If you are involved in an accident that someone else caused, you have a legal right to seek compensation — typically from the at-fault party’s representative liability insurance policy. In other instances, such as when the individual responsible for injuries does not have insurance, you may need to take your case to the courts to establish an alternative solution that could include property liens, wage garnishments, and more. However, all of these details come at the end of a complex legal process that starts with establishing fault, calculating the measurable impacts that the accident has had on your life, and quantifying a dollar value based on these damages. Trying to handle this process on your own can be highly complicated, especially when you are trying to recover from significant injuries stemming from the accident.
Working with a personal injury attorney is one of the best ways to ensure that you are taking the appropriate legal steps to get the money you deserve while giving yourself space and time you need to make a full recovery. Insurance companies and defense attorneys are both focused on settling your case for as little as possible. Whether you are dealing with a defense lawyer or an insurance adjuster, you need to know that their intent is not to get you the money you deserve. Instead, our legal team will fight to get you a settlement that you are entitled to.
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Our team of award-winning personal injury attorneys offers a free consultation to personal injury victims in Miramar Beach and beyond. During our consultation, we will discuss the specifics of your situation and provide you with advice about how to best move forward with your case. Many people assume that they are not entitled to any more than the insurance company is willing to offer, but this is rarely the case. Your attorney will go through your situation with close attention to detail and gather as much evidence as possible to support their upcoming negotiations to reach a fair and comprehensive settlement agreement.
The first step is to connect with our law firm and learn about the benefits of working with our team. Then, once we decide to move forward together, you will have the peace of mind you need to focus on your health, personal, and professional needs without worrying about your financial or legal issues. Our main priority is to ensure that you get what you deserve, starting with a low-stress recovery process and ending with a payment amount that covers the impacts you suffered due to someone else’s behaviors.
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The General Factors Of a Personal Injury Case
No two personal injury case is alike, and it can sometimes be difficult even to determine whether or not you are the victim of a personal injury. The following four factors are used to establish fault and liability and determine whether a tort violation has occurred. If you are a tort violation victim, you are entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault party or their representative liability insurance.
Remember: civil cases and criminal cases are entirely separate from each other, and criminal charges do not block you from taking civil action. In addition, the burden of proof is much lower in civil court than in a criminal case, meaning that victims may be awarded compensation in a civil case even if a criminal case is dismissed or the defendant is found not guilty.
The Defendant Owed the Plaintiff a Duty of Care
A duty of care is an obligation that someone owes to either a specific individual or the general public to act responsibly and prudently to avoid harm through an avoidable accident. This duty changes in the context of a situation, and we all uphold several duties of care daily without giving much thought to it beyond acting with care and caution. Unfortunately, when someone ignores the speed limit, they fail their duty of care to all others on the road by increasing the risk of an accident by abdicating their responsibilities as a licensed driver.
The Defendant Failed Their Duty of Care
As mentioned above, speeding in a car fails to uphold a duty of care addressed explicitly by speed limits. A licensed driver agrees to obey as part of the agreement with The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles upon receipt of said license. However, speeding is a traffic violation, not a tort violation, meaning that the offender may receive a traffic citation, points on their license, and more. Still, they are not liable for any damages to others as there was no accident.
The Failure Caused an Accident
When a speeding driver causes an accident that involves other people, they have now checked the next box towards a civil case because their dangerous behavior has impacted someone else. At this point, they will likely receive a citation for speeding and any other number of violations depending on the evidence and information the officer at the scene gathers. Depending on the condition of the others involved, they may be liable for a civil case well.
The Accident Caused Measurable Damages
Personal injury cases focus on recovering compensation for “damages,” which are any measurable impact that a victim encounters due to an accident that someone causes due to negligence or recklessness. Damages may be financial, such as medical bills or lost wages, but they extend to include non-economic impacts such as emotional issues, pain and suffering, and more. If there are any measurable impacts that you have suffered following an accident, an attorney can help you recover compensation for these damages.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases and Personal Injury Lawyers
The following are just a few of the many questions we will be happy to answer for you during your initial consultation. So contact us now to get specific answers to your unique case and to partner with a proven attorney who is ready to fight for what you deserve.
What percentage do lawyers take for personal injury?
As is true with most personal injury firms, our firm operates based on contingency fees, which are percentages taken from the final award. This means that our clients do not need to pay anything out of pocket and will not owe us if we do not win the case. The Florida bar’s contingency fee structures are outlined, and any fees above these limitations are considered excessive unless they are court-approved in specific situations. Typically, contingency fees range from 30-40% of a final award, but we will discuss this in detail during our initial consultation.
Should I contact a personal injury lawyer?
We encourage you to reach out to our law firm before even submitting a claim to an insurance company. Once you contact the insurer, they will quickly move into action to identify every possible way to reduce your settlement amount, including taking your own words and using them against you through legal loopholes and innocent mistakes. Then, when you have an attorney representing your case from day one, you can focus on your recovery without taking on the added burden of learning how to navigate these cases best, compiling your damages, and then negotiating a settlement agreement with aggressive insurance adjusters.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about how we can help you move forward with your case.
What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?
Our law firm takes on a range of cases, including the following:
- Accidental Injuries
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Defective Product
- Product Liability
- Sexual Assault
- Slip Fall Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Whether or not you see your situation listed here, contact us now to discuss the specifics of your case. Even if we do not cover your situation, we may provide you with some insight on how best to move forward towards the outcome you deserve.
When should I work with a personal injury lawyer?
The sooner you are partnered with an attorney, the better. Insurance companies have decades-old playbooks designed specifically to settle personal injury claims against their policyholders as quickly as possible and as inexpensively as possible. So when an attorney from the start represents you, you can remain confident that someone is fighting to get you the money you deserve without needing to worry about things like deadlines, filing requirements, and other administrative tasks that will only distract from your needs.
We encourage you to reach out to us immediately so that you don’t need to speculate or worry about the future. We are here to help.