Personal Injury Lawyers In Sarasota You Can Trust
Protecting Your Future After An Accident
It doesn't take a genius to see that Sarasota is growing, the new luxury condos popping up everywhere are a testament to the area's growing popularity, but what happens when you've been injured in an accident and are struggling to make ends meet? Standing up to the lawyers and insurance company that the person responsible for your accident may have on their side isn't easy, and no matter how hard you work to stay safe the simple fact is that accidents can happen. With decades of experience, we'll make them pay what you are owed.
If you’ve been injured in an accident in Sarasota, contact our team today for a free case review.
Representing Clients For All Types Of Injuries:
Your Right To Seek Compensation
One of the first questions that our clients want to know is whether or not they actually have the right to seek compensation. Under Florida law, Sarasota residents have the right to seek financial compensation for their injuries if they can show that the accident they were involved in was caused by the reckless and negligent actions of someone else.
This could mean any number of things, including:
- Drunk driving
- Texting while driving
- Failure to repair safety issues on a property
- Reckless driving
- Failure to maintain a vehicle correctly
- And more
In short, you need to be able to show that your accident was caused by the actions of someone else. However, you also need to show that those actions would be considered reckless or negligent by any reasonable person.
This isn't always easy, but our law firm is able to quickly determine what your rights are and start taking the steps needed to stand up to the insurance companies and law firms that often fight against you.
Why Seek Compensation?
The simple fact is that there is still a bit of a stigma associated with seeking financial compensation following an injury. However, seeking compensation is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, it's often the only way to ensure that you get your life back on track after an accident. Recovery can be expensive and difficult. Getting financial compensation can help you get back to where you were before the accident occurred. That's why we take what we do so seriously - we protect the injured, not the powerful.
How Much Of A Settlement Could You Be Owed?
Damages that are awarded in a personal injury lawsuit will vary greatly. The general focus is to help the victim return themselves to the position that they were in or that they would currently be in if the accident never happened.
A lot can go into determining what a fair settlement is, but there are several key components that will be the primary driving factors in a settlement that is fair. These include:
- Lost wages due to time missed from work
- The potential loss that can come from missing benefits, promotion, and other job earning potential.
- Medical costs related to the accident
- Future estimated medical costs related to the accident
- Future estimated lost wages due to medical procedures
- Replacement of damaged property
- Mileage costs to and from medical appointments related to the accident
Along with these standard guidelines for receiving compensation, many cases will go further. Its common to be awarded damages that have no set dollar value derived from bills - things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish,
- Loss of family relationships
- Punitive damages are also common and awarded in some cases. These are actually designed to punish the defendant and 'prove a point' to others.
Punitive damages are rare, and Florida law restricts them to just three times the amount of economic and non-economic damages listed above. Knowing what you're owed and what the potential of your case is will be one of the first steps you need to take to ensure that your future is secure. We review your case and tell you what to expect from the process - and the potential settlements.
The Big Legal Challenges You Might Face
Sadly, most insurance companies and legal teams won't just hand over a settlement amount to those who deserve one.
Instead, they work to fight against your rights and limit your ability to get compensation. They may use numerous tactics including:
- Stalling and prolonging the case
- Endless parades of useless, unnecessary paperwork
- Offering lower than appropriate settlement amounts
- Outright refusing to pay
You need a good legal team on your side in order to stand up to these bullies and get the compensation you deserve from them. We're here to fight the bullies for you and get you what you are owed.
The Difference The Pros Make Having a personal injury lawyer on your side is important and can help you pick up the pieces after an accident. Whether it's an accident on Bayfront Drive or a pileup on I-75, the challenges and the potential results are the same. So are the struggles.
The high-powered, highly paid legal teams on the other side will do all they can to make sure you don't get the compensation you deserve. It isn't an easy battle for the average person. But our experience and reputation mean that we are your greatest ally when you're injured. We'll take the fight to them and get you what you deserve.
Contact our team today to find out more about how we can help you following an accident of any kind.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.