Injury Lawyers in Austin, Texas
Whether you were hurt in an auto accident, permanently injured on the job, lost a loved one to side effects of a defective drug, or have suffered serious injuries in another type of accident or incident caused by negligence or wrongdoing, you need the help of an aggressive and committed law firm.
The Austin personal injury attorneys of Shaw Cowart LLP are trial attorneys with extensive experience in handling complex civil litigation. We represent injury victims like you, and we do not back down until we reach a fair resolution, even if that means taking your case all the way through jury trial.
During this difficult time, you must be confident that you are in good hands. We have a proven history of achieving high verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. We understand that each case is unique, and every client has a different vision of justice. In addition to monetary compensation for your losses, we can seek specific performance and other types of relief where appropriate. We are ready to start fighting for you and your family today.
Please do not wait until it is too late to take legal action. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in Austin or anywhere in Texas, call the experienced personal injury attorneys of Shaw Cowart LLP today to schedule your free consultation. If you retain us, we will fight for justice for you and your family.
Why You Need to Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Right Away
Trying to handle your personal injury claim on your own can end in disaster. You are up against large insurance companies with extensive resources and teams of attorneys on their side. To get the compensation you need and deserve, you need a powerful, and dedicated law firm fighting for you. Shaw Cowart LLP is that firm.
A thorough investigation is crucial to a favorable outcome and it is important to begin quickly. We must collect and preserve evidence as soon as possible, before it can be lost or destroyed. We pride ourselves on paying attention to every detail. Our investigation must evaluate all of the underlying causes of your accident or injuries in order to determine who can be held liable and under what theory of law. This is how we are able to pursue every avenue of compensation for you. In some cases, it also affects the amount of time you have to take legal action.
In addition, you face a time-sensitive deadline in the statute of limitations. Part of our job is making sure that you file your claim on time and with the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so can cost you your case, no matter how much you deserve to win based on the facts.
With our experienced personal injury attorneys on your side, you do not have to worry about the investigation or statutory deadlines. You can focus on the most important thing – healing and taking care of your family.
Why Choose Shaw Cowart LLP
When you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one, the stakes are high. You only have one shot at pursuing fair compensation. You need the peace of mind that comes with excellent legal representation by a firm with a proven track record of success.
- We work every personal injury case like it is going to trial. You might be surprised to learn that many personal injury attorneys rarely or never take a case to trial. Some will avoid it at all costs. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of trials. We prepare each case to go to trial, even though most will be resolved by settlement. That gives us an edge in reaching a fair settlement and positions us to successfully take your case before a jury if that is what it takes to get justice for you.
- We have a proven history of high verdicts and settlements. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. We are known for our track record of achieving favorable results for our clients.
- We have the resources to take your case seriously. A law firm must be able to invest both its time and money in pursuing justice for you. And it needs a network of qualified experts to call on. We often spend months on investigation and negotiation. We work with all of the necessary experts, such as investigators, medical experts and economists. Although we have chosen to remain a small firm, we have the resources to see your case through.
- We are active members of State and National Trial Organizations. Founding partner Ethan L. Shaw holds membership in several organizations including the American Association for Justice (AAJ). AAJ works to provide national network that supports attorneys in helping injury victims like you obtain justice, no matter how powerful your opponent.
- We have clients you can talk to. We are not asking you to take our word for it. We are proud of our work and of the relationships we develop with our clients. We will put you in touch with them so you can hear firsthand accounts of their experiences with us.
Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits
Calculating damages is a complex process. We work with medical experts, economists and others to determine what the lifelong costs of your injuries will be. We must demand enough money, from the very beginning. If you do not get what you need from your personal injury lawsuit, you will not get a chance to go back and ask for more. Personal injury damages pay for your existing economic damages, your future needs arising from your injury and the personal losses you experience in pain and suffering and quality of life.
What are economic and noneconomic damages?
Inferior vena cava filters, more commonly called IVC filters, are tiny medical devices designed to be surgically implanted in patients’ veins to catch blood clots before they enter the lungs. IVC filters are used to prevent pulmonary embolism, potentially fatal arterial blockage in the lung, but the filters themselves pose a serious risk of injury.
