The Resources Needed to Win, No Matter What
What sets Arnold & Itkin apart from other firms is our ability to spend years locked in battle without breaking a sweat. Big companies think they have the money and power to just “wait it out” and pressure you into settling. But we can play that game too—and when we do, we get results. In the meantime, we make sure our clients aren’t struggling for anything. We help our clients find the best doctors and specialists so they can physically recover as much as they can. We make sure their needs are taken care of, their questions are answered, and their fears are addressed. We take care of the paperwork and litigation; our clients focus on getting better.
What Our Longview Personal Injury Lawyers Can Do
There are two important aspects of a personal injury claim. First, they hold negligent parties accountable and help prevent a similar accident from happening to someone else. Second, they help clients recover from the losses caused by an accident. While the responsible party, insurance companies, and others might offer a settlement after an accident, it’s important to speak with a personal injury lawyer before accepting it. An initial offer might be low to absolve the company of liability for as little as possible. Speaking with Arnold & Itkin LLP first can help you ensure that you’re receiving the right amount of compensation after an accident.
Our personal injury lawyers help people in Gregg County and across Texas who are dealing with:
Longview Catastrophic Injury Attorneys
Our Longview injury law firm excel at catastrophic injury cases. These are where people suffer life-threatening, life-altering injuries. These injuries rob them of their health, mobility, careers, limbs, and sometimes, their ability to think and speak. This can happen to anyone, but they’re especially common after certain types of accidents.
Catastrophic injuries include the following:
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spine injuries
- Crush injuries
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Catastrophic injuries are often the result of serious negligence of either company owners or higher-ups. Our job is to investigate the circumstances of your accident, uncover who was at fault, and hold them financially responsible for the damages you’ve suffered (which, between hospitalization and lost income, could be an enormous sum).
No one should have to suffer because the behavior of someone else harmed them. At Arnold & Itkin, our team is ready to fight for the answers that survivors deserve. We’ll fight to make sure you receive the care you need while also pursuing compensation for the wages that you would have earned before your accident.
Longview Truck Accident Lawyers
Truck accidents are particularly devastating for the occupants of the smaller vehicles involved with them. Weighing tens of thousands of pounds, 18-wheelers cause devastating accidents. Worst of all, many truck accidents are preventable. From improperly loaded trucks, a lack of adequate vehicle maintenance, to reckless driving, many things cause trucking accidents. Our Longview truck accident lawyers are ready to determine who was responsible for your crash and fight to earn the justice that you need and deserve. We have extensive experience holding trucking companies accountable and know the laws associated with the trucking industry.
How Common Are Truck Accidents?
Each year, over 400,000 accidents involving large trucks occur. Many of these accidents cause serious injuries and, in the worst cases, are deadly. In fact, despite representing only 5 percent of vehicles on the road, trucks are involved in a tenth of motor vehicle accident fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), this amounted to 4,136 deaths in 2018.
The Underlying Cause of Truck Accidents in Longview, TX
Longview 18-wheeler accidents are often caused by the following:
- Drowsy driving
- Improperly loaded trucks
- Distracted driving
- Poor truck maintenance
- Unqualified drivers
According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1 in 7 large truck crashes are caused by fatigue. However, some experts think that data is incomplete. Because truckers don’t self-report how much sleep they’ve gotten just before an accident, there may be even more accidents caused by fatigue. As many as 1 in 4 crashes occurred when a driver had been operating for longer than 17 hours—more than 3 hours above maximum working day and 6 hours above the maximum driving time.
Sleep researchers believe that moderate tiredness impairs driving ability as much as having a drink.
Part of the problem here is the pay-by-mile arrangement most truckers make their living with. Because truckers are paid by the mile, they’re incentivized to drive for as long and as fast as possible. Drivers are told that pay-by-mile is a chance to “make as much as they want.” Instead, pay-by-mile is code for “unpaid for everything else.” Many drivers can work for 12-hour days and end up losing money.
Without pay for duties like driving to pick up new loads, planning routes, waiting for loading and unloading, submitting to rig inspections, abiding by federally-mandated rest breaks, drivers are forced to drive for longer and longer hours. The result is an entire industry made of tired, drowsy, and impaired drivers.
How Is a Trucking Company Responsible for an 18-Wheeler Accident?
Trucking companies are responsible, legally and ethically, for the behavior of their drivers. If a driver is overworked, not vetted, or unfit for driving an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler, the responsibility falls on the trucking company for their hiring or training practices. Holding trucking companies accountable for hiring unsafe drivers ensures that only good drivers get hired.
Trucking companies can be responsible for an accident caused by drivers:
- With poor driving records
- With criminal backgrounds
- With a history of relevant health issues
- Who lack adequate training
- Who break federal trucking rules
When someone suffers from catastrophic injuries caused by a truck accident, the people or companies responsible for it should be held accountable. Sources of truck accidents can be varied. Truck operators, truck drivers, and other parties can be responsible for them. Our team is ready to investigate your accident, and identify what person or company failed to act responsibly and prevent it.
Truck accidents we've represented include:
- Box truck crashes
- Flatbed truck accidents
- Garbage truck accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
- Tanker truck crashes
- Tow truck collisions
- Commercial vehicle accidents
Longview Maritime Lawyers
Working as a seaman or other maritime worker is challenging but rewarding. Although there are inherent dangers associated with physical labor and heavy machinery, maritime work only becomes significantly hazardous when employers fail to implement proper safety standards, pressuring crews to increase production and pushing for more profits—at the expense of their workers’ well-being.
