Tallahassee Personal Injury Lawyers
Any type of injury can have a major impact on your life, and it can be even more frustrating if you know your injuries were caused by someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior. If you are in a car accident that someone else caused, the victim of medical malpractice, or have lost a loved one in wrongful death, there is a path forward for you to make sure you are not financially responsible for the impacts of the responsible party’s actions (or inactions). While no amount of money will undo the harm of a personal injury, working with a Tallahassee, FL personal injury attorney is one of the best ways that you can ensure you are taking all of the available legal steps towards justice.
The first step is up to you: hiring an attorney as soon as possible. This can seem like just more stress in the early days following an accident, but rest assured that once you have a proven personal injury attorney on your case, you can focus on your recovery without any additional stress stemming from your legal worries.
Find the Right Tallahassee, FL Personal Injury Lawyer
The team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help get you the money you rightfully deserve after an accident that someone else caused. We offer a free initial consultation with victims to talk about the benefit of being a Fasig | Brooks client following a range of accidents. Our award-winning attorneys can build a strong case on your behalf, handle your injury claim from day one, and build a strong body of evidence to support getting the settlement you actually deserve, not just what the insurance company wants to pay.
Read more below about the importance of working with a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer, and contact Fasig | Brooks as soon as possible to start our work together as soon as possible. During our consultation, we will be able to discuss the specifics of your Florida accident, and you can get a much better sense of the type of support our lawyers can offer you.
Types of Personal Injury Our Tallahassee Office Covers
The following are some general types of personal injury cases that our team represents. No two personal injury cases are alike, though, and whether or not you see your situation mentioned below, simply contact us now to speak with an attorney about your own unique situation.
Each time you head out onto a public Florida road, you are putting your safety into the hands of every motor vehicle operator you encounter. In most cases, you can successfully drive around Tallahassee and beyond without an incident; unfortunately, though, there are many instances each day where people are not so lucky. In fact, there were a total of 7,107 crashes in Leon County in 2019, with 35 deaths and 4,168 injuries. At an average of nearly 20 crashes per day, this is a great indication of the risk of a car accident that we all face each day.
Filing an insurance claim after a car accident seems fairly straightforward, but the reality is that the insurance company will be working aggressively to limit your settlement amount as much as possible. Working with an experienced Tallahassee personal injury attorney is the most effective way to get through your claim and fight for what you rightfully deserve.
Catastrophic injuries are those that have lifelong impacts on a victim’s ability to perform meaningful work, which could be something like a spinal cord injury, the loss of a limb, loss of one or more senses, and many other injuries. You and your attorney will need to take a close look at your case to determine whether or not your injuries will have a permanent impact on your ability to earn a living, and will then build your case around these long-term impacts for either a comprehensive settlement or an award following a trial in the Florida courts.
Most often, we will be able to avoid a trial and reach a fair settlement through negotiations. However, there are certain instances, particularly with catastrophic injuries and other egregious accidents or issues such as ongoing nursing home abuse, where it might make sense to push for a trial if you and your attorneys believe you are entitled to additional compensation in the form of punitive damages.
When you buy a new product, you have every right to expect that the designers, manufacturers, and distributors took all necessary lengths to ensure that they are selling a safe product that does what the user expects it to do in a safe manner. There are many times, though, when a user is injured due to no fault of their own, caused by some manner of a defect in workmanship, design, or even in the instructions for safe use. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a defective product, contact our Tallahassee office now for your free consultation.
Trying to determine who is responsible for your injuries along the supply chain can be confusing, which is one of the first steps we will take as we build a strong case for a fair settlement.
Survivors of sexual assault are just as entitled to compensation for their damages as a victim of a car accident, and the team of attorneys at Fasig | Brooks is dedicated to helping those survivors through the civil process. Many people forget or overlook the fact that a criminal case does not bar the victim from filing a civil lawsuit against the responsible party, but a civil case has a lower burden of proof than a criminal case, and a victim may be awarded compensation by the Florida courts even if the criminal case does not end in a guilty verdict.
Contact us now for a confidential consultation with a proven team of Tallahassee, FL personal injury attorneys who are ready to fight for the money you deserve today. No amount of money can erase an experience, but you are not responsible for the financial impacts of someone else’s malicious behavior.
Premises Liability Accidents
When you visit someone else’s property, whether private property or a public space, you have every legal right to expect that the owner or maintainer has taken all necessary steps to keep the area safe from hazards that could cause an accident and injuries. Failure to do so can lead to a premises liability accident, something that the team at Fasig | Brooks has many years of experience representing Tallahassee, FL.
If you believe that you are the victim of a premises liability situation, contact us now to speak with a personal injury attorney who can help you make sense of your situation and understand how to move forward with your insurance claim or personal injury case.
