San Antonio Personal Injury Lawyers » How to File a Personal Injury Case
The Process of Filing a Personal Injury Case in San Antonio Texas
The people in San Antonio and the surrounding areas have access to great hospitals and some of the best medical care in the nation. The school system is also highly regarded as one of the best districts in Texas and has schools which are recognized as being some of the best public and private schools in the country.
With a large population, and numerous businesses and institutions, San Antonio is also home to thousands of personal injury accidents every year. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person, whether it is caused by a careless doctor or a reckless driver, you may be entitled to damages and our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices may be able to assist you in filing your personal injury claim.
Who is Responsible for My Injuries?
The first major obstacle you will face when filing a personal injury claim is determining who is at fault for your injury. While this can sometimes be fairly obvious, in many cases it is an incredibly complex question that of which our attorneys can help you assess.
If you are sitting at a stoplight on Ewing Street and you are rear-ended by a car behind you who negligently failed to stop because they were texting on their cell phone, then that person is obviously the responsible defendant. Other times it is not directly clear who is responsible for your injury.
For example, let’s say that the same situation occurred except that the driver who hit you was not using their phone at the time of the accident. They did their best to observe every traffic law, but for some reason when they attempted to use their brakes, the car did not stop. Who is liable in this situation?
In a scenario like this one, there could be numerous people who are responsible for your injuries. The auto manufacturer may be responsible for creating a defective product which led to the brakes malfunctioning. Or perhaps the driver had their car serviced at by a local mechanic who negligently repaired the brakes or negligently altered the braking system.
There are numerous people who may be directly responsible for your injuries; however, their culpability is not always immediately ascertainable. To file a proper claim you must first establish who is actually responsible for your injuries and then you must be able to effectively prove in court that they are liable. Our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have been helping accident victims like you for over 20 years. We are very familiar with the intricate details involved in each claim and are highly experienced in discovering who the responsible parties are and holding them accountable for their negligence.
Choosing Where to File Your Personal Injury Claim
The second hurdle you must clear when filing a personal injury claim is determining which court has adequate jurisdiction over your lawsuit. Our attorneys may choose to file your claim in either state or federal court and the requirements for both courts are vastly different. The amount in damages is incredibly different and the evidence you must provide to establish jurisdiction is quite varied.
For example, a state court can hear any civil case that has resulted in at least $200 worth of damages. In contrast, a federal court can only hear a civil suit for damages that exceeds $75,000 in damages. It is important that you consult with one of our experienced attorneys to determine which court is best suited for your claim. Our attorneys are licensed to practice in both state and federal courts and we are very knowledgeable about the foundational requirements of each.
Do you have a legal issue or question?
The two most important things you need to establish when filing a personal injury lawsuit is who is responsible and where to file your claim. Our attorneys at Grossman Law Offices can assist you in establishing these foundational requirements and help you through the entirety of your claim. To learn more about how to successfully file a personal injury lawsuit, call our Law Offices