If you’ve been involved in a car accident, you’ll need a DFW car accident lawyer. When searching for your attorney, there are six criteria you should consider.
- Experience with Personal Injury Law
- How Much Money Do They Secure in Settlements?
- Do They Participate in Trial Groups and Associations?
- Reviews from Previous Clients
- Do They Work on a Contingency Basis?
- Do They Participate Online?
Let’s examine Murray Bristol, a founding member of Bristol & Dubiel LLP. Bristol previously served with the El Paso County District Attorney’s office as the Assistant District Attorney. He has since shifted his focus to helping victims of car accidents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and provides representation to those across the State of Texas and the State of Oklahoma.
1. Experience with Personal Injury Law
Based on Murray Bristol’s firm’s website, he focuses on
- Car Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Amputation Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Bus & 18-Wheeler Accidents
- Child Injury
- Pedestrian Accidents
In addition to the above, the website states that the firm has handled a number of personal injury cases, including those resulting from
- Boating accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Sexual assaults that occurred due to lack of on-site security
- The use of dangerous products at construction sites
It’s clear that Murray Bristol is a Dallas attorney who clearly has experience with personal injury law.
2. How Much Money Do They Secure in Settlements?
Murray Bristol’s firm website has a section detailing Case Results. Some of Bristol’s major victories are highlighted below.
- A net settlement payout of $1,510,261.20 to the widow of a 27-year-old motorcyclist killed by a negligent driver.
- A net settlement payout of $600,000 to a child who went into a coma while unlawfully restrained in a group care facility.
- A payout of $290,000 to a cerebral palsy victim whose condition worsened after improper transportation at an airport.
- An estimated lifetime payout of $17,000,000 to a minor who ingested a caustic buffer at the laboratory of an oil company.
Bristol’s case highlights also indicated two key points that go beyond monetary value. In one case, Bristol’s firm helped a young widow after a verdict had been reached. They helped her structure a plan that provided security and financial assistance for life.
In another case, Bristol was willing to hire a reconstruction expert and take a case to jury trial. Here, he secured his client a substantial payout.
It’s obvious that Murray Bristol reaches large settlements and verdicts and cares about his clients’ well-being.
3. Do They Participate in Trial Groups and Associations?
According to his biography, Murray Bristol is licensed to practice in the following areas:
- All State Courts in Texas
- All State Courts in Oklahoma
- United States District Courts in Northern Texas
- US District Courts in Western Texas
- US District Courts in Eastern Oklahoma
- US District Courts in Northern Oklahoma
- US District Courts in Western Oklahoma
Bristol graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor of business administration degree in finance and entrepreneurship. He graduated as a member of the Dean’s List.
Bristol then graduated from The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. While there, he was a member of the Dean’s Honor Roll. He also was a member of the Energy Law Journal and the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.
Bristol is also a member of numerous associations, including:
- Dallas County Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
He was also a former member of the North Dallas Bar Association, where he served as Director from 1999-2000.
4. Reviews from Previous Clients
On the firm’s Facebook page, there are eight reviews, all of which give the firm a five-star rating. Reviews come from clients who have worked directly with Bristol and obviously satisfied with his performance while working their case.
5. Do They Work on a Contingency Basis?
The Attorney Fees portion of the firm’s website indicates that Murray Bristol works on a contingency basis. He does not require an upfront retainer, nor does he charge an hourly basis. Bristol will not collect on your case unless you win.
The site also says that accident victims can receive a free consultation about their case.
6. Do They Participate Online?
Murray Bristol’s firm is somewhat active online. The firm’s website is sleek and easy to navigate. There is a blog portion of the website, although it appears it has not been updated for about a year.
The firm’s website also features links to their Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn pages. The firm is most active on Facebook. Their Twitter and Google+ have not been updated in the past year.
Of the six listed criteria, this is the only one that appears questionable. Murray Bristol is an established Dallas personal injury attorney that would be a great option to work with if you’re the victim of an accident.