San Antonio Personal Injury Law Firm
Our San Antonio office is located at the heart of San Antonio’s shopping district with convenient access to the I-35W and I-410.
As a full-service personal injury firm, we offer an extensive number of services in all types of practice areas.
Patino Law Firm offers a no-win/no-fee structure to ensure client satisfaction in the pursuit of justice. We care about our clients and our results prove it. Call 210-646-9100 to get in touch with us today for your personal injury inquiry.
Personal Injury Practice Areas
Car accidents in San Antonio have steadily risen over the last few years. One crash every 59 seconds in the year 2017 occurred, according to the Texas Department of Transportation has reported the occurrence of. While some of these accidents are preventable, many accidents are caused by reckless behavior, negligence, tiredness, drinking under the influence and other factors. When these factors are at play, the car accident is classified as an at-fault accident.
The car accident attorneys at Patino Law Firm are well-versed in all types of injuries sustained in car accidents including traumatic brain injuries, herniated discs, spinal cord damage, broken ribs, and most commonly, neck and back injuries. With precision and the aggressive action, our legal attorneys are not easily intimidated by insurance companies or unfair offers from represented litigants.
Our attorneys understand the life-altering effects of these injuries and know how to seek fair compensation. Patino Law will ensure your car accident case is handled expertly and comprehensively.
Drunk Driving Accidents
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that fatalities from drunk driving equate to 28% of all motor vehicle crashes. Given the large percentage of incidents involving alcohol, it is evident that drunk driving is a problem. As a passenger or victim of a DUI accident, it is important to know what your rights are.
Depending on the nature of the accident, you may be entitled to general (financial) or special (non-economic) damages. Damages are simply the legal term for the injury or loss suffered by the victim- they can also represent the compensation a victim receives from a successful lawsuit. As these heads of damages are context-specific, it is important to seek out the assistance of an attorney from Patino Law Firm to ensure all of your options are discussed.
Distracted Driving Accidents
In Texas, the number of fatalities stemming from distracted driving has reached the hundreds. While fatalities from distracted driving are preventable, distracted driving accidents continue to persist. Texting, using GPS, and switching radio stations while driving have caused some of the most life-altering injuries in the region.
Distracted driving fines can reach in the thousands and/or a jail term may be imposed on the driver if the car accident results in death or serious bodily injury of another person.
As distracted driving is often difficult to prove once an accident occurs, an experienced car accident attorney will be able to help you sift through the facts of your case in order to secure the compensation you deserve.
Product liability occurs when a manufacturer produces a dangerous or defective product and a consumer is injured from the product. When a product defect occurs, the seller of the product is usually liable. When a manufacturer fault occurs, the manufacturer is typically responsible for the product fault.
As experienced product liability attorneys, Patino Law Firm represents clients who need to hold manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, vendors and retailers accountable for poorly-built products and products not fit for purpose.
In a product liability lawsuit, the legal principle, res ipsa Ioquitur, is a principle that shifts the burden of proof in product liability from the plaintiff to the defendant. If a party can demonstrate that the product liability was caused by negligence, the plaintiff does not need to demonstrate that the defendant was negligent- the defendant must prove that he or she was not negligent. As product liability is a complex area of personal injury, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced product liability attorney.
As there are a multitude of ways that a product can be defective- including design defects, marketing defects, and manufacturing defects, Patino Law Firm can help you manage your lawsuit to ensure you get the compensation you may be entitled to.
Medical malpractice is similar to professional malpractice. Professional malpractice refers to a professional’s negligence, injury, death, or damage to a client or patient, in the course of the professional’s employment. Common examples of professional malpractice include malpractice committed by lawyers, doctors, and healthcare professionals. Malpractice committed by healthcare professionals is known as medical malpractice.
In order to have a basis of a medical malpractice claim, a doctor-client relationship must have existed. In addition, the client or patient must have suffered injury or harm at the hands of the doctor. Lastly, there must be causation between the healthcare professional’s incompetence or negligence and the injury sustained by the patient.
As medical malpractice is often difficult to prove, it’s important to seek the counsel of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Birth injuries and birth defects are devastating. They not only affect the health of the baby short-term, but they can also have longstanding impact.
If you suspect a birth injury or disability was caused by a doctor or medical professional, it’s important to know your legal options. You could be entitled to compensation to help care for your disabled or seriously injured child.
Patino Law Firm offers birth trauma litigation and birth injury litigation services across Texas, including in San Antonio. Our sole focus is on obtaining compensation for families with child birth injuries.
Workplace injuries can put employees in precarious positions. Not only can work injuries threaten your ability to work, but they can also affect your relationship with your employer and future job prospects. While filing a personal injury claim against an employer is a difficult decision to make, it is sometimes necessary in order to receive deserved compensation. Workplace injuries can have personal, financial, and physical consequences. It is important to secure your interests once an injury occurs.
As workplace injuries vary from slip and falls, tractor accidents, fires, and car-related accidents, it is important to have the right workplace injury attorney representing your case. Our attorney provides clients who have been injured in the workplace with the peace of mind in knowing that their case is handled from the onset of their injury to the end of their case.
Moving your personal injury case forward with zealousness and fair representation
Patino Law Firm will move your personal injury case forward by representing your interests to the fullest extent possible. Whether you have suffered a workplace injury, a car accident, injuries sustained by a doctor or other medical professionals, we understand the nuances of fully defending your claim from an initial hearing to a settlement or trial.
