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ABOUT THE PATEL FIRM

The Patel Firm is a Corpus Christi-based personal injury law firm that represents South Texans harmed by other people’s careless, reckless, or intentional conduct. Personal injury law is the sole focus of our law practice. We believe that anyone injured because of another person’s or company’s wrongful actions deserves quality legal representation in seeking compensation for their injuries.

Our founder, Attorney Minesh J. Patel, has committed his legal career to the mission of providing an unmatched level of legal service to his clients across a wide range of personal injury matters. Our team is equally at ease representing clients injured in motor vehicle crashes, accidental falls, dog bites, and oil rig accidents, to name just a few. We have a track record of success to show for our deep commitment to serving our clients’ interests.

Not only has our team secured millions of dollars in recoveries for our clients, we have also earned our clients’ trust and praise time-and-again. Of course, no personal injury matter has a guaranteed outcome. However, clients of The Patel Firm can always rest assured that their lawyer has their back, and works tirelessly in their best interests.

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``Settlements for accident victims were 40 percent higher with the assistance of an auto accident lawyer than without it.``

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``The IRC found that insurance payouts are, on average, 3.5 times higher for clients who have hired an attorney than for those without one.``

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``85 percent of all the dollars that are paid out by insurance companies for bodily injury claims are paid to clients who have hired lawyers for car accident to represent them.``

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Our Areas of Practice

The Patel Firm has the experience, resources, and know-how to help Corpus Christi-area residents and visitors recover the compensation they deserve under Texas law for the harm done to them by someone else’s wrongful actions. In our practice, we routinely represent clients in any of the following types of matters.

Like any metropolitan area, Corpus Christi sees its share of tragic car accidents. To an outsider, these crashes may seem more-or-less routine; but there is nothing routine about an accident for its victims, who often sustain catastrophic, life-altering injuries. At The Patel Firm, we understand how car accident injuries create enormous physical, emotional, and financial challenges in our clients’ lives. Our mission is to hold whomever caused that accident to account, and to ensure our clients receive the compensation they need to recover from their injuries.

Truck accidents, like car accidents, inflict enormous suffering on their victims. Unlike many car accidents, however, truck accidents frequently involve significant legal and factual complications that make recovering compensation difficult. The team at The Patel Firm knows how to sort through the physical devastation and legal tangles caused by a car accident to pinpoint and pursue the parties with legal liability for paying injured victims their due in damages.

Motorcyclists know they take some risks by riding in the open air. In an accident, little protects a biker from a violent impact with another vehicle, a roadside object, or the road itself. Still, just because motorcyclists take risks does not mean that other motorists have a right to disregard motorcyclist safety on the roads. Motorcycles have the right to occupy a full lane of traffic, and to expect cars and trucks to yield to them as they would to any other vehicle. At The Patel Firm, we fight for compensation for motorcyclists when motorists instead take a careless approach to biker safety.

Workers on offshore oil rigs and on-shore refineries do jobs that sometimes put them in harm’s way. An accident that leaves a rig operator or refinery employee injured triggers legal obligations for the worker’s employer and others intended to make sure workers do not sacrifice their bodies for a job, only to lack the resources to recover. The Patel Firm has years of experience helping oil-industry workers pursue the compensation they have every right to expect for the injuries they sustain on the job.

You do not have to drive a motor vehicle to use a roadway in Corpus Christi. Lots of local residents and visitors ride bicycles to commute and for exercise. Like motorcyclists, pedal cyclists have the right to occupy a lane of traffic and to have motor vehicles yield to them. Unfortunately, also like motorcyclists, bicyclists often get short shrift from motorists who refuse to share the road and to observe safe habits. Bicycle accidents can leave cyclists with life-threatening injuries. The Patel Firm fights for compensation to help injured cyclists get back in the saddle.

Dogs cause traumatic injuries when they attack. Small children, in particular, face extreme risk of harm from dog bites, because dogs often bite children’s faces, leaving them with severe lacerations and disfiguring scars. In Texas, a dog owner can be held liable for negligence or for a failure to restrain a dog that attacks someone. At The Patel Firm, we recognize how terrifying a dog attack feels for the victim, and fight to recover just compensation to help the healing process.

Anyone operating a vehicle on a road in Corpus Christi, be it a car, truck, motorcycle, or bicycle, assumes the critical responsibility of taking care to keep pedestrians safe. Crossing the street or walking along a road shoulder should never amount to risking one’s life. The team at The Patel Firm understands the devastation a collision between a motor vehicle and a human being can cause. We fight to make sure pedestrian victims and their families receive every dollar of compensation they deserve.

Falling down, as ordinary as it might seem, constitutes one of the most common ways that Corpus Christi residents and visitors, particularly those over age 65, sustain catastrophic injuries. Lawyers sometimes refer to accidental falls as slip-and-fall incidents, but of course we all know that slipping is just one of many ways a person can take a tumble. Property owners have legal obligations to keep visitors to their properties safe. Our team works to hold property owners to account when someone takes a fall because of their failure to uphold those obligations.

No family should ever have to suffer the tragedy of losing a loved one to an accidental injury. When the worst occurs, however, Texas law allows surviving family members to pursue a legal action for wrongful death. The Patel Firm never hopes to see anyone come through our doors mourning an untimely death, but we give the full measure of our commitment when families need our help seeking justice and damages for their loved one.

Types of Injuries

As a full-service personal injury law practice, The Patel Firm has deep knowledge and experience in helping our clients recover compensation to help them confront a wide range of serious, catastrophic, and life-changing injuries. We understand how difficult life can feel for our clients and their families after an unexpected or accidental injury blindsides them. One of our most important jobs as lawyers is to reassure our clients that we have the learning and know-how to understand, investigate, and explain to a judge, jury, or insurance adjuster the nature and extent of their injuries.

Some of the more common types of injuries and traumas we help our clients confront include:

A jolt, blow, or penetrating injury to the head, and accidents and incidents that deprive the brain of oxygen, can result in significant brain injuries that impair a person’s ability to speak, move, think, and feel. Brain injuries involve a complex and uncertain area of medicine. Recovering from a brain injury is not a straightforward or predictable process. Victims need strong support. Our team helps them obtain the compensation they need to afford the help they need.

Spinal cord injuries devastate lives. Victims of these injuries, which are frequently the result of motor vehicle accidents and falls, often face life transformed. Spinal cord injuries can leave a person partially or totally paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair and in need of around-the-clock assistance with basic day-to-day activities, at least in the near-term. The medical care and life assistance spinal cord injury victims need can cost millions of dollars over a lifetime. The Patel Firm works hard to make sure those victims receive that money from the parties at fault.

Any kind of injury can devastate an innocent person’s life; burns, however, are especially horrific. Whether caused by fire, chemicals, or electricity, a burn inflicts intense, long-lasting pain. Treating a severe burn frequently requires multiple agonizing surgeries and months of recovery time. Victims commonly suffer permanent physical limitations and disfigurement. The team at The Patel Firm understands the excruciating process, and massive costs, associated with recovering from severe burns, and works tirelessly to obtain compensation for burn victim clients.

