Houston Personal
Injury Attorney

If your life has been suddenly changed by an accident, and you find yourself injured by the negligence of another person, you could suddenly be facing a landslide of unexpected problems. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer fighting for you. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., will help you get the compensation you deserve following a car accident, construction accident, workplace mishap or truck accident.

Dedicated and experienced representation

When you find yourself the victim of another person’s negligence, a mountain of trouble usually comes with it. You may be facing personal injury, rehabilitation, lost wages, mounting medical bills, and even family issues as a direct result of the pressure and constraint that comes along with the territory. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., has over thirty years of experience navigating the legal system with personal injury claims in Texas.

We fight diligently and aggressively to push your case through the court system and get you the compensation you are due. In the case of truck, motorcycle and car accidents, we also help victims to deal with their insurance company and the insurance company covering the other motorist. Each case is given private, individual, and personal attention because each case is truly unique. We understand that these are not just legal issues, these are complicated messes that affect family dynamics, your career and nearly every other aspect of your life. 

Personal injury areas of focus

There are many different types of personal injuries. We live in a fast-paced society that is not always safe and bad things happen. Unfortunately, injuries occur very often due to the negligence or malice disregard of another person. Some of the many personal injury cases that we handle include:

  • Car and truck accidents;
  • Motorcycle accidents;
  • Drunk driving accidents;
  • Dog bites and animal attacks;
  • Construction site accidents;
  • Swimming pool accidents;
  • And so much more…

It is unfortunate that these types of accidents are not uncommon and they sometimes go unreported. The most important thing you can do when you are involved in an accident is report it to the authorities, immediately. This helps to document the accident and the injuries incurred as a result. We are here to provide legal advice, guidance, resources and representation as you pursue justice. 

What steps are taken in a personal injury suit?

As stated earlier, the best thing you can do is to report and document the accident and/or injury. Once this is done then we can aggressively pursue appropriate compensation for your loss, your injury, as well as pain and suffering. When a suit is filed, the defendant has approximately three weeks to answer the claim. We will immediately start a thorough and diligent investigation gathering evidence, documenting your losses, and uncovering information. After the claim has been answered, the case will move into the discovery process where both sides are made aware of evidence. Depositions will likely be taken and mediation will be offered. If an agreement or settlement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial before a judge.

How long does a personal injury claim take?

There is no direct answer to how long a personal injury claim may take in Texas, or anywhere else for that matter. There are many stages in the process and paperwork that must be submitted with each stage. An attorney usually has to gather medical bills after a patient is discharged then they negotiate those charges to get the lowest rate possible. If an insurance company is involved, there must also be negotiations with them. A personal injury claim may take several months, to a year or more. The Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C., has the expertise to push your case through the system quickly to get it resolved and recover the financial compensation that you deserve.

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?

The state of Texas imposes a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a civil suit. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule. This is most common with neck and back injuries. They tend to take time to discover and the get significantly worse over time. In this case, you would have two years from the date of reasonable discovery of your injury to file a suit.

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Who can file a personal injury claim?

The answer is anyone who is been injured in an accident, due to the negligence of someone else, can file a personal injury claim. If the injured party is a minor, then a parent or guardian must file on their behalf.

What happens if my child is awarded money?

The courts tend to become very protective over minor children involved personal injury claims. They are usually appointed a guardian ad litem who’s only objective is to act in the best interest of the child. The guardian ad litem is not there to negotiate the case, they are there to see that the money is invested wisely and properly for the child. They will protect the interest of the child by seeing that nobody else uses the money for gain and that it is available to the child when the child comes of age. If the child is awarded a large sum, the guardian ad litem may set up a structured settlement with monthly payments to the child beginning once they reach a certain age.

How much is my case worth?

Each case is different and there is no rule of thumb for determining how much your personal injury claim may be worth. However, there are many different types of damages that may be awarded in a personal injury case. What follows is a list of the most common:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Loss of income (past and future);
  • Property loss;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress;
  • Loss of consortium; and
  • Punitive damages.

In cases involving a fatality, we help families seek compensation for additional expenses such as funeral and burial costs. 

Contact an aggressive, experienced personal injury attorney today

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence or willful disregard of another party and are in need of help from a Houston personal injury lawyer, contact the Law Office of Joseph Onwuteaka, P.C. today. Call (713) 271-5760 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney. Our law firm represents personal injury victims in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas.

FAQs

How much is your personal injury claim worth?

The value of each personal injury case depends on the extent of the injuries, medicals, loss earnings, physical impairment, disability, mental anguish, etc...

What is the average percentage for attorney fees?

Average percentage of attorney's fees is 33 1/3 percent.

What do personal injury attorneys do?

Personal injury attorneys investigate the case, develop the case, enhance strengths and minimize weaknesses, monitor the case, advocate for the client and seek the maximum recovery available.

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit seeks compensation for damages suffered (past, present and future) because of the injuries sustained. The list is unlimited, but will mostly include, medical expenses, pain and mental anguish, loss earnings, physical impairment, loss of earning capacity, property damages, loss of consortium, etc. It can also, seek punitive damages in the case of gross negligence or intentional act.

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About Joseph Onwuteaka

Admission Details

  • Admitted in 1986, Texas
  • Texas Southern District/Bankruptcy Court
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • US Tax Court

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

University Attended

  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1981 B.Sc.
  • Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University, Class of 1983 M.B.A.

Law School Attended

  • Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Class of 1986 J.D. cum laude

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Attorneys and C.P.A.'s.
  • Elite Lawyers of America

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Client Testimonials

Attorney Joseph Onwuteaka has represented my family is the legal arena since 1988. My first representation was in a divorce case w/ child support. Child support was awarded, however, we appealed because amount was too low. From that point until today, Mr. Onwuteaka has been retained as the family lawyer. Joseph is very passionate about his legal services and for the most part has been very pro-bono when it comes to our faith in ,him as a lawyer. I can't imagine not having him as a lawyer. My most recent case was delinquent property taxes. Each and overtime I have complete faith that I've received the best representation available. Mr. Onwuteaka will be the only attorney to represent me and my family for life!
- Gaynell McAfee