Houston Personal Injury Lawyer

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The costs and consequences of an unexpected injury can be overwhelming. If you’ve been hurt on the job, by a defective product, or because someone else was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation. The Houston personal injury lawyers at The Lanier Law Firm are here to help you fight to make the most of your financial recovery.

Whether you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken bones, a severed limb, severe burns, or other catastrophic injuries, you deserve to be compensated for your costs and suffering. Someone else’s actions (or inaction) caused you to get hurt, and now is the time to hold them accountable.

Trusted Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Ready to Fight For You

We’re board-certified, award-winning Texas trial attorneys who have been dedicated to helping injury victims and grieving families in Houston for over three decades. Since our founding in 1990, we’ve strived to make a difference in the lives of each and every client we represent in cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, workplace accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, product liability, wrongful death, and more.

We’ve won tens of billions of dollars in the process.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Put an experienced, passionate, successful team of litigators in your corner. Call our law office in Houston, Texas, to discuss the details of your personal injury case with a member of our skilled legal team. We offer a free consultation, so contact us to get started today.

Here are just a few reasons to turn to The Lanier Law Firm:

  • You’ll benefit from a team of 60+ attorneys with decades of experience handling complex personal injury cases like yours.
  • Our team includes attorneys who are board certified in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and in complex litigation by the National Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Founding attorney Mark Lanier has been called “one of the best trial lawyers in the nation” by Texas Lawyer.
  • We’ve recovered tens of billions of dollars for our clients, including some of the largest civil jury verdicts in the country’s history.

We’re passionate about the work we do and making a genuine difference in our clients’ lives. We’re not just your legal advocates — we’re your source of guidance, support, and compassion during an incredibly challenging time in your life.

Why should I hire a Houston personal injury attorney after an accident?

The legal process involved in recovering compensation after an accident in Houston can be intimidating. This is your single shot at recovering money for your medical treatment, loss of income, and other damages you’ve suffered because someone else was negligent. You want to ensure you make the most of it.

Hiring an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer can be critical to success.

When you hire an attorney, you:

  • Significantly increase the likelihood of a successful outcome in your personal injury case
  • Set yourself up for a substantially higher financial recovery (up to 3.5 times as much, according to some insurance industry reports)
  • Level the playing field against insurance companies, hospitals, employers, corporations, and other powerful adversaries
  • Force the other side to act in good faith and engage in meaningful settlement negotiations
  • Protect yourself from victim-blaming tactics designed to hurt your claim before it has a chance to start
  • Benefit from the attorney’s resources, including the insight and experience of experts, specialists, and professionals

At the end of the day, you’ll also have peace of mind and the opportunity to concentrate on recovering from your physical and emotional wounds.

Of course, your choice of attorney matters. It can have a significant impact on how your case unfolds and the end result. You deserve to work with a lawyer that has proven experience and success handling cases like yours and who genuinely cares about you and your future.

The choice is simple: The Lanier Law Firm.

Our personal injury attorneys in Houston are passionate advocates for the people we represent. We understand that our clients often go up against adversaries who believe that they’re above the law. They’re not, and it’s our mission to hold them fully accountable for the harm and suffering they’ve caused.

When you choose our Houston personal injury law firm, you’ll get the atmosphere and personal approach you’d expect from a small firm. At the same time, you’ll benefit from the full force of our resources, experience, and in-depth understanding of Texas civil law, which rivals that of the biggest law firms in the nation.

We’re here to help you make the most of this challenging time in your life. Call our law office in Houston to learn more. Your first consultation is absolutely free.

We Represent Clients in All Types of Personal Injury Cases

At The Lanier Law Firm, we’ll be there to fight for your rights after you’ve suffered avoidable injuries or experienced the tragic death of a family member in a Houston accident.

We handle all types of personal injury matters, including:

Car & Truck Accidents

Reckless, intoxicated, or distracted drivers often cause accidents. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 68,932 crashes in Houston in 2019. That’s an average of roughly 188 crashes per day.

Collisions involving buses, semi-trucks, and 18-wheelers are particularly destructive and can cause fatal injuries.In addition to typical Houston traffic, the busy highways that cross the West Texas Basin — spanning more than 75,000 square miles — are particularly dangerous.

