At the Jacksonville, Florida law firm of Edwards & Ragatz, P.A., our experienced trial attorneys have been arguing cases for more than 20 years. We know exactly what it takes to build a strong case and how to present in a manner that best serves our clients. We regularly represent individuals and businesses in all areas of litigation, including:
- Personal Injury
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Business Tort
Personal Injury Litigation in Florida
People are injured or killed in accidents every day. Sometimes these accidents are caused by the negligent behavior of another person or entity. If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A. can help you collect the damages you deserve in cases involving:
- Auto accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls (premises liability)
- Nursing home negligence
- Products liability
- Wrongful death
- Medical Malpractice
How to Make Your Case
When you are injured, your first thought is probably not about a lawsuit; that usually does not come until much later. Your first thought is about your health and/or your family. However, by the time you get around to thinking about a lawsuit and/or an attorney, so much opportunity to help your case has been lost. Here are a few things you might want to do right after you are injured to help create the best possible case for you to pass on to your attorney.
- Document everything: If you have not already done so, sit down and write out everything that happened right around your injury. No detail is too small! Don’t worry about grammar or spelling; this is just getting all the facts committed to paper, so that you don’t have to just rely on your memory later on.
- Take Photos: Photos are inexpensive ways to preserve facts for future use; take pictures from many different distances and angles. Nothing captures the scene of a wreck like a camera shot showing the pieces of a cars strewn in an intersection. Words cannot capture the distress of seeing a child laying in a hospital bed, hooked up to a ventilator and clinging to life. No description on a medical note can accurately describe a bed sore like a photograph.
- Keep A Journal: You may have a present memory of a particularly painful day that will be difficult to recall if not written down right away. There is a difference between telling a jury that you missed out on spending time with your children and being able to bring in a journal showing that your children had five plays and 10 soccer games that you could not go to because you were laid up in pain.
- Make A Witness List: Keep a list of people who might know something about your injuries and recovery. As you do this, put down their names, addresses, phone numbers, and what they might know.
Proving Negligence is Not Always Easy, But It is Necessary
The state of Florida requires plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits to prove that the person who caused the injury was negligent. You must demonstrate that the defendant:
- Owed a duty of care to you
- Failed to carry out the duty they owed to you
- Caused your injury by failing to carry out the duty they owed you
If your own carelessness contributed to your injury, Florida’s comparative negligence law allows for the amount you recover to be reduced in proportion to your carelessness. If the court finds that your recklessness contributed more to your accident than the other person, you will not recover any compensation.
A knowledgeable and experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can help you collect the monetary damages to which you are entitled. This may include compensation for:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses
- Time lost from work, including time spent at medical appointments
- Any property damaged in your accident
- Any permanent disfigurement or disability
- Loss of future earnings
- Your emotional distress, including anxiety, depression, and any interference with your family relationship
- Any other expenses directly resulting from your injury
Complete the Following Forms to Help Expedite Your Claim
- Client Information & Interview Form
- Authorization for Release of Medical Information
- Authorization for Release of Employment Records
- Medical Providers List
We know you have questions. We will do our best to provide the answers. If you can’t find the information you need, contact our office today.