People who have been involved in a serious accident should focus on recovering from their injuries. When it comes to pursuing compensation for their harm, they should rely on a lawyer to guide them. Jeramie Gertz is a knowledgeable San Antonio lawyer representing victims accidents in San Antonio and across Bexar County, as well as elsewhere in Texas. I offer potential clients a free and confidential legal consultation to find out if they may have a personal injury case. I am committed to helping accident victims assert their right to damages for harm caused by people who engage in negligent conduct. I can provide you with answers to your questions while explaining your rights and options.Seeking Compensation through a Negligence Claim
When someone harms another person through negligent behavior, the party responsible for causing the accident usually can be held civilly liable to the victim for the damages caused. Damages consist of quantifiable costs and losses that may be objective or subjective, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages and earning capacity, and mental anguish.
Most personal injury claims are brought under a theory of negligence. To establish the liability of a defendant, a plaintiff's lawyer in the San Antonio area must show that:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to him or her;
- The defendant breached the duty of care;
- The breach of duty was the cause of the accident in which the victim was hurt; and
- The accident resulted in quantifiable damages.
The standard of care may vary depending on the situation. In most ordinary circumstances, such as motor vehicle collisions, it requires taking the same precautions that a reasonable person would use in the same situation. The accident must have been a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s failure to meet the applicable standard of care, and it must have been something that would not have happened if not for the breach.
Texas personal injury claims must be brought within a strict statute of limitations, which generally extends two years from the date of the accident. If a victim or the victim’s family fail to take legal action within that time period, courts rarely will hear the case. It is also important to avoid delay in bringing a claim because evidence may decay and the memories of witnesses may fade over time. Consulting an attorney as soon as possible when you have been hurt is critical in holding accountable those who have hurt you and mitigating the financial burden caused by a serious accident.Explore Your Options with a Personal Injury Attorney in San Antonio
If you or someone you love has been involved in a serious motor vehicle collision or another accident, contact San Antonio lawyer Jeramie Gertz to find out if you may be entitled to compensation. You can call me at 210-807-4444 or use our online form on this website to set up an appointment. I will be happy to meet you at my office or at a more convenient location, such as in your home or the hospital. I can pursue your rights aggressively to make sure that you seek all the damages to which you may be legally entitled. As a San Antonio personal injury attorney, I can represent people throughout Bexar County and other areas of Texas, including Maverick, Medina, Guadalupe, Cornal, Kendall, Bandera, and Atascosa Counties.