What Cases Can Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers Help You With?
Injuries can occur in countless ways.
However, some of the more common types of accidents or incidents that result in personal injury in Gainesville include:
- Car accidents. Traffic-related accidents are one of the most common personal injury claims, and with good reason. Alachua County sees nearly 6,000 traffic-related accidents each year, resulting in dozens of deaths and thousands of injuries. Traffic accidents can include passenger cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, motorcycles, rideshares, taxis, city buses, tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, and scooters. Additionally, accidents involving aircraft or watercraft can also result in a personal injury claim.
- Medical malpractice. Also known as medical negligence, medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider fails to uphold the standard of care provided by a reasonable healthcare provider in similar circumstances, and that error injures the patient. Common errors that result in medical malpractice claims include diagnosis errors, medication errors, anesthesia errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, failure to obtain informed consent, failure to provide adequate follow-up care, and premature discharge from the medical facility after undergoing a procedure or receiving treatment.
- Premises liability. The owners or possessors of residential, commercial, or public properties must protect their guests from hazards that could result in injury by performing regular inspections of the property and promptly mitigating any hazards. The most common type of premises liability claim is a slip and fall claim, which involves an injury that occurred due to a property hazard such as damaged flooring, wet floors, broken staircases, or potholes in parking lots. Slip and fall injuries result in more than a million visits to hospital emergency rooms each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for Florida residents age 65 and over. Other premises liability claims include swimming pool accidents, elevator and escalator accidents, amusement park accidents, fires or flooding, dog bites, and negligent security.
- Product liability. Product liability refers to the responsibility that the manufacturers and distributors of products used by Gainesville consumers have to make those products safe when used according to labeled instructions. Foods and beverages are among the most common sources of premises liability claims, while other sources include medical devices, children’s toys and clothing, automobile parts, or appliances.
- Construction accidents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the construction industry has the highest number of workplace accidents resulting in injury or fatalities in Florida. Common sources of construction accidents include transportation accidents, slip/trip and falls, being struck by an object or caught between two objects, and contact with electricity and harmful substances. Florida’s worker’s compensation program, a form of no-fault insurance that provides benefits such as wage replacement and medical care, covers most workplace accidents. However, in some cases, you may use a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation for construction accident injuries, such as when a third party caused the accident, like another driver in a construction-related transportation accident.
Common Injuries that Give Rise to a Gainesville Personal Injury Claim
The injuries that give rise to personal injury claims in Gainesville are as widely varied as the types of accidents that caused these injuries.
At Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers, we regularly work with clients who have suffered injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries. The brain is a complex organ tasked with controlling the body’s functions and involuntary responses. Despite its importance to the body, the brain can’t heal effectively. These injuries often cause permanent disabilities that damage the individual’s ability to earn an income or live independently. The disabilities depend not only on the severity of the injury but the portion of the brain that sustained the damage, as each lobe controls different body functions. Some of the common deficits experienced by individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury include memory loss, inability to control impulses or emotions, vision loss, difficulty understanding spoken communication or speaking, or the inability to move in a balanced and coordinated manner.
- Anoxic brain injuries. With similar symptoms to traumatic brain injuries, anoxic brain injuries because of oxygen deprivation, such as in a near-drowning.
- Spinal cord injuries. Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that the spinal column protects. The function of the spinal cord is to relay messages between the brain and other parts of the body. The main risk of spinal cord injuries is paralysis, which refers to a loss of function and sensation beneath the injury. Individuals with an injury high in the cervical (neck) area of the spine often have paralysis from the neck down, which is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Those suffering an injury lower on the spinal cord are likely to suffer paralysis in the lower extremities, or paraplegia.
- Broken bones. Any bone in the body can break. One common and particularly serious bone fracture is a fractured hip. This injury often happens in slip and fall accidents and is of particular concern in individuals over 65, as it can cause death or a permanent loss of independence.
- Soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries involve injuries to the muscles or tendons. A common soft tissue injury in a motor vehicle accident is whiplash. As its name suggests, whiplash forces an individual’s neck to snap back and forth like a cracking whip. While this injury often heals on its own within a matter of weeks with rest and exercises intended to help the tissues heal, some individuals have lingering pain and other symptoms for months or even years after the injury, and can possibly even require surgery.
