“Affluenza” Case

Experienced Attorney Helping the Victims of Car Accidents in Dallas/Fort Worth

Ethan Couch, 16, tragically killed four pedestrians and maimed our 15 year old client in a horrific collision in Burleson in June 2013. Young Couch’s blood alcohol content was .24% -- three times the legal limit if he were 21 years old. He was also found with traces of drugs in his system. This law firm was the first one to be hired and we immediately hired experts, conducted an exhaustive investigation, and filed suit. Later, Couch was sentenced to rehabilitation and 10 years of probation after a trial in juvenile court that we attended, this after a psychologist testified that Couch suffered from so-called affluenza and could not understand the consequences of his actions, i.e. he was a spoiled brat. This law office successfully resolved the claim of our young client, who suffered a traumatic brain injury, after an all-day mediation. The amount of the settlement is substantial. Although the exact amount is confidential, it more than insures that our client will receive all necessary medical care and living expenses the rest of his life. If you have been injured due to the carelessness of another driver, you can and should seek compensation for your damages. Representing victims in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and across Texas for the past 36 years, Mr. Berenson is an experienced Fort Worth car accident lawyer who is prepared to guide you through your legal options and help you obtain the compensation that you deserve.

Recover Your Traumatic Brain Injury Damages

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) may occur following a violent blow to the head or body, similar to what our client experienced after being thrown from Couch’s truck. An object that penetrates the skull or shatters a piece of it can also cause a TBI. The consequences of this injury may involve brain dysfunction and can affect every aspect of an individual’s life. In mild cases, TBI can simply disrupt normal brain activity for a short period of time, but in severe cases it can permanently diminish mental status or consciousness.

Someone who has suffered from this devastating harm may have the right to file a legal claim with the assistance of a car accident lawyer in Fort Worth if the accident resulted from the negligent behavior of another driver. Negligence is the failure to exercise reasonable care in one’s actions or omissions, which usually means taking at least as many precautions as the ordinary person would use to avoid posing unnecessary risks of harm to other people. In order to establish negligence, a victim must show:

  • The defendant owed the victim a duty of care;
  • The defendant breached that duty of care with some behavior in which the typical person would not have engaged because of its inherent danger;
  • The violation led directly to the accident in which the victim was hurt, which was a foreseeable result of the defendant’s behavior; and
  • The victim suffered quantifiable damages because of the accident, such as medical bills, lost income, or pain and suffering.

The level of care owed to a certain individual can change depending on the situation. This legal obligation generally means following traffic laws and driving in a safe manner, considering the circumstances. For example, a driver who tailgates another driver and causes an accident might be deemed negligent, as might someone who runs a red light or fails to reduce speed during a severe thunderstorm.

In the state of Texas, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date of an accident. However, it is imperative to hire an attorney and take legal action as soon as possible to preserve your legal rights.

Consult a Car Accident Attorney in the Fort Worth Area

Bill Berenson has been a successful injury lawyer in Fort Worth for over 36 years and has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for over 20 years. He is committed to pursuing justice for victims in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He also represents throughout Texas and has handled cases in other states. Mr. Berenson focuses his law practice exclusively on helping people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents. He aims to keep the client informed every step of the way. He will work closely with you to come up with a strategy that will enhance your chances of a favorable outcome. To learn more, call him at 817-885-8000 or at his toll-free number of 1-888-801-8585, or contact him online to set up a free initial consultation with a Fort Worth car accident attorney.