Austin Personal Injury Attorneys
Sutliff & Stout
Life is full of surprises, some of which are not pleasant. Car accidents, slips and falls, and other misfortunes can not only disrupt our daily routines, they can cause serious injuries and financial hardships for Austin visitors and residents. While you may not consider yourself the litigious type, hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can make sense of the litigation process and help you recover monetary damages to assist with medical bills and treatment costs, lost wages, damaged property, and pain and suffering.
+ Understanding Personal Injury Lawsuits in Austin
In general, to succeed in a personal injury claim, an injured party will have to show:
(1) The other party owed the injured party a “duty of care.” This requires the injured party to produce evidence showing that the negligent party had a legal obligation or “duty” to act in a certain way toward the injured party. Usually this is met by showing that the negligent party did not act reasonably or in a careful manner. However, there are various nuances to this general definition, and a personal injury attorney can discuss what duty of care is applicable in your particular case. For instance, a driver owes a duty of care to other motorists to operate her car in a reasonably safe manner by obeying traffic laws.
(2) The other party breached the duty of care. Once it is established that the negligent party owed a duty of care, the injured party must next show that the negligent party did not live up to that standard of care. This can occur through an affirmative act by the negligent party or, in some cases, by a failure to act when necessary.
Sometimes, an injury or accident will speak for itself; that is, the injury will be of such a nature that it could not have occurred without the negligent party breaching the duty of care. Other times, eyewitness statements, expert testimony, or other evidence may be necessary to show how the negligent party breached the duty of care. For instance, using the example above, the driver would breach this duty of care by ignoring traffic laws or driving while intoxicated.
(3) “Proximate causation.” This legal term refers to the requirement that a harm or injury resulted from the breach. There must also be a logical connection between the harm or injury and the negligent party’s action or inaction. Finally, the harm or injury that resulted must also be foreseeable. In other words, the type of harm or injury that resulted must be such that a person of ordinary intelligence should have anticipated the danger that his or her action or inaction would create for others.
For example, a lifeguard who negligently refuses to help a drowning swimmer should anticipate that her failure to act can cause physical injuries and emotional trauma to the swimmer. On the other hand, it may not likely be foreseeable to a lifeguard that her failure to act would cause a passerby to view the struggling swimmer and have a heart attack from the stress of the sight.
If your claim is successful, the negligent party can be ordered to pay the injured party a monetary award to cover medical and treatment expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
We specialize in a variety of personal injury case types including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Contact an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer
As you can see, a personal injury claim is fact-intensive and may require the testimony and expertise of a variety of people. At Sutliff & Stout, our personal injury lawyers are knowledgeable and experienced in securing full and fair compensation for you. We will help guide you through the litigation process, explaining each step along the way. If you have been injured, call the offices of Sutliff & Stout for a free case evaluation so that we can discuss your situation, evaluate your claims and injuries, and begin working to obtain compensation for you.
Our Practice Areas
This page explains the most important steps to take following an auto accident. It also contains information on dealing with the insurance company. Click the icon above to learn more about car accident personal injury cases.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident involving a semi-truck, you may be entitled to compensation. Click the icon to learn more about truck accident personal injury cases.
Motorcycle accidents can cause devastating personal injuries. To learn more about what you should do following a motorcycle accident and how to contact an attorney, click the link above.
Wrongful death cases are both tragic and highly complex. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, the link above will explain what your next steps should be, and how to contact an attorney to get your questions answered.
Oil Field Accidents
Oil fields often make for dangerous work conditions which can cause serious injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in an oil field accident, please click the link above to learn more about your legal options.
Experience and Results
75 Million Dollars Recovered
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Not all accidents require that victim hire a personal injury attorney. This article helps you answer the question “do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer in Austin?”
How Much Do We Charge for Our Services?
We work for you on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us anything until we recover money for you. This article explains our contingency fee policy in greater detail.
How Long Will it Take to Settle My Injury Case?
Ultimately the answer to this question is “is depends”. This article explains some of the factors that can determine how long it will take to settle a given case.