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We know that being injured in an accident is no fun. We also know that the last thing that someone who is injured needs to be worried about is dealing with the insurance company for the person or  business that caused their injuries. Blanchard & Thomas, PLLC is prepared to step between those who hurt you and yourself so you can concentrate on what’s important, getting back on your feet. 

Focus on Results

The first step is for our law firm to work with you and come up with a plan to get the results you need and deserve. Through our understanding of the law and your understanding of the facts, we will together craft a path to success. Whether that means settlement without the need for litigation, or a full-blown trial to a jury, our law firm is prepared no matter which direction your case takes us. 

Contact us at (866) 219-6119 today to schedule your initial consultation.

Practice Areas

Car Accidents

With more than 22 million cars on the road in the State of Texas, accidents, wrecks, and crashes are inevitable. Those crashes often result in serious injuries or death of those involved.

After an accident, it can be hard to know precisely what you should do next.

If you or your loved ones were injured or your car was damaged in a Texas motor vehicle accident, you should think carefully about your next best steps. If the accident was due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you should consider hiring a car accident lawyer to bring a claim and/or a lawsuit against the careless person or party responsible for the accident. A car accident lawyer can help you file a claim to seek financial compensation for your harm and losses.

Why Should I Hire a Texas Car Accident Attorney?

If the car accident you were involved in led to any injury and wasn’t your fault, you need a lawyer. Without an auto accident lawyer in your corner, you are vulnerable and could be taken advantage of. Insurance adjusters will try to convince you that their offer is the best you will get, and you don’t need to hire an attorney to take your case any further. However, insurance companies are interested in their bottom line — they want to save money, even though you are entitled to full compensation for the harms and losses you’ve suffered at the hands of someone else.

The insurance company for the person that hit you is not there to find out the truth about what happened and pay you what is fair and reasonable for the injuries you sustained in your car accident. Instead, they are there to figure out how to pay as little as possible to you for the damages that the person they insure caused you when they hit you. Frankly, insurance companies are only truly concerned about protecting their profits.

You need a lawyer and a law firm to fight with the insurance company from the very beginning — one who will hold the insurance company’s feet to the fire. Your car accident attorney can ensure that the insurance company treats you and compensates you fairly for the injuries you sustained from their insured person’s carelessness, negligence, or wrongdoing.

Another reason to hire an attorney is to help protect you from signing your rights to future claims away. Insurance companies try to get accident victims to sign documents stating they won’t make any other claims in the future, even if the injuries they’ve suffered create the need for future medical treatment, rehabilitation therapies, or ongoing supportive care. This is a bargain you make with them for getting a check for their initial settlement offer. Don’t agree to or sign anything until you’ve discussed the situation with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.

Don’t Delay — Contact Us to get the Legal Advice You Need to Win Your Case.

A car accident lawyer can help protect you from settling for less than you deserve.

Being injured in a car accident can lead to a complicated series of events. You must have a car accident attorney on your side who deals with these cases day-in and day-out and knows the lay of the land. If you or a loved one has been injured or have a loved one killed in a car accident, contact us using the form below, or call our law firm now.

Truck Accidents

One thing is clear — big trucks can cause substantial injuries. The legal weight for an eighteen-wheeler is 80,000 pounds. The average weight of a passenger car is 5,000 pounds. It also takes an eighteen-wheeler 40% more time to come to a stop than the average passenger car. With these statistics it is no wonder that an accident with an eighteen-wheeler often results in serious injuries or death.

Trucks and commercial vehicles such as big rigs, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or semis can do a lot of damage in an accident with a passenger vehicle. The disproportionate size and weight of a truck usually means the smaller vehicle takes the brunt of the impact. For the passengers inside, that can mean devastating injuries. If you or a loved one has been in an accident with a truck, you know how frightening and harmful these crashes can be.

