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Midland Personal Injury Attorneys

Midland is a rapidly growing West Texas that has significantly benefited from the oil boom in the Permian Basin. In addition to jobs in the petroleum exploration and extraction industry, Midland is also a regional telecommunications and distribution center among other industries.

With its population growth and diversified employment sector, there is a related increase in personal injuries. And when an accident is caused by another party’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing, the victim can be entitled to financial compensation for all damages they have incurred through no fault of their own.

Did you suffer catastrophic injuries, or was your loved one harmed or killed in an oil field accident or another calamity in Midland County? If so, retaining legal counsel as soon as possible means that your rights and ability to obtain money damages will be protected.

Gibson Hill can fight to make sure that you can recover all of the compensation to which you are entitled. Call (713) 659-4000 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation.

Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?

Soon after an accident occurs, an insurance adjuster or another representative of the negligent party may contact an accident victim. This generally constitutes an attempt to extract detrimental information to undercut the claim or set the stage for a low-ball settlement offer to make a claim “go away.”

An insurance company is often motivated to try and pin as much blame as possible on you to minimize or deny your injury claim. This is why you should never volunteer any information and instead let your attorney do the talking.

And most lump-sum settlement offers are insufficient to cover all future expenses relating to injury care. Victims who accept such settlements are then left with no way to obtain additional compensation later on.

When you hire an experienced Midland personal injury attorney, they will be able to effectively negotiate with the insurance company and act on your behalf to pursue a fair and full settlement.

Why Choose Gibson Hill To Handle My Case?

When you hire Gibson Hill, you will be interacting with a law firm that will treat you like family. Your case will become just as important to us as it is to you, and we will be committed to helping you hold the negligent party accountable for your injuries.

Both Ty Gibson and Brett Michael Hill received their Juris Doctor degrees from South Texas College of Law in Houston. Our lawyers have more than ten years of combined experience with personal injury law.

Mr. Hill received the Heart of Advocacy award from the South Texas College of Law. He is a member of the Houston Trial Lawyers Association.

Gibson Hill handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you only pay us when you get a financial award. There are no upfront legal fees.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

In a densely populated and economically thriving area like Midland, various kinds of accidents can occur above and beyond oil field accidents. Some of the most common types of cases that Gibson Hill handles include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Workplace accidents — Many accidents on the job entitle victims to workers’ compensation if an employer carries such coverage. If not, or if some accidents also involve possible negligence by third parties, those responsible are subject to personal injury claims.
  • Car accidents — Most people in Midland rely on their automobiles to get around, and car crashes are among the most common kind of accidents people can be involved in.
  • Crane accidents — A crane accident could stem from an employer’s failure to maintain the equipment or another party’s improper use of a crane.
  • Truck accidents — Any kind of commercial truck accident can be far more complicated than the traditional car accident; multiple parties could be liable in these cases.
  • Railroad accidents — Train wrecks can stem from mechanical malfunctions or operator error, and railroad companies may be liable in these cases.
  • Explosion accidents — In oil fields and other industrial settings, workers are more likely to face the danger of possible explosions.
  • Spinal cord injuries — A spinal cord injury can often result in partial or total paralysis, which can hinder or prohibit them from returning to work and often requiring significant modifications to their home and overall lifestyle.
  • Burn Injuries — Burn injuries can stem from fires or chemicals and can be extremely painful to treat.
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) — When a person suffers a TBI, it can result in a wide range of cognitive and physical handicaps that make it extremely difficult for victims to care for themselves.
  • Refinery plant accidents — Chemical burns or accidents caused by defective or malfunctioning equipment are especially common in refinery plants.
  • Birth injuries — Common birth injuries include but are not limited to, cerebral palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and facial paralysis.
  • Amusement park accidents — Old Miner’s Maze is a notable attraction in Midland, but accidents involving dangerous or improperly maintained rides are also possible at many other amusement parks in surrounding areas.
  • Motorcycle accidents — Motorcycles are common on Texas roads, but some drivers crash into with motorcycles because of failure to properly account for their speeds or distances.
  • Pipeline accidents — Workers or bystanders can be injured in accidents involving pipelines such as explosions, electrocutions, or falls from heights.
  • Bicycle accidents — Bicyclists do not enjoy anywhere near the level of protection afforded to motor vehicle occupants, so collisions between the two usually end badly for them.
  • Jones Act / maritime accidents — Maritime law applies not only to workers on vessels but also passengers on cruise ships.
  • Bus accidents — Given the number of passengers on a given bus, an accident can result in a large number of injury claims.
  • Aviation accidents — Plane crashes are typically fatal for passengers, but several other kinds of non-fatal airborne accidents can also cause serious injuries.

