According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 6,000,000 auto accidents occur in the United States each year. Approximately 3,000,000 people are injured in auto accidents each year. Worse yet, over 50,000 people lose their lives as a result of car accidents caused by the negligence of another person. Even more families lose income and property at the hands of negligent drivers. Unfortunately, despite collecting billions of dollars in monthly premiums, insurance companies fight hard to pay little or nothing to injured motorists and the families of those killed by negligent drivers. Most large insurance companies even employ emergency response teams that consist primarily of their lawyers and investigators. Many times the insurance company team arrives on the scene of major accidents before police officers and firemen can complete their investigation. Their goal is simple: to save the insurance company money. Your family and your rights are not their concern. At the Washington Firm, your family and your rights are our only concern.
When you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident it is important to remember that the other driver’s insurance company’s only goal is to pay little or nothing to you and your family. We fight big insurance companies every day to collect money for vehicle damage, lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In fact, our team of attorneys, former insurance adjusters, paralegals, investigators and case managers collect millions of dollars every year for our clients.
The Washington Firm deals with insurance companies on a daily basis. As trial lawyers, we are well versed in their tactics. If you or a family member has been hurt in a car accident, motorcycle accident or by an 18-wheeler, call us today. Our team has a tremendous track record of success in dealing with insurance companies. We have gotten maximum policy limit settlements on numerous occasions even after the insurance company initially refused to pay. We’ve taken cases other lawyers could not handle and turned them into six and seven-figure car accident settlements. Call our Oklahoma City and Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury lawyers today.
Nothing can be more devastating to a family than the sudden death of a family member due to the negligence of another person or big corporation. When a loved one passes away as a result of another person’s negligence, surviving spouses, children and parents may be entitled to compensation. When a tragedy occurs, insurance companies and large corporations often employ emergency response teams that often arrive on the scene of accidents before law enforcement and emergency medical personnel. The sole job of the response team is to minimize or even eliminate the financial recovery to the families of the person killed due to the negligence of another.
As difficult as the moment can be, it is important to contact experienced injury attorneys as soon as possible. At the Washington Firm, we work hard to make sure evidence is preserved and witness statements are collected immediately following a serious injury or death. When necessary, we hire and deploy accident reconstruction experts and professional photographers as soon as we are hired. Those same expert reports and photos are often used to negotiate settlements or introduced during a trial should the insurance company or corporation fail to make a fair settlement offer.
When your family suffers a loss of a loved one due to negligence, The Washington Firm can help. Our wrongful death attorneys, support staff and network of engineers, investigators, accident reconstruction experts and economists can help your family receive the compensation you deserve and hold the negligent party responsible. When a tragedy occurs, call the experienced Dallas, Fort Worth and Oklahoma City wrongful death attorneys of The Washington Firm immediately
Literally thousands of 18-wheelers travel our roads each day and while most of the truck drivers behind the wheel are safety-conscious professionals, many are not. In fact, countless Texans and Oklahomans are injured and killed each year due to the negligence of truck drivers and trucking companies. From outdated safety equipment, to fatigued drivers, to moving violations such as speeding and unsafe lane changes, 18-wheeler accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Regardless of the reason for the accident, with tractor trailers, cement mixers and other large trucks often weighing in excess of 60,000 pounds, the results are often catastrophic. To make sure that your family is protected, you need accident and injury lawyers with the right experience.
To make sure that your family is protected, you must call The Washington Firm as soon as practically possible after an accident with an 18-wheeler or commercial truck. Once The Washington Firm is hired we get to work immediately, preserving evidence and contacting witnesses. In some cases we file suit within days of the accident in order to get court orders in place to prevent trucking companies and other corporations from destroying evidence. However, our work does not stop there.
As a part of making sure we obtain compensation for our clients, we subpoena driver-logs, maintenance records, criminal history, safety records, training manuals, disciplinary history for the driver and the company, employment history for the driver, and information about other lawsuits against the company. However, we do not stop there.
At The Washington Firm, we believe it is necessary for lawyers to leave the office, roll up their sleeves and talk to people. Many people are surprised when Nate or Katrina personally show up to take their statements and walk through the accident scene with the witness or client. This often works to our clients’ benefit as the insurance company lawyers realize that The Washington Firm has a better relationship with the witnesses and a better understanding of how the accident occurred. This practice usually results in significantly increased settlement offers for our clients. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident with an 18 Wheeler, call the experienced Dallas, Fort Worth and Oklahoma City 18-Wheeler Accident attorneys of The Washington Firm.
