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El Paso Injury Lawyers

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El Paso Personal Injury Attorneys

Our Accident Law Firm Serves El Paso & the Surrounding Areas

Serious injuries are as expensive as they are challenging to recover from. When someone needs to recover after an accident, they can't afford to hire help from an inexperienced accident law firm. Instead, they need a firm with a history of recovering billions on behalf of clients. They need the best attorneys in their corner.

At Arnold & Itkin, our team is proud to be able to say that we've changed the lives of countless clients for the better. Whether someone was involved in a trucking accident, suffered an offshore accident, or sustained injuries on the job, our team is ready to help. If you've been injured and aren't certain what's next, call Arnold & Itkin. We'll walk you through your options. Best of all, we never charge a fee unless we obtain win your case.

Call (888) 493-1629 now for a free consultation with a member of our team. You deserve answers. Our El Paso personal injury lawyers can fight for them.

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Personal Injury Cases in El Paso, TX

Individuals and companies have an obligation to act with a certain level of care in different circumstances. Motorists should obey traffic laws. Medical professionals should provide standard care. Manufacturers should produce products that are safe to use. When a person or company fails to act with reasonable care and someone is injured as a result, it opens the door to a civil lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit offers survivors of serious injuries the opportunity to recoup their losses by holding at-fault parties accountable.

After an accident, your priority should be recovering. No one should have to deal with the stress of seeking justice alone. By hiring an El Paso personal injury attorney from our firm, we can help you fight for the medical damages, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium that you deserve. You'll need someone who can investigate every detail for you, obtain crucial evidence and witnesses, and calmly and confidently walk you through the entire process so that you don't feel confused or anxious. With the help of our El Paso injury lawyers, you'll have the opportunity to reach a satisfactory settlement or verdict and move on with your life.

El Paso Personal Injury FAQ

How much does hiring a personal injury lawyer in El Paso cost?

Hiring us will cost you nothing upfront. We know people come to us during difficult times. To make getting help more accessible, we work on a contingency fee basis. This means we only get paid if we win your case.

How can an El Paso personal injury law firm help?

When people come to us, they're going through one of the most challenging times of their lives. Besides the physical and emotional pain accompanying accidents, survivors often face financial challenges because of accidents. As top-rated El Paso personal injury lawyers, we fight to make sure these financial problems aren't a factor in clients' recovery. We help recover damages such as medical debt, lost wages, and more.

Should I accept a settlement after an accident in El Paso?

No, you should first speak with an attorney. Often, negligent parties that cause accidents or their insurance will offer a low initial settlement. They do this with the hope of escaping liability for as little as possible. Calling

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. 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 ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $114 Million Settlement Won for Victims of Pipeline Explosion Offshore injury lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fought for two workers who were injured in a pipeline explosion at sea, one of whom passed away. Our relentless investigation and advocacy resulted in a nine-figure settlement that will provide for our ...
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
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El Paso Catastrophic Injury Lawyers

When Accidents Change Lives, Our Team Fights for Answers

The word catastrophe was first used in ancient Greece. It described the sudden, tragic demise of a character in a play. Today, we use the word catastrophic to describe life-altering injuries. When accidents happen, survivors are often left alone to pick up the pieces of their life. If they've sustained catastrophic injuries, this task can feel impossible. At Arnold & Itkin, our El Paso catastrophic injury lawyers' mission is to fight for the full, fair financial compensation that our clients need to live with the devastating results of accidents.

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries change the rest of a person's life. As a result, many types of injuries fall into this category.

The following are examples of common catastrophic injuries:

  • Burn injuries are excruciating and require extensive medical treatment. Once healed, burn survivors might have significant disfigurement and scarring. Motor function may also be affected, and those who have experienced serious burns may also suffer from psychological trauma.
  • Blunt force trauma occurs when part of the body is hit with significant force. When blunt force trauma occurs to a person's head, they can suffer from cognitive issues for the rest of their life.
  • Vision loss changes a person's life by inhibiting their ability to interact with the world around them. Often, those with vision loss cannot do the same jobs they had before an accident.
  • Spinal cord injuries are serious because the spinal column houses the most important nerves in the body. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause paralysis, plus other serious complications.
  • Acoustic trauma and hearing loss force a person to adapt to a completely different way of living. Acoustic injuries can inhibit a person's ability to work and earn a living as they once did.
  • Neck and back injuries can cause a person to live with permanent pain. They can also impact a person's ability to move and even perform everyday tasks in many instances.

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El Paso Burn Injury Attorneys

Helping Those Suffering from Catastrophic Burns

Burn injuries have the potential to run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. The cost of treatment increases exponentially when complications like infections or nerve damage occur. Throughout their lifetime, a person who has been severely burned may face millions of dollars in medical care, ongoing therapy, and lost earnings. Fortunately, burn injury survivors can seek justice for what they have endured.

