Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Learn About the Types of Claims We Represent and How Mullen & Mullen Can Maximize the Value of Your Personal Injury Case
At a fundamental level, our lawyers advocate for victims who were physically hurt by third party carelessness, recklessness or negligence. No matter how you were hurt, we can help. We’ve been practicing law in North Texas since 1982. Our Dallas attorneys are highly skilled and have handled thousands of personal injury claims and won many millions of dollars for deserving clients during that time.
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Personal Injury Case Types We Represent
Not every claim falls into a neat or pre-defined category. If you don’t see your type of personal injury case listed here that doesn’t mean our lawyers can’t help you. Please call (214) 747-5240 for a free consultation now, or use the quick contact form on this page to request that we call you at a time convenient for you. Learn if and how we can assist you. There is never a fee unless we win a financial recovery for you.
Visit these pages to learn more about these specific types of personal injury cases:
Premises Liability Cases
Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Animal Attack Cases
Wrongful Death Cases
Other cases we handle but are not limited to:
Regardless of how you were hurt, contact Mullen & Mullen today at (214) 747-5240 to find out how we can help. We welcome your call and want to discuss the details of your potential claim.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
You may have a case if you suffered bodily harm, or a person you love lost their life, as a result of someone else’s negligent or careless actions. To win a personal injury claim and get financial compensation for your injuries and medical bills, you must establish 3 things:
- A third party is responsible for your injuries;
- You either suffered bodily harm or you have resulting financial damages;
- The defendant you are accusing of causing you harm.
How do you prove a third party is responsible for your injuries?
How you do this varies widely, depending on the type of personal injury case you pursue. For example, if you are working and get harmed by defective machinery, the manufacturer is the third party. Other common types of third parties include but are not limited to:
- Negligent motorists;
- Business owners;
- Property Owners;
- Prescription drug manufacturers;
- Doctors, nurses, or other hospital staff members.
Personal injury claims can be easy or hard to prove, depending on the circumstances. If you’re trying to prove fault in a slip and fall accident you must show:
- The property owner could have prevented the accident;
- They failed to maintain reasonably safe conditions;
- The property owner should have known about the dangerous condition because a “reasonable” person would know the same;
- Either the property owner or employee knew of the condition but chose not to fix it;
- Either an employee or property owner caused the dangerous condition but did nothing to fix it.
It’s also possible you could be at least partially responsible for the accident. For example, you can be found 25% responsible and the third party 75% responsible. In that case, you get 75% of the financial compensation you would normally get in your case.
To win your personal injury claim, you must show you experienced either physical or emotional harm and suffered. It’s not always easy to prove injuries, especially if they are emotional or take weeks or months from the original event to develop.
What are the most common and provable types of personal injury cases?
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Premises Liability (Slips, Trips, Falls)
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability (think prescription drugs, defective toys, dangerous chemicals/hazardous materials, unsafe equipment, and vehicle defects)
- Dog Bites / Animal Attacks
What is the golden rule of personal injury cases?
Never talk to the insurance company on your own!
One thing’s certain: if the other party’s insurance company is involved, don’t talk to them without speaking to your personal injury lawyer first.
Remember, it’s the insurance company’s goal to maximize their profit. And when an insurance adjuster talks to you first, they know you don’t know the law. So more often than not, they’re going to try to get you to settle for much less than you deserve.
If they call, don’t even speak with them. Talk to a personal injury lawyer first.
The bottom line: unless you’re a lawyer, you really can’t know for certain whether you have a valid claim. But, most law firms offer free consultations so it’s easy to find out.
Our lawyers are often asked to assist someone after they’ve already attempted to negotiate a personal injury settlement on their own.
These are good people who are usually absolutely shocked when the insurance adjuster – who had been acting like a trusted friend – suddenly offers them pennies on the dollar.
In fact, adjusters routinely offer unrepresented injured victims less than their incurred medical bills alone… without any consideration whatsoever for pain, suffering, mental anguish, or impairment. These are all legal damages that victims are routinely entitled to.
A good personal injury lawyer will add significant value to your case. Never forget that the insurance adjuster – who acts so concerned and friendly at the onset of your case – is not your friend. Adjusters are often rewarded for settling claims for as little money as possible, and for finding creative ways to delay and deny them. Insurance carriers exist to make profits.
How Can Our Lawyers Assist with Your Personal Injury Case?
Leveling the Playing Field
The insurance company has an army of lawyers. You need effective and skilled representation to protect your interests. At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm we have an established track record of success representing real victims with real injuries and real damages.
Why Does This Matter?
