Personal Injury Attorney Jacksonville
When you interact with other people, businesses, or even property, you have every right to expect that you will be safe from harm. This safety comes from the duty of care that we all owe each other, whether that duty is the driver of a vehicle operating their car safely, the owner of a piece of property keeping visitors free from hazards, or a medical professional providing their clients with care intended to minimize unnecessary risks while maximizing health outcomes. Simply put, if someone causes an accident that you are injured in, then you are entitled to compensation for the damages and economic impacts that you suffer.
There are many different types of situations that are considered eligible for an individual to seek compensation following an injury, but it is extremely helpful to work with an experienced attorney who can help you understand your rights and options while working with the defendant or insurance company to get the money you are entitled to.
Work With an Attorney Who Can Fight for Your Personal Injury Rights
As you will see in the following sections, attempting to deal directly with an insurance company or a defendant following a personal injury without the help of a lawyer is a difficult and stressful process that you will greatly benefit from avoiding. When you hire a personal injury attorney, you will be able to focus on recovery while your lawyer is fighting on your behalf. Stress can have a major impact on your recovery, which is just one great reason to avoid the mounting anxiety that comes with these types of processes.
We are not just a powerful personal injury law firm known for newsworthy case results and highly experienced lawyers; we believe in fighting for justice for the people in our community during your time of need. And, you won’t just see us on billboards or television, but in the grocery store, at the gas pump, and all around the community. Because we live here, too.
Read more below to learn a bit more about personal injury cases in general, and contact Fasig | Brooks now in order to schedule your free initial consultation with a member of our award-winning team. When you are a Fasig | Brooks client, you can be confident that there is a proven and trustworthy team of legal professionals who are building a comprehensive case for you. Your comfort and financial security following this case are our top priorities.
What is a Personal Injury?
In the most basic sense, a personal injury is simply an injury that a person sustains to their body, as opposed to property damage. A personal injury claim, therefore, is a type of tort process where a victim of an accident seeks compensation from the individual or company that caused the accident, and therefore, is responsible for their injuries. There are a lot of different individual factors that go into building a comprehensive personal injury case, and in many instances, the process begins when the victim files a claim with an insurance company.
These types of situations are covered under civil, or tort, law, and even if the responsible party is guilty of a crime that they are arrested and charged with, the victim can still seek their own justice in the civil courts or through a direct out-of-court settlement.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
In order for an injury to be covered under tort law, there are a few basic details must be present. Once these have been established, there will be much more work to do before the case is concluded, but the following are good questions to ask yourself when trying to understand the basic options available to you:
Did Someone Else Cause an Accident Due to Negligence, Recklessness, or Malice?
The first thing that needs to be present is that the defendant had a duty of care to keep you free from harm, and they failed to uphold this duty. If you are hurt in a drunk driving accident, the drunk driver failed their duty of care to keep you from being injured when they decided to drive drunk. If you are assaulted and injured, the assailant failed their duty of care to not attack you.
Were You Injured in the Accident?
A failure of a duty of care is a significant factor when determining whether or not you have a strong legal case, but it is not the only issue that we will need to explore. In addition, we will also need to prove that you were injured as a result of this failure and that the injuries have had, and will continue to have, a measurable impact on your life, financially or otherwise
Injuries are not simply confined to physical injuries, either. We will consider all of the emotional, psychological, and psychological pain that you have needed to endure as a result of this accident as well. The financial impacts of a broken bone are significant and measurable, but the emotional process of dealing with that pain is just as important, and a good attorney will make sure that this suffering is considered during your settlement negotiations.
Common Personal Injury Cases
As you can imagine, there is a wide range of situations that can qualify for a personal injury case, provided that someone is responsible for the accident, and the victim was injured. That said, the following are some of the most common personal injuries, and some of the types of cases that we cover at Fasig | Brooks.
The United States has roughly 218 million registered drivers, and even more registered vehicles. Therefore it is no wonder that each day in the United States, an average of 90 people are killed in fatal car accidents and countless more are injured in nonfatal crashes. In fact, there are an average of 6 million car accidents EACH YEAR in the U.S., averaging nearly 17,000 accidents daily. It is no wonder, then, that car insurance companies are extremely busy handling claims, and are very motivated to save as much money as possible while settling each claim they handle.