At Arnold & Itkin, we believe in helping people. Our El Paso burn injury lawyers represent people from all walks of life who have experienced unimaginable pain and suffering because of the negligence and carelessness of others. That includes those who've suffered severe burns in workplace accidents, from defective products, on offshore drilling rigs, or in truck accidents. We fight every single day to set things right for our clients.

Causes of Severe Burns & Who's at Risk

Per a World Health Organization burn injury report, burns are the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury death in the U.S. There are about 1.4 million burn injuries each year, resulting in about 54,000 hospitalizations. According to burn injury statistics presented by the American Burn Association, nearly 3 out of 4 admissions to burn centers in the U.S. from 2005 through 2014 were the result of burns sustained at home, 68% of patients admitted to burn centers were male, and the survival rate for burn center patients was 96.8%.

The following is a breakdown of burn center admissions, based on where the burns occurred:

  • Home (73%)
  • Work/Occupational (8%)
  • Street/Highway (5%)
  • Recreational/Sport (5%)
  • Other (9%)

Treatment & Compensation for Burn Injury Survivors in El Paso, TX

Burns may affect all the layers of the skin and even muscle, nerves, and bone. Some burns are so severe that there is no hope of restoring form and function to the affected part of the body. Reconstructive surgery, plastic surgery, and skin grafting may be used to restore skin and other tissue that has been burned. Physical therapy may also be required to help a patient relearn specific movements or learn how to cope with limitations.

In the U.S., the cost of primary healthcare for one patient with burns ranges from about $3,000 to $5,000 per day. However, this inpatient care only represents about one-quarter of the lifetime costs associated with a burn injury. That is why our El Paso personal injury law firm works so hard to protect the interests and rights of our clients and their families. We know that they may face well over $1 million in medical care alone—not to mention the earnings they've lost and the pain and suffering they've endured.

What Are the Different Types of Burn Injuries?

There are three primary types, or degrees, of burns:

  • First-degree burns are minor and only affect the outer layer of the skin.
  • Second-degree burns affect the outer layer and the second layer of the skin.
  • Third-degree burns are the most serious and reach the layer of fat beneath the skin.

What Should I Do After a Burn Injury?

First, seek medical attention. This is the most important thing to do after any type of catastrophic injury. Tell your doctor what happened and follow your treatment plan to give yourself the best chance at recovering. If you were seriously burned, you should not hesitate to talk to an El Paso burn injury attorney. Whether you suffered a work-related burn, were burned in a car accident, or were injured in a fire or explosion, you may be entitled to monetary damages that cover all of your treatment and ongoing care, plus your lost earnings. You may even be able to receive compensation for emotional trauma, which can be considerable after a burn injury.

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El Paso Wrongful Death Lawyers

Helping Grieving Families File Wrongful Death Claims in El Paso

There is nothing more difficult than losing a loved one. Losing them because of someone else's negligence can leave people not only grieving but feeling traumatized and helpless. If you have lost a family member because of another's careless actions, contact an El Paso wrongful death lawyer as quickly as possible.

Although monetary compensation won't relieve the pain of losing your loved one, you have the right to seek justice for your loss. Wrongful death claims force at-fault parties to face the people they hurt, holding them accountable to you in a way that the criminal court system may not. Not only will you hold the parties responsible for their actions, but you can also fight for the financial security you and your family need.

Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death lawsuit may be filed against any individual or business entity responsible for causing the death of a person through negligence, wrongdoing, or intentional misconduct.

For example, the following could qualify for a wrongful death claim:

  • Car accidents caused by drunk driving, texting, or other careless distractions
  • Workplace accidents caused by lack of training or supervision
  • Assaults, attacks, or other criminal actions that led to death
  • Malpractice by a doctor who failed to identify or treat an ailment correctly
  • Drowning accidents due to property damage/premises liability
  • Defective products or drugs that caused the user to suffer death

There is a statute of limitations on these cases—this means you have two years to file a wrongful death claim before it is too late to file. Contact an El Paso wrongful death attorney to determine if you can still file.

Types of Damages in an El Paso Wrongful Death Case

In Texas, you may be able to claim the following damages:

  • Economic Damages: You can receive compensation for financial damages on funeral and medical expenses related to the death, loss of the decedent's future earnings and benefits, and more.
  • Non-Economic Damages: This includes damages such as pain and suffering and mental anguish.
  • Punitive Damages: There are cases where you can be awarded in addition to economic and non-economic damages as a way of punishing the responsible parties for willful negligent acts.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is filed when a third party is responsible for the death of another person negligently or through intentional harm; the responsible parties can be held liable under common jurisdiction. When a family loses a loved one because of another person's carelessness, they are entitled to receive monetary compensation. Even if the person responsible for the death of a loved one has been persecuted with criminal charges, there is still a chance to file a civil lawsuit involving a wrongful death claim. If a company rather than an individual caused the fatality, the only way to hold them accountable is to present a wrongful death claim.