Think of your case as a cake. You only get one opportunity to bake it and you only get one opportunity to serve it the right way. If you have been hurt your only focus should be on recovering from your injuries. You are not in a position to make sure your case is developed properly. In fact, you are probably unaware of the evidence necessary to meet your burden of proof on various issues or of the impact multiple factors, such as venue, have on arriving at a proper case value. This should be done by a professional.
Developing Your Personal Injury Case
Developing your personal injury claim is essential to a successful recovery. For example, say you have a 3 mm herniated disc in your back as the result of a car accident. Simply submitting medical records and relaying what the doctor told you during appointments won’t move the dial. If you sustained injuries through no fault of your own, you deserve to have answers about what impact those injuries will have on the rest of your life. A whole-person impairment rating can serve as powerful evidence.
In some cases a life care plan may be necessary to accurately capture future medical costs and to lend credence to both current and anticipated physical limitations and/or restrictions.
Words matter. It is not enough for your doctor to say you may need surgery in the future. Such a statement fails to meet the burden of proof necessary to recover damages. Your doctor must indicate that it is likely – i.e. more likely than not – that you will require surgery in the future.
That’s not all of it though. You also have to be certain that causation has been adequately addressed. The need for the surgery must be properly connected to the injuries arising from the incident.
Presenting Your Case – 1st Impressions Matter
You only get one opportunity to put your best foot forward. Initial impressions absolutely matter. Unrepresented victims in personal injury cases face an uphill climb. Often times they simply submit medical records with a brief letter asking for money with no explanation for how they arrived at the figure.
When you are not represented by a personal injury lawyer, insurance adjusters don’t fear denying your demand because – guess what? – they know there’s nothing you can do about it if they offer you something ridiculous. Unrepresented victims are essentially bidding against themselves.
We are able to resolve a large percentage of claims without the necessity of litigation but we never hesitate to go that route if it will result in a better recovery for our client. Insurance adjusters know what Mullen & Mullen Law Firm will do about it if they make an unfair offer.
We routinely utilizes 3d imaging, surgery illustrations, medical videographers, and other cutting-edge demonstrative aides to present our client’s injury case in the most effective manner. We front these expenses, which can be substantial, to properly present your claim and maximize our client’s likelihood of a successful recovery.
Use of Pre-Suit Experts in Personal Injury Cases
We aggressively utilize pre-suit experts to give you the best opportunity to resolve your case without the increased lawyer fees and expenses associated with litigation.
Insurance companies are often billion-dollar enterprises. They employ an army of thousands which includes high-priced lawyers. These insurance companies often utilize “hired gun” experts who exist solely to minimize the credible personal injury claims of injured victims.
They will challenge the reasonableness and necessity of your medical care at every opportunity. It is incredibly important that you retain counsel with the financial resources to go toe-to-toe with them.
Our law firm’s longevity and results demonstrate our willingness to spend the money necessary to properly develop your case.
At Mullen & Mullen Law Firm we make all efforts to resolve your case without the necessity of a lawsuit, since often times litigation only results in increased lawyer fees and expenses that will eat up any increase in settlement funds. Litigation is also a lengthy process that typically lasts 12-18 months. That said, we never hesitate to file a lawsuit if necessary.
If your personal injury claim goes to litigation, it will require the use of experts to properly present your case. We are different in that we routinely utilize experts prior to the filing of a lawsuit to properly develop your case. Just a few examples are included below:
- Accident Reconstruction Experts
We often use accident reconstruction experts when liability is challenged by an insurance company. For example, we recently represented a young child who sustained serious injuries when he was hit by a car while riding a bicycle in his neighborhood after school. The police report arising from the incident placed all fault on the child who had exited from an alley / private drive before he was struck. The officer, however, did not take any measurements at the scene, nor did he have the ability to properly value the speed of the motor vehicle, braking time of the motor vehicle, the distances involved, or impact of the tortfeasor’s line of sight. The expert determined that the motorist, who stated she was going only 10 mph, had more than enough time at that speed to safely stop her vehicle without injuring the child.
- Walkway Surfaces Auditing Experts
Premises Liability claims often require the use of experts. These cases include those where someone slips/trips/falls at a business or store. We had a case recently where our client took a fall due to an extremely slippery surface. We retained a walkway surface auditor who calculated the coefficient of friction of the surface after performing a field test. He compared the results with industry standards.
- Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants
Experts interview and assess patients with vocational challenges to determine when – or if – they are ready to be employed as well as what type of work they have the physical ability, skills, and experience to perform.