Fire, Explosions, & Oil Field Accidents

While fires and explosions can occur anywhere, they’re especially likely to break out in old fields and oil rigs, notably when negligence is involved. Faulty machinery and safety policy violations can result in fires and explosions, as can inadequate training.

Product Liability

Talcum powder, or talc, and medical devices are two categories of products at the center of multiple product liability lawsuits.

When a harmful product or device has injured you, parties involved in manufacturing, distribution, or sale can be held liable for damages.

Getting Hurt from an Object or Equipment

Workers in fields and industries that rely heavily on equipment and machinery to do their jobs — mining, manufacturing, construction, and transportation, for example — are exposed to the potential for injury if they do not adhere to strict safety precautions. Malfunctioning equipment in particular can cause catastrophic injuries that may take years to heal.

Accidents on the Water

Water activities are an enjoyable pastime for many people in the Houston area. Water sports, such as boating, swimming, and kayaking, are prevalent because they can be relaxing and exhilarating.

However, water activities carry a significant risk of drowning or sustaining back, neck, and head injuries from diving boards, slides or other “attractive nuisances” that may not be maintained properly.

Exposure to Harmful Environment /Substances

The International Labour Organization’s “Exposure to hazardous chemicals at work and resulting health impacts: A global review,” which was released in 2021, stated that “[e]very year more than 1 billion workers are exposed to hazardous substances, including pollutants, dusts, vapours and fumes in their working environments.”

Whether it’s lead, asbestos, or a form of toxic vapor, exposure to harmful substances can result in many adverse health effects, some of which last a lifetime.

Falls, Slips, and Trips

A slip and fall accident can lead to severe injuries that require prompt medical attention. Some slip and fall accidents are fatal.

According to the National Safety Council, there were 38,600 deaths attributed to falls in 2019, and 88% of these fatalities occurred in the 65-and-older age group.

Often, a slip or fall results from a property owner’s negligence. Filing a premises liability claim with a Houston personal injury attorney will help you recover damages and play a role in making business premises safer.

Medical Malpractice

Most medical professionals in the Houston area execute their duties ethically and responsibly. However, negligence and carelessness on the part of a health care provider does sometimes occur. When it does, patients are exposed to potentially devastating consequences.

In a 2016 study, John Hopkins Medicine reported that medical errors cause 250,000 deaths in the United States each year, making medical malpractice the third-leading cause of death in the country. Many of these fatalities are avoidable. Victims of medical malpractice are entitled to compensation for their losses.

Workplace Personal Injury Cases in Houston

Fatal occupational injuries in Houston may be much lower now than they were a decade ago, but even one death at work is too many. Where are we today? The following sobering statistics paint an accurate picture of Houston’s workplace accidents.

In 2020, Texas private-sector employers reported:

  • There were roughly 178,600 cases of nonfatal injury and illness in the workplace.
  • The number of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work totaled 68,750.
  • There were 3,400 head injuries, 6,250 back injuries, and 6,410 hand injuries
  • Of all workplaces in Houston, Texas, oil rigs and oil fields are the most dangerous. Blowouts occur on offshore drilling rigs
    and land-based oil wells, leading to severe and often fatal burns.


No better example illustrates the potential dangers of working in an oil field or around an oil rig than the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in 2010, in which 11 people died after a blowout caused the rig to sink in the Gulf of Mexico.

With the broad spectrum of potential accidents on offshore rigs as well as oil fields, there are numerous possible accidents:

Collisions in transit:

Often, these accidents happen as the company transports equipment and workers to the remote worksites.

Fires and explosions:

As Houston oil rig accident attorneys, we know how hazardous these sites can be. Both onshore and offshore worksites involve flammable gasses and vapors. These can ignite easily for various reasons — high-pressure line leaking, hot surfaces, open flames, friction heat, and lit cigarettes.

Ergonomic hazards at the worksite:

Oil fields, like many other workplaces, involve a lot of bending, pushing, pulling, twisting, and lifting. These intense movements do eventually take a toll on the worker’s body.