- Burns. Burns result from contact by the skin with a source of heat, such as a flame, steam, liquid, or hot surfaces. Burns can also happen from caustic chemicals or through electrocution. Burns are a common construction accident injury and one that can give rise to premises liability or car accident claims. Motorcyclists are at particular risk of experiencing burns, as the gasoline from the motorcycle’s tank will generally spill on the roadway, making contact with the rider’s skin and increasing the risk of a fire if the spilled gasoline makes contact with a source of ignition.
- Herniated discs. On the spinal column, between the individual bones called vertebrae are the intervertebral discs. These discs are filled with a soft jelly donut like material with the outside being a thick fibrous material called the annulus fibrosus. The inside material can be injured or damaged and can bulge, protrude, extrude or herniate out beyond the normal walls. This herniated disc can then make contact and compress or pinch or irritate nerves such as the large exiting nerve roots or even the spinal cord causing pain and even the need for surgery to repair it.
- Scarring. An accident can many times cause a laceration or wound that can either heal completely or oftentimes heal but leave behind a permanent and significant scar that can be disfiguring depending on the size, shape or location.
Frequently Asked Questions About Gainesville Personal Injury Claims
The legal personal injury claims process is difficult to understand and naturally draws a lot of questions. We answer some of the questions our clients most frequently ask us about Gainesville personal injury claims below. For more information, contact us at Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers, today.
I was injured in an accident with an uninsured driver. Can I still file a claim?
In short: yes, you could still file a claim. However, your case will likely be a little more difficult than many. Insurance compensates most personal injury claims. Fortunately, you could still seek compensation through your own or any other eligible uninsured motorist policy or PIP policy. Other insurance policies you have could also provide compensation, including Medical Payments insurance or Health insurance.
To file a lawsuit against an uninsured driver, instead of filing your demand with the insurance company and engaging in settlement negotiations, your filing would go directly to court for a judgment. The difficulty in pursuing uninsured driver claims is not obtaining a judgment in your favor, but rather collecting on that judgment. Often claimants who have obtained judgments against uninsured drivers are forced to take collection actions, such as wage garnishment.
Your car accident attorney will look for additional sources of liability, who can also provide insurance resources that can compensate you.
I lost a loved one in an accident caused by someone else. Is there compensation available for me?
The family members of individuals who die in accidents that resulted from another’s careless or reckless actions can seek compensation for their losses through a wrongful death claim.
The compensation that you could obtain through a wrongful death lawsuit under Florida’s Wrongful Death Act includes:
- The loss of the decedent’s companionship and protection and mental pain and suffering by a survivor.
- Medical expenses related to the treatment of your loved one’s final injury.
- The cost of funeral services and burial or cremation either paid directly by a family member or by the estate.
- The loss of the deceased person’s companionship, protection, nurturing, guidance, and care.
- The loss of support and services provided by the deceased to their family members.
- Lost wages and benefits from the time of the deceased’s final injury until the time of their death.
- Earnings and benefits that the deceased could have reasonably been expected to earn throughout their career had they survived.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Gainesville?
In Florida, the general statute of limitations on personal injury claims is four years from the accident. You must file the claim in court by that deadline. For wrongful death claims, the statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit is two years after the date of death. But, depending on different factors or events or situations, the statute of limitations can change and shorten, which is why it is important to hire an expert personal injury attorney right away like ours at Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers.
Do I have to have an attorney to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Yes. The experience and guidance of an attorney can prove crucial to obtaining the most compensation available for your claim.
Some of the services a personal injury lawyer from Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers can provide to you include:
- A free case evaluation where you can obtain answers to your legal questions and learn more about the personal injury claims process without any further obligation. Contact us at Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers, for your free case evaluation.
- Determination of all liable parties and associated insurance policies that can provide compensation.
- Determination of a value to your claim based on the expenses and quality of life impacts of your injury that you have already experienced and those you will likely face.
- Initiating and maintaining settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance provider until the case resolves through settlement or court decision.
- Guidance as you decide whether to accept or reject an offered settlement.
- Litigation services, including filing your claim, representing your case at pre-trial conferences and hearings, and fighting hard for you during trial.
- Assistance collecting your settlement or court award.
Do I have to pay taxes on my Gainesville personal injury settlement?
The Internal Revenue Service does not consider the settlements and awards for personal injury claims income and does not tax it. However, the IRS makes an exception for punitive damages, which punish the defendant for particularly reckless, wanton behavior. Because punitive damages do not relate to the expenses and impacts of your injury, the IRS considers this portion of an award income and taxes it.
