Personal injury is a category that covers a wide array of ways in which people can be hurt, disabled, or suffer wrongful death. Whether you’ve been in a car or truck accident, had an injury in the workplace, or had any other sort of injury occur as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work and pain and suffering. Slips and falls, dog bites, bicycle and scooter accidents, boating accidents, are just a few of the things that are considered personal injury. Medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and pharmacy error or malpractice are also considered personal injury cases.
Personal Injury Can Happen to Anyone at Any Time
At Avera & Smith, we know that 1 in 3 people are in involved in a life altering accident at some point in their lives. Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. The truth is, most people never even think about a personal injury lawyer until they are in an emergency situation. While they may have the names and numbers of their doctors, dentists, even veterinarians readily available, they don’t plan ahead for the possibility of being injured in an accident.
Be Prepared BEFORE an Accident
Choose an attorney who is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Civil Trial Law or Workers’ Compensation Law. These lawyers have done the extra work it takes to be successful not only at negotiating settlements but at winning cases that go to court.
Insurance companies know the lawyers who are qualified and willing to take them to court and, in most cases, offer better settlements to those lawyers, rather than risk the time and expense of a court trial.
Know What To Do AFTER You Have Suffered A Personal Injury
- Get medical care immediately. After the accident, do not miss follow up appointments with your doctor or disregard medical recommendations, treatments, prescriptions or other advice. This could cause serious problems with your case later.
- Never withhold information or lie to either your doctor or your attorney. It is crucial that you are completely honest so that you get the settlement you deserve.
- Never sign any release of personal information forms, medical authorization forms or any other insurance company documents without first consulting your attorney.
- Never agree to a recorded statement with any insurance adjuster without first speaking to your attorney. Remember, insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to pay as little as possible in settlements, regardless of the devastation of injury or loss of life due to an accident.