How Do I Know If I Have a Case?

Although a wrongful death claim can be filed for most accidents that cause the death of another, it does not cover every incident. Wrongful death claims need to prove that a person or company caused or could have prevented a person's death and that the death left family members with economic or emotional losses. To find out if you have a case, your best option is to talk to an experienced El Paso wrongful death lawyer.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Although laws vary from state to state regarding the eligibility of the person who can file a wrongful death claim, close family members of the victims are usually the ones who have the right to file suit. Children, spouses, parents, siblings, parents of unmarried children, and other dependents may come forward with wrongful death suits in Texas. Children and spouses are given the primary right to file a wrongful death claim, so a parent, sibling, or another relative will likely not be able to file a claim if a child or spouse is pursuing one.

To learn more about wrongful death in Texas, visit Sec. 71 of the Civil Practice & Remedies Code.

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El Paso Truck Accident Attorneys

Our 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers Secured Billions of Dollars for Our Clients

Commercial trucks can weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds—making them significantly larger than even the most oversized passenger vehicles you can find on El Paso highways. That's why crashes involving tractor-trailers and other large trucks are more deadly, often causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death.

The El Paso truck accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are here to help victims rebuild their lives. Every case we take becomes personal, and we have a history of securing record-breaking victories. This allows our clients to cover the costs of medical care, put food on the table, and replace their income while they heal. We have handled all kinds of 18-wheeler accident cases in El Paso and throughout the U.S. and have represented carrier employees, independent contractors, and passenger vehicle drivers. Let us review your options and help you make the journey back to everyday life. Call our El Paso truck accident lawyers for your free case review.

Types of Truck Accident Cases We Handle

After a big rig accident, hiring an attorney may be the last thing on your mind. You may believe that the insurance company will treat you fairly and that you'll get the medical care and money you need when you need it. Instead, you may find yourself dealing with an insurance adjuster who thinks the accident is your fault, bills that pile up because you can't work, and more questions than answers.

Our El Paso 18-wheeler accident attorneys can step in and help with cases involving:

  • Cement truck accidents
  • Jackknife accidents
  • Tanker truck accidents
  • Tow truck accidents
  • Underride accidents
  • Box truck accidents
  • Garbage truck accidents

There are many benefits to hiring an attorney to handle your case. Our team has experience investigating truck accidents, determining fault, and identifying all sources of compensation. We know how to take on insurance companies, big corporations, and the teams of attorneys they deploy to try to avoid liability. And

Questions to Ask After an El Paso Big Rig Accident

If you were involved in a collision with a big rig, you're probably wondering whether you have a truck accident claim. This will depend on several factors, so your best bet is to talk to an attorney who has experience in these matters. You can also ask yourself a few basic questions to assess the situation on your own.

After a truck collision, ask yourself:

  • Did someone else cause the crash?
  • Were you seriously injured?
  • Are you unable to work?
  • Has the accident affected your quality of life?
  • Is the insurance company treating you fairly?
  • Are you unsure of where to turn or what to do?

Now is the time to get these questions answered. At Arnold & Itkin, we offer a free consultation to talk to you about what happened. We can answer your questions and help you consider your options

18-Wheeler Accident Cases Are Complicated

Any motor vehicle accident can cause serious harm, and any resulting lawsuit can be challenging to handle. With commercial truck accidents, however, there are more challenges to consider. Fortunately, our El Paso truck accident law firm knows what to expect and has the resources (and willpower) to overcome any obstacle.

Truck accidents are more complicated than standard motor vehicle accidents because:

  • They are more likely to cause catastrophic injuries. The sheer size and weight of a big rig or 18-wheeler, plus the cargo it holds, make it a powerful force on the road. When a commercial truck is involved in a collision, it is far more likely to cause considerable damage to other vehicles.
  • Multiple parties may be liable (legally responsible). When two cars collide, there are usually only two parties who could be at fault: the drivers. With a truck accident, there are other parties to consider. The trucking company, the truck driver, the loading company, or the company responsible for maintaining or manufacturing truck parts could be responsible.
  • The trucking company may not be forthcoming in providing evidence. Logbooks, employment records, and the truck's "black box" (event data recorder) are all key pieces of evidence in a truck accident claim. Unfortunately, some trucking companies have been known to hide or bury this documentation to make it more difficult to prove the cause of a crash.
  • State and federal trucking laws will come into play. Complex state and federal laws regulate commercial trucks. When shipping companies, truck drivers, and manufacturers violate these laws, they can be held accountable for any resulting collision. In-depth knowledge of trucking regulations will be crucial in any El Paso truck accident claim or lawsuit.

