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People in Jacksonville and throughout Florida rely on the attorneys at Edwards and Ragatz, P.A. for aggressive representation of their rights.  Whether you are involved in a business dispute or injured in an accident, we will provide the diligent advocacy that you need.  If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment, please fill out and submit the intake form below, or call our office.

Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.

4401 Salisbury Road, Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL 32216

Phone: 904-454-5005

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Personal Injury Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

It’s hard to deal with being injured. It can be even harder to deal with being injured if you’ve been hurt by someone who was acting negligently. Being hurt in a personal injury case can have serious ramifications for you. You might be feeling like you cannot enjoy life like you used to because of the pain you are in. You may be swamped with medical bills and are taking a hit financially if you are missing time at work. All of these things together make for a highly stressful situation. That is where we come in to help. We work to protect your rights to full and fair compensation for your injuries, losses, and damages. Learn more about your personal injury case here, then give our office a call to set up a free case evaluation.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

There are several different types of personal injury cases that we cover. Each type requires Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who is specialized in that area of practice. We have successfully covered the following personal injury cases:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip and falls
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Boating Accidents
  • Medical malpractice

As mentioned, these accidents are all very different. You want to make sure that, when you hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, they have handled cases like yours. Each type of accident has its own hosts of injuries, evidence to collect, and liable party’s insurance company to deal with.

Statutes of Limitation

The statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you have to file your personal injury case. These personal injury cases can vary in amounts of time you have. For instance you may not have as much time for a medical malpractice case or an accident with a municipality. Generally speaking, however, you will have four years to bring your case. The best thing you can do for your case is hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away so you do not have to worry about cutting it close to the time limitations. Your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL will make sure all of your evidence is collected, your witnesses have been spoken to, and your medical treatment is being completed all the while making sure you are adhering to the time constraints.

How Compensation Works

In Jacksonville, FL, we follow the pure comparative negligence rules. That means you will be able to receive compensation even when the accident that injured you was partially your fault. You can collect compensation even if you are found to be 99% at fault. The only way you will be barred from collection compensation is if you are deemed to be 100% at fault for the accident. The way fault works is, when you are deemed to be partially at fault, then you will have a reduced compensation award. For example, if slip and fall is the personal injury that you are filing for, and you were distracted on your phone when you slipped in a puddle at a store, you may be deemed 10% at fault for your injuries. If you were compensated $10,000, you would have a 10% reduction in compensation making your reward $9,000. Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL work hard to keep the insurance companies from blaming you for the accident so that you can receive full compensation.

Talking to the Insurance Company

The absolute worse thing you can do for your case is give a recorded statement to the liable party’s insurance company. They are trained to ask you questions that will force you to answer in a way that is unfavorable to your case. Their goal is to reduce the amount of compensation they owe you or throw out your claim altogether. What you should do is let them know that they can get into contact with your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who will be taking over all communication. You don’t want to let them back you into a corner and ruin your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Find the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

Potential clients regularly come in with questions about how they should select their lawyer for a personal injury case. There are a number of resources you can go to. You want to look into the attorney’s background, training, qualification, and achievements. In the personal injury field, the lawyer’s level of experience and actual results in trial are going to impact how seriously the defense takes you.

Insurance carriers and large corporations know who the good lawyers are and who regularly obtains great results in trial. In our firm, we’ve had some of the top results in the nation. We’ve had top 100 verdicts on multiple occasions at this firm.

Board certification is also one of the things you want to look for. Board certification is both a state and national standard where a lawyer has to go through a process of submitting a list of their trials that have gone through verdict, along with passing a written test. A lawyer that is Board-certified has received this recognition after being vetted through a Board Committee.

In addition to that, you want to look for Best Lawyers in America, a national vetting organization. A Tier 1 rating is considered the top rating awarded by Best Lawyers in America. It is something that is voted on by people throughout the region: lawyers, judges and others. The Tier 1 rating means that law firm has been rated one of the top firms in the region in that area of practice. Our firm has a Tier 1 rating in both personal injury and medical malpractice.

At our firm, I’ve been selected as the top lawyer in the field for both personal injury and medical malpractice multiple times over the last decade.

Can We Avoid Going to Trial?

A client just recently told me that they wanted to avoid going to trial for their personal injury case. They did not want to be in a court room in front of a judge and a jury. Here’s the advice that I gave them. The best way to avoid a trial is number one, to ensure that the other side never knows that you’re afraid to go to trial. Number two, to prepare your case as if it is going to go to trial and to ensure that we’ve put pieces in place that make the other side scared to go to trial.

Both sides approach these things by looking for leverage points. If a qualified defense lawyer who knows what they’re doing detects that you’re scared to go to trial, then they’re going to try to force you to take a minimal settlement, or they’ll try to force you to walk away and not to go to court.

The reality is the other side needs to understand that you are willing to go to trial from day one, and that you want to go to trial from day one, whether that’s true or not. They need to understand that the lawyers that you’ve got know how to try a case, are successful in trying cases, and will take your case to trial no matter what. This will start forcing them to put settlement offers on the table. It is your decision as to whether or not to take any given settlement offer. A lawyer is not allowed to make those decisions without your input. If the other side makes an offer and you instruct your lawyer to take it, they’re ethically obligated to take it, upon your instruction and full advice.

No lawyer can ever force you to go to trial. You’ve got the right to drop a lawsuit if you choose to. The lawyer should advise you what consequences there are with that. You’re also allowed to take any settlement offer that’s made. No lawyer can prevent you from doing that. What I advise every client is the most effective way to get a reasonable and fair offer put on the table is to convince the other side that you’re prepared to go to trial no matter what, and then for us to work that case up to where they understand what the risk is that they’ve got if they force it in front of a jury.

Can I Recover for My Emotional Damages?

Oftentimes, our clients ask if they can recover for their emotional damages. The answer is yes, that is truly what these cases come down to. Medical bills are easy to calculate. The human impact that these cases have on our client is what we will negotiate with the other side. For instance, not being able to spend time with their child or spouse is what we call the human impact. With a human component of these cases, it’s incalculable. You can’t recover it and you need a strong advocate to be able to explain that for you.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

One of the things we’re asked by personal injury clients is whether their case is going to go to trial. The answer to that question is it’s your choice. Clients make the decisions as to whether or not to settle cases, not lawyers. Any lawyer that makes those decision for you isn’t meeting their ethical responsibility.

In every case, I advise clients that if they’re not prepared to go to trial, they shouldn’t start the case at the outset. Sometimes, clients think that is something harsh for me to say, but it’s the reality of how the system works. If you’re not prepared to take the case to the end, and the other side detects any vulnerability on your part, then they’re going to exploit it.

Insurance carriers and large corporations are not there to be your friend. They’re tough and if they detect any lack of willingness to take the case all the way through a trial, then they’re going to start pushing you and they’re going to push you into a corner and pay you minimal dollars.

We prepare every case as if it’s going to go to trial because that’s the only way the other side takes you seriously. By getting every case prepared as if it’s going to trial, the other side is more likely to come with a reasonable settlement offer. The instances they don’t, we’ve taken them to trial and we’ve got great results.

It’s your decision whether any case goes to trial. It’s your decision to accept any settlement. We are obligated under the law to convey every offer to you and to allow you to make the decision, not us.

Who Pays My Medical Bills?

I regularly have personal injury clients ask me whether there’s a minimum amount of medical bills that they have to have for the case to be worth something. The answer to that is no. From a legal standpoint, there is no minimum. There are some practical realities of every case, however. There are some cases that can be driven by something other than bills. Examples of that might be a nursing home case where someone’s been abused and there aren’t huge bills associated with it, but the abuse is something that is compelling to a jury.

The purpose of the case is not to pay us, it’s to ensure that the client gets something that compensates them for their losses. When we have cases where there are very small bills, sometimes we have to sit down with the client and explain to them that the size of the case is not going to be worth the time and effort you’re going to put into it.

Medical bills typically get paid by insurance carriers, or Medicare/Medicaid. Some people pay them out of pocket but that’s relatively unusual. When we have cases, the lien holders are sitting at the table with us as a matter of law. The law provides that they’re required to pay your bills and they don’t get to walk away from your cases because someone else hurt you. By law, they then have a right to share in some of the recovery to help reimburse some of the losses from the bills.

The goal in every case is for us to achieve a large enough result where we’re able to pay those lien holders and still pay you and make you satisfied with what happened in your case. Part of our responsibility as lawyers is to sit down at various benchmarks during the case and talk to you about whether we think the case is going to be productive or not. That’s not only our goal, it’s our responsibility.

How Long Will This Case Take?

I’m frequently asked how long it takes to resolve personal injury cases in Jacksonville, FL. A responsible lawyer can’t give that answer right away. There are a number of things that factor into it.

