What We Do.
Areas of Expertise.
The East Texas Auto Injury Lawyers At Matthew Hill Law, PLLC Work For You.
At Matthew Hill Law, PLLC we understand how devastating a car accident can be, and we want to ease your burden. We want you to be able to take care of yourself and your loved ones while we take care of getting you the results you deserved.
Each year, the number of car accidents across the country increases. The number of reported automobile crashes has risen by more than a million over the past five years, bringing the most recent totals to over 6 million crashes per year. The majority of the collisions result in bodily injury, and unfortunately a significant amount of those accidents results in the death of someone with fatal injuries each year. Not only do car wrecks result in physical damage and injuries, but there are also financial and emotional consequences that auto accident victims may face. If you or a loved one were injured in a motor vehicle accident that was due to someone else's negligence, let Matthew Hill Law, PLLC handle your claim by dealing with the insurance companies and litigation so that you do not have to.
The East Texas Auto Injury Attorneys At Matthew Hill Law, PLLC Are Client-Focused.
We care about you. You are not just another case for us. We recognize that you are a unique person; a husband, father, wife, mother, son, daughter, a provider, and a victim of someone else's negligence. We want to help you and your loved ones through a challenging time, and we want you to be satisfied so you will tell others about your positive experience.
The East Texas Auto Injury Attorneys At Matthew Hill Law, PLLC Are Results-Oriented.
We thrive on being successful at maximizing compensation for families after a serious accident and finding justice after the injury or death of a loved one. Our clients deserve fair compensation, and serving them to that end is an honor that we take very seriously.
We welcome the opportunity to familiarize our clients with the relevant process, help them gauge their expectations regarding the time and effort needed to accomplish a deal and to carefully explain the way that issues are ultimately addressed in the numerous transaction documents.
It goes without saying that Matthew Hill Law, PLLC has extensive experience in all areas that clients need from their business transaction attorney, such as performing due diligence, deciding on an appropriate deal structure, drafting and negotiating deal documents, and getting the deal to closing. That said, we also make sure that while providing these services, we remain sensitive to the specific needs of each client, and manage the deal process accordingly.
We serve clients throughout Texas
in Longview, Tyler, Marshall, Henderson, Gilmer, Pittsburg, Mt. Vernon, and more.
The Insurance Company is Calling.
What Should you Do?
1. Call us first, not the insurance company.
You might think that you should call the insurance companies (yours and the other driver’s) yourself. This is NOT true. Insurance companies are always hard at work, attempting to deny settlement payments or pay minimum amounts of money for car accidents and related injuries and losses. Additionally, insurance companies may record phone calls and use portions of what you say in attempts to deny you fair compensation. If we take your case, we will take care of all insurance company communications for you, so your statements cannot be taken out of context and used against you. If any insurance company calls you, just tell them your lawyer will be in touch with them. We will report your wreck and deal directly with their adjusters and attorneys.
2. Let us investigate your case.
If we agree to move forward with your claim, the auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC will immediately get to work for you by investigating your case and doing everything we can to make sure that critical evidence regarding your claim is preserved. Time is of the essence when it comes to auto injury claims, and every second of delay is an opportunity for the opposing party to “lose” or “misplace” evidence to that may be critical to your claim.
Delay also allows critical evidence to be washed away, blown away, or intentionally removed from the scene of a collision.
Our lawyers have experience with a wide range of car accident cases, including rear-end accidents, side-impact accidents, head-on accidents, rollover accidents and single-car crashes. We know what to look for when investigating each type of wreck. Given our extensive history handling auto injury claims we have developed the relationships, resources, and skills necessary to effectively and efficiently investigate personal injury claims. We will assemble and work with a team of investigators and experts to determine why you suffered your injuries, who should be held legally responsible (or “liable”), and the maximum amount you should seek in just compensation.
3. We investigate your case.
Many auto injury clients we assist are anxious about filing a lawsuit and going to court. The reality is that because the auto injury lawyers at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC are ready, willing, and able to do just that, in many cases, neither step is necessary.
Our attorneys can deal directly with the insurance company to seek a full and fair settlement of your claim before a lawsuit is even filed. We are experienced, aggressive negotiators who know how to counter common insurance company tactics.
Even if a lawsuit is filed, we can still seek to resolve your case through a settlement. The most important thing for the auto injury lawyers at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC is that we focus on you, the client, while getting the results you deserve.
4. Or we litigate your case.
From the moment we take a case, we prepare it as if it is going to a trial. This approach gives us leverage when we present a case to insurance companies for a settlement. It also allows us to be ready to present a solid case before a judge and/or jury in the courtroom.
In many cases, our in-depth knowledge of the facts for your particular case and the applicable law, rules and regulations, which comes from our relentless approach to preparing a case for trial, can convince an insurance company that it is better to resolve a case before it goes to court.
5. We resolve your claim.
Our lawyers understand that your goal is to obtain a full financial recovery as soon as possible. Being injured by another person’s wrongdoing is a traumatic experience. You want to move on.
Upon obtaining a recovery for you, by verdict or settlement, Matthew Hill Law PPLC will move quickly to identify and resolve any liens that may be attached to your financial recovery, account for your legal fees and costs and disburse the funds you are due as quickly as possible.
We can also advise you on the best way to structure your compensation – through a lump sum, for instance, or through a series of payments commonly called a “structured settlement.”
The auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC do not want you to go it along without our legal help and expertise because you are concerned about what it will cost to you. That keeps your rights from being fully protected and is not fair to you or your loved ones. So, we offer free consultations and do not charge legal fees or costs unless you obtain a recovery. In short, if you don’t get paid, we don’t get paid.
Cases We Handle.
