Attorney Doug Goyen is a Dallas personal injury lawyer who has been licensed in Texas since 1997 and has decades of experience representing individuals in personal injury-related cases throughout Texas. Thousands of cases have been successfully negotiated, litigated, tried, and settled by Attorney Goyen. He has gotten his clients millions of dollars in compensation.
Injury cases in Texas occur due to auto accidents, premises liability, slip and falls, workplace injuries, animal attacks, negligent business practices, negligent government practices, industrial accidents, improper training, product defects, and a variety of other types of negligent conduct or intentional acts that cause injuries or death to others.
Workplace fatalities: In 2018, there were 488 fatal occupational injuries in Texas. In 2018, a total of 5,250 U.S. workers died as a result of fatal occupational injuries across the country. That means Texas accounted for 9.29 percent of all fatalities.
Auto accidents: According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,866 deaths in rural traffic crashes in 2019. There were 731 people killed in crashes that occurred at or near intersections. In 2019, 600 people were killed in head-on collisions. In 2019, there were no deathless days on Texas roadways.
Slip and falls: According to the CDC, one in every five falls results in a serious injury, such as broken bones or a brain injury. Every year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for falls. Over 800,000 patients are hospitalized each year as a result of a fall injury, the most common of which is a head injury or hip fracture. Every year, at least 300,000 older people are admitted to hospitals with hip fractures. Falling causes more than 95 percent of hip fractures, most of which are sideways falls. The most common cause of traumatic brain injuries is falling (TBI). Businesses that invite customers onto their premises have a duty to make their business safe, especially for their older customers who they gladly accept money from when selling products. A business that allows a dangerous condition to exist that causes injury to their customers is negligent and owes for any injury caused.
Our clients are well-represented by the Law Office of Doug Goyen. Our knowledge, experience, and desire for justice for our clients enable us to achieve proven results in their cases. Please contact us at (972) 599 4100. We will begin working on your case right away.
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How Your Dallas Injury Lawyer Gets the Best Results For Your Claim
For over 23 years, Doug Goyen, a Dallas injury lawyer, has represented residents of Dallas, Texas who have suffered personal injuries in car accidents. For our clients, the Law Office of Doug Goyen provides experienced, aggressive, and powerful representation. Our findings have been validated. We are successful in obtaining compensation for our client’s personal injury claims. We strive for the best possible outcome in every case. Because each case is unique, each case has unique needs that necessitate individual plans for the specific facts of the case. We do the following for all cases, in addition to the individualized plans required for each case:
1. We deal with your insurance company so you don’t have to. Insurance companies are notorious for being difficult to work with, particularly in personal injury cases. We take care of dealing with the insurance company in connection with your injury case.
2. We make certain that you take advantage of all available benefits. You could be eligible for more benefits than you realize. You should retain the services of an experienced attorney to review your case and ensure that you are taking full advantage of these benefits for your injury case.
3. We evaluate your case and work with the insurance company to reach an agreement. Because of our years of experience handling injury cases, we will be able to evaluate your case. We will fight to ensure that you receive every penny owed to you in your case.
4. We will fight for our client’s point of view. You need a Dallas injury lawyer to fight for your case if you have been injured in the Dallas area.
5. We will refer clients to a reputable body shop if necessary. People don’t always know where to turn to get their vehicles repaired. Our years of experience can assist in locating reputable body shops.
6. We assist clients in locating reputable medical treatment facilities where their injuries can be treated. We are able to locate medical facilities that will treat you for your injury, including medical facilities that will defer collecting for any billing until the insurance company pays the injury claim. This allows our clients to begin healing and taking care of themselves and their families.
7. In order to maximize the value of our client’s case, we gather all of the information required by the insurance company.
8. We Conduct an extensive investigation into our client’s case to determine how their injury occurred and who should be held legally liable for the harm they have suffered.
9. We consult highly qualified experts in a variety of fields, including accident reconstruction experts and medical professionals.
10. We examine our clients’ medical records and other data to determine the full extent of their losses and the appropriate amount to seek in your case.
11. We review all relevant insurance policies in your case and deal with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure our clients are able to receive all the compensation our clients are owed.
12. We ensure that all documents, including claims with insurance companies and documents in the court where your case will be litigated, are filed on time.
