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The Basics Of Personal Injury Cases

The Basics Of Personal Injury CasesFlorida is home to more than 19 million people, making it the fourth most populous state in the country. And among those 19 million, a huge number are injured on a daily basis. In most cases, the injuries are very minor and caused by basic accidents. But in others, serious injuries may be caused through the actions of others. In these cases, a personal injury lawsuit may be needed in order for the injured party to get the help that they need. Personal injury lawsuits make up about 60.8% of all trials in civil courts, and as such they deserve a closer look.

Before you understand the basics of personal injury law, it’s important to understand the reasons that it’s such an important part of the legal system. It gets a bad rap from time to time due to frivolous lawsuits, but in reality many cases are vital for those involved. Here’s why:

  • Medical bills – The cost of medical care in this country is skyrocketing. One trip to a hospital or doctor after an injury can cost a small fortune, and repeated medical bills can add up quickly.
  • Lost wages – When an injury causes a victim to miss work, it can eliminate their wages and seriously reduce their ability to pay all of their bills.
  • Stress – The physical and emotional stress put on someone due to their injuries can often cause even more problems to develop including depression.

These are all points that highlight why it’s important to consider personal injury lawyers when you’ve been injured in an accident. If the accident wasn’t your fault and was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, that person or organization should be responsible for your financial costs – not you.

With that in mind, just what steps need to be taken? For starters, you need to find a good lawyer. Personal injury lawyers have a strong track record of helping their clients get the compensation they deserve. They’ll be able to help you determine whether or not you have a case, and if you do they’ll provide you with the representation you need.

The key to determining whether or not a case exists comes down to fault and negligence. First, the attorney must show that the defendant was at fault for the injuries suffered by their plaintiff – that something the defendant did led to those injuries. This is usually the easier part of the equation.

The harder part is proving negligence or recklessness. In short, the defendant must be shown to have been negligent or reckless and that those actions caused the injuries. For instance, a company that knew about a faulty handrail but didn’t repair it would be found to be negligent. A drunk driver will be found to be reckless.

If these basic criteria can be met, a case may very well exist. And if it does, the next step will be to pursue financial compensation. In most cases, insurance companies and defendant attorneys will fight hard to take a trial to court – until the plaintiff has a lawyer. In these cases, the defendant is usually quick to settle out of court. In fact, about 95% of all personal injury cases are settled out of court. The key in these settlements for plaintiffs is that they have a skilled attorney on their side who can help negotiate a fair settlement for their client.

We can help. Our team of legal professionals has more than 100 years’ experience in personal injury law, and we help our clients settle for millions in damages every single year. Our offices are located throughout Florida, and we’re always ready to provide you with the help you need. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

The Basics Of Personal Injury Cases

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