Amputation Injuries

Motor vehicle and industrial accidents often cause catastrophic injuries when a victim’s limb gets pinned or crushed under or between heavy objects. Oftentimes, doctors have no choice but to amputate the limb to save the victim’s life. Living with an amputated or non-functioning limb entails significant adjustments to one’s environment and daily activities, and requires long-term medical care, all of which cost time and money. The Patel Term aims to make sure victims of these injuries have the financial resources they need to adjust to the new normal.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

Mr. Patel and staff made me feel very comfortable and confident in their abilities to help me. Very easy going and helpful.
Shana Poe
20:12 02 Oct 20
THE BEST! After a well known law firm dropped my case, Mr. Patel and his great, professional staff offered me great service and got me the settlement I needed!!..God bless Mr.Patel and his hard working staff.
DJ Austin
22:43 24 Aug 20
Great all the way around. Always looking out for your best interest. Always kept me informed A++. Very professional and knowledgeable. If you need great lawyer who know how to fight and get more from the insurance companies. Let Mr Patel fight for you. Very Satisfied with my settlement😃
juan guzman
21:52 24 Aug 20
I'm happy with the services The Patel Law Firm has provided for me with my case. The staff is professional, friendly & kind. I give them 5 stars because they did an excellent job with my case. I highly recommend The Patel Law Firm to those who are in need of a personal injury attorney. Thank you!
Fernando Arellano
16:51 29 Jul 20
Took care of everything I needed taken care of. Constant communication even through the pandemic. I highly recommend this firm to anybody that needs a lawyer.
Logan Daigle
16:44 29 Jul 20
Jo Anne was always so responsive and ready to help me. She made this process very smooth and easier on me. Mr. Patel was very polite and helped with the settlement as much as he could! Highly recommend The Patel Firm! 😊 Thank you for everything!
Alyssa Perez
21:14 18 Jun 20
Chose the Patel Firm , worked with Mr.Patel and Jo Anna was the most WISE and RIGHT decision in my life so far!
Mary Gladish
17:23 28 May 20
awesome lawyer very nice..very helpful. thanks again.guys
Marco Power
19:32 27 May 20
I was nervous about my case because of corona but they still worked on it for me and I was able to get my check. Grateful for their work.🙏🏼 I really needed this to help get by after losing my job. Thank you So much mr Patel and Joanna!
Nicole Styer
21:41 05 May 20
Mr. Patel and his staff were great in helping my husband with his vehicle accident.
Ashley Garza
21:36 02 Apr 20
Nothing but good things to say about Mr. Patel and his staff. I had Jo Ann as my go to person and she was absolutely awesome. Was a smooth process all the way through and this law firm will do the absolute most they can for you. Highly recommended for anyone looking for guidance, advice, and help. Thank guys!
Joseph Garza
20:57 02 Apr 20
Lizeth Gutierrez
20:37 20 Mar 20
Minesh made the whole process suck quite a bit less and was extremely impressed on how smoothly he was able to almost work the opposing counsel to exactly where we needed him to be. Made such a good impression I recommended him to my mother and have a couple more people I’ll be referring him to them. My wife and I are definitely big fans of his work. Thanks again Chief.
Christopher Brinson
23:35 13 Mar 20
I chose Mr Patel to help me and my family after a car accident. He was very kind and helpful with questions even after the case was over. I’m grateful for their service and feel like I made a good choice for us.
Erin Matthews
19:27 07 Mar 20
The Patel firm is always helpful ! Especially Jo Ann Avalos she is very respectful and helps other clients- she will always go over and beyond to satisfy all her clients. I will definitely go back in the future for any questions or help i may need. The Patel firm has very professional staff! I would recommend them to everyone! They will always put u first!
Leslie Martinez
00:14 06 Mar 20
recommended for car accidents . I give 5 stars !! Good law firm thank u
Roland Rios
00:07 05 Mar 20
Overall great experience! Patel’s firm went above and beyond what I expected. I highly recommend this firm to anyone who has been in an auto accident or anything involving personal injury.
Shane De Sha
02:10 04 Mar 20
Knowledgeable attorneys and great staff. Communication was never lacking and they have your best interest in mind. Very pleased with my experience and the outcome of my case. Thanks Mr. Patel!
James Barr
19:14 03 Mar 20
They turned a bad experience into a great 1. I worked with Attorney Patel and his paralegal Joanna. I cant thank them enough for all of there hard work It really paid off! I hope to NEVER get hit by an 18 wheeler again but if I ever need a lawyer-there the first to call.
Debra Gonzales
16:37 06 Feb 20
Outstanding attorney!! Minesh and his team guided me from day one following my car accident. I was backed up into by a school bus. Following the accident I needed medical care and The Patel Firm was there to guide me thru the process. They got in contact with every place of business from the imaging to the medical care in order to decrease my pain and get be feeling better. The the way the school district handled things in regards to accidents was rather slow and drawn out. However, thanks to The Patel Firm, I was updated along the way. I greatly appreciate Minesh, JoAnn and all the others diligent work to help me thru everything! Thanks again!!
Kara Rostovich
00:04 05 Feb 20
Jose Puente
22:46 03 Feb 20
Great Personal Injury Firm. Very professional and friendly office. They were always available to help me when I had questions.
Jorge Navarro
21:51 29 Jan 20
The best injury lawyer I got in the USA. If you are injured in the accident and need a lawyer, The Patel Firm PLLC is here for you. You just consult with them and rest yourself.Thank you The Patel Firm PLLC.
Akshat Patel
17:05 28 Jan 20
AngieRomo
22:12 15 Jan 20
Nemoria Seabreak
21:07 14 Jan 20
The Patel firm was very prompt in their communications with me concerning my case. They gave me excellent service!
Arnett Caviel
18:58 05 Dec 19
A very wonderful law firm I appreciate them for everything I had to handle my case I recommend them to anybody
Richard Johnson
15:31 26 Nov 19
I want to thank Patel Law Firm and Joann Avalos, for helping me in my time of need, very professional and attended to my medical needs., always answering my questions. I will always recommend Patel Law Firm to my friends and family. Thank you
Sandra Arredondo
21:09 11 Nov 19
Thank you for all your help I greatly appreciate it
Amy Vela
16:28 11 Nov 19
Thank you JoAnn for helping me you did a great job
Erica Vela
16:23 11 Nov 19
A++ service from the first minute I called!I hired the Patel Firm in April as my injury attorney after being in an auto accident in Austin, TX. I was recommended to him by a friend, and I'm very happy I reached out and obtained his service.I've used two other lawyers in the past, neither of which gave me the attention or insight I received from the Patel Firm. I didn't have to worry about setting up my appointments, talking to the other insurance, or anything at all. From the first minutes of me being in contact, I had a chiropractic appointment set up for me- and they found one for me in between my work and home to make sure this incident didn't interfere with my life.The staff here is wonderful (I worked with Minesh and Joann). I got weekly updates, as well as check ins (they really would just call me to make sure I was doing well, and that my chiropractor was doing a good job for me). Whenever I had a question, getting in contact was so much easier then my past experiences. If my call didn't go through the first time, I'd have a return phone call within minutes.To sum it up, they were highly courteous, it was an effortless experience, the chiropractor they sent me to was amazing, and through the entire process I was treated like I mattered- never put on the back burner at any time in the 5 months it took to complete my case. I would recommend them to anyone, and have already made sure that all my friends and family have there contact information saved in there phone if there's ever an emergency.
Jack Melana
15:59 05 Nov 19
I found them on google when looking for a lawyer after my car accident.1. they had good reviews, 2. There office is close to my house. Glad I chose them though. They are professional, smart and got the job done. Thanks Joanne and Mr. Patel
Geoff May
16:13 31 Oct 19
Mr. Patel and his staff helped me the whole way through everything. They are awesome! They work hard to get you what you deserve. I highly recommend them. If this doesn't convince you just look at all the other reviews.