Driving faster than the posted speed limit or too fast for traffic and weather conditions or the design of the road.
Running through a red light or stop sign at an intersection, tailgating, weaving through traffic, failing to yield, or making dangerous passes.
Driving with a blood alcohol concentration beyond the legal limit of 0.08 or driving while impaired by any combination of alcohol, prescription, or illegal drugs.
Driving while texting or talking on a cell phone or while engaging in any other distracting activity such as interacting with passengers or pets in the car.
Driving despite being heavily fatigued or while falling asleep at the wheel – an issue that arises often in crashes caused by drivers engaged in work activity.
The auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC have worked on many different types of cases and have experience in helping those injured by the negligence of others. As a result, we can handle all these matters and more for you.
We believe an expert auto injury lawyer can make a significant difference in the amount you recover for your medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages. We will seek to recover compensation from all parties responsible for your losses. We also will carefully review all insurance policies from which compensation can be obtained.
What Can You Recover in an East Texas Auto Injury Claim?
The auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC are result-oriented. We pride ourselves on maximizing the value of your claim. We will seek full and fair recovery for all of the damages you have suffered. Whether through a settlement or verdict, we will seek recovery of the following items whenever the law allows:
These are damages that naturally (but now always necessarily) result from a party’s negligent or otherwise wrongful conduct. Typically, these damages include past and future medical expenses for:
- Emergency treatment
- Assistive devices
These are damages that necessarily result from a party’s misconduct and may include:
- The aggravation of a preexisting injury (such as a bad back)
- Scarring and disfigurement (including scars from burns or loss of limbs)
- Past pain and suffering and mental anguish
Including lost past wages and the decrease in your ability to earn wages in the future.
Loss of Consortium
Or the harm to your family relationships.
These are damages that are not aimed at compensating you for your harm. Instead, they are intended to punish the party who injured you and to deter that party and others from engaging in similar conduct in the future. These damages can be awarded if it is shown through clear and convincing evidence that a party knew his or her conduct carried an extreme degree of risk but acted anyway with conscious indifference to the safety, rights and welfare of you and others. Exemplary damages are subject to a cap under Texas law.
Future Pain and Suffering
and mental anguish.
Loss of Household Services
The economic value of service you would provide around the home such as mowing the lawn or taking care of the children.
If we can maximize your recovery on these damages for you in a settlement without the need to file a lawsuit or go to trail, we will. That said, we prepare every case like we are headed for trial and will always be prepared to bring your case into the courtroom.
Many of the acts or omissions that give rise to an auto injury claim may also give rise to a wrongful death claim if the misconduct results in the loss of a loved one. A wrongful death claim, however, is not the same thing as an auto injury claim in many important ways. It is crucial for the law firm that you choose to work with to know and understand these differences because it may impact your recovery. The auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC know the differences and can help you navigate your claim the right way.
How do you Prove an East Texas Auto Injury Claim?
You will need to be able to prove that another party was negligent to establish and be successful in an auto injury claim in Texas. In other words, you must confirm that someone failed to act as a reasonable person would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.
The auto injury attorneys at Matthew Hill Law, PLLC will focus on the four key elements of your personal injury claim:
- 1. Duty
- 2. Breach
- 3. Proximate Cause
- 4. Harm
We will work to prove that the party that injured you owed a duty of care to you. We will work to prove that the party that injured you breached that duty through its act or omissions. We will work to prove that the breach injured you and cause you to suffer. We will work to prove that you suffered actual damages for which you deserve compensation.
In some cases, liability is clear and the party whose negligence injured you may admit that it is responsible for your injuries. In other words, they will acknowledge that the elements laid out above for a negligence claim are clearly met, and their fault is not worth denying. As a result, we will focus solely on the amount of your damages, and a trial will only be needed if we cannot agree on how much money should be paid to compensate you for your auto injury claim.
It is important to know that, in Texas, you can be partially responsible for your injuries and will be able to recover damages for them. Texas follows the ‘modified comparative negligence’ rule, which means that you are barred from a recovery if you are 50 percent or more at fault for your injuries, but only see your recovery reduced in proportion to your degree of fault if you are less than 50 percent at fault for your injuries.
For example, assume a jury awards you $100,000 in damages for your auto injury case. If the jury determines that you are 55 percent at fault for your injuries, your recovery is barred, and you recover nothing for your losses. That said if the jury determines that you are 45 percent at fault for your injuries, your recovery is not barred. However, your compensation would be reduced by 45 percent, and you would receive $65,000 out of the $100,000 damage award. Of course, the goal is always to prove that you bear no fault for your injuries when we deal with the insurance companies or present your case in court.
How Long do you Have to File an Auto Injury Claim in Texas?
First and foremost, you should never wait to meet with an attorney when you or your loved one has been injured. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to prove your claim. Further, if you wait too long, the ‘statute of limitations’ may bar your recovery if you file suit. The ‘statute of limitations’ is the period in which you must file your auto injury claim. Generally speaking, you have two years from the date you were injured to file your lawsuit in Texas. That said, there are many exceptions to this rule, and there are also other deadlines that must be met depending on the type of claim that you need to bring. So, it is critically important to meet with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident in order to give the attorney sufficient time to investigate your case before the statute of limitations expires and important deadlines pass.
Contact an East Texas Auto Injury Attorney Today!
Our goal is to make sure that you are well taken care of as a person, and your case is handled in a way that gets you the results you deserve.
We can provide an immediate, free consultation. If you decide that you want to choose another firm to handle your case, you owe us nothing. If you do decide that you want us to process your case, we work on a contingent-fee basis, which means that you owe us nothing until we get compensation for you.
Contact Us today and let us get to Work For You.