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Monday, December 29, 2008

Does a person needs to have an attorney to handle their personal injury case?

I read an article once that said: "No, but it is advisable." In law school, they teach you that only a fool has him/her self for a client, and the same goes for personal injury cases. Although insurance companies will often try to settle the claim without the involvement of lawyers, we recommend that you consult a lawyer before finalizing an agreement if you have any questions about whether you are getting a fair or proper settlement.

In the case of a serious injury, you should always consult a lawyer as soon as possible if you believe the injury was caused by some one's negligence. Most likely the insurance company for that other party will investigate immediately, but it helps keep the playing field level if you have a lawyer or a law firm to represent your interests and protect any important evidence.

If you have been injured by another person's negligence, please call us (210) 979-9777 or visit our website www.thebaezlawfirm.com for a free initial consultation.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Whiplash injuries

In general, injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as whiplash. Whether from a car accident, sports, or an accident at work, whiplash or other neck injuries warrant a thorough chiropractic check-up.

one of the biggest dangers with whiplash injuries is that the symptoms can take years to develop. Too often people don't seek treatment until more serious complications develop. Even after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, some 45% report they still suffer with symptoms two years later. Our lawyers will help you maximize your recovery for soft tissue injuries.

According to the experts, whiplash is most commonly caused by a motor vehicle accident in which the car the person is riding in is not moving, and is struck from a vehicle from behind without notice. It is commonly thought the rear impact causes the head and neck to be forced into hyperextension as the seat pushes the person's torso forward - and the unrestrained head and neck fall backwards. After a short delay the head and neck then recover and are thrown into a hyperflexed position.

Most insurance companies will downplay the fact that you may have suffered from what they call soft tissue injury, which includes whiplash. As such, you need a team of attorneys capable of dealing with insurance companies and their allies. You need The Baez Law Firm, P.C. on your side.

The Baez Law Firm, P.C. is here for you, and that is why we say, "We care about your legal needs!" Come visit us and you will know the difference from the moment you walk through our doors.

The Baez Law Firm, P.C. handles wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injuries, nursing home negligence, and many other areas of personal injury law.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wrongful Death actions in Texas

A wrongful death has occurred when a person is killed due to the negligence or other liability of a person or entity. Surviving beneficiaries and dependents are entitled to monetary damages in instances of wrongful death.

The Texas Legislature in 1860 enacted the original Texas Wrongful Death Statute. The Wrongful Death Act has been amended, codified and recodified over the years and is now Chapter 71 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

The Act provides the exclusive remedy for wrongful death in Texas, compensating the decedent's spouse, parents, and children for the losses they sustained as a result of the decedent's injury and death. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.004(a).

A wrongful death action is separate and distinct from a survival action, where the individual's cause of action for injury to his health, reputation or person survives in favor of his heirs, legal representative, and estate. See Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.021.

"A person is liable for damages arising from an injury that causes an individual's death if the injury was caused by the person's or agent's or servant's wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness or default." Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.002(b).

Suit may be brought under the Act "only if the individual injured would have been entitled to bring an action for the injury if he had lived." Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.003(a). Under Texas law, plaintiffs bringing a wrongful death action are in the procedural shoes of the victim, and the defenses to victim's personal injury action are defenses to plaintiff's wrongful death claim.

The wrongful death action is subject to all the conditions to which decedent's action would have been subject had he or she only been injured.

If a defendant to a wrongful death action dies while the suit is pending, or if an individual against whom an action could be instituted dies before the suit is filed, the individual's executor or administrator may be named as defendant in his place. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.008(a).

The surviving spouse, children and parents may bring the suit. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.004(b). If named beneficiaries do not bring an action within three (3) months of the death of the injured party, the executor or administrator of the estate shall bring the action on behalf of the beneficiaries unless instructed not to do so by all the beneficiaries. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. §71.004(c).

A wrongful death cause of action accrues at death, if it exists at all, 2 years from death.

The two-year statute of limitations is absolute from the date of death. The so-called "discovery rule" does not apply in wrongful death and survival actions.

If you have a wrongful death action, please contact our attorneys. We can help you settle the case against the wrong doers. Visit our website www.thebaezlawfirm.com or www.sanantoniopersonalinjurytriallawyers.com because "We care about your legal need."

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Merry Christmas to all of you!!!

From The Baez Law Firm, P.C. to all Texas law firms, lawyers, judges, legal assistant, and court personnel, we are wishing you a very Merry Christmas. With this, we just wanted to share something uplifting during this season.

According to the bible, the historic record of the birth of Christ can be found in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 2:1-20.Unlike any other baby, the one born that night in Bethlehem was unique in all of history. He was not created by a human father and mother. He had a heavenly pre-existence (John 1:1-3, 14). He is God, the Son—Creator of the universe (Philippians 2:5-11). This is why Christmas is called the incarnation, a word which means “in the flesh.” In the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh.