If you deduct medical expenses from your overall tax burden then receive a settlement or award that includes those expenses, you must pay back the deduction you took.
What Elements Determine How Much Your Claim Is Worth?
To determine how much your claim is worth, a Gainesville personal injury lawyer will typically look at several key elements that can help establish the compensation you, specifically, can expect. Keep in mind that every claim has unique circumstances, all of which can impact the compensation you can recover for your injuries.
The Insurance Policy that Covers the Liable Party
In most personal injury claims, the party liable to you carries at least some insurance to cover your claim, be it auto liability, homeowner’s liability, or general business liability coverage. In addition to providing coverage for personal injury liability, that insurance also usually pays for the liable party’s defense attorney. Consequently, the liability insurance company, itself, and the policy it has issued to the party who is liable to you for damages, often play a central role in the litigation and resolution of your claim.
Several features of the liability insurance policy are particularly important in determining the value of your accident injury claim.
- The policy limits. If the liable party has few or no other assets, liability insurance represents the entire pot of money available to pay your personal injury claim. The limits of that policy, therefore, may set a maximum on the amount of money you can hope to recover.
- The policy exclusions. Insurance policies exclude particular types of liability. The insurance company may dispute that it has agreed to cover the type of liability for which you have sued its policyholder. If the insurance company is right, that could affect the value of your claim.
- The insurance company’s claims adjustment practices. Some insurance companies fight liability claims more than others or aggressively fight certain claims. The resistance the insurance company puts up to your personal injury claim can impact your claim’s value.
Liability insurance companies rarely jump at the opportunity to pay a claim up to the maximum of a policy’s limit. More often, they will try to get an injured party to agree to a discounted settlement. One important reason to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side is to protect you against aggressive settlement or claims adjustment tactics by liability insurers who would like nothing more than to pay you less than you deserve, or nothing at all.
The Extent of Your Injuries and Medical Costs
The other half of the equation in determining the value of your accident injury claim involves putting a dollar value on the harm you have suffered. The most significant component of that calculation, typically, consists of the financial cost you have suffered because of your injuries.
Medical bills, in particular, commonly constitute the single largest expenses you face after getting hurt in an accident. The worse your injuries, the higher those medical bills can rise and the more crushing their potential effect on your financial health. If you suffered a spinal cord injury in the accident, for example, you may find yourself dealing with over $1 million in medical costs in the first year after the accident alone.
Talk to an experienced Gainesville personal injury attorney about the medical bills you have received so that your attorney can accurately calculate the current and future medical costs for your injury claim. It can help if you save all of the documentation relating to your medical treatment, especially bills and insurance statements, for your attorney to review.
Here are some common medical expenses that can contribute materially to the size of your claim.
Emergency Medical Expenses
Ambulance transport alone can cost hundreds of dollars, especially if you ask the ambulance to take you to a specific hospital. Some Florida ambulance services may even charge by the mile, so the further you have to travel to reach a hospital, the more you may pay.
Then, once you arrive at the emergency room, you may undergo extensive tests and scans as hospital personnel work to identify your injuries for treatment. Treatment in the emergency room can help stabilize you, prevent further injury, and reduce your pain to a more manageable level. But it can also cost thousands, and even tens of thousands, of dollars.
Often, serious injuries will require a period of hospitalization. While in the hospital, you may continue to undergo treatment for many of your injuries, including ongoing tests to gauge your progress and treatment designed to help improve your overall mobility and independence. Hospital stays typically cost thousands of dollars per day, even for basic levels of care.
Tests and Procedures
Sometimes, even if you do not have to remain in the hospital immediately after your accident, you may need to undergo further medical tests and procedures, both to diagnose your initial injury and to help your doctors gauge your progress. The longer your recovery takes and the more complex your injuries, the more such tests and procedures the doctors may need to perform, and the more money your care will cost you.
Once doctors have diagnosed your injuries, you may need procedures specifically designed to treat those injuries. You may, for example, need to have surgery to help stabilize broken bones, repair damage to your back, or treat organ trauma. Surgeries commonly cost tens of thousands of dollars.
Durable Medical Equipment
Many types of injuries can interfere substantially with your mobility. Movements and activities that you once took for granted can cause you extreme pain. Durable medical equipment like wheelchairs, crutches, prosthetics, and braces can assist in your healing and provide you with a measure of independence. But they come at a potentially high cost, especially if equipment wears out and needs replacing.
