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A Personal Injury Lawyer Is…

A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal representation to people who have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity.

Focus on Tort Law

Personal injury lawyers are known to focus on tort law, which includes civil wrongs and economic or non-economic damages to a person’s property, reputation, or rights.Even though personal injury lawyers usually are trained and licensed to practice across many general areas of the law, they generally only handle cases that fall under tort law. (Source – Wikipedia)

Examples of Cases Personal Injury Lawyer Would Represent

These are some situations that could generate a case falling under tort law:

    • Vehicle accident caused by a person’s mistakes that results in serious injury to not-at-fault parties
    • Personal injury caused by another person’s property such as a dog bite
    • Personal injury resulting from a host or store not maintaining their property to keep it safe
    • A civil suit brought by a victim of a crime to recover medical expenses and other damages caused by the crime.

For more information please visit our Personal Injury Law Practice Areas Page.

You need a personal injury lawyer to represent your interests in the negotiation with the insurance company.  While the insurance adjuster may be the person at the insurance company who knows you and your case, the adjuster primarily is working on behalf of the insurance company with the goal of containing the costs of the claim. In other words, the adjuster’s goal is to keep costs down for the insurance company while a personal injury lawyer’s job is to get you the compensation you deserve from the insurance company.  Check out our infographic called “How An Austin Personal Injury Case Works”.

A contingent (or contingency) fee agreement means the client / plaintiff only pays their personal injury lawyer a fee if the attorney recovers a financial settlement for the client.

The contingency fee arrangement is an important part of how personal injury lawyers can help clients.  Other types of lawyers charge hourly fees that many potential clients could not afford.

Personal injury lawyers do not require clients to be able to pay fees out of pocket.  In the contingency fee structure, the client and lawyer agree beforehand on a percentage of the settlement that will be paid as fee to the lawyer.

In Texas, if you are hurt in a car accident in which the at-fault driver is uninsured, the at-fault driver will be ticketed or taken to jail, and, if your insurance covers accidents involving an uninsured driver, you can make a claim for loss and damage.

How  much you are able to recover depends on many factors.  It’s a good idea to take advantage of a free case evaluation as are typically offered by personal injury attorneys. An experienced lawyer could help you navigate the many procedural aspects of recovering an appropriate settlement from your insurance company.

More about these accident cases on our uninsured drivers practice areas page.

When you’re unable to work because of your personal injury, you may be faced with difficult decisions related to how you will pay for groceries, mortgages, utility bills, and/or other household bills.

Your personal injury lawyer can seek compensation for you for wages lost as a result of the limitations imposed by treatment and recovery periods needed as a result of your injury. Usually those efforts take the form of a claim for lost wages.  Here are some of the options:

  • You can make a claim with your health insurance or auto insurance for lost wages
  • You can make a claim for Workers’ Compensation if your injury was at work and your employer has a policy.
  • Your personal injury attorney may seek compensation from the negligent employer’s insurance.
  • Or your lawyer may work a case against the third party who caused the injury.

When you experience a serious accident that results in injury, deciding whether to engage a personal injury attorney on your behalf can seem difficult but in reality is simpler. Since there are no out-of-pocket costs, allowing a personal injury attorney from McMinn Law Firm to help with your case is a simple choice.  Hiring the services of the McMinn Law Firm, for your personal injury case, will provide you your family with the opportunity to concentrate on the physical and emotional recovery from your injuries while assuring that your case is handled forcefully and adequately. Justin and Jason McMinn are qualified personal injury lawyers who will counsel you in determining whether a settlement or a trial would be the best strategy to employ for the your unique case. During the legal process, our Austin lawyers stand up for your rights, delving into all the possible causes of your injury and helping to bring the guilty party to justice.We encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation with our Austin personal injury attorneys so we can review your case and show you how our team can help you get the justice you deserve.

One of the initial things that a person should do after he or she is injured is record everything that he or she can about his or her accident and its impact on his/her daily life. It could be tempting to rely on memory but these notes usually prove very critical when writing up a conclusive request for payment.

As soon as possible after the trauma of an accident, it’s critical to write down everything one recalls about the accident, starting with what he or she was doing and where he or she was travelling, his or her passengers, the time and weather. A person must incorporate each detail of what he or she observed, listened to, and experienced—twists, blows, and shocks to his or her body directly prior to, during, and right after the accident. In addition, an individual must incorporate anything that he or she recalls listening to anyone—an individual involved in the accident or a witness – state about the accident.

Making Notes About Injuries

In the initial days following the accident, the individual must make everyday notes of every pain and discomfort that his or her injuries bring about. He or she might experience pain, discomfort, anxiety, sleeplessness, or other difficulties which are unnoticeable or minor as another injury but for which ultimately he or she may request supplemental payment. If the person does not make particular note of them right away, he or she might not recall precisely what to incorporate in his or her request for settlement weeks or months afterward. By making notes, it will make it simpler for an individual afterward to explain to an insurance company how much and what type of pain and discomfort he or she was in.

Furthermore, by recording his or her various injuries, a person might assist his or her doctor in diagnosing him or her. For instance, a moderately minute bump on the head or snap of the neck might not appear worth revealing, but it may aid both the doctor and the insurance company realize why a severe back pain occurred numerous weeks after the accident. In addition, by informing the doctor or other medical provider about every injury, those injuries are incorporated in the person’s medical records that offer evidence afterward that such injuries were brought about by the accident.

The causes and kinds of personal injury / accident cases increase in diversity every day. Whether at the hands of a driver who’s texting or a distracted doctor who’s prescribing incorrect medication, victims can be left dealing with the damage from the negligence of others.

Car Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Premises Liability: Slip and Fall
Work-related Injuries
Faulty Equipment

These are just some of the common personal injury claims that we’ve helped clients with. Please contact us by phone, by live chat on the website, or use the free case evaluation form to get started with the process of pursuing the compensation you deserve.

The McMinn Law Firm takes personal injury and accident cases on a contingency basis. Our compensation is based on a percentage of the settlement and award amount you receive if you do receive one.  We don’t get paid unless you receive a settlement;  this means you won’t have out-of-pocket fees to McMinn Law Firm.

First, bringing any and all relevant documentation will help us give you an accurate assessment of your situation. For example, if you were involved in a car accident and are coming in for a personal injury consultation, bring any paperwork from the mechanic, medical treatment documentation, a copy of the police report and any witness information.

Constructing a timetable of the events in question prior to your consultation will provide a sound, clear starting place for the McMinn attorneys. Prepare yourself to be thorough and honest; we need all the facts to help you as completely and effectively as possible. Even if you choose not to hire McMinn Law after this consultation, everything discussed still falls under attorney/client privilege, keeping your sensitive information confidential.

Finally, prepare a list of questions and be ready to ask them. This is, after all, meant to give you answers and clear the way for legal your plan of action.