Personal Injury Lawyers in Corpus Christi, Texas
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If you were injured in an accident caused by another's negligence, you could be entitled to receive significant compensation to pay for your damages. You should not be stuck paying for the mistake of another, and the Corpus Christi personal injury lawyers at Zinda Law Group may help you; you don't have to face this difficult time alone.
Our Corpus Christi accident attorneys may answer your questions and provide you with information on all your legal options. We will help you pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and all the other ways the accident cost you as a victim. And as one of our clients, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That's our No Fee Guarantee.
What Is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a catch-all term for all injuries that can occur to the person. Thus, damages to a non-human entity such as a building would not fall under the definition of personal injury. Every personal injury claim has two basic issues: liability and damages.
If someone is liable for an injury, it means that they caused it or were legally responsible for its occurrence. For instance, in most personal injury cases, a victim must show that the person who caused the injury actually owed a duty of care to the victim to prove that the person is liable.
Damages is just another term for compensation. It is generally the amount of money the person liable for the injury owes the victim. For example, if you get involved in a car accident and you are able to prove that the other driver caused the accident negligently, then the other driver may have to pay for your medical expenses as damages.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
- Car Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Dog Bites
Other Cases We Handle
- Wrongful Death – wrongful death claims are generally those where a family member of the victim files a lawsuit against the offending party because the victim is unable to file a claim because he or she is dead.
- Premises Liability – these claims arise because the victim suffered injuries on the property of another individual.
- Dram Shop – in these claims, the victim is suing the owner of a tavern or a bar because the victim suffered injuries due to a patron having gotten drunk at one of these establishments.
- Worker’s Compensation – in these claims, the victim seeks compensation from the employer as a result of workplace injuries.
- Broken bones
- Brain damage
- Internal bleeding
How to File a Personal Injury Claim
1. Call an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Filing a personal injury claim can be physically and mentally taxing. An experienced lawyer may help you make the process of filing a claim less exhausting by taking some of the heaviest responsibilities off your shoulders.
At this stage, collect all of the relevant documents and evidence necessary to file a claim. These include medical bills, witness statements, official reports, employment reports, etc. This stage is also where depositions may occur. Depositions are essentially interviews conducted by lawyers with people who have information pertinent to your case.
Once you file a claim with a court, a judge may set a date for a trial or set up a meeting with a mediator who will try to find a compromise between you and the other party.
4. Case Settlement
Case settlement may occur at the mediation phase, but case settlement may also occur during the discovery/investigative stage. If an insurance company sends you an offer, be sure to discuss the offer with your lawyer. Do not simply accept the offer as your lawyer may be able to negotiate with the insurance company for a more favorable offer.
If after discovery, no settlement is reached, then your case may go to trial. Two types of trials exist: bench and jury. Bench trials are trials where the judge will hear the evidence, apply the laws applicable in your case, and make a ruling. In jury trials, the judge plays a lesser role, but he or she will still set which laws are applicable to your case. Unlike a bench trial, however, the jury will decide the outcome of your case.
Personal Injury Compensation
Compensation is provided for economic losses and non-economic losses.
Economic losses include the following:
- past and future medical bills
- past and future lost wages
- damaged property
- past and future loss of earning capacity
Non-economic losses include the following:
- past and future emotional anguish
- loss of enjoyment of activities
Working with the Insurance Adjuster
One of the most important tasks that our Corpus Christi personal injury lawyers will do is represent you when dealing with the insurance companies. An insurance adjuster has the role of ultimately deciding what your payout can be in a case. The insurance adjuster represents the interests of the insurance company, so their main goal is to settle a case for the lowest possible sum. You should be fully aware of this fact before you decide to settle a case.
The insurance adjuster will also frequently be charged with the task of further investigating the facts of a case. He or she may decide that the insured person was not at fault for causing the accident in your case. This means that he or she will assert that the insurance company is not liable for paying damages. This is a common claim that is made by insurance adjusters, and you should be prepared to address it in your situation.
It is essential for you to hire a Corpus Christi injury attorney who can negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf and be able to prove your side of the story in court. Our accident lawyers can help you to understand what your claim is worth and to know if the insurance companies are offering you a fair settlement before you sign any papers.
The Negotiation Process
A Corpus Christi accident lawyer can help you favorably resolve your personal injury case. Our attorneys will help you answer all of the difficult questions that an insurance adjuster throws at you. The insurance adjuster may ask you questions that provoke you to admit certain injuries previously existed or facts that were not in your case. This is why hiring a Corpus Christi personal injury lawyer for your case can be so helpful.
A Corpus Christi accident attorney helps you prepare for these negotiation sessions, so you can anticipate all of the questions that will be asked of you. You will also be prepared on how to answer these questions so that you do not admit fault of any kind. If we are unable to negotiate a favorable settlement for your, our Corpus Christi injury attorneys are prepared to fight for you and your rights in court.
Get Help From Corpus Christi Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you or a loved one has suffered a costly or life-altering injury due to the negligence of another, call the Texas personal injury law firm of Zinda Law Group today. Our accident attorneys are dedicated to helping you seek compensation for your losses and get back on your feet after an accident.
We also believe an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford superior legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case.
Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.