Every case is different, and every case must be worked up properly. The injuries have to reach a stable point, meaning the doctors have to agree the injuries have reached maximum medical improvement. We need time to gather the medical records, investigate, talk to doctors, and analyze the liability in the case.

In an automobile or trucking accident case, that means potentially getting an accident reconstructionist involved. We need to get photographs. We need to interview the witnesses from the scene. We then have to put together a picture of who was at fault. In a medical malpractice or nursing home case, we have to hire experts who are going to be able to talk to us about the medical problem at issue and what the cause of the damage was in the case.

The goal of a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida is to finish it in 18 months. That doesn’t always happen. Complex cases take longer. If you’re in the products liability, medical malpractice, nursing home and other complex areas, it’s probably going to take longer.

There is no magic answer. We tell every client you need to treat this case as if it is going to go all the way to the end, through a trial. If we’re able to get a result achieved early that you’re satisfied with, then we’ll all be happy.

What if I Have a Pre-existing Condition?

In a lot of personal injury cases, we are asked whether a pre-existing condition impacts the value of a personal injury case. The answer is maybe, but not as frequently as the defense attorneys and adjusters will argue. A pre-existing condition is much different than a pre-existing symptom.

If there are pre-existing symptoms before the accident, then we go in great depth and detail into the records, to see exactly what those symptoms were, how long they lasted, what the gap was between the last time one had those types of complaints and then we show the difference or how that symptom was aggravated by the accident that we’re addressing.

What Does a Good Witness Do for My Case?

Clients ask us about the role of expert witnesses because it is a tremendous expense in any type of personal injury case and very, very important. For instance, in a medical practice case, Jacksonville, FL law requires an expert witness to review all the relevant records and give an affidavit stating that there has been malpractice before we can even begin the lawsuit.

In a motor vehicle case or motor vehicle collision, we may need an expert witness for some type of specialized knowledge on either recreating an accident, putting together an economic report, and computing the present value of one’s damages. Expert witnesses are tremendously important and have tremendously important roles in these types of cases.

Should I Take a First Settlement Offer?

We’re often asked if you should take the insurance company’s initial offer once you’ve been injured in an accident. My recommendation is always a hard no to that question. There are many things that come into play in personal injury accidents. Most importantly, you may not know the extent of your injuries for quite some time until after the accident has occurred. I tell everyone to go see your doctor immediately and contact a lawyer as soon as you’re injured to let them guide you through the case.

Oftentimes, your damages are more severe than you initially know. If you’ve settled for that lowball first offer, you’re not going to be able to go back against the at-fault party again for further damages.

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

We’re almost always asked by our clients if it’s possible that there will be an amicable or agreed-upon settlement before a jury trial. The answer is yes, but we’re very careful to make sure that we get the full value of one’s case. If the other side eventually does what’s right, through our advocating the case, and puts a fair and reasonable offer on it, then it can resolve short of a jury trial. If they don’t, we have the knowledge and the resources to take it to a jury trial, and that’s what we do at Edwards & Ragatz.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

If you have been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence, please do not hesitate to call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. We will support you through every step of the way to make sure you are protected and have the best chance at full compensation. We will go over the details of your personal injury case during our first meeting. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

Car Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

You have probably found your way to this page if you have been involved in a car accident. There is nothing quite a car accident. It is loud, frightening, and often ends in injury. Your life might have turned on its head after your car accident. You may be swamped with unexpected medical bills, are missing time and wages from work, and perhaps are unable to enjoy your life like you used to before you were injured.

Types of Car Accident Injuries

When you are in a car accident, there are several things that could happen to you that would require medical treatment and therefore warrant you filing a car accident case. The most common types of car accident injuries include:

  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Concussions or contusions
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Back or neck injury
  • Internal organ damage

The most important thing you can do for yourself after a car accident is seeking medical treatment. You want your injuries to be checked out as soon as possible so that you can get on the path of recovery. Also, if you do not seek medical attention right away, then you will have the insurance company claiming that you are not as injured as you claim to be. They will then try to throw out your case. You should never wait to see a doctor if you are in pain. Even right after the accident, it may be wise to go even if you only think you have minor injuries. They may turn into something worse down the line.

Statutes of Limitation in Jacksonville, FL

The statute of limitations is the amount of time you are allotted to bring your car accident case in civil court. Jacksonville, FL allows exactly four years from the date of the accident to get this case brought or filed. You may think that four years leaves you plenty of time to talk to Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, but truthfully, it is not the case. When you are in a car accident, there is evidence at the scene of the crash, you will have injuries that need tending to, and there are witnesses who have key information. If you wait, for example, two years to even call that Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, your evidence is gone and your witnesses might have forgotten details that are going to help you win full and fair compensation for your injuries. That is why we encourage you to call our office right away and we can get to working for you right away.

How Compensation Works

Compensation is determined by the severity of your injuries. Typically speaking, the worse your injuries are, the more you will be compensated. What also goes into determining how much you will be compensated is the amount of time you will be affected by your injuries, if you will need future medical treatment, if you need surgery, and factors such as those.

What you should also be aware of Florida’s pure comparative negligence rules. This has to do with shared fault for the car accident. If you were obeying all traffic laws, and someone smashed into you, odds are you won’t share fault. If you were at all responsible for the accident, say you were speeding when you were t-boned, then you would be deemed a certain percent of fault. When you are partially responsible, you will have a reduced compensation award. The only way to get completely barred from compensation is if you are deemed 100% at fault for your accident. The way partial fault works is as such: if you were found to be 20% at fault for your car accident, and you were awarded $100,000 for your damages, then it would be reduced to $80,000. That is why we will work hard to keep the insurance company from blaming you for an accident.

Avoiding Talking to the Insurance Company

If you want to protect your right to full compensation, the one thing you should avoid at all costs is talking to the insurance company representing the person who hit you. They will be reaching out to you after your car accident, perhaps while you’re still in the hospital, and they will ask for a recorded statement. These recorded statements are designed to help them reduce their responsibility to you or allow them to throw out your claim altogether. When they come calling, you have no legal obligation to talk to them or give them a recorded statement. We suggest you hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away and have them take over all communication.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL at Edwards & Ragatz to set up a free case evaluation. We will work tirelessly to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Find the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I had a client come in asking how to select the best car accident Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. The Florida Bar has a spot on their website that talks about how to select attorneys, but there’s some fundamentals to it. Today, you can go on people’s websites and you can find out a lot about them. One of the things to look for is if they’re board-certified.

Board certification is a preset program that’s overseen by the Bar, in which Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL have to have a certain number of trials before they’re allowed to become board-certified, and the committee that oversees it then interviews judges and lawyers that were against them to determine whether or not they’re truly competent in that area. They must then pass a written test, as well as submitting a list of all their trials that they can document.

There are some other accolades and recognitions that are out there that are very important and help to set apart some lawyers even from those that are board-certified, and they include things like Best Lawyers in America. On our website, we’ve been Best Lawyers in America for numerous years and the law firm is ranked as tier one, which is the highest tier that can be obtained, and we have that tier at multiple levels. Best Lawyers in America picks an individual lawyer in different regions of each state and identifies them as the top person in the practice, and I’ve had that designation in two different areas – medical malpractice and personal injury – multiple times.

You should also look for other accolades, such as American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and International Barristers. Those are very select lawyers who are recognized for their trial practice, as is ABOTA, which is the American Board of Trial Advocates, and people only get into that if they’ve tried a certain number of cases and are then selected by their peers in the community. Those are ways to pick the best Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL for your case.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

One of the things I like to talk to my automobile accident clients about is mistakes they can avoid making during their case. One of the biggest mistakes is not getting medical treatment immediately after an accident. If there’s a big delay, then the insurance defense lawyers are going to claim that you’re not seriously injured.

The other big problem that happens right away is the insurance carrier calls the client to interview them. Interviewing with an insurance adjuster or an insurance defense lawyer without legal advice is a mistake. You do not want to interview with someone from the other side prior to talking to Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. You’re legally obligated to talk to the police officers, deputy sheriff or highway patrolman at the scene, but in most instances those are privileged conversations that are protected, whereas talking to an insurance adjuster or even the person that you were in the accident with is not protected and isn’t recommended.

One of the other areas we get into is people that miss appointments and don’t otherwise follow medical advice. If you’re not hurt badly enough to go to your appointments, then the defense attorney is going to say that you must not have been hurting very badly. That really injures the value of the claim. Those are some of the major mistakes that can really damage a claim irreparably.

What Do I Do After a Car Accident?

Oftentimes, clients will call us asking what they should do immediately following a car accident. First and foremost, we want a client to take care of their health and medical condition, which is always the top priority. There are certain things that need to be preserved, from an evidence perspective, that will either change, disappear or go away – photographs of the vehicle that are damaged, seat belt marks, bruises, contusions, and wounds – so preserve or write down witnesses’ names and contact information.