In addition to mobility assistance, many injured accident victims benefit from installing other durable medical equipment at home, such as hospital beds, shower chairs, stairlifts, and handrails. This equipment, too, can cost thousands.
Modifications to Your Home
Many injury victims also need to make modifications to their homes to afford themselves as much independence as possible. For example, if you need to use a wheelchair permanently after your accident, you may need to widen the doorways in your home or change the height of your countertops to make them more accessible for your needs. You may also need to put in a wheelchair ramp that will allow you to more easily get into and out of your home. Those modifications can add up fast after your accident.
A Stay in a Long-Term Care Facility
Some injury victims cannot return to their homes immediately after their accidents, but instead, require ongoing medical care in a specialized rehabilitation or long-term care facility. A stay in a facility can cost thousands of dollars per day, and many forms of health insurance do not cover those costs.
Home Health Care
Most injury victims prefer to return home as soon as possible, but they may lack the mobility or ability to care for themselves. Home health support can make it easier for you to go home sooner, especially if you do not have someone in your home who can provide that level of care for you. However, home health costs can add up quickly, particularly if you need around-the-clock care from an in-home healthcare worker.
Physical therapy helps restore strength and mobility following an accident. A physical therapist can guide you through a series of exercises designed to help restore some of the mobility you may have lost as a result of your injuries. Many injury victims go through numerous physical therapy sessions on their road to recovery. But every physical therapy session, whether at a facility or in a person’s home, can cost hundreds of dollars or more.
Occupational therapists help victims who sustained life-altering injuries learn how to adapt to new physical or health limitations. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, for example, an occupational therapist might offer suggestions that will help you learn how to use apps, written communication, or mnemonic devices to aid your poor memory.
If you lost a limb or suffered damage to a limb that will prevent you from using it normally, an occupational therapist can help you learn how to cope with those limitations and expand what you can do. As with other forms of therapy, however, multiple sessions of occupational therapy can add up.
Often, the injuries you sustained in an accident can take a heavy psychological toll. You may struggle with feelings of isolation, anxiety, or depression, for example. Working with a therapist can help you work through those feelings and prepare you to confront the challenges created by your injuries. Again, however, therapy costs money and adds to the pile of medical bills you may have to pay.
The Wages You Lost Because of Your Injuries
In addition to calculating your medical expenses, a Gainesville personal injury attorney can also evaluate the impact an injury has taken on your income and ability to earn a living. Many people find that their accident-related injuries prevent them from going back to work temporarily or permanently. Missing at least some time at work is typical while you heal from your injuries. Permanent disabilities, however, may make it impossible to work at all or may shrink your future economic prospects.
Those lost wages can add up substantially, even if you receive workers’ compensation benefits or other disability income. Typically, in a personal injury action, you have the right to seek damages equivalent to your lost wages and the loss of your future economic opportunities. You also have the right to seek reimbursement for the value of any sick leave or vacation time you used during the period of physical recovery from your injury.
Even if you return to work, your injuries may continue to impact your ability to bring in the income you and your family need to stay afloat. Sometimes, you might have to return to work on a part-time basis, rather than going back to work full time. Other times, you may need to leave work at least part of the time for appointments, including regular therapy appointments, all of which could cut into your regular hours and your usual income. Talk to your attorney about how to make sure you can include these financial impacts as part of the lost income portion of your personal injury claim.
The Pain and Suffering You Experienced After Your Accident
As the topics we’ve covered so far reflect, most components of your accident injury claim consist of tangible financial losses you suffered as a result of your accident and the injuries you sustained. Some of the most serious challenges you face, however, may not have a direct financial impact. But that doesn’t make those challenges any less real or harmful to you.
Lawyers refer to these as non-economic damages or, more commonly, pain and suffering. They consist of all of the life-related difficulties your injuries have caused you, from physical pain, emotional struggles, and mental health challenges to an overall loss of your ability to enjoy your life and your close personal relationships.
You have the right to compensation for these damages. A skilled personal injury attorney can work with you to understand their nature and impact on your life and translate them into a dollar value that pays you fair compensation. In some cases, the value of those damages may exceed the claim you have for your medical bills, lost wages, and other direct financial losses.
If you have questions about the compensation you deserve to receive to help you pay bills and recover from an accident-related injury, consult with an expert personal injury lawyer like ours at Bagen Law Accident Injury Lawyers. In a free, no-obligation consultation, our lawyers can learn about your injuries, and explain your potential rights and options for securing the money you need, and at Bagen Law, you don’t pay until we win.