Jose R
19:32 19 Oct 19
Mr. Patel and his staff are awesome!!! 🙌They are very professional. They always made sure my family and I were okay and they really took care of us. JoAnn is great, she answered all of our questions and was very helpful every step of the way! We are very satisfied with everything! ❤ I would definitely recommend Mr. Patel and his firm! ⚖
DeVonna R
19:19 18 Oct 19
if you need a lawyer after a car accident call them. Good lawyers and staff. Will recommend!
Laura Rios
20:08 12 Oct 19
if you need a lawyer after a car accident call them. Good lawyers and staff. Will recommend!
Laura Rios
20:08 12 Oct 19
Where do I even start first thank you guys all so much . Thanks justin and Patel for taking care of my case. I called 3 or 4 other lawyers from tv and I knew from livin in corpus(been here my hole life). Only one firm from tv I got to talk to a lawyer but it wasnt the guy on the tv just an associate and they rejected me and sounded like they just started being a lawyer. As soon as I called patel law firm I got transferred to mr Patel. He listened to me and told me to come in for a meeting. We ate and talked when I came to the firm the first time really home like feel. I Met everyone in the team and everyone knew my case when I called or came to the firm. I highly recommend to anyone for a coprus lawyer. Really good job thanks again
Cindy Reyes-Avila
17:28 04 Oct 19
Where do I even start first thank you guys all so much . Thanks justin and Patel for taking care of my case. I called 3 or 4 other lawyers from tv and I knew from livin in corpus(been here my hole life). Only one firm from tv I got to talk to a lawyer but it wasnt the guy on the tv just an associate and they rejected me and sounded like they just started being a lawyer. As soon as I called patel law firm I got transferred to mr Patel. He listened to me and told me to come in for a meeting. We ate and talked when I came to the firm the first time really home like feel. I Met everyone in the team and everyone knew my case when I called or came to the firm. I highly recommend to anyone for a coprus lawyer. Really good job thanks again
Cindy Reyes-Avila
17:28 04 Oct 19
Working with the Patel firm meant I always had someone who would jump on a call with me an answer any of the dozens of questions I’d have at any given time. I was very well taken care of and felt that my case was taken personally. Thank you so much.
Christopher Vasquez
14:49 25 Sep 19
Working with the Patel firm meant I always had someone who would jump on a call with me an answer any of the dozens of questions I’d have at any given time. I was very well taken care of and felt that my case was taken personally. Thank you so much.
Christopher Vasquez
14:49 25 Sep 19
Amazing law firm. They kept me updated on my case. Always returned my calls and very friendly. Totally recommend them
Lucinda Recio
15:15 13 Sep 19
Amazing law firm. They kept me updated on my case. Always returned my calls and very friendly. Totally recommend them
Lucinda Recio
15:15 13 Sep 19
Excellent in all aspects!
Jennifer Wilson
16:41 06 Sep 19
Excellent in all aspects!
Jennifer Wilson
16:41 06 Sep 19
Amie Price
13:19 06 Sep 19
Amie Price
13:19 06 Sep 19
Muy buen abogado muy buena atención y servicio se los recomiendo gracias Joan Ávalos por tu ayuda eres muy linda persona
Yaneth Cuevas
21:42 28 Aug 19
Muy buen abogado muy buena atención y servicio se los recomiendo gracias Joan Ávalos por tu ayuda eres muy linda persona
Yaneth Cuevas
21:42 28 Aug 19
We had a car accident and a friend put us in touch with Joann. She is the best, nice, professional and kind person. She was always by our side during the long process with patience. I will recommend her to all my friends. Thank you Joann
Yoa G. R.
18:01 28 Aug 19
We had a car accident and a friend put us in touch with Joann. She is the best, nice, professional and kind person. She was always by our side during the long process with patience. I will recommend her to all my friends. Thank you Joann
Yoa G. R.
18:01 28 Aug 19
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roxy Gutierrez
22:06 27 Aug 19
Very Awesome! Thank You So Much.Great Law Firm
Alexyss Cisneros
23:14 22 Aug 19
Very Awesome! Thank You So Much.Great Law Firm
Alexyss Cisneros
23:14 22 Aug 19
Thanks again Jo Ann and Mr Patel for taking care of my boyfriends injury settlement and most of my birthday flowers so sweet and amazing of you all greatly appreciated thank you so much I will always recommend Patel’s law firm always ! Much love Desiree ❤️
Desiree Badu
18:20 22 Aug 19
Thanks again Jo Ann and Mr Patel for taking care of my boyfriends injury settlement and most of my birthday flowers so sweet and amazing of you all greatly appreciated thank you so much I will always recommend Patel’s law firm always ! Much love Desiree ❤️
Desiree Badu
18:20 22 Aug 19
Forever grateful with Mr.Patel and Joann they did awesome with my case and super fast settling .They treated my family and i like family i will highly recommend the Patel law firm to friends ,family ect. If i can give a more than a Five star rating they definitely deserve it! Thanks again you guys 👍 -Gilbert & Desiree
Gilbert Cuevas
18:10 22 Aug 19
Forever grateful with Mr.Patel and Joann they did awesome with my case and super fast settling .They treated my family and i like family i will highly recommend the Patel law firm to friends ,family ect. If i can give a more than a Five star rating they definitely deserve it! Thanks again you guys 👍 -Gilbert & Desiree
Gilbert Cuevas
18:10 22 Aug 19
Great law firm. Nice staff. Recommend!
Duyen Bui
18:20 11 Aug 19
Great law firm. Nice staff. Recommend!
Duyen Bui
18:20 11 Aug 19
Thank you 5 stars! Always there to help. Attorney Patel was great. The case took some time but I got a good settlement at the end. Thank you patel team!
Camille Walker
15:25 10 Aug 19
Thank you 5 stars! Always there to help. Attorney Patel was great. The case took some time but I got a good settlement at the end. Thank you patel team!
Camille Walker
15:25 10 Aug 19
I had a Great Experience with The Patel Law Firm. Definitely recommend them for anyone who needs an auto accident attorney. They will take care of your needs.
Garcia367891YT
19:27 08 Aug 19
I had a Great Experience with The Patel Law Firm. Definitely recommend them for anyone who needs an auto accident attorney. They will take care of your needs.
Garcia367891YT
19:27 08 Aug 19
So glad I used the Patel Firm to represent me in my accident defense! Made sure my son and I got the best care and recovery we deserved! Always available when you call and goes over and beyond the expectations of a law firm! Thank you, would definitely recommend to anyone!!!
Natasha Wright
00:19 06 Aug 19
So glad I used the Patel Firm to represent me in my accident defense! Made sure my son and I got the best care and recovery we deserved! Always available when you call and goes over and beyond the expectations of a law firm! Thank you, would definitely recommend to anyone!!!
Natasha Wright
00:19 06 Aug 19
I chose Mr Patel’s office after reading all of the good reviews and I can say that I’m glad I chose to work with Mr Patel and his staff. They treated me like family and I even made friends with a couple staff in the process. They communicated every bit of the case with me so I always knew what’s going on. Im grateful for their help and very happy with the end result. I will refer all of my friends and family to Mr. Patel for their legal matters.
Christian Gilden
21:49 05 Aug 19
This law firm helped me after a really bad accident Southside corpus on oso. Hurt my neck n lower back my scans said I had slipped discs. I got to the doctors and I got good money on my pocket. Thanks to Patel and staff. Highly recommended this lawyer!
Kenneth Moore
22:02 27 Jul 19
Minesh and his staff are amazing. More than happy to help answer any questions. This guy has a great heart for helping people. He will fight for you!
Landon Stackhouse
16:58 19 Jul 19
In August of 2018 I was rear ended at a high rate of speed while stopped at a red light. I contacted The Patel Firm after being referred by a friend. They were easy to get in touch with and very helpful through all the steps. They took care of everything and made it easy to understand the process. I was pleased with the settlement received. I would absolutely recommend them to a family member or a friend.
Craig Lewis
22:11 17 Jul 19
I would like to thank The Patel Firm for all the help and the great outcome of our claim. This firm is very professional and they always answer calls and questions.
Joann Gutierrez
17:23 09 Jul 19
This firm did a great job on my case. My case went fast and I got some good money. Thank you to Ms Jo Ann and Patel. I would recommend to friends. 5 stars