We would then have our investigators immediately contact the witnesses. Oftentimes memories fade and people’s willingness to cooperate changes as time goes on. Lastly, when someone takes care of their health, first and foremost, contact Edwards & Ragatz and we’ll take it from there.

How Much is My Case Worth?

In my first meeting with automobile accident clients, their first question is, “What do you think my case is worth?” The reality is, any quality lawyer is going to tell you they don’t know. There will come a point in your case where I will make recommendations as to what I think reasonable values of your case are but telling you what a case is worth at the very beginning is irresponsible. You don’t know all the facts and it’s like asking a doctor to tell you how a surgery is going to come out before they’ve even examined you.

A lawyer has a responsibility to investigate the facts, find out what witnesses are going to say and, equally important, talk to your doctors, gather your medical records and let your injury stabilize and reach a point where it’s reached maximum medical improvement. We then need to look at the amount of your medical bills and the strength of the liability, whether there is more than one person at fault, and what the amount of insurance coverage is.

All those things factor into the value of a case, so until that type of background work and research is done, a lawyer can’t give you good advice. They have a responsibility to give you good advice and to give you ranges as to what they think the case is worth. Until those things are properly done, you shouldn’t give a person a value.

Who Pays My Medical Bills?

When injured clients contact us, they want to know how their medical bills get handled. That is part of the claim that we make for the at-fault party that caused your injuries. We will make a claim against them and any involved insurance company on their side to fully reimburse you for your medical expenses. Not only for what you’ve been through, which is relatively easy to calculate, but the expenses that you’re going to need for the remainder of your life.

We spend significant time and resources to speak to your doctors so we know the full extent of your medical needs, and we then hold the other side accountable for every penny.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

In almost every car accident case that we get our client will ask us, “I’ve gotten a call from an insurance adjuster; should I call them back and talk to them?” The answer is no. Speak to Edwards & Ragatz first and we’ll walk you through the statements. You are not required to cooperate with the other person’s insurance company, and we almost always advise our clients not to give those statements. You are required, under certain circumstances, to cooperate with your own insurance company, but you have the right to have time to contact us first so that we can speak with you about what the types of questions will be, and we’ll be at your side when you give that mandatory statement.

How Long Will My Case Take?

Clients always ask how long their case is going to take. The real answer is that we don’t know. We can give you some general parameters. The national statistics are that the average automobile accident case takes about 18 months once it’s filed in court.

Some cases take longer, and some resolve a lot faster. We can’t start a case in court until certain things happen, so there’s always a lead-up time before we can even start the court proceedings. One of the most important parts of that is if you’ve reached maximum medical improvement. If your injury isn’t stabilized, we don’t want to start your case because we don’t know yet what your total damages are, and we can be put in a position of selling you short and not handling your case properly.

Every case is different, so don’t get locked into any individual time frame. It’s going to depend on how your case develops and how the adjusters and defense attorneys on the other side handle it. Some are notorious for dragging them out, and others are good about coming to the table early and trying to resolve them reasonably. Don’t think that there’s any magic formula for how quickly it will resolve.

What If an Uninsured Driver Hits Me?

In car accident cases, our clients ask us about what happens if the negligent driver doesn’t have insurance. Unfortunately, in the state of Florida, that is not an uncommon scenario. A lot of drivers are either uninsured or underinsured, and oftentimes people buy that type of insurance for that very scenario, where your own insurance company may have to pay for their damages. When you call Edwards & Ragatz, we get all the involved insurance policies and we put them under a microscope to see what is applicable to your claim.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, please don’t hesitate to call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to set up a free case evaluation. We will work tirelessly to get you the fullest and fairest amount of compensation possible.

Bicycle Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Bicycle rides are great for a lot of things. You can get exercise, you can get from point A to point B without paying for gas, and it can simply just be an enjoyable thing. It abruptly loses its appeal when you are involved in a serious accident. These accidents are unfortunately common and we see clients frequently who are seeking compensation from the liable party’s insurance company. We dedicate our practice to helping victims such as yourself get the best possible result. We take the weight of the legal side of your accident off of your shoulders so that you can focus primarily on getting healthy. After you read a little bit about your case, then please call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL at Edwards & Ragatz to set up your free case evaluation.

How Bicycle Accident Compensation Works

Jacksonville, FL follows the rules of pure comparative negligence which has to do with shared fault in an accident. If for some reason you are deemed to be at fault, know that you are allowed to collect your compensation award if you are 0-99% at fault for your accident. If you are 100% at fault, then you would be barred from receiving compensation. If you are less than 100% at fault, you will have your award reduce to account for that fault. For example, if you have been awarded $100,000 for your injuries and damages, but you have also been deemed 20% liable for the accident for something you did wrong, then you would be able to collect $80,000.

First Steps After Your Bicycle Accident

Right after your accident, there is one thing that is more important than anything else, and that is your health. You want to prioritize yourself and your well being over anything else. There will be other things to do on the scene, but if you are physically unable to, it is best advised for you to get on the ambulance and be taken to the emergency room. There is no benefit to waiting to get medical attention. You have a huge chance of worsening your injuries if you are not getting it treated. You also run the risk of having the insurance company claim you are not badly enough injured to receive compensation because you waited to get your treatment. They also might try to throw out your case by claiming that your injuries came from something after your bicycle accident.

Types of Bicycle Accident Injuries

There are many different types of bicycle accident injuries and all of them have the potential to turn your life upside down. You may be suffering these injuries for a brief period of time and have no trouble healing, or you will be spending decades trying to fulling recover. Generally speaking, the worse your injuries are, the more compensation you get. Specifically, the amount of compensation you get breaks down into factors suck as treatment needed, length of recovery, future medical needs, and how the injuries have affect your life. The more severe types of bicycle accident injuries include:

  • Amputation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Nerve damage
  • Paralysis

The most common injuries include:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Road rash
  • Concussion or contusion
  • Hand injuries
  • Dislocations

Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company

The very worst thing you can do for your bicycle accident case would be taking a call from the liable party’s insurance company and giving them a recorded statement. You have no legal obligation to answer questions from the insurance company of the person who caused your accident. They will call you shortly after your accident and try to convince you to give them a recorded statement in which they will ask you questions that will back you into a corner and force you to answer in ways that would negatively affect your case. We highly suggest not answering their calls. As your team of Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, we will take over the job of talking to the insurance company for you so that you can avoid saying the wrong thing.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Find the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

A potential client called me wanting to know the most important things when trying to effectively select Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL for a bicycle accident claim, and some of the things that she should look out for, not only at our firm but if she decided to call other firms. I told her one of the most important things for her to ask is who handles your case – do you have the same people that handle your case from start to finish?

What sets us apart from other firms is from the time you walk in and retain us as your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, you have the same Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL that work on your case from start to finish. That effectively creates a relationship where we can effectively negotiate the value of your case with the other side. We have created the relationships so we know how the injuries have affected you at work, at home, with your family, and how it has really turned your life upside down. If you have multiple attorneys, it doesn’t go off as good with the other side as far as being able to effectively negotiate.

Some of the other things to look at are we have in-house nurses here at our firm that are able to read your medical records, differentiate the type of injuries you have, and potentially see where your treatment might go in the future. We have really good relationships with a lot of physicians here in town, where we’re able to sit down with them and get a better idea of what your type of injuries are and what type of treatment you need in the future.

How Is My Case Different Than a Car Accident?

The other day we had a client call in and he was in a very significant bicycle accident. He wanted to know how his accident differed from a car accident. The first thing that I told him right off the bat is his case was different because he was more significantly injured, and that’s because he did not have the benefit of a car to protect him. The next thing that I told him is that, oftentimes, bicyclists think that they’re at fault for the accident even when they’re not. The reason they feel that way is society has created a stigma where if a bicyclist is riding in the roadway, they think that person must be at fault if there is an accident. That is not the case.

There are laws in the state of Florida that protect bicyclists and pedestrians. There are different laws for motor vehicle traffic. You, as a bicyclist, have the right to enjoy the roadways of the state of Florida if you are following the statutes, and most bicyclists are, so that is the primary difference. You do not have to feel like you’re at fault. There are ways to get around that, and oftentimes you’re not at fault. It takes Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who knows the statutes and can navigate these bicyclist cases all the way through trial if needed.

How Much is My Case Worth?

One of my clients called me the other day after a bicycle accident injury. He had gotten hit by a car on his way to school, and he asked me, “What is the value of my case?” I told him that some of the tools we use in valuing the case is the extent of your injuries and what type of injuries you have. Also, we look at the actual impact of the accident and what type of pain and suffering occurred as a result.

