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The Law Offices of George Salinas, PLLC is a Texas based law firm focused on personal injury law. Our Personal Injury Attorneys fight to make sure our clients voices are heard and their unnecessary losses are fully compensated and understood.
San Antonio, Texas Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering a serious injury from a traffic accident, workplace accident, defective product, or other event is not only painful, but it also comes with economic and emotional stress. An injury often means losing income from missing work and amassing medical bills for emergency room treatment, hospitalization, and sometimes surgery.
Some injuries are truly accidents or self-inflicted, but many preventable injuries occur because of the negligence or intentional harm of another person, a business, or a government entity in San Antonio. Those who suffer injuries because of negligence have the right to seek compensation for damages, which are losses related to injuries and the event that led to them.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of negligence or intentional harm in San Antonio, you need a competent attorney in your corner who can guide you through the claims process and help you fight for compensation. Contact a San Antonio personal injury associate at The Law Offices of George Salinas online, or at (210) 225-0909 to discuss the merits of your case and learn about your legal options for recovering damages related to your injuries.
An auto accident attorney in San Antonio understands the complexities that come with providing accurate legal representation during this time. Our team is thorough and we take the time to investigate every aspect of your particular case. We know that when you call an auto accident attorney, you’re going through physical and emotional injuries, and we want to take some of that stress off so that you can focus on getting better. We’ll handle the legal aspects of your case, so you have the best opportunity for a full recovery physically and financially.
More than 2,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles occur in Bexar County every year. Fortunately, not all of these crashes result in injury or fatality, and not all involve trucks. However, the majority of commercial vehicles are heavy trucks, including 18-wheelers. If a negligent truck driver or trucking company causes an accident, the trucker often walks away without injury. Those in passenger vehicles, however, generally aren’t so lucky. Being involved in an accident with a fully-loaded semi-truck can result in life-changing catastrophic injuries or fatal injuries.
San Antonio’s pleasant weather makes it the perfect place to go for a joyride on a motorcycle or use one as your primary form of transportation. Most bikers, especially experienced ones, focus on safety and drive defensively, because they understand the added risk of not having a vehicle to protect them on the road. When distracted and negligent motorists do not pay attention and watch for motorcyclists, they can cause dangerous and deadly bike accidents. Even safe bikers who wear their helmets and proper gear risk a head trauma and road rash when motorcycle accidents occur at high speeds.
Residents and tourists alike enjoy roaming around downtown San Antonio to shop and dine. Others choose to go for a run or walk to or from school or their workplace. Drivers have an elevated duty of care toward individuals on foot; when drivers don’t uphold their duty, dangerous pedestrian accidents occur. Pedestrians do not have any protection when a negligent driver strikes them on the side of the road or in a crosswalk, potentially leading to some of the most expensive of all injuries that a person can experience.
San Antonio remains among the deadliest of all cities in the United States for cyclists, ranking 16th in the nation. This alarming fact might be a result of the large number of commuters on bikes in San Antonio, or the fact that only 8 percent of cyclists wear helmets. Negligent drivers who do not watch out for cyclists can cause severe accidents. Much like pedestrians, cyclists have little to protect them from the impact of a collision. This can result in severe injuries that are more likely to cause death.
San Antonio property and business owners have an obligation to maintain safety for visitors by fixing known hazards or warning visitors about them. Although many types of accidents can happen on another party’s property, slip and fall accidents most frequently lead to serious injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)reports that one out of five slip and fall accidents lead to fractured bones or head traumas. Swimming pool accidents, theme park accidents, elevator accidents, and dog bite injuries also fall under the umbrella of premises liability claims.
If you’re injured on the job, it’s essential to the results of your recovery that you hire a work injury attorney in Texas. We’ll provide you with answers to those pressing questions, and we’ll follow the letter of the law to ensure that you’re represented in a way that gets positive results. A work injury attorney knows that the complex paperwork and legal process can cause many people to see a delay in getting the financial compensation they deserve, and we work to prevent this from happening so that you can get better and get back to your health.
