Our attorneys have years of experience representing clients in personal injury cases. We work with medical and legal experts and investigators to provide additional support for our clients’ personal injury lawsuits. We aggressively protect the legal rights and interests of our clients in every aspect of their case. Contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine today at 800-747-3733 for a free, no-obligation legal consultation.
What is Your First Course of Action in My Personal Injury Case?
We set out to prove that a person or company (i.e., defendants) failed to take reasonable care to avoid causing your injury. In other words, we must show a defendant’s negligence.
Florida law requires claimants to prove negligence based on four elements:
- Duty of care: The defendant had a duty to act responsibly to avoid harming someone or damaging property (e.g., a grocery store had a duty to keep the premises safe from hazards).
- Breach of duty: The defendant failed in that duty (e.g., the store did not post “wet floor” signs after it mopped).
- Causation: The defendant’s breach of duty caused injuries (e.g., you slipped and fell, breaking your tailbone).
- Damages: As a result of the defendant’snegligence, the injured party experienced physical and monetary damages (e.g., medical bills, time off work).
While we will obtain all the evidence necessary to provide negligence (e.g., photos, surveillance video, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, etc.), we can also look into the defendant’s past to determine whether he has a history of negligent or reckless behavior. For example, if a drunk driver caused an accident and injured you, we will review the driving record of that person to determine whether the driver received citations or convictions in the past for reckless or intoxicated driving.
Why do I need a Lawyer to Help Me Establish Negligence?
Establishing these elements on your own takes a great deal of time and effort. You need to gather evidence, which can be difficult if you do not have the necessary experience. In many cases, the negligent party will be unwilling to speak with you and will refer you to intimidating insurance companies that will do their best to trick you into admitting fault.
If your injuries limit your mobility or you have doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, or family obligations, pursuing your case in a timely manner will prove difficult. Most importantly, each personal injury case is different which means establishing these four elements takes an acquired skill to obtain the information necessary to file a claim.
We know the law and the process we must follow to file a claim or lawsuit. When you work with the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our personal injury attorneys handle all aspects of your case, such as speaking with insurance companies and their medical experts and lawyers on your behalf.
We also help you understand the Florida laws under which we must bring the case and what each law allows and does not allow in personal injury claims. Our goal is to provide you with as much information and support as possible to help you make informed decisions.
What can I Recover for My Injuries?
Damages are intended to replace the financial and emotional losses you experienced as a result of your injuries. You might be entitled to any of the following:
- Medical costs associated with treating your injury, including emergency room visits, hospitalization, costs for prescription medication, current and future physical therapy or rehabilitation, etc.
- Current and future lost earnings due to missing work or an inability to work in the future due to your injury.
- Lost personal property, including repairs to your car, rental car expenses, and damage of personal items in your car.
You may also seek compensation for noneconomic damages for the intangible losses your injuries caused, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Mental anguish, fear, grief, or depression
- Loss of consortium (if a loved one suffered injuries or died)
Our legal team may ask for testimony from you, your loved ones, a mental health expert, or other health professionals on how your injuries changed your life and prevented you from performing family obligations and other tasks. This information helps to build a solid case to support your personal injury claims.
Once we have collected all necessary evidence and information, we will file a claim and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement. If the other party refuses to offer you an adequate settlement award, we can file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
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The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine represents its clients with professionalism and integrity in all areas of practice. If you have questions about filing a personal injury claim, call us at 800-747-3733 to schedule a complimentary legal consultation.
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