Personal Injury Attorney Winter Haven
If you have been injured by another party or business due to negligence or intentional actions, your suffering may not have to go without justice. Contact the team at Abercrombie P.A. immediately to discuss your options for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Winter Haven, and start working towards getting the money you deserve for your injuries.
To learn more about some general facts about personal injuries in Florida, read below.
Common Personal Injuries
Personal injuries come in many forms and include physical, emotional, and mental injuries that are the result of the actions of another party. Depending on the type of accident, the extent of the injuries, and the situations that led up to the injury, there are many different ways that a personal injury lawsuit can take shape in a Florida court. Read below about some of the more common personal injuries that result in a lawsuit, or contact us for an initial consultation to learn more about your options.
Slip And Fall
Slips, trips, and falls account for almost 15% of accidental deaths nationwide. A slip and fall can take place on private property, government property, or a public area like a grocery store or shopping mall. The injury could be the result of slipping on a wet floor, tripping over a poorly-maintained footpath, or any other number of possibilities. Following your injury, it is up to the injured party to prove that the defendant had a reasonable responsibility to fix the hazard and that it was reasonable to expect them to be aware of the hazard. If we can prove these factors, then we are on our way to a solid premise liability case. Of course, many other details will go into determining your case, which is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
Accidents on the Roadways
Although the Lakeland-Winter Haven metropolitical area is the most densely populated region in Polk County, Winter Haven is still a relatively small city by Florida standards. Winter Haven is not, however, any stranger to motor vehicle accidents. With a population hovering around just 41,000, Winter Haven experienced over 700 crashes in 2018. Many of those accidents included serious bodily injury.
There are roughly 200,000 car accidents in the State of Florida each year. Car vs. car accidents are not only the most common type of roadway accident in Winter Haven but throughout the country. That’s why Florida, like most other states, requires motor vehicle owners to carry a minimum amount of insurance. In many cases, drivers opt for additional coverage because they know how frequently car accidents occur. If you have been injured in a car accident, your insurance should cover you up to the limits of your policy. However, insurance companies often attempt to lowball recovery estimates, so you should discuss your case with a qualified personal injury lawyer before accepting a settlement offer.
Bicycle accidents are very common in Florida, but just because they are common does not mean that you are not entitled to significant damages from your injuries. Before you make contact with an insurance company about a settlement, be sure to speak with us so that we can work to understand the nature of your accident, the extent of your injuries, and the amount of damages that you are rightfully owed.
Because of their smaller size and lack of outer protection, accidents involving motorcycles tend to result in very serious injuries. In most instances, the motorcyclists suffer much worse injuries than the occupants of cars. As is the case with car drivers, motorcycle owners are required to carry specific insurance with minimum coverage.
Due to their relatively massive size, commercial truck accidents can be extremely dangerous to the occupants of other vehicles. Because of this, truck drivers must go through additional training and the owners of commercial vehicles are required to carry additional coverages. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact a truck accident attorney to discuss your case.
If you were a pedestrian who was hit by a motor vehicle, there’s a high chance that you have sustained injuries. Drivers in Florida are required to carry insurance and you may be covered by their policy. Contact your attorney immediately to discuss your case.
If you have been involved in an accident with a taxi, either as a passenger or as another driver, passenger, or pedestrian, then we will work with you to determine the full amount of damages that you are entitled to for your injuries. Taxi drivers can be aggressive on the road and may cause accidents because of these maneuvers. We will work with you to prove who was at fault, and how much you deserve for your injuries.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall can take place on private property, government property, or a public area like a grocery store or shopping mall. The injury could be the result of slipping on a wet floor, tripping over a poorly-maintained footpath, or any other number of possibilities. Following your injury, it is up to the injured party to prove that the defendant had a reasonable responsibility to fix the hazard and that it was reasonable to expect them to be aware of the hazard. If we can prove these factors, then we are on our way to a solid premise liability case. Of course, many other details will go into determining your case, which is why it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
How Much Money Can I Get For My Injuries?
There are many details that go into deciding a reasonable and fair amount that a personal injury lawsuit can pursue, and our experience will be very valuable in ensuring that you are financially cared for. We have listed a few of the things that we will consider when determining how much we will be requesting for your settlement, but there are many other factors that will go into the final amount.
