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Did someone else’s carelessness, reckless, or intentional actions cause you harm? If you suffered severe or catastrophic injuries in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be eligible to pursue a personal injury claim, and could be owed significant compensation.

Severe and lasting injuries can happen in a wide variety of ways. Many of them are caused by another person, company, or manufacturer. If you or a loved one has been injured in Texas due to someone else’s negligence, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.

At Gibson Hill, we will aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement that will account for all of the losses you’ve incurred or will incur. Our experienced trial attorneys are not afraid to take your case to trial if the settlement offered to you by the insurance company is less than what your case is worth.

We have the resources, skills, and experience necessary to handle complex personal injury matters while giving your case the personal attention it deserves.

Because insurance companies typically have a team of high-priced attorneys and vast resources, you need to level the playing field with a skilled and experienced personal injury attorney. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Austin, contact the Gibson Hill today for a free and confidential consultation.

Our experienced and compassionated lawyers will handle all legal matters associated with your case, and we will keep you updated every step of the way. Call (713) 659-4000 today to set up a free and confidential consultation during which we will explain all your legal options.

We treat our clients like family during the entire process.

With both attorneys working personally on each case, our team forms close relationships with our clients. We keep you up-to-date about your case and do everything we can to assist you throughout the entire process.

Why You Need a Lawyer?

If you have been involved in an injury accident, it is never a good idea to try to handle an injury claim by yourself. Although you could file the necessary paperwork and attempt to negotiate by yourself, your chance of recovering fair compensation increases dramatically when you hire a skilled Austin personal injury lawyer.

Dealing with severe injuries can be stressful and physically and emotionally draining. Allow a lawyer to take the burden off your shoulders by handling every aspect of your injury claim. This will allow you to focus on what’s most important – your health and recovery. A skilled attorney will be able to level the playing field with the insurance companies by negotiating for a full and fair settlement. If your case goes to trial, your attorney will be able to navigate the complicated legal procedures as they fight for the maximum compensation you deserve your injuries.

Because filing a Texas personal injury lawsuit requires legal skill, knowledge, and training, you should never file a personal injury lawsuit without the help of an attorney. The attorneys at Gibson Hill will give you a much higher chance of a successful outcome for your case than if you were to represent yourself. Our attorneys have the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to handle all the complicated legal matters that come with your personal injury claim.

Why Choose Gibson Hill?

Attorney Ty Gibson, founder of Gibson Hill, grew up in northeast Texas before coming to Houston to study law. After graduating from law school, he began to practice law and has since had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients deal with all types of personal injury matters. Gibson truly enjoys helping personal injury victims throughout the great state of Texas.

At Gibson Hill, we fight to protect the rights of our clients who have been injured in accidents. Our Austin personal injury lawyers represent clients throughout the greater Austin area in a wide range of accident claims.

Ty Gibson has been practicing law since 2012, helping hundreds of injury victims in Texas recover the full and fair compensation they need and deserve. Gibson knows what it takes to win a personal injury case. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, don’t delay, call Gibson Hill today at (713) 659-4000 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

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Bicycle Accidents


Cyclists have every right to share the road with motor vehicles, but while they are recognized as equals, they are no match for passenger or commercial vehicles when involved in a collision. The cyclist is almost always the one who suffers the most severe injuries, and might be left to deal with pain, mounting medical expenses, and severely damaged property. If you were hurt in an accident while riding, call our bike accident attorneys to get the justice you deserve.

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Car Accidents


Car crashes are incredibly common and account for a majority of personal injury claims. Injury collisions can be complicated cases because liability may be disputed, and sufficient insurance coverage is often a concern. No two car accidents are the same, but some of the most common kinds of car accidents include rear-end collisions, hit and run accidents, head-on collisions, side-impact accidents, intersection collisions, left-turn accidents, distracted driving accidents, work zone accidents, and drunk driving accidents.

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Explosions Accidents


While explosions may be more common in industrial and mining occupations, they can also occur in other settings, such as factories. Any explosion has the potential to cause severe or possibly even fatal injuries. The three most common kinds of explosions are chemical explosions, electrical explosions, and propane explosions. The causes of explosions are often incredibly difficult to determine, and most people involved in them simply have to wait to get more information following an investigation. When you hire a lawyer, they will conduct their own independent investigation to get answers as to how an explosion occurred and also who can be held liable.

