Personal Injury Attorney in Winter Park
Have you been injured because of another party’s negligence, medical malpractice, or malice? If so, you may be able to file a personal injury suit to compensate for your injuries and suffering. There are many ways that you could be injured that places the fault on another individual or group, and there are many factors that go into determining the amount that you are entitled to. If you have been injured and believe that there was another party at fault, contact Abercrombie, PA today for a free consultation with a legal professional. We will discuss your injuries, your options, and how we handle cases such as your own. Contact us now, or read more below about personal injury cases in Florida.
Common Personal Injuries
Here are some common personal injury lawsuits that are brought to court in Florida:
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall personal injury takes place when an individual is injured on a premise where someone should have been responsible for the hazardous situation that led to the injury. This could be private property, government buildings, or public spaces like a shopping mall. Florida statutes regarding premise liability state that the injured party must be able to prove that the owner or party responsible for the property had knowledge of the hazard and should have fixed it.
Car accidents are an unfortunately common way that people are injured or killed every day in the United States. If you have been in a car accident that was the fault of another driver, your injuries may deserve compensation beyond an insurance claim. Before dealing with an insurance company, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation and your possible options. You do not need to pay for someone else’s careless driving.
Motorcycles are very fun as both a driver or a passenger, but there are increased risks of accidents and injuries than in a car. This is often because of the other drivers, not the operator of the motorcycle. However, not being at fault does not mean there are not injuries. Motorcycle accidents can oftentimes cause worse damages than a collision between two cars at the same speed, simply because of the lack of protection to the driver and rider of the motorcycle. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident in Winter Park, either as a driver or rider, contact us today to begin working on your case. We will consider all options when building your case, and will work with you to fight for the maximum damages you are owed.
Hit by Car
As a pedestrian, being hit by a car can be a serious, if not fatal, accident. You may be hit in a crosswalk, in a parking lot, or even on a sidewalk. Many times, drivers do not notice pedestrians because they are distracted (by their phone, radio, or anything else), or do not realize that the pedestrian has the right of way. No matter how you were struck by a car as a pedestrian, contact us immediately to begin working on your case and getting your life back in order. We understand that you injuries can be severe, disruptive, and possibly even cause permanent damages. No matter your individual situation, we will work towards recovering what you are owed so that you can focus on getting on with your life.
If you do not see your injury listed above, contact us today to discuss the specifics of your injuries and understand what possible legal courses of action you can pursue.
How Much Money Can I Get For My Injuries?
There are a variety of factors that go into the amount you can sue for in a personal injury lawsuit. Each injury and a reasonable amount of damages to seek will be specific to your circumstances, but below are some major factors that go into determining damages.
We will include the entire amount of your current medical bills into the base amount of the settlement amount we are seeking.
In addition to your medical bills, we will use previous pay stubs to determine the wages you have lost following your injury.
This will be the total repair or replacement value for everything that was damaged during the incident.
Future Lost Wages
Based on your projected recovery time, your future lost income will be included in the amount.
Future Medical Bills
We will work with medical professionals to determine any possible future medical expenses, and factor that into the amount.
If you are unable to return to your previous line of work, we may be able to include the cost of training to get you into a new field, or to return to your previous field in a different capacity.
Pain and Suffering
This type of damage is harder to calculate than the pure economic factors mentioned above, but is no less important. We will additionally factor in the non-economic damages that your injuries have caused.
There are many other issues that can go into the final amount that we will fight for. Our experience with personal injury cases will be a major benefit in ensuring that you are taken care of and properly compensated for every aspect of your injury, both economic and non-economic.
What Does Personal Injury Law Cover?
Personal injury law covers a wide range of situations that are addressed in Florida’s tort laws. These laws pertain to situations that are not criminal by nature, and instead, are a civil case between two private parties. A personal injury is one that was caused by the actions (or inactions) of another that could have been avoided if the responsible party had acted appropriately.
As a result of these broad requirements for a personal injury lawsuit to be brought in front of a judge, there are many different types of personal injuries that entitle the victim to financial compensation. They can include things like car accidents, medical malpractice, and even defective products.
To determine whether or not your injuries are covered under personal injury law, contact us now for your free initial consultation and learn more about your options and how we can help you get what you deserve.
What Damages Can You Recover?