13. We negotiate with insurance companies to settle your claim in a fair and timely manner.
14. We obtain compensation for your lost income and lost earning capacity.
15. We get the money you need to pay your medical bills.
16. We get our clients compensated in full for their personal injury claim for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and any other type of damage caused by their injury.
17. Skillfully litigating your case in a Texas state or federal court, as needed, and handling all post-trial legal matters.
18. Resolving any liens, such as health care or workers’ compensation liens, that may have been attached to your settlement funds.
HOW DOES A DALLAS INJURY LAWYER PROVE THEIR CASE?
A personal injury case’s value is determined by several factors, including the severity of the injury, liability issues, and the ability to collect against a defendant.
The severity of the injury is the first thing to consider. Because of the severity of the injury, a more serious injury usually necessitates more compensation. The medical bills, future treatment needed, loss of earnings, physical impairment, disfigurement, pain and suffering, and other possible damages caused are all considered.
The next factor to consider is liability. If the defendant is entirely to blame, you should be able to attribute 100 percent of your damages to the defendant who caused them. If a jury decides that the injured person was partially to blame for the accident, the amount that person can recover will be reduced by whatever percentage the jury assigns to the injured party. So, if your case is worth $100,000, but a jury believes you were 30 percent at fault due to speeding or some other improper action, the amount you can recover will be reduced by the judge after the jury returns its verdict by that 30 percent. If you are 51 percent or more at fault, you cannot recover anything from the other person. When negotiating claims with insurance companies, they will investigate the facts of the accident, and if there are facts that allow it, they will reduce the amount they offer based on whether or not they believe you were partially to blame.
The ability to collect from a Defendant is another important factor to consider when determining the value of your case. If the person who caused your injury is indigent, has no insurance, no property, and no money you might not be able to collect from that person. Even if your injury is worth $1,000,000 or more, if you are unable to collect from them, the actual value of your case is greatly reduced. If you can’t collect, it’s not worth the paper it’s written on, as they say.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen gathers the evidence required to prove your damages, establish liability in your case, and locate any insurance or other assets that may be available to cover your claims. We have a long history of defending our clients’ rights and ensuring they receive fair compensation for their injuries.
Discuss your case with an experienced Dallas personal injury attorney to see if you require assistance in your situation. Taking the wrong steps may prevent you from recovering the funds required to cover your case.
Call the Law Office of Doug Goyen at (972) 599 4100 to get started on your case right away.
HOW MUCH IS MY INJURY CASE WORTH IN DALLAS?
We assist you in determining which types and amounts to include in your demand letter to the at-fault party. Every injury case is different, with different damages and losses suffered by survivors. Seeking an appropriate amount can improve your chances of obtaining a successful insurance settlement. A Dallas injury lawyer from the Law Office of Doug Goyen can review your case and determine an appropriate settlement amount. We can assist you in obtaining this amount or more from an insurance company or another defendant.
Texas allows people injured by another person, company, or another type of entity to recover their damages for any injury that has been caused by negligence. Texas categorizes these damages for injury cases as economic damages and non-economic damages.
1) Economic Damages are compensation for actual economic or pecuniary loss (losses measured in money). Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 41.001(4). Common economic damages recoverable in Dallas injury cases include:
Past and future medical bills: The amounts of medical bills incurred in the past and future to treat your injury.
Earning capacity lost in the past and future: The amount of money you could have earned if you hadn’t been injured.
Property damage: In an accident case, property damage such as damage to your car, computer, phone, or glasses is recoverable. For example, in a car wreck, your property damage claim may include the following items in addition to the actual damage done to the vehicle:
Rental car expenses, or if you used your property or vehicle for business purposes and lost some of your income while the vehicle was unable to be driven, are recoverable in a car wreck or accident case.
Storage: You will be charged if your vehicle was towed from the scene and stored in a storage yard. In the event of a car accident or a motor vehicle wreck, this is recoverable.
Total loss of property: If your vehicle was destroyed and cannot be repaired, you are entitled to the vehicle’s pre-accident value.
Diminished property value: If your vehicle has been repaired but is now worth less money as a result of the accident, you have the right to compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle.
Loss of services: A husband or wife is entitled to compensation if they are unable to perform their normal household duties as a result of the injury.
