PERSONAL INJURY

Personal Injury Lawyer for Orange & Port Arthur, TX

Also Serving the Beaumont, TX Area

Who Stands Up For Personal Injury Victims?

You have been injured because of someone else's negligence. Medical bills are piling up. You are missing work and losing out on the paychecks you need to cover the costs of living. Who is going to be held liable? Who is going to pay? Who will stand up for you?

At the Smith Law Firm in Orange, we have more than 70 years of combined experience seeking compensation on behalf of personal injury victims throughout Texas. Our lawyers have tried cases to verdict in nearly every county in southeast Texas. When negligent parties try to dodge the blame and insurance companies try to avoid paying fair compensation, we push back in order to get justice for victims of negligence. That means taking cases to trial and arguing in front of a judge and jury when a reasonable settlement is not possible.

Our attorneys are Board-Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a title granted to only 2.4 percent of all attorneys in the state. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for people like you. Let us fight on your behalf so you can focus on getting better. We will stand up for you.

Seeking Compensation In Any Personal Injury Claim

Our lawyers can take on any personal injury claim, including:

  • Automobile Accidents: involving cars, trucks, 18-wheelers, motorcycles, pedestrians, bicyclists and more
  • Medical Negligence: involving diagnosis errors, surgical errors, medication errors, nursing home accidents and more
  • Maritime Accidents: involving offshore negligence occurring on barges, platforms and other vessels
  • On-the-job Accidents: involving construction accidents, equipment accidents, work-related motor vehicle accidents and more
  • Property owner negligence, including slip-and-fall claims and unsafe property conditions
  • Defective product accidents such as defective automobiles, defective medical devices, defective drugs and unsafe consumer products

We take aggressive action when investigating your case and your potential legal options. We will determine who can be held liable for your injuries, investigate the accident or incident that led to the injury and collect and preserve evidence to create the strongest case on your behalf. We will help you decide your best legal options, and we will be prepared to try your case to verdict if necessary.

Premises Liability/ Property Owner Negligence

Were You Injured On Someone Else's Property?

Commercial retailers are expected to keep their floors and other spaces clean and safe for customers. These retailers also know that merchandise, colorful displays, eye-catching signs, and crowded stores can and do create myriad distractions for the average customer.

Workplace accidents also often occur on the property of another person or company.

In Texas, property owners can be held liable for accidents or injuries that occur to customers on their property. If the condition posed an unreasonable risk of harm, the owner knew or should have known of the danger, and the owner failed to adequately warn of the condition and make it reasonably safe, the owner can be held liable.

Our attorneys at the Smith Law Firm in Orange can help you understand your rights if you were injured due to an unsafe or dangerous property condition. We are board-certified in personal injury trial law and have extensive experience representing victims injured on the premises of a negligent property owner.

Types of Dangerous or Unsafe Property Conditions

We have helped victims pursue personal injury claims against property owners after suffering a wide range of injuries caused by unsafe or dangerous conditions, including:

  • Slippery or unsafe floors
  • Defective or broken hand railings
  • Defective or broken steps
  • Falling objects caused by improperly stacked materials or merchandise

Our lawyers will investigate the cause of the accident and determine if the property owner should have fixed the safety issue or warned customers about the hazard to prevent any injuries or accidents.

Premises liability cases involving injuries caused by slip and falls and other dangerous conditions can become complicated. Our attorneys have the skills, experience and knowledge to get you the best outcome. You can trust our law firm to handle your case with compassion and care every step of the way.

Products Liability

Handling Product Liability
Cases

Companies, manufacturers and retailers can be held liable when a product is defective or dangerous. At the Smith Law Firm in Orange, we are skilled attorneys who are board-certified in personal injury trial law in Texas.

At our law firm, your needs come first. We care about you and your family and are dedicated to protecting your rights if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product.

Our law firm handles all types of product liability cases. We have experience representing victims of defective automobiles, defective medical devices and those injured by medical device recalls, defective drugs and other defective or dangerous consumer products.

Our Approach When Investigating Defective Automobiles

Most personal injury claim lawyers don't consider the vehicle to be the root cause of an accident. At our law firm, we take a different approach to make sure all evidence and potential causes of an accident are explored. After a serious car accident, we will question if the automobile was defective or dangerous, and we will investigate to see if any products in the vehicle posed a risk and contributed to the crash or caused the injuries to be worse than they should have been.

Defective auto cases can include defective air bags or seat belts, unsafe roofs that crush too easily, defective door latches, unsafe windshields or exploding fuel tanks. We will also investigate to see what kind of protection the seatbacks provided. In many accidents, a seatback breaks and passengers can be thrown from their seat and suffer further injuries because the seat back was not strong enough. We will examine the vehicle after an accident to see how much protection it provided and if any defects contributed to the accident and your injuries.

Whether you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a defective part or by a defective medical device, dangerous drug or consumer product, we will be there every step of the way to help you find the best road

Personal Injury FAQs

You have probably never encountered a situation like this before. This may even be the first time you have had to deal with any kind of legal matter. You will have questions. At the Smith Law Firm in Orange, Texas, we have answers.

How Much Is My Case Worth?

While determining the exact value of your personal injury claim requires a close examination of all the facts, there is one thing that you should know: Your claim may be worth substantially more money than the insurance company is offering.

Insurance companies are businesses. Their success depends on them keeping money, not giving it out to accident victims. For that reason, they frequently look for means of reducing the value of claims or denying claims altogether. An experienced personal injury lawyer can look at your case and determine how much money you should get. Keep in mind that you are not just entitled to compensation for the costs you have already accumulated, but for any future costs related to your injuries.

How Long Will It Take To Resolve My Case?

Bills are piling up now. You are likely under a lot of financial stress on top of the pain and stress of trying to recover from your injuries. You may want to get the legal issues resolved as quickly as possible. Insurance companies often prey on this fact to try to get you to accept a low settlement offer prematurely. While the length of personal injury cases vary, it is important to allow the time necessary to get an accurate diagnosis of your injuries and a realistic estimate of the associated costs.

Remember, if you accept an early settlement and the money runs out, you will not be able to go back and ask for more.

How Do I Pay My Medical Bills While My Case Is Pending?

Knowing that your case will take time to resolve, you may be concerned about what you are going to do about your medical bills in the meantime. Your attorney can assist you in addressing the mounting medical bills. Medical providers are often willing to accept liens in these situations and this will prevent bills from going to collections or damaging your credit.

Will My Case Go To Trial?

In reality, few personal injury cases actually go to trial. However, it is valuable to make certain that you can leverage the threat of trial against an insurance company if it refuses to provide you an amount of compensation that is fair. You want a lawyer on your side who knows how to navigate the courtroom and has a reputation for success in front of a judge and jury.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer?

However, attorneys handle these cases on a contingent fee basis. You will only be asked to pay if your attorney recovers compensation for you, and then payment will be a percentage of the money recovered.

Addressing Your Needs Now and In The Future

Our attorneys work hard to make sure your needs are met now and in the future. We will thoroughly review all avenues for compensation to help you get the best possible outcome in your case. Personal injury cases are complex. The good news is, we are specialists, and helping victims of personal injury is what we do. We know what actions to take to help you and your family get the money you need to move forward.

Learn More in a Free Personal Injury Consultation

**All claims are handled on a contingent fee basis, which means you are under no obligation to pay us unless we are successful in recovering compensation for you.