting and recovering as well as the wages lost due to the accident. Let our expert personal injury attorneys fight for your in order to keep your income stable enough to survive while out of commission.
  • Damaged Property
      While many victims will turn to their insurance companies following a motor vehicle accident, it is a possibility that insurance adjusters don’t compensate entirely, in same cases even remotely enough, to full cover damages received to one’s vehicle or property during a drunk driving accident. A drunk driver does not just effect their own vehicle in an accident, they can serious damage one or more other victims and their property. These incidents should not go without punishment and left up to the victim to deal with. That is why at Colley & Colley L.L.P. our well experienced attorneys know how to fight for our clients to seek just compensation for all property damages acquired after a drunking driving accident where the offending party is at fault.
  • Long Term Care or Condition
      If a car accident is serious enough, you may unfortunately be left with some life long damages to your well being. These lasting injuries and effects can call for additional care and treatment needed on a regular basis. These long term cares, such as lifetime handicap treatment, paralysis, issues with sensory, or any other problems that effect your well-being and have stemmed from the accident, can be costly and mentally draining for you and your loved ones. That is why you should assure justified compensation by hiring the appropriate and prepared legal term that will work hard in to win your personal injury claim after being involved in a DWI accident.

 

Medical Malpractice FAQ


Medical malpractice cases are generally much more complex than most personal injury cases. Besides the legal complexities involved with proving malpractice, medical expertise is also necessary to prove your case, which will be obtained through expert witnesses who will need to examine every detail of your medical information to determine if malpractice has really occurred.

Generally, the standard of care based on which medical malpractice must be proven is based on how a different health care provider would act under the same or similar circumstances. The geographical location where the health care was provided is an example of a circumstance that plays a role in determining the appropriate standard of care. Doctors working in rural areas for example usually don’t have the same access to resources as doctors working in a hospital in a metropolitan area. Different states also have different standards of care for treating certain conditions.

Medical malpractice cases go to court more often than most other personal injury cases. When you hire an attorney, make sure that you get one who has ample court experience.
Is misdiagnosis grounds for a malpractice case?
Generally it is not. Making a diagnosis is not an exact science, which means errors are made by even the best physicians. If however a wrong diagnosis was made due to negligence on behalf of the health care provider, meaning that their actions didn’t meet the appropriate standard of care under the circumstances, you might be able to file a malpractice claim.

Medical malpractice cases are often very complex, which is why a thorough investigation into how the malpractice happened must be performed. Winning a malpractice claim without the help of an attorney with an expert understanding of Texas legislation regarding medical malpractice is nearly impossible. An experienced medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the process of filing a medical malpractice claim and get you compensated for your damages.

Medical malpractice claims can be filed against any individual or entity who provides health care. This includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, technicians, etc.

The amount of compensation that you can retrieve from your medical malpractice claim depends on a range of factors, such as incurred and future medical costs related to the malpractice, its impact on earning capacity and quality of life, and the specific circumstances of your case.

A bad medical outcome doesn’t mean that there has been medical malpractice. Even when the best possible medical care has been provided, many medical procedures still entail a significant amount of risk. For a medical malpractice claim there needs to be evidence that a health care provider failed to provide health care according to the appropriate standard of care. It must also be proven that the health care provider’s negligence was the direct cause of injury or death. If a health care provider acted negligently, but their negligence didn’t cause the injury or death, then they cannot be held liable.

Motorcycle Accident FAQs


Due to the large percentage of motorcycle riders who sustain injuries during an accident, wearing a helmet is for your own protection and required by law. In the state of Texas motorcyclists and their passengers are legally obligated to wear a helmet.

Depending on your case you can retrieve compensation for:

  • Incurred and estimated future medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering directly related to the accident
  • Mental anguish
  • Lost wages and reduced earning capacity
  • Disfigurement
  • Physical impairment
  • Punitive damages
  • Loss of consortium

In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may also be able to receive compensation for:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Incurred medical expenses prior to the victim’s death
  • Lost future earnings from the deceased
  • Any other economic losses related to the victim’s wrongful death

Whether you are still able to retrieve compensation if you were speeding at the time of your accident depends on the specific circumstances of your case. For example say that you were speeding but the accident occurred because another vehicle ignored a stop sign. In this situation it might still be possible to prove that the accident was caused by the vehicle ignoring the stop sign and not your speeding. These cases can be very complicated though, which is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your case.