2) Non-economic Damages are awarded to compensate for physical pain and suffering, mental or emotional pain or anguish, loss of consortium, disfigurement, physical impairment, loss of companionship and society, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, injury to reputation, and all other nonpecuniary losses. The Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Section 41.001(12).
Compensation for past and future pain and suffering is allowed, based on a jury’s common sense, knowledge, and sense of justice. In order to settle a claim, the value of pain and suffering is determined by imagining what a jury – who does not know anyone involved – will think the value is.
Past and future mental anguish: Defined by how your physical injury has caused significant mental anguish, beyond disappointment, resentment, embarrassment, or anger, and how it will continue to do so in the future.
Loss of a body member or mental function: If you lost an arm, leg, hearing, or mental function or capacity as a result of the accident or injury, you may need to claim this injury separately from physical impairment or disfigurement to recover damages for the harm caused.
Loss of consortium: If your injury was severe enough that you could no longer enjoy the companionship of your family members, you are entitled to compensation for the harm done to your family relationships.
Physical impairment in the past and future: How you have been physically impaired in the past and how you will be physically impaired in the future as a result of your injury. Physical impairment is Texas’ definition of “loss of enjoyment of life.”
Disfigurement in the past and future: How the injury physically disfigured you in the past and how it will physically disfigure you in the future.
Emotional/mental trauma (bystander injury): If a close relative witnesses the event in some way, such as witnessing a loved one seriously injured or killed, they have the right to recover as a bystander for the emotional or mental trauma caused by witnessing such an event.
COMMON INJURIES HANDLED BY OUR DALLAS INJURY LAWYER
For a variety of reasons, the law allows for the recovery of injuries caused by negligence. Restoring the injured person to the position they would have been in had the injury not occurred. A court’s only option for carrying out this compensation is to award money. Holding wrongdoers accountable serves as a deterrent to wrongdoers and their insurers to implement safety policies and correct bad behavior. Wrongdoers are required by law to pay for the harm they cause. In negligence cases, the following types of injuries are common:
Head Injuries and Brain Trauma: Traumatic brain injury occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction (TBI). TBI is typically caused by a powerful blow to the head or body. Based on the characteristics of the injury, TBI is typically classified as mild, moderate, or severe.
Facial Injury: Facial injuries include injuries to the mouth, face, and jaw. These range from minor facial cuts and lacerations to more serious issues like broken teeth and facial bones. Fractures in the lower or upper jaw, palate, cheekbones, or eye sockets are all possible.
Eye Injury: A black eye, bleeding in the eye, burns and irritation, corneal abrasions, injuries from a foreign object, orbital fractures, retinal detachments, PVD injuries, and floaters from PVDs or retinal detachments or fractures are all examples of eye injuries from trauma.
Detached Retina: When an accident victim’s head collides with a forceful object, such as a window, steering wheel, or windshield, a break or tear in the retina can occur. If left untreated, this tear can result in a retinal detachment, which can cause permanent damage to one or both eyes and, in severe cases, blindness.
PVD Eye Injury: PVD (posterior vitreous detachment) is a condition that occurs when the vitreous membrane separates from the retina. This condition is defined as the separation of the posterior hyaloid membrane from the retina anywhere posterior to the vitreous base.
Eye Floater Injury: Severe eye injuries are not cheap to treat. Repairing a detached retina or performing a vitrectomy to remove floaters can cost thousands of dollars. If your eye injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.
Back Injuries: Back injuries can occur as a result of car accidents, falls, assaults, and other traumatic events. Back injuries are commonly characterized by pain, tenderness, pain with movement, coughing, sneezing, or laughing, stiffness, difficulty moving, difficulty standing up straight, muscle spasms, bruising, swelling, and radiating pain down either leg or both.
Neck Injuries: Neck injuries are an all-too-common side effect of a wide range of accidents. These injuries can have long-term ramifications. If you have suffered a neck injury as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be able to seek compensation to cover medical and other costs.
Burns Injuries: Past expenses in a major burn case can easily run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. The initial treatment usually entails intensive care by specially trained personnel using specialized medical equipment and supplies, followed by physical therapy and multiple surgeries.