Distracted & Texting While Driving
Every year thousands of Americans are injured and killed as a result of distracted driving. When you suspect that another driver was distracted by texting or using a mobile device such a cellular phone or computer, call The Washington Firm immediately. Many cell phone carriers delete text records 30 to 60 days after the messages were sent or received. In order to maximize your compensation, it may be necessary to subpoena records or contact cellular phone carries right away in order to have records preserved. In many cases, this cannot be done without a properly issued subpoena.
Once cell phone records are obtained, it is important for the attorney representing you and your family to know how to use that information. It is no secret that insurance companies routinely pay less to injured people when they know the attorney on the other side has little to no trial experience. At The Washington Firm, our attorneys are trial lawyers. Collectively, Nate and Katrina Washington have tried more than 100 cases to judges and juries. We have received jury verdicts and court rulings in favor of our clients on various matters including multi-million dollar civil suits. If you have been injured by a driver distracted by texting, talking or web-surfing, call The Washington Firm. Whether you live in Oklahoma City, Fort Worth or Dallas, we are ready to protect your rights and get you the money you deserve.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Unfortunately, thousands of Oklahomans and Texans are injured or killed each year due to drunk driving. As a former Assistant District Attorney, Nate Washington prosecuted hundreds of drunk drivers. Today, The Washington Firm uses those unique skills and experience on behalf of Dallas, Fort Worth and Oklahoma City drivers that have been injured by drunk drivers. We have specialized skills and experience detecting signs of intoxication, evaluating standardized field sobriety tests and cross-examining intoxicated drivers. We are experienced with both the criminal and civil penalties for DWI drivers and we use that knowledge to benefit our clients. We have successfully represented many drivers injured by drunk drivers and recovered large sums of money from drunk drivers, their insurance carriers and the bars that served alcohol to the drunk drivers.
As with most cases, it is important to hire attorneys experienced with DWI accidents and DWI fatalities immediately following an alcohol or drug related accident or injury. While most people assume that the insurance company will make a fair settlement offer once it has been determined that their policy holder was intoxicated, that is simply not the case. Some insurance companies even try to blame the injured person for the injuries caused by the intoxicated drivers. Other insurance companies try to use delay tactics knowing that important evidence such as videos of intoxicated drivers are often destroyed once the criminal cases have been finalized.
In order to make sure you are fully and fairly compensated, you need to hire attorneys with DWI experience. At The Washington Firm, our attorneys, paralegals and investigators have significant experience prosecuting and investigating cases involving intoxicated drivers. Call us today to experience the difference real trial lawyers can make.
The decision to place your child in the care of relative strangers at a daycare facility can be difficult for some. Despite that fact, millions of working and single parents place their children in daycare facilities on a daily basis. When entrusting the care of your child to a daycare facility you expect and are entitled to the best care and protection for your child. Daycare facilities have a duty to protect your child from harm and provide the safest environment possible when your child is in their care. Unfortunately, the negligence of a daycare facility or its staff has caused children to be injured on too many occasions.
A daycare facility can also be held liable for an injury to a child caused by intentional abuse of the operator/owner or staff. A daycare facility has a duty to provide competent and compassionate staff to provide care for your child. If your child is injured as a result of intentional abuse at a daycare facility, you may be able to recover damages from both the daycare facility and the individual employee at the daycare facility. If your child was injured at a daycare facility, call the experienced personal injuries attorneys at The Washington Firm as soon as possible. We will get to work immediately investigating your claim and preserving all of the information necessary to help you recover for your injured child.
Slip and Falls/Premises Liability
When businesses such as grocery stores, amusement parks, restaurants and even apartment complexes open their doors for business, those businesses have a duty to make sure their properties are safe for customers and tenants. The failure to remove water, oil spots and other dangerous conditions from properties that results in injury to customers may subject the businesses to liability. Homeowners may also be subjected to liability when their pets injure neighbors and guests. The Washington Firm has years of experience handling premises liability suits and has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for clients injured due to the negligence of property owners. If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of a property owner or business owner, call The Washington Firm today.
While slip and fall cases may seem rather straight forward, they are actually amongst the toughest cases to handle in the state of Texas. They are so difficult that many lawyers will not accept slip and fall cases even when there has been a serious injury. Various court rulings and statutes actually give large corporations more protection than the average citizen. Time constraints and constructive notice requirements imposed by Texas law may substantially reduce or eliminate your recovery if you don’t hire the right lawyers. At The Washington Firm, we have significant experience dealing with slip and fall cases and have succeeded in obtaining financial compensation for our clients from some of the largest retail corporations in America.