When working with a car insurance company, hiring an attorney is one of the most important first steps to take so that you can maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
In many ways, an accident between passenger vehicles is very different than an accident involving a commercial truck or bus. This begins with the obvious difference in size between the two vehicles, which can amount to catastrophic damages even at a speed that would be considered a “fender bender” between two similarly-sized vehicles, but there is much more to it than that. It is very common for commercial truck drivers to carry insurance policies with limits in excess of $1 million, and they are required to adhere to strict regulations that make dealing with this type of insurance claim an overwhelming process.
Luckily, higher policy limits also mean that there is more money available to cover your damages, but it is important that you partner with an attorney who can help you navigate this process effectively.
Florida is a very dangerous state in terms of motorcycle fatalities, which is unfortunate because Florida also has incredible weather to use this type of transportation. Much like the differences between a commercial truck and passenger vehicle, the size and safety differences between a motorcycle and most other vehicles is equally stark. Motorcycle drivers are at higher risk of fatal injuries in an accident because of the lack of protection, and are additionally exposed to higher risks of being in an accident, to begin with, since they are easily lost in blind spots.
Insurance companies will make many arguments against paying you the damages you deserve after a motorcycle accident, but we will be able to handle the negotiation process for a fair outcome.
Bicycles, as with motorcycles, are a great mode of transportation in the sunny Florida weather, but the unfortunate reality is that it is also extremely dangerous. In fact, Florida has the most bicycle fatalities in the United States, which may be attributed to a combination of a lack of infrastructure for safe cycling, drunk driving, unclear expectations for sharing the road, and more. Too often, drivers feel animosity for cyclists that can translate into the way that they drive around them, leading to unsafe conditions and an increased possibility of a crash.
Since road usage laws and regulations in and around Jacksonville can be confusing in terms of cycling rights, the important first step to take once you have addressed your medical needs is to partner with an attorney as soon as possible.
As a pedestrian, you have every right to expect that you should be safe and free to travel on foot around Jacksonville, provided you use sidewalks, crosswalks, and all other designated pedestrian areas and tools. Unfortunately, these measures do not keep pedestrians safe from harm for a variety of reasons that are quite often out of the pedestrian’s control. Florida has adopted policies similar to Vision Zero in order to combat these safety issues, but safety is still not guaranteed.
Contact us as soon as possible in order to schedule your free initial consultation, where we can discuss the nature of your accident and the extent of your injuries, as well as what steps we determine to be appropriate for getting you the money you deserve.
When you get into the back of an Uber, there is a level of trust that you place in the driver, as well as the company, that they are a safe driver who will get you to your destination while prioritizing your safety. Uber has a robust insurance policy for their “On Duty” drivers, but there are many gray areas surrounding when and how to file a claim with the company, in addition to the fact that they have a legal team who will fight aggressively to limit the amount that you settle for.
Working with Uber and their insurance companies can be a frustrating process, which is why we are happy to represent you through this process so that you can focus on recovery.
Any of the previous situations mentioned can lead to serious injuries, but they may also result in death. In the event that a personal injury is fatal, then there is a variety of surviving family members or estate representatives who can file a lawsuit or claim similar to a personal injury claim known as wrongful death. In addition to the standard damages present in a personal injury case, the surviving family members can also seek compensation for the loss of financial support, as well as the loss of companionship and other significant impacts.
During this difficult time in the surviving family members’ lives, we are proud to be a reliable and compassionate team of legal professionals who will help to fight for what you deserve while you focus on healing from this tragedy.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
As you can see by some of the examples provided above, working with a personal injury attorney in Jacksonville is one of the most effective ways to handle a legal case while also focusing on maximizing your recovery from your injuries. Every step throughout the entire claims process can be emotionally and mentally taxing to even the most experienced person, and when you are suffering from life-altering injuries you should not be expected to make sense of all of these legal hoops to jump through on your own.
Why Fasig | Brooks?
Our team of award-winning attorneys prioritizes customer service over anything, meaning that your comfort and confidence is the most important thing to us throughout the entire process. At the same time, we will be fighting aggressively to get you the compensation you truly deserve. Our history of successful legal cases is a great indication of the type of help we can offer you, and during our free initial consultation, we can get into the specifics of your case and the type of support that we can provide.
The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to strategize about the ways that we can effectively work together and give you the support you need throughout this entire process. We want you to know that you are important to our practice, and have what it takes to get you the settlement that you are entitled to.
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