The Florida Personal Injury Guide was created by McKenzie Law Firm to help residents obtain the financial compensation they need after suffering from another’s negligence.
When you are injured, all you want to do is start feeling better. It is fairly devastating to have your life flipped upside down because you have been hurt and it can be even worse when you are hurt due to someone else having acted carelessly or negligently. Odds are, if you are here, you have been harmed because of another individual or entity. We want to express our deepest sympathy that you have to go through this and we want to help. You are entitled to compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. We will do everything to help get you the best possible result. After you read about your personal injury case, please call our Florida personal injury attorney today to set up a free initial consultation.
First Steps for a Successful Personal Injury Case
In order to have a successful case, there are three things it is important you do very quickly. The first is the collection of evidence at the scene. In cases of severe injury when you are whisked away by an ambulance, you may not be able to do this. If that happens, you can always call on a friend, family member, or attorney to come onto the scene for you and collect this evidence on your behalf.
Whoever is there needs to know to collect as much information as possible. You can get the contact information from any and all witnesses, the insurance information from the liable party or entity, and in some cases, make an accident report depending on what type of personal injury accident you have. For example, if you were hurt on a construction site, you should report your injury to the manager or supervisor. You should also take as many photos and videos as possible. You can take photos of what caused the injury, the scene in general, your injuries, and more.
The second thing that should happen is immediate medical attention. If you were able to stay on the scene to collect evidence, you should never go to work or home right after; instead, you should get yourself in front of a medical professional so that they can assess your injuries. You can see an emergency room doctor, or you can head to an urgent care facility. It is important that you do this right away so that your injuries do not get worse.
The last and arguably most important step is to hire a skilled Florida personal injury attorney to represent you. They will be able to guide you through the process successfully and steer you away from making any serious mistakes that could put your case at risk. We strongly encourage you to look for an attorney who you trust and are comfortable with. You will be working together for potentially years to get this case settled and you want to have a good working relationship with your attorney.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents and Common Injuries
There are several different types of personal injury cases that we have successful handled. We represent victims of various personal injury cases, including:
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product liability
- Slip and falls, and
- Truck accidents
These accidents commonly cause severe and potentially lifelong injuries that need immediate medical attention. We often see injuries such as:
- Broken bones
- Fractured bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Head, neck, and back injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Concussion or contusions
- Road rash (in cases of some auto/bike/pedestrian accidents)
Again, we want to emphasis how important it is that you seek out medical attention right away. We can use your medical records as evidence to show the liable party’s insurance company that you were hurt because of their insured and that they left you badly injured enough to require compensation.
How Florida Personal Injury Compensation Works
When you seek compensation, we will fight to prevent the insurance company from pinning any of the blame for the accident on you. When someone has been deemed at fault for the accident, their compensation will be reduced to reflect their role in causing the accident. If someone is fully blamed for the accident, they will be completely barred from receiving compensation. We do our best to protect your right to full and fair compensation.
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
How Do I Find the Right Attorney?
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a personal injury attorney. First is relevant experience, meaning an attorney who has had success handling personal injury cases. When it comes to the area of insurance law, there are a variety of complicated and complex issues that require an experienced attorney to navigate those fields.
The next thing that you need to make sure is that they focus their practice on that specific area. That kind of ties into the experience issue. If you have been injured in a car accident, you’ll need an attorney who has had experience and success with car accident cases.
The third most important thing that we believe is essential criteria is that whoever you hire, that person needs to be a trial attorney. This is especially important in the area of personal injury litigation. Trial attorneys are the ones that will take your case to court and take it to a verdict with a jury. They will also appeal the case for you, if that’s what’s necessary.
We believe that it’s essential as a lawyer to be a trial attorney because that means you will take the case from the very beginning all the way through to the end, whatever that end may be. We believe that only a trial attorney can get the results from the insurance companies that clients deserve. The insurance companies know that those trial attorneys are willing to go the distance for their clients and, as a result, the insurance company will be more reasonable when negotiating a settlement.
What Does it Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
At McKenzie Law Firm, we work on what’s called a contingency fee basis. There are lawyers who will handle an injury case for you on an hourly basis, but that’s just not the way we do things here. The reason we do things on a contingency fee basis is that most individuals out there can’t afford to pay the hourly rates of an attorney sufficient enough to get their claim handled in the way that it needs to be handled. We take our client’s case on at no cost to them. As a result, we get what is called a contingency fee, which means that if we make a recovery on our client’s behalf, we get a certain percentage. That percentage is typically one-third before a lawsuit is filed and 40% after a lawsuit is filed, but there are different kinds of cases and different kinds of contingency fees allowed by law. We will be happy to discuss with you what the exact circumstances and percentages are that apply to your case.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid in a Personal Injury Case?
The most common mistake we see clients make after being injured in an accident is that they don’t go find an attorney quick enough. People often think they can navigate the claims process by themselves. This is not recommended. An attorney will make sure your rights are protected and your potential compensation is maximized. Without an attorney to guide you, you will be at the mercy of the insurance companies, who will attempt to coerce you into accepting a low settlement offer.
The second most common mistake that we see is that our clients sometimes don’t continue or follow up on required medical treatment. If you neglect to seek medical treatment (along with follow-up treatment), you’re harming your physical recovery as well as any potential financial recovery that could be made.
What is the Value of My Case?
The value of your case is something that usually can’t be determined right away. There are a whole host of issues that need to be examined. For instance, what is the exact extent your injuries, and what are the treatments that you’re going to need to receive for those injuries? How has your life been affected? How has your job been affected? Are you able to work anymore? Are you able to take care of your family? There are just too many things we need to know before we can determine what a case may be worth.
Only once we have taken your case to a certain extent and have obtained enough information and evidence to build your case, will we know what the full extent of your damages are. After that, we’ll be able to advise you as to what we believe to be the reasonable value for your case.
Should I Give a Recorded Statement?
It is imperative that you seek an attorney’s advice before speaking with any insurance company after an accident. If the insurance company needs to be spoken to, please have an attorney assist you into making that determination. Generally speaking, the insurance companies are not there to help you, no matter what they’re telling you. They will try to trick you into giving misleading information that can be used against you later in the case. This will significantly lower your settlement, which is why you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident.
How Long Will This Case Take?
At the beginning of a personal injury case, it is impossible to determine how long the process will last. There are a host of factors that come into play that can never enable us to predict exactly when your case will come to an end. We’ve had cases settle almost instantaneously and we’ve also had cases that last years. What we can promise you here at McKenzie Law Firm is that we will get your case handled as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to maximize your potential recovery. That’s why it’s important to ensure that you choose the right personal injury attorney.
Contact Our Florida Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have been hurt in a personal injury and are looking for dedicated and skilled representation, then please do not hesitate to call our office for a free initial case review. We will go over the specific details of your case and discuss what needs to happen to get you the best possible results. You are important to us, and we want you to know that you are. You will be treated like a priority. We will do everything we can to get you the compensation that you deserve.