If a truck driver or trucking company’s negligence led to your injuries, an experienced truck accident attorney could help. A lawyer can take care of your case’s filing and handling while you focus on your health and healing. Truck accident lawyers have the knowledge, resources, and experience to handle truck or commercial vehicle accident cases.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents happen for various reasons, most of which involve negligence. A negligent act or behavior is careless or reckless and results in injury or harm to another person. Truck drivers must stay focused and drive safely when they share the road with other vehicles. When they don’t, they must be held accountable for their actions. Common causes of truck accidents include the following:

  • Inadequate licensing;
  • Poor driver training;
  • Lack of driver oversight and supervision;
  • Failure to ensure that cargo is loaded and secured properly.
  • Poor maintenance and repair of the vehicle;
  • Drunk driving;
  • Driving with on drugs;
  • Distracted driving; and
  • Failure to adhere to traffic laws.

All these issues involve negligence and are preventable. Sadly, many trucking companies skip essential safety steps, vehicle maintenance, and training to save time or money. When trucking companies fall short in safety standards or training, they may be held liable in the legal arena for accidents that occur. An experienced trucking accident attorney can help you hold them accountable.

Safety Regulations and Truck Accidents

State and federal laws set trucking operation’s standards and requirements. Many times, accidents are related to the driver’s or trucking company’s failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations. Your truck accident lawyer should be familiar with the applicable laws and regulations, including:

  • Driver licensing, training, and qualifications;
  • Hours of service regulations;
  • Driver oversight and supervision;
  • Cargo oversight; and
  • Vehicle maintenance and repair

Truckers are often under extreme pressure to deliver loads on time. They may also face pressure to log as many miles as possible, as most of them are paid by the mile, not the hour. This pressure can bring about dangerous practices such as reckless driving, speeding, drowsy driving, and abusing legal or illicit drugs to stay focused and awake.

You Need an Advocate on Your Side

The insurance company for the truck driver and the trucking company that hit you is not there to find out the truth about what happened and pay you what is fair and reasonable for your injuries you sustained in your truck accident. Instead, they are there to figure out how to pay as little as possible to you for the injuries that their driver caused you when they hit you. That’s because, insurance companies are only truly concerned about protecting their profits.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the insurance company from the very beginning to hold the insurance company’s feet to the fire and make sure that they treat you and compensate you fairly for the injuries that you sustained because of the collision caused by their insured.

Get Legal Help for Your Truck Accident Case

To protect your rights and maximize your recovery, you need to take immediate action after a truck accident. You may be hurt, stressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated, so you will need the counsel and guidance of an experienced truck accident attorney. If you have a claim, our lawyers have the resources and knowledge to fight for maximum compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have a loved one who has been killed in a truck accident, contact us by calling our law firm now.

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accidents

A standard vehicle weighs on average 5,000 pounds. Factor in that in Texas, a lot of people drive pickup trucks and SUV’s, taking your morning walk, going to the grocery store, or simply taking a stroll around the park can be dangerous. Accidents between pedestrian’s and vehicles rarely work out positively for the pedestrian. In most cases they result in serious injuries or death.

You Need an Advocate on Your Side

The insurance company for the driver that hit you is not there to find out the truth about what happened and pay you what is fair and reasonable for your injuries. Instead, they are there to figure out how to pay as little as possible to you for the injuries that their driver caused you when you were hit by a car. That’s because, insurance companies are only truly concerned about protecting their profits.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the insurance company from the very beginning to hold the insurance company’s feet to the fire and make sure that they treat you and compensate you fairly for the injuries that you sustained as a result of being hit by a car.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have a loved one who has been killed after being hit by a car, contact us by calling our law firm now.

Defective and Dangerous Products

Consumers are exposed to numerous products in their daily lives that, unknown to them, open them up to a great deal of danger. When manufacturers, distributors, and sellers rush their products to the market to start making profits, they often cut corners, that ultimately results in those products being dangerous to consumers resulting in serious injuries or even death.