Leg Injury: People can sustain a variety of leg injuries as a result of trauma caused by negligence. They include upper leg fractures, lower leg fractures, dislocations, knee injuries, ankle injuries, and foot injuries.
Ankle Injury: Ankle injuries are serious injuries that can occur as a result of car accidents or falls. If you are looking for an ankle injury accident lawyer for your injury, you will need the assistance of a Dallas injury attorney to obtain the compensation you are entitled to in your case.
Foot Injury: Foot injuries from the trauma of someone negligently causing an injury can include puncture wounds, torn ligaments, sprains, strains, fractures, tendon injuries such as ruptured Achilles tendon, dislocations, compartment syndrome, and amputations.
Knee Injury: Many victims of negligence suffer knee injuries that include soft tissue, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and joint damage. Due to the blunt force trauma or twisting of the knee, a traumatic impact can result in a fracture, dislocation, cartilage tear, sprain, or strain.
ACL Tear in Knee: ACL tears are severe knee injuries. It is one of the four major ligaments in the knee. It runs down the middle of the knee diagonally. It also provides rotational stability to the knee.
Pelvis & Hip Injury: A pelvic or hip injury can be extremely debilitating. These injuries can occur as a result of a direct hit, a severe twisting motion, or even the compression-type motion seen in trip and fall accidents and car accidents.
Chest Injury: Trauma-related chest wall injuries can include chest wall injuries, sternal fractures, shoulder girdle fractures, contusions and hematomas, rib fractures, and flail chest.
Arm Injury: The humerus, radius, and ulna are the three bones that make up the arm. Medical treatment, including surgery, is likely depending on the location of the injury and the severity of the fracture. Blisters (contusions), sprains (ligament injuries), tendon injuries, pulled muscles (strains), ruptures of the bicep or tricep tendon, fractures, dislocations, shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hand injuries, and wrist injuries are all common arm injuries.
Wrist Injury: Depending on the severity of the wrist injury, the victim may require extensive medical treatment, including physical therapy, pain medication, cast immobilization, and possibly surgery. In many cases, wrist injury treatment can result in high medical bills, which can be a financial burden for some people, particularly those who are unable to return to work due to their wrist injury.
Hand Injury: A hand injury is a serious and painful condition that may require surgery or lifelong therapy. If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated for your injuries.
Shoulder Injury: Our shoulders and rotator cuffs serve as pivot points from which we can freely move our arms. Carrying items, driving a car, putting on clothes, cooking, cleaning, yard work, and a variety of other arm-related tasks are all possible with healthy shoulders. Injuries to the rotator cuff and shoulders have a significant impact on our ability to perform almost any job until the pain goes away.
Rotator Cuff Injury: Motor vehicle accidents and falls are two of the common traumatic causes of rotator cuff injuries. In studies of rotator cuff tears and injuries, the following injury patterns were observed: falls (often onto an outstretched arm), forceful external rotation with an abducted or adducted arm, motor vehicle accidents, lifting a heavy object and reaching out to grab a rail to prevent falling.
WHY YOU NEED A DALLAS INJURY LAWYER FOR YOUR CLAIM
An injury lawyer is required if you are pursuing a personal injury claim. Personal injury cases involve a wide range of legal issues. Tort law and contract law are two of the most important areas of law in personal injury cases. Working knowledge in these areas of law is critical to ensuring that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Our experience, expertise, and drive to achieve the best possible results assist our clients in obtaining proven top results in personal injury cases.
In proving liability and damages, the injury claim is governed by tort law. The Law Office of Doug Goyen is well-versed in the various types of claims that are legally available to you. We can legally prove claims in ways that persuade Defendants and their insurance companies that our clients pose a legal and financial risk if their claims are not properly handled.
In personal injury cases, knowledge of contract law is required because dealing with insurance policies necessitates an understanding of contract law – specifically, how insurance policies are interpreted under those areas of the law.
The most common insurance policies used in personal injury cases are liability insurance policies (which cover negligence for vehicles, homeowners, or businesses), health insurance policies (which may have paid for medical bills and will seek reimbursement from your injury claim), claims for first-party insurance coverage such as collision coverage, and uninsured or underinsured motor vehicle coverage.
