San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer
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At The Law Office of Eric Ramos, we proudly help clients in a wide-variety of auto accident and personal injury cases. If you need a lawyer now, or you simply have questions, click here to call us now.
When an accident brings life crashing down around you, you need someone you can trust to help pick up the pieces. While getting your car back or getting back to work may seem like your biggest concern, the reality is that the long-term effects of your injuries could lead to far greater losses for years – if not decades – to come. You certainly need to get your car fixed, and we hope you will be able to return to work soon; but, before you think about punching the clock, we want to make sure you have every opportunity to fully recover from your injury-related losses.
A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help
If you, your child, or someone else close to you has been injured in an accident in Texas, get legal advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer today. If you’re wondering, “Where can I find a personal injury lawyer near me that can help with my accident case”, contact us today to see how we can help you get compensated for your injuries and other economic losses. We have 4 offices in Texas; San Antonio, Laredo, Midland, and McAllen. When you choose Eric Ramos for your personal injury case, help is always nearby!
As a personal injury law firm, we are committed to standing up for accident victims and their loved ones. We know the financial and emotional devastation that can occur when injured Texans fail to protect their legal rights, and we have seen far too many cases where the insurance companies have convinced victims and their families to accept far less than they deserved. The insurance companies know that accident victims will settle for less in times of need, and they prey on this vulnerability time and time again. You have already suffered enough – don’t let the insurance companies make your situation worse. Let San Antonio personal injury attorney Eric Ramos go to work for you and use his relentless will to win to make sure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Call us today at (210) 404-HURT.
Our Core Practice Areas
Accident & Injury Attorney in San Antonio, TX
Eric Ramos Law, PLLC is a personal injury and wrongful death law firm with its principal office in San Antonio and satellite offices throughout Texas. We exclusively represent accident victims and their families, and much of our practice is devoted to auto accident, truck accident, and workplace injury representation. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, you should not face the insurance company alone. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.
Car accidents are among the leading causes of traumatic and fatal injuries in the United States, and Texas has one of the highest auto accident rates in the nation. It only takes one mistake to change a life forever, and distracted driving, drunk driving, and speeding are all among the most common causes of serious motor vehicle collisions. If you were recently injured in an auto accident in San Antonio or throughout Texas, we encourage you to contact us immediately so that we can help you with your recovery. We will negotiate with the insurance companies for you; and, if necessary, we will take your case to trial.
18-Wheeler Truck Accidents
Between the West Texas oil fields and Gulf Coast seaports, Texas has some of the busiest trucking routes in the country. This, unfortunately, also means that Texas sees more truck accidents than just about any other state nationwide. Like other types of auto accidents, trucking collisions are frequently the result of human error – from truck drivers losing control to trucking company managers pushing their drivers to spend too many hours behind the wheel. Truck and trailer defects are common factors in accidents as well; and, in truck accident cases, our first priority is to conduct a thorough investigation in order to identify the company (or companies) responsible for our clients’ injuries.
If you were injured on the job, it is important that you immediately speak with an attorney about your rights. Even if your employer carries workers’ compensation coverage, you may be entitled to additional recovery. At The Law Office of Eric A. Ramos, we can seek additional compensation from any third parties that may be responsible for your injuries. Did you fall from a ladder or scaffolding? Were you injured by a forklift? Did you fall down the stairs at work? These are just a few examples of the countless types of accidents for which additional compensation may be available.
Each year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives under avoidable circumstances. If you have lost a loved one, we understand that no amount of condolence or compassion can provide the closure you need. While we cannot offer what you truly want – what you truly deserve – what we can offer is to do everything in our power to help you through this difficult time. We can help you understand your options, we can help you understand your rights, and we will not stop fighting until the person or company that was at fault has been held fully accountable.
The Basics of Texas Personal Injury Law
What is Negligence?
At the heart of every personal injury lawsuit is negligence. Negligence occurs when the person who caused the accident or injury did not maintain a level of care that would be expected of a reasonable person. For example, a driver who becomes legally intoxicated, drives, and causes an accident as a result of that intoxication is negligent. When a drunk driver causes harm, he or she may be held legal and financially responsible for injuries and damages they cause.
What Are the Legal Elements Required to Prove Negligence in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
- Duty of care– the duty the person who caused the injury owed to the person who was injured. Each person who is behind the wheel of a car owes a duty of care to other drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
- Breach of duty – when a person violates a traffic law, such as running a red light, being under the influence or fails to pay attention because they are using a cell phone, they have breached the duty owed to others on the road.
- Causation – generally this is the easiest to prove; when one driver hits another because they were inebriated, failed to yield or weren’t paying attention, they are the cause of the injuries sustained by a victim.