Nathan Rosenthal
02:18 08 Jul 19
Mr. Patel has been a great communicator and very straight forward. I was not promised the world but I was promised hard work from him and the firm employees and I am VERY satisfied with there work and my settlement. I hope I dont - but if I ever get hurt again in a car wreck he will be the first person I call.
Parnell Daniels
23:06 27 Jun 19
Best law firm in corpus. Very professional and they go out of there way to help you.
Mike Fuentes
16:55 27 Jun 19
Mr. Patel and Mrs. Joann were great to work with. We had a rare situation arise and Mr. Patel handled the situation very gracefully. I am very grateful to have had The Patel Law Firm on my side. Thank you both!
Melaine Tijerina
17:00 06 Jun 19
🙌🏽thank u for the settlement Patel n jo Ann 💰💯💯awesome lawyer
Gina Hernandez
22:58 03 Jun 19
Excellent attorney. So glad I went with them. Highly recommend.
Susana Huerta
17:55 18 May 19
They help me after accident to helped me get a settlemnt to pay for new car an medical bills. They work hard n are nice people.Even help with translating. I reccomend
Julie Chau
20:22 07 May 19
They helped me with my case after a drunk driver hit me and totaled my car. Helped get me a new car, paid off my medical bills and I still got a good amount back. Just do what they advise and you won’t regret it 👌🏼 Mr. Patel is good people
Jarek Lee
13:35 03 May 19
Always helpful in answering all my question very quick turnover time and always on your side. 5 stars definitely recommend this service
OWT ONE
16:28 01 May 19
The amount of help and delivery The Patel Firm has shown me is just amazing. Communication is all I was looking for and they executed that and more! Thank you The Patel Firm!.. highly recommend to anyone looking for an accident lawyer
Tommy Crean
17:17 22 Apr 19
Mr. Patel and his staff were very good about taking all necessary step to promptly handle my case Thank you I definitely recommend them for all personal injuries
Samantha Delagarza
23:50 20 Apr 19
I called 3 places asking to talk to a lawyer and was transferred to different secretaries and assistants who insisted they could help me. Not one law firm would transfer me to a lawyer. Ironic. I called the Patel Law Firm (4th place I tried) and they got me to a lawyer right away and I got my questions answered. I’m now a client of theirs. If you need real legal help and want to be taken seriously I would recommend calling Mr Patel. Really good customer service and they make you feel like a friend/family.
Brian Nielson
22:17 15 Apr 19
Great customer service!
Jazmine Flores
20:16 09 Apr 19
Thank you Patel and Jo Ann for yalls help. 5 star law firm! Thankyou!!
Abigail Moreno
18:35 09 Apr 19
So professional and and always ready to answer all your questions.I definitely recommend The Patel Firm for personal injury.
Peter Thomason
22:13 24 Mar 19
Great
Yolanda Herrera
22:08 24 Mar 19
The Patel Firm has been the answer to my prayers! The attorneys, Mr. Patel and Mr. Green, are super hands on and knowledgeable about all aspects of Personal Injury Law! Also, the staff is very friendly and punctual with their responses and are eager and readily available to help me with any questions that I have! I HIGHLY recommend The Patel Firm to anyone who is in need of a Personal Injury attorney!
Madi Frohling
23:51 19 Mar 19
Edgardo Salinas
17:13 13 Mar 19
the best law firm!patel and joann did a great job on my case. thanks for everything! if you are ever in a car wreck call minesh at the patel firm👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼🙌🏼
Emily Holland
17:06 10 Mar 19
Thank you to the Patel staff for helping taking care of my family. I highly recommend the Patel firm for all personal injury .
Linda Olivarez
17:51 09 Mar 19
I highly recommend the Patel Firm to family and friends thanks for taking care of my family members when they were in need of your expertise and professionalism.
Lilliam Cantu
15:08 09 Mar 19
The Patel Firm was awesome helped my family with their car wreck in Corpus Christi thanks Patel team!
Sandy Rivera
17:34 07 Mar 19
Patel Firm represented me in the most professional manner. His ethics are of the highest standards. The firms knowledge, courtesy, sincerity and honesty makes me feel more than comfortable recommending anyone considering his services. 5 STAR!!!
John Kelly
15:10 26 Feb 19
Minesh and his team have been nothing short of extraordinary. They bring an elevated level of experience, professionalism, and trust that other lawyers simply cannot provide. If you need someone to take on your personal injury case, give The Patel Firm a call!
Ronald E Robbins
21:45 22 Feb 19
Mr. Patel and his staff are amazing he said he would get us what we deserved and he delivered he is a man of his word. I will always use his firm from now on. Don’t hesitate give them a call you won’t regret it
elias dimas
21:49 13 Feb 19
Mr. Patel and his staff, Joann especially, were very helpful and made sure we were taken care of throughout the whole process! They always made sure to keep in contact and we were never left out of the loop. Patel never gives up and makes sure to get everything taken care of. We never had to worry about a thing!! He took care of it all!! We will continue to come to him! Thank you Patel Law Firm!!!!
Tiffany R
16:50 13 Feb 19
Mr.Patel & Jo Ann are a true pleasure to work with. Rest assured knowing you are in great hands when working with the Patel firm. They make you feel safe & secure knowing they are just one phone call or text away from answering any questions or concerns that you may have during the process. I highly recommend the Patel firm to any and everyone that is looking for quality representation!
Mason Garner
18:42 04 Feb 19
Cannot recommend The Patel firm and staff enough! Exceptional customer service👍😁 Thank you!!!
Adrian Barrett
02:23 04 Feb 19
Hands down the best Law firm I have ever used. I will never use anyone else. The staff is the best of the best. The staff treats you with respect and will get you the help that you need. Thank you everyone you guys are the best
Mike Bullock
21:13 28 Jan 19
I highly recommend this law firm. Jo Ann and Mr. Patel made sure all my stuff was taken care of and made sure I got a car quick so I didn't miss my work shifts. They got me uber rides and a rental while they got $$ for my car. It was a total lost but lucky my trk was paid before the wreck. Rea;l friendly and got me a good settlement in the end.
Matthew Collins
20:56 02 Jan 19
Definitely recommend The Patel Firm..... great communication, always kept me informed with my case. Always made sure I was taken care of. Friendly staff, definitely looks out for their clients. Thanks for all the help
Roston Pash
21:47 19 Dec 18
The Best of the Best in Corpus Christi, TX! This was the first for me and they really took care of everything that needed to be done for me. I had no idea what exactly needed to be done after an automobile accident. Joann and Mr. Patel took complete control over all my legal concerns and made me feel at ease with the worries of a car accident. I am so happy and pleased that I chose The Patel Firm to handle my case! I am so surprised how quickly everything was handled with the settlement case! The Patel Firm is GREAT! Thank you so much Joann and Mr. Patel!!!✨
Patsy Cohen
20:02 18 Dec 18
What I thought would be a stressful process ended up being a learning experience. The office employees are very thorough an explained all of my options. The attorney Mr. Patel was very straight forward and didn’t sugar coat anything. I trusted them to do their job and in the end I was very pleased with my settlement (which was more than I expected) They only charge if they get a settlement for you. I would definitely recommend Mr Patel if you need an accident attorney. They do good work - 5 stars.
Mia Balle
04:00 18 Dec 18
Excellent, very professional, high quality firm. Prompt, courteous, very respectable, very down to earth. Highly Recommanded!!!!
Gilbert Avalos
18:40 12 Dec 18
Zachery Garza
18:09 12 Dec 18
I could not be happier with my choice of using the Patel Firm. My experience has been great. All you have to do is talk to to Mr. Patel once and you will now that he is the person you want representing you.
Daniel Poncik
22:40 11 Dec 18
They helped me after an accident and kept me informed throughout the whole process! They were always friendly and never left me in the dark. I would recommend them to anyone after they’ve been involved in an accident.
Irelyn Lee
17:07 09 Dec 18
Reccomend this firm. Good work and thank you
Alma Arroyo Sandoval
21:03 08 Dec 18
Great services ,great communications Mr. Patel and Joann are knowledgeable and took their time to answer my questions. They help me to fix my car as well. I will recommend him
Martha Navarro
21:35 07 Dec 18