These complications will make an 18-wheeler accident case more difficult, but they can be addressed. The right strategy and an unrelenting commitment to finding answers and seeing justice served have helped our El Paso personal injury firm secure life-changing results for clients who have been injured in trucking accidents.

Non-Driving Tasks, Trucker Fatigue & El Paso Trucking Accidents

It seems that trucking companies are structured to make accidents almost inevitable. Truck drivers are paid only for the miles they drive, which means there are tasks that they perform off the clock. These tasks are often vital for safety; however, since truckers don't get paid to perform them, some may leave these tasks undone.

The following are examples of non-driving work that every trucker must do:

  • Rig inspections at weigh-ins
  • Getting a full night of rest before driving
  • Rig repair and maintenance
  • Waiting for loading and unloading
  • Self-inspection
  • Route planning

If drivers perform these tasks, they may drive long hours to help make up for unpaid time. Studies have shown that these long drives can lead to more truck accidents. Fatigued drivers who drive in violation of hours-of-service regulations put themselves and others on the road at risk. Too many have had to pay the price for these unsafe practices, and Arnold & Itkin is committed to holding companies accountable for the harm they cause.

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents may be caused by distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, and many other factors that contribute to all motor vehicle collisions. They also involve some causes unique to commercial trucks, like unsecured cargo, overloaded trucks, poorly maintained vehicles, and blind-spot collisions. Whether you were injured driving a truck or another vehicle, our El Paso truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin can help determine what caused your crash and how to help you recover the compensation you need to rebuild.

What Are Some of the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents?

The El Paso truck accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin have seen it all, and we've helped clients move forward after every kind of truck accident that you can imagine. Common types of truck accidents include tractor-trailer and 18-wheeler crashes, dump truck accidents, delivery vehicle collisions, underride accidents, rear-end truck accidents, and jackknife accidents. With our wealth of experience handling truck accident cases, you can feel confident that we know how to secure the compensation you deserve. We know how the trucking industry works, and we understand the harmful practices they encourage as well as the tactics they will use to try to avoid accountability. Let us fight for the justice you deserve after a truck accident has left you injured.

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El Paso Car Accident Lawyers

Get Answers After Serious El Paso Motor Vehicle Accidents

Though car accidents happen in a millisecond, they can permanently impact a person's life. The most frustrating aspect of life-altering crashes is that many of them are preventable. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, car accidents harmed 256,338 people in 2019 and killed 3,610. Unfortunately, those who didn't cause an accident are often the ones who suffer the most. When negligent parties change a person's life for the worse, our El Paso car accident lawyers are ready to hold them accountable.

At Arnold & Itkin, we fight for the financial compensation our clients need because we know it's one of the most important things they need to rebuild. Whether survivors need help getting compensation from an insurance company or families of victims need help recovering from the loss of their loved one, we are standing by to help. Call our El Paso car accident lawyers today at (888) 493-1629. We've recovered billions of dollars for clients by never backing down until an offer is fair. Best of all, your initial consultation with our firm is free!

What Causes El Paso Car Accidents?

Several common factors cause car accidents. It is important to understand all these factors, as well as figure out which ones were a part of your accident, because they're all a potential sign of negligence.

Common causes of car accidents include:

  • Improper vehicle maintenance can lead to brake failure or other serious problems.
  • Driving under the influence is one of the most common causes of traffic fatalities in Texas.
  • Road conditions are often ignored by dangerous drivers, especially on rural roads. Drivers must watch for potholes, surface debris, and adjust their driving to the demands of weather conditions.
  • Distracted driving caused 377 fatal car accidents in Texas in 2019. This can be caused by cell phone use, talking to passengers, or focusing on anything other than the road around a vehicle.
  • Fatigued driving occurs when a tired driver gets behind the wheel or when a motorist drives for too long. It often happens in the trucking industry when drivers are pressured into finishing quickly.
  • Vehicle malfunctions can cause collisions that are not the fault of the driver. Faulty vehicle parts can trigger accidents that could have been prevented if manufacturers had taken more care.

What Can I Recover with an El Paso Car Accident Claim?

Each car accident has different causes, so every claim is different. Some of the most common things people require compensation for include lost wages, medical bills, future care, and the loss of the ability to work. If you've lost someone in a car accident, you might be able to file a wrongful death suit to recover their medical bills or funeral expenses. Finally, many car accident survivors can seek compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, loss of companionship or care, and more.

What Happens If My Insurance Claim Is Delayed or Denied?

If you have a valid claim and believe it's being unfairly denied or needlessly delayed, you might be experiencing common tactics used by insurers. Insurers do this because claimants are desperate for the financial compensation they need after accidents. They'll deny or delay claims hoping to frustrate a person into accepting less than they deserve. Often, this behavior is bad faith—an illegal practice. Hiring a car accident lawyer from Arnold & Itkin will show the insurance company that their tactics won't work on your claim.

