Products Liability, Negligence & General Insurance Defense

The Bale Law Firm, PLLC has an active personal injury and insurance defense practice. Our personal injury defense attorneys are trial lawyers, not just litigators. The firm has tried serious personal injury and death cases to verdict in numerous counties in Texas and in Louisiana. Attorneys at the firm possess degrees in various specialties, other technical certifications and practical industry experience. This blend of skills and capabilities makes the firm uniquely qualified to defend foreign and domestic companies against personal injury, product liability, and catastrophic tort suits.

Frequently, high profile companies and their personal injury defense attorneys are unable to “connect” with jurors in personal injury lawsuits. This inability results in exposure to excessive jury awards, particularly in catastrophic injury cases. Unquestionably, it is a daunting task to place a monetary value on the impact an injury is expected to have on an individual’s life. Nevertheless, due to our trial attorneys’ unique backgrounds they are capable of reaching jurors from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

Over the course of two decades, The Bale Law Firm, PLLC has been successfully defending clients against personal injury lawsuits. Our firm represents self-insured corporate businesses and insureds of liability carriers in trial and appellate litigation throughout the States of Texas and Louisiana in defense of negligence, motor vehicle, premises, construction, mass transit, product liability, directors and officers, and employment practices liability matters. In addition to its role as lead trial counsel in complex litigation throughout Texas, the firm has also been called upon to act as national counsel to coordinate the defense nationwide for chemical and industrial product manufacturers.

We utilize our litigation experience to customize programs that assist clients in forestalling liability claims and reducing the costs associated with litigation. We actively assist our clients in developing programs that prevent litigation and effectively limit clients’ exposure when litigation does ensue. The firm strives to minimize litigation costs and to maximize the probability of successful outcomes in the defense of personal injury suits.

PRODUCTS’ LIABILITY

The Bale Law Firm, PLLC‘s products’ liability defense practice continues to be an important focus of our firm practice. The firm has handled a vast array of products’ claims, everything from restaurant appliance to heavy machinery. We have been actively involved in products’ claims relating to a variety of transportation issues from passenger vehicles to heavy trucking equipment. We maintain a regional, and for some clients, a national practice, in the area of defense of chemicals and toxic substances.

The firm defends complex multi-party product liability cases throughout Texas and the United States. In addition to our regional practice as trial counsel, the firm also serves as national products’ liability counsel for industrial equipment manufacturers and chemical suppliers, supervising the litigation and strategy and, where necessary, stepping into the lead counsel role in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the United States. In our national counsel role, we have developed techniques for cost-effective litigation management.

We concentrate on delivering zealous, practical and effective legal service tailored to particular needs of each client, regardless of the size or complexity of the case. We have represented clients in product-liability suits that required extensive litigation over a period of years in the trial and appellate courts and in matters in which early evaluation, mitigation of damages and effective negotiation of a timely compromise were of paramount importance.

Our attorneys regularly attend and participate in educational programs relating to product-liability defense. We have participated as lecturers in programs sponsored by such professional organizations as: The Defense Research Institute and The Texas Association of Defense Counsel, as well as in-house seminars to industry and claims professionals.

PREMISES’ LIABILITY

The Bale Law Firm, PLLC routinely defends owners, operators and possessors of real property as they are confronted by claimants seeking compensation for injuries and damages allegedly caused by the condition of the premises.

Working in close cooperation with the client, our attorneys have successfully defended property owners in premises’ liability claims for over twenty-five years. Our attorneys rely on a blend of experience, preparation, qualified expert witnesses and common sense to communicate with fact finders and minimize a client’s exposure to liability in premises cases.

The firm’s collective experience in defending premises’ liability claims is extensive, having represented the insureds of some of the largest insurance carriers in the country in cases related to heavy construction, petrochemical industry, environmental issues, and third-party criminal acts.

INSURANCE DEFENSE AND COVERAGE LITIGATION

The Bale Law Firm, PLLC has experienced steady growth because of our ability to serve the varied needs of our clients. The firm consists of attorneys with diverse backgrounds and fields of expertise and is recognized as one of the premier insurance defense and litigation law firms in Texas.

To maintain quality and address the individual management programs of our clients, we maintain an internal audit program staffed by seasoned claims professionals. The firm regularly appears on behalf of its clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings and trial. Depending upon the clients’ needs and wishes, we may resolve a case through early settlement, alternative dispute resolution or trial.

A designated group of attorneys is assigned to each venue or, in some instances, a specialty, such as mass torts, director’s and officer’s defense, employment practices and maritime claims or coverage litigation, under the supervision of a partner or senior associate.

The firm offers substantial experience at every stage of the resolution of a dispute by litigation – from the initial case analyses, through preliminary proceedings and discovery activities, to the trial of a lawsuit before a jury and a judge, and on to the appellate process when necessary. Our trial lawyers also bring significant experience to the processes of arbitration and mediation as alternative means for resolving disputes.

Our docket includes not only multimillion dollar lawsuits, but also a number of smaller cases involving a wide variety of claims, including business, contract and tort disputes. Our firm’s trial lawyers are equipped to handle lawsuits in diverse industries and jurisdictions and many have developed individual specialized expertise. The firm prides itself on state-of-the-art capabilities in document handling, retrieval and production and use of technology for trial presentations.