Helping Texas Personal Injury Victims for More than 30 Years
A serious injury can have a lasting impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. If the injury happened because someone else was negligent, you may be entitled to compensation to help you and your family rebuild. However, innocent mistakes can jeopardize your access to fair compensation. That’s why it’s important to educate yourself about your rights and options as soon as possible after a car accident or other personal injury.
We Offer Free Consultations and You Pay Nothing Unless We Win Your Case
At the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos, we understand how difficult and confusing the aftermath of a serious injury can be. And, we knows from experience just how important it is that you have access to reliable information and advice. That’s why we offer free consultations to people who have been injured through someone else’s negligence, including car and truck accident victims, people who have been injured at work, and others.
There’s no obligation—use your free consultation to gather the information you need to decide how best to move forward. Just call 210-308-8811 or fill out the contact form on this page to get started. You never pay a penny upfront, and we offer a no-fee guarantee: If we don’t win your case, you pay us nothing.
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An Overview of the Cases We Handle
The team at the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos handles a wide range of personal injury and related cases. Some of our core practice areas include:
Car Accident Injuries: Thousands of people are killed and many more injured in Texas car crashes each year. When those accidents are caused by negligent actions like drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, or disregarding traffic signals, those who have been injured or lost loved ones may be entitled to compensation. But, insurance companies don’t always play fair. An experienced car accident attorney can help.
Truck Accident Injuries: Large truck accidents and other commercial motor vehicle accidents are often more serious than passenger car crashes, due to the size and weight of the vehicles involved. Truck accident cases may also be more complicated, due to the intersection of state and federal laws, the likelihood of out-of-state responsible parties, and more complex technical issues.
Workers’ Compensation: The Texas workers’ compensation system was designed to ensure that injured workers have access to medical care and replacement income regardless of fault. Workers’ compensation is often described as an exclusive remedy, but that’s only in relation to the injured worker’s employer. If you’ve been injured on the job, you owe it to yourself to explore other possible responsible parties—you may be entitled to more compensation than workers’ comp will provide.
Work Injuries: Many attorneys focus exclusively on workers’ compensation benefits when handling an on-the-job injury case. Our attorneys know that in many cases, third parties are legally responsible for work injuries, and that exploring those possibilities can lead to significantly larger settlements.
Dog Bite Injuries: Dog bites can be serious. About 1,000 Americans receive emergency medical treatment for dog bites each day, and nearly 10,000 are hospitalized each year. Under Texas law, the victim of a dog bite may be entitled to damages if the dog had bitten or behaved aggressively before, or if the attack resulted from the owner’s negligent handling or restraint of the animal.
Wrongful Death: Under Texas law, the spouse, children, or parents of a person killed through the negligence of another may recover for their losses, including loss of both financial and emotional support. The estate of the deceased may also be entitled to recover for damages suffered by the deceased prior to death, such as pain and suffering.
Company Vehicle Accident
Why Choose us?
While we have recovered millions of dollars for thousands of clients, we really pride ourselves on the service we provide to everyone who walks through our doors. We know you want more than just an attorney. We’re here to listen attentively, treat you with compassion and respect, a guide you to a successful resolution of your case.
An Overview of Texas Personal Injury Law
To establish a personal injury claim in Texas, you must show that the defendant breached (failed to fulfill) a duty of care. You must also prove that the breach caused the injury and resulting damages.. To illustrate how a personal injury claim works, consider one of the most common types of personal injury case: a car accident.
A person driving a car or other vehicle has a duty to drive safely and to obey traffic safety laws. When the driver fails to do so, he or she breaches that duty. That may mean driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, speeding, ignoring a stop sign, or behaving negligently in some other way.
Some drivers get lucky, so not every negligent driver causes an accident. But, when the driver looking down at his phone fails to notice the car in front of him braking and rear-ends that car, his breach of the duty to drive safely and attentively is (at least in part) the cause of the accident. In that case, the distracted driver will typically be responsible for damages caused by the collision.
Of course, motor vehicle accidents are just one example. Personal injury claims arise out of a wide variety of circumstances, ranging from tripping on poorly-maintained property to construction site accidents and dog bites.
Comparative Fault in Texas Personal Injury Cases
Often, two or more people or entities share responsibility for an injury-causing accident. For instance, imagine that in the example above, the driver in the front vehicle had braked suddenly in traffic, for no clear reason. The driver who rear-ended him while looking down at his phone would almost certainly still be found at least partially responsible for the crash, but the driver who braked unnecessarily and without warning might also be partially responsible.