Minesh has gone above and beyond for our Houston Celebrity, ESG and our team of Managers and Crew. Thank you Patel Firm!!
Trill Republik
21:22 07 Dec 18
They were always helping and made it easy to understand whats happening with my case. I got in a bad accident when I got hit from behind near the base and had to go to the hospital. Thanks Jo Ann and Patel highly recommend these guys
Samuel Soto
19:39 07 Dec 18
Good job on my case thankyou
Jose Avalos
22:56 16 Nov 18
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20:41 26 Oct 18
The Patel Firm was the best decision! I highly recommend them for all of your legal needs!!
Porsha Burns
16:25 26 Oct 18
the patel law firm is very fair and easy to work with, they understand an care for all their clients, i highly recommend them to anyone seeking legal assistance involving a car or truck accident, very nice people!
Frankie Martinez
21:42 25 Oct 18
Yass love these people therr the best an honest
julia rodriguez
17:07 25 Oct 18
I’ve never felt so at home in an Attorney’s office! These people are so down to earth and REALLY care about their clients. I wouldn’t trust anyone else to handle any of my legal matters. Thanks again, Patel!
Peter Higgins
20:40 22 Oct 18
The Patel Firm is simply fantastic. He is reliable and informative throughout the entire process. I would say that I was most impressed with his quick response time and his excellent communication skills.
Cody Dempsey
05:17 22 Oct 18
Mr. Patel and his staff did a great job in handling my car accident case. They got my car fixed fast, always returned my calls, and were always sure to contact me with new updates so I never felt lost throughout the process. I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone needing an attorney after an accident.
Gilbert Lee
14:32 19 Oct 18
Serhiy Protsenko
18:42 18 Oct 18
Great staff and service
Stacy Zamora
16:33 01 Oct 18
Good business. I highly recommend there service.
Bobby Casarez
19:01 20 Sep 18
The Patel Firm was great to work with after my accident. They made it a point to make sure I was informed and comfortable every step of the way, and Minesh was incredibly professional and courteous. I cannot recommend he and his firm highly enough!
Lindsey Trombetta
21:01 15 Sep 18
I'm posting on behalf of my aunt and uncle, this what they had to say:Un accidente terrible pero soluciones fueron rapido y excellente con la bufete de abogados prestigioso de Patel Firm,pllc. Joann, fue de lo mejor, especialmente con su experiensa y su modo de ser. Ella nos explico todo a nuestra capacidad y estuvo communicando con nosotros desde el pricipio, muchas gracias a ella y el bufete.Roberto y Adela GarciaMonterrey, Mexico
maria cooper
02:23 07 Sep 18
Really helpful. I recommend Patel f after a car accident. Super fast service
Michael Tyler
18:32 31 Aug 18
Minesh and the Patel firm was very helpful and professional I would advice everyone to go to the Patel firm if you need help and attorney!
Roderick Williams
17:41 14 Aug 18
They blessed us with a $500.00 scholarship to my family, keep helping people for those that are in need of help, they helped us and they can help you too if you need a great injury law firm to help with your injury accidents. They are here to help you and everyone around us. Keep up the great work.
Lori Molina
22:33 09 Aug 18
If you have been in a car accident and you are looking for a competent car accident attorney to champion your cause, contact Mr. Minesh J. Patel.
Brooke Taylor
15:43 08 Aug 18
Awesome Law Firm Very politeExcellent !!
Explainer Studio
15:24 08 Aug 18
After being hit in a auto accident I soon called The Patel Firm. I was nothing but Impressed with Mr. Patel and his Team. He is very Thorough and Fantastic at his Craft. I am Very Pleased with the results from The Patel Firm. Recommended!
Celso Rodriguez
17:38 27 Jul 18
Very professional. Answers to all questions when given. Impressed.
Marc Garza
04:47 27 Jul 18
Was very helpful. From day one he always kept us updated and made sure we had everything we needed. Would definitely recommend him to anyone. Thank you for everything you did
Regina Castillo
16:58 25 Jul 18
Very pleased after working with the Patel firm. They really know what they are doing and handle it all with incredible efficiency. I highly recommend working with them.
J Jones
16:55 10 Jul 18
Mr. Patel is a pro's pro. I've had my fair share of representation is the past. Mr. Patel is head and shoulders above the rest. Attentive, detail oriented, and tough, is how I would describe my experience with Mr. Patel. Thank you Minesh!
Travis Jones
16:02 05 Jul 18
Super professional and incredibly efficient. My chiropractor was also amazed on how quick and efficient the law firm was with getting him any paper work they needed. Excellent work
Alexis Rivera
00:40 26 Jun 18
The Patel Firm is awesome. Highly recommend. Everyone was helpful and everything went fast and smooth. Great firm!
Stephen SaintSauveur
00:39 23 Jun 18
Mr.Patel is the best! He works super hard for his clients. He always called or texted me back and made the whole process super easy. I highly recommend his services to all!
Liz Stoker
00:37 23 Jun 18
Samara Lantiere
19:58 20 Jun 18
Jacob Casey Plays
00:57 16 Jun 18
What a great job helping me with my case!!! I was always communicated with in a timely fashion, which is all one can ask. I’m blown away and will definitely recommend the Patel Firm to any and all of my friends and colleagues. Keep it up!!!
jeffmcdonald75
13:35 13 Jun 18
They are awesome to work with.. Very helpful , professional and one of best in their field 🙂
Haseeb Khan
05:23 13 Jun 18
Thankful for the man Minesh is and how he cares about each individual he works with. I was rear ended by a woman and in shock after the accident. I reached out to Minesh and he totally streamlined the process when I wasn't able to keep my head straight. He is not only working 24/7 behind the scenes for you, but also makes sure you are aware of each step of the process. Staying informed during the entire process was key to making all my treatments and maximizing my healing. Any questions I had even though I thought may have been simple or stupid he was happy to answer. Minesh is the man with the plan and only attorney I will use for now on!
Allen Rostovich
17:31 07 May 18
I have worked with Minesh. He is an honest, detailed, and dedicated attorney.
Chance Shoemake
04:53 05 May 18
In need of an attorney after an auto accident call The Patel Firm. Mr. Patel and Jo Ann are very professional and always offer great customer service and treat each client as one of their own family.
Phillip
05:30 29 Apr 18
THE PATEL LAW FIRM treated my sister n I like family. They were very caring, Understanding and keep my sister informed about the case. JoAnn Avalos was so friendly and quick to answer her phone our questions and kept us updated on her case. We are very pleased with all the help an outcome of our case. We recommend THE PATEL LAW FIRM to anyone in need of an attorney.
Cynthia Martinez
18:47 24 Apr 18
This law firm is awesome, caring and very understanding to all your needs. I will highly recommend them to anyone. Joann does a great job in every way to answering all your questions and keeps you informed on everything that is going on with your case.
Jennifer Noack
18:35 24 Apr 18
Call Mr Patel if you ever are in a car accident in Corpus Christi. Friendly, smart, and easy to worth with. Highly Recommend.
willie peng
17:50 14 Apr 18
This guys the best! He truly helped me when I was injured in my car accident, I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer
Madison Gillespie
02:24 07 Apr 18
Minesh was great to work with, with a great atmosphere and staff. I highly recommend!
Ashley Portillo
02:23 07 Apr 18
I got in a bad wreck that was not my fault and was badly injured. Minesh took care of everything for me so I could just recover and heal. Always friendly and helpful would recommend to friends and family.
Wade Zettler
16:23 02 Apr 18
The Patel firm worked hard on my case. Minesh was very honest and made me feel super comfortable with the whole process. I would recommend him to anyone needing any sort of legal services.
mayhems FPV
20:38 26 Mar 18
Awesome attorney. I was in a car accident in Corpus Christi and he helped me the whole way. Always kept me in the loop. Always available too. Highly recommend
Jackie Towns
01:55 18 Mar 18
The Patel firm does a great job!
Christopher Morrell
00:46 02 Mar 18
Amazing work ... would recommend him to friends! Very pleased!!
ToNi MaNgRuM
16:14 19 Feb 18
Received excellent service, and smooth processing!
Mark McClellan
23:37 29 Jan 18
An injury is never something easy to go through it is mentally tiring and strains your body. I have never been through this process but towing the Patel Firm I not once had to worry about anything!!! I received calls regularly on the status of my case and was always reassured everything was gonna be ok!! I appreciate the firm with all my heart they are a true blessing!!! They are the go to Firm
