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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
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.
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.
What Is Negligence, Exactly?
Negligence, broadly stated, is a failure to maintain an appropriate standard of care, or what a reasonable person would consider appropriate action or failure to act in the circumstances.
Commercial establishments, for example, have a duty of care to maintain safe premises for their customers and employees. Companies have a duty of care to manufacture and sell safe products.
All vehicle drivers have a duty of care to drive safely and obey traffic laws and regulations. Medical personnel have a duty of care to their patients to do no harm.
The violation of any of these duties of care is called “breaching the duty of care.” A party who is negligent and causes a personal injury can be liable for damages and harm stemming from that injury.
What If They Say I Was Responsible for My Own Injury?
It’s not uncommon for the defendants in a personal injury case to claim that the injured person is responsible for their own injuries, whether it’s true or not. They don’t want to be found liable! A skilled attorney will review all the facts and, if you were not responsible, refute the idea that you were or try to mitigate any of your liability.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Personal Injury Case?
By law, you need to bring a personal injury claim within two years after the date of the accident or incident that caused you harm. This is called the statute of limitations. After two years, the court will refuse to hear a personal injury case.
Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible after your injuries occur. Compensation is determined by the amount and degree of harm you’ve suffered. You need to discuss your injuries and harm when they are still fresh.
Evidence, such as pictures of your injuries, doctor’s reports, eyewitness testimony, and even the site where the accident took place, all need to be documented. The longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to gather evidence.
What Kind of Damages Can I Be Compensated For?
Compensation in a legal case is often referred to as “damages,” because it is payment for damages suffered, such as medical bills.
In Texas, you can receive economic damages for medical and related bills such as physical therapy or rehabilitative services. Economic damages also include wages lost from work. Both of these can be prospective as well as actual (that is, medical treatment or time lost from work expected in the future as well as already incurred).
You can also receive damages for noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering and loss of consortium.
My Loved One Died as a Result of Their Injuries. Can I Bring a Personal Injury Suit?
If injuries that stemmed from another party’s negligence causes the injured individual to die, that person’s family can bring a legal suit for damages. This is called a wrongful death suit.
Like personal injury suits, wrongful death actions most often stem from negligence: another party owed a duty of care, but breached it.
The surviving spouse of the deceased, their children, or their parents may bring a wrongful death claim, either individually or together. A deceased person’s children include legally adopted and adult children.
If the family does not bring a claim within three months after the person dies, the deceased person’s executor or personal representative can file a wrongful death claim on the estate’s behalf.
Possible compensation includes the following:
- The income the deceased would have earned if they had not died.
- Lost companionship, love, and comfort.
- Lost support, services, advice, counsel, and maintenance.
- Lost inheritance for beneficiaries due to an untimely death.
- Mental and emotional pain, anguish, and suffering.
How will I afford a lawyer if I’m not working?
Most personal injury attorneys, including those at the Law Offices of George Salinas, handle cases on a contingency basis. We offer free consultations, and we take our fee as a percentage of any settlement or judgment we help you to obtain.
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.
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.
What should I do immediately after an accident?
If you can move without causing more damage to yourself and without putting yourself in further danger, you should:
- Check on other people involved in the accident
- Call first responders
- Ask other drivers for their contact, insurance, and registration information
- Ask any witnesses for their contact information and what they saw
- Take pictures of the accident from all angles. Include some close-ups of the damage, but don’t get so close that you can’t tell what you are looking at in the photos. If the accident was a slip and fall, dog bite, or another personal injury accident that is not a vehicle accident, take pictures of what caused the accident, whether it is a spill, a cracked sidewalk, or the dog that bit you.
- Allow EMTs to check you out, even if you think you did not suffer any injuries.
- Get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think you did not suffer any injuries. Some injuries won’t manifest until hours or even a couple of days later.
- Contact your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company to let them know that you were in an accident. Give the representatives your name, policy number, location of the accident, and your attorney’s contact information.
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
What if I have preexisting conditions?
Always let your attorney know about preexisting conditions. Accident injuries may take longer to heal because of certain diseases and medications, including diabetes and chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Furthermore, the accident injuries may exacerbate a preexisting condition, making it take longer to heal or causing a long-term or permanent injury.
What should I tell the insurance company?
After an accident, contact the insurance company to start a claim. However, you should not give the insurance company any information other than your name, policy number, the policy number of the defendant (if you have it), the location of the accident, and your attorney’s contact information.
Insurance companies, including yours, are out to make a profit. They will twist anything you say in an attempt to justify a lower settlement or to deny your claim completely. In fact, you may wish to call The Law Offices of George Salinas first and have us deal with the insurance company for you, from beginning to end.
What if an insurance adjuster calls me and presses me for information?
Refer the adjuster to us. The adjuster will try to make you say something to jeopardize your claim. No matter how persistent the adjuster is, keep referring him or her to our attorneys.