Another big factor we look at is how much your medical bills are – from the past to what you’re being treated for right now, and also your potential future medical bills. We get those numbers from the physician that you’re treating with. Once we have a better knowledge of all of those type of components, we’re able to put a value and, ultimately, talk with our client to agree on a number. We then negotiate off of that with the other sides to potentially settle your case or go to trial.

How Long Will This Case Take?

I had one of my clients, who was hit by a car while riding a bike, call me the other day asking how long it was going to take until we would start talking about paying her medical bills and getting some type of compensation for her pain and suffering. As I told her, it depends on the full extent of her injuries.

A lot of times, early after an accident, we don’t know the full extent of the injuries. We highly encourage our clients to focus on treatment, focus on complying with doctor’s requests, and to get as much treatment as possible and as much treatment as needed until we have our clients at a place that’s called maximum medical improvement, where you are as improved as you’re going to get from treatment. That is our cue to start negotiating with the other side on a value of your case to see if we can potentially settle it or if we have to go to trial.

What If I’m Partially at Fault?

The other day I had a client call who was in a very significant bicycle accident, and their question to me was, “I think I might have been partially responsible for the accident. Do I still have a claim?” Once we got into the facts, the answer was a definitive yes. You can still have a claim even if you’re partially at-fault. The very nature of the word partially means someone else is at fault too. You can absolutely maintain a claim for that.

What I found out is people who think that they are partly responsible for their injury or for their accident, oftentimes, when you dig into the facts, that’s not the case. That person might not be aware of a statute or a rule of law that actually made them in the right. If somebody calls in and wants to know if they have a claim because they’re partially at fault, the thing I tell them is you have to get Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL and let that Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL analyze the facts. More often than not, you will have a claim even if you think you’re at fault.

What if a Pothole Caused My Accident?

The other day I had a client call in wanting to know if he had a claim. His scenario was he was riding his bike down a city road, hit a pothole, and got significantly injured. I told him, “Absolutely, you have a claim!” It was a city road, and you can sue the city because they were responsible for maintaining the pothole. I said the most important thing you have to do in that kind of scenario is get medical treatment to make sure that you’re okay.

Once you get that medical treatment, you have to contact Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL because you have to preserve the evidence that’s at the scene. This includes pictures of the pothole. If the city knows that somebody got injured after they fell into a pothole, the city’s going to immediately go back and try to fill that pothole. You need to get pictures before the evidence is lost or destroyed and, absolutely, you would have a claim in that case.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

When you are severely injured on your bicycle, do not hesitate to call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL for a free case evaluation. We will go over the details of your case to determine what is the best step for you to take legally to get the most possible compensation for your injuries and damages. We are dedicated, experienced, and eager to take on this case for you. Please call us today and we will get working for you right away.

Boat Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Boating is a very relaxing activity to do on a nice day, but when things go awry, it can really mess with your normal daily life. Boating accidents can cause devastating accidents that could leave you in financial ruin. You may have a ton of medical bills. You may be unable to return to work, which will cause you lost wages and make it even harder to pay those unexpected medical bills. After you read up more on your case, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville boat accident lawyers to set up a free case evaluation to go over the details of your accident and your legal options.

Jacksonville, FL Statutes of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the amount of time within you are permitted to bring your boating accident claim to civil court. It is a hard deadline that, when missed, you cannot do anything about. Jacksonville, FL statute of limitations gives four years for personal injury cases including boating accidents to bring your claim in civil court. You should not wait those four years to hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. If you call on the last day of your statute of limitations, you will not be able to successfully bring your case. These take time to build into strong cases and we want to make sure we have plenty of time to do this. We highly encourage you to hire an attorney right away for that reason.

How Compensation Works

We will always be working to get you the most possible amount of compensation, but you should be aware of the Jacksonville, FL pure comparative negligence rules that affect your ability to collect a compensation award when you share fault. The way it goes is if you are deemed from 1-99% at fault for the accident, then you will have a reduced amount of compensation. If you are 100% at fault for your accident, then you are going to be completely barred from receiving compensation. If you are 0% at fault, you will get the full amount of compensation you are rewarded. These percentages are determined by the insurance companies. If you fall in the range of 1-99% at fault, your award will be reduced to reflect your fault. For example, if you are deemed 40% at fault – maybe you were operating the boat at unsafe speeds – and you are awarded $100,000 in injuries, then your award will be reduced to $60,000.

Types of Boating Accident Injuries

Because safety protocol on a boat is more lax than a car, you are prone to more serious injuries when you are in an accident. The most common boating accident injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Head, neck, and back injuries
  • Internal organ damage
  • Concussion or contusion
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage

What you must do after your boating accident is seek medical attention. Whether it be immediately after the accident and you are rushed away on an ambulance, or you go to the emergency room, urgent care, or primary physician after you wait for the authorities to do some information collection. You need to get to the doctor right away so that you are not at risk of worsening your condition. You also should get medical attention immediately because if you wait, the liable party’s insurance company may use that as a reason to claim you were not badly injured enough to require treatment or that your injuries came at a date later than your boating accident.

Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company

If you want to avoid one of the worst things you can do for your case, then do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company. They will be calling you shortly after your boating accident case to see if you are willing to give them a recorded statement. This is not something you care going to be obligated to give. You don’t need to pick up the phone when they call you. The best thing you can do is hand over all communication with the insurance company to your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. They will know how to deal with the questions they have without putting you in the wrong.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I had a client who call me the other day who wanted to know how to best select Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. One of the most important things is to retain an Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who sticks with your case from start to finish. They need to be able to understand the injuries all the way into how it’s affecting your daily life. That Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL can then use that knowledge as an effective negotiating tool when talking to the other side.

Ultimately, if we have to go to trial – and, as trial lawyers, our firm will take it from start to finish – those are the types of things we would talk to a jury about. If you have different Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL that are hopping in and out of your case, they will not have a good understanding or a good relationship to be able to share that story with a potential jury, which we can do here.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

I had a client call me the other day who wanted to know some of the common mistakes that are made in a boating accident case. One of the most important things is that they don’t get treatment for their injuries or they wait to get treatment for their injuries. Days pass before they go to the hospital, before they get evaluated by a doctor, and that becomes a negotiating tool by the other side to argue that you’re not seriously injured.

Another common mistake is that people post information about the accident or what they’ve done after the accident on social media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. When a defense attorney gets notified of a claim, one of the first things they do is get on social media and try to find out any type of information they can about that person. If that person went out and walked on the beach after an accident, they’re going to use that information to say, “Well, that person walked 15 miles that day, so obviously they weren’t injured,” just because there’s a picture on social media. We try to get our clients to temper the amount of information that they’re sharing on social media.

The next thing is to retain an experienced trial lawyer right away who can take your case from beginning to end. Choosing the right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL can help relieve your burden as a client and help you navigate through these potential issues.

How Do I Get Compensation?

I had a client call me the other day who wanted to know what types of damages or recovery are available after a boat accident. When it comes to a boat accident claim, the things that we’re looking at, as far as what can be recovered, are the extent of your injuries, what type of injuries you have, and the medical bills. We’re looking at your past medical bills, the medical bills for what you’re currently treating for and any future medical bills related to the accident. Future medical bills are very important, especially depending on how significant your injuries are.

We take the time to meet with your physicians to get an idea of what those monetary values are. We compile all that information and put a value to it. Once we have that, then we can start the negotiations with the other side to see if we can potentially settle your case or if we have to go trial.

Who is Liable for My Accident?

Living in the state of Florida, boating accidents are a way of life, unfortunately. We often get calls from people who have been in a boating accident and they want to know who can be held accountable for those injuries. One of the first things that I have to do, obviously, is get into the facts because there are a lot of different people that can be liable. Was it a boat-on-boat collision? Was there a dock that was sticking out in the water that caused one boat to swerve and hit another boat? It could be a claim against an adjacent homeowner who owned the dock. It could be a claim that somebody was boating while under the influence.

There could be many different aspects at play, and you need Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who is familiar in all aspects of litigation so they know who to go after to get an insurance disclosure letter out. The attorney will hire an expert to take pictures of the scene and aerial photographs of where the accident happened. There could have been something protruding from the water. There are many things that we don’t know.

It’s important in a boating accident case, once you get treatment for your injuries, to call Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL who has done these types of cases before, and get that attorney working on that case to investigate and figure out all aspects of liability so that you can receive maximum compensation.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

Here in the state of Florida, we get calls all the time from people who have been injured in boating accidents. Oftentimes the first question that they ask me is, “Should I talk to the insurance company of the person who was at fault in causing the boat accident?” What I always tell them is no, you shouldn’t.

One of the reasons is that that insurance company representing the person at fault for the accident has much more experience in these types of claims than you do. They are going to try to get you to commit on the record, on a recorded phone call, something that could hurt your case later.

