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Lawyers Use More Resources Than You Realize In Personal Injury Cases

Florida residents are generally a happy lot. After all, they live in a beautiful state that is easy to enjoy life in. But when personal injuries occur, they can bring with them not only the challenge of healing physically and emotionally, but financially. Your finances can take a tremendous impact during a personal injury case and as a result it’s vital that you take steps to make sure you seek compensation if you’re owed it.

Finding a good injury lawyer is the first step towards doing that, and they’ll be able to start off by determining whether or not you even have the grounds to seek compensation. This comes down to one basic thing – proving fault. Under Florida law in order for someone to be held at fault for your injuries it must be shown that:

  • • They acted in a negligent or reckless manner
    • Those actions led directly to your injuries

This seems simple, and in some cases it is. For example, a drunk driver obviously acted in a reckless and negligent manner, and showing that is much easier than something like proving that a property owner knew a slick spot in their floor existed and willingly chose to ignore it.

As you can see, proving fault is often very difficult. Beyond that, if your attorney does show that you are owed compensation, there’s another factor that has to be determined – your settlement. The opposing side will often offer settlement amounts to get you to stop pursuing further action, and sometimes those settlements are very far from being fair. As a result, your attorney has two key jobs – making sure you get compensation, and making sure that compensation is fair.

These are two very different things, and to succeed at them they’ll use a variety of resources and tools at their disposal. Here’s a look at some of those resources – the breadth of them could surprise you.

Proving Fault

Proving that the other party is at fault is the first step, and your attorney will use several tools and techniques to help do this They may include the following.

  • • Police Reports
    • Local Security Camera Footage
    • Mobile Phone Records
    • Witness Statements
    • Accident Scene Photos
    • History Of The Other Party
    • Private Investigators
    • Accident Reconstructionists
    • And more

As you can see, there is more to the process than just pointing a finger and saying ‘they’re at fault’. It can take a tremendous investment of time and energy, and often an attorney will be the only person who has the ability to connect with the various resources and tools used to show fault – would you be able to hire an accident reconstruction expert or obtain the other party’s mobile phone records, for example?

Determining Compensation

If fault can be proven, there’s a good chance the other side will begin trying to settle out of court as soon as they realize you have an attorney on your side. This usually starts by offering you low settlement amounts in the hopes you’ll accept them. But your lawyer will work towards making sure that you don’t accept a settlement that is less than fair. Several figures are used to calculate a settlement amount including:

  • • Lost wages
    • Medical expense
    • Future lost wages
    • Future medical expense
    • Pain and suffering
    • Punitive damages

These factors can obviously add up to larger amounts than most realize, and that’s why consulting with medical experts and even financial experts is often a key step taken by an attorney. Doing so help ensure that you get a settlement amount that is actually fair, and any good injury lawyer will work just as hard at this as they will at proving fault in the first place.

Obviously, your attorney has years of experience and resources that they will use to help show that you deserve what you are asking for. The various points above help showcase just how instrumental they can be in getting you the compensation you’re owed, and why finding a good lawyer is so important for anyone injured in an accident.

Michael J. Babboni's wide-ranging legal career is based on the strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and have access to effective legal help. Michael began putting his beliefs in action by helping the people of St. Petersburg Florida get what they are owed in civil trials fighting to protect families by making corporations pay, and honor their obligations.

Lawyers Use More Resources Than You Realize In Personal Injury Cases

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