Your Personal Injury Attorney
You should not have to face the financial burden of injuries on top of your physical pain when another party caused you harm. An experienced San Antonio personal injury lawyer can handle the details of your claim and advocate for you each step of the way. The skilled legal team at The Law Offices of George Salinas has the knowledge and resources to help you hold a negligent person, business, or entity accountable. Contact us today online or at (210) 225-0909 to discuss the details of your injuries and the impact they have had on your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is Personal Injury?
In law, “personal injury” cases refer to lawsuits in which the plaintiff (the injured person) has suffered an injury to their body, mind, or emotions.
If you slip and fall on a broken sidewalk, for example, and sprain an ankle, personal injury refers to the fractured bone and also to the potential humiliation or other emotional pain of falling.
Personal injury is also a specific type of legal case. If you have suffered a personal injury due to someone else’s actions or failure to act, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim for damages you suffered.
In this scenario, the party that caused the injury or harm may have been negligent. If they were negligent, they can be held liable for your injuries.
If you break an ankle tripping on a broken sidewalk in front of your apartment building, for example, your landlord or the local government may be responsible for repairing the sidewalks and other walkways proximate to the building.
Your landlord or local government could therefore be negligent for not repairing the sidewalk, and thus liable for your injuries.
2. What Types of Events Are Covered in Personal Injury Cases?
Any type of event that causes personal injury or harm that stems from another party’s actions—whether they are a person, company, or other organization—can potentially be covered in a personal injury case.
Tripping and falling or suffering some other injury in a commercial establishment or a private home is a type of personal injury called premises liability. Injuries suffered from a defective or unsafe product are a type of personal injury called product liability.
Birth injuries can warrant personal injury lawsuits if they are caused by a medical personnel’s mistake (or their failure to take proper action).
Vehicle accidents or traffic accidents of all types—car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian—are common causes of personal injury.
Even a dog bite in a neighbor’s yard, if the dog bit someone previously, can be the subject of a personal injury suit, although these are usually simply called dog bite cases.
3. How do I know if I have a strong case?
Usually, only someone trained in the law can determine if you’re eligible to file a personal injury claim. If you think you have a case, most attorneys, including our office, offer free case evaluations.
At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we offer free consultations during which we will review your specific circumstances and information and determine whether you have a strong claim.
4. Can I settle without filing a lawsuit?
Sometimes, your attorney will begin settlement negotiations without filing a lawsuit. However, because of the statute of limitations, you might have to file a lawsuit before you start negotiations.
In some cases, you might have to file a lawsuit in the middle of negotiations, even if it looks as though you might eventually come to an agreement with the insurance company regarding a settlement.
5. How much is my personal injury case worth?
The amount of money you ultimately win in a settlement or in a judgment, and whether you recover any compensation at all, depends on the severity of your injuries. Some cases involving long-term or permanent traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injuries may be valued at millions of dollars.
Types of damages that you may collect include:
- Reimbursement of past and future medical bills
- Past and future lost wages. Even if you go back to work after an accident, you might collect future lost wages if you cannot do the same job you did before the accident.
- Reimbursement or replacement of personal property
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and/or consortium
- Loss of use of a limb or body function
6. How long does it take to reach a settlement?
The time it takes to reach a settlement depends on your injuries and how much the insurance company is willing to pay. If the insurance company initially offers a fair and reasonable settlement, it may take as little as a few weeks. However, that is rare, even for smaller cases that involve injuries.
In some cases, the insurance company never offers a fair and reasonable settlement. In that case, you would file a lawsuit against the insurance company.
There is never a charge to meet and consult with our firm regarding your personal injury case. Our San Antonio & Austin, Texas, personal injury lawyers are experienced professionals and will advise you on the best course for your case.
During a consultation, we will carefully explain our analysis of your case and your rights, along with our recommendation for going forward. We\’re here to help. Call today and schedule an appointment to discuss your case.