When I get a call from somebody that’s been involved in a boating accident, I tell them, number one, get medical treatment; that is the most important thing because we want to make sure that you’re okay.

Number two, get Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL that knows boating laws. Do not speak to an insurance company without consulting with your attorney first or without having that attorney on the phone with you. The insurance company will try to trick you. They have gotten very good at it. They do this every day. This is probably the only time in your life you will ever experience this. You need somebody on your side that knows how to navigate these issues and knows how to help you.

How Long Will My Case Take?

I had a client call me the other day who had recently gotten injured in an accident on a boat and he wanted to know how long it was going to take for his case to resolve. My answer to him was it depends. It depends on how long is needed to treat those injuries. I would never try to resolve a case prematurely because that takes money off the table to pay for medical bills. Therefore, I have to make sure that my client is at a place where they’re at maximum medical improvement. That is my cue to start negotiating with the other side to see if there’s a value between the two parties where we can settle the case or if we have to go to trial, which we’re happy to do, as long as it’s in our client’s best interest.

Call Our Jacksonville, FL Boat Accident Lawyers Today

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, know that we understand that feeling and want to help you. You should make getting better your main focus and we will make your legal business our main focus. We will work to protect your rights to full and fair compensation, collect any and all evidence, speak to witnesses, and litigate your case to success if need be. Do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville boat accident lawyers today to set up your free initial consultation. We will guide you every step of the way.

Bus Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Buses are a great means of transportation when you do not have or want a car. Hundreds of thousands of people use the bus every day and it is something we do not normally think twice about doing. However, sometimes, like any other vehicle on the road, an accident can happen. If you are seriously injured in a bus accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim in civil court to collect compensation for your damages. The Jacksonville, FL bus accident attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz have represented many cases like yours and we are determined to get you the best possible result. After you have read a little bit about your case, please do not hesitate to call our office to set up a free case evaluation where we will go over the details of your case and discuss your legal options.

Jacksonville, FL Statutes of Limitations

After your bus accident, you will have four years from the date of that accident to bring your claim in civil court. This amount of time is called the statute of limitations. You may think that, because four years is a long time, you can wait a little bit to talk to an attorney. That is not the wisest thing to do. After your accident, there will be evidence at the scene and witnesses who saw it happen. If you waited, let’s say a year, you would run the risk of that evidence completely vanishing and your witnesses forgetting the finer details surrounding the accident which might make or break your case. Strong cases are not built in a day, so if you are waiting until the very end of your statute of limitations to finally contact an attorney, they most likely will not be able to help you. The best option is to get an attorney on your case right away so that they can get the ball rolling immediately.

How Bus Accident Compensation Works

Fortunately, if your case is here in Jacksonville, FL, you get to reap the benefits of having lenient compensation laws. When you are awarded a compensation amount, you do not always get to collect the entire thing. The factor that decides that is the amount of fault you bear for your accident. The insurance companies will determine the amount of fault you have for the accident. If, for some unlikely reason, you were 100% at fault for the accident, you would be completely barred from compensation. You can collect a reduced compensation award up until 99% of fault is put on you. It will, however, be reduced by the percent of fault you are deemed to be. For example, a $10,000 award would become a $7,000 award if you are 30% at fault for the bus accident. We will work tirelessly to get you the fullest compensation award possible.

First Steps for Your Bus Accident Claim

First Steps for Your Bus Accident ClaimThe first most important step to your bus accident claim would be seeking medical attention. Your health is the main priority here and we encourage that you see a doctor, go to the emergency room, or an urgent care facility as soon as you possibly can. You do not want to try to brush off your injuries as it might worsen your condition. Also, if you wait, the liable party’s insurance company will try to claim that your injuries came from something other than your bus accident or that you couldn’t possibly be that badly injured.

With a bus accident, an important step that should never be forgotten is reporting your injury. If you were, for example, a passenger on the bus when it crashed, do not run off the bus and grab another to get to where you are going. If it turns out you are badly hurt and you did not report that you were on the bus when it crashed, it will make your mission of getting full compensation all that much more difficult.

Do Not Talk to the Insurance Company

When trying to avoid making mistakes that could ruin your chance at full and fair compensation, something that you should never do is give a recorded statement to the insurance company who represents the liable party. They will be reaching out to you shortly after the accident and will want to ask a few questions about your accident. They are not trying to help you. They are trying to reduce their responsibility to you and therefore owe you less money or better yet, be able to throw out your case altogether. When they call, you can tell them that your attorney will be taking over all communication with them.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I was recently contacted by a potential client who was seeking advice as to who the best Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL was to represent her bus accident claim. I advised that you want to make sure you seek an attorney that is willing to take the case to trial and an attorney that the other side knows will take the case to trial. You also want an attorney that is going to be able to spend the resources up front in order to properly investigate your claim. You also want an attorney who has the ability to spend the time and the attention on your case that it needs in order to ensure that you get a maximum settlement at the end of the day.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

I had a client contact me the other day who wanted to know what common mistakes people make during a bus accident claim. I advised that some of the big mistakes people make is, first off, they wait too long to get treatment. This is especially important because the insurance company needs to know that this injury was attributable to the bus accident and nothing else. The quicker you seek medical treatment, the more solid your claim.

Other mistakes that people make is they wait to contact an attorney. They don’t immediately seek out an attorney’s advice, and when they do, they don’t select the proper attorney or firm. They don’t seek out a trial attorney. These are things that can initially weaken the case and get it started on the wrong foot, so to speak.

Other mistakes that people make is they talk to their own insurance company, or the bus company’s insurance company, and they give statements that can later be used against them. These are the common mistakes that should be avoided.

What is My Case Worth?

I was contacted recently by a client who wanted to know the value of her bus accident claim. What I explained was that there are multiple factors that go into it. For one, it depends on how seriously you were injured. On top of that, it’s determined by how permanent your injuries are. If you have severe permanent injuries, that’s something that’s going to increase the value of your case. If those injuries incur a significant amount of medical bills, that will also increase the value of your case.

Other factors include whether or not you have pre-existing conditions or injuries that may be similar to the injuries that you’ve sustained in this bus accident claim. At the end of the day, those are really the main factors that determine if your case has high or low value.

What Do I Do After a Bus Accident?

A lot of times we’re asked about bus accident claims versus auto accident claims. The first thing you need to do is immediately notify the bus driver of your injury. You will want to make sure the police are called to the scene of the accident, as well, and you obtain as much information as you can.

Frequently, with those types of accidents, you will have a driver and a bus company that is from outside of the state that you are in. You’ll want to make sure that when you talk to your attorneys, you let them know all the information that you have and they contact the bus driver and the company. You’ve got to be prepared for the fact that your case will likely get removed to federal court if it’s against a bus driver and bus operator that is outside of the state of Florida.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

After a bus crash, you might wonder if you should talk to the bus company or the insurance company. Certainly, you will want to give very basic information, but that’s where the information should stop. If they are asking you questions about liability or your injuries, I would suggest that you let them know that you will be in touch with them shortly after obtaining counsel. You’ll want to have an attorney present with you so that they can make sure that the questions you are being asked are appropriate and that they will not harm your case.

How Long Will This Case Take?

I was recently contacted by a client who wanted to know how quickly it was going to take for her bus accident claim to resolve. I advised this client that one of the main factors is how quickly she is able to obtain what’s called maximum medical improvement, which essentially means that the client has obtained medical stability and is able to determine how permanent the injuries may be.

Another factor that is how quickly the insurance company recognizes that this person has suffered permanent injuries and whether or not they come to the table with a reasonable, acceptable amount for settlement up front. If they don’t, then it can be impacted by several other factors. At the end of the day, it really is too hard to tell early on how quickly the bus accident claim might resolve.

What if My Kid is Hurt on the School Bus?

If your child is injured on a school bus, many parents wonder if they will be able to sue the school. It’s important to know that oftentimes the school is not the owner or operator of the busing company, and there may be another company and driver that are at fault. The other important thing to remember in certain circumstances is there may be statutory caps that will apply to your claim. It’s very important to report the injury to the bus driver and school district, and then to contact Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL immediately.

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If you are looking for strong, dedicated, and experienced representation, please call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL today to set up a free consultation.

Construction Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

There is no job quite like a construction job. It can be extremely hazardous and deadly at times. When things are done correctly and everyone does what they need to do to protect themselves and each other, construction sites run smoothly, but when there is negligence involved, then there can be disastrous accidents. If you are seriously hurt on a construction site, please do not hesitate to reach out to us to set up a free consultation. Our Jacksonville construction accident lawyers will guide you through your case every step of the way and ensure that you are going to get the best possible result.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you are allowed to bring your construction accident case. Like most personal injury cases in Jacksonville, FL, you will have four years from the date of the accident to bring your case. It may seem like a long time and maybe you are tempted to wait to talk to an attorney, but that is not advised at all. You will run into some issues if you are trying to get the ball rolling on a case with a week left of your statute of limitations. Once the time runs out, there is nothing we can do to help you. It is a hard deadline that you must follow. We suggest that, as soon as possible you, you contact an attorney to get started on your case. It is so important that you do this so that you have the best chance at the strongest case possible.

