The attorneys at HAMSTEAD, WILLIAMS & SHOOK PLLC know how devastating even “minor accidents” can be — not only for the actual person injured but for all family members as well. We have an excellent reputation in the area. Insurance companies know our reputation and this helps your chances of getting a fair settlement without having to go to court. But, if your case does have to go to court, HAMSTEAD, WILLIAMS & SHOOK PLLC has the skills and the knowledge to properly represent you before a judge and a jury. We provide a free consultation for prospective clients on personal injury issues. We charge contingent fees for cases we accept.
Injury Law Overview
Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of issues that arise when one has been physically or emotionally injured and/or personal property has been damaged. In legal circles, personal injury law is also known as “tort” law, the French word for “wrong.” Personal injury or “tort” law is the body of law that allows you to be compensated in the event that someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct injures or damages you or your personal belongings. Automobile accidents are classic examples of the types events covered by tort law. If someone hits the back of your car while you are stopped at a red light, that person commits a tort, and is referred to as the “tortfeasor” (French for “wrongdoer”). In America that person is generally referred to as the “defendant” once a lawsuit is filed, and the person harmed is called the “plaintiff” or “claimant.” State law usually governs personal injury lawsuits, but federal law may apply in certain circumstances. For example, an injury suffered on federal property may be covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act or liability for injuries suffered in an airplane crash may be governed by international treaties. A claim for personal injury must be accompanied by an injury that can be compensated. In other words, one must prove an injury in order to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you could not recover damages if you were not injured in some way.
The law of personal injury is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable” or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury. Personal injury law can be classified into the following three broad categories, or degrees of fault: negligence, intentional torts, and strict liability torts. Each category is comprised of different types of legal wrongs (or “causes of action”) and indicates a different “standard of care” that may apply to a given incident.
While Hamstead, Williams & Shook P.L.L.C. can never guarantee the outcome of a lawsuit, we can guarantee that we will work hard – for you and with you – and we will provide sound, objective advice, and share in decision-making. We schedule regular meetings to review our progress with you and to make sure that we are informed about your progress. We will do everything in our power to maximize the recovery for you, with a focus on being prompt, efficient, and professional every step of the way. That we can guarantee.
We cannot accept every case that people consult with us about, but we never charge for giving advice and for consulting with you regarding your claim. In all personal injury cases, Hamstead, Williams & Shook P.L.L.C. provides aggressive representation to injury victims.
In all matters involving personal injury it is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question, and file a lawsuit prior to the deadline imposed by the Statute of Limitations. If you or a loved one is a victim of personal injuries, call Hamstead, Williams & Shook P.L.L.C. now at 888 – 298 – 2529. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a Contingent Fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Don’t delay! You may have a valid claim and be entitled to compensation for your injuries, but a lawsuit must be filed before the statute of limitations expires.