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When people are suffering due to a serious injury or death in the family, they need more than kind words. They need advocates who act decisively to help them get justice and compensation.
At Wyatt Law Firm in San Antonio, we are passionate about helping injured people and the families of fatal accident victims. Our firm takes swift, aggressive and effective legal action for people who have suffered from the actions of negligent corporations and individuals.
We seek maximum compensation for people throughout Texas and the nation, including the cities of San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Laredo and Corpus Christi.
Don’t Let An Insurance Company Take Advantage Of You
Have you suffered injury or harm because of the actions of a negligent party? If so, you have an important decision to make. You must find attorneys who will stand up against the powerful interests arrayed against you.
The attorneys at Wyatt Law Firm have decades of experience and a record of success taking on insurance companies and negligent corporations in Texas and across the nation. Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we will work tenaciously to maximize the compensation you receive.
San Antonio Personal Injury FAQs
Sudden accidents often leave San Antonio injury victims wondering about the next step. However, many potential claimants hesitate to call an attorney because they fear incurring unexpected legal fees or obligations. Paula Wyatt and her team of dedicated San Antonio personal injury lawyers frequently receive the following questions, but every case differs.
At the Wyatt Law Firm, we offer free, no-obligation personal injury consultations to prospective San Antonio clients. Simply call us to discuss the answers to the questions in your personal injury case.
Q. Can I recover injury compensation for someone else?
In some cases, next-of-kin might demand compensation on behalf of wrongfully injured or killed loved ones. Special rules apply to these claims, and many cases require judicial approval. However, parents may sue on behalf of minor children, and estate administrators/executors may bring wrongful death cases in San Antonio.
Certain family members may also represent claimants with declining cognitive function due to brain injuries or late-stage cancer. Additionally, spouses might recover specialized financial compensation (loss of consortium damages) after debilitating spousal injuries. The compensation must go to the injured claimant or his/her estate. Non-spouses, friends, and distant family members cannot generally bring cases on their loved one’s behalf.
Q. I need money. How long does it take to recover personal injury compensation in San Antonio?
Unexpected injuries and illnesses frequently leave claimants struggling to pay bills. Most have substantial medical expenses and lost necessary wages. Paula Wyatt understands how serious injuries can leave many claimants desperate to settle their claims, but the process takes time. Your settlement timeline often depends on whether you suffered a chronic injury. For example, auto insurers may settle a broken wrist claim a few weeks following the claimant’s complete recovery. The whole process may take less than four months.
However, chronic injury claims take longer to litigate. Claimants experiencing continuing back pain or suffering from life-altering trauma often require medical and economic experts to calculate their prospective damages. Settling claims too soon often means leaving victims without the compensation they need to sustain them during the rehabilitation and recovery process. Serious injury cases might take years to settle, especially if your attorney must litigate. If you need personal injury compensation now, discuss your options with the compassionate San Antonio injury lawyers at the Wyatt Law Firm.
Q. What types of injuries do claimants commonly recover compensation for?
Back and neck pain are some of the most common disabling injuries in the world and frequently occur after falls and car accidents. These claims often involve herniated and ruptured spinal discs, whiplash, paralysis, nerve root injuries, fractured vertebrae, and movement difficulties. Spinal injuries frequently result in difficulty walking, sitting, standing, or lying down for prolonged periods. These conditions impact claimants’ home and work lives, and they must generally rely on household assistance and disability payments. Most personal injury lawyers have experience handling disabling back and neck claims.
In certain cases—often elevated falls and high-speed car accidents—concussions and brain injuries occur. These serious conditions require immediate medical attention. Some claimants develop secondary syndromes, such as post-concussion syndrome, after experiencing seemingly minor head trauma. Other claimants may lose complete cognitive function necessitating lifetime inpatient care.
Additional injuries commonly seen in personal injury cases include:
- Paralysis (spinal cord damage)
Many victims experience multiple injuries or develop secondary conditions associated with the initial trauma. The dedicated accident injury attorneys at Wyatt Law Firm frequently handle these conditions and more.
Q. How do you calculate pain and suffering damages?
Most insurers estimate your non-economic damages based on your direct economic damages using a formula. We, on the other hand, will get to know you, find out about the effects of the injury on your life, and determine what we think we can obtain for you based on what we learn.
In some cases, the emotional suffering actually nets more compensation than the claimant’s financial losses. For example, dangerous drugs resulting in a devastating injuries to a body part might only result in a few thousand dollars of direct damages. San Antonio injury attorneys may advocate for an alternative method of calculating pain and suffering damages in such cases. Instead of multiplying your direct damages, they assign a monetary value to each day the claimant experienced emotional trauma or pain. Experienced lawyers will fight to maximize your pain and suffering compensation under each method.
Discuss the value of your claims with the dedicated San Antonio personal injury attorneys at Wyatt Law Offices by contacting us today.
Q. What kinds of damages can I claim in San Antonio injury lawsuits?
Texas law allows eligible claimants to demand both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages refer to your direct calculable losses, which commonly include medical bills and lost wages. However, they can also include any reasonable financial damages incurred due to the accident and resulting injuries/illnesses.
