Have you been injured due to the reckless actions or negligence of another? If an act of someone, accidental or intentional, has resulted in you getting injured, you have the legal right to get fair compensation for your injuries by filing a personal injury lawsuit. There could be a number of causes of personal injuries such as car accidents, slip and fall, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, product accidents, and others.
Here at Winters and Yonker, our Tarpon Springs personal injury lawyers have represented many clients through cases and helped them recover fair compensation for their injuries due to the negligent actions of others. We regularly come across cases where victims of such injuries are either not aware of their complete rights or are not aware of the tactics used by insurance companies to minimize the compensation amount while they legally deserve more. Call our personal injury firm at (888) 373-7770 to schedule your free consultation.
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What Should I Do After An Injury?
It is important for you to know that any action you take after your accident is going to affect your personal injury lawsuit. This is why it is important to be prepared and be aware of what you need to do in case you suffer an injury. One of the most important things you need to do is remain calm once you have been injured. It’s a difficult thing but you need to pull yourself together and take the following action after suffering an injury in order to strengthen your personal injury case.
Get Medical Attention
The most important thing you need to do after suffering an injury is to get the required medical attention. Go to your general physician or an emergency room or a healthcare clinic as quickly as possible. Get someone to call an ambulance, if necessary. Keep in mind that any delay might have an adverse effect on your legal case as well as your health. In most cases, getting the required medical attention within 72 hours of the injury is considered a reasonable time frame by most insurance companies. Make sure you discuss everything with your doctor even if the issue seems minor and always follow their instructions.
If possible, you should try to get contact information from witnesses. This information should ideally include their names, phone numbers as well as addresses.
Reporting the Incident
You should try to immediately report the incident. In case it’s a workplace injury, you should inform your supervisor in writing. In case it’s a car accident, you should immediately call the police and file a police report. In case you have slipped and suffered an injury, you should either inform the manager of the property or the property owner. In short, it is recommended to report the incident to the person in charge and get a copy of the report.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
Once you have received the required medical attention, it is important for you to get in touch with an experienced and knowledgeable Tarpon Springs personal injury lawyer. Do not sign anything or say anything regarding your case without an experienced attorney by your side. You have medical bills to take care of and many other expenses and insurance companies try to take advantage of such situations by making a quick settlement offer which is often much less than the money you deserve for your sufferings.
Here at Winters and Yonker, we have represented many clients and helped them recover maximum compensation for their sufferings. Give us a call today at (888) 373-7770 to schedule a free consultation and to discuss the details of your case.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
When you are recovering from your injuries, your focus should be your health but you also have to deal with medical bills that keep piling up and there is also the rent/mortgage and other such expenses. It can be a frustrating and difficult time and this is why you need to hire a personal injury lawyer to help you get through this difficult period.
Case Preparation/Filing a Lawsuit
While most personal injury cases are settled out of court, there are situations where you need to take the other party to court in order to recover fair compensation for their sufferings. By having an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer from Winters and Yonker by your side, you will get the right advice regarding your case. A lot of paperwork needs to be done in order to prepare/prove a personal injury case and our experienced lawyers will prepare a watertight case to help you win maximum compensation.
Our team of experienced lawyers deals with insurance companies and insurance adjusters regularly for our clients. We know the tricks and traps used by them to minimize the payout. When we represent you, we will negotiate on your behalf with insurance adjusters to help you get maximum compensation.
Trial Preparation & Representation
In a personal injury claim, you need to follow certain rules and guidelines in order to achieve success. You might be denied fair compensation due to a loophole, paperwork error or some other technicality and this is why you need the help of experienced personal injury lawyers at Winters and Yonker. We will make sure that there is enough proof to prove in the court of law that the accident wasn’t your fault.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
As far as damages are concerned, these can be categorized into 3 different groups including economic damages, non-economic damages and punitive damages.
This category might include the cost of required medical care, the extent of property damage, loss of wages, cost of household services, loss of future earnings, and other similar heads. These are designed to provide compensation for direct financial loss.
This category of damages includes pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disfigurement, physical impairment or inconvenience. In certain situations, family members of the plaintiff might also be able to recover compensation for loss of companionship or loss of consortium. It is challenging to assign a monetary value to non-economic damages as these are more subjective.
The intent behind punitive damages is to punish the defendant for their misbehavior and it’s not common in personal injury cases.
How Is Liability Determined?
In a personal injury case, many terms are used frequently and not everyone is clear about their legal meaning. In a legal sense, the term negligence means that someone is legally liable as their actions caused harm to another person. In such cases, there are 4 elements that need to be proved:
- Duty of care – The plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant had a duty of care.
- Breach of Duty – It needs to be proven that the defendant breached their legal duty.
- Causation – It needs to be proven that the defendant’s actions led to the victim’s injuries.
- Damages – It needs to be proven that the victim incurred damages as a result of the accident. In case of car accidents, such damages might include loss of wages, property damage, medical bills and other such things.
The state of Florida follows the doctrine of pure comparative negligence. It simply means that damages are apportioned between the parties based on their percentage of fault. Simply put, it is possible for a victim to recover damages even when they are 95% at fault for the accident.
How Much Time Do I Have To File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
The statute of limitations governs the timelines when it comes to filing initial claims in personal injury cases. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations is 4 years in personal injury cases.
How Much Will a Tarpon Springs Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
You do not need to pay anything upfront for your personal injury case. Here at Winters and Yonker, we work on a contingency fee basis. It simply means that you are not required to pay anything and we will recover our costs if we win compensation for you.
Type of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at Winters and Yonker
Here at Winters and Yonker, we handle the following types of personal injury cases:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Schedule Your Free Consultation With Winters And Yonker
Here at Winters and Yonker, we offer a confidential and completely free initial consultation to help you get answers to all the questions you might have following your accident. Whether you are the victim of a car accident or you have suffered a workplace injury or you had an accident at the swimming pool due to the negligent actions of others, we can help you recover fair financial compensation for your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis which means you do not need to pay anything upfront for your personal injury case. Call us today at (888) 373-7770 to schedule a completely free consultation.