7 Mistakes That Ruin Personal Injury Cases
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ORLANDO PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
When you’re hurt in a personal injury accident, you can feel like your life is flipped upside down.
You may feel lost and confused and frustrated. Our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL are here to help you get through the worst of it. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us as soon as possible to get a free consultation. We will go over the details of your case and advise you on what your next step for justice should be. Call us today.
Parties Involved in a Personal Injury Case
Whether you were hurt on a bike at a grocery store or in an auto accident, the parties involved in your personal injury case are typically going to consist of four separate parties. The first party involved is the person who is physically indirectly responsible for causing your accident. It might be the grocery store that did not clean up a spill leaving you to slip in it. It might be the property owner of the home you were visiting who did not put a handrail up on their porch and you fell down the stairs. It might be the person speeding on the highway who merged into your lane without looking. They are responsible for the damage that their actions or inactions caused you.
Next is you. You would be called the plaintiff of a personal injury case. You are the one who is suffering due to the negligence and carelessness of the liable party mentioned above. You deserve full and fair compensation for the damage that you’re suffering. You have a right to seek legal action against the liable person.
The liable party responsible for your damages is going to be represented by the third party involved in your personal injury case, the insurance company. They are financially responsible for your compensation. It is their mission to preserve their bottom line, which means getting them to give you a fair and full result is going to be difficult.
When you have a difficult insurance company trying to prevent you from getting the results you deserve, it is essential to have strong personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL representing you. That would be the fourth party involved in your case. They are going to take care of the legal matters on your behalf to make sure that you get the justice that you deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Represent
Our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL represent a wide variety of cases, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Construction accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Boating accidents
- Hurricane injuries
- Slip and falls
- Negligent security
- Disney accidents
- Burn injury
- Birth injury
- Jet ski accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Pool injuries
- Pharmacy errors
- Auto accidents
- And more
If you’ve been seriously hurt in an accident that was caused by negligence or carelessness, you may be eligible to bring a personal injury claim to receive damages.
Tips for a Successful Claim
Two things need to happen relatively close together on the timeline. You need to collect evidence for your claim in the form of photos, videos, witness contact information, etc. You also need to get medical attention as soon as absolutely possible. If you’re taken on an ambulance to the emergency room it’s obviously going to be impossible for you to get the evidence yourself. You can call on a friend, family member, or even one of our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL to start collecting evidence for you right away.
Next, we want to emphasize the importance of not giving the insurance company a recorded statement if they call and ask you for one. They absolutely will use your words against you. They are trained to ask questions that will lead you into an answer that will harm the strength of your case. Again, they are trying to save themselves money. Don’t give them free ammunition to use against you. Let your personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL handle communication with the insurance company.
Lastly, do not hesitate to bring a claim against the liable party. People sometimes hesitate to bring claims for a variety of reasons, whether it’s because they think they will be directly suing the person whose house they got hurt at or they think the cost of a lawyer is outrageous. Understand that you’re not asking someone to pay you out of their pocket. Their insurance is there to help you get the compensation you deserve. Also, personal injury lawyers do not get paid unless they win your claim.
ORLANDO CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS
Car accidents can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering. We know the victims of car accidents deserve justice, and we want to dedicate ourselves to getting that for them. If you have been involved in a car accident, please get a hold of us as soon as you can. We want to stand by you during your fight for justice so that you get you a full and fair result. Please call our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL as soon as you can to set up a free consultation.
Tips for a Successful Car Accident Claim
Feeling powerless is a very common emotion among victims of accidents. It might feel frustrating to have been involved in something so horrible due to the carelessness of another driver on the road. We want you to know that you do have some power in the situation. There are things that you can do to strengthen your case, as well as things that we want you to avoid doing to prevent you from weakening your case.
