Joe. I Zaid & Associates have years of experience representing individuals in personal injury cases, which include auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, product liability-related injuries, and many more.
Below you will find answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions regarding our areas of practice and expertise.
- Automobile related
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
No Recovery, No Fee or Costs…
We handle cases on a contingent-fee basis. This means that if no money is recovered, then you are not charged legal fees.
I Was Recently in an Automobile Accident, Do I Need a Lawyer?
That usually depends on how serious your injury is. However, without a lawyer, an insurance company can deny your claim or offer a very low settlement on your case. So hiring a lawyer will maximize your compensation while you get to focus on recovery.
Moreover, the state of Texas is a fault or tort-based state. A fault state assigns responsibility so whoever is at fault for the accident is the one responsible for the damages caused by the accident. the accident.
How Do I Know If I Have a Permanent Injury?
If you have had surgery as a result of your injuries in an auto crash, more likely than not, you will have a permanent injury.
Likewise, if you broke a bone, other than your ribs, the doctor will probably testify there is a permanent effect from that fracture. In these situations, I recommend that you call our office immediately to discuss the facts of your auto crash.
If you have strained muscles and have reoccurring neck or back pain, you should seek the attention of a doctor or chiropractor. When they are done treating you, you should ask them if you have a permanent injury. If they say yes, then you have the testimony you need to get that issue to a jury.
Who Pays My Medical Bills For Lost Wages When I Am in an Auto Crash?
Initially, your own insurance carrier does under your Personal Injury Protection coverage. These benefits, commonly called PIP benefits, pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to $10,000.00.
Slip & Fall Accidents
I Recently Fell at a Friend’s House and Was Injured. Is There a Way of Getting my Medical Bills Paid Without Proving Carelessness on The Part of My Friend?
Yes. Many homeowner’s policies and business policies include coverage known as medical payments coverage. This is available to pay medical bills for anyone hurt on the property, even without proving fault. This type of insurance can only be used for medical bills and costs and is usually limited to $1,000 or $5,000.
What is a Structural Defect Case?
It is when a person falls as a result of something wrong with the property itself. For instance, a broken step.
I Was in a Grocery Store and Fell on a Grape That Was on The Floor. Is This a Good Case?
Probably not. Simply proving that a fall is caused by something on the floor isn’t enough. You have to be able to prove either by direct evidence or circumstantial evidence that the landowner put the item on the floor or that the item was on the floor for a long enough period for the landowner to discover it and pick it up.
If a Doctor Makes a Mistake, But I Am Not Seriously Injured By That Error, Can I Still Sue For Malpractice?
Probably not. Legally, you can sue someone if they breach the standard of care and you have been damaged by that action, but in reality, you will probably be unable to find an attorney to handle the case on a contingency fee basis, if your injuries are not substantial. This is because bringing a medical malpractice case is so expensive. Find an attorney that specializes in handling medical malpractice cases.
We handle medical malpractice cases and more than happy to help. Call us today to discuss your case.
There Was a Two Month Delay in Diagnosing My Cancer, Do I Have a Good Case?
Probably not. These cases are usually decided on an issue I call causation. It is not enough simply to show that your cancer could have been diagnosed earlier.
You must also be able to show that it would have made a difference in treatment or your chances of survival. As a general rule of thumb, delays in diagnosing cancer of six months or less are usually not actionable.
Delays between six months and one year can go either way, depending upon the type of cancer. Delays greater than a year usually are good cases.
Who Pays The Expense of Litigation During The Pendency of a Medical Malpractice Case?
Normally the attorney does. Most lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases will handle them on a contingency fee basis.
Their contract provides that they will advance costs for bringing the action, reimburse these costs, together with attorney’s fees, at the end of the action, if they are successful. If they are not successful, many law firms absorb the costs.
What are Product Liability Cases?
A product liability case arises when someone is injured because of a defective product.
When is a Product Defective?
A product is defective when it leaves the hands of a manufacturer in a condition unreasonably dangerous to the user of the product or a person in the vicinity of the product.
When is a Product Unreasonably Dangerous?
A product is unreasonably dangerous when its design or construction fails to perform as safely as an ordinary consumer would expect when used as intended or in a manner reasonably foreseeable by the manufacturer.
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