If you or a loved one has sustained an injury, you have a lot to think about. How will you pay for medical care? Therapy? Lost wages? In so many situations, victims must dedicate time to everything except focusing on their own recovery.
The reason that you can receive monetary compensation for a personal injury is that the law states that any innocent person shouldn’t be made to pay for someone else’s negligence or misconduct. The experienced attorney of Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. offer the following information about personal injury law to help injury victims understand the importance of pursuing justice and compensation for their injuries.
At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., our attorney feels that his job is to shoulder some of the burden to allow our clients the time and energy to heal. We do this by holding the responsible party accountable and fighting to get maximum compensation for every client.
We may be able to help you if you have been injured. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.
Setting You Up for Success
We work tirelessly to ensure that the cases we take on are given the greatest chance of success that our firm can give them. In order to keep clients well-informed on the progress of their case, we schedule regular meetings in which we sit down and discuss how things are going and decide together on next steps. We pride ourselves on providing sound, objective advice and using it to make beneficial legal decisions together.
Types of Compensation
Injury victims are entitled to compensation for a variety of different types of physical, psychological, and financial losses in a personal injury case, including:
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Loss of wages now and in the future
- Incursion of medical bills
- Death of a family member
- Disfigurement or scarring
- Loss of companionship in a marital relationship
- Ripple effect
We help clients fight for compensation for a number of different circumstances, including:
Slip & Fall Accidents
Neck & Back Injuries
Imagine being involved in an accident. You gather the right information, take pictures of the scene, and do everything you feel is necessary after an accident. Unfortunately, you go to file a claim with the insurance company, but your claim is disputed.
This is a situation that happens often, and it generally stems from the insurance company’s desire to pay out as little as possible to the injured party, regardless of whether their policyholder was negligent and has the coverage necessary to pay out these claims.
As a result, you may receive a settlement offer from the insurance company that is inadequate for the damages you sustained. This makes it critical to hire a lawyer to help when it comes to pursuing a lawsuit against the negligent party.
A Lawyer Has Access to Resources to Help Your Case
When it comes to pursuing a personal injury claim against someone who caused you harm, there are a number of factors that need to be considered to prove that negligence existed.
Liability typically relies on four underlying factors, including:
- A duty of care: It must be shown that the negligent driver owed you a reasonable duty of care.
- A breach in the duty of care: It must be shown that the driver breached that duty of care by acting in a reckless manner (e.g., drinking and driving, distracted driving, etc.)
- A breach led to an accident: It must be shown that the breach in the duty of care directly resulted in an accident.
- An accident led to the injury: It must be shown that the injury sustained was a direct result of the accident.
In order to prove these things, certain resources are needed. For instance, a lawyer can help you obtain medical records proving the injury, as well as accident reports detailing that the defendant was negligent in their actions and caused the accident.
Having a lawyer also means having access to:
- Expert witnesses,
- Medical professionals
- Accident reconstructionists
- And more
This can help you build a strong case moving forward.
The first question most people ask an attorney is, “How much is my case worth?” The answer, however, is not as easy as you may think. The circumstances surrounding your injury, the extent of your physical and emotional suffering, and the amount of financial losses from medical bills, lost wages, and other costs you've incurred as a result of the injury all play a part in calculating the amount of damages you will be able to seek in your case.
The experienced attorney at Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. is familiar with the many types of damages that can be sought in accident injury cases.
When it comes to assessing the types of personal injury damages that are available in your case, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney.
Depending on the type of accident injury you sustained, you may be able to recover money for all of the following:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced earning potential in the future
- Physical disability/disfigurement
An attorney from our firm can help you accurately calculate all the physical, psychological, and financial damages you have sustained to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
To discuss the types of personal injury damages available in your case, call us at (850) 629-7226 today.
Hiring a Tallahassee Personal Injury Lawyer
Working with a lawyer is important if you are injured in any type of accident. Here are some preliminary steps that you need to go through when looking for and hiring a qualified attorney to help you.
Have an Initial Consultation
Most personal injury attorneys will want to sit down with you for an initial consultation. Make sure you take full advantage of this. It might even be best to prepare some questions that you want to ask your attorney. From there, your lawyer can help you determine what your approach should be and what your best options are.
Shapiro Law Firm, P.A. has much to offer prospective clients, such as:
- Free initial consultation
- After-hours, home, and hospital appointments, as necessary
- Over 25 years of experience
- You don't pay until we win!
Review Their Experience
You want to make sure that you are working with a lawyer who is qualified and has very specific and relevant experience. After reviewing your case details, your lawyer should be able to cite specific examples of when they worked with a client or multiple clients in similar situations.
Know Whether You Should File Suit
There may be instances where filing a lawsuit is not your best option. There may be another way to go about getting the financial compensation you deserve. A personal injury lawyer will always be able to tell you whether your case is worth fighting. In some cases, the costs to you will be too extensive, while in other cases, the fight is very likely to be worth it. An attorney is the best person to identify weaknesses in your case and come up with a winning strategy.
Far too often, insurance companies are looking out for their own profits. They’re not looking to help injured individuals with rightful payouts. Instead, they offer low settlements in hopes of avoiding long, contentious court proceedings.
Should you decline to accept this offer and go to trial, the insurance company often tries to use their large legal teams in an attempt to turn the case around and put the fault on you. This is a violation of your rights as an injured individual, and you deserve the right to protect your best interests.
Hiring a lawyer helps you combat the tactics often used by insurance companies and can position you in a manner that focuses on helping you succeed. You can feel confidence knowing that you have a legal advocate in your corner prepared to stand up for what’s right for you.
At Shapiro Law Firm, P.A., our clients are our top priority. Negligent parties should be held fully accountable when they cause harm. For you, this means seeking the justice and compensation necessary following a serious injury caused by someone else’s reckless actions.
Our attorney stands by your side and helps you recognize your rights and legal options every step of the way. You can have someone dedicated to your needs and trust that we are looking to help you obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury as a result of negligence, we’re ready to speak with you about your case. We bring knowledge, experience, and skill to your corner. You can count on us to help you when you need us most.
Personal injury is our exclusive area of concentration. We know the laws in this field inside and out and are able to use this knowledge to the advantage of our clients. If necessary, clients can schedule appointments after normal business hours, or even at their home or hospital. We go above and beyond for our clients! Our initial consultation is free, and you don’t pay us a dime until we have won your case; you have nothing to lose.