After a multi-week trial, we obtained a jury verdict on behalf of the wife, adult children and estate of an elderly man who was killed when the front, left tire on a loaded concrete truck failed as it was traveling at highway speed on a Texas state highway... MORE
We obtained a $19,566,610 verdict against a trucking company and a road contractor in a Dimmit County, Texas case in which our client suffered a significant head injury. The 18-wheeler was operated by one of the nation’s largest interstate trucking companies and its driver rear-ended a passenger van driven by our... MORE
A mother and her family anchored their bay fishing boat in the shallow waters next to Pelican Island, which is one of the “spoil islands” created by the dredging of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. While they were playing on the beach and looking for shells, a large, heavily-loaded oil tanker passed the island... MORE
Our clients were passengers in a van that was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler in a construction zone. They sustained severe back, shoulder and facial injury. Prior to the trial of our van driver’s case, we were able to settle the claims of the other van occupants...
We represented an oil field worker who was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler in South Texas. Our client suffered back and shoulder injuries that required surgery. As a result of our efforts, we were able to show that the truck driver was distracted or fatigued at the time of the crash, and...
Our client was sideswiped by an 18-wheeler in rural Texas. As a result of spinning off the road and striking a tree, she suffered back and head injuries. After filing suit, following the trucking company into bankruptcy, extricating the case from the bankruptcy court, and uncovering some damaging evidence against...
We obtained an $810,000 verdict in Hidalgo County, Texas on behalf of a pedestrian who was struck in a crosswalk by a passenger transportation company van. He sustained severe head injury. We alleged that the van was speeding and, if the driver had been driving the speed limit, our...
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Corpus Christi Personal injury Lawyers
A serious accident can place a strain on all aspects of your life. If the accident led to injury, it can impact everything from your finances and ability to work to your emotional well-being. These issues are not to be taken lightly. When you are hurt in an accident that was out of your control, it is possible to hold negligent people responsible for damages. Whether your injuries resulted from the actions of a negligent employer, reckless driver, or a careless corporation, you deserve compensation for the pain you are experiencing.
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we are aggressive trial lawyers with a strong history of protecting maritime workers, consumers, drivers, and other individuals who were hurt by negligent parties. We have obtained multi-million dollar verdicts for our clients because we know how valuable each individual case is. That means we will not settle until we are sure you are getting every dollar you deserve in compensation. Our lawyers recognize how much of an impact a personal injury case can have on your life. Contact us at (361) 888-8808 to learn more about your legal options.
What Our Clients Are Saying
My Father was in a terrible accident. I contacted Robert Brunkenhoefer, responded immediately. Both men, and their staff, gave us their experience, knowledge and sense of security through out this terrible ordeal. I would highly recommend Brunkenhoefer law. Thank you
My son was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a train. The driver was at fault and didn't have insurance. Thank you for your help during this difficult time
I was involved in an auto accident and sustained injuries as a result. I contacted Brunkenhoefer Law Firm to help me handle the claim. The staff of the Brunkenhoefer Law Firm have been professional and helpful every step of the way. I highly recommend Brunkenhoefer Law Firm to assist you with your personal injury claims.
Our Aggressive Trial Attorneys
With nearly 80 years of collective experience, our trial attorneys have fought tirelessly against the largest insurance companies, major employers, and negligent parties to secure millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
Robert E. Brunkenhoefer is a Board Certified Personal Injury Specialist (Texas Board of Legal Specialization) and was in the first class of attorneys to be certified as an expert in personal injury law by the Texas State Bar
Since 1976, we've proudly served injured individuals from coast to coast.
The attorneys at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys have a commitment to individuals across the country. We want to put you and your family on the track to success following an accident. Our trial-tested lawyers are prepared to fight for you in court and to stand up for what you deserve, whether your accident was catastrophic or minor. We can help you seek damages for the following:
Careless actions result in harmful injuries far too often. Many injured people do not ever contact a lawyer because they assume their case is too insignificant or that it doesn’t matter. Our Corpus Christi personal injury attorneys feel differently. Contact our offices to see how we can help your situation, large or small.