Many injured people mistakenly believe that if they were partly to blame, they are not entitled to recover damages. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Under Texas law, a person who was partly responsible for his or her own injury can still recover compensation from other responsible parties, with certain limitations. First, an injured party is entitled to damages only if he or she was 50% or less responsible for the accident. An injury victim who bears most of the responsibility for the incident that caused the injuries is not entitled to compensation. If the injured person was not more than 50% responsible, then he or she may still be entitled to recover damages. However, the damages will be pro-rated. So, for example, a person who suffered $100,000 in damages and was found to be 40% responsible for the incident would only be able to recover the remaining 60%, or $60,000, in compensation.
Of course, it would be difficult or impossible for someone without an extensive background in personal injury law to assess the percentage of responsibility likely to be assigned to each party. So, if you believe that your injury was at least partly attributable to someone else’s negligence, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney like Ronald A. Ramos.
Damages in Texas Personal Injury Cases
Damages naturally vary from case to case. Some of the damages most commonly awarded in Texas personal injury cases include:
- Medical expenses: The injured person may be entitled to compensation for both medical costs incurred and projected future medical costs, including surgical procedures, follow-up appointments, medication, medical equipment, physical therapy, and counseling.
- Lost income: Compensation for lost wages may include not just time off after the injury, but any loss of future earning capacity as a result of the injury. Proving future economic losses can be complicated, and typically requires the assistance of an expert witness.
- Intangible losses: In addition to the economic damages described above, the injured person may be entitled to compensation for intangible losses such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Punitive damages: Punitive damages are not intended to compensate the injury victim, but to punish the person or entity that caused the harm and to deter that type of behavior. Punitive damages are rarely awarded, since a showing of negligence is not sufficient to establish a claim for punitive damages.
No personal injury attorney can tell you exactly how much compensation you can expect to receive in a personal injury settlement or verdict. An attorney who guarantees you a particular outcome is not only misleading you, but is also acting unethically. However, an attorney with extensive experience handling local personal injury claims can provide educated insight into the strengths and weaknesses of your case and tell you how local insurance companies, judges, and juries typically respond under similar circumstances.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim in Texas
When you’ve been injured through someone else’s fault, you will likely be contacted by the responsible party’s insurance company. Although the caller will usually be friendly and seem helpful, it’s important to remember that the insurance company profits by taking in as much money as possible in premiums while paying out as little as possible in claims. In other words, the caller’s job is to minimize the amount of money paid out to you.
Attorney Ronald A. Ramos and his team are familiar with the strategies insurance companies use to try to avoid liability or reduce your settlement, and know how to avoid those pitfalls and take charge of the negotiation. The firm can also manage the technical and procedural elements of your case, so you can rest and focus on your recovery.
Texas Personal Injury Timelines
Most Texas personal injury claims have a two-year statute of limitations. That means that if you are going to file a lawsuit to pursue compensation for your injury, you must file within two years of the incident that caused the injury. This same statute of limitations applies to other related types of claims, such as medical malpractice and product liability.
However, there are exceptions, and they may not always be obvious. For example, when the injured party is a minor, the statute of limitations may be extended. Similarly, certain types of injuries that cannot reasonably be detected immediately may have differing limitations periods. More significantly, some types of claims, such as claims against certain governmental entities, have much shorter notice requirements.
It can be difficult to determine how long you have to pursue compensation after an injury, so it’s a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after the event.
Building a Personal Injury Case
There are two ways to secure compensation for a personal injury in Texas: through a negotiated settlement, or by winning a verdict at trial.
What many people who attempt to negotiate with insurance companies on their own don’t realize is that building a solid personal injury case is not just a safety net in case you have to go to trial—the same investigation and research that creates a strong case at trial gives you leverage to negotiate a more favorable settlement.
Of course, most people don’t know how to assemble admissible evidence, much less comply with technical procedural rules, secure expert witnesses, and otherwise build a strong case for fair compensation.
When you hire the Law Offices of Ronald A. Ramos to represent you in a personal injury or related case, you can skip the leg work and put those complex requirements out of your mind. The law firm will fully prepare your case, including management of:
- The investigation and evaluation of your case
- Assessing for possible additional responsible parties
- Determining and calendaring deadlines for filing, exchanging evidence, and other requirements
- Identifying and interviewing potential witnesses
- Preparing and responding to discovery requests, taking depositions, and otherwise securing and providing evidence
- Securing expert witnesses as needed to establish liability and damages
- Negotiating on your behalf
- Preparing your case for trial and, if it is in your best interest, arguing before a jury
Why not give yourself the peace of mind that comes with knowing your case is in experienced hands? Just call 210-308-8811 right now, or fill out the contact form on this site to learn more about how our firm can help you rebuild after a serious injury.
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Our attorneys won $2,800,000 in a company vehicle accident resulting in a fractured skull and broken ribs.