Florida Personal Injury Law
What is personal injury law and why do we practice it?
The sole purpose of Florida personal injury law is to compensate individuals who have acquired injuries as a result of another person’s negligence. These types of personal injuries can vary, but often include spinal injuries, traumatic brain injuries, extremity fractures, soft tissue injuries, or even pain from bruising.
Any person can acquire personal injury whether it is from an car crash, slip and fall accident, boating accident, etc. All of these fall under the category of personal injury law, but we explain them further for you if you continue to browse our website. Every state is different, but the Florida personal injury process primarily includes:
- Filing a claim
- Attempting to negotiate a favorable settlement offer
- Filing a lawsuit
- Litigating the case
- Taking the case to trial or pursuing alternative dispute resolution
Of course, if you hire Pipas Law or another law firm, we will handle these actions for you. So, after learning this you probably have two main questions that come to mind.
- How much are cases worth?
- How much does it cost to hire a lawyer?
Every case is valuable to us at Pipas Law. But monetary case value can vary depending on the severity of injuries involved, circumstances of the accident, limits on insurance coverage, among other things. But to ease your mind, Pipas Law’s personal injury attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. That means we don’t get paid unless we win your case.
If you or someone you love has sustained personal injuries in Florida that resulted from someone else’s negligence, the law may entitle you to recover monetary compensation. Don’t let a simple accident inconvenience your life. Personal injury cases can be long and complex, however, with a skilled litigation attorney by your side, you can recover and get your life back on track.
Filing a Claim for Personal Injuries
In Florida personal injury cases, we do not automatically file a lawsuit. The first step for an accident victim is to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance. The first step we take is to negotiate with the at-fault driver’s insurance company on notice of a potential lawsuit.
Once a claim is filed and the injured plaintiff finishes all medical treatment and therapy, the plaintiff’s (or accident victim’s) attorney will then make a request for all medical records and bills from the plaintiff’s various treatment providers.
Personal Injury Demand Packages
After the plaintiff has finished treatment for all of the injuries you sustained in your accident, and once all treatment medical records and bills have been received, a Florida personal injury attorney will usually create a letter of introduction in addition to a settlement demand package and send it to the claims adjuster who handles the case for the insurance company. In serious cases, the attorney may make a demand for the insurance policy’s limits, which could potentially result in the highest monetary value. But in any case, the attorney will generally ask for the amount of money that the client deserves for what they have suffered.
Personal injury settlement offers
There is a chance that the at-fault’s insurance company acknowledges the injuries and accepts payment is inorder, the accident victim can expect an initial settlement offer for their case. Most often, the initial settlement offer just gets the two parties talking, but most often these offers are consistently low.
After the adjuster makes an initial settlement offer, the plaintiff’s attorney will most likely make a counter-demand that will be lower than the initial demand, knowing that the insurance company did not agree with the initial demand. There will then be negotiations between the plaintiff’s attorney and the insurance adjuster that typically go back and forth until the parties reach an agreement to settle (or the parties reach an impasse).The length of settlement negotiations canary from a few weeks to many months, depending on the nature of the injuries and the complexity of the case.
If the at-fault insurance company and the injured plaintiff do not agree with a settlement, then the injured plaintiff can file and litigate a lawsuit in the Florida court system with their personal injury attorney. That means– a jury trial is in order.
In a nutshell…
The Florida personal injury attorneys at Pipas Law Group can help to streamline the tiresome personal injury process for you and may be able bring your case to a favorable resolution via settlement, alternative dispute resolution or even trial.
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