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Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers and Property Damage Lawyers

1608 East Commercial Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

954-951-0000
Toll-free: 833-332-1333

Personal Injury Attorney Fort Lauderdale FL

If you’ve been injured in a car accident or any other incident, you need a high-quality, professional top-rated attorney in Fort Lauderdale Florida. The good news is that you have just found one in The Injury Firm. Accidents have the potential to change your financial position not just now but for many years to come, but we don’t think this is right if you weren’t to blame for the accident itself. If you didn’t cause the accident, why should you have to deal with the consequences?

We have experienced personal injury lawyers to help victims of negligence, recklessness, carelessness, and inattention get the compensation they deserve. Why not get started today?

Do I Have a Legal Case?

As a personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale FL, this is one of the most common questions we receive. In Florida, the following are all grounds for a case:

  • Strict liability
  • Intentional torts
  • Negligence

Ultimately, we advise all those injured because of an accident that wasn’t their fault to reach out for help. During a free consultation, we will discuss the merits of your case and whether compensation is worth exploring. Common examples of cases that The Injury Firm accident injury lawyers deal with include:

                                                                                                                                

There is no universal rule that says whether you have a case, so we recommend reaching out for help as soon as possible. With a free consultation, you don’t have anything to lose.

What Damages Can I Recover?

Once again, this all comes down to the type of accident in question. This being said, there are some general damages included in personal injury cases. These are split into three categories:

Monetary/Economic Damages - As the name suggests, these are objective damages that can be calculated due to the loss caused. For example, you may have experienced medical expenses after your injuries. On the other hand, it could be wages lost from being unable to work or damage to property.

Non-Monetary/Non-Economic Damages - This time, we’re looking at damages that are subjective and cannot be calculated yet still play a damaging role for accident victims. As well as disfigurement, this also includes mental anguish and reduced enjoyment of life.

Punitive Damages - In rare cases, victims may be able to claim punitive damages, and this is designed to punish the guilty party for their actions rather than just recuperating damages. A judge or jury may think this worthwhile if the person acted intentionally or recklessly. As an example, you might include punitive damages after a road collision with a drunk driver. Although they didn’t intentionally cause an accident, they climbed into their vehicle knowing that they shouldn’t.

All in all, the damages that your personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale FL includes in your case will depend on the accident itself.

Why is a Personal Injury Lawyer Important?

After a car accident or another event, you might question whether you really need an attorney. In theory, you don’t. You could make the claim yourself and deal with all the other aspects of the case yourself too. The problem is that the success rate of people who go it alone is much lower compared to those represented by an experienced, knowledgeable attorney. We’ve compiled a few reasons why you should consider professional help after a personal injury:

  • Focus on Recovery - When forced to deal with a legal challenge, it can sometimes prolong the recovery period. After getting your world turned upside down by an accident, you should focus on your health without any distractions. Not only will you ensure your long-term health this way but you’re also likely to get back to work sooner. Instead of pursuing compensation while recovering from injuries, let professionals take this pressure away from you.
  • Make it Fair - Next, insurance companies have adjusters that are deployed to reduce compensation as much as possible in cases like yours. Furthermore, insurance companies designed the system and have attorneys; they do everything they can to protect their profit. It’s time to level the playing field and get the compensation you deserve rather than the one suggested by the broken system. With legal representation, nobody can manipulate you because your attorney knows all the tactics in the book.
  • Access Experts - Attorneys themselves are experts, but they also have contacts that will strengthen your case. For example, this could include medical professionals, appraisers, forensic experts, and more. These experts will analyze your claim and provide support in all the right areas. Plugging holes and getting expert testimony could make the difference between compensation and walking away empty-handed.
  • Overcome Blame - The sad truth is that, at some point, the guilty party will turn the finger and you will get blamed for the accident. Whether they blame you for the whole accident or part of it, you must be ready to recover from this challenge. Your top-rated injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale Florida will be ready for every eventuality. They will fight your corner at every step and minimize the impact of unfounded claims.

If this hasn’t convinced you, those represented by a professional tend to fair better; the results speak for themselves. Attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies, litigate, and put all their resources into helping your case.

What is the Cost and Timeline of a Legal Claim/Case?

If you want to file a civil lawsuit in the state of Florida, you will need to do so within four years of the event itself. Yet, exceptions exist to this general rule. If you want to avoid disappointment, we recommend contacting The Injury Firm as soon as possible. Even if the statute of limitations is four years, it’s best to start the process while the incident is fresh in the minds of witnesses and other important parties.

