When To Call a Personal injury Lawyer

Should you find yourself injured or having lost a loved one due to an accident caused by another party, an attorney stands ready to advocate on your behalf.

Your legal representative will guide you through the intricate legal proceedings, safeguard your rights, and engage in negotiations with insurance companies.

Additionally, they will assess the damages incurred, ensuring that you receive the rightful compensation for your losses.

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You Want Help Identifying and Assessing Your Potential Damages

A personal injury lawyer aims to gather evidence to prove liability and seek compensation for damages caused by negligence.

Identifying all losses, especially non-economic damages, often requires specialized calculations beyond the average person’s knowledge.

Common recoverable damages include:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of wages
  • Diminished future earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of quality of life

Our lawyers can identify every damage you are entitled to claim.

This helps ensure you don’t leave any money on the table.

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You Have Severe or Permanent Injuries

Serious injuries result in high medical bills and lost wages, sometimes totaling tens or hundreds of thousands.

Permanent injuries incur lifelong costs. Insurance companies often offer less than deserved, but you can negotiate for more with legal assistance.

Our team can handle the negotiation process for you.

The Insurer Offered You a Lowball Settlement and You Need to Negotiate for More

The first offer from an insurance adjuster is often very low, as they are hoping the injured party doesn’t know better and will accept whatever they can get.

You should never accept a settlement without legal advice, or you risk losing substantial compensation.

A lawyer can evaluate the settlement offer and negotiate for what you deserve.

The Insurer Is Refusing to Handle Your Claim in Good Faith

Insurance companies are businesses and, as such, will protect their bottom line.

This means that they may refuse to pay you what you are entitled to, especially if you attempt to work with them on your own.

If you are handling your case alone, they may think they can take advantage of you.

However, they know that they can’t mess with you if we’re on your side.

They know we’re a force to be reckoned with.

The Other Party Is Claiming You Are At Fault

Florida follows a modified comparative negligence law which holds that if you are more than 50% responsible for an accident, you cannot recover compensation.

This means it’s very important to get legal help if the other party is claiming you were responsible or you think you may have contributed to the accident.

An attorney can gather the necessary evidence to prove the other party is liable.

You Don’t Want to Handle the Aspects of an Injury Claim or Lawsuit

You always want to hire a lawyer when fault is disputed or the insurance company is refusing to treat you fairly; however, it’s always good practice to hire an attorney if you don’t feel equipped to manage an injury claim.

An injury attorney will do the following on your behalf:

  • Gather evidence
  • Identify all liable parties
  • Prove liability
  • Determine a value for all your damages, even those you didn’t know were compensable
  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer
  • File a lawsuit, if necessary
  • Prepare and present your case in court, if necessary

These tasks can be very difficult to do, especially if you are recovering from serious injuries or caring for an injured loved one.

Our team can manage every aspect while you focus on yourself and your family.

Be Sure You Discuss Your Case With an Injury Attorney Quickly

Consult a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident to preserve evidence and initiate legal proceedings promptly.

Time is limited due to Florida Statute § 95.11, allowing only two years to file a lawsuit for compensation.

Failing to meet this deadline could result in the inability to recover any compensation.

Can I Afford to Call a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Yes. The initial case consultation is free and you owe us nothing up front for our services. We only get paid if you win your case.

There is no risk when you call an attorney for help with your injury claim.