Unsafe products can cause vulnerable consumers to suffer severe injuries and even wrongful death. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, you can legally pursue compensation for the harm and losses you have suffered. Our product liability attorneys represent people who have been injured due to faulty products. Let an injury lawyer from our firm assist you today.

Product Liability Cases

A product liability case is one where you are injured due to a defect in a product. That faulty product could be as straightforward as the defective design of a child’s car safety seat or be quite complicated — such as a machine or device that must be manufactured and engineered with the utmost precision. To pursue legal action in a product liability case, an attorney must often challenge big business. Your lawyer may need to work with the nation’s leading experts to get to the heart of product liability matters and make them understandable to a jury.

Most product liability and defective product lawsuits involve negligence or strict liability, meaning the negligent or liable party did not act with the purposeful intention to harm another person. Therefore, damages in product liability cases often include compensatory damages that compensate the injured party for harm and losses caused by the defective product.

Product Liability Damages

Compensatory damages may include economic and non-economic losses. Economic losses can be assigned a known dollar value, while non-economic losses are less straightforward.

Economic losses may include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost income
  • Lost earning potential
  • Disability costs
  • Property damage

Non-economic losses may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

Product liability cases may cover both economic and non-economic losses.

 

Punitive damages are typically not awarded in defective products or product liability claims. Punitive damages usually require that purposeful or malicious intent to harm be involved in the incident.

Dangerous Products Cases Happen Often, You Need An Advocate on Your Side

The manufacturer, distributor, or seller of products has a financial interest in refuting any claim that they have dangerous products that pose a significant danger to the public. That’s because a finding that a product is a hazardous product could result in that product being removed from the market resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars. 

You need a lawyer and a law firm to fight with the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers from the very beginning. Your product liability attorney can hold them accountable for putting a dangerous product on the market and ensure that they treat you and compensate you fairly for the injuries that you sustained by using their dangerous product.

If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have a loved one who died after using a dangerous product, contact us by using the form below or by calling our law firm now.

Premises Liability

Property owners in the State of Texas have specific responsibilities to the people who access and use their property. While the responsibilities are too complicated to discuss here, property owners sometimes fail to comply with their duties. Often, those failures result in someone being seriously injured or killed while using their property.

If you have been injured while on someone else’s property, you may be able to recover compensation for your harms and losses. Whether you slipped and fell on a wet floor or sidewalk, tripped on a broken step, or suffered injuries from a dog or other domestic animal attack, an experienced lawyer can help you recover monetary damages for any medical expenses, lost wages, and physical pain and suffering.

Under the law, residential and commercial property owners have a duty to maintain their property so as to avoid injury to customers or visitors. Or they must provide adequate warning of any known or expected hazards. If you are injured on someone else’s property or commercial premises because these standards weren’t met, you can seek full and fair compensation for your injury and damages.

Property-Related Injuries

Our firm aggressively protects the rights of injured people. We handle a wide range of premises-related injuries, including

Slips and falls: You can recover compensation for damages caused by slippery floors or sidewalks, cracked pavement, broken or defective steps or stairways, and more.

Animal attacks: You may be compensated if you are a dog bite victim or subject to another animal attack.

Negligent security: You could be compensated if you suffered physical injury in an attack, such as a mugging that could have been avoided if reasonable security measures were in place.

Other types of premises liability injury include:

  • Ceiling collapse;
  • Elevator accident;
  • Fire safety and building code violations;
  • Inadequate lighting;
  • Supermarket accidents;
  • Pothole accidents;

Elements of a Premises Liability Claim

Our premises liability lawyers have worked with many injured parties covering a wide variety of hazards that have placed unsuspecting people in harm’s way. In a premises liability claim, the injured party and their attorney must prove four elements:

  • The property owner or entity in control of the premises had actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition that led to an injury;
  • The hazardous condition posed an unreasonable risk of harm;
  • The property owner or entity in control of the premise failed in their duty to take reasonable care to reduce, mitigate, or eliminate the risk;
  • The risk was the legal cause of the injured party’s harm or damage.