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El Paso Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Representing Victims of Serious Motorcycle Crashes in Texas & Nationwide

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000. Over 4,990 people were killed on motorcycles in 2017—296 more than the previous year. It is common for individuals in motorcycle accidents to suffer severe injuries requiring extensive medical treatment and care. If you sustained injuries or lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, there is still hope when choosing Arnold & Itkin. You have the right to seek compensation, and an El Paso motorcycle accident attorney can help.

At Arnold & Itkin, we have the skill, resources, and commitment to deliver results. Our mission is to help people who have been injured by the wrongdoings of others. We have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and we work tirelessly to help them receive the compensation they deserve. We have a proven track record that demonstrates we are capable of helping you get the best possible results for your case.

Riders Are Not Responsible for All Motorcycle Crashes

Some people believe that reckless and negligent riders cause most motorcycle accidents. This is simply untrue. Crashes can be caused by various external factors that even an experienced and cautious rider will have no control over. That is why it is important to work with an El Paso motorcycle injury lawyer who can investigate what caused your crash and determine who should be held responsible.

Common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  • Negligent Drivers: Motorcyclists are trained to notice and avoid dangers from other cars, but many drivers are not prepared to look out for motorcycles. When drivers are not paying attention, not checking blind spots, or swerving into a lane abruptly, they are more likely to cause accidents.
  • Driver Blind Spots: One of the main driver errors that cause motorcycle accidents is when drivers fail to check blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, and drivers need to check them regularly to avoid accidents—especially while switching lanes. If a driver fails to put on their blinker or look at their blind spots, they may collide with a motorcycle while it maneuvers in between cars and lanes.
  • Dangerous Roadways: Another common cause of accidents is hazardous roadways. Potholes, uneven pavement, and similar hazards can be deadly for motorcyclists. In such cases, the municipality or county responsible for the upkeep of those roadways should be held accountable.
  • Defective Equipment: Another commonly overlooked cause of motorcycle accidents is faulty equipment. There are instances when some parts and pieces of motorcycles can be poorly designed or manufactured. In this case, the manufacturing company should be held liable.

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El Paso Bus Accident Lawyers

Representing Bus Accident Survivors & Victims' Families Nationwide

Besides not offering the protection that other vehicles provide to occupants, buses have a characteristic that becomes tragic during an accident: they carry dozens of people at once. While all motor vehicle accidents can be severe, incidents involving buses have the potential to change countless lives at once.

Worst of all, they're largely preventable. They should never cause anyone to suffer.

At Arnold & Itkin, our El Paso bus accident lawyers have experience helping clients recover after a crash. Since our team knows that clients approach us during one of the most difficult times of their lives, we refuse to allow them to be mistreated. We fight for the compensation they need and never settle for less. We're dedicated, constantly focused, and never back down in our pursuit of the best result for each client. No matter what.

What Causes El Paso Bus Accidents?

Bus accidents are dangerous because of how many people are often inside the vehicle. However, the amount of people inside a bus doesn't make them dangerous—a set of preventable factors do.

The following are common causes or factors that lead to dangerous bus riding conditions:

  • No safety restraints for passengers
  • Poorly trained bus drivers
  • Lack of regular bus maintenance
  • Reckless or negligent bus driving
  • Bus driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

A lot goes into making a bus trip safe: drivers must be rested, competent, and trained, and companies must provide adequate maintenance. Manufacturers must ensure that they produce reliable and safe products. When any party involved with a bus's operation fails to be safe, the results can be catastrophic for passengers and others on the road. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys work to expose the wrongdoing of this kind.

Why Buses Are a Threat to Other Vehicles on the Road

Outside of semi-trucks, buses are larger than nearly every other vehicle they share the road with. They're heavy, cumbersome, and require care and attention to operate safely. One of the most dangerous aspects of buses is how hard they are to stop, thanks to their weight. Even worse, buses are filled with passengers—an average of 55 at a time. Just one moment of inattention by a driver can create a dangerous situation that can kill or permanently injure dozens of passengers, not to mention other motorists, pedestrians, or cyclists.

Who Is Responsible for Bus Accidents?

Bus accident liability can be complicated because multiple parties may be responsible. Operators, bus drivers, manufacturers, and other parties might be entirely or partially liable. This makes it important to hire a law firm to examine all aspects of a case so accountability is distributed correctly for your recovery.

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El Paso Work Accident Attorneys

Call an El Paso Work Accident Law Firm That Fights for Clients, No Matter What

Work is one of the most common locations for personal injury accidents. In fact, the BLS found that fatal work accidents increased by 2% from 2017 to 2018. Many work accidents happen when companies fail to provide proper safety training and equipment, fail to maintain equipment, and neglect other crucial aspects of a safe workplace. While some companies deny responsibility for accidents, they must provide reasonably safe work environments. No workers should suffer because of their employer's negligence.