Here are three things you should know about car accident claims in order to help ensure a successful claim:
- Don’t admit guilt. After a car accident, a lot of people want to get out of their vehicle if they can and talk to the other people involved. It’s natural to be apologetic and sympathetic, but we strongly encourage you from saying it was your fault. You likely have a lot of adrenaline running through your veins and you might not see the situation clearly for what it was. If you say at that moment that it was your fault but our investigation down the line shows that it was not your fault, that can harm your case and prevent you from getting justice.
- Seek immediate medical attention. Your injuries are probably pretty serious, and getting to a doctor is going to be essential for your well-being. If you delay seeking medical attention, you’re only going to harm yourself. Whether you delay because you have a family to take care of or you wanted to wait and see if your injuries got better, it’s not a good idea. As soon as you are finished at the scene of the accident, you should get yourself to an urgent care or an emergency room. If you delay and the insurance company is looking for excuses to devalue your claim, they’re going to say that the delay indicates you are lying about the severity of your injuries.
- Do not speak to the insurance company about the details of your claim. The only information the insurance company needs is your name, the fact that you were involved in the accident, and possibly your insurance information. They are going to be reaching out to you as quickly as they can to get a statement from you. This statement is not going to help you get justice. It is designed to help them devalue your claim by getting you to say something that incriminates yourself.
Parties Involved in a Car Accident Claim
There are typically four categories that everyone involved in a car accident will fall into.
When the accident occurs and the investigation is done, the liable party will be determined and identified. Some car accidents have one liable party, while there might be shared fault in other car accidents. Regardless, those who are primarily responsible for causing the accident are going to be considered the liable party.
The liable party will be represented by their insurance company, who is the second player in a claim for a car accident. The insurance company has a primary objective of compensating you for the damages that their insured caused you. That does not stop them, however, from trying to save themselves money. They are going to do everything in their power to prevent you from getting the justice that you deserve because it’s going to cost them money.
You are the plaintiff in a car accident claim. You are the party who did not cause the accident and is suffering mentally, physically, and possibly emotionally from the collision. You deserve justice and have a right to seek it.
You can be represented by our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL. A car accident lawyer works to protect your rights to justice and fights against the insurance company to ensure that you see a fair result.
ORLANDO MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAWYERS
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you are probably suffering a great deal from it. These accidents are never easy to go through for anyone, and we want to stand by you through this very difficult time. Your life is probably flipped on its head and you may not know what’s next. Please allow our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL to help you through your case to get justice. Call today to set up a free initial consultation.
Tips For a Successful Motorcycle Accident Claim
First of all, you need to understand that motorcycle riders are looked at with a bias. People think that just because you ride a motorcycle you’re signing up for a dangerous vehicle and, therefore. are responsible for whatever happens to you on the road. They also think that accidents involving motorcyclists are typically because the motorcyclist was to blame. Understanding that there is this bias, you need to ensure you have personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL who understand what you are up against. A jury may have a bias against you from the start, which could complicate your trial, if it comes to that.
It might be impossible for you to personally do this, but you need to make sure that there’s evidence collected at the scene of the accident. If you’re able to stay on the scene and take pictures and videos and get contact information for witnesses that’s great. If you cannot personally do this, however, because you have been whisked away to an emergency room on an ambulance, you can call on a family member, friend, or one of our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL to do this on your behalf. Evidence of a motorcycle accident can disappear virtually overnight, so if this is not done as soon as you can possibly do it, you’re not going to have evidence to build a strong case.
One huge mistake that we see people make in motorcycle accident cases is they talk to the insurance company about the details of what happened to them. The insurance company will reach out to you as soon as they can, even if they know that you have just undergone surgery or are on pain medications and more vulnerable than you normally would be. They want to get a recorded statement from you, regardless of the state that you are currently in. This recorded statement is designed to get you to say things that would devalue your motorcycle accident claim. We strongly advise you not to give them any sort of recorded statement. You have no legal obligation to do so, and if it’s only going to damage your case, why do it at all?
Lastly, the idea of a motorcycle accident claim can be intimidating to a lot of people. They might avoid bringing a case, either because they think it’s going to be a lot of work or very expensive. Our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL are going to take on all of the work for you so that you can focus on physical recovery. Also, you do not owe us a penny unless we win your case.