Josue Garcia
19:47 22 Jan 18
I highly recommend The Patel Firm for personal injury. This is my first time having to deal with any type of lawyer.. For personal injury.. Due to the accident I was in. So I had no idea what I needed to do. A cousin of mine as well as a friend recommended The Patel Firm. And he was there every step of the way. Answered every call or text.. No matter what time of the day it was. I was very satisfied!
Thinaa Vee
20:34 19 Jan 18
I Highly recommend this firm for personal injury. Everyone was professional and handled my case in a timely manner. Danielle was very empathetic of my traumatic experience and stayed on top of my medical appointments.
Bianca Serna
04:39 06 Jan 18
If ever in a car accident, and you’re in need of an attorney The Patel Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas is highly recommended!!! If you want a team of dedicated professionals who truly care about your case contact The Patel Law Firm!
TANIA ACENCIO
18:55 05 Jan 18
Mr. Patel is a great personal injury attorney. Him and his staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend The Patel Firm should you ever get in a car wreck in Corpus Christi or anywhere in Texas.
Chelsea Tatom
22:12 01 Jan 18
This is my first time dealing with a lawyer because of an accident. The Patel Law Firm made the process very easy and smooth. Mr. Patel answered my phone calls every time I called him. He explained everything to where I could understand. He was upfront with all his cost and fees and explained them thoroughly. I would highly recommend the Patel Law Firm.
LT Gaming
19:44 18 Dec 17
I was injured in a car accident and the Patel firm was recommended to me by a friend. Minesh worked with me all the way through. He was so reliable and communicative; always took my calls at any hour, day and night. I truly felt no anxiety at any point during the process and had full confidence that he was always advocating for my absolute best interest. I never thought I’d get a settlement this big!!! This whole thing was a blessing in disguise. He is the best attorney I could have possibly asked for.
Zac Caevelli
21:43 17 Dec 17
Patel and his team are always responsive and extremely knowledgeable about personal injury claims. Looking forward to working with him again.
Nate Walton
15:03 12 Dec 17
Awesome Law Firm Very Humble If Anything seek their Legal advise and I'm sure you will not be disappointed..They will represent you to their fullest
Jessica Garza
02:50 08 Dec 17
Great man! Very quick and professional.
Summer Cordova
23:52 04 Dec 17
Ness Hinojosa
23:46 04 Dec 17
Mr.Patel was referred to me by a family friend. He was very helpful to me with my case. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs a good attorney.
Mary Clary
05:12 24 Nov 17
If you recently got in a car wreck this is the place you need to go!! I got a call back right away and was able to get my life back together ASAP. I would have never thought of using an attorney for a car accident but I really needed help with the insurance and mr. patel had my back. He took care of everything for me. Thank you all again
Brittany Garcia
23:00 22 Nov 17
Idont live in Corpus Christi but obtained legal services from Minesh Patel. I didn’t think I‎t was possible to have an attorney in a different city. thought the process would be difficult but that was not the case. Mr. Patel and his team helped me out a whole lot and updated me every step of the way. it’s much better to get an attorney that is not apart of a huge firm. Was able to get myself a new car in less time than i thought. Highly recommend this firm and am really grateful
Joseph Norberry
22:51 22 Nov 17
Mr. Patel handled my insurance claim and settlement with the utmost professionalism. Not only did he get me everything I deserved, but he referred me to the best specialist for my injuries. I would definitely refer him to my family and friends if they are involved in an accident. Keep up the good work, Mr. Patel. Hope I never have to use you again, but if so, I know exactly where to go!!!
Christian Burns
00:09 19 Nov 17
Mr. Patel is a GREAT man he is very kind and does Everything in his power to go above and beyond for his clients. He legitimately cares for you and will put you and your needs before his. I highly recommend him!
Kimberly Vera
21:16 14 Nov 17
Danielle was the kindest person I've ever talked to! She helped me through my whole process leading up to meeting with the attorney. Don't hesitate!
Laura Cantu
20:58 14 Nov 17
If ever in a car accident, and you’re in need of an attorney The Patel Law Firm in Corpus Christi, Texas is highly recommended!!! If you want a team of dedicated professionals who truly care about your physical and mental well being contact The Patel Law Firm! They truly have your best interest in mind.
Cassandra Mata
20:50 14 Nov 17
Jerrod Rich
14:14 10 Nov 17
Ah, where do I start.. I have to say, the Patel Firm exceeded my expectations 10 fold. They were always there to answer the phone when I had a question. They were able to get me into rental car right right away. He took a stand for me when the insurance company tried to get one over on me. By far the smoothest, most organized and trustworthy law firm around. If you want an attorney who's word means something, choose Mr. Patel and his firm.
Chris Dotson
03:53 08 Nov 17
DGreenFilmz
15:29 06 Nov 17
This firm has the highest quality of professionals. Very happy with the work they have provided me and appreciate how smooth things went. Thanks and keep up the good work! Will be coming back in the future.
Daniel Hwang
01:32 06 Nov 17
Mr. Patel is an awesome Personal Injury Attorney. I highly recommend his firm if you or a loved one is ever involved in an accident.
Jo Ann Avalos
02:43 04 Nov 17
Best injury attorney in Corpus Christi. He's awesome no BS.
Justin Crimmins
01:37 01 Nov 17
alex kretzmeier
19:55 31 Oct 17
Rigo Espinosa
19:54 31 Oct 17
Genuinely cares for his clients, he’s one of the most dedicated attorneys in Corpus! Strongly recommended
Ashley Delany
02:09 31 Oct 17
A Bernal
16:27 30 Oct 17
Jay Lopez
16:22 30 Oct 17
I cannot say enough good things about Mr. Patel and I doubt my words will do his firm justice. After experiencing my first major car accident, Mr. Patel was able to put my mind at ease. He wasted absolutely no time and immediately started working on my case. He is empathetic and reassuring to his clients, yet is persistent and assertive with the insurance companies. At first, I was apprehensive to obtain an attorney because I have heard many horror stories about big name attorneys in town. If you need an honest, upfront, and attentive attorney, The Patel Firm is where you should go. Him and his staff have been extremely helpful answering all the questions that I've had. They never made me feel like my questions were asinine, and were thorough in explaining everything. He makes himself available to his clients day or night and returns calls and emails in a timely manner. I typically only write reviews if I've had a bad experience, but I am extremely surprised and pleased with the outcome of my case. Therefore, I feel like people should know that they will not be making a mistake by choosing his firm.
Danielle Clary
04:33 30 Oct 17
Mr. Patel is the best Attorney hands down! Very professional on handling my automobile accident and keeping me updated on what's going on with my case. Available 24/7 if I have any questions or concerns! Thanks Mr. Patel
Ashley Valdez
00:40 29 Oct 17
Jaclyn Trevino
18:13 28 Oct 17
Patel is the best attorney in town. He made sure I was taken care of. Visited me on the weekend took calls late night. Call The Patel Firm I highly recommend
Christina Balbin
15:46 27 Oct 17
Absolutely amazing law firm !!! If you want an attorney that works to get you the most out of situation this is where you should go !! He helped me receive a substantial settlement that other attorneys said I had no case . I highly recommend this firm to anyone looking for personal attention on your claim!!!
Joint Venture361
15:28 26 Oct 17
Mr. Patel took care of everything for me when I was injured in a car wreck. I was really worried about what would happen to me and my family, but calling him was the best decision I ever made. Thank you, Mr. Patel, for your help in this difficult time.
Jarod Johnson
18:42 23 Oct 17
Mr. Patel is an aggressive attorney who will work to get you the full insurance policy after a serious accident. I was very satisfied with the process and settlement, and was kept in the loop throughout the entire case. Definitely recommend for serious injury cases.
Audrey Lee
16:03 21 Oct 17