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Defective Medical Devices


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers of medical devices or products to notify consumers immediately. When a medical device is defective, there could be two different types of claims. A design defect alleges that there was a fundamental error in the basic design of a device or product that rendered it unsafe, and such cases will typically mean that all of the devices or products manufactured were unsafe. When an injury stems from a manufacturing defect, then the error is far more isolated to possibly a single product or maybe batch of products. You will want the help of an attorney in proving that a defective medical device caused your injuries.

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Medical Malpractice


An error, mistake, or oversight by a medical professional can have devastating impact on the patient who trusted them to provide responsible care and treatment. When this happens, you have the right to hold the professional or facility accountable for their failure to adhere to a specific standard of care. These claims can be challenging to pursue, but with the right attorney on your side, you could recover the money you need to pay for corrective treatment and other associated expenses.

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Motorcycle Accidents


Even when they wear helmets, motorcyclists can still be severely hurt in the event of a crash. It is possible for even seemingly minor collisions, such as rear-end accidents, to result in very serious injuries. Many motorcycle accidents stem from the negligence of other drivers, who often misjudge the speeds or distances of motorcycles. Insurance companies are quick to imply that motorcyclists were somehow at fault for their crashes, so it can often be difficult for victims to obtain just compensation in these cases.

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Offshore Injuries


Offshore injury cases can be more complicated because certain victims will be entitled to workers’ compensation and may be able to file personal injury lawsuits against other negligent parties. In other cases, maritime laws such as the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), or Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) could come into play. Offshore injuries can be the result of many different kinds of accidents, including offshore drilling accidents, trawler accidents, oil rig explosions, tugboat accidents, shipyard worker injuries, barge accidents, oil rig platform accidents, freighter accidents, marine cargo accidents, tanker accidents, commercial fishing accidents, cruise ship injuries, drilling rig accidents, ferry boat accidents, crane accidents, and jack-up rig accidents.

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Pedestrian Accidents


Pedestrians have no protection whatsoever when they are struck by motor vehicles while walking on the sidewalk, in parking lots, or while crossing at intersections. Whether the accident was caused by the negligent driver of a motor vehicle or another dangerous circumstance, the injuries in these cases can often be catastrophic. Pedestrian accidents are more common at night, but accidents in the daytime can still stem from distracted driving, reckless driving, or possible driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Premises Liability


Some people suffer injuries because of accidents caused by dangerous property conditions, and it may be possible to hold negligent property owners liable through premises liability lawsuits. Many victims in premises liability accidents will immediately be accused of having been at fault by the property owners and then their insurance companies. The success of a premises liability claim will often depend on the duty the property owner owed a person because of their legal status. An invitee is a person who enters property by the owner’s expressed or implied invitation for the mutual benefit of both parties and is owed the highest duty of care, a licensee is a person to whom the property owner has given consent to enter the property and must be warned of any dangerous conditions, and a trespasser is a person who is on the property unlawfully and is owed no duty of care.

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Products Liability


While most people assume the products they purchase are safe to use, certain issues arise only after the products are actually used. Defective product claims usually fall under three areas of possible liability. A design defect will usually mean that the inherent design of a product was unsafe, and all products will be dangerous regardless of how well they are manufactured. A manufacturing defect relates to an error in the actual creation of a specific product, and this could be an issue limited to a batch of products or just a single product. Finally, a failure to warn claim could apply if the manufacturer failed to warn consumers about certain innocent uses of the product that prove to be dangerous.

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Railroad Injuries


Accidents on railroads are not just limited to train collisions. Derailments, crossing guard accidents, and defective equipment issues can also be the cause of action for some railroad injury claims. Issues with faulty tracks or defective signals or gates could also be the basis for these actions. The Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) is the federal law that protects and compensates railroad workers injured on the job, but FELA is not the same as workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is provided regardless of fault, but FELA requires an injured railroad worker to prove the railroad was somehow negligent. Railroad accidents can affect many people aside from railroad workers.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries


A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the most devastating diagnoses a person can receive, and the injury does not produce the kinds of visible effects that are more common with, say, broken bones. Nonetheless, a TBI can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life, often creating a number of cognitive difficulties that can make it impossible for a victim to obtain employment. Certain TBI victims may require full-time assistance with all of their basic needs. The lack of visible effects of injury can make it difficult for people to obtain fair and full compensation in these cases, as insurance companies may actually attempt to claim that an injury is not as severe as claimed.

