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Saturday, November 15, 2008

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Friday, November 14, 2008

How much for a personal injury lawyer?

Attorney fees in cases of serious injury or wrongful death are generally based on a “contingency fee basis”. This means that the attorney is only paid if (enphasis aded) there is a recovery, and the fees are set as a percentage of the recovery made. If there is no recovery, you owe no attorney fees at all.

On the other hand, when attorneys charge for their time by the hour, their bills can quickly add up and be beyond the budget of most people. Although the insurance industry and corporations can have dozens of attorneys “on the clock”, that isn’t possible for the rest of us.

Fortunately, consumers have a way to level the playing field. Under a contingency fee contract, attorney fees are generally between 33.3% and 40%, but there is nothing sacred about these numbers. In more complicated and difficult cases or in cases that require significant expenses, the percentages may be higher. Talk to your lawyer about your contingency fee.

You should expect that a contingent fee agreement will be in writing, and in Texas, they are in fact required. Make certain that you understand this agreement. Ask questions. You should expect to be provided a copy of the agreement for your records. How expenses will be paid is an important part of the agreement. Cases for serious injury or death can require sizable expenditures, tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. Ask what kinds of expenses the attorney considers essential to prepare your case and maximize your recovery.

Routine costs in lawsuits can include charges for filing fees, process servers, facsimile charges, couriers, express mail, Federal Express, UPS, copying of medical and other records, deposition reporter's fees and transcripts, experts' and consultants fees, telephone toll charges, in office copying, postage, attorney's travel by car, parking, overnight hotel and meals, focus groups, trial exhibits, computer research, mediation fees, jury fees and investigators' fees and many others.

The most significant expenses in cases are for experts who hired to explain what the defendant did wrong, medical details related to the death or injury, and future expenses or losses that have resulted. Fo this you need doctors, engineers, life care planners, and economists. In most cases, attorneys with contingent fee agreements will advance the expenses on a case, and then deduct them from the settlement when the case is resolved. Although it is difficult to estimate the expenses of a case in advance, ask for a general estimate of what those costs will be.

Although no attorney can guarantee what the outcome of a given case will be, that does not prevent the attorney from promising to use his/her best efforts on your behalf. The "right attorney" is never unwilling to make this commitment to his/her client and to put that commitment in writing.

If you have been injured by someone's negligence, and you have substantial medical expenses, please contact our law firm. Our experts will help you through this diffucult time and will try to get you back to whole again. Visit our website or and schedule your free initial consultation with one of our lawyers.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Causes of 18 Wheeler accidents

Over the years, our attorneys have handled trucking accidents across the State. The accidents can be caused by a number of factors. In all cases, there needs to be an investigation conducted by experienced individuals. When investigating a semi-truck accident, it is important to get the right information for the case:

Could the company be negligent in the hiring and training the driver?
Does the company have safety policies and training policies?
Could the driver have been fatigued?
Has the driver had prior accidents, speeding tickets or DUI charges?
Was the driver intoxicated or under the influence of drugs while driving?
Was the accident a result of an unsafe load, unbalanced load?
Was the truck properly maintained by the driver and or company?
Are there logbook requirements with the company?
Are the driver logs falsified?
Were defective tires or other defective equipment responsible for the accident?

Our law firm will get to the bottom of those questions, in order to obtain the best possible award for our clients. Most likely, if a heavy truck (18-wheeler, semi, tractor-trailer) crashes into a car, SUV, or motorcycle, the injuries are nearly always fatal, and the victims will suffer lifelong injuries (including paraplegia and quadriplegia), brain injuries, or even amputations.

Too often, the injured victims never recover and need substantial resources to get their lives back in order. Our goal is to cover the expenses which include compensation for medical bills, lost wages, future medical care, attendant care, job retraining, and pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an 18-wheeler accident, make sure you have a truck accident attorney with the experience in handling truck accident investigations and insurance claims. Visit our website: or for a free consultation on your case. This is why we say, "We Care About Your Legal Needs!"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Surviving a car accident

Even the best defensive driving classes and split-second decisions may not prevent you from becoming the victim of a life-threatening auto accident, but like the Mercedes Benz commercial says " you need to be ready in case it happens." According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the annual number of fatal collisions hovers around 40 thousand. As a driver, you should continually educate yourself and exhibit attentiveness and self-control on the roadways so you're more prepared to survive an auto accident.

We have collected information helpful for you, the driver, in order to survive a car collision, if it ever happens.

Step 1: Ready yourself mentally before you get on the road. Since you'll generally have little time to contemplate a course of action when faced with an oncoming collision, it is important to remain focused at all times. Turn off your cell phone, put away your hairbrush and turn down your radio. Be mindfully present when you're driving--not distracted.

Step2: Have your mechanic test and service your restraint and safety systems on an annual basis. Airbags and seat belts save countless lives each year, but only if they are in proper working order. If you purchase a used car, have the integrity of the safety systems evaluated before you begin to drive the car regularly.

Step3: Service your brakes, tires, transmission and suspension systems according to dealer recommendations, and sooner if you suspect a problem. Your car will only react as well as its systems are maintained. Driving with worn brake pads and bald tires may cause an accident to become serious, or even fatal.