How Compensation Works

Construction accidents function a little bit different than other personal injury cases in terms of compensation. Typically, construction accidents will leave you seeking relief through worker’s compensation. This covers your medical bills and lost wages. Sometimes, that is not your only avenue for financial relief. If there has been negligence involved in your injury, then you may be eligible to bring your personal injury claim to civil court for compensation. You will have to prove that there was a supervisor, third party, coworker, or company who was responsible for keeping you safe and that you were hurt because they did not do their job. We are able to help you with the logistics of that and we will do all the investigation to ensure we have all necessary information.

Important First Steps After Your Accident

The most important step is not necessarily going to be the first one you take. Most importantly, you need to seek medical attention. You will need to have your injuries looked at right away to ensure that you are not worsening your condition by ignoring it and that you are starting on the road to recovery. If you ignore the pain and try to see if it will get better on it’s own, you may be sorry. What might have been a smooth recovery could now involve surgery and delayed healing. Also, if you wait to seek medical attention, the insurance company will try to claim that you were not injured during your accident, that it happened at a later date or that your injuries were not bad enough to require compensation for.

The next important steps might happen first. If you are able to stay on the scene before seeking medical care, you need to do two things before leaving. You need to report your accident to a supervisor, employer, or project manager. You also need to collect evidence from the scene. That would include photos and videos of the hazard that caused your injuries as well as any obvious sign of injury on your body.

The third step is just as important as the others. You need to hire a competent and experienced Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to help you on your journey to full and fair compensation. You want someone who specializes in personal injury and has extensive knowledge of construction accidents. Your lawyer will be able to collect further evidence, investigate the scene, and determine what the best avenue is for you to get adequate compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Do After a Construction Accident?

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, the very first thing that you should do is report the incident to your boss or to the construction site supervisor. If you are not an employee of the company or you’re not actively working on the job site, you should still do the same thing – find the supervisor or the person in charge and make sure the incident gets reported.

After you’ve done that, receive medical treatment. You’ll want to know the extent of your injuries, and you’re going to want to make sure that you are okay. Finally, I recommend talking to an attorney right away. The attorney is going to guide you through the process and, most importantly, they are going to put all of the companies and individuals on notice that a lawsuit may be coming, and they will be advised to save all of the evidence pertaining to your claim.

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

The other day I had a potential client contact me who had been injured in a construction accident. She wanted to know how to choose the best Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL her construction accident claim. What you want to ensure is that, first off, you select a firm or an attorney that is respected and known for taking cases to trial. You want to signal to the insurance company that you have an attorney that will take the case all the way to the very end, through trial, if necessary, and that they can’t just expect things to resolve up front for a minimum value.

You’ll also want to select a firm or Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL that has the resources to investigate your case properly, bring it into suit, and ensure that everything that needs to be done – such as hiring experts and obtaining medical records, – can be done without any issues as to being able to afford it.

What Are Some Common Mistakes to Avoid?

I was contacted by a potential client who had recently been in a construction accident. This person wanted to know what some of the common mistakes that should be avoided following an injury. One of those mistakes is not seeking immediate medical treatment.

Another mistake that the person may make is not notifying the supervisor or the company that is working at the job site that you have been injured. Not doing so tends to decrease the credibility of the claim, and therefore can impact the value of the case overall.

Another mistake is that people stop treatment for one reason or another. That is problematic because, again, if the injuries are serious, then the treatment should be serious as well and should continue until you are fully healed. Another mistake that people make is they don’t talk to Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL as quickly as possible, especially a firm that is willing to take a construction accident claim all the way to trial if necessary.

How Much is My Case Worth?

I recently had a client contact me who wanted to know how to determine the value of his construction accident case. I advised this client that there are multiple factors to consider, one of those being how severe and permanent the injuries are. That is something that can drive up medical costs, especially if one gets surgery or needs continued treatment. The higher the medical costs go, the more value the case has.

Another factor that can increase the value of the case is choosing the right firm or attorney to represent you. If the insurance company knows that the other side is a pushover, then they know that they can resolve the case for a minimum value. If they know that the other side is a firm or an attorney that is willing to take cases to trial, then they know that they’re going to be facing a much higher risk.

Other factors to consider would be if there are pre-existing injuries that are similar to the injury that was sustained in the construction accident. There are different ways that the injuries can be aggravated by the construction accident, but it still is something that the insurance companies will consider when evaluating the case.

How Long Will This Case Take?

Clients often want to know how long their case will take. The answer really depends on multiple factors, one of those being how quickly the injured client reaches what’s called maximum medical improvement, which is indicative of reaching stability. What that signals to the other side is that your injuries are permanent, and therefore it can cause a case to resolve earlier rather than later.

It also depends on if the insurance company is reasonable with their initial offers. They may look at the case and think that they can resolve it for minimal value, and they may lowball the client. If the insurance company continues to be unreasonable, then things can drag out for a much longer period of time. There are other multiple factors that can cause a case to drag out longer than it should, but there’s no way to know early on how quickly the construction accident claim is going to resolve.

Should I Report My Injuries?

If you’re injured on a construction site and you know who the supervisor is in charge of that site, you will want to notify them immediately. Sometimes construction sites occur in public spaces, such as hotels and shopping malls. Upon notifying whoever is in charge, you must then determine who the management company is so that you can notify them of your claim.

Can I Sue My Employer?

When injured in a construction accident, people often want to know if they can sue their employer. There are certain circumstances where this can happen. First and foremost, workers’ compensation will pay for some of your medical treatment and reimburse lost wages, but there are circumstances where an employer may have caused an extremely unsafe condition and may be liable outside of the scope of workers’ compensation. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to hire a lawyer immediately to determine if you can sue your employer.

Do I Get Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance paid for by your employer that provides for medical and lost wage damages that you may suffer when you’re injured in a job accident. Often, your workers’ compensation insurance is all that you are limited to recover, but if your injury is due to a third-party’s negligence, you may be able to recover more for your damages. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer immediately after suffering an on-the-job injury.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, please do not hesitate to give our office a call today to set up a free case evaluation. We want to help you build a strong case against the liable party and hold their feet to the flame so that you get the results you deserve in the end. You are a priority to us and we will make sure you feel that way. We have handled many cases just like yours and we want to support you all the way through the end. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

When we have a medical issue, we go to the doctor usually without hesitation. Any treatment or procedure we need is given to us and we trust that it is going to help us, not harm us. Unfortunately, these things are not fail proof. Medical professionals make mistakes and they can cost us our well being. If you have been harmed by a medical professional you may qualify for a medical malpractice case. Our Jacksonville medical malpractice lawyers are here to help make your case a success. We are experienced in these cases and we want you to feel confident that we will get you the best possible result.

Types of Medical Malpractice Claim

Medical malpractice is when a medical professional acts in a negligent way that causes you harm or injury. There are many different kinds of medical malpractice claims, as the term is more of an umbrella which covers many different topics. Here are some examples of specific medical malpractice claims:

  • Injuries during labor and birth
  • Failing to or misdiagnosing cancer
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Dental malpractice
  • Surgical errors and/or mistakes
  • Not diagnosing a condition
  • Failing to treat a condition
  • Defective products
  • Pharmaceutical errors
  • Misinformation from a doctor

If you suspect that you have been harmed by a medical professional, you need to contact a dedicated and experienced Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away. We will review your case and go over the details of the event in question to determine what your legal rights are.

Jacksonville, FL Statutes of Limitation

The statute of limitations is the amount of time you are given to bring your case in civil court. Medical malpractice is a little different from the other personal injury cases in Jacksonville, FL. Usually you are given four years from the date of your accident to bring your case, but with medical malpractice you only have two years from the time you discover the malpractice or should have discovered it to bring your case. It is specifically like this because you may not realize you have been given the wrong pills or dosage from the pharmacist for some time. Or you may not discover that there was an instrument left in your body during surgery until you go back to the ER with symptoms. There are some scenarios in which you would know right away that you are a victim of medical malpractice. There have been instances where wrong limbs are amputated. Something as obvious as that would be discovered right away. As soon as you uncover the malpractice, you will have two years to bring your claim to civil court. Once you suspect you have a case, we urge you to contact us right away.