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

Unfortunately, accidents and injuries happen every day. Accidents typically happen when you least expect them—spending time with family and friends, on your way to work, or during recreational activities. When accidents cause injury to those involved, the consequences can quickly become overwhelming. Victims often must focus on their physical recovery and emotional wellbeing, while handling the financial challenges of medical expenses and missed time from work.

In Texas, personal injury law provides injured victims with legal rights and protections. Accident victims who are injured due to another’s negligence may be entitled to compensation from responsible parties. Personal injury law intends to compensate individuals for damages related to an accident that was no fault of their own. The fundamental concept of personal injury law is that if someone has harmed you, he or she owes you compensation. The goal is to hold the at-fault party accountable and, as much as possible, make the injured party “whole” again.

Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Not every injured victim will necessarily be entitled to financial compensation from another. To recover damages in a personal injury claim, the other party must be legally liable for your injuries. Oftentimes, parties will be responsible for the injuries they cause when they are behaving negligently. To show negligence, you must prove an individual had a duty to act reasonably, they failed to act reasonably, and as a result, you suffered damages.

Formally, the elements of negligence are:

  • The existence of a legal duty that the defendant owed to the plaintiff;
  • Defendant’s breach of that duty;
  • Plaintiff’s sufferance of an injury; and
  • Proof that defendant’s breach caused the injury.

Who is likely to suffer a personal injury?

Statistically, some groups of people have a higher risk of death resulting from accident-injuries than others. For example:

  • Men, who have a higher rate of unintentional injury death and suicide than women.
  • Young adults ages 25-34
  • Native Americans
  • Individuals living in low-income communities
  • Adults with easy access to guns at home have a higher rate of suicide.

What injuries can a personal injury lawyer help me with?

Accidents cause a wide variety of serious and disabling injuries every day. Many factors may affect the nature and extent of a victim’s injuries. However, common injuries include:

  • Cuts, scrapes, abrasions, and bruises;
  • Strains, sprains and pulled muscles;
  • Fractures;
  • Compound fractures;
  • Dislocated joints;
  • Burn injuries, which can result in permanent scarring and disfigurement;
  • Severe cuts and lacerations, which can cause the loss of use in body parts;
  • Head and brain injuries, including concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spine, back and neck injuries, including fractured vertebrae and spinal cord damage;
  • Abdominal injuries, resulting in damage to internal organs and internal bleeding;
  • The loss of a limb;
  • Paralysis; and
  • Death.

How does car insurance affect a personal injury claim?

Texas has adopted an “at-fault” system regarding car insurance. An at-fault driver can be held liable for any damages and injuries he or she causes in a car accident. Most drivers purchase liability insurance with the required minimum limits, which will cover their injuries, even when they weren’t at fault. However, the injured person can sue the at-fault driver for expenses beyond the minimums provided by their liability insurance coverage.

What is the personal injury lawsuit process?