Patino Law Firm represents both plaintiff and defense clients and welcomes clients who have received lowball offers from their insurance agencies. Our practice areas include car accidents, vessel and boating accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, slip and fall accidents in commercial and public areas, and product liability cases.
Why Get a Lawyer
Representing yourself in a personal injury case is the difference between winning and losing your case. A personal injury claim requires substantial documentation, a comprehensive understanding of the court system, and the ability to mitigate offers made by insurance agencies.
Trying to navigate the court system and meet important deadlines requires extensive knowledge of legal rules. For instance, certain categories of defendants require different filing and service deadlines. Personal injury claims against state agencies or the government have six-month deadlines to file a lawsuit after the discovery of an injury. Failure to meet deadlines can result in denied claims and you could be refused compensation.
We take the uncertainty out of self-representation by seamlessly handling all points of communication and representing your case to the maximum extent.
How we can help
Patino Law Firm values its relationships. We handle all of our client matters with the utmost respect, confidentiality, and dignity. We understand that injuries resulting from accidents have adverse effects on not only your employment, but personal life and relationships.
We provide certainty in times of clarify and we tailor our services to your unique situation. Our attorney offers guidance and experience in resolving personal injury matters and treats each and every claim with the resolve and determination they require.
Stages of a Personal Injury Case
If you’re a personal injury plaintiff, meaning you have been injured and you are filing a claim against a person or a company, you could be entitled to a financial award. This financial award may be based on your injuries, your medical bills, and other financial costs.
While calculating the cost of your medical bills and missed work are simple to calculate, other calculations such as the possible loss of your ability to partake in your hobbies or your pain and suffering are not so easy to quantify. These costs are typically settled at a hearing or trial.
While an insurance company may offer you an initial settlement offer, it is usually the company’s attempt at settling the case quickly. In general, an initial offer should be negotiated to determine if subsequent offers are forthcoming. Insurance companies retain attorneys and they’re intent on protecting the interests of the insurance company.
Prior to discussing your claim with an insurance company, you should consider taking a few initial actions.
The first stage in a personal injury claim is the initial consultation with a personal injury attorney. An initial consultation with a personal injury attorney at Patino Law Firm will provide you with a better understanding of how successful your claim may be.
Following the initial consultation, an investigation typically occurs in which the details of your case are investigated. Investigating your claim means reviewing where, when, and how the injury or injuries occurred.
Following an investigation of your case and an offer of representation, a personal injury attorney then drafts a demand package to the defendant and the request is sent to the personal injury defendant. The defendant considers the offer and either accepts or rejects it.
If the defendant rejects the package, a personal injury lawsuit is filed in a San Antonio court registry and served on the defendant(s). After the lawsuit is filed, the defendant(s) respond to the lawsuit and mediation occurs.
Mediation is an informal process in which the plaintiff and the defendant attempt to settle the case in order to resolve the claim. As trials are costly, in most cases, it is beneficial to settle the case. In the event that negotiations are not settled, a trial is scheduled.
The first step in negotiating a fair settlement is to determine the extent of the injury. In determining the extent of injury and its impact, it’s important to consider the type of damages and the amount your settlement may be worth. In Texas, there are two types of damages: (i) special damages and (ii) general damages. Special damages refer to quantifiable expenses such as missed work, future work that may be missed, and medical expenses. General damages are damages that are not easy to quantify. General damages include injuries such as pain and suffering and loss of amenity (hobbies).
San Antonio Personal Injury Attorneys for Shared Fault Cases
A shared fault occurs when both drivers or both people involved in a personal injury claim are at fault for the injury.
In San Antonio, if you’re a plaintiff and you are 50% of the culpability (in other words, 50% to blame), you are not entitled to any damages stemming from the injury and the incident is viewed as mostly your fault. If the defendant is found to be responsibility for more than 50% of the blame, the defendant is responsible for the proportioned amount of the blame and therefore the proportionate damages.
If you’re partly at fault for an injury, it’s important to seek assistance with your claim early on in the process. Our San Antonio personal injury attorneys can help you figure out what needs to be documented and how to proceed with your case following the determination of shared fault.
Insurance companies are represented by some of the most aggressive attorneys around. While self-representation may seem like an option, it is not a choice that should be taken lightly. A seasoned personal injury lawyer will understand the actions that need to be taken in order to secure an acceptable offer.
With 20 years of personal injury experience, Patino Law Firm handles insurance claims with surety and precision. Our attorney represents your interests by managing your case effectively and handling all legal aspects of your insurance claim.
The most common reasons for insurance claim rejections are contributory negligence, delayed medical treatment, incomplete or inaccurate medical records, unpaid insurance premiums on the part of the driver at fault, and pre-existing medical conditions. While these factors may present obstacles in your personal injury claim, there may be ways to counter these rejections. Patino Law Firm represents clients in San Antonio who are facing issues with their insurance companies. Contact our office before it is too late. Make a strong claim with precise legal arguments and accurate documentation.
Contact Patino Law Firm in San Antonio Today
If you have been injured by the negligent actions of another person or business, Patino Law Firm can help you obtain compensation for those injuries.
Call Patino Law Firm at 210-646-9100 to speak with an experienced staff member at our San Antonio office.