The Property Owner’s Insurance Company is Not Your Friend

You Need an Advocate on Your Side

The insurance company for the property owner of the premises where you were injured is likely not fully committed to finding out the truth about what happened. If the truth is revealed, they will be required to pay you what is fair and reasonable for the injuries you sustained in the incident. Instead, they are there to figure out how to pay as little as possible to you for the damages caused when you were injured on their property. That’s because insurance companies are only truly concerned about protecting their profits and bottom line. 

You need a lawyer and a law firm to fight with the insurance company from the very beginning. Your premises liability attorney can hold the insurance company’s feet to the fire and make sure that they treat and compensate you fairly for the injuries you sustained during the premises liability incident caused by their insured

If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have a loved one who has been killed in a premises liability incident, contact us by by calling our law firm now.

Daycare Injuries

Our children are our most precious things in our lives. Unfortunately for most of us, we also must rely upon caregivers to take care of our children while we are working to provide them the best life we can as parents. Consumers should expect that when they leave their children with a caregiver, they will be taken care of the same way that they would be taken care of in their own homes. Unfortunately, sometimes, however, that is not the case.

You Need an Advocate on Your Side

If your child is injured while in a daycare, the daycare center has a financial interest in refuting any claim that their employees acts or failures to act, or that their premises itself was defective were the reason for your child’s daycare injuries. That’s because, a finding that a child was injured by an employee or through some defect in the premises can have severe consequences with childcare licensing agencies and can negatively affect the desire of other parents to place their children into the care of that daycare center.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the daycare center from the very beginning to determine how your child was injured and hold them accountable for injuring or allowing your child to be injured by making sure that they treat you and compensate your child fairly for the injuries that they sustained because of the Daycare Centers negligent acts.

If you have a child who has been injured, or you have a child who was killed while in a daycare center, contact us by using the form below or by calling our law firm now.

Catastrophic Injuries

While all injuries are serious and important, catastrophic injuries can lead to exponentially greater problems. Catastrophic injuries can be debilitating and lifelong, leaving people struggling to adjust to a new life, overwhelming medical expenses, and often the excruciating demands of long-term or life-long physical therapy.

In essence, the people who are responsible for negligently inflicting catastrophic injuries—and their insurance companies—can be held responsible for very large economic and non-economic damages to the catastrophically injured person.

Economic losses may include:

  • Medical expenses in the past;
  • Medical expenses in the future;
  • Lost income in the past;
  • Lost earning potential in the future;
  • Disability costs
  • Property damage

Non-economic losses may include:

  • Pain and suffering in the past;
  • Pain and suffering in the future;
  • Permanent disfigurement;
  • Loss of consortium;
  • Loss of enjoyment of life

In some instances, behavior that resulted in catastrophic injuries can also lead to the aware of exemplary damages. Exemplary damages are damages that are awarded as a penalty or by way of punishment for the bad acts committed by the wrongdoer. Exemplary damages are separate from regular compensatory damages and serve a public function in both punishing the wrongdoer and deterring those similarly situated.

As you can imagine, if big money damages are on the line, big insurance and large companies are going to do all that they can to avoid having to pay you fully for your injuries and damages.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the insurance company and commercial entity or corporation from the very beginning to determine how the catastrophic injury/injuries occurred to you or your loved one and hold them accountable for causing those catastrophic injuries by making sure that they treat you or your loved one appropriately and compensate you or your loved one fairly for the injuries that you or they sustained because of the negligent acts of the wrongdoer.

If you or a loved one have been catastrophically injured, contact by calling our law firm now.

Wrongful Death

No amount of money will bring your loved one back when they are taken from you by the senseless, negligent acts of another person. Unfortunately, however, money damages are the only means through which someone can be held accountable for their negligence when—because of their actions—someone dies.