When appropriate, attorneys may utilize accident reconstruction specialists, highly qualified experts, doctors, and other professionals to analyze the accident. It is important to accurately determine what happened, who was at fault, and the extent of the resulting injuries. The claims process begins when an injured party and their attorney file a summons and complaint in civil court. Both documents must be properly served on the defendant, to give him or her notice of the lawsuit. Before proceeding to trial, parties typically engage in the discovery phase. During discovery, each party has an opportunity to discover evidence related to the other party’s legal claims and defenses.

During this process, the attorneys may request answers to interrogatories (formal questions), documents pertaining to the case, or depositions under oath of the parties and witnesses. When necessary, attorneys may bring preliminary issues before the court to be decided in advance of trial. The processes of discovery and preliminary motions can require a significant amount of time. Parties may consistently engage in negotiation discussions intended to resolve the claim before proceeding to trial.

However, should negotiations prove to be unfair, injured victims may decide to continue to trial. Just as nobody can predict the length of a settlement negotiation, the length of a trial is also difficult to forecast. During the trial, both sides present evidence. The judge or jury will determine if the defendant is liable and, if so, how much the defendant is required to pay in damages to the injured party.

What type of compensation might I receive?

Unfortunately, personal injury victims frequently suffer catastrophic injuries and financial losses. Depending on the severity of their injuries, they may have to adapt to lifelong limitations. Determining the amount of compensation a victim may receive depends on several factors, including:

The nature and extent of the injuries,
Whether the individual suffered any long term impacts or symptoms,
How the injuries and symptoms affected the individual, and
Whether the injuries resulted in death.

In Texas, damages generally fall into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easy to quantify, or put a price on, such as medical bills, costs of rehabilitation and future care, or lost wages. Non-economic damages are typically intangible and more difficult to quantify. For example, pain and suffering, loss of companionship or consortium, disability, or disfigurement may be included as non-economic damages. In some especially egregious cases, the court may award exemplary damages to punish unethical or malicious behavior. When another is responsible for a victim’s injuries, they may be entitled to seek damages for:

  • Medical expenses;
  • Lost wages, including missed time from work for medical care;
  • Any permanent disfigurement or disability resulting from the injury;
  • Any property damages resulting from the incident;
  • Your emotional distress, including anxiety and depression;
  • Loss of consortium or other interference with your family relationships;
  • The cost of hiring someone to do tasks you cannot do, such as household chores; and
  • Any additional costs that were a direct result of your injury.

What are the most common personal injury claims?

Personal injury claims are commonly associated with car accidents. While car accidents are a major cause of injuries across the United States, are many other accidents cause injuries. Injuries frequently result from unsafe premises, defective or dangerous products, slips and falls, and medical malpractice, among others.

Vehicle accident injuries. Car accidents are a common cause of injuries everywhere. According to statewide statistics, a crash occurs every 58 seconds in Texas. If you suffered injuries from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for any resulting losses.

Slip and fall injuries. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, and oftentimes cause serious injuries. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than eight million hospital emergency room visits each year.

Medical malpractice injuries. Medical professionals are required to provide patients with the standard of care that is universally accepted across the medical industry. Sometimes medical care professionals injure patients by failing to provide proper health care treatment. For example, surgical mistakes, misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, or incorrect medications can cause patients serious injuries. Medical care providers may be liable for malpractice if they acted negligently in providing medical care, in violation of the professional standard of care.

Product liability injuries. Americans use a wide variety of products to make their lives safer or easier, including child safety seats, power tools, or medical devices. Unfortunately, due to improper production or manufacturing, unsafe products may cause consumer injuries. Product liability claims pertain to personal injuries sustained when using a dangerous or defective product.

Dog bite or attack injuries. Generally, if a dog attacks someone, the owner is legally responsible for the resulting damages. Under Texas law, the one bite rule requires injured parties to show the following to recover damages for a dog bite:

The dog’s owner knew the dog had bitten someone before or acted aggressively towards a person in the past; and
The owner of the dog failed to control it, or prevent it from biting someone, and that negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

Workplace injuries. Workplace injuries are quite common. The law associated with workplace injuries is often complicated. If you suffer a workplace injury, due to another’s negligence, and you do not have access to Workers’ Compensation benefits, you may be entitled to seek compensation.

Assault, abuse, or neglect. Personal injury lawsuits are usually the result of negligence, but that is not always the case. Injured parties may also be entitled to compensation if they were harmed as the result of someone’s intentional behavior. In addition to any criminal court proceedings, injured parties may sue the wrongdoer in civil court for financial compensation.

Wrongful death. If another’s negligence or intentional act resulted in the death of a loved one, surviving family members may be entitled to file a “wrongful death” claim against the responsible party. Wrongful death claims intended to compensate families for losses suffered due to the death of their loved one.

How will a lawyer prepare me for a personal injury lawsuit?

If you have suffered a personal injury, the first thing you should do is seek medical care. Even if you do not think you have been injured, or believe your injuries are minor, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Many injuries may exhibit delayed symptoms that are not immediately apparent. For some injuries, such as brain injuries, victims may not experience symptoms for days or weeks after the injury. Delaying treatment doesn’t mean you cannot recover damages.

However, it may allow the opposing side to argue that the accident did not cause your injuries. After an accident, insurance representatives may try to arrange a quick settlement or urge you to sign away your rights. At first, you may be attracted to a settlement, thinking the compensation will allow you to move on with your life. Quick settlement offers may be an attempt for the insurance company to avoid paying the full value of your claim.

Don’t let anyone intimidate, threaten, or pressure you into signing a settlement agreement without discussing the offer with an experienced attorney. You should begin gathering and preserving evidence as soon as possible. Evidence may become more difficult to collect as time passes.

Injured victims should try to:

  • Prepare a list of all medical professionals who have treated them and copies of medical records. Medical records and documents may provide valuable evidence for a personal injury claim.
  • If possible, take pictures of the injuries, any vehicles involved, and the accident scene, including signs.
  • Keep records and receipts for all financial losses resulting from the accident.
  • Keep a personal journal noting the recovery progress. It will be helpful to have a detailed record of the injuries’ impacts on daily life.

Are there alternatives to trial?

We tend to hear about personal injury cases that go to trial, but there are ways to settle a case outside of the courtroom. In reality, only about 2 percent of personal injury cases go to trial. Most cases are settled out of court or even before the injured person files a lawsuit. A victim’s attorney may negotiate with the opposing party to try to agree on an acceptable settlement.

If the parties agree on a settlement out of court, a judge or jury is not required to determine the amount of compensation awarded. Mediation and arbitration are other methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Such alternatives are usually quicker and less expensive ways of resolving the case than proceeding to trial. In these situations, the lawyers and clients meet and present the facts and arguments before an impartial legal representative.

How can a personal injury attorney help me?

Personal injury cases are complex, with many rules and procedural deadlines. The statute of limitations provides a window of time within which an injured victim may file a personal injury claim.

In Texas, most personal injury claims must be filed within two years of the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions to this rule, so you should consult an attorney to advise you on the appropriate time limits. Injuries can be physically, emotionally, and financially life-altering.

Experienced personal injury attorneys regularly fight for the rights of injured victims to seek the compensation they are entitled to. For more information or to schedule a free evaluation, contact an experienced, dedicated attorney at The Patel Firm.

Contact us today to discuss your legal options.

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