- Damages– medical bills, property damage to a victim’s vehicle, lost wages and ongoing rehabilitation or surgical procedures are all considered actual damages. These damages must be proven for a victim to be able to show the other person caused them financial damage.
Proving Fault in Personal Injury Cases
Facts including the statement of the victim, witness statements and photographs can help show who is at fault in an accident. Other ways to prove fault include a review of the evidence, which includes the vehicles involved. Your accident attorney may depend on evidence developed from accident reconstruction, police reports and even cameras at local businesses in the area of the accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I hire an attorney for my accident?
Although you are never required to hire an an attorney, it is usually best to do so as soon as possible. From the moment the insurance company is notified of the accident, they are building their case against you. Every statement made to the insurance company will be used to accomplish the insurance company’s goal of paying you as little as possible.
What compensation am I entitled to after an accident?
After an accident or other injury caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, mental anguish, pain and suffering, and other legally compensable damages.
An experienced attorney can properly evaluate your case to pursue everything available to you under Texas Law.
Does every personal injury claim go to court?
Not every case goes to court. In many cases, we can negotiate a favorable settlement with the insurance company. However, when the insurance company offers less than your case is worth, we will be fully prepared to take your case to court to fight for the compensation you deserve.
How do I determine who is responsible for my injuries?
When someone is negligent, they may be held responsible for your injuries. Negligence is often difficult to define; however, a drunk driver can be considered negligent. Negligence takes on many forms – for example, a trucking company may be pushing drivers to travel long distances without allowing sufficient time between deliveries. In this case, the company may be considered negligent if you were injured by a truck driver who was speeding to get to his next delivery destination. A personal injury attorney will discuss all of the aspects of your accident with you and help determine who is responsible.
Who is the best personal injury attorney in San Antonio?
There are many great injury attorneys in San Antonio. There really isn’t a “best” attorney, but you may find the best attorney for your particular situation.
Make sure you interview several San Antonio injury lawyers and find one that you’re comfortable with and confident in.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
We don’t charge any upfront costs. We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means that we don’t charge you a dime unless we recover money through a settlement or through a jury trial. The consultation is free and we handle the upfront costs of filing suit, hiring experts (if necessary), and taking your case to a jury trial. If we do not win, you do not have to cover any of our costs.
What should I do if I’m contacted by an insurance adjuster?
Insurance adjusters should be referred to your personal injury attorney. This is to protect yourself – remember, the adjusters task is to get you to settle your claim for as little as possible. In nearly all cases, the amount of the settlement is likely to be far less than your claim is worth. Be very cautious when answering any questions posed by an insurance adjuster because they will try to prove your injuries are not as serious as you claim and they may also try to get you to admit partial responsibility for your injuries.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Texas law allows victims in most personal injury cases to file a lawsuit within two years from the date of their accident. Exceptions may exist if the responsible party is a government agency; in these cases, you may have as little as six months.
What else should I know about personal injury claims?
In addition to being aware of the statutes of limitations as they pertain to Texas injury claims, you should also be aware of what is called “shared fault” statutes. Texas uses a modified comparative negligence rule meaning that if you are partially at fault for an accident where you suffer an injury your final award may be reduced by the percentage of your fault.
It is also important to know that if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault, you will be unable to collect any damages. Let’s say your car is broadsided by a truck while you were distracted by a passenger in your car. The determination is that you were 25 percent at fault for your injuries. If the total award was granted at $100,000, you would recover $75,000 due to the other driver’s fault, but you would not recover the $25,000 caused by your own fault.
Hiring an Attorney
Insurance companies have experts and so should you.
Insurance companies typically have the advantage over people filing claims against them. They have billions of dollars and some of the best defense attorneys in Texas. It’s nearly impossible to even the playing field without an experienced attorney on your side. This is why you should have your own legal experts in your corner. A personal injury attorney will represent you in negotiations, and if necessary, file a lawsuit to get you the most compensation you deserve. Insurance companies know that non-attorneys typically cannot file a successful lawsuit and they take advantage of that fact. They even keep databases of which attorneys and law firms will take the case to court and who will accept a lower settlement. Hire the expert litigation team at Eric Ramos Law and we’ll fight to get you the most compensation for your injury claim.
Attorneys Get Better Results
Higher average settlement when represented by a personal injury attorney
Hiring a personal injury attorney could have a major impact on the outcome of your case. A study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) reported that for specific auto-accident-related injuries, the average insurance payouts were 3.5 times higher for individuals who hired an attorney.1 It is worth noting that the IRC is a research organization created and funded by the insurance industry.
If you’ve been injured, it’s important to keep in mind that the insurances company’s goal is to settle your case for as little as possible. Without an attorney involved, the insurance company may offer you far less than the value of your claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can help determine the true value of your case, and when the insurance company adjuster knows your claim is being handled by an attorney, you are likely to receive a much higher settlement offer.