Oil field workers account for the highest number of severe workplace injuries. Out of 234,403 workers employed in “support activities for oil and gas operations” in 2016, 349 were severely injured. That’s a rate of 148.9 per 100,000, which is greater than the construction industry’s rate of 133.5 per 100,000 workers. Some of the common injuries sustained in oil fields and oil rigs include:

  • Severe burn injuries, including second- and third-degree burns
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Loss of limb/limb amputation injuries
  • Bone fracture injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bone fracture injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries, resulting in full or partial paralysis


It’s worth noting that Texas is the only state in the country that doesn’t require employees to carry workplace injury
insurance or workers’ compensation benefits. That means you can file a personal injury claim to recover damages for your

Unfortunately, many victims of oil field accidents never get the compensation to which they are entitled. That’s because the companies responsible for these injuries often pressure workers to remain loyal to the company. In doing so, few victims are likely to seek legal help.

However, you should never feel more loyal to a company than you do to your health and your finances. Understand that you have rights and that the people responsible for your injuries must be held accountable. Let our legal team bring them to justice.

In one such case, our attorneys recovered financial compensation for a 51-year-old oil field worker who was permanently injured when he was struck by a fallen 800-pound casing pipe.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney in Houston?

When you hire The Lanier Law Firm, it costs absolutely nothing unless we win your personal injury case.

We work on contingency because we understand that you’re already under enough financial stress as it is. The out-of-pocket expense of a lawyer might prevent you from getting the legal help you need and deserve.

Our Houston personal injury attorneys assume the risks of your case and front the costs of litigation. When we win your case, our team receives a pre-negotiated percentage of your financial award, which is typically between one-third and 40 percent.

We strive to be open, honest, and transparent about our legal representation, including what it will cost. Reach out to a member of our legal team in Houston to learn more.

Damages Available in Houston Personal Injury Cases

While the damages may vary depending on the reason for your claim, plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits can generally recover compensation for compensatory damages.

Compensatory damages fall into two categories, economic and non-economic.

Economic damages offset the financial losses related to an accident and resulting injury. They are intended to make a victim financially whole.

Non-economic damages make up for the personal and subjective trauma, suffering, and life changes that a victim experiences as a result of an accident.

Some commonly awarded damages in Houston personal injury claims include:

Medical expenses

All present and future medical costs related to your accident, such as ambulance fees, hospital bills, or physical therapy sessions, should be calculated as part of your settlement offer.

Lost wages

When you miss work or can’t return to work after a serious accident, the value of this forgone income is considered.

Loss of earning capacity

This is a calculation of what you’re going to miss out on earning in the future.

Replacement services

These are “ordinary and necessary” services that an injured person can no longer do for themselves. Because they have to pay others to do them, these services are calculated as part of the final settlement offer.

Pain and suffering

In some cases, pain and suffering are used as a multiplier of your economic damages.

Wrongful death

Wrongful death compensation is awarded to the immediate family members of those killed due to negligence.

Punitive damages might also be awarded in a limited number of cases. In these situations, a jury would have to find clear and convincing evidence that a defendant’s behavior was malicious, fraudulent, or grossly negligent.

Our personal injury attorneys in Houston will work closely with respected experts and specialists throughout your case, particularly when it comes to valuation. They can lend insight into how your accident happened, how it could have been avoided, and how it’s affected (and will continue to affect) your life.

The more we know and understand about your specific situation, the better prepared we’ll be to secure a result that accurately represents what your personal injury case is worth.

When should I contact a Houston personal injury lawyer?

Right after you’ve sought emergency medical care for your injuries at the closest hospital in Houston, Texas.

Even if you assume you’re fine because there are no apparent injuries, it’s still crucial to get yourself checked. Many times, the rush of adrenaline you get after an accident can mask signs or symptoms of a serious injury, particularly internal trauma.

Getting help can ensure that your injuries are properly diagnosed and treated, thereby limiting the potential risk of complications, infection, or death. Additionally, you’ll want these medical records if you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit later. They can help to establish a causal link between your accident and resulting trauma.

Ultimately, the sooner you contact a personal injury attorney, the better. You’ll generally have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit, as dictated by the Texas statute of limitations.

Once the statute of limitations expires, you lose the ability to recover compensation. As a result, you’ll be left to bear the burden of your injuries on your own, which simply must not happen.

Plus, critical elements of a successful case — like evidence and eyewitnesses — are best investigated as soon as possible.

Protect yourself by reaching out to our compassionate personal injury attorneys in Houston, Texas, as soon as possible after you get hurt to discuss the details of your personal injury claim. We’re always available to schedule a free consultation, so contact us today.

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