Additional economic demands might include:
- Medical transportation and mileage
- Household help
- Out-of-pocket pharmacy expenses
- Occupational therapy
- Education to switch careers
- Home nursing care
- Emotional therapy and depression treatment
- Lost business and/or promotional opportunities
- Lost employment benefits, i.e., paid vacation time, insurance payments, and retirement contributions
Non-economic damages, also called pain and suffering, mental anguish, impairment, and disfigurement damages, cover the incalculable costs associated with serious injuries. Claimants may demand financial compensation for their physical pain, emotional suffering, lost enjoyment of life, daily frustrations, and inconveniences associated with serious injuries. Many of Paula Wyatt’s clients have struggled more with the emotional toll of their injuries than with their physical recoveries.
At Wyatt Law, we understand how simply losing the ability to walk your dog can directly impact your lifestyle and mental health. We fight to recover compensation based on the holistic impact of your injuries, not just your direct financial damages.
Q. How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney in San Antonio?
It typically costs nothing upfront to retain an injury lawyer at Wyatt Law because our legal team accepts cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we don’t receive payment unless our San Antonio clients recover the needed compensation. If Paula Wyatt and her lawyers accept your case and obtain valuable jury verdicts or settlements, they typically receive about 40 percent of your recovery as their fee. Some cases may involve higher or lower rates, but this fee structure means personal injury claimants might obtain valuable compensation without any upfront costs.
Our law firm will even front all necessary filing costs and litigation expenses to ensure we maximize the value of your claims. We do better when you do, as we don’t receive any fees unless you recover needed damages.
- Initial settlement offer: $9,000
- Accepted car accident settlement: $150,000
- Attorney’s fee: 40 percent of $150,000 = $60,000
- Remaining balance = $90,000
- Legal expenses and court costs = $2,500
- Medical and other clients = $5,000
- Client take home amount = $82,500
Amounts will vary from case to case, but as in the example above, clients generally recover far more with the help of our personal injury lawyers than they would on their own.
Q. What are the most common causes of unintentional injuries in San Antonio?
- According to the CDC, motor vehicle accidents, falls, and dangerous products cause the majority of accidental injuries in the United States. These claims generally include:
- Traffic crashes: Generally referred to as automobile liability or auto accident claims, car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents fall into this category. Motor vehicle crashes frequently result in fractures, back and neck trauma, burns, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). They are also one of the leading causes of wrongful deaths in San Antonio.
- Falls: Falling accidents, commonly called premises liability claims, often involve construction accidents, slipping at supermarkets, and tripping on uneven pavement. Elderly Americans and children disproportionately suffer from fall-related injuries, including broken hips and brain trauma. Most workplace, school, and building accidents involve premises liability claims.
- Dangerous products: These cases, called product liability claims, involve injuries caused by negligently developed or manufactured products. Most product liability claims involve household items, such as appliances, malfunctioning medical implants, or dangerous pharmaceuticals. Product designers, manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers might all bear liability for marketing unsafe products, especially those without appropriate warnings. Examples include selling heartburn drugs that cause cancer, negligently designing vehicle braking systems, or failing to warn claimants about flammable beauty products.
Additionally, personal injury cases could involve recreational sports accidents, abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, and dangerous animals. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Wyatt Law Offices handle many of these claims in San Antonio.
Q. Is it worth it to retain a San Antonio injury lawyer?
Many San Antonio claimants wonder whether it’s worth it to hire legal counsel after reviewing the proposed fee structure. Unfortunately, insurers frequently take advantage of claimants without a dedicated injury attorney on their side. Adjusters often trick claimants into accepting lowball settlements and waiving their future claims. They might also convince claimants they don’t have a viable case or make overly burdensome evidentiary requests.
Retaining legal counsel can stop insurers from taking advantage of San Antonio claimants while maximizing your case’s settlement value. Most represented clients recover substantially more damages, even after attorney’s fees and reimbursement of expenses, than unrepresented claimants.
Q. What happens if I need personal injury compensation, but I don’t want to sue?
We often receive this question from clients concerned about the financial wellbeing of the defendant or simply averse to filing dramatic legal complaints. At their core, most personal injury cases involve unexpected accidents. Many of these cases also involve friends and loved ones. For example, claimants may sustain personal injuries while their friends are driving, fall in family members’ yards, or suffer a bite by the neighbor’s dog. The substantial majority of viable personal injury claims settle with liable insurers without the need to sue.
While our experienced San Antonio injury lawyers may recommend filing lawsuits in certain cases, we can resolve many claims without suing negligent defendants. Paula Wyatt and her attorneys frequently negotiate private settlements with auto, property, or corporate insurers. They may also recommend settlement mediation or arbitration instead of filing lawsuits. Confidentially discuss your options for recovering personal injury compensation with us today.
Q. What’s the average personal injury settlement?
It’s nearly impossible to estimate average settlements because each case depends on the claimant’s overall disability and financial losses. At Wyatt Law, we’ve settled some individual claims for millions and others for a few thousand dollars. Most cases settle within applicable insurance policy limits, which means claims involving corporate liability – including commercial vehicle accidents and defective products – often settle for more than individual liability cases.
Importantly, your settlement value must directly correlate to your medical bills, lost wages, and related expenses. For example, claimants disabled from high-paying jobs may demand more lost wage compensation than retired claimants. San Antonio residents with life-altering injuries, including paralysis, widespread burns, and brain trauma, might also demand higher financial awards. Call the experienced personal injury attorneys at Wyatt Law Offices for your free case evaluation.