Common Types of Intentional Conduct Claims
Intentional conduct claims can prove much more complex than the average personal injury claim, particularly since they often include criminal elements as well as the personal injury aspect of your claim.
Assault occurs any time one person deliberately inflicts harm on another person. Just as the person that attacked you might face charges for assaulting you, you may have the right to a personal injury claim if the liable party caused serious injury during that attack. Assault can include cases in which one party attacks another during a fight, or when one party causes serious injury to another during a deliberate attack. For example, if someone attacks you to steal your wallet or other belongings, and you suffer serious injuries, you may file a claim.
Criminals rarely have insurance policies that will cover the injuries they inflict. A bar, hotel, restaurant, or store where an assault takes place, on the other hand, may have an obligation to provide security to prevent criminal attacks—and an insurance policy that can cover the resulting injuries.
False imprisonment occurs any time someone else forcefully inhibits your movements and freedoms. Keep in mind that false imprisonment claims do not have to involve physical restraints. For example, if someone threatens you or a loved one with serious bodily harm if you leave the house or a certain geographic area, that might count as false imprisonment. False imprisonment assumes that the person restricting your movements has no legal authority to do so.
Fraud and Misrepresentation
In some cases, you may suffer serious injuries because someone presented you with inaccurate information about the circumstances at hand. Your reliance on that information as accurate may have caused you to sustain serious personal injuries or damages. For example, suppose an acquaintance convinced you to rent a home from them during vacation. You asked about the house ahead of time and presumed it to be safe.
On arriving, however, you found a very unsafe environment that eventually resulted in serious injury. In that case, you may have grounds for a claim against the acquaintance for fraud. Likewise, you may have grounds for a fraud claim when someone seriously misrepresented information to you that resulted in severe financial damages.
When Do You Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim for Intentional Conduct?
Filing a personal injury claim for intentional conduct may prove much more difficult than filing a claim for negligent behavior, since you may need to file a claim directly against the party that caused your injuries, rather than filing a claim through an insurance company. In general, you have grounds for an intentional conduct claim when:
1. Someone else intentionally committed an act that caused your injuries.
In the example of an assault, for example, the other person may have deliberately chosen to hit you, shove you, or otherwise commit an act of violence, including sexual violence, against you. In cases of fraud or misrepresentation, the other party must have deliberately chosen to provide you with inaccurate information that ultimately led to your injuries.
If the other party did not deliberately misrepresent the information—for example, if the party that shared that information with you also had false information and could not have given you a better picture of what you might walk into—you might not have grounds for an intentional conduct claim.
You may, however, still have grounds for a personal injury claim even when accidental negligence led to your injuries, so you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer to learn more about your rights before moving forward.
2. You suffered injuries or damages as a result of the other party’s negligence.
To file any type of personal injury claim, including a claim for intentional conduct, you must suffer some type of injury or damages due to the negligent behavior of the other party.
Suppose, for example, that you went to a bar and got into a fight with another patron. That patron took a swing at you, but you dodged. Bouncers escorted the other party out, and neither of you suffered any injury in the process.
As a result, you do not have a civil assault claim—though you might have grounds to report the incident and pursue legal action against the other party. On the other hand, suppose that you took the punch and went down. In the course of the ensuing fight, you suffered serious injuries: traumatic brain injury, for example, or broken bones. As a result, you may have the right to move forward with a personal injury claim against the liable party, since that party deliberately caused your injuries due to the assault.
Moreover, a nightclub, restaurant, retailer, or hotel may have a duty to protect you from assault. You may seek compensation from a business that failed to intervene in an assault.
If you suffered non-physical damages that nevertheless had a financial impact, consult an attorney to learn more about your next steps and move forward with a claim. You do not have to suffer injuries to suffer damage due to fraud or misrepresentation, and an attorney can help you learn more about the compensation you may qualify to pursue and how to move forward with your claim.
What Compensation Can You Recover for Intentional Conduct Injuries?
Your injuries may cause immense challenges in your life, not to mention leaving you with extensive medical bills. What compensation can you recover?
An attorney cannot guarantee that you will recover compensation for intentional conduct injuries. However, many claims break down into the same common elements. As your attorney reviews your claim, he or she can help give you a better idea of how much compensation you can expect to recover for the injuries sustained due to another party’s malicious actions against you. Take a look at these common claim elements as you consider what losses you have faced due to the other party’s dangerous behavior or malicious actions against you.