Maritime workers may be at risk of suffering from:
- Falls overboard
- Slip and fall accidents on deck
- Falls from heights
- Equipment malfunction
- Fires and explosions
- Chemical burns
- Loading and docking accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
National Leaders in Maritime Law
At Arnold & Itkin, our Longview maritime attorneys are dedicated to standing up for injured maritime workers. Our understanding of maritime law and success in this field gives us a distinct advantage over any other firm. Our commitment to our clients and willingness to never back down brings us victories in seemingly impossible circumstances.
Some of our notable maritime cases include:
- We successfully represented 27 of the crew members of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, securing results that ensured they were taken care of or life.
- We fought for three widows who lost their husbands in the tragic sinking of the El Faro, holding the responsible parties accountable.
- Our attorneys secured a $29 million settlement for a family that lost a loved one in an offshore accident. This is the largest known settlement for a wrongful death offshore.
- We fought for a $14 million Jones Act settlement for a worker injured on an inland barge—just 2 days before the trial was set to begin.
- We have secured hundreds of settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 million for injured seamen and families who have lost loved ones in fatal maritime accidents.
The injuries experienced by maritime workers are often severe. They may forever limit a worker’s ability to perform the same job duties or to return to work in any capacity. Some maritime injuries are fatal, leaving families without loved ones who provided invaluable support and companionship. Our maritime attorneys fight for what’s right.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A MARITIME INJURY?
If you are a maritime worker and you were injured in any type of accident, you should:
- Seek medical treatment as soon as you can, and keep records of all medical care you receive, including medication, supplies, and travel costs to and from appointments.
- Report the incident to your supervisor or manager. Make your report in writing and keep a copy.
- Record what happened by taking pictures of the scene and your injuries, if possible. Note down everything you remember about the incident and the time leading up to it.
- Don’t admit fault, and don’t sign anything until you’ve had your attorney review it.
- Talk to an attorney who has experience with maritime law. With the complexities involved, you need a legal team that knows the ins and outs of every state/federal law that impacts your case.
WHAT COMPENSATION ARE MARITIME WORKERS ENTITLED TO?
Injured seamen may be entitled to maintenance and cure for living expenses and medical care without having to prove fault. They may also be entitled to compensation under the Jones Act if their employers or vessel owners were negligent or their injuries were caused by unseaworthy vessels. Families who lose loved ones in maritime accidents may be able to seek justice under the Death on the High Seas Act.
With our familiarity with all admiralty and maritime laws that affect workers in national and foreign waters, our Longview maritime injury attorneys know precisely how to help. We know which laws apply and how to use them in your favor to help you seek a fair and just case outcome.
DO I NEED AN ATTORNEY WITH EXPERIENCE IN MARITIME LAW?
The only way to ensure the best possible result for your maritime injury claim is to involve an attorney with experience in this particular field. At Arnold & Itkin, you get our experience and knowledge as well as our resources to help you manage medical treatment and living costs while we handle every aspect of your case. You’re backed by our track record, which is well-known by our opponents and gives us an edge in initiating meaningful negotiations. You have our commitment to prepare each case as though it were going to trial, which translates to better and faster results even if we don’t have to take your case in front of a jury.
What Do Our Longview Personal Injury Lawyers Do?
At Arnold & Itkin, our primary focus is on helping those who turn to us rebuild their lives. We want every client to know that their accident doesn’t have to mean financial ruin, especially when they aren’t responsible for their accident. Too often, we’ve seen large companies, individuals, and other parties try to escape the repercussions of their negligent actions. We help clients by bringing the fight to the giants responsible for their injuries. If they won’t cooperate, we never hesitate to take the fight to the courtroom to let justice prevail.
Our team helps clients recover losses such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Pain & suffering
- Punitive damages
When you call us, you’ll be connected to a member of our team who is ready to listen to your story during a free and confidential consultation. If we take your case, Arnold & Itkin will handle all the costs associated with your case so you don’t have to worry about them. In fact, you’ll only pay for our services if we obtain results for you!
Longview is the seat of Gregg County and is located in East Texas between Dallas and Shreveport, Louisiana. Its population was estimated at 81,763 by the U.S. Census Bureau as of July 2021, and it sits on 55.69 square miles. Nicknamed the “Balloon Race Capital of Texas” by the 83rd Texas Legislature in 2013, and with the motto “Real East Texas,” Longview is known for hosting the Great Texas Balloon Race every year. Since 1978, the city has hosted competitive and non-competitive balloon flights, along with live entertainment, concessions, and more.
Longview was founded in the early 1870s after a farmer named O.H. Methvin sold 100 acres of land to the Southern Pacific Railroad, persuading a line to be built in the direction of the rest of his land. The name of the town was allegedly coined when Melvin said, “What a long view!” from his home. Longview was incorporated in 1871 and was the first town in Gregg County. The population of Longview grew steadily through the following decades and experienced a boom in the 1930s after the discovery of oil in the area. By 1940, there were 13,758 residents.
Today, Longview is known for its outdoor recreation, restaurants, shopping, and museums. Some of Longview’s most popular attractions include the hiking trails and dog park at Paul Boorman Trail, the Gregg County Historical Museum, Longview World of Wonders, and the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. You can also enjoy award-winning barbeque at Bodacious Mobberly, shop for rare finds at Betty’s Antiques or the Greggton Antique Mall, and sample a flight of beer at the Oil Horse Brewing Company. For a healthy dose of nature, you can visit the Longview Arboretum and Nature Center or play a round at the Pinecrest Country Club and Golf Course.
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Arnold & Itkin is committed to getting you everything you need. We can’t change what happened to you, but we can help change what happens next. If you want to know if you have a case, speak with our team in a free and confidential consultation. We can discuss your legal options while helping you figure out your next step.
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