You can trust our firm for work accident cases of all kinds, including those involving:

  • Construction accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Gas truck accidents
  • Oilfield accidents
  • Plant and refinery accidents
  • Plant and refinery explosions
  • Scaffolding accidents

When you call Arnold & Itkin after a work or industrial accident in El Paso, you're turning to a team that's known for getting the results that clients need. We fight for accountability, justice, and answers for people after they've lost everything because of preventable accidents. When the other side isn't fair, we demand that they do better. When they are dishonest, we hire experts and use investigations to disprove their claims. We do this because we know people are counting on us for the compensation they need to rebuild their lives.

What to Do After a Work Accident in El Paso

After a work accident, you should:

  • Seek medical care from a doctor and facility of your choice. Make sure you tell the doctor you were injured in a work-related accident and describe what happened. Remember, you have the right to choose your doctor and are not required to see the one your company sends you to. In fact, if you do see a company doctor, be careful about what you say. Seek a second opinion.
  • Inform your employer if they aren't aware of what happened. If your company has a workers' compensation policy, there might be a time limit you have to file a claim using it. Additionally, informing your employer of your accident helps create a record that ties injuries to the incident.
  • Talk to an attorney even if you think you might not have a claim. Often, workers' compensation is not enough to cover the extent of a person's injuries, and speaking with a lawyer can help you discover if you have more options. If you aren't receiving fair compensation, are experiencing delays, or are being unfairly denied coverage, a lawyer should be ready to help you

The state of Texas is the only one that doesn't require workers to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage. However, many employers in the state still choose to have one. Even if your employer has workers' compensation coverage, you should speak with a law firm after sustaining a work-related injury.

Often, a work accident attorney can help a person secure compensation for damages that extends far beyond the coverage of a typical workers' compensation claim. Personal injury lawsuits are meant to hold negligent parties accountable for failing to protect the well-being of someone. For example, a worker can hold a company accountable for failing to provide the safety equipment required to protect them from work-related hazards. Our El Paso personal injury attorneys can handle any type of industrial injury or work accident claim.

Helping Those Injured in Serious El Paso Industrial Accidents

Industrial jobs have inherent dangers. Yet, just because a job is dangerous doesn't mean accidents are excused. Employers must make sure workers are safe and that known hazards are prevented. When they fail to do this, lives are altered permanently. At Arnold & Itkin, our El Paso industrial accident lawyers are proud to be the team that stands up for workers after they've suffered from the unthinkable. After every work accident, we hear the same thing: nothing could have been done. We know this isn't true. Some accidents happen because employers cut corners and valuable profits over safety. No worker should ever have to suffer because of this.

Common locations for industrial accidents include the following:

  • Drilling rigs
  • Oilfields
  • Mines
  • Warehouses
  • Factories
  • Construction sites
  • Plants
  • Refineries

Industrial accidents are notable because of how destructive they often are. Due to the nature of their facilities, industrial accidents are often explosive and have negative, lasting repercussions for workers.

What Causes Work Accidents?

While work accidents have different causes, many have one common factor: negligence. Work accidents are preventable and, when employers and other parties fail to be safe, workers pay the steepest price. Poor equipment maintenance, equipment failures, slip and fall hazards, failures to comply with safety regulations, inadequate inspections, and insufficient training are all examples of what can cause work accidents.

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El Paso Construction Accident Lawyers

Representing Injured Construction Workers in El Paso, TX & Nationwide

Working in construction means facing hazards every day. If companies, site managers, and other responsible parties take the proper precautions, these hazards are mitigated, and accidents can be prevented. However, construction workers unfairly pay for it when corners are cut with their health and safety.

No one should ever focus on cost-cutting and meeting deadlines instead of protecting workers.

At Arnold & Itkin, we've earned a reputation for fighting on behalf of the hard-working men and women in the construction industry. Our El Paso construction accident lawyers are focused on recovering the compensation clients need to rebuild after accidents. We work to hold insurance companies, negligent employers, unsafe contractors, and other parties responsible. Our clients deserve answers for what happened to them, and we work to obtain them. No matter what. Over the years, we've secured billions of dollars on behalf of clients because we're dedicated to results, justice, and doing what it takes to make a difference.

What Causes Construction Accidents?

A specific set of events combine to cause a construction accident, making each one unique. However, no matter what behavior and how many parties are involved with an accident, many have the same thing in common: negligence. Tired workers, undertrained or inexperienced workers, violations of state and federal safety laws, lack of fall protection, lack of protection for ground workers, and poorly maintained or defective machinery are all factors that can contribute to an El Paso construction accident. When approaching a construction accident investigation, it's important to understand all the factors that can cause them. Our team has the experience required to investigate an incident, hire the right experts, and make sure the right parties are held accountable.

