Any personal injury, whether caused by a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or some other accident, leave the victim suffering physically and emotionally. The emotional injury includes both the trauma of the accident itself and the anxiety of dealing with the financial aftermath.
Doctors can take care of your physical healing, but you should consider a personal injury lawyer for the treatment of your financial damages.
A Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine personal injury lawyer in St. Johns County, FL will handle your case with responsive professionalism. We will find who is at fault for your injuries and champion your right to have the at-fault party compensate you for your damages. Call 1-800-747-3733 for a no-charge, no-obligation consultation.
We Will Find Who is Liable for Your Personal Injury in St. Johns County, FL
The medical bills for treatments you have undergone, as well as those you will endure in the future, will thrust a serious dent in your bank account. The hours you miss from work mean smaller paychecks—or none at all—which further complicates your situation.
Our personal injury lawyers understand the fundamental truth: that most accidents result from the negligence of another person, and that is the person who should pay for your damages.
When you hire our team, we will set out to determine who was negligent for your accident. Then we will work to establish this party’s negligence.
Establishing Negligence: The Foundation of Your Personal Injury Case
All personal injury cases hinge on the proof of negligence. This is what the insurer, the judge, and the jury look for when evaluating the legitimacy of your claim or lawsuit. It is not enough to say that a person or party caused your injury. You must establish that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident that caused your injury.
The law breaks the proving of this argument down into four steps, in whole referred to as “Duty of Care.” The breakdown looks like this:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care—a responsibility to take reasonable steps to prevent you from injury or harm.
- The defendant breached this duty of care.
- The defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident that caused your injury.
- The accident generated damages—physical, emotional, and financial—that you had to bear, and which can be recovered.
The more bullet-proof our legal team constructs the backing for the above arguments, the stronger your claim will be.
Investigating Your Accident
The nature of our investigation will vary depending on the type of personal injury case we are handling. But always, we will immerse ourselves in the widest, deepest reaches of your accident, to determine how it happened, who caused it, how the negligence occurred, and who is liable.
- Some of the sources we will tap for this evidence include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Videos from surveillance cameras
- Your medical records
- Facility safety records
- Smartphone photos
- First responder, police, or business accident reports
- Accident reconstruction specialist assessment
We will leave no stone unturned in this investigative process. The resulting documentation will be enough to compel even the most stubborn of insurers and the most scrutinizing judge and jury to consider your demand for recoverable damages seriously.
The Temptation of an Insurer’s Settlement Offer
If you were to attempt to recover compensation for your accident on your own, chances are the defendant’s insurance carrier will kindly call you with a settlement offer. In your state of confusion, trauma, and desperation, you might be inclined to accept whatever they offer—grateful for anything and believing their assertions that this is a good deal for you.
You have to keep in mind that the insurance carrier’s business model does not build in regular, generous settlement offers. It is quite to the contrary, actually, so you cannot blame them for trying to lowball you.
You would benefit, however, from having an attorney by your side. Our personal injury lawyers in St. Johns County, FL have succeeded in winning many large settlements in a broad range of practice areas.
Calculating Your Recoverable Damages
We will start by reviewing all the documentation we have on hand from our investigation, adding to the mix your wage statements from your employer, as well as expert testimony from consultants who can estimate the damages they expect you to face in the future, as the result of your injury.
Consultants we Might Collaborate With to Determine Damages
The opinions of these experts will add substantially to the amounts you seek to recover, doing so in a way you would likely never think to consider on your own.
- Medical experts
- Life care planners
- Vocational and occupational therapy experts
Possible Types of Recoverable Damages
By the time we are done, your list of damages might contain the following types of damages, among others:
- Doctors’ and surgeons’ fees
- Ongoing and future care
- Long-term care
- Prescription medicines and pain medication
- Mobility devices, like wheelchairs
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Future lost income
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Property damage
If you lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, you are entitled to pursue wrongful death action. Our attorneys can help you in this effort.
How We Will Present Your Damages to Get You Compensated
Once we have created your list of damages and assigned values to each item, we will present the list to the defendant’s insurer as a demand letter. Sometimes the insurer agrees—but not often.
Usually, the demand letter spurs a negotiation process. Our negotiators will fight aggressively to get you a fair settlement. If the insurance adjuster does not cooperate, we will file a complaint and lawsuit and pursue the matter in court.
Even the cases that go to court do not usually make it to the final judgment. Typically, the defendant’s lawyers ask for a mediation sometime before or during the trial, and a settlement is reached.
Statute of Limitations Means You Have a Limited Time to File
Be aware that Florida’s statute of limitations restricts the amount of time you have to file legal action in a personal injury case. Our legal team will stay on top of this deadline and make sure the window does not close on your case.
We Can Handle Your St. Johns County, FL Personal Injury Case
The personal injury lawyers in St. Johns County, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine have succeeded in obtaining healthy settlements for our clients in a wide variety of personal injury, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse/neglect cases.
We want to help you, too, to get the compensation you deserve. Call our office at 1-800-747-3733 for a free, no-obligation case review.