Compensation for Any Medical Bills
If you suffered serious injuries due to the other party’s negligent actions against you, you may have the right to claim compensation for any medical bills you sustained while receiving treatment for your injuries. Medical bills after a serious injury can prove financially devastating. Even broken bones may require considerable treatment to help aid in your recovery.
You may have bills for many of the services you receive, which can continue to stack up for the duration of your treatment and your recovery. Make sure you keep track of all medical bills received during your recovery, from immediate bills for emergency medical care to the bills that you may have for physical and/or occupational therapy after a serious incident, so you can show evidence of the specific financial losses you may have suffered due to your injuries.
Keep track of medical reports and other documentation regarding your injuries, since these documents can help establish the full extent of your financial losses and give you a better idea of how much compensation you may need to pursue as part of your intentional conduct claim.
Compensation for Financial Losses
Financial losses in an intentional conduct claim may prove considerable. Many accident victims note that their financial losses extend far beyond medical bills. You may also have to contend with serious financial losses related to fraud. In addition, you may have immense losses due to the wages missed. Serious injuries can prevent you from returning to work, while unlawful imprisonment may cause you to miss time at work or even cause you to lose your job, particularly if your boss does not understand the conditions under which you missed work.
As part of your claim, you should calculate all financial losses associated with the liable party’s actions. Your lawyer can help you go over the losses you have faced and calculate their financial value.
Compensation for Your Suffering
When someone else commits a malicious act against you, especially in the case of assault or wrongful imprisonment, you may have immense emotional trauma and suffering to contend with. Sexual assault, for example, can have immense long-term consequences for the victim, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Wrongful imprisonment can cause increased anxiety, fear of small spaces, or increased emotional challenges long after the initial incident. Even causes of fraud or misrepresentation can cause immense physical and emotional suffering.
As part of your claim, you may have the right to include non-economic damages, including your suffering as a result of the liable party’s actions. Talk to an attorney about how to best calculate those losses and what they have meant in your life.
How Can an Attorney Help?
Following someone else’s intentional actions that led to serious harm in your life, whether physical or financial, you may find it difficult to decide what to do next. Many people suffer immense emotional trauma when they have to deal with the aftermath of a serious attack. Others may even choose not to pursue compensation for the injuries sustained to move on with their lives faster after the incident.
As soon as you can after the incident, contact an experienced attorney to learn more about your right to compensation, what steps you need to take next, and how you can protect yourself physically and financially after the incident.
We can help you understand how much compensation you may have the right to recover.
Many people do not even realize that they may have the right to pursue compensation for injuries and damages sustained due to the deliberate misconduct of another party. Even if you know that you need to pursue criminal action, you might not recognize your right to recover damages. Other people may not realize how much compensation they will need to cover the full cost of their injuries, which could cause them to end up accepting a low settlement offer.
With the help of an experienced lawyer, you can understand how much compensation to seek for your injuries, including how that compensation could impact you in the future. An attorney will help evaluate all of the financial losses that you’ve sustained, from the extent of your medical bills to the long-term financial costs you may have suffered, and give you more information about how to move forward.
An attorney will help go over the circumstances that caused your injuries and your losses and collect evidence to help build your claim.
A tort case, or personal injury case, against the party that caused your injuries may look very different from a criminal case. While a criminal conviction can help establish your right to damages from the accused, you do not necessarily have to have a criminal conviction to move forward with a personal injury claim. The evidence needed for a personal injury claim may differ since a personal injury claim does not need as much clear evidence of the liable party’s malicious intent.
We help gather that vital evidence, build the claim, and present it on your behalf, which can help increase your odds of recovering the damages you need to cover the costs of your severe injuries.
An attorney will fight on your behalf.
Sometimes, injured individuals just want the event to end. They do not want to wrestle with insurance companies or fight to pursue compensation from the liable party. An attorney can take over that fight on your behalf. Often, this helps alleviate much of the stress that you’ve experienced in dealing with the accident and its aftermath. You can pursue maximum compensation without having to increase your stress or trauma after the accident.
Contact an Attorney Today To Learn More About Your Rights
Intentional conduct claims can prove extremely difficult and even traumatic to manage, especially if you must struggle to prove the liable party’s negligence or malicious intent. An experienced attorney can help you through every step of the process, from collecting evidence related to the claim to pursuing the compensation you need to cover the full cost of your injuries.