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Austin Personal Injury Attorney

If you are injured in an accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Austin, Texas could lead to compensation, justice, accountability and more. A lawyer from the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm can assist you with the steps necessary to bring a claim in Austin. We are committed to helping clients throughout Texas who have injuries due to the neglect, carelessness or wrongful acts of others. Find out how we can help you with your specific injury case today. Request a free initial consultation with an Austin personal injury lawyer at (512) 888-7777. We respond promptly to all phone calls, emails, and online messages

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Why Choose the Austin Law Guns?

  • Our law firm is 100% dedicated to personal injury law. Our in-depth knowledge of this practice area gives us an advantage.
  • Our attorneys take the time to get to know their clients. You will benefit from the individualized attention of a small firm with the resources of a much larger firm.
  • Our injury lawyers have a long track record of success. We are proud to have a 99% success rate as well as over $500 million in won settlements and verdicts.
  • Our Austin personal injury attorneys work for $0 upfront. We never charge attorney’s fees unless we secure favorable results on the client’s behalf.

Do I Need an Austin Personal Injury Lawyer?

Personal injury law is a complicated practice area that can be difficult to understand if you do not have a legal background. Luckily, resources exist to guide you through a claim. An Austin personal injury lawyer sympathizes with the stress, financial burdens and confusion you may be dealing with right now. Your lawyer can provide peace of mind by answering your questions, giving you legal advice and facing challenges on your behalf. From speaking with insurance companies and demanding fair compensation to taking your injury claim to trial, a lawyer can take care of many tasks while you focus on healing.

Determining Fault in Texas Accidents

Whether you are injured in an automobile collision, defective product accident, slip and fall, or any other type of accident, the at-fault party is responsible for your resulting injuries and damages. To prove fault, you must demonstrate that the defendant’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct caused your accident. Our practice is devoted to personal injury cases, and we know how to prove fault and liability in all types of actions.

Depending on case-specific facts and circumstances, we utilize different methods and resources to prove our clients’ cases. We sometimes hire experts to help with accident reconstruction and to offer testimony related to accident cause and fault. We also interview witnesses and first responders. We conduct thorough investigations to discover and preserve evidence showing that the defendant was at fault for your accident.

Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Our experienced attorneys handle all personal injury matters. We take on every type of defendant, including government entities, individuals, medical providers, nursing homes, and corporate entities, on behalf of our injured clients. We also stand up to insurance companies that are responsible for personal injury compensation. In addition to representing injury victims, our attorneys represent surviving family members who have lost loved ones due to someone else’s misconduct.

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Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we want everyone involved in personal injury accidents to understand their rights and options. We provide 100% free, zero-obligation case reviews in Austin to answer clients’ frequently asked questions. Our team can respond to your specific needs and concerns when you schedule a consultation. In the meantime, we hope answers to a few of the most commonly asked questions can help.

What is a Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim is a civil tort that seeks to hold one or more parties legally responsible for causing an accident victim’s injuries or damages. In Texas, a victim (plaintiff) can bring a personal injury claim against an at-fault party (defendant) in pursuit of monetary damages.

What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Our attorneys will manage the entire legal process for your personal injury claim. Our goal is to reduce the legal stress and pressures our clients face when recovering compensation for their injuries and damages. We will file the necessary paperwork related to your claim and handle all of the communication with the defendants and their insurance companies.

In addition to investigating your claim and gathering evidence that supports your case against the defendant, we will also calculate your total accident-related losses. In some cases, we hire medical experts to evaluate injuries and determine how those injuries will impact our clients in the future. Accurately valuing your injuries and damages is critical to ensure that you are fully compensated for your accident.

We also take care of settlement negotiations with insurance companies and prepare your case for trial. Many personal injury claims settle before going to trial, but we will be ready to go to court if we think it is in your best interests to do so. Our attorneys are skilled litigators, and they do not recommend accepting inadequate settlement offers to avoid personal injury trials.

What Are Damages?

In general, damages are meant to compensate you for the harms and losses you sustained as a result of your accident. In personal injury claims, injured claimants seek damages to make them whole again. Recoverable damages in personal injury cases frequently include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, disfigurement, disability, and loss of earning capacity.

What is My Injury Claim Worth?

In addition to affecting your quality of life, devastating injuries are likely to put a financial burden on you and your family. A successful case against a defendant for a personal injury could lead to compensation for several tangible and intangible losses in Texas. Your compensation may include loss of consortium, legal fees, and other damages described in the previous FAQ.

What Should I Tell The Insurance Company?

If an insurance adjuster contacts you, it is best to consult with an attorney before you tell them anything. Insurance company representatives may pretend to be on your side and show concern for your injuries, but their goal is always to pay as little as possible for their claims. If you tell them about your accident and injuries, they can use anything you say against you in the future.

Adjusters are often skilled at asking questions and getting injured victims to make statements that end up hurting their personal injury claim in the long run. As mentioned above, your personal injury attorney will handle all communication with insurance companies. When they know that you have legal representation, adjusters are not allowed to contact you directly and will go through your attorney instead.

What If I Contributed To The Accident?

Fortunately for injury victims, Texas is a comparative fault state. This means that you may still be entitled to compensation under a personal injury claim, even if you were partially at fault for the accident so long as you were not 51% or more at fault. A common personal injury defense is to blame the plaintiff for the accident and resulting injuries.

If you were injured in an accident and believe that you were partially at fault, a personal injury attorney can go over your case and discuss how your contribution to the accident may impact your case. In general, your recoverable compensation will be reduced proportionately to your share of fault. For example, if you were 20% at fault for the accident, your compensation for your accident-related losses will be reduced by 20%.

How Long Do I Have to File in Texas?

