Personal Injury Attorney Fort Walton Beach
Riding a bike, walking to the store, driving to work, visiting a friend, or walking around a shopping plaza: all of these activities are common in our daily lives, and rarely do we stop to think about the blind trust we put in countless strangers each day to act responsibly to avoid causing an accident. In fact, we rarely think about the duties of care that others carry out to keep us safe — both directly and indirectly — until they have failed to do so and we are hurt in an accident as a result. These types of accidents are known as tort violations. When someone is guilty of such a violation, their victims are entitled to seek compensation from them in the form of personal injury damages.
The most common type of tort claim is handled through an insurance claim, an out-of-court process where the victim typically relies on the insurer to come up with a fair dollar amount to pay. However, the problem with this arrangement is that the insurance adjuster assigned to the case protects the insurance company’s bottom line, not to make sure that the victim gets the money they are truly owed. This is why a personal injury victim must work with an attorney from the start.
Schedule a Free Consultation With the Award-Winning Team at Fasig | Brooks Today
We offer a free consultation to victims of personal injuries, as well as their loved ones, in the event of wrongful death. This is an important step to learn more about your legal options and look towards the future with confidence, knowing that there is an attorney dedicated to your case and working to get you the money you deserve. During this consultation, we will go through all of the details of your accident to get a better sense of the high-level facts of the situation and provide you with specific insights and advice about how best you can move forward with the support of our law firm.
Once we are working together, you can prioritize your personal needs and getting your life back on track without the added stress. We encourage you to reach out to us before taking any concrete steps with the insurance company or defense attorneys to ensure that each interaction with the other side is handled with discretion and the intention to maximize your final settlement or award.
The Importance of Working With a Fort Walton Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
After you are injured in an accident that someone else caused through their negligence, recklessness, or even malicious criminal behavior, you may be entitled to compensation — whether or not you are filing a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. The insurance claims process is designed by insurance companies to be simple as long as you are willing to accept the initial settlement offer. However, as soon as you start to push back and demand the money you are legitimately owed, you will find that this experience may quickly become overwhelming.
Working with a personal injury attorney who can handle your case while you focus on your recovery is one of the best ways to ensure that you have the emotional space you need and that you have an experienced professional applying their knowledge and understanding to this process while fighting tirelessly to get you a fair settlement. If the insurer or legal defense team is unwilling to reach a fair compromise for a settlement, we are prepared to take your case in front of a judge in the Florida courts. No amount of money will erase the pain and frustration of your accident, but you do not deserve to suffer from the financial impacts of an accident that someone else caused.
Our Practice Areas
The following are our general personal injury practice areas. Whether or not you see your case specifically mentioned below, we encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible to request your free consultation and case evaluation. No two accident is alike, and the type of accident has little bearing on the amount you are entitled to. The only way to truly understand your accident in the context of personal injury law is to speak with an attorney who can go through the unique details of your case during an initial consultation.
When you are injured in an accident that someone else causes after failing to uphold their duty of care, you may be entitled to compensation. If you file an insurance claim to recover damages after this situation, you should be aware that the insurance company is likely focused on reaching the lowest settlement amount as quickly as possible. Your best chance of countering this focus is by partnering with an experienced personal injury attorney.
Florida had a total of 402,704 crashes reported in 2019, including 3,192 fatalities and 255,245 injuries. Okaloosa County accounted for 3,577 of these crashes and 39 fatalities, which may seem like a low percentage, but statistics mean very little when you are one of the people involved in a collision. We are here to ensure you aren’t treated like just a number as you fight to get the money you deserve after a car accident.
Catastrophic injuries are defined as those that render a victim “not able to engage in at least sedentary employment, within a 50-mile radius of the employee’s residence, due to his or her physical limitation.” These injuries require long-term projections of the many financial impacts you will experience due to your limitations, and working with an attorney is the best way to ensure that you account for each before accepting a final settlement.
When you use a product you purchased in the United States, you are covered by many consumer protection laws intended to ensure that businesses take the appropriate steps to provide safe and functional products to consumers. If you are injured while using a product through no fault of your own — typically due to a defect, failure to provide adequate warnings and instructions, or misleading advertising — you are likely entitled to compensation for a number of damages.
Sexual assault is a crime, but many people may not realize that they may be entitled to seek monetary damages from their assailant, as well. If you are the victim of sexual assault or abuse, contact our law firm to speak with an attorney during our confidential consultation to learn more about your legal options to seek financial relief after a sexual assault. Even if a perpetrator is not convicted in a criminal case, this does not mean that your civil case will not be tried successfully. There is a much different burden of proof in civil courts versus criminal courts.
Slip and Fall Accidents
When you are on someone else’s property (legally), you have a right to expect that the property owner or manager has taken the appropriate steps to ensure that your visit is safe from avoidable hazards. Many of these hazards, such as wet floors, faulty stairways, loose carpeting, or deteriorating flooring can lead to a slip or trip and a fall, which can cause severe damage. You may be entitled to seek compensation from the owner’s property insurance or other liability insurance policy, but you will be best suited to get the money you deserve by working with a personal injury lawyer from the start.
Commercial trucks are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, and in addition to the enormous size difference, are often carrying heavy loads that further increase the risk of serious injuries in the event of an accident. Commercial drivers have advanced licensing to account for the increased complexities of operating a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, but even these certifications do not guarantee that a trucker will never cause an accident. If you have been involved in a trucking accident, contact our law firm now to connect with an attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of a commercial insurance claim.
In the event that someone causes a fatal accident, there are several family members and dependents who may be eligible to seek a range of damages from the at-fault party or their representative insurance company for many of the common personal injury damages, as well as additional impacts such as the loss of long-term financial contributions from the deceased, the loss of consortium or support, and more. We understand how difficult this time in your life is, and we will take great care in helping you reduce your stress as you focus on healing from such a tragic situation.
Contact Us Today To Learn More About Your Legal Options
You do not need to do this alone. The sooner you contact our law firm about your Fort Walton Beach injuries, the sooner we will be able to take over your legal process so that you can stay focused on keeping your stress low to maximize your recovery. The uncertainty of your finances after an accident can be overwhelming, but when an attorney from Fasig | Brooks is fighting for what you are truly owed, you can stay confident throughout this experience.