Determining the exact types of damages that you are able to recover as a victim relates directly to a variety of factors, such as the extent of your injuries, your financial situation before and after the accident, and much more. In order to truly understand what types of damages we will seek, and what amounts we will seek them for, we will need to work directly in order to work through each detail.
Damages are separated into economic and non-economic damages in a personal injury lawsuit, which each relate to different aspects of the injury.
Economic damages are the most simple to calculate in a personal injury lawsuit, although this does not necessarily mean that they are actually simple to calculate. This is because there are many different factors that go into determining the amount of economic damages that our clients are owed. These damages include the obvious things like costs associated with the injury, such as medical bills and expenses, physical therapy sessions, medication and prescriptions, copays, ambulance bills, and surgery, but they go beyond that.
In addition to medical expenses, economic damages seek to compensate victims for their lost wages and reductions to their income based on a diminished earning capacity. This includes either short- or long-term disability as well as any vacation or paid time off that they cashed in.
Non-economic damages seek to compensate a victim for the “intangible” aspects of an injury, like the pain that they must endure from the injuries, treatments, surgeries, and recovery. In addition, they seek to calculate a fair dollar amount for things such as mental anguish, depression, suffering, and a decreased quality of life as a result of their injuries, both short and long-term.
In order to reach a fair dollar amount for these types of damages, it is common to come up with a “multiplier,” a number used to indicate the severity of these damages. This number is then applied to the economic damages in order to determine real value. For example, if a person suffers from $100,000 in economic damages and arrives at a multiplier of 3x, then the non-economic damages will be $300,000.
Recovering Damages for Your Injuries
In order to recover damages for your injuries, there are a few different options that we will explore. Initially, we will attempt to negotiate directly with either the defendant or their insurance company in order to reach a settlement agreement without needing to go to court. If we are able to reach an agreement, then we will be able to avoid a lawsuit and the time and costs associated with them.
If we are unable to reach an agreement that fairly compensates you for your injuries, we will then file a lawsuit and pursue the full amount that we believe you are rightfully entitled to. Your lawsuit will be heard by a judge and jury, who will ultimately decide whether your claims are valid, and if so, how much you are owed. In addition to compensatory damages (economic and non-economic), a jury may decide to award a victim with punitive damages in addition, but this is rare and not a possibility that we will factor into the damages we are working towards.
Limitations on Recovery
Like all states, Florida has a statute of limitations that will legally disallow you from seeking damages after a certain amount of time has passed. In the case of personal injuries, a victim has four years from the date of their injury to file a lawsuit. In the event that an injury took time to discover, then this time begins from the date of when the injury was discovered.
Although you have four years to file a lawsuit, it is important that you begin working with an attorney as soon as possible. This will give more time for negotiations and will give us more leverage in a negotiation when the responsible party knows that we are not racing the clock to file a suit.
Your Personal Injury Attorney’s Role
When you are working with a personal injury attorney, you can be confident that there is an experienced legal professional who is aggressively fighting for your rights. While they are fighting for you, you can focus on recovering from your injuries, adjusting to any long-term impacts of your injuries, and getting your life back on track without the additional stress of handling the legal aspects of the accident.
We will handle negotiations, file paperwork, manage deadlines, work with experts, and ultimately build your case so that if and when we go to court, we are ready to present the judge and jury with ample evidence of why you deserve the amount we are seeking.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you are unsure of whether or not your situation qualifies you for a personal injury claim, take advantage of our free initial consultation today. You will be able to discuss your situation with an experienced legal professional and get a better understanding of how your unique circumstances fit into the overall picture of personal injury law. During this time, we will be able to discuss the cause of the injuries, the impact that they have had on your life, as well as the best steps that we can suggest for your case.
Why Choose Us?
The team at Abercrombie, P.A. is dedicated to fighting for our clients in order to get the most possible for their settlement or lawsuit award. Your case is important to us, and to show you how much we care, we do not collect any fees unless you win your case. We do not believe that you should pay any money if we are unable to recover damages for you, which also shows that we are motivated and taking your case seriously.
To learn about how we can help you in your specific case, as well as to hear about previous successes we have had with injuries similar to your own, contact us now and get started immediately.
Contact Us Today
If you have been injured and are looking for an experienced personal injury attorney in Winter Park, contact us today for a free initial consultation. We will discuss the nature of your injuries, your current expenses, and get a better idea of what a personal injury lawsuit could look like for you. Do not hesitate — the sooner you have us working on your case, the sooner you can focus on recovery knowing that we are fighting for your compensation.