We had an 18-wheeler injury case recently where our client suffered severe injuries and required major spine surgery. Our client had a very physically demanding job before the wreck. His treating neurosurgeon completed a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form submitted by our firm. The neurosurgeon limited the client to medium work which precluded him from his prior job. We retained a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant to review the RFC form and opine as to the impact of the collision on our client’s future employ-ability. The expert determined that our client would earn significantly less performing medium work since he lacked the necessary education, skills, and experience to land a comparable job at that exertion level. The expert calculated the client’s loss of earning capacity in the future at over $600,000.
Please note that we routinely use economists as well when necessary.
Lawyers Shane Mullen and Joseph Morrison have both handled a significant number of social security disability claims and have a unique understanding of vocational damages.
- Medical Videographers
Our law firm utilizes medical videographers to film client surgeries when warranted. This allows adjusters (and later jurors if necessary) the ability to fully appreciate what the client has gone through. Often times insurance adjusters become numb to operative reports. After all, reports are just paper. We all know, however, that a picture says a thousand words. This footage can be incredibly powerful in helping insurance adjusters remember that claims involve real people who sustained real injuries.
- 3D Imaging
On many cases we retain an FDA cleared medical software company on behalf of our clients. This company translates radiologic images (such as the results of X-Ray, CT, or MRI) of client anatomy into state-of-the-art 3D imaging. This allows adjusters to fully appreciate the nature and extent of your injuries. We have even used the same company to create 3D illustrations of surgeries.
- Certified Life Care Planners
If you suffer serious injuries after an accident you may require lifetime medical care. Our personal injury lawyers routinely retains Certified Life Care Planners to review medical records, assess our clients, perform research, and determine what sort of short-term and long-term medical care you will require throughout the remainder of your lifetime. These experts calculate the projected cost of medical care in the future as well as the cost(s) associated with prescriptions, alterations to the home, etc. Think of them as a case manager for future medical damages.
At Mullen & Mullen our extensive use of pre-suit experts allows us to obtain large settlements for clients while their lawyer fees remain at a lower contingency fee rate. For example, Shane Mullen recently obtained all remaining available policy limits for a client which was over $2,000,0000. Getting the insurance company to pay policy limits pre-suit allowed the client to save over $200,000 since his fee was 29% as opposed to 40% in litigation.
If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, you owe it to yourself to contact us for a free consultation before deciding on another personal injury lawyer to represent you.
- State-of-the Art Case Management Software
We are committed to constant evolution and making use of cutting edge case management software to better represent our injured clients.
Staying ahead of the curve and a commitment to evolution are an essential element to any successful law practice. At Mullen & Mullen we utilize powerful cloud-based software with bank grade encryption to protect our clients’ data. The software has been highly customized by the lawyers themselves to make sure best practices are utilized. The result is a powerful and robust solution that gives us a competitive edge.
- Custom Workflows
Often times a case event will trigger multiple other events and tasks. Our personal injury lawyers have created numerous custom workflows to ensure nothing falls between the cracks and that cases are given the individual attention they deserve. For example, a workflow is triggered when claims are reported to verify we receive prompt responses from insurance carriers. Another workflow is utilized when medical bills and records are requested to verify they are received in a timely manner. These are just a few examples of the numerous custom workflows that allow our clients’ personal injury cases to proceed as smoothly as possible.
- Document Templates and Document Management
An effective personal injury lawyer has to review, process, and create a substantial number of documents every single day. Our cutting-edge software allows us to quickly produce accurate case documents with the click of a single button by automatically pulling-in the latest information. This ensures your personal injury claim is presented in a professional and timely manner. Incoming electronic documents are imported directly into the client’s respective case file enabling all our law firm employees to instantly have access to the most recent developments.
- Mobile Access
The cloud-based nature of our software allows our personal injury lawyers to have access to clients’ case information 24:7. We have a secure App on our phones that allow us to access contacts, case notes, and case documents while away from the office. The ability to immediately access information ensures our clients are provided prompt responses when they have questions and also sends a powerful message to the insurance companies.
- Integrated Solutions
We bolster the effectiveness of our case management software further by integrating other technology solutions. For example, case emails are automatically linked to clients’ individual files. Any attachments are linked as case documents. We utilize an electronic fax service which allows incoming faxes, outgoing faxes, and fax confirmations to also be quickly linked to clients’ case files.
Our personal injury lawyers use of powerful, highly-customized case management software allows us to spend more time communicating with our clients. This ensures we can quickly take action on injury cases, aids in claim development, and leads to better results for our clients.
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