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Texas Personal Injury Lawyer

Abilene Attorney Serving Accident Victims and Criminal Defendants

workplace injury At the Galbreath Law Firm, we protect the rights of ordinary people who have been hurt by the negligence of others or who have been charged with a crime. A long-standing member of the Abilene community, accident lawyer Jeffery B. Galbreath offers reasonable fee arrangements to his clients. This means that you don’t need a large amount of money to enlist his services for your car crash or premises liability case, or your criminal defense. Mr. Galbreath can evaluate for free whether you have a claim, and he handles most injury cases on a contingency fee basis, not asking for any payment unless the client gets compensation.

Helping Injured Texans is what we're all about

When a serious accident occurs, it is very important to hire an experienced Abilene personal injury lawyer to help you recover your damages. Our team has years of experience and has handled personal injury cases of all kinds. The Galbreath Law Firm brings our proven experience to every claim we take no matter how big or small the case may be.

Seek Compensation by Filing a Negligence Lawsuit

Car accident When you’ve been harmed in an auto accident or a slip and fall, you may want to pursue legal action under the theory of negligence. To prevail in a negligence claim, an injured person must show that the defendant owed him or her a duty of due care, that the duty was breached, that harm resulted from the breach, and that quantifiable damages were incurred.

In car crash cases, for example, a breach of duty can happen when a driver fails to obey the rules of the road, such as speed limits, traffic lights, and yield signs. An individual also may be liable when an accident happens because he or she was impaired by the use of illegal drugs or alcohol, or because distractions like a cell phone took his or her attention away from the road. To recover damages, it will be essential to draw a causal link between the driver’s careless behavior and the injuries that the victim suffered. This usually means showing that the accident would not have occurred if not for the breach, and that it was a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s failure to meet the required standard of care.

In slip and fall cases, a victim may take a slightly different path by filing a premises liability claim with the assistance of an Abilene personal injury attorney. A right to recover damages can be asserted by proving that there was a dangerous condition on property controlled by the defendant, that the defendant was aware of the hazard but failed to fix the situation, and that the injured person was hurt as a result. The duty of care to which the property owner is held varies depending on the status of the person who suffered the harm. People who are on property for a business purpose, called invitees, are owed the greatest care. Common examples of invitees include patrons of a restaurant or customers at a store. Licensees, or social guests, are owed a slightly lesser duty of care, while property owners generally are not required to take any precautions to protect trespassers, except in some cases involving children.

If a victim succeeds in a negligence claim, he or she may be entitled to recover many types of economic and non-economic damages. These may include compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and the pain and suffering arising from the injuries suffered in the accident. However, a victim who was partly responsible for causing his or her own harm may receive a damages award reduced in proportion to his or her degree of responsibility.

The Texas statute of limitations requires that all negligence cases be filed within two years of the accident. In wrongful death claims, which may arise when someone’s carelessness takes another person’s life, the family of the deceased person may file a lawsuit within two years.

Discuss Your Injury Case with an Experienced Abilene Lawyer

To navigate through the legal system, you need a diligent professional who will thoroughly explore your situation, secure valuable evidence and witnesses, and follow your case every step of the way towards settlement or judgment. Diligent Abilene personal injury lawyer and criminal defense attorney Jeffery B. Galbreath will devote his full attention to your needs. Don’t hesitate to seek his advice if you are recovering from an accident or facing criminal charges in the Abilene area. For a free appointment, call us at (325) 437-7000. You can also reach us online by filling out our online contact form. We have assisted residents of Taylor County and Jones County for many years, and we welcome the opportunity to help you pursue justice.