How do I pay my medical bills if I’m not working?
If you have health insurance, it should cover many of your medical bills. If you do not have insurance or if you have high deductibles, let the medical professionals know that you plan to file a claim and ask if they would hold off on reporting to the credit bureaus until you get your settlement or jury trial award.
How can I help my attorney with my case?
Before you come in for your consultation, make an outline of your case, so you don’t forget critical information that your attorney may need to know. You should also write down any questions that you have for us, so that we can be sure to answer all of your questions.
If possible, bring in as much documentation as possible. If you have trouble getting a police report, medical records, or other documents, we can help you should we decide to work together on your personal injury case.
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.
Common Personal Injuries and Losses
Every injury is different, and victims can experience different effects and losses depending on the type of injury they suffered, the severity of the injury, treatment requirements, and overall prognosis. Some people heal and recover after only a few weeks of medical treatment, while others will feel the impact of their injuries for the rest of their lives.
Even if your injuries seem minor, never assume they are too minor to pursue a personal injury claim. Even relatively minor injuries can result in doctor’s bills, missed work and lost income, and other losses. The party that caused your accident should be responsible for these losses, even if you don’t have a six-figure claim.
At The Law Offices of George Salinas, our McAllen personal injury lawyers help clients with a wide range of injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – Medical professionals diagnose TBIs based on the initial symptoms, and you might hear that you have a concussion (which is a mild TBI) or a moderate to severe TBI. All types of brain injuries – even those initially considered to be “mild” – have the potential to cause lasting and significant effects. Physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments can plague you for months, years, or even permanently.
- Spinal cord injury – When you sustain trauma to your back, it can damage your spinal cord and disrupt the messages your brain sends through your spinal cord to the rest of your body. Incomplete spinal cord injuries can result in temporary or partial impairments, while complete spinal injuries cause total and permanent paralysis below the injury point. Spinal cord injuries always require emergency medical help, and victims might spend a long time in the hospital.
- Fractures – While fractures might seem like a part of life, these injuries can be painful and costly, and they can cause chronic problems if they heal improperly. Every fracture needs professional medical attention, and more severe fractures can require one or more surgeries.
- Soft tissue injuries – Accidents can twist your body in unnatural ways, which can stretch, strain, or tear your tendons, ligaments, or muscles. Some soft tissue sprains and strains generally need physical therapy for a while to heal and strengthen the tissue, but serious tears will likely need surgery. Many people downplay these injuries, but they can cause serious pain and impairment while they heal.
- Burns – Burn injuries range from first-degree, which damages the top of the skin, to third-degree, which damages all of the skin’s layers and some tissue beneath. Serious burns need professional care to prevent infection and promote healing. Third-degree burns often require weeks in a burn center and multiple surgical procedures, such as skin grafts, which can be extremely painful. Burns can also leave victims with permanent scarring and disfigurement.
If your injury is not on the above list, it doesn’t mean we cannot help you. Always contact our office directly to discuss a possible claim, as we represent clients with all types of injuries and losses.
All injuries can result in extensive losses for victims and their families. Injury claims seek compensation for all of your losses, so you want to understand the full value of your claim before you file it with the insurance company.
Some losses that are common in personal injury claims include:
- Medical expenses – You can request payment for all of the medical bills you already incurred, as well as all of the costs of medical treatment you will need in the future.
- Lost income – If your income caused you to miss work, you can recover compensation for your lost wages. If you have to continue to stay home from work or quit working altogether, you can seek future lost earnings, as well.
- Pain and suffering – Intangible losses are just as real as financial losses, and you should never discount the pain and suffering you experienced from your injuries. This includes both physical pain and mental trauma you suffered.
- Permanent injuries – Some catastrophic injuries leave you with permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement. You can seek compensation for these life-long effects of your injuries.
Our San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyers Protect Your Rights
Everyone has the right to file a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit on their own. However, doing so often results in a fraction of the compensation you might receive with the right legal representation. Having a lawyer handling your claim sends a message to the insurance company that you know your rights and will not settle for less than you deserve.
Our legal team works hard to protect the rights of injury victims in many ways:
- Investigating what happened to identify all parties that should be liable for your losses
- Calculating your past and future losses to determine the full value of your claim
- Gathering evidence and enlisting the help of experts when needed
- Preparing and filing persuasive claims with all necessary insurance companies
- Communicating with insurance adjusters and negotiating with them when a settlement offer is inadequate
- Initiating personal injury litigation in civil court when it is necessary to obtain full compensation for you
- Handling every step of the litigation process, including settlement negotiations or trial
Having the right McAllen personal injury attorney can be highly beneficial in many ways, and you have nothing to lose by learning more about our services. With so much at stake, you should never wait to discuss a possible case and how we can help with our legal team.
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.