Even if it seems like you got out of the accident unharmed, you should still see a doctor to get yourself checked out. Certain injuries can go unnoticed right after the accident but might surface later on. Based on the physician’s assessment, your lawyer can advise you on how to proceed with your case.

Because insurance companies are fully aware of the fact that most people don’t fully know their rights, nor know exactly what they can get compensation for, they will often try to offer the lowest possible compensation. Insurance companies are not charities after all. An experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to negotiate with insurance companies can help you retrieve the compensation to which you are entitled.

If there is a dispute regarding who is the negligent party in your case, an attorney can help investigate your case and gather the necessary evidence to prove the other party’s negligence.

Oil Field Accident FAQs


In most cases, it is highly advisable to consult with an attorney about your injury claim. Oil and gas field accident can be very complex, potentially involving several liable parties such as employers, contractors, colleagues, and manufacturers of defective machinery and tools. In case of severe injuries, an attorney can help negotiate with the insurance companies to get you compensated for damages that you might not even know you are entitled to receive.

Yes. In Texas, the spouse, children and parents of a person who died in a work accident can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits on behalf of the victim. In some cases you may also be able to file a wrongful death claim against the employer or a negligent third party.

If you’ve been injured in an oil or gas field accident, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. The benefits that you might get from workers’ compensation are sometimes quite limited however. While they will likely pay for all the medical costs related to your accident, they don’t always offer full compensation for lost wages during your time off from work. If your accident led to permanent disability, workers’ compensation will likely not offer you an adequate amount close to your wages before the accident. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in an oil and gas field accident, it is important to consult with an experienced oil and gas field accident attorney who can help you determine the amount of compensation that you are entitled to.

The amount of compensation that you can retrieve depends on a number of factors such as the severity of your injuries and the specific circumstances of your accident. Because workers’ compensation often doesn’t cover all your losses, you may have to file a claim against your employer or a negligent third party. The different types of damages that you may receive compensation for include:

 

  • Current and future expenses for medical care, including transportation costs and any other costs to have your injuries treated

  • Physical and emotional pain and suffering

  • Loss of wages and earning capacity

  • Mental trauma

  • Loss of enjoyment in life

  • Loss of consortium

Personal Injury FAQs


Personal Injury cases are very broad and can cover countless different scenarios and incidents.  In the event of a spinal cord injury, it is assumed that a victim was not performing an action with the intention of harming themselves and be put in a life altering situation.  Most times a spinal injury occurs after an accident in which a victim was put in harm via the careless act or operative negligence of another party.  When this happens then it is entirely appropriate for a victim to seek justified compensations for the hardships that they have already endured as well as for the ones they have on their road to recovery, should they ever be able to fully recover.

Most people in their right mind aren’t intentionally putting themselves in serious danger of head trauma. Often times when a brain injury occurs as a result of an incident and a personal injury claim is filed, it is because something has gone wrong. A victim is usually suffering from the negligence of those in charge or overseeing the parameters of how their accident or incident took place. This means that when you or a loved one experiences severe head and brain trauma after an accident, someone else has made a mistake which put this hardship upon you.

Brain injuries happen in car accidents all the time. While a seat belt can protect your body from jerking around and flying out of the vehicle, sometimes your head is very unprotected. Should another driver be operating their vehicle under the influence or simply disregarding traffic laws and crash into you, your head could be subjected to serious impact from the window, the steering wheel, the dashboard, or even the ceiling. These intense and power impacts to your brain during a car accident can leave serious swelling and damage that causes complications both in the hospital and perhaps even the rest of your life. Countless victims have been at the mercy of negligent drivers and forced to life the rest of their life with sub-par communication or motor skills due to brain injury.

Other circumstances include a work related injury where an employee works alongside very heavy machinery or elevated materials. In a split second, something could fall in a warehouse or a machine could fail and crash. These accidents are very dangerous and pose serious hazards to nearby workers who could suffer brain trauma by getting hit on the head or falling off of something onto their heads. While safety helmets may be present, an employers awareness of the hazards present may not be, which could result in a severe accident leaving a worker mentally inept after a tragic brain injury. Accidents that could have been preventable had the responsible steps been taken should not go unnoticed or uncompensated on behalf of the victims and their families who no deal with the hardships of a lasting brain injury.

