A personal injury happens when you suffer an injury to your body, mind, or emotions due to the carelessness, recklessness, or intentional conduct of another. If you have had the misfortune to be the victim of an accident in which you suffered an injury, you may well want to consider consulting a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who concentrates on personal injury cases.
Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyers Handling a Variety of Claims
There are many ways to get hurt, but in the personal injury world, they mostly boil down to someone’s negligence. In Florida, negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, which a reasonably careful person would use under similar circumstances. Essentially, the theory of negligence is that one party owes another a duty to take care, fails to meet or breaches that duty, and the other party incurs an injury due to that failure.
Typical Personal Injury Cases
Some examples of personal injury cases include:
- Car Accidents – The Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles says, of the almost 400,000 car accidents in Florida each year, over 45,000 result in injuries.
- Motorcycle Accidents – No doubt partly because of its year-round good weather, Florida has a very high incidence of motorcycle accidents and the highest number of motorcycle-related fatalities among the 50 states.
- Nursing Home Abuse – Seniors and the disabled in nursing homes are extremely vulnerable to abuse. Statistically, one in ten will suffer that abuse in their lifetime.
- Premises Liability – Also known as slip-and-fall injuries, these happen when you are on the property of another, and some hazard there results in your injury. Your ability to recover depends on whether you were invited there, permitted there, or illegally there. They are especially prevalent as well as especially dangerous for those over 65.
- Wrongful Death – Wrongful death in Florida is an action filed by a deceased person’s estate when a person causes the death of another by some wrongful act. As you might imagine, all of the examples above can – and do – result in wrongful death cases.
Why You Need a Pensacola Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident
Insurance companies make their highest profits when they pay out the least in claims. Their lawyers are not your friends. Your experienced Pensacola personal injury attorney has the skill and knowledge of the law and your adversaries to properly evaluate your case and successfully negotiate your best settlement with the other side.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Pensacola Personal Injury Lawyer
Florida only allows four years for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This period may seem like a lot of time, but witnesses and documents disappear, memories fade, and your bills keep piling up. Contact us today for a free initial consultation and case evaluation for your Pensacola personal injury claim.
Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions
How much does a Pensacola Personal Injury Attorney cost?
Personal injury cases are usually handled on a contingency fee basis. You will meet, at no cost, with the attorney to evaluate your case. If you both agree to proceed, you will enter into an engagement fee letter which will set forth the percentage of your award that your attorney will receive if you win your case. The standard is usually 33.33% to 40% and may vary depending on the stage at which the award is received. The attorney will front the expenses and be reimbursed out of the award. If you do not win, your attorney does not get paid or reimbursed.
Is it worth retaining a personal injury lawyer after a minor accident?
Even if you think your accident is minor, you should still consult with an experienced Pensacola personal injury attorney. Some injuries manifest later than others; insurance companies can be hard to deal with, and you don’t know the territory as well as the lawyer. In that initial evaluation, your attorney will tell you if your case truly is too minor to need a lawyer.
How much is my case worth?
The worth of your case includes many variables. It includes your medical expenses and bills, physical therapy, assistive equipment, lost wages, and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. One of the most important reasons to use a personal injury attorney is that the attorney will be able to judge the value of your case far better than you will.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.