In fact, IVC filters have been linked to multiple medical complications, and hundreds of adverse reports have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which has since issued warnings about the devices.
IVC Filters Litigation Attorney
The dangers associated with IVC filters are well documented. The FDA has warned that the devices, which are supposed to be retrievable after being implanted, should be removed from the body between 29 and 54 days after the surgical procedure, or as soon as the patient is no longer at risk of a blot clot.
However, for some patients the filters remained in the body much longer than 54 days, in some cases for years, resulting in serious harm. Patients’ lawsuits have linked faulty IVC filters to numerous medical problems, including:
- Punctured blood vessels
- Punctured organs
- Filters’ legs breaking off
- Filters migrating to other parts of the body
- Embolisms despite the use of IVC filters
Holding Medical Device Manufacturers Accountable
Makers of IVC filters are currently being sued in hundreds of lawsuits. Patients say the devices were poorly designed and manufactured, and that the manufacturers were negligent and failed to warn about the dangers.
The following companies are among the most prominent medical device manufacturers being sued:
- Cook Medical
- C.R. Bard
- Boston Scientific
Contact Shaw Cowart LLP If You or a Loved One Has Been Harmed by an IVC Filter
Companies that manufacture medical devices tend to have significant resources to defend against product liability claims. Consequently, injured patients need experienced and aggressive legal representation, even when it’s clear that an injury or death resulted from a faulty medical device.
At Shaw Cowart LLP, we have the experience, skill and resources to take on large manufacturers and obtain optimal results for our clients. You can fill out our online consultation form or call our Austin law office at 512-499-8900. We understand what you’re going through, and we can help.
Compensatory damages compensate you for your existing and future economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are tied to a specific dollar amount. They include expenses and losses such as medical bills and lost income. Your existing economic damages are the easiest to calculate. Future economic damages are often underestimated. They include your medical and other care needs, special equipment such as a wheelchair accessible van, and lost earning capacity. The lifetime costs of a serious injury are typically far more than injury victims and their families expect.
Noneconomic damages are not monetary losses, but we know that these are the losses that are truly meaningful to you. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, diminished quality of life and more. If you suffer from chronic and debilitating pain, have withdrawn from social activities due to severe scarring, or you are unable to play with your kids or engage in your life’s passion, you can receive compensation for these losses in the form of noneconomic damages.
What about punitive damages?
Punitive damages, or exemplary damages, are meant to punish the wrongdoer and deter others from bad behavior, rather than to compensation you. Punitive damages are only available when gross negligence is involved, no matter how seriously you were injured.
For instance, in some car accidents, a driver’s behavior is so bad or reckless that it falls under gross negligence. Actions such as drag racing, drunk driving or intentionally running someone off the road may rise to the level of gross negligence. Depending on the circumstances, texting while driving, speeding and other forms of driver negligence can also be gross negligence.
Types of Personal Injury
- Catastrophic injuries
- Auto accidents
- Worksite accidents
- Birth injury
- Drugs litigation
- Products liability
- Premises liability
- Sexual abuse litigation
- Wrongful death
Catastrophic injuries are life-altering. The monetary cost can be astronomical, yet it cannot compare to the personal cost. The pain and suffering, the physical and emotional toll on you and your loved ones, and the permanent changes to your way of life are just some of the personal hardships you face with catastrophic injuries.
Permanent and catastrophic injuries can be caused by almost any type of accident. We have extensive experience in handling all types of personal injury cases and in representing seriously injured clients with complex medical needs. When you are facing an uncertain future due to severe injuries, we can help you reach the best possible outcome.
We fight for full and fair compensation so that you can afford access to the medical treatments that will help you achieve the best possible physical recovery, get the care you need to minimize the burden on loved ones, and enjoy the best quality of life possible.
We also know that you need more from us than legal help. With years of experience working with injury victims, we have the resources to put you in touch with the best doctor, other health care professionals and support organizations so that you can get the help you need on every front.
The Austin personal injury attorneys of Shaw Cowart LLP are here for you. Please, do not hesitate to call us at 512-499-8900 or contact us online today to schedule your free no-obligation consultation. If we move forward together, we will represent you on a contingent fee basis, meaning that we only charge a fee if you win monetary compensation.