In addition to his 23 years of experience handling personal injury claims against insurance companies, Attorney Doug Goyen worked for insurance companies as a bodily injury claims adjuster from 1989 to 1997. Attorney Goyen has experience on both sides of personal injury claims and understands what is required for his clients to obtain the best possible results. The Law Office of Doug Goyen understands the contract issues involved and knows how to use this knowledge to maximize our clients’ compensation.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen’s personal injury lawyers are able to maximize the amount of money our clients receive from settlements. Our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to determine whether our clients are being offered a fair settlement for their claims.
We can ensure that our clients do not violate any of the insurance policies involved in their injury cases. We understand what elements of damage our clients are entitled to for their specific injury claim and can produce evidence of these areas of damage in ways that ensure insurance companies consider and fully value their claims for these elements.
The Law Office of Doug Goyen assists clients in negotiating down any amounts owed to medical facilities, health insurance policies, or anyone else who may have a lien or claim against our clients’ settlements. Our experience and knowledge in these areas enable us to put more money in our clients’ pockets as a result of their settlements.
You should hire a Dallas personal injury lawyer for your injury case if you want to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve, protect your rights, and avoid violating any terms of any insurance policies involved.
HOW MUCH WILL A DALLAS INJURY LAWYER COST?
There is no fee unless and until you win! In injury cases, personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. There is no need to pay anything upfront. The lawyer is only paid if they are successful in your case. The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.04(d) Fees, defines a contingency fee as a “fee contingent on the outcome of the matter for which the service is rendered.” This means the attorney cannot collect the fee unless a certain result is obtained. In personal injury cases this means that if the lawyer is unable to recover any money in your case, the lawyer is not paid.
Personal injury attorneys charge a percentage of the amount recovered for your claims. In practice, this transforms into a performance-based contract. The better your attorney performs in your case, the more money they make. This aligns your lawyer’s interests with yours in personal injury cases. In Texas, a contingency fee is determined by the lawyer you hire (some charge a higher percentage), but it is typically 1/3 of the amount recovered for your injury case and can rise to 40% if a lawsuit is required.
DALLAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER PRACTICE AREAS
The Law Office of Doug Goyen represents people who need representation for themselves or a family member injured or killed in cases involving car accident injury and death cases, 18 wheeler accidents and other commercial vehicles, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian’s hit by automobiles, victims of drunk drivers, victims of people texting and driving. Additionally, we represent people injured by dog bites, slip and falls, premises injuries due to dangerous conditions on a property or a business, and workplace injuries.
We deal with the insurance company and protect your rights while you focus on what you need to do to get better and take care of yourself and those around you.
Large commercial trucks do serious damage and cause serious injuries. We will fight for you to get you the compensation you deserve and protect your rights while you recover.
Drunk drivers cause serious injuries and death every year. We fight their insurance companies to get you compensated for the damage and injury they have caused you.
Pedestrians struck by vehicles can suffer serious injuries. We represent people injured in by negligent drivers and help our clients get compensation for their injury.
Bicyclists are at risk of serious injury when struck by vehicles. We represent bicyclists who have been struck by negligent drivers.
When bars or restaurants continue to over-serve drunk people and those people cause accidents with injuries, we help clients recover compensation for their injuries.
We protect the rights of motorcyclists who have been injured by negligent drivers. We fight to get all the compensation due from the insurance company.
We help clients recover compensation for injuries caused by unsafe conditions on property. Businesses have a duty to their customers to keep their establishments safe.
Dog owners who are irresponsible with their animals owe for any damage their negligence caused. We deal with the insurance company involved to get compensation for injuries caused by negligent dog owners.
When someone dies due to negligence the family and estate has a claim against the negligent parties that caused the death. We represent families and estates in recovering compensation for the harm done.
Personal injuries are caused by negligence, assaults, and other acts where those who caused the injury owe for the injury caused. We help people with personal injury case recover what they are owed for the damage caused.
FREE CONSULTATION AND STRATEGY SESSION
If you or someone you know needs assistance in an injury case call (972) 599 4100 for a free consultation and a free strategy session regarding your case. The strategy session includes a summary of your case, identification of the legal issues involved with your case, and identifying those legal issues that will help maximize your recovery in your case. We will email a copy of this strategy session to you for you to keep. Call us today.
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