Certain family members (for example, surviving spouse, children, and the parents of the deceased) are the only people who can stand in the shoes of the deceased person and make a claim on their behalf for their wrongful death. If, within three months of the death of the deceased none of the family members have brought a wrongful death claim, the decedent’s personal representative is required to bring the claim unless all of the family member beneficiaries request that this nor be done. Also, a wrongful death claim can only be brought by someone on behalf of the decedent if the decedent would have been entitled to maintain an action for his/her injuries had they lived.

It is important if your loved one dies as a result of the acts of another that you contact a lawyer right away to find out if a wrongful death claim is appropriate or not. It is also important that you contact a lawyer right away so that any evidence that may be available to prosecute the claim can be preserved for that purpose.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the insurance company and commercial entity or corporation from the very beginning to determine how the wrongful death occurred to your loved one and hold them accountable for causing the wrongful death by making sure that they treat your loved one with dignity and compensate your loved ones family members fairly for the death caused by negligent acts of the wrongdoer.

If you have a loved one that has died as a result of the negligence of another, contact us by using the form below or by calling our law firm now.

Dram Shop Injuries

Providers of alcoholic beverages in the State of Texas may be liable for injuries caused by the intoxication of persons to whom they have provided alcoholic beverages to. These providers may be civilly liable under the Texas Dram Shop Act if at the time the alcohol was provided, it was apparent to the provider that the recipient was obviously intoxicated to the extent that the recipient presented a clear danger to himself, or herself and to others.

Dram Shop liability is not only available to innocent parties who are injured due to the negligence of a drunk driver, but to the drunk driver themselves under some circumstances.

If you or a loved one were injured by the negligent acts of a drunk driver, or if you were overserved by a provider and were injured as a result, it is imperative that you contact an attorney right way because the evidence of the providers liability can disappear quickly.

You need a lawyer and a law firm that will fight with the insurance company for the provider and the provider themselves from the very beginning to determine whether a violation of the Dram Shop Act occurred.

If you or a loved one have been injured by an intoxicated driver, or if you have been injured as a result of being overserved by an alcohol provider, contact us by calling our law firm now.

The Blanchard & Thomas "Clients' Bill of Rights"

We Want To Earn The Right To Be Your Attorneys From Now On,
Not Just For The Duration Of Your Current Legal Issue.

We Aim to Win

We play to win. While we cannot guarantee outcomes in any case, we always do our best to see that our clients come out on top. We want our clients to know without question that their success matters to us personally.

Strategic Planning

We play hard, we play fast, and we stick to the game plan. We work with every client to develop a strategy most likely to bring about their success. We work hard to ensure the strategy gives our client every advantage possible and their very best chance at success. We then implement that strategy as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Honesty and Integrity

We build our relationships upon a foundation of total honesty. Absolute honesty allows the client and the attorney to develop trust that will be absolutely critical to success in and out of the courtroom.

Commitment To Communication

We make a commitment to communication. We begin and end many of our days communicating with clients. Our clients can count on us to return phone calls and/or e-mails within 24 to 48 hours except in emergencies or during announced absences from the office. We want our clients to know what we know and vice-versa. We want to ensure they can make informed decisions from start to finish.

Client Attorney Relationship

While the attorney client relationship may not always result in friendship, we believe it should always result in mutual respect. We zealously advocate on our clients’ behalf whether we agree with their choices or not. We do not judge our client’s choices; we simply attempt to help them learn from them, live with them, and overcome them.

Our Promise

We serve at the clients’ pleasure. If for any reason whatsoever the client decides he/she is better off with a different attorney or law firm, we will respectfully and professionally do whatever we can to get the new attorney or law firm up to speed and ready to handle the case. We vow to never object to a client’s request to seek alternative counsel, and we promise to return 100% of any unearned advance payments.

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