Why would God do such a thing? Why would he come as a baby, instead of appearing in power and majesty? Why make himself a true man and live among us, when he knew full well how terribly he would be treated?

It was LOVE! It was necessary, if you are to be saved!

Share the good news that Christ still alive in your heart, and celebrate with your love ones the true meaning of Christmas. May God bless the Texas legal system, its attorneys and may God bless the USA.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Insurance Coverage Matters

For the most part, before an attorney gets started in filing a claim, the availability and the total amount of insurance coverage will be a major factor in deciding whether the claim can go forward. Typical insurance issues people with serious injuries face are: 1) no insurance coverage (Uninsured motorists), 2) insufficient insurance coverage (underinsured Driver), or 3) Denial of claims, Bad Faith/Tough/Difficult Insurance Companies.

Our law firm The Baez Law Firm, P.C. specializes in providing our clients with the best representation through Texas in relation to car accidents. Our firm will handle your claim from beginning to end. Now, a further explanation of policies are in order.

1) Uninsured Driver. In many cases the driver who is legally responsible for the accident has absolutely no insurance of any kind. In these circumstances it is usually extremely difficult for a person who is injured in the crash to get anything close to appropriate compensation. If the injuries are catastrophic or fatal an attorney will hire an investigator to look for other parties responsible- other insurance "umbrella" policies, related homeowners owners or family members, companies etc but they often come up empty and the the injured person has no way to recover any damages. Because there are so many uninsured drivers you should always buy "uninsured motorist coverage" under your own auto insurance policy.

2) Underinsured Driver. In the event of a very serious injury or death the majority of drivers will have inadequate insurance coverage, usually the minimum required by state law often only around $20,000. This often means that the worst drivers carry the least insurance because they cannot afford the high premiums resulting from their poor driving records. You should always purchase underinsured motorist coverage if it is offered, so in the event you are injured by a another driver without proper insurance you can collect against your own insurance company.

3) Insurance Denial of Claims and Bad Faith. In order to save money insurance companies will often stretch and use imaginative arguments to deny claims. Sometimes these claims denials or defenses are so beyond being reasonable that they amount to what is called legal bad faith- when an insurance company improper fights a legitimate claims or denies one. In most cases these matters are handled through litigation in the courts.

If you have been injured in an accident, contact our law firm for a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

After being in a car accident an injured person should hire an attorney and begin the legal process as soon as possible. Waiting will usually weaken a potential claim through loss of evidence, loss of fresh memories and disorganized paperwork and medical records and the inability of the attorney to direct the process. Waiting too long may result in the case being completely barred by the statute of limitations of the state where the accident took place.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Auto accident and its injuries

Brain injuries are more common in side impact car accidents than in rear end auto accidents. Brain damage in a car accident is often related to the quick acceleration and deceleration of the brain, which causes injury to the point of impact and its opposite point or cont recoup. Diagnosis of a brain injury may be difficult. The Baez Law Firm, P.C. handle brain injury cases as a result of a car accident and all types of personal injury cases.

Concussions are associated with traumatic brain injury as are seizures, headaches, dizziness, lack of concentration, memory loss, depression or anxiety, spinal cord injury. CT scans and MRI scans are often used to diagnosis brain injury. Neck injuries vary from whiplash, one of the most common and annoying injuries caused by car accidents, to disk injuries. Our doctors will treat you promptly and efficiently with the most up to date technology.

Whiplash is an injury frequently associated with rear end impacts. Whiplash injures the soft tissues made up of nerves, ligaments and muscles. It causes neck pain and limitation of neck and head movement effecting rotation and peripheral vision. It may be temporary or permanent and can effect all aspects of life. If whiplash lasts for more than a few days after a car accident physicians will prescribe medications and often refer patients to physical therapists or chiropractors for rehabilitative therapy.

Our focused practice allows the firm to advocate in its clients’ best interests and attempt to win them the money they deserve through settlement or litigation. The Baez Law Firm, P.C. has obtained millions of dollars in results over the years. Now, prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and cost and disbursements remain the client’s responsibility. We are ready to help.

The Baez Law Firm, P.C. is so committed to its Texas auto accident law practice that most all of its cases are accepted on a contingent fee basis, which means that there are no attorney’s fees unless you get a recovery! If you cannot come to one of the Baez Law Firm's case intake locations, we can come to you at your home or hospital!

The Baez Law Firm, P.C. focuses on car accidents and crashes, resulting in injuries, and wrongful death. The Baez Law Firm, P.C. handles Texas auto accident and car crashes that involve motorcycle accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, and pedestrian accident cases across the state of Texas. If you’ve been hurt in a car, call The Baez Law Firm, P.C.

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