Accident Cases along the coast
In Corpus Christi, we are lucky to have important ports that boost our economy and provide jobs to locals. However, working and traveling on and near the water comes with a unique set of risks that are not found on land. The potential disrepair of vessels, heavy equipment, and ship maintenance all determine how safe an environment is for workers and passengers. If you were injured on a ship because of the negligence of your employer, you are probably entitled to compensation under certain maritime protections. Some of the most common protections for seamen and passengers include:
Jones Act: The Jones Act allows seamen—from crew members to captains—to sue their employer for negligence. Under this piece of legislation, the burden of proof is in favor of the workers. That means if you can prove your employer’s negligence contributed to your injuries in any way, you could receive compensation.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA): The LHWCA covers harbor workers, longshoremen, and most employees who work on or near the water. If you are covered under the LHWCA, the workers’ compensation benefits to you are typically higher than those for other workers.
Death on the High Seas ACT (DOHSA): As its name suggests, DOHSA covers workers and passengers who are killed on the water. Unlike the Jones Act, DOHSA is not limited to seamen and also includes individuals killed flying over international waters.
An accident along the coast can feel overwhelming and alienating, but thousands of people, including family members, fellow workers, and community members are affected by these incidents every year. According to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), 2017 demonstrated the following:
429 total offshore incidents
73 fires and explosions
3,585 incidents since 2012
These statistics show us that safety measures still need to be improved for offshore workers. Every person deserves to feel safe in their workplace even if they are on a boat or near the shore. When employers fail to provide adequate safety conditions for workers, they need to be held accountable for their negligence. Contact a Corpus Christi maritime accidents lawyer to learn more about the protections in place for seamen, longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime employees.
Facts about the Personal Injury Process
Following an accident, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be the last thing on your mind. These cases can take time and effort that you may not be willing to spend. It is important to keep in mind that our attorneys will fight tooth and nail to win every cent you deserve while making the process as easy as possible for you. A lot of people are not sure what to expect before visiting an attorney to start their case. We wanted to share a few facts with you so you can better understand what a personal injury case involves.
Two-year statute of limitations in Texas
A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after an incident occurs. The statute of limitations varies depending on your state and the type of lawsuit you want to file. You have two years after the date of the incident to file a personal injury case in Texas. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as if your injury is not discovered immediately after an accident. These exceptions also vary by state, and a qualified personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether you are still able to file a lawsuit for your injuries.
95% of cases are settled outside of a trial
The vast majority of cases never go to trial, which has both a positive and negative side. Choosing to settle means that you are taking the amount of money offered to you by or on behalf of the person who injured you. Most often, a settlement is negotiated between your attorney and the defendant’s attorney or insurance company. Settlement amounts are often less than the amount of money obtained through trial, but they often save the injured person time and resources. Our attorneys are strong trial lawyers, so we are willing to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest. If not, we are equally willing to collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and argue with other attorneys on your behalf.
Zero dollars are owed to us unless we win you money
At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we are fighting for you, not for our own interests. That is why we never take any money from the people we represent unless we win them money either in court or a settlement. We call this our “no recovery, no fee” guarantee. This system also makes contacting our lawyers extremely low risk for you. If we do not get you the money you are entitled to, you will not owe us a dime, so you can only gain money when working with us.
Reasons We Can Take Legal Action
Our lawyers want to represent the people who need it most. We are lucky to live near the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, a site for sea transport and workers. Corpus Christi is also a city full of tourists and travelers who may act recklessly while passing through town. Because of our location, many of our clients have been injured in vehicular, workplace, and maritime accidents.
Car Accidents: Corpus Christi has beautiful beaches, a solid economy, and a number of tourist attractions. That means traffic through the city is always bustling and accidents are bound to happen. When a reckless driver causes an accident, they need to be held accountable. We can help you take action against the careless driver responsible for your injuries.
Workplace Injuries: Everyone expects their workplace to be safe and free of serious hazards. Unfortunately, many truck drivers and oilfield workers do not have this luxury. Your employer could be liable for your injury if you were hurt on the job.
Maritime Accidents: Working, traveling, and transporting goods on the sea comes with risk. Deck and barge hands, offshore workers, and longshoremen have special protections under the law that can help you obtain compensation for injuries at sea.
These are just a few of the most common injuries we see working in Corpus Christi. Every personal injury case is different, but the one thing they all have in common is an act of negligence. Do not let a reckless individual or third party walk away without taking responsibility for their actions. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer for help pursuing compensation.