When it comes to wrongful death or medical malpractice claims, you only have two years to file your claim. Whatever the situation, contact an attorney early because going past the statute of limitations means that you cannot claim.

In terms of cost, The Injury Firm works on a contingency basis which means that you don’t need to pay anything upfront. At a time when you’re faced with medical bills while unable to work, we appreciate that the last thing you need is another expense. Instead, we take our fee from the compensation. The percentage charged depends on the difficulty of the case, the type of case, and other factors.

By not charging, we can choose the best route to compensation rather than having to settle for less due to financial constraints. Also, our fee is reliant on success so you can be sure that we will work hard for you.

What is Comparative Negligence?

In Florida, we have what’s called ‘comparative negligence’ in personal injury accidents. Essentially, this means that it’s not just one single party that is held accountable for accidents. In a car accident, for example, multiple people can be held responsible if they contributed.

What does this mean? Even if you contribute to an accident, this doesn’t mean that you cannot obtain compensation. Instead, it means that the portion for which you were accountable is deducted from your compensation. Not only this, but you will also be partly responsible for the injuries of other parties.

Let’s say that you were 20% responsible for an accident - in this case, you will only receive 80% of the compensation while being 20% responsible for the damages to others involved. Don’t worry, your lawyer will talk you through this process and how it will affect your potential case.

How Do I Prove Negligence?

Proving negligence in Florida is a four-step process that goes as follows:

  • Duty
  • Breach of duty
  • Injury
  • Connection

Firstly, there needs to be a duty of care that existed between the plaintiff and the defendant. Then, the defendant must have breached this duty in some way. For instance, this could be a restaurant failing to clear a spillage. Next, this breach of duty must have caused damages (through injury). Finally, there needs to be a link between your injuries and the breach of duty.

If we can guide the judge/jury through this four-step process, your chances of receiving compensation will increase. Although it might sound simple, we need to gather the right evidence while also batting away any potential claims from the defendant. Let’s not forget that the defendant will try to blame you while doing everything they can to avoid responsibility for the accident.

What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Currently, this is one of the most common questions for The Injury Firm accident injury lawyers - it just so happens to be the one question that we can’t answer definitively. No two cases are ever identical in the details, so the amount you receive as compensation depends on a few different factors.

Firstly, it depends on the extent of your injuries; those who will require therapy and other medical appointments for the rest of their lives will get more compensation compared to those who have broken bones that will heal.

Secondly, the extent of your overall damages will determine part of how much you seek. After all, compensation is designed to help victims deal with the costs that arise from accidents. The higher the costs and damages, the more you will receive.

Thirdly, you need to consider your own contribution to the accident. As we saw earlier, the comparative negligence rule means that you can lose a percentage of your compensation if you were partly responsible for the accident.

Other factors that affect how much you get in compensation include the way that the accident has changed your life. Non-economic damages are subjective, so your personal injury lawyer will need to accurately depict how the accident has affected your life.

Additionally, it’s important to note that your lawyers will seek compensation for existing and future costs. If you’re likely to need medical treatment for many years, the initial case will consider this. Otherwise, you will receive an amount and then need to claim again in the future. By considering potential future costs now, you’ll have the right financial backing when the time comes.

How Do I Deal with a Personal Injury?

Though it might be difficult to think about at the time, everything you do from the moment of the accident has the potential to affect your compensation claim. Admit blame? Apologize for the accident during the police interview? You may need to answer for these actions later. After a car accident:

  • Don’t go anywhere - wait for the police and medical assistance to arrive
  • Receive medical treatment
  • Speak to the police and answer as accurately as possible (their early reports could help)
  • Gather the details of potential eyewitnesses
  • Photograph and video the site
  • Refuse a recorded statement when contacted by insurance adjusters
  • Reject any offers that come your way
  • Contact a personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale FL

If you slip and fall in a restaurant, the process is very similar. You’ll still want to report the incident to the restaurant, get medical attention (to formally document any injuries), photograph the scene, and refuse statements.

The Injury Firm is a top-rated injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale Florida, and we’re available to help claim compensation for your personal injury. If your injury was caused by inattention, negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you may just have a case. We’ll push for compensation to cover the associated costs and ensure that the accident doesn’t impact your financial future.

Just pick up the phone today for a friendly voice - you will enjoy a free consultation and we have the resources to litigate wherever necessary!

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