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I was in a car accident recently. Can I file a claim for compensation?

To claim compensation in a personal injury accident case in Texas, you need to prove that the other party’s negligence caused the crash. Texas follows a modified form of comparative negligence. Years ago, if you were negligent at all in a way that contributed to the wreck, then you couldn’t make a recovery. Under the…

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What is a personal injury lawyer and how do I know if I need to hire one?

At Schuelke Law, we handle several different kinds of cases, all of which are classified as personal injury accidents. That includes car accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, brain injuries, and dog attacks.  A personal injury claim comes about when someone has been injured due to the negligence of another person or entity. Personal injuries can…

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The person who hit me left the scene of the accident. Now what?

Many hit and run drivers turn out not to have insurance or were driving while suspended or disqualified. You may still be able to file a personal injury claim for compensation under your insurance policy’s underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. Each case like this is different and to know your options, it is best to discuss your…

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Does Texas have a high rate of car accidents?

Texas does have a high rate of car accidents, as do the other states in the U.S. In the Lone Star State, TxDOT indicates that there is a vehicle crash every 71 seconds, a death due to a collision every 2 hours and 36 minutes, and injuries sustained in a car accident every 2 minutes…

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Perhaps My Biggest Legal Honor

Yesterday, I was shocked and humbled to receive the 2020 Scott Ozmun Trial Lawyer of the Year Award from the Capital Area Trial Lawyers Association (and yes, it was delayed by Covid like most other things). The award is given annually to an outstanding attorney for his or her commitment to the law, their clients,…

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When are injuries sustained in a car accident considered to be catastrophic?

There is no specific definition of a catastrophic injury. Generally, we consider an injury to be catastrophic when it upends your whole life. A catastrophic injury prevents an individual from living or working at the same level they once did. The injuries sustained completely alter the course of the survivor’s life, and those effects could…

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Can I still file a personal injury claim even if I was partially at fault?

You can file a personal injury claim if you were partially at fault. This is because Texas follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, otherwise called proportionate responsibility. This means compensation is available for a driver in proportion to their responsibility for their accident. An example would be if it is determined that you were 20…

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