1. Insurance Research Council: Auto Injuries: Claiming Behavior and Its Impact on Insurance Costs
Choosing the Best San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have decided to talk to an injury attorney about your case, you might feel overwhelmed with choices. San Antonio has thousands of lawyers at hundreds of law firms — many of whom take on personal injury and accident cases. How do you decide which lawyer is best for your case?
Common Misconception: There is a “Best personal injury lawyer in San Antonio.”
The practice of law is dynamic and each and every case is different. Many local attorneys are great at handling auto accidents, but if you gave the same car accident case to 10 different attorneys, you will likely receive 10 different outcomes. While there may not be an objective “best lawyer,” you can still find the best lawyer for you and your case.
Where to start: Finding a Top San Antonio Personal Injury Attorney
Some law firms may have flashy commercials, catchy phone numbers, or big personalities, but none of this determines whether they are the best firm for you. To really find the best personal injury lawyer for your case, you should consider the questions listed below.
How well equipped is the lawyer for your specific case?
Lawyers and law firms differ greatly in their skill, experience, resources (time & money available to pursue your claim), client communication, and other factors. Here are a few factors that set us apart from other personal injury firms:
Attorney Eric Ramos personally meets with each client.
Some lawyers are able to run their practices efficiently and have their office staff handle almost all client communications. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and it should be expected to an extent. However, your attorney should not be some figure on a pedestal. He or she should be accessible when you truly need them. Eric Ramos personal handles every case and meets with every client. Our friendly staff will also keep in contact with you throughout your case.
We only take select cases. We're not just a settlement mill.
Some San Antonio personal injury lawyers advertise heavily to bring in as many cases as possible. Naturally, this leaves less time, money, and attention to every other case and client. We, unfortunately, receive calls from folks who already have a lawyer who “won’t get back with them” for days, weeks, or even months.
On the other hand, some law firms are more selective about the cases they take. This allows them to spend more time on each case to develop a better outcome for their clients. We focus on quality over quantity. By limiting the number of cases we take, we can ensure the maximum effort and greatest financial recovery for each personal injury case.
We're a litigation firm that works to maximize your case value.
While many local personal injury attorneys do great legal work, others spend more time and money advertising than trying cases. Ask your lawyer if he or she files lawsuits, or if he/she will file personally handle your case or refer it out. There is nothing wrong with referring cases out to litigation firms, but you should know upfront if your lawyer is willing to go the distance for you. At Eric Ramos Law, we’re not afraid to litigate when it is in your best interest. In fact, we regularly accept attorney referrals for cases that require litigation expertise.
What are your concerns? While financial compensation is what we typically focus on in personal injury law, that is only small part of the equation. You and your lawyer should seek to understand your everyday-life concerns such as:
- My car is totaled, how can I get around?
- Will I be able to keep my job?
- Can my employer penalize me for filing a work injury claim?
- My child was injured, can I bring a claim on his behalf?
- What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
- I don’t even know where to start finding the right doctor(s).
- How am I going to pay for my surgery?
A personal injury lawyer will not only give you a forecast of your case but will give complete guidance on how to get back on your feet (and stay there) during the course of your injury or accident case.
The Bottom Line: Choosing the Best Personal Injury Lawyer
In the end, the best person to choose the “top” attorney for your case is you. Take your time, meet with a few lawyers, and ask them plenty of questions. Make sure that you and your loved ones feel comfortable with the lawyer and confident in hiring him/her.
Why you should contact Eric Ramos Law, PLLC:
We are a small firm that is big on service. We remind ourselves each day that we must “treat our clients like we treat our family.” Let’s sit down and chat to see if we’re a fit. Even if we can’t help you with your case, we will be happy to get you pointed in the right direction and back on the road to recovery. Call us today at (210) 404-HURT.
WHY CHOOSE OUR FIRM
All of our personal injury clients receive our no-fee guarantee: If we don’t win, you don’t pay. Your circumstances are stressful enough without having to worry about legal bills. We want to take the stress out of the situation so that you can rest easy and focus on your physical and emotional recovery.
More Than Just Legal Representation
Scheduling doctor’s appointments. Paying your medical bills. Getting a rental car. Dealing with your employer. These tasks can become overwhelming in the aftermath of a serious accident. So, why not let us handle them for you? We are passionate about helping our clients, and we do so in more ways than just providing aggressive legal representation.
Your initial consultation is completely free and confidential. You shouldn’t have to pay to find out if you need to hire a lawyer. Eric will meet with you personally to discuss your case, and he is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your claim for compensation.
Same Day & Next Day Appointments
In most cases, attorney Eric A. Ramos can make arrangements to meet with you the day you contact our office. If Eric is busy with another client or tied up in court, we will make sure your appointment is scheduled as soon as possible.
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