You must act within your deadline if you wish to have a valid claim to damages. The statute of limitations on most injury claims in Texas is two years, with some exceptions. Act quickly for the best chance of meeting your deadline. Otherwise, you could lose your right to file.

In general, you might have a personal injury claim if someone else’s negligence, recklessness, wanton disregard for the safety of others or intent to harm gave you an injury or illness. If a prudent party in the same situation reasonably would have been able to prevent your accident, someone may owe you financial compensation. Learn more during a conversation with our personal injury lawyers in Austin.

How Long Does It Take To Get A Settlement?

Every case is different, and how long it takes to secure a settlement depends on several factors. If fault and liability are disputed, settling your claim may take longer while accident investigations are ongoing and witnesses are interviewed. Even when liability is not disputed, it may take time to calculate damages and negotiate your settlement, especially when injuries are severe.

In wrongful death claims and catastrophic injury cases, valuing your claim is critical for your financial well-being and future medical needs. You may need experts to help evaluate your injuries and determine the long-term impact they will have on you, including future necessary medical care. Financial experts can help with complex calculations such as lost financial support and loss of earning capacity.

Even in straightforward injury cases, settlement negotiations may take time, especially when the defendant does not agree to fair and full settlement terms. A quick settlement is often not in your best interests because first settlement offers are typically not the defendants’ best settlement offers. We understand how important compensation is to our clients after an accident, and our attorneys work as efficiently as possible to secure the compensation that they deserve.

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Common Personal Injury Accidents in Austin

Many accidents in Austin can lead to personal injury claims and lawsuits. Any circumstance in which one or more parties breach a duty of care, break the law or infringe upon a victim’s civil rights and cause injuries could result in a claim. At the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm, we accept clients involved in many types of accidents, including:

These accidents can cause bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, spine injuries, burns, lacerations, muscle injuries, hearing and vision loss, permanent disabilities, scarring, disfigurement, and wrongful death. If you or someone you love has any type of injury from an accident in Austin, contact us to learn whether you have grounds for a civil lawsuit. If so, we may be able to help you file.

Negligence Laws in Texas

Most personal injury cases are based on allegations that the defendant’s negligence caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries and damages. To succeed in a negligence based personal injury claim, you must demonstrate the following elements:

The defendant owed you a duty of care – This means that the defendant had a duty to act or refrain from acting in a particular way. For example, a driver has a duty to follow Texas rules of the road and operate with caution. Doctors have a duty to treat patients within the scope of the accepted medical standard of care.

The defendant breached his or her duty of care – You will then show that the defendant’s wrongful conduct violated the duty of care owed to you. In the medical negligence example, you would provide evidence to show that the doctor’s care fell below the accepted medical standard of care.

You sustained injuries and damages – To prove a negligence claim, it is not enough to show that the defendant was negligent. You are required to show that you have suffered actual losses, such as injuries, medical expenses, and lost income.

The defendant’s conduct caused your injuries and damages – In addition to proving that you suffered losses, you will also show what’s known as ‘but for causation.’ For example, in a car accident personal injury case, you will provide evidence to prove that but for the defendant driver’s negligence, you would not have been injured.

What to Do if You Have Been Injured in Texas

You or your lawyer’s main task during a personal injury claim will be to prove the defendant’s liability. This takes a preponderance of the evidence. You need to present enough evidence to convince a judge or jury that your version of events is more likely to be true than not true. You can increase the odds of a successful case by taking the right steps after an accident.

  1. Take pictures and videos of the accident scene and anything that may be used to support your personal injury claim, such as damaged property. It is important to collect and preserve as much evidence as possible after an accident.
  2. Call the police to report a serious accident or injury. If your injuries permit, you should remain at the accident scene to detail your version of events to responding officers.
  3. Report the accident to a supervisor, manager or employer. Accident and injury reports help to validate your accident and injury allegations. 
  4. Do not admit fault. After an accident, you may not know who was at fault, or you may be confused about how the accident occurred. Even if you think you may have been responsible for the accident, you should not admit fault because you cannot take back your statements if evidence shows that someone else caused the accident. 
  5. Get the names and contact information of everyone else involved. You should also collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident or may have relevant information. 
  6. Contact an insurance company to report damages. Insurance companies can only pay claims that they know about. However, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney before you provide too many details to an insurance company about your accident and resulting injuries. 
  7. Go to a hospital for immediate medical care. Even if you do not think your injuries require immediate medical care, it is important to be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.
  8. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan. If you do not comply with your doctor’s recommended treatment, the defense may argue that your injuries were the result of failing to follow medical advice rather than the accident. 
  9. Keep copies of your medical documents, bills and records. Medical documentation can be used to help prove the extent of your injuries and accident-related medical costs. 
  10. Obtain a copy of your police and/or accident report. The accident report will have valuable information in it that can be used to prove your claim. If there are inaccuracies in the report, it is important to identify them right away so that you can challenge those details. 
  11. Create a file with all of your accident-related information. It is easy to lose track of information and evidence after an accident, especially when you are also trying to recover from injuries. Keeping a file of accident information will help you preserve evidence and other important details that may help your case. 
  12. Contact the personal injury lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm. Our attorneys take on all types of personal injury cases, and they work to maximize compensation for every injured client.

Contacting our lawyers sooner rather than later can give you the strongest possible claim to damages. We can immediately go to work on your case, collecting information and building a case against the correct defendant(s) on your behalf. Start by requesting a free consultation about your accident today.

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Contact an Austin Personal Injury Attorney

An accident in Travis County could significantly disrupt your life. If you have medical expenses, serious injuries, emotional distress, property damages or other losses because of a recent accident, do not hesitate to contact our office for a free consultation. The Austin personal injury lawyers at the Villarreal & Begum Law Firm can review your rights at no cost or obligation. Call (512) 888-7777 today to learn more.

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