In an instant a seemingly nice and domesticated dog can turn into a vicious defender. Mostly provoked by the assumption that they need to protect themselves or their owners, unaware and untrained canine’s have been known to seriously attack and injury innocent pedestrians or house guests. If you’ve been attacked by a dog:

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Identify the dog that bit you and its owner
  • Report the attack
  • Have photos taken of your injuries
  • Contact Colley & Colley, LLP

There can be serious injuries and traumatic effects that stem from being attacked by a dog. The first and obvious effects are the physical ones; damaged limbs, bruised or lacerated body tissue and muscle damage, torn tendons, facial damage, even serious lesions and blood loss. While gruesome to imagine, it’s even more gruesome when these become a reality at the expense of a victim. These physical traumas could require serious medical attention and even an extended visit to a hospital for recovery, meaning costly medical bills that could be a damper on your current financial situation.

While physical and visible pains from a sudden dog attack are apparent, often times there are other hardships that come from a dog bit experience that can haunt a victim far past the healing of the wounds. A lifelong fear of dogs and the development of a canine-phobia is a traumatic thing that our clients sometimes have to live with after their negative experience with a dog. These issues can be difficult to deal with because of how common and popular dogs are in our society; from family friends having family pets to people in public with service dogs and even the regular passing of a dog on the street with a leash on, this fear can cause problems for victims and should be compensated justly.

It is important to understand who is the legal owner of the animal. This is not strictly for appropriation of fault, but also so that the animal can receive proper treatment to prevent future attacks from happening. While the owner can certainly be held responsible for the attack that has already occurred, by identifying them and making them aware of what needs to be done, whether through suggestion or court order, an owner can help reduce the risk of future incidents.

There are many problems that stem from being injured at your construction job. Immediately following your accident you could be rushed to a hospital to treat critical and serious injuries such as spinal cord damage, sever lesions, burns, or even broken bones. While these treatments are needed to sometimes save your life, they are by no means cheap. Unexpected hospital visits can be very costly and after a construction accident you might be stuck with the bill. Sometimes injuries even require extended measures of rehabilitation, even a life long alteration to your daily routine to account for a change to your well-being after the accident, are all extended costs that you shouldn’t have to assume because of the accident which you weren’t the cause of.

The time spent off work after an accident can be not just a stress on your body as it tries to recover, but a stress on your family and loved ones due to financial burdens. Time off work results in lost wages and pay, meaning you could struggle to meet ends meet while you get back on your feet. These hardships don’t deserve to be faced by honest hard working construction employees if their accident is the result of a negligent employer or fault construction equipment they were told to use. Reasons like these are why the legal team at Colley & Colley L.L.P. are ready to fight your personal injury claim. Let our attorneys build and push your case to get you the money you are rightfully owed for what you’ve been through.

In the event of most construction accidents, the cause of the incident which lead to a victim’s injury and hardships is very rarely just a coincidence or freak accident. Often times it is the negligence or careless consideration of another party that paved the way for such a mistake to occur. Most times the manufacturer of the materials or equipment that is being used during the accident are at fault for producing and selling a faulty product. Other times it is a matter of careless instruction by an employer or contracting company to put their workers in hazardous or risky situations. In a matter of seconds, a lack of provided security measures or turn of events in a tense procedure could easily result in great harm to a construction worker.

There are countless risks at a construction site. Many of the jobs performed are done so at high elevations because of multiple story structures being built. In an instant something could go wrong with safety harnesses that are securing either equipment or a worker. Whether a worker falls to the ground and is tragically injured, or heavy materials come loose and fall down to potentially crush an unsuspecting worker, the circumstances could have most likely been avoided had an employer assured that the appropriate measures were taken. Other accidents happen whenever machinery malfunctions. Whether it’s a large fork lift or power drill, a chemical applicator or electrician’s maintenance tool, any form of utility that assists in a job and was created by an outside manufacturer has the ability to fail and operate incorrectly, thus putting the one using it and workers nearby at risk.

That is where our experienced team of attorneys steps in; to assure our clients that the victimization they were subjected too does not go unnoticed or uncompensated. Our clients enter the construction field under the assumption that it is safe and secure, leaving them an opportunity to use their bodies and knowledge of construction to make a paycheck that provides for them and their families. Let the experienced legal team here at Colley & Colley L.L.P. fight for you to get what you deserve after your serious construction accident.