How Medical Malpractice Compensation Works

Compensation in Jacksonville, FL is a little tricky for medical malpractice. The law states that there should be a limit to what you are allowed to get when you bring a claim against a medical professional. These limitations only apply to compensation for things that are non-economic damages which includes mental anguish, pain and suffering, stress, scarring and disfigurement, and loss of companionship. You will not see a cap for damages that are tactile and concrete such as your medical bills, lost wages, and treatments all past and future. There are more complicated aspects to these caps which your attorney can explain to you during your free consultation if they apply to your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

If you’ve been injured due to medical malpractice, it’s important that you get an experienced Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to handle your case. If you’re getting someone that doesn’t know what they’re doing in the medical malpractice field, it can literally be fatal to your case.

If you go on the internet, just about any law firm that does medical malpractice work is going to have information about their experience and their accomplishments. When you go on our website, you will find that we have some of the largest verdicts, not only in the state of Florida but in the nation. We had the largest medical malpractice verdict in the nation in 2012, which is one of the largest verdicts in the history of Florida. We got there through hard work and experience.

You’ll also find that I began my career defending doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare providers, so when we handle medical malpractice cases, we can use that knowledge. I’ve actually had the privilege of sitting inside insurance carrier claims committee meetings and am able to identify what they deem important when deciding whether to resolve a case.

We work every case as if it’s going to trial. If you don’t do that, they’re not going to treat you seriously and they’re not going to pay your client the reasonable, full value of their case. Because of that, we’re able to get many cases resolved short of trial..

There are a number of other things you can look to, including board certification. Lawyers will have to try a number of cases in their field to qualify. Judges and opposing lawyers are interviewed. They must then pass a written test. There are also national recognitions, such as Best Lawyers in America. Our firm has a tier one rating in the field of medical malpractice, which means we’re considered one of the top firms in the state.

We have lawyers at our firm who have been ranked by Best Lawyers in America as the top lawyer in the region multiple times in the last decade. Other recognitions you can look for include things like International Academy of Trial Lawyers, ABOTA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and International Society of Barristers. There are only a handful of lawyers in each state that are picked for those organizations and it’s based upon their accomplishments as trial lawyers, and it’s based upon being deemed the cream of the crop.

What Mistakes Should I Try to Avoid?

One of the most important things that can be done if you suspect you have been a victim of medical negligence is to consult Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away. You need to get expert legal advice early on because it is important to start analyzing if you have a claim.

Another mistake in medical malpractice cases is that people wait too long. There is a very short statute of limitations. The statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim in Jacksonville, FL is two years. In medical malpractice cases, clients have to do certain things before filing a lawsuit, and if those things aren’t done before the two-year benchmark, then you may not be allowed to bring your lawsuit. Many reputable firms won’t take a case if a certain period of time has passed, meaning once they’re inside of a year or six months, they won’t look at a case.

The other mistakes that can happen in a medical malpractice case is giving a statement to someone who you shouldn’t be talking to in the first place. You have the right to talk to a risk manager or insurance adjuster, but they are trained to gather information that is going to help the hospital, doctor, or nurse that made the mistake, not to help you. You want to talk to a lawyer first and have them advise you before you give any sort of statement.

The additional thing you need to do is that you need to be diligent in following your doctor’s or therapist’s advice. You do not want to miss appointments. If you don’t follow their advice and your injury worsens, it will significantly weaken your claim.

What Benefits Can I Get?

One of the things that medical malpractice clients talk to me about is how to get benefits that are going to help them. These cases can take a long time to resolve. The things that we look to are, first and foremost, the health insurance benefits available to help provide coverage for our clients’ medical problems. The law in Jacksonville, FL is that a health insurance carrier doesn’t get to walk away because someone else injured you. They are required to pay your medical bills no matter who injured you. We will then have to deal with the health insurance carrier on what are called liens, in which they have a right to be reimbursed partially for those bills but are still required to them.

The other things we look for is if there’s disability coverage. A lot of employers provide disability coverage, and if the injuries are bad enough to where someone can’t work, then we try to get them covered.

If there’s no health insurance and there’s no disability coverage, then we have to look to other things. If there was an automobile accident that led to the person getting healthcare that then led to the malpractice issues in the case, there may be coverage through their car insurance. In Jacksonville, FL, it’s called personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which may help provide coverage for some of the medical bills and also for lost wages for a period of time.

If there is truly no insurance available, then we look to governmental benefits. If you’re totally disabled, then we can look to Medicare or Medicaid coverages if you’re unable to support your family .

What Are Birth Injury Claims?

Birth injuries are some of the saddest, most catastrophic cases that we handle. From a human perspective, seeing a child that is injured at birth because of a medical mistake is one of the most difficult cases to work on, but also one of the most important.

One thing that needs to be known is that the injuries aren’t fully determined right away. It takes experts, reviews of the records, and evaluations of your child to truly know what their lifelong needs are going to be. There are complexities and difficulties in assessing what a baby’s long-term problems are going to be, and that’s part of our job when we take on a birthing injury case at Edwards & Ragatz.

What Are Brachial Plexus Injuries?

We’ve had multiple cases of brachial plexus injuries during birth. What’s important to know is these cases are typically easy to avoid had the physician followed the standard of care. A brachial plexus injury occurs when a baby gets stuck, the physician doesn’t apply the right techniques, pulls too hard, and ends up stretching or injuring the brachial plexus nerve, which comes from the spine down the arm, and gives a child a limp arm.

These are very significant, catastrophic injury cases. Tendon and nerve replacement surgeries may help to get more use out of the child’s arms. These are very avoidable cases that can have long-term effects on the young baby as they develop into an adult.

What is a Breach of Duty?

We’re often asked by our clients about breach of duty. Your physicians, in medical malpractice, have a duty to meet the applicable standard of care. What that means is that, a lot of times, clients come to us with nothing more than a hunch that their physicians didn’t do things correctly. We gather all pertinent records and hire experts that are at the top of their field to help us determine what a physician should’ve done under similar circumstances. That’s part of our job at Edwards & Ragatz.

What is Causation?

We’re often asked by our medical malpractice clients about causation. Causation can get a little tricky, but simply put it is the deviation from the standard of care — what the physician did wrong — that caused your injuries.

At Edwards & Ragatz, we get highly-trained experts to talk about what the standard of care is, and secondly, that committing malpractice caused the injuries and the damages that we’re seeking in your case.

How Much Do I Need to Pay for a Case?

Clients always want to know how much a medical malpractice case will cost them. These cases are extremely expensive to prosecute and because of that, clients are not able to afford to hire lawyers on an hourly basis. As a result, clients pay what is called a contingency fee, and that means our payment of any fee is contingent on us being successful for the client and making a recovery for them. A contingency fee means we’re going to be paid a percentage of any recovery that is available to the client, either through a settlement or through a judgment that we collect for them.

In any medical malpractice case we handle, we typically present the client with a contingency fee contract. It is a graduated contract, meaning if we’re able to resolve the case early, we charge the client less and the reason is because we spent less time and resources. Medical malpractice cases are one of the most expensive types of cases to prosecute in the state of Florida. They are highly complex and because of that, the resources put into it by the law firm are extraordinary. There’s a lengthy and expensive pre-suit procedure we have to go through in prosecuting medical malpractice cases that most lawyers never deal with and never know how to deal with. It’s important to hire an experienced Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL.

The contingency case model is designed to make the courthouse available to clients who can’t afford to prosecute a case. We typically are going to spend anywhere from $200,000 to $300,000 in out-of-pocket costs in prosecuting a medical malpractice case that goes all the way through trial, so the contingency model means you’re going to pay us a percentage of any recovery we make and we will be reimbursed for the costs we expend.

The way we graduate the fee is by charging a much lower percentage at the early part of the case. For example, if we’re able to resolve a case before we hire the expert witnesses, then we charge a much lower percentage because we haven’t spent as much time and money on the case. Once it goes into the pre-suit process, our fee goes up a few percentage points, and then once it goes into a full-blown litigation in court, it goes up an additional percentage. Our fees are in four different sets of percentages, depending on when in the life of the case the fee resolves.

How Much is My Case Worth?

Clients always want to know what the value of their medical malpractice case is at the very outset, and the reality is no responsible lawyer is going to give you the value of a case until they’ve had the opportunity and time to properly investigate all aspects. Properly working up a case means you have to look at liability, causation, and the damages, and we have to link all three together.

The medical malpractice cases are particularly difficult when it comes to liability. The comparison to an automobile accident case is this: in almost any automobile accident case, you’re going to fill the jury box with people that know that someone’s supposed to stop at a stop sign, or they’re supposed to stop a red light, but you rarely ever get jurors in a medical malpractice case that know anything about what a doctor should or shouldn’t do under any given circumstance.