Midland is a huge oil producer, and oil field accidents and related incidents are one of the most common kinds of injury claims in the area. The Midland Reporter-Telegram (MRT) reported on July 28, 2018, that locals in West Texas referred to United States Route 285 (US 285) as “Death Highway” following the deaths of 93 people in truck accidents on the Texas side of the Permian Basin, a 43 percent increase from 2012.

Oil field accidents may include defective or malfunctioning equipment, rig collapses, and slip and fall accidents. Accidents could also involve failure to comply with safety requirements, failure to provide workers with proper safety equipment, failure to maintain equipment, failure to properly train employees, failure to properly communicate safety procedures, or improper scaffolding or rig construction.

When a worker dies from injuries they sustained in an accident, the individual’s family may be able to file a wrongful death claim or lawsuit against the negligent or responsible party or parties.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Personal Injury Cases

We understand that hiring a law firm is a big decision, which is why we’ve compiled some frequently asked questions about personal injuries. Review them below and call us at (713) 659-4000 today to schedule an appointment to discuss your case in more detail.

What should I do if I am involved in an accident?

The actions you take can vary depending on the type of accident, but a few of them are common across all accidents. For example, seek medical care. Even if you do not believe you were hurt, you should still go to a hospital as a necessary precaution and to validate a claim that you might have down the road.

Preserving whatever evidence you can by taking multiple pictures of the scene of your accident in another key step. Remember that many accident scenes will be quickly cleaned up; images taken at the scene can be instrumental in proving another party’s negligence.

When you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, always contact the local law enforcement agency to file a police report. For an accident on the job, file a report with your employer.

Also, make a note of contact information for any witnesses who may need to testify later. And once you feel up to it, contact a personal injury lawyer as quickly as you can.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

Texas law gives victims two years from the date of accidents to file a personal injury lawsuit. In a wrongful death action, the statute of limitations is also two years, but the date of a victim’s passing rather than the date of the accident starts the clock running.

Not all accident causes are immediately apparent. Under some circumstances, the statute of limitations can be two years from the date that a victim knew or should have known that another party’s negligence caused an injury. Never assume, however, that any exception to the standard two-year deadline automatically applies. Seek legal advice well before two years have elapsed.

Another exception to the standard limitations period applies to minors. A minor has two years from the date they turn 18 to file a lawsuit.

What kinds of damages could I be awarded?

Personal injury cases usually result in settlements because insurance companies tend to want to avoid running up a hefty legal tab. Depending upon the scope of the claim, however, settlements can sometimes prove impossible to achieve, at which point a judge or jury must decide.

When a victim proves another party’s negligence in civil court by a preponderance of the evidence (i.e., even if it tips the scales of justice ever so slightly), they could be awarded compensatory damages such as:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income (past, present, and future)
  • Property damage
  • Physical impairment or disability

Compensatory damages also can include noneconomic damages such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Disfigurement

Under limited circumstances, Texas law also allows a punitive damages award, but only if it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that harm resulted from a defendant’s fraud, malice, or gross negligence.

Since Texas follows a comparative fault doctrine, a court can deduct the victim’s partial share of the liability, if any, on a percentage basis from the total award.

Resources in Midland

If you’ve been hurt and need to seek medical treatment in Midland, Texas, or if you need to file an accident report or an injury lawsuit, the following resources are available to you:

Hospitals in Midland

Midland Memorial Hospital

400 Rosalind Redfern Grover Pkwy.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 221-1111

 

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Midland Odessa

1800 Heritage Blvd.

Midland, TX 79707

(432) 520-1600

 

Oceans Behavioral Hospital Permian Basin

3300 Farm to Market 1788

Midland, TX 79706

(432) 561-5915

 

Law Enforcement in Midland

 

Midland Police Department

601 N. Loraine St.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 685-7108

 

Midland County Sheriff’s Office

400 S. Main St.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 688-4600

 

Texas Department of Public Safety

2800 Wright Dr.

Midland, TX 79706

(432) 332-0637

 

Courts in Midland

 

Midland Municipal Court

201 E. Texas Ave.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 685-7314

 

Midland County Courts-at-Law

500 N. Loraine St.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 688-4460

 

Texas Western District Court

200 E. Wall St.

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 686-4001

 

Midland County Precinct 1 Justice-of-the-Peace Court

400 S. Main St.

2nd Floor

Midland, TX 79701

(432) 688-4721

 

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Midland Today

If you sustained serious injuries or your loved one was hurt or killed in any kind of accident in Midland or another community in Midland County, never underestimate the importance of having an experienced, aggressive lawyer on your side. Retaining legal counsel to represent you at the settlement table or in court can be decisive in the outcome.

Gibson Hill will forcefully strive to enable you and your family to get justice, whether it involves oil field accidents or any other kind of personal injury. Call (713) 659-4000 or contact us online to schedule a free, confidential consultation.