We’ve fought for our clients in cases such as:

  • Falls
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Electrical injuries
  • Building collapses
  • Employer negligence
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • OSHA non-compliance

You should never take a first settlement that an insurance adjuster offers you, especially if you have been seriously hurt in your slip and fall accident. Insurance adjusters will often try to offer a low first settlement, because this will save the insurance company work and they know that at this point you don’t yet know the full extent of your damages and are thus more likely to accept a low settlement.

Before agreeing to any settlement, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer about your case. They can help you determine what the exact extent of your damages is and whether the settlement that is being offered actually covers these damages.

Whether you need a lawyer after your slip and fall accident depends on the specific circumstances of your accident. If you sustained only minor injuries and the negligent party takes full responsibility, it might not be necessary to hire an attorney as long as the negligent party compensates you for all your medical costs. However, if you have sustained serious injuries, or the property owner denies liability, it is in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Colley & Colley, LLP can help you determine how you should proceed after your accident.

The “reasonableness” that is used to determine if a property owner should have been aware of the danger on their property is based on whether the owner regularly takes the necessary actions to makes sure that their property is safe. Some questions that can help determine an owner’s reasonableness in taking care of their property include:

  • Had the dangerous situation been there long enough that the owner should have been aware of it?
  • Does the owner maintain a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule and can they prove this?
  • If your fall was caused by an object that you slipped on or fell over, was there a good reason for this object to have been in there in that specific place?
  • If the object was there for a reason that is no longer valid, could it easily have been removed?
  • Would it have been possible to set up warning signs or a barrier?

If you believe that the premises owner did not take reasonable care to make sure their property was safe, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

Who is determined to be liable for your slip and fall accident depends on the circumstances of how your accident happened. The property owner might be responsible for your accident if it can be proven that they were negligent in maintaining a safe environment on their property. Slipping on a hazardous floor or slight of stairs doesn’t necessarily mean that the property owner is liable for your accident. Accidents happen all the time and a property owner cannot be expected to immediately clean up after every spilled drink or food.

For a property owner to be able to be held liable for your accident, one of the following must be true:

  • Either the property owner or an employee must have created the dangerous situation that led to your slip and fall.
  • Either the property owner or an employee must have been aware of the dangerous situation, but did not try to resolve it.
  • Either the property owner or an employee should have been aware of the situation, because any “reasonable” person owning and taking care of the premises would have come across the dangerous situation and taken the necessary action to resolve it.

Because it is often complex to determine liability in a slip and fall accident, it is advisable to hire an experienced slip and fall attorney after your accident. They can help you determine whether a property owner can be held responsible.

In most cases, it is highly advisable to consult with an attorney about your injury claim. Oil and gas field accident can be very complex, potentially involving several liable parties such as employers, contractors, colleagues, and manufacturers of defective machinery and tools. In case of severe injuries, an attorney can help negotiate with the insurance companies to get you compensated for damages that you might not even know you are entitled to receive.

Slip & Fall FAQs


You should never take a first settlement that an insurance adjuster offers you, especially if you have been seriously hurt in your slip and fall accident. Insurance adjusters will often try to offer a low first settlement, because this will save the insurance company work and they know that at this point you don’t yet know the full extent of your damages and are thus more likely to accept a low settlement.

Before agreeing to any settlement, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer about your case. They can help you determine what the exact extent of your damages is and whether the settlement that is being offered actually covers these damages.

Whether you need a lawyer after your slip and fall accident depends on the specific circumstances of your accident. If you sustained only minor injuries and the negligent party takes full responsibility, it might not be necessary to hire an attorney as long as the negligent party compensates you for all your medical costs. However, if you have sustained serious injuries, or the property owner denies liability, it is in your best interest to hire a personal injury lawyer. The attorneys at Colley & Colley, LLP can help you determine how you should proceed after your accident.

