In addition to coming with a lot of emotion and feelings, personal injury cases also come with a lot of questions. Here are some of the questions we hear the most at Cristobal Galindo Law.
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How much does it cost to get a personal injury attorney?
Most cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. This means the injured victim or the victim’s family members are not responsible for any attorney’s fees or court costs until after a settlement is reached. This also means that the attorney does not get paid unless a recovery is made.
A personal injury lawyer fronts the litigation expenses, court costs and filing fees, and gets repaid out of the recovery amount.
By working on a contingency fee basis, the lawyer has an incentive to work the case as efficiently and effectively as possible since he or she does not get paid unless the case is won.
What is the Statute of Limitations for a personal injury claim?
In Texas, you have two years to file a personal injury claim.
A statute of limitations is an amount of time you have to file a claim from the date of your accident. After the amount of time allowed by the statute has passed, you are not allowed to file a claim for that accident except in certain circumstances. The statute of limitation begins to “run” from the date your accident occurred. That means the two year time period is calculated beginning with the day the accident happened. In some cases, when you can’t notice your injury right away, the time to file a claim is calculated from the time begins when you could have or should have known about your injury.
If you are injured, don’t wait two years to contact one of the experienced attorneys at The Law Office of Cristobal M. Galindo, P.C.
What is tire separation?
That is when the tread comes off the rest of the tire. This can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and many times results in catastrophic injuries.
One minute you are driving normally, and the next you don’t have any tread on your tire. The tread is what keeps the tire connected to the road, it’s what grips the road. If that is not there, you have little chance of controlling your vehicle.
If you have had a tire separation give us a call.
I fell while shopping, but I’m not sure if my fall is considered a slip and fall accident. What are some of the most common causes of slip and fall accidents in Houston?
The term “slip and fall accident” is a general term that describes a type of event that has the potential to cause serious injury. Sometimes these accidents are referred to as trip and fall accidents.
No matter what the term is, property owners are obligated to keep their premises safe from the risk of falling for their patrons. Some safety requirements include warnings of potentially dangerous areas, and keeping the facility properly maintained—including handrails, walkways, stairs, and more.
Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents in Houston
When you go shopping in Houston, it’s understandable that you assume that hazards will be well marked and quickly taken care of to prevent the risk of harm to you, the patron. When that doesn’t happen, you may have a case against the property owner whose carelessness hurt you.
Here are a few ways slip and fall accidents happen:
- Slip on water or spilled food in an unmarked puddle on the ground or floor
- Trip over debris left in a walkway
- Slip, or trip on uneven surfaces that are not properly marked
- Dangerous construction or work sites that cause people to fall
- Safety gear, such as handrails and guardrails, that are not properly maintained
- Cracked or broken sidewalks, flooring, stairs, or escalators
Often accidents of this nature cause serious injuries, such as broken hips, traumatic brain injuries, severe lacerations, tears, sprains, or strains. Unfortunately, accidents like these could and should have been prevented.
If you have fallen because of one of these situations or a similar instance, you may have a case against the owner or manager of the property. Knowing how to fight these cases can be difficult. We’re happy to meet with you to discuss your case in greater detail to let you know what your options are. Schedule an appointment with our Houston slip and fall attorney Cris Galindo to learn more about what you can do to protect your family against having to pay the price for high medical bills, lost wages, and more.
Help! I was badly hurt in an accident at work. What type of evidence do I need to document a work injury in Houston?
Getting injured on the job is very scary. You’re smart to be thinking about what kind of records you need in order to document your work injury. With the right evidence, you can get the compensation you need to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, and more.
Documents Needed When Filing a Houston Work Injury Claim
Filing any type of injury claim requires a lot of work and a lot of evidence. You must prove a number of things in order for your employer to cover all of your costs, such as how the injury happened, and that the injury happened as a result of an accident at work. This is not always easy.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you must battle his insurance company to get the entire settlement value that you’re entitled to. If your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may be put in a position where you have to battle your employer for the money needed to cover your medical bills and lost wages. Throughout all of this, you are watching your medical bills pile up and your checking account dwindle without a paycheck.
No matter how your case is handled, here are some of the most important types of documents for you to hold on to so that you get the compensation you deserve.
- Medical bills. It’s not cheap to have a serious injury treated, even if you have good health insurance. Keep track of all medical bills so that you can be reimbursed for your expenses.
- Time missed from work. You are entitled to receive a portion of your lost wages. Keep a journal of how many days you were forced to miss work because of your injury, and a doctor’s note to support your claim.
- Take pictures. Pictures can paint a picture of what happened. Take pictures of as much as possible that had to do with your accident, such as the place where it happened, the injuries themselves, and anything else that may tell a story of what caused your injury.
- Witness statements. Did any of your coworkers see the accident? Document their statements of what happened for the record, while it’s fresh in their mind.
- A journal. A serious injury will shake up your life. Keeping track of all of the critical details may be very difficult, if not impossible. By writing in a journal every day about your health, your symptoms, your activities (or lack thereof) and more, you will have a clear record of how your injury shook your life.
Did a work injury in Houston (Link to Worksite Injuries PRACTICE AREA page) change your life? Let us know about what pieces of evidence you held on to that helped your claim in the comments below.
My car accident happened a few days ago, and the insurance adjuster is already offering a settlement. Should I accept such a fast settlement from the insurance company after my car crash in Houston?
Often an insurance adjuster will try to get you to settle your insurance claim as quickly as possible. She may claim that the reasons for doing this are to help you get the money you need more quickly and to ease the burden of fighting your insurance claim while you heal. What she doesn’t tell you is how costly this can be for you in the long run.
The reason the insurance company is trying to get you to settle is because it is trying to get you to accept less than you deserve. Although it may be tempting, your answer to a fast settlement should always be no. Here’s why:
- You do not know how much your medical bills will be yet. Serious injuries from a Houston car accident—such as traumatic brain injuries or back and neck damage—may not be evident within the first few days. Your body is still in shock, so some symptoms may be hiding beneath the surface, making it impossible to know they’re there. If you don’t know all of your injuries yet, you certainly cannot know how much your medical costs will be. Even if you do know your injuries—for instance, perhaps you broke your collarbone in the accident—you do not know how the bone will heal or whether you’ll need surgery down the road.
- You may not know the full cost of your property damage. The body shop and mechanic may need more time to determine the full extent of damage to your car. In some cases, they will not know the full cost for repairs until they are already working on your vehicle. Be sure the body shop and mechanic have finalized their assessment of your car before accepting a settlement check.
- You may not be at fault for any portion of the accident. Sometimes, the adjuster will try to claim that you were at fault for a portion of the accident. This can have a major impact on how much you receive in a settlement check. If you accept a smaller check before an investigation into the crash takes place, you may lose out on a large amount of money.
You deserve to have all the answers about your car accident before you accept a settlement check from the insurance company. Don’t let the insurance adjuster con you into making a fast decision about your settlement. Your future is too important for that.
If you’re unsure of whether your settlement check is fair and just, it is important that you reach out to Houston TX car accident attorney Cris Galindo before accepting. By working with our family of experienced personal injury lawyers in Houston, you can be confident that the final check you accept is the one that is most fair for the pain you’ve had to endure. Call us at 1-888-800-1808 to speak with someone today.