Your medical bills may be mounting by the day, and they can mean financial ruin if they are not handled properly. If your medical bills are the result of your injuries, then we will fight to be sure that you are not required to pay for them yourself. We will include both past and future expenses into this amount, to be sure that you will never have this burden placed on you.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be unable to work or may have missed a considerable stretch of work during your recovery. We will include any lost wages, both past and future, into your lawsuit in order to be sure that you are fairly treated and your financial concerns are alleviated as much as possible. We will additionally consider any requirement for job retraining or finding a new job if you are unable to return to your previous field.
If your injuries have caused any sort of long-term disability that will diminish or restrict your ability to earn a livable wage for the foreseeable future, we will take this into consideration and determine a fair amount that you should receive to compensate for this change in financial stability.
In addition to the economic factors mentioned above, there are many types of non-economic factors to be considered. These factors are not as simple to calculate since they are not as easy as adding all of your medical bills together, or referencing your pay stubs and counting the time you missed from work. However, we have a history of experience with personal injury law in Winter Haven and will make it our top priority to fight for what you are owed. We will determine fair amounts for your pain and suffering, depression, fear and anxiety, and any other issues you have suffered that do not come with a receipt.
The above details are only a small sample of the things we will use to determine the amount we will pursue in your case. In working with your personal injury attorney, you will be able to go through every aspect of your life and how it was affected by the injury and be sure that you cover everything before moving forward with your case.
Contact Abercrombie P.A. Today
Contact us today for a free consultation. We look forward to discussing how we can help you get your life back on track after this painful time. While we are focusing on recovering the damages you are rightfully owed for your injuries, you can focus on recovery, family, and getting your life in order.
Personal Injury Law in Winter Haven FAQ
If you have recently been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, you likely have a few questions about what you should do next. Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding personal injury law in Winter Haven. If you have questions that are unique to your circumstances, give our attorneys at Abercrombie, P.A. a call to discuss your case in further detail today.
I Just Had a Car Accident, What Should I Do?
No matter the scope of a car accident, they can be rather disorienting. However, it is important that you take the following steps immediately after you have suffered an injury in a car accident.
- Examine your injuries as well as the injuries of others. Seek immediate medical attention if necessary (if not, insure that you seek medical attention shortly thereafter no matter what).
- Exchange information with other parties involved
- Contact the police (never admit fault)
- Collect evidence of the scene (picture, videos, note weather conditions, etc.)
- Contact a personal injury attorney in Winter Haven
What Should I Avoid Doing After an Accident?
After an accident has occurred, you should absolutely avoid admitting fault to anyone (including the police). Furthermore, do not tamper with the evidence on the scene. Lastly, stay put. It is against the law to drive away from an accident scene.
What If The Accident Was My Fault?
Though you may think that it is your fault, this is not always the case. There could be ancillary factors that helped to cause the accident. Again, allow the facts to be reviewed by your personal injury lawyer in Winter Haven and never admit fault.
How Will I Be Compensated If The Person That Hit Me Is Not Insured?
It is against the law to operate a motor vehicle on public roadways without insurance. Unfortunately, Florida has one of the highest numbers of uninsured drivers in the United States. Your personal insurance will likely cover your injuries (up to a certain cost) and there is a chance that you can recoup damages from the person that hit you if they have assets or cash. It can be difficult to negotiate with your own insurance company in the case of getting hit by an uninsured driver. Working with a skilled personal injury attorney can significantly increase your chances of being compensated for your injuries.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim After The Accident?
Florida sets its statute of limitations for filing a personal injury suit at four years from the time of the accident. If you wait until it has expired, you will not be eligible to sue for damages and your case will likely be dismissed. Do not wait until it’s too late.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Winter Haven?
Technically, you do not need a personal injury attorney. You can file a personal injury claim as well as a suit on your own. However, it is important to remember that personal injury law is complex. Furthermore, the insurance company will be working with attorneys that have been working in personal injury law for years. Do not put yourself at a disadvantage by representing yourself. Rely on a proven, aggressive, and result-oriented legal professional like the attorneys at Abercrombie, P.A.
Why Choose Us?
At Abercrombie, P.A., our attorneys will aggressively represent you in your personal injury case. We never ask for payment upfront. In fact, if we don’t win your case, you will pay nothing out-of-pocket. You can give us a call 24/7 to speak with a proven personal injury attorney in Winter Haven. If you have been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another person, you have every right to be compensated for your injuries, medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, etc. Give us a call for your free initial consultation today.