What Is the Fatal Four?

The Fatal Four refers to four fatal construction accident types that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has identified as the leading causes of death for workers. Construction's "Fatal Four" are: falls, struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-in/between accidents. If these accidents were prevented in 2018, OSHA points out that 591 lives could have been saved at American construction sites.

El Paso Construction Workers Have Rights

The law protects workers from injury and requires employers to make sure they're safe. This means if you've been injured while doing construction work, you're likely entitled to compensation for your injuries.

After construction accidents in El Paso, workers have the right to:

  • Seek medical attention from their preferred doctor.
  • Report their injuries and pursue compensation for them without the fear of retaliation.
  • Pursue benefits or compensation for medical care, lost wages, and more.
  • Wait until recovery before returning to work.
  • Seek retribution if an employer fires or demotes a person for reporting injuries.

While these rights exist for construction workers, they often have to be enforced and protected. Our team is familiar with Texas injury laws and is ready to protect your rights as we fight for the compensation you deserve.

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El Paso Oilfield Accident Attorneys

Helping Injured Oil Workers in El Paso, West Texas & Nationwide

Oilfields have become a common sight in Texas. Locations near El Paso and across the nation are building blocks of the economy. They extract energy and help provide the resources that help American commerce thrive. Naturally, these oilfields attract multitudes of workers who trust that they can make a living through honest and hard work. These workers deserve safety—and their employers are required to provide it.

When an oilfield accident causes a person to suffer, Arnold & Itkin is ready to help. Our team steps in when companies are negligent, and we fight to make sure clients have the finances they need to rebuild their lives. Our El Paso oilfield accident lawyers have taken on the largest energy companies and have secured billions for clients and their families. If you're struggling after an accident changed your life, we're ready to help.

The Dangers of Working in the Oilfields

Oil rigs, pipelines, derricks, and other components of an oilfield are inherently dangerous. They require physical work, heavy machinery, and tight safety procedures to operate correctly. Companies much avoid cutting corners so the men and women who make their business possible aren't left to suffer after accidents. When employers fail to provide a safe work environment, workers typically suffer the most.

Common El Paso oilfield accidents include:

  • Explosions, Fires & Toxic Exposure: Oil is as toxic as it is flammable, making working with it a dangerous undertaking. Poor planning, inadequate maintenance, improper safety planning, and other types of negligence can create situations that change workers' lives forever.
  • Falling Objects: Oilfield workers are no strangers to working at heights. However, companies are still required to protect them from falling equipment and tools as they work.
  • Malfunctioning Equipment: When dealing with a substance as dangerous as crude and natural gas, it's important to have reliable equipment. Yet, too many companies neglect maintenance in the name of saving money. While poor maintenance can continue for years without an incident, it's almost always only a matter of time until something tragic happens because of it.
  • Gas Truck Accidents: The roads connecting oilfields to towns and cities are often hectic. This means that tired oilfield workers or inadequately trained gas truck drivers sometimes cause accidents.

Who Is Liable After an Oilfield Accident?

Usually, companies that operate oilfield locations are liable. While they might try to shift the blame or blame bad luck, companies usually could have taken precautions that would have prevented the accident. Besides site operators, other companies, contractors, and site managers can be liable. Oilfield operations often involve multiple companies. A qualified law firm will be prepared to help determine who caused an accident.

What Causes Oilfield Accidents in El Paso?

Negligence is often the main factor in oilfield accidents or any land rig incident. Companies often fail to train employees, have proper safety standards, or ignore aging equipment. They do this because they've calculated that the risk of an accident is lower than the profits they'll save by being negligent.

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El Paso Railroad Accident Lawyers

Representing Victims of Train Accidents in West Texas & Nationwide

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) reported that over 2,000 train accidents occurred nationwide in 2011. Millions of Americans have contact with the railway system every day. It only takes one equipment malfunction or a moment of negligence for a railroad passenger or worker to suffer a catastrophic injury.

If you have sustained injuries in a train accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Train accident claims tend to be complex and are based on several factors, including how the accident occurred and who was responsible. An experienced railroad accident lawyer in El Paso can help you fight for the financial compensation you need to help you pay your medical expenses and take care of your family.

We have the knowledge and experience needed to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions. Contact our El Paso train accident lawyers today for a free case review: (888) 493-1629!

Train Accident Facts & Figures

  • There is a train collision or derailment every 3 hours.
  • At least 500,000 trains transport hazardous material several times per trip.
  • Railroads today are in desperate need of updating and improvement.
  • The FRA reports that 80% of railroad crossings do not provide adequate warnings.
  • Train collisions involving pedestrians have increased over the last few years.

