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San Antonio Injury Lawyer Diligently Assisting Individuals and Consumers
The Law Office of Jeramie Gertz, PLLC is committed to providing clients with personal, compassionate legal representation. Regardless of the issue, I take the time to understand my clients’ needs and priorities and to respond to their questions and concerns. I can explain how the law applies to their situation and what options they may have available to them, so that they can make informed decisions and have a realistic idea of what to expect. As a San Antonio personal injury attorney, I can assist accident victims in Bexar County and beyond who have been hurt by someone else’s carelessness. I also work to assert the rights of consumers and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicants and recipients. My representation further extends to the estate planning needs of individuals who are seeking to protect their family’s future.Asserting Your Rights after an Accident
Personal injury cases often develop as a result of events like car or truck accidents, and they tend to unfold as negligence claims. Legally, negligence is established in most situations when a person or entity fails to take the necessary care required to perform a certain task safely and ends up causing an accident that harms someone else. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle collision caused by someone else’s negligence, for example, you may be entitled to recover damages not only for economic losses, such as medical bills, vehicle repairs, and lost income, but also for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.Pursuing Social Security Disability Insurance
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is intended to provide monetary benefits (SSDI) to those who have a disability—whether physical or mental—that renders them unable to engage in “substantial gainful activity” and who meet certain other eligibility requirements. However, many disabled individuals find that obtaining these benefits is not easy. Often, valid claims are initially denied by the SSA. When this happens, several levels of appeals may be pursued. Applicants who have been denied benefits may file a Request for Reconsideration within the agency and later pursue a hearing with an administrative law judge and a review by the SSA Appeals Council. Ultimately, they may take the matter to a federal court.Bringing a Claim under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA) establishes a civil cause of action for consumers who have lost money from a business that engaged in a deceptive practice. To prevail in a claim, a plaintiff must show that he or she is a consumer, that the DTPA applies to the defendant, that the defendant committed a wrongful act as specified under the DTPA, and that the deceptive practice was the cause of the damages incurred. Practices prohibited under the DTPA include false advertising, selling “knock-off” goods as authentic, selling used goods as new, or misrepresenting guarantees or warranties of goods or services. If you are the victim of a trade deception covered by the DTPA, you may be able to recover damages of up to three times the amount of your loss, as well as damages for mental anguish, if applicable.Crafting an Effective Estate Planning Instrument
Wills, trusts, and other documents can help you and your family with financial and estate planning not only in the event of your death but also when serious or debilitating events occur in your life or the lives of those you love. Some important instruments that you may need to create include a financial durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney, beneficiary designations, health care directives, “Lady Bird” deeds, and guardianship designations. By putting your personal affairs in order now, you can give yourself and your family peace of mind by making clear what your wishes are should life-changing events occur.Discuss Your Legal Needs with a San Antonio Attorney
Whether you are making critical late-life decisions, protecting your rights as a consumer, or seeking compensation after a devastating accident, knowledgeable legal guidance may be vital in pursuing your objectives. Dedicated San Antonio consumer rights lawyer Jeramie Gertz can advise individuals throughout Bexar County and elsewhere in Texas. Call my office at 210-807-4444, or use my online form to set up a free and confidential appointment. I represent residents of Maverick, Medina, Guadalupe, Comal, Kendall, Bandera, and Atascosa Counties, among other areas.