The “reasonableness” that is used to determine if a property owner should have been aware of the danger on their property is based on whether the owner regularly takes the necessary actions to makes sure that their property is safe. Some questions that can help determine an owner’s reasonableness in taking care of their property include:

  • Had the dangerous situation been there long enough that the owner should have been aware of it?
  • Does the owner maintain a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule and can they prove this?
  • If your fall was caused by an object that you slipped on or fell over, was there a good reason for this object to have been in there in that specific place?
  • If the object was there for a reason that is no longer valid, could it easily have been removed?
  • Would it have been possible to set up warning signs or a barrier?

If you believe that the premises owner did not take reasonable care to make sure their property was safe, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries.

Who is determined to be liable for your slip and fall accident depends on the circumstances of how your accident happened. The property owner might be responsible for your accident if it can be proven that they were negligent in maintaining a safe environment on their property. Slipping on a hazardous floor or slight of stairs doesn’t necessarily mean that the property owner is liable for your accident. Accidents happen all the time and a property owner cannot be expected to immediately clean up after every spilled drink or food.

For a property owner to be able to be held liable for your accident, one of the following must be true:

  • Either the property owner or an employee must have created the dangerous situation that led to your slip and fall.
  • Either the property owner or an employee must have been aware of the dangerous situation, but did not try to resolve it.
  • Either the property owner or an employee should have been aware of the situation, because any “reasonable” person owning and taking care of the premises would have come across the dangerous situation and taken the necessary action to resolve it.

Because it is often complex to determine liability in a slip and fall accident, it is advisable to hire an experienced slip and fall attorney after your accident. They can help you determine whether a property owner can be held responsible.

Spinal Cord Injury FAQs


Personal Injury cases are very broad and can cover countless different scenarios and incidents.  In the event of a spinal cord injury, it is assumed that a victim was not performing an action with the intention of harming themselves and be put in a life altering situation.  Most times a spinal injury occurs after an accident in which a victim was put in harm via the careless act or operative negligence of another party.  When this happens then it is entirely appropriate for a victim to seek justified compensations for the hardships that they have already endured as well as for the ones they have on their road to recovery, should they ever be able to fully recover.

Truck Accident FAQs


Nearly any degree of trucking accident can result in some form of injury that would require medical attention. The magnitude of power and speed that these large road travelers are capable of will simply overtake and eliminate any obstacle in a split second should something go wrong. If you are side-swiped by a trucker that failed to look twice for a car in their blind spot, or if you are rear ended from a truck that was traveling too fast to stop in top for the traffic that was ahead of them, you and your passengers could all be serious injured. Commuter cars and even small pickup trucks have been known to be crushed by 18-wheelers, causing catastrophic injuries and unfortunately sometimes fatalities.

If you’ve been involved in an incident regarding the vehicle you were riding or driving in and a large truck, you could easily be susceptible to some form of trauma. Whether it is your head, your back, or even your legs, your body is not immune to the force of a semi-truck and can call for an emergency visit to the hospital. Since these medical expenses were unplanned for and unwarranted because a trucker was being negligent behind the wheel, they deserve to be rightfully compensated. Even the emotional scars and grief that you undergo from such a traumatic experience don’t deserve to go unnoticed by the law.

Any type of hardship directly resulting from being involved in a wreck with a large truck is capable of seeking a legitimate personal injury case. Although bruising and soreness may not require extensive medical attention it can still effect your everyday life and routine.  Should an accident leave you in a lesser state of being and make performing your job or family tasks more difficult then you are definitely in a position to seek out compensation from the reckless trucker and their company that is liable for it’s fleet. Especially in Austin where truck accidents are so common due to the highly populated and frequently traveled I-35 that cuts through the city.

Wrongful Death FAQs


Wrongful death cases are often very complex, making it difficult for someone who doesn’t know the intricacies of wrongful death litigation to navigate the process of filing a wrongful death claim. An experienced attorney can help investigate the circumstances of your case, negotiate with insurance companies that usually try to offer low settlements and explore all the different potential avenues of recovery which are possible in your case.

Generally, you have two years from the date of a loved one’s death to file a wrongful death claim. If you’ve lost a loved one in an accident caused by another person’s negligence, you should contact a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. That way it will be much easier for your attorney to gather the necessary evidence to prove your case and retrieve adequate compensation in a timely fashion.

A spouse, parent, or child of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for their loss.

Wrongful death occurs when a person’s death results from the negligence or wrongful act of another individual or entity. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed to receive compensation for the financial loss and emotional distress that is often accompanied with the loss of a loved one.

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