Truck drivers are required to have commercial drivers’ licenses and a range of other certifications that indicate their ability to safely operate a massive vehicle such as an 18-wheeler or semi-truck. In addition to their CDL license, they must adhere to many requirements and regulations such as the FMCSA’s Hours of Service restrictions, weight limits, and more. Unfortunately, no amount of certifications and licensing accomplishments can guarantee that they will never cause an accident.
Truck accidents caused by driver negligence can result in serious injuries or wrongful death, and the following insurance claim can be complicated while seeking fair compensation. As our client, you can focus on moving forward with your life while we fight to get you the money you deserve for your case, whether in a settlement or an award following a trial.
Wrongful death is any death caused by negligence, recklessness, or otherwise avoidable behavior. Medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, car accidents, motorcycle crashes, and many more situations can all lead to a wrongful death case in Florida. If you have lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact us now to get started on your Tallahassee, FL case as soon as possible.
Calculating Damages After a Tallahassee Personal Injury
Attorneys work on a range of details following a personal injury, including things like fault and liability, as well as how much their client deserves for a fair settlement. Attorneys will attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company for a settlement but will be ready to file a lawsuit and should be willing to go to trial if necessary. Many people think that a trial is inevitable when they file a lawsuit, but the reality is that a very small number of personal injury cases ever make it to trial, whether or not they file a lawsuit.
Calculating damages can be a complicated process, but your Tallahassee attorney will be able to handle this process on your behalf. Damages are divided into two distinct sections, each of which is then combined to calculate a fair settlement amount.
Economic damages make up the basis of a settlement or award and are composed of all costs and losses that come with set dollar values associated with them. They include your medical bills, lost wages, and all other impacts that your attorney can find an accepted market value for. These types of damages are typically easier to negotiate for when working with an insurance company or a legal team simply because they are obvious and there is little room for interpretation. When you are working directly with an adjuster, they will often focus solely on economic damages in order to avoid the tricky and complex conversation around non-economic damages, in the hope that you will simply accept their first offer without realizing that you are entitled to compensation for many more damages than ones that come with a receipt.
Non-economic damages are more complicated than economic damages simply because they seek compensation for damages that do not have market values, such as depression, pain and suffering, or other psychological or physical impacts that an accident may have on a victim. Trying to advocate for your own non-economic damages can be both overwhelming and complicated because trying to reach a fair dollar value for something as nebulous and subjective as depression is confusing without having to defend your calculation after.
Your attorney will have a number of tools at their disposal meant to quantify these abstract damages, such as setting a per diem rate for your total non-economic damages and then seeking payment for the duration of time you endured them. Another popular tool is known as the multiplier method, which involves assigning a number along a scale to indicate the severity of these damages before multiplying it against your economic damages. Rest assured that your attorney will use whichever method will accurately represent your suffering while seeking the maximum compensation that you are reasonably owed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury
The following are a few of the many questions that the attorneys at Fasig | Brooks are happy to answer in specific detail during your initial consultation and throughout your case as our valued client. Keep in mind that each personal injury case is different, meaning that the following answers are meant to give you a general idea of your own situation but are in no way meant to be taken as legal advice. Contact our Florida law firm today to get started on your case and get the answers you deserve.
Do I need a personal injury attorney to file an insurance claim?
There is no law stating that you need a Bar certified attorney handling your Florida insurance claim, and many people think that they will only need attorneys if they think they will file a lawsuit and may need to go to trial. The reality, though, is that having an attorney take your case from the start is one of the best decisions you can make. Once you are a client of a proven Florida law firm, you can focus on your personal needs and recovery while your attorney is handling your personal injury case and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
What is the usual fee for a personal injury lawyer?
When working with personal injury attorneys, they typically operate on contingency fees that take a percentage of your final award, meaning that you will not need to pay any money up front and will not owe anything if your attorney fails to get you compensation, whether in a settlement or following a trial. The Florida Bar states that an attorney’s fees and costs must be reasonable and fair given a range of specific details. You will be able to discuss fees directly with an attorney during your initial consultation.
Is it worth getting a personal injury lawyer?
Deciding whether or not to work with a personal injury attorney is entirely up to you, but you can be assured that as a client of an experienced, Bar-certified lawyer, you can count on having n experienced professional fighting to get you a settlement that accurately represents the damages you have endured as a result of someone else’s negligent behaviors. Some people think that they should wait to see if the insurance company will make a fair settlement offer, but the reality is that the insurance company will be doing everything possible to pay as little as possible.
Should I accept the settlement offer from the insurance company?
Under no circumstances should you accept the initial offer from the insurance company without first consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney in Tallahassee. Insurance companies focus on settling each claim for as little as possible while avoiding any additional legal action involving their client or policyholder. Your situation will be no different, but your attorney will be able to help you make sense of how best to move forward and get the money you deserve.
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