At Arnold & Itkin, our only goal is your well-being. It's about more than being your representative in the courtroom—it's about making sure you get excellent medical care, that you have peace of mind, and that you know we have your back. For us, there's nothing more vital and important than helping people get justice. When people are harmed by negligent individuals, employers, or manufacturers, they deserve to be heard in court. More than that, their needs deserve to be provided for by the people that hurt them. Above all else, that's who we are: a firm that fights to provide for you.
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Trying injury lawsuits, also known as tort claims, are one of the most important functions of the civil courts today. The number of lawsuits that are filed on an annual basis is decreasing—which seems like a good thing to the casual observer. Fewer lawsuits should mean fewer people getting hurt. However, injuries due to negligence have not decreased at the same rate.
So the facts don't show that the world is becoming safer—they show that companies and insurance providers are making it more difficult to hold them accountable for the pain and misery they cause (either on accident or without care). Personal injury attorneys are increasingly becoming the only arm of the law that speaks on behalf of consumers and everyday people.
Whether we're facing an oil drilling company, a trucking company, or even an industrial employer, Arnold & Itkin understands that your case is a message: your life matters, your injuries matter, and we won't allow anyone to hurt you without facing the consequences.
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim (also called a tort) is a legal dispute between a plaintiff (the injured person) and the defendant (the person who directly or indirectly caused the injury). Personal injury claims seek to hold at-fault parties accountable for their negligence, or their reckless actions. The point of a claim is to get compensation (or reimbursement) for the financial and medical losses incurred.
Who pays personal injury compensation?
It depends on the type of defendant. For example, lawsuits against corporations are usually paid out by the corporation itself (unless the company had a relevant insurance claim). Individual defendants are usually paid by their insurance companies or out of their personal assets, if they have enough to compensate your injuries. Car accident claims are paid by the other party’s insurance.
How do personal injury cases work?
Once you’re ready to consider filing a claim, you can contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. Your attorney will investigate your injuries, what led to them, and how they might have been caused by someone else’s negligence. If there’s sufficient cause to file a lawsuit, they will file it for you and hire relevant specialists to strengthen your claim. Your attorney will attempt to negotiate a settlement, but if one isn’t offered, your lawyer will go to court and present your case.
If I sue my employer, will they fire me?
There are laws protecting you from what is called "retaliation." Essentially, when you file a claim against an employer, they cannot fire you for it, directly or indirectly. If you were fired or your hours were cut soon after filing your lawsuit, your employer may be in even worse trouble than they were at the start. You also don't have to worry about being blacklisted, which is also covered under retaliation laws. Your right to sue is well-protected, especially with us at the helm.
How do I know if I have a case?
Part of the job of an initial consultation is to help your lawyer determine if you have a valid claim. We'll ask questions regarding your injury, do some independent investigation of our own, and let you know if what happened to you fits the definition of negligence. If it does, you'll have a case. If it doesn't, we'll let you know--and you'll have some closure. In either case, the only way to know is to schedule a consultation appointment. Arnold & Itkin offers free consultations so you can get the answers you need.
No matter the extent of the injuries or type of accident you have been injured in, do not hesitate to get the involvement of our Houston injury lawyers. We have a full-bodied understanding of the law and are prepared to apply this knowledge to our clients. We know what is at stake and will do everything that we can to fight for the just compensation our clients deserve for their injuries.
Want to know more about how we can help you to file a claim? Give us a call today at (888) 493-1629. We are here to fight for you.
Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulances. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her to sustain serious brain injuries. We succeeded in obtaining a $117 million verdict for the mother, as well as her two daughters.
Attorneys from Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a unanimous jury verdict on behalf of our client who had suffered from the usage of Risperdal.
Arnold & Itkin has achieved a record settlement for a worker who was injured in a severe oilfield accident less than 2 years after the incident. His accident was a result of negligence from multiple parties--all of whom settled with our client only a week before trial. We are thrilled that our client will receive the medical care and future security he deserves.
Arnold & Itkin represented a construction superintendent who required a leg amputation after a crane collapse. At the time of the collapse, our client had been standing behind a safety fence 100 feet away when a fallen piece of crane equipment pinned him down. Our firm got him the largest award ever given in a case involving loss of limb, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.
Our client was a Houston-based investor who was cut out of a deal to acquire Honsador Lumber Corporation, one of Hawaii’s largest lumber suppliers. The jury found Key Principal Partners LLC and its parent Key Corporation guilty of breaching their fiduciary duties, interfering with Foreman's efforts to acquire the Honsador Lumber Corporation, and violating Hawaii's unfair competition statute. We won a massive $41 million verdict for the wrongdoing committed against our client.