The Law Office of

Samantha “Mandy” Rodriguez

Personal Injury

Personal Injury

Accidents happen all the time. If you’ve been hurt and your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to fair compensation for your personal injuries, including lost wages, pain and suffering and medical bills. You also have a right to hire your own personal injury lawyer to help you with your personal injury claim.

Whatever you do, don’t delay seeking compensation for your personal injuries because the clock to settle your personal injury case begins ticking the day you are injured. In Texas, the clock, also known as the Statute of Limitations,  states two years to file a personal injury claim from the date the injury happened. Seeking compensation or filing a lawsuit after the two-year mark will be dismissed and no compensation will be paid. There are some exceptions to this rule and each case should be evaluated by a personal injury lawyer to see if an exception applies.

Don’t wait to hire a personal injury lawyer because important evidence can be lost and obtaining the evidence needed for a personal injury claim is usually complicated and time consuming. Remember, any person injured by someone else’s negligence has a right to hire the best personal injury lawyer and a right to be compensated. The right personal injury lawyer is one who will explain all the evidence to you in a way you can understand, explain the law to you, keep you informed at all times about the status of your personal injury claim and fight for all the compensation you deserve.

What is a personal injury lawyer?

A Personal Injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal services to people who have a personal injury, either physically or psychologically, and that personal injury was caused by the negligence of another person, company, government agency or any entity. In other words, a lawyer who represents a client to get all the compensation that client deserves for their personal injury claim.

Some examples of personal injury claims include slip and fall, dog bite, assault, medical malpractice, car accident, defective product, workplace injury, injury while in custody, injury while in jail or prison, or wrongful death.

 As a personal injury lawyer, I have three goals in every personal injury case I take.

The first and most important goal is to make sure my clients understand their case, to make sure my clients are informed of all the steps of their personal injury case and that my clients are always informed on the status of their case.

My second goal is to make every attempt to put my client in the same place they were before the personal injury, in other words, to make them whole again.

My third goal is to get a settlement amount that discourages the person who caused the personal injury and all others from the same negligence that injured my client.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

 A personal injury lawyer helps injured clients get full and fair compensation. Why? Because a client who has been injured deserves compensation for their personal injuries to pay for medical bills, pay for lost wages, and pay for pain and suffering.

A personal injury lawyer explains what a personal injury claim is, and all the steps involved from the time of the injury to settlement. This may include explaining the laws of the State where the personal injury happened, explaining legal issues that could affect the personal injury claim, explaining the statute of limitations or explain the meaning of policy limits and how it affects their personal injury claim.

A personal injury lawyer investigates their clients’ personal injury claims, reviews and gathers police reports, witness statements, pictures or video of the personal injury, medical bills, medical reports, and all other information related to the personal injury claim. The personal injury lawyer will also represent their clients if there are depositions, or other evidence that needs to be submitted. Next, the personal injury lawyer will contact the insurance company, draft a demand for payment and discuss a fair settlement amount with the insurance carrier.

If a fair settlement cannot be reached, the personal injury lawyer files a petition with the Court, the first step to begin a lawsuit, also known as the litigation process, to move the personal injury case to trial, either in front of a judge or a jury. The personal injury lawyer will then prepare for and represent the client during the entire trial process, including locating medical experts, accident reconstructionists or other experts, until a verdict or a settlement is reached.

What needs to be proven to be successful in a personal injury claim?

The person who has been injured, the Plaintiff, must prove the person or business that injured them, the Defendant, was negligent.

To do this, the Plaintiff must first show that the Defendant owed a duty of care to the Plaintiff. Examples of this would be that store owners have a duty of care to make sure their premises are safe for customers and their employees.

Next, show that the Defendant breached or violated their duty of care. An example of this would be a store owner who, in a reasonable amount of time, does not remove a liquid that is on their floor and creates a situation where a customer could fall and become injured.

The Plaintiff must then show that the Defendant’s breach or violation must be the cause of the Plaintiff’s injuries. An example would be if the Plaintiff fell at a business, but the Plaintiff has an injury that was not caused by the fall, or the Plaintiff was not hurt from the fall, then the Plaintiff is unable to bring a personal injury claim.

Last thing to prove is that the personal injury caused the Plaintiff to have actual damages. An example would be, the Plaintiff fell and went to the emergency room to seek medical treatment, Plaintiff’s medical bills would be actual damages.

If your personal injury claim meets all four of the above listed items, you should pursue being compensated for your personal injuries.

What types of cases do I take?

 Below is a list of just some of the many types of cases I take. If you don’t see the case that fits your personal injury, call my office, I may be able to refer you to someone who is able to help.

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • 18-Wheeler accident
  • Boat accident
  • Slip and fall
  • Dog bite
  • Assault and battery
  • Intentional tort
  • Injury while in police custody, jail or prison
  • Libel and slander: defamation
  • Defective product
  • Elder or nursing home abuse

The most frequently asked questions:

ZERO! If my law firm accepts your personal injury case, the case is handled on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing unless I win or settle your case. The personal injury claim costs and fees are taken from the settlement, verdict or court award.

Each case, person, and injury are different. Call today to schedule a consultation to evaluate and discuss your case. The call and the consultation are free.

Some examples are past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, loss of consortium, emotional distress, and punitive damages.

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Call 903-675-2900 or complete the form below to schedule a consultation. After providing some basic information, you will be contacted to schedule a 1-hour consultation. By completing this form, this does not mean that a client-attorney relationship has been established and this law office does not represent you unless you sign a written fee agreement and pay the initial retainer.

The Law Office of

Samantha “Mandy” Rodriguez

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