Step4: Remain upright, gripping the steering wheel tightly at 10 and 2 o'clock and bracing yourself for a collision. Do not allow your body to go limp, as you need increased muscle tone and rigidity to protect your organs, spinal discs and skeletal system. It is better to suffer from sore muscles than a ruptured spleen or spinal fracture following an accident.

Step5: Get out of the vehicle and move away from the area if you can walk on your own. If you begin to smell smoke or see flames, run away from the car immediately to avoid an explosion. Your ability to survive may depend on your speed in extricating yourself from the vehicle and the accident scene.

Step6: Bail out of your vehicle immediately if it is headed toward or floating in a body of water. Once an automobile sinks below the water's surface, the doors and windows become nearly impossible to open due to the intense water pressure. If your door is stuck shut, kick out a window to exit the vehicle.

Step7: Resist the urge to duck toward the steering wheel before a collision. Upon impact, your head may strike the wheel and render you unconscious. In addition, if your vehicle is equipped with airbags, you could sustain serious burns from the airbag explosive or other damage due to the airbag's facial impact.

Step8: Sit at least 10 inches away from the steering wheel if your vehicle is equipped with an airbag. If you're seated closer, the airbag could break your ribs, or cause lung damage or other serious internal conditions. If you are too short to reach the pedals without moving the seat forward, purchase pedal extenders.

Step9: Adjust your headrest so it sits just above your ears. If your headrest is too low, you could incur serious or fatal cervical damage when your head impacts the rest.

Step10: Wear your seatbelt properly. Do not put the chest harness behind your back, as wearing only your lap belt subjects the spine to serious trauma upon collision impact.

This steps will help you prevent an accident; however, if you are involved in one, then please contact our law firm for help. Visit our website: or for a free case evaluation.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Insurance law and terminology for the state of Texas

In the state of Texas, the law mandates minimum automobile liability insurance coverage for automobiles registered in the state. This includes property damages and personal injury coverage, which we will now discuss. Depending on the terms of the individual policy, liability insurance typically covers the cost of property damage, including the cost of repair or replacement for any property damaged as the result of an accident (property damage). Liability insurance also pays medical bills and lost wages as a result of bodily injuries incurred in an accident (personal injury).

Texas law requires that each car registered in the state have a minimum of $20,000 in insurance coverage for one person injured in an accident, and a minimum of $40,000 for all persons injured in an accident. These are considered (policy limits). In addition, Texas requires a minimum $15,000 in coverage for property damage.

Conversely, Texas law does not mandates coverage of policies, when you are involved in an accident with an uninsured, underinsured, or hit-and-run driver. The rationale is that every car, according to the law, should have its own coverage, hence, why have it. Such coverage typically pays medical bills and lost wages for you and your passengers, in a case where you cannot collect these damages from the driver at fault for the accident, and we highly encourage each consumer to get it.

Insurance companies are allowed to offer Texas drivers a choice between purchasing auto insurance for the traditional fixed installment at an annual rate, and the more innovative cents-per-mile rate. On the other hand, under the traditional system a car owner purchases insurance at an annual rate irrespective of the frequency with which the owner uses the car, under the cent-per-mile system, an owner pays for coverage only for those miles driven. Consult with your insurance company to see what type they offer to you.

Texas designed this system to make compulsory insurance more affordable, thereby reducing the incidence of illegally uninsured motorist. A cents-per-mile rate works in this way: An insurance company assigns your car to one of its rate groups according to your zip code, car use and type, driver type, and other information about your household. Your car might be put into a group paying $500 a year.

When the insurance company determins that the average miles a year for cars in your group was 10,000, the alternative mile rate for your group would be 5.0 cents a mile. If you chose the mile rate instead of the annual rate, you might initially buy 2,500 miles for $100 (= 5.0¢/mi. x 2,500 mi.) plus a nominal expense fee. The insurer would add these miles to your car's current odometer reading to determine the mileage at which coverage would end. Before you drive all these miles, you would have to buy more miles to remain legally insured.

The insurer may wish to purchase additional insurance coverage beyond compulsory insurance. In many cases, the owner of an automobile, may be held personally liable for any damages in excess of the insurance coverage. Purchasing additional coverage could protect your personal assets in case of a suit.

The following are the basic terminology used by insurance companies used when dealing with aditional insurance coverage. Basic Reparations or Medical Payments Coverage, Collision Coverage, and Comprehensive Coverage. Basic Reparations Coverage covers bodily injury and medical expenses of an at-fault driver who does not have medical insurance. Collision coverage pays for damages incurred by the at-fault driver in accidents involving collision. Finally, Comprehensive Coverage pays for damage to a vehicle not caused by collision, including damages caused by theft, vandalism, flood, fire, and explosion.

If you have been injured as a result of an accident, please contact our firm so that we can explain to you your legal rights. We specialize in any type of accident, including but not limited to auto, truck, airplane, boat, motorcycle, car, bus, rollovers, roof crush injuries, death, brain injury, multiple trauma, broken bones, fatal injuries and more. Please call us (210) 979-9777 or visit our website or so that we can set you up a free initial consultation with our attorneys. We are The Baez Law Firm, and "we care about your legal needs!"

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