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Truck Accidents


Our attorneys have seen firsthand the devastation that collisions with large commercial vehicles can cause. That’s why we fight to hold the responsible parties accountable for the harm they cause innocent people on our roadways. Keep in mind that multiple parties could share responsibility for your crash, including the driver, the trucking company, third party maintenance companies, the party that loaded the truck, the owner of the cargo, and others. Because determining liability could be challenging, be sure to hire an experienced lawyer to represent you.

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Workplace Injuries


An injury at the workplace or jobsite can leave you sidelined without pay and could thrust unexpected expenses like medical costs and others upon you at the worst-possible time. Be sure to consult with an attorney who understands these types of cases right away. Depending on your circumstances, you could get medical treatment and recoup a portion of your wages through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. If a third-party caused your injuries, you could be eligible to pursue a third-party injury claim to recover additional compensation for the harm and financial losses you’ve suffered.

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Wrongful Death


The sudden and unexpected death of a loved one can create a tremendous amount of confusion and stress for the family that is left behind. When a person dies because of another party’s negligence, the family can often file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit could seek to recover damages for such awards as funeral and burial expenses as well as loss of economic support. Noneconomic damages could also be awarded for loss of consortium, lost care and support, or mental anguish. The surviving spouse, children, or parents of a deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Texas. If none of these parties file a wrongful death claim within three months of the date of death, the personal representative or executor of the deceased person's estate can file the lawsuit unless a surviving family member requests that the lawsuit not be filed.

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Accidents in Austin

Were you hurt in an accident in Austin? Did someone else’s recklessness, carelessness, or intentional actions cause you harm? If so, you are likely dealing with physical pain and financial stress and strain that you never anticipated and likely never planned to encounter.

When this happens, know that you do not have to pay out of pocket for the harm you’ve suffered, the blow to your finances, or damage to your personal property. Texas personal injury laws provide you the protection you need if you were hurt in a car accident, 18-wheeler collision, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, defective product, or another unexpected and devastating injury accident.

Unfortunately, recovering the compensation you’re owed is not always easy or straightforward. While it might be apparent to you that another person’s negligence caused the accident, it is likely that you’ll face significant resistance when trying to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

The responsible party and their insurance company will likely do everything they can to avoid blame for the accident, even if you are visibly struggling with costly medical bills, lost wages, and other stresses. They will seek to deny, deflect, or diminish your valid injury claim to save themselves money.

Fortunately, help is available to you. The Austin injury attorneys of [firm-name] have earned a reputation as aggressive defenders of those who’ve been hurt in our community. We fight to make you whole again, to ensure that your family doesn’t struggle financially, and to send a message that those in our community deserve to be safe from harm.

We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything until we secure compensation for you. This means that you’ll pay nothing upfront for a consultation or the cost of representation, and we’ll only collect if we win money for you through a settlement or verdict.

Whether you were hurt in a car accident, as a cyclist, a pedestrian, a worker, or any other situation that could have been avoided had someone else been more responsible, our team will be ready to stand up and represent you in your time of need.

Injuries in Austin / Statistics

As anyone who has battled Austin traffic knows, driving in our city can be dangerous. From sudden stops on I-35 and MoPac during rush hour traffic, to distracted drivers and constant construction downtown, there is no shortage of hazards that could result in severe injury or fatal crashes.

In fact, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported that there were 15,365 total motor vehicle crashes in Austin in 2018.

The Austin Police Department reported that there were 77 traffic fatality crashes involving 79 fatalities in 2016. Almost half of those totals were the result of motor vehicle accidents, with 34 fatal motor vehicle crashes causing 36 fatalities.

The number of pedestrian incidents was also high, as there were 28 fatal pedestrian crashes causing 28 fatalities. Additionally, the Austin Police Department also reported 13 fatal motorcycle crashes causing 13 fatalities and two fatal bicycle crashes causing two fatalities.