Contact a Corpus Christi Personal Injury Lawyer
There is never a good time to be injured, and it is hard to take time to recover when life keeps happening around you. At Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys, we want to make your recovery a little easier by taking the weight of a lawsuit off your shoulders. We will walk you through every step of the process to make sure you get the best results possible while you recover. For more information about how we can help you or for answers to more of your legal questions, contact our office at (361) 888-8808. We look forward to hearing from you.
For many of our clients, their claim is often the first legal action they have ever been a part of. It is understandable and natural for you to have questions about the legal process, what you might be eligible for, and how the whole thing works. We pride ourselves on making the process as transparent and accessible as possible for every one of our clients, so we are always available to answer questions and help you understand the claims process.
Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions that our clients have asked us to answer for them. You may find the answer you are looking for below, and if you don’t, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at (361) 888-8808.
The Jones Act covers seamen, broadly defined as any person who spends a significant amount of time working on a vessel that is in navigation. A vessel in navigation includes any kind of ship or boat that is functional, afloat, and in navigable waters. Contrary to their title, seamen do not actually need to be out at sea to qualify for Jones Act protection.
If you were injured at sea, you may be wondering why you wouldn’t just file a regular workers’ compensation claim instead of filing under the Jones Act. In fact, the Jones Act covers workers who are not covered by the regular workers’ compensation system. While traditional workers’ comp is common for land-based occupations, maritime workers are typically not covered.
Personal injury law is a broad term that describes the legal action taken when a negligent person or party hurts, injures, or causes damage to someone else. Personal injury lawyers are always on the side of the plaintiff, the person injured, and are fighting against a defendant, the negligent person.
If you are not sure whether your case qualifies as personal injury, consider whether you were hurt in some way, who hurt you, and whether you were at fault for what happened. If you were physically or emotionally harmed by another party, you can pinpoint the actions that hurt you, and you were not primarily to blame for your injury, you may be able to take legal action.
During some accidents, it is not always clear who, if anyone, was at fault for what happened. Most states recognize the rule of comparative negligence, which means the court will measure the harm done to you against the harm you potentially caused. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine whether or not you could still receive compensation if you were partially at fault.
When you have been injured due to someone else’s negligent actions, you cannot and should not trust just any attorney to handle your case. An inexperienced attorney often does not have the resources or the knowledge to handle cases involving serious injuries. What’s more, they may be intimidated or unwilling to take on the powerful insurance companies that they may face. When you choose a firm like Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys to handle your case, you can rest assured knowing that you have a team of experienced trial attorneys who have been helping people just like you in Corpus Christi. With nearly 80 years of combined experience on your side, you know your case is in the right hands.
We know you have a ton of options when you are looking to pursue legal action against someone. The attorneys at [firm-name] are residents of the Corpus Christi community, and we have a dedication to our fellow community members. We want our city, state, and country to thrive and grow. That is one reason why we are dedicated to fighting for individuals injured in personal injury cases. We will not take a fee from you unless we provide what you need because we are focused on people rather than profit.
When you are recovering from an accident, the last thing you want to think about is how you’re going to pay for your legal expenses. When you work with us, you will not pay us a thing unless we win your case. We operate on a “contingency fee” basis, meaning that we will pay all court costs, attorney fees, and you will not have to worry about payment at all. We will only collect if and when we recover on your behalf.
Accidents never happen at a convenient time. By their very nature, unexpected injury puts you and your family in a less stable situation. If your injury prevents you from working or, worse, if the primary earner for your family was killed, restitution can help you move forward. We realize no amount of money can make up for what happened to you, but you deserve to move past your accident with a steady foundation. Pursuing legal action could provide what you need to get by and stabilize your situation.
Naturally, every case we handle is different, but the types of compensation that individuals may be eligible for if they have a personal injury claim is relatively the same across the spectrum. If you are hurt due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or careless actions, you have the right to hold them accountable through civil action. Compensation that injured parties may be able to recover include pain and suffering, medical expenses (for treatment and therapy), medical devices, lost wages, loss of future earnings, and other damages. Only an experienced attorney can tell you what your case may be worth, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible to discuss your claim.
Personal injury cases are all different, and each one comes with a unique set of details. Without knowing the specifics of your case, it is impossible to say how much money you could be entitled to receive. The type of accident, amount of insurance on either side, and severity of your injuries are all important factors that affect the amount of compensation you can seek. A personal injury attorney will be able to give you more information about the value of your specific case, as well as advice on how best to proceed. Do not hesitate to get in touch with a lawyer at [firm-name] for a comprehensive answer about the value of your case.