How Compensation Works
Compensation is going to be the way you get justice for your case. It is compensation for the pain, suffering and damages this motorcycle accident has cost you. Any medical bills, wages you’ve lost from missing work, and emotional anguish that you’ve gone through because of this accident can be compensated for in your award at the very end of the case.
All of this gets calculated and deliberated on, and you will be offered a settlement. Please understand that the insurance company will likely offer you a settlement early on that does not fully factor in all the damages you’re suffering. For this reason, we strongly advise that you do not take the first settlement offer and instead fight for the full, fair justice that they are capable of giving you.
You do not get a second chance if you take the first settlement offer and then decide later that it wasn’t enough to cover the damages that you have. That is why we want you to get as healthy as you can physically from medical treatment so that we know the full extent of your injuries and can determine what compensation they owe you to cover all of the damages that their insured caused you.
ORLANDO TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYERS
If you are the victim of a truck accident, you are likely experiencing a lot of pain and suffering. While we’re probably never going to understand what you’re going through, we want to stand by you through this difficult time. Our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL are here to help you get the justice you deserve. Please do not hesitate to call us right away. You can set up your free consultation with us as soon as possible.
What Causes a Truck Accident Claim
A truck accident can be similar to any other automobile accident, if it is caused by a negligent driver. Perhaps a car swerved in front of a truck, which caused a pileup and you were involved in that. Maybe the driver of the truck was not careful when changing lanes and caused a collision.
Other times, truck accidents happen in ways that aren’t very similar to other automobile accidents. Truck drivers are required to get a lot of work done, which means they are driving into the wee hours of the night. The pressure put on them to finish their work sometimes causes them to be driving for long periods with very little sleep. This can result in a driver who is just as impaired as someone who has had a few drinks.
You will come to learn that your truck accident claim has to have a liable party. The liable party could be the truck driver, if they were acting in a manner that is negligent or careless. The liable party could also be the employer of the truck driver, if they pressured their employee to work with very little sleep knowing that it was dangerous. There are some instances where the manufacturer of the truck or whomever loaded the truck is the liable party because they did it in a way that caused the truck to be hazardous. If loads come undone on the road, that could certainly cause a collision.
Our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL are going to perform an investigation to make sure that they have all of the liable parties held accountable for the damage that this collision has caused you.
Tips for a Successful Claim
One of the biggest mistakes that we see victims of truck accidents make is talking to the insurance company about the accident. The insurance company wants to save themselves money, which means they want to avoid responsibility for the damages the collision caused you. You will receive a phone call from them shortly after your accident where they’re going to be looking to get a recorded statement from you. You do not legally have to give them a recorded statement. They will only use your words against you. They also have extensive training on questioning you in a way that would force you to implicate yourself. It is best to have your personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL take over communication with the insurance company so that you are protected.
Another huge mistake that we see a lot of people make is that they don’t seek immediate medical attention. You do not want to delay seeking medical attention for any reason. I understand that you may have priorities in your life, such as children, family, work or errands that you feel you need to take care of before you can take care of yourself, but we highly encourage making your well-being the first priority after a truck accident. You are going to be experiencing a lot of pain and suffering if you don’t get your injuries looked at right away. Also, if you delay seeking medical attention, the insurance companies are going to look at your medical records, be suspicious of the gap in time and assume that you were lying about how badly you were hurt, which could devalue your claim.
Lastly, perhaps the worst mistake you can make is not filing a claim at all. A lot of people are intimidated by personal injury cases because of lawyer fees or the possibility of going to trial. Please understand our personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL are not going to ask for a penny unless we win your claim. We want to make this whole process as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
Call Our Orlando Personal Injury Lawyers Today
If you want strong and fierce representation from personal injury attorneys in Orlando FL, please reach out to us as soon as possible to get started. You can get a free first consultation when you call us as soon as possible. You deserve to get justice. Let us help you get full and fair compensation.