Workplace Injuries in Austin and Across Texas

People in Austin work hard for their paychecks. We want to get the job done right, and then spend time with our friends and family. An accident at work often leaves employees in Austin sidelined and unable to work to support themselves and their loved ones. These workplace accidents occur more often than you might think, and for a variety of reasons, including:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 534 fatal occupational injuries in Texas in 2017. Motor vehicle accidents were again the largest number of these injuries, with transportation incidents accounting for 234 fatal occupational injuries.

The next most common causes of fatal occupational injuries were falls, slips, or trips with 93 deaths, followed by the 74 incidents of contact with objects and equipment and then the 73 incidents of violence and other injuries by persons or animals. The BLS also reported 49 cases of exposure to harmful substances or environments and nine fires and explosions.

Austin Public Health reported that there were almost 6,000 injury-related deaths between 2006 and 2015, and 676 injury-related deaths for Travis County residents in 2015. From 2006 to 2014, the causes of death were split fairly evenly among four causes, including:

  • Suicide accounted for 1,100 deaths
  • Poisoning accounted for 1,015 deaths
  • Motor vehicle accounted for 932 deaths
  • Falls accounted for 901 deaths
  • Two other less frequent causes included homicide with 295 deaths and drowning with 118 deaths.

For injury hospitalizations in Travis County between 2010 and 2014, Austin Public Health reported that the three largest groups of individuals included:

  • 7,225 victims, or 32 percent, who were 18 years of age to 44 years of age
  • 5,856 victims, or 26 percent, who were 45 years of age to 64 years of age
  • 5,608 victims, or 25 percent, who were 75 years of age or older.
  • 2,211 victims, or 10 percent, who were 65 years of age to 74 years of age
  • 1,776 victims, or 8 percent, who were 0 years of age to 17 years of age.

Bike Accidents in Austin

Austin is a great city for cycling, and many people enjoy riding their bikes for recreation, exercise, and commuting. Unfortunately, with so much bike and automobile traffic on our city’s roads, car and bike accidents are a common occurrence, and the results can be devastating.

According to Share the Road, Travis County had the second-highest number of bicycle crashes with 1,112, which was only less than the 1,149 crashes in Harris County. Travis County ranked fourth in bicyclist fatalities with 11, which was fewer than the 46 fatalities in Harris County, 16 fatalities in Dallas County, and the 14 fatalities each in Hidalgo County and Bexar County.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Personal Injury Cases

At Gibson Hill, we receive many questions from clients in Texas regarding their personal injury claims. Below are several of the most commonly asked questions. We hope you find our answers helpful. If you have any questions about your particular personal injury case, don’t hesitate to reach out our knowledgeable Austin personal injury lawyers by calling (713) 659-4000.

If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness or negligence, you may be eligible for compensation your injuries, pain and suffering, and other damages. It is critical that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your legal options. Consult with an attorney before speaking with your insurance company. Your insurer will likely offer you much less than what your case is worth. A skilled Texas personal injury lawyer can help you seek the maximum compensation for all expenses associated with your accident.

Your first priority should be the health and safety of you and your passengers. If someone has been injured, seek emergency medical care immediately. Then call the police so they can respond to the scene of the accident and file a report. Collect the contact information of the other driver or drivers involved in the accident. Make sure you record their full name, address, phone number, and insurance information. If possible, take plenty of photos of the accident scene. If there were eyewitnesses, ask them for their contact information. They could potentially be asked to testify in court. Finally, contact a Texas personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

The statute of limitations in Texas is two years from either the date your accident or two years after you become aware of the injury. Take legal action as soon as you can to ensure your case has the best possible chance of success. If you fail to take action before time runs out, you will forfeit your right to recovering compensation.

The length of time it takes to resolve your personal injury case will depend on a number of factors. It’s not possible to know exactly how long your case will take as each case is unique. If you are able to negotiate a full and fair settlement with the insurance company, your case could be resolved in just a few months. However, if your case goes to trial, it may take several years. Discussing your personal injury case with the experienced legal team at Gibson Hill will give you a better idea of how long your case may take.

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When you call on Gibson Hill to help with your personal injury, you can rest assured that we will handle your case with diligence and care. Our lawyers will do everything they can to help you win your case.

If you or someone you love has suffered an injury due to someone else’s fault in the greater Austin area, call Gibson Hill today at (713) 659-4000. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you won’t owe any legal fees unless we win your case. Call now to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced and compassionate Austin personal injury lawyer.

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