Types of Train Accidents

Below is a list of the most common types of train collisions:

  • Train Accidents Involving Cars: Accidents involving cars and trains are destructive because of the large difference in size and speed. These accidents can occur if a conductor is negligent, causing catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. Another reason for train and car collisions is improper maintenance and excessive cargo loads; this can easily lead to derailment or malfunction.
  • Train-on-Train Collisions: Trains weigh hundreds of thousands of pounds and move at a rapid speed, so when two trains collide, it almost always has tragic results. For this reason, the industry has taken significant measures to ensure that safe operating procedures are implemented in all areas. This means that if an accident does occur, it is often because the operator or conductor have acted in reckless or negligent behavior. Train-on-train accidents almost always can be prevented.
  • Train Accidents Involving Pedestrians: Pedestrians have little chance of survival against a train going full speed down the tracks. Unfortunately, many train accidents involving pedestrians have occurred due to improper railroad maintenance and supervision.

What Are the Common Causes of Railroad Accidents?

Passenger rail services in the U.S. operate with few fatalities. However, many serious injuries occur annually. Many of the accidents that occur on trains are derailments, collisions, or faulty equipment.

According to the FRA, railroad accidents are commonly caused by:

  • Damaged or out-of-adjustment switches,
  • Defective or missing crossties
  • Failure to apply sufficient hand brakes
  • Failure to comply with restricted speeds
  • Failure to control shoving movement
  • Worn or broken switch points
  • Improperly lined switches

Does Conductor Negligence Cause Train Accidents?

The National Transportation Safety Board, the train company, and other local authorities conduct thorough investigations after a train accident. They review the potential causes, including the safety of railroad and conductor negligence. Conductor negligence is investigated because train conductors must follow specific regulations and pay close attention to all of their surroundings. They put hundreds of people in danger when they fail to follow these regulations. This type of negligence may include managing the train while intoxicated, driving on drugs, talking on a cell phone, and any other type of behavior that distracts the conductor.

Who Is Responsible When a Trespasser Is Injured?

In 2006, the Federal Railroad Administration reported that railway trespass fatalities increased by 14.5%. The railroad owners' and operators' duty is to ensure that every possible measure is taken to educate the public of potential dangers associated with railroads. By doing so, they can prevent railway accidents from occurring

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El Paso Aviation Accident Attorneys

Powerful Legal Help After Serious Airplane & Helicopter Crashes

Accidents involving helicopters and airplanes can be complicated. They often involve multiple liable parties and deal with comprehensive regulations. Whether you've been in an accident or lost a loved one because of a crash, our El Paso aviation accident attorneys have what it takes to fight for results. Our team is ready to investigate your accident, hold the right parties accountable for your suffering, and fight for what you deserve.

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About El Paso

El Paso, which means “the pass” in Spanish, is a city located in southwestern Texas. It is the seat of El Paso County and, as of 2020, had an estimated population of 678,815 people. El Paso is located on the Rio Grande River across the border from the Mexican city of Juárez. The area has a traditional desert climate, with hot summers, little humidity, and mild winters. El Paso’s elevation is 3,740 feet above sea level and the city encompasses 256.3 square miles. El Paso is also home to one of the biggest urban parks in the country, the 24,000-acre Franklin Mountains State Park. The park is also the westernmost point in Texas.

The first community in the area now known as El Paso was founded in 1850, and the city has a rich Wild West history that includes a jail break-in by the infamous outlaw Billy the Kid. It is also said that Billy the Kid posed as a Texas Ranger while in El Paso. El Paso is known as the boot capital of the world and was once nicknamed Sun City. It was also called the Six Shooter Capital at one time. Today, El Paso is known as a culturally rich city with a thriving economy that is in the top 20% in the United States.

El Paso has a strong military presence, which includes Biggs Army Airfield and Fort Bliss, one of the Army’s biggest military complexes. It is an attractive location for businesses and families alike. El Paso is home to Marathon Petroleum, the Medical Center of the Americas, and the University of Texas at El Paso. The city also hosts the Sun Bowl every year, a post-season college football game that has been held since 1935. Tens of thousands of visitors come to El Paso each year for La Fiesta de las Flores and Music Under the Stars. Popular attractions include the El Paso Mission Trail, the Plaza Theatre, the El Paso Museum of Art, and the El Paso Zoo.

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Texas Personal Injury Firm Focused on Fighting for El Paso Residents

While we can't change what happened to you, we're ready to help you find answers and demand results. Our personal injury lawyers have recovered billions of dollars on behalf of clients. We're never intimidated by the resistance of any company or party. We'll use our dedication to results to build a strong case for you and never settle for less than you deserve. By reaching out to us right now, you'll have an opportunity to share your story with a team of seasoned legal professionals. We'll listen to your case and help you decide your options at no cost. Best of all, if we take your case, you won't have to pay fees while we fight for your recovery!

Call our top-rated El Paso injury lawyers at (888) 493-1629. Your consultation is free and confidential.

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