We have to get what are called practice parameters and practice protocols. What we have to do is pin the doctor down and find methods to prove that they breached normalized standards that anyone should recognize in their field, and we want to find ways to prove those standards with written documents and other things that are going to help bolster our expert in the jury’s eyes.

We then need to prove what’s called causation and damages. In any medical malpractice case, we must prove that whatever damages we’re seeking were actually caused by the malpractice that occurred. One example would be a misdiagnosis of cancer. There are two types of problems in a misdiagnosis of cancer. We have to prove liability, but we then also have to prove what was actually worsened as a result.

In many instances of medical malpractice, we need to put multiple experts together to figure out what damages we’re going to be able to prove based on what the actual liability situation was. Once we’ve done those pieces, we’re able to give you advice. It’s our obligation to give you advice and to talk to you about what we think reasonable value ranges are, and there will be a point in every case where we sit down with you and have those discussions, but it’s typically not at the very beginning.

Do I Need to Give a Recorded Statement?

We are regularly asked by our clients if they should talk to a risk manager, an insurance adjuster, or a defense lawyer to give a recorded statement. We recommend that they not do so until we’ve prepared them for an interview. The risk managers, insurance adjusters and defense lawyers are going to be friendly, they’re going to act as if they’re there to help you, but they frequently are not. They are there to try to protect the insurance carrier and to gather information that they can use against you, even though they’re approaching you as if they are trying to protect you.

That doesn’t mean there won’t come a time where it’s worth talking to them, but you should only do so after you’ve been properly trained and coached by your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL in how to deal with questions that you’re going to be presented with. You will always be told to tell the truth, but we want to ensure that you understand the way they’re going to approach you and the way they’re going to try to frame questions so that in telling the truth, you do so properly and with the right resources available to you so that you can’t be led into mistakes.

How Long Do These Cases Take?

I am asked by medical malpractice clients how long their cases take to resolve. Medical malpractice cases are considered complex litigation and the average medical malpractice case takes about three to three-and-a-half years from the time it actually starts in a lawsuit in court.

The state legislature has passed numerous protections for doctors, hospitals and nursing homes, and other healthcare providers, that don’t exist for anyone else in the law, and there are a long series of things that have to take place in malpractice cases that don’t happen in most other cases. They also passed laws that mean unless you sue everybody that could be blamed in the case, the defense has advantages where they can put people on the verdict forms and reduce your verdict for people that may not be in court. That means that there are typically multiple parties in most medical malpractice cases. That makes cases go longer because you have multiple lawyers, and everything takes longer to schedule.

There’s also something called a pre-suit procedure that happens in medical malpractice cases, and it is a lengthy procedure we have to go through before we’re allowed to go to court. We have to give the other side actual expert opinions. In most cases, you don’t have to present expert opinions until you’re actually heading into trial, but in a medical malpractice case, we have to hire and get written expert opinions that we give to the other side before we’re even allowed to start the case. We have 90 days of investigation before we can head into the lawsuit to even get to a trial.

Because we have these formalized steps that need to be taken, it is a lengthy, complex process. If you don’t have people that know exactly what they’re doing and how to respond to these formalized processes, you can lose your case. What I tell all of my medical malpractice clients is you have to come into it with the mindset that I’m going to live with this for a long time, I’m prepared to go to trial, and I’m going to hope that it gets resolved before that, but if it doesn’t, then we’re going to live through a lengthy tough process.

What Are the Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations?

In medical malpractice cases, we’re almost always asked what the time limits and requirements are. There is a two-year statute of limitation. It’s a discovery standard that is two years from the date of when you knew or should have known that there was malpractice. At Edwards & Ragatz, we will guide you through the statute of limitations and make sure that your claims are timely presented.

There’s also a four-year statute of repose from the date of incident. Within that four-year window, you have two years from the date you knew or should have known that there was malpractice. The applicable time limits can get a little complicated, but at Edwards & Ragatz we will help you navigate through the time requirements and make sure that we present your claim in a timely fashion.

What if There Were Medication Errors?

We had a case where a client called inquiring about a potential matter involving a medication error. In this case, it was done by his physician. There are two sides of the same coin on medication errors — you can have pharmaceutical errors, and you can have a physician that writes a prescription that is maybe contraindicated with another drug, or the wrong dosage. That is a medical malpractice claim. In those claims, we get the physician’s records. We get the chart. We get the labeling by the product to see what the correct dosage was. We see if there’s any black box warning put out by the FDA that warns the physicians that the drug needs to be used in an intended and specific manner, and that’s how we look at those types of medical malpractice cases involving physicians and medication errors.

What If I Did Not Follow Doctor’s Orders?

We’re often asked by our medical malpractice clients if they can do anything adversely to affect their case. For instance, one time a client asked if they can lose their right to pursue a medical malpractice case if they don’t follow their physician’s instructions. The reality is that not following your physician’s instructions can negatively affect your case in a variety of ways. The defense attorney will argue that you’re not being compliant. They will argue that you’re not mitigating your damages and you’re not taking responsibility to make the best recovery you can. We always instruct our clients to listen to their physicians carefully, to follow their advice, and to be completely transparent and candid with their physicians about what’s going on with their body.

How Do I Prove Birth Injuries?

In our cases involving birth injuries we’re asked, usually at our first meeting with our clients, how we prove the case. In medical malpractice cases, and particularly in birthing injury cases, you don’t have the OBGYN, the neonatologist, or the pediatrician noting what they think was done wrong. We need to get experts in those fields to tell us what the standard of care was, to tell us what was done wrong, and how we’re going to prove the case.

We forensically look at the records. We look at the medical bills. We look at phone logs. We look at the correspondence and communication between the specialties to forensically prove your case if it’s not laid out in the records. There are sometimes deceitful entries, sometimes injuries change, and sometimes not only do they try to be obstructionists about it, they’ll flatly be inaccurate about what happened. We have a team of experts and doctors where we forensically look at your chart to be able to prove the case.

How Do I Prove Medical Negligence?

We’re often asked in our medical malpractice cases by our clients how we’re going to prove that the mistake or error was the cause of the problems, otherwise known as causation. A lot of times we will have very specific experts to speak only to causation. For instance, we had a case where there was sepsis of a little girl that was misdiagnosed at an emergency room. For liability, we had to get an emergency room physician to speak about what the doctor should have done, an emergency room nurse to speak about what the nurses should’ve done, and an infectious disease doctor to talk about how their mistakes caused the infection that she had and how that could have been prevented. In medical malpractice you have liability and causation. We at Edwards & Ragatz have the burden of proving both, and we do that through medical experts and in part through the medical chart.

What is Stevens-Johnson Syndrome?

We have multiple clients that have a very catastrophic condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and it is the name of a condition that can occur with medication errors when someone has the wrong type of medication or too much of a medication. It literally, in layman’s terms, causes the skin to die and become necrotic. They are egregious cases. It starts as blistering or rashes, and it will literally turn into a burn that can consume the whole body. These patients are typically treated as burn patients, at burn units, and if they survive, they’re left with horrific injuries, sometimes blindness, horrific scarring and horrific limitations as to how they can live their life.

Contact Our Jacksonville, FL Medical Malpractice Lawyers Today

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, please do not hesitate to call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL today to set up a free case evaluation. We will guide you through this medical malpractice claim every step of the way. These cases are complicated and you don’t want just anyone to handle it. Our attorney is experienced and had handled these medical malpractice cases frequently and know how to use our expertise to get you the best possible result. We look forward to taking your call and showing you how you can turn this terrible situation around. Your case is a priority to us.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Being in a motorcycle can really turn your life upside down if you are seriously injured. Not only that, you may be out a vehicle if it’s damaged in the collision. All of your injuries and damages will be covered by the liable party in your accident. We understand if you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all of this. We will take over this for you and deal with all of the legal aspects so that you can put your energy into your recovery. After you read more about your motorcycle accident case, please give our Jacksonville motorcycle accident lawyers a call to set up a free consultation.

Jacksonville, FL Statutes of Limitation

It is important that you hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away after your accident so that they can get to work on your case to make sure it is as strong as it can be. We urge you to do this despite the four year time frame in which you are allowed to bring your case. Jacksonville, FL statute of limitations allows four years to do this, but we do not encourage you to wait to do so. Working quickly after the motorcycle accident to get the ball rolling is only going to benefit you. If you were to wait years to call an attorney, you may not have the same evidence or witness statements. Always be aware of how much time you have to file your motorcycle accident claim. If you were to wait four years, we will not be able to help you seek compensation any longer. For the best results, ack quickly after your accident.

How Pure Comparative Negligence Rules Work

Pure comparative negligence has to do with shared fault in relation to your compensation for your injuries. The insurance company for the liable party will work with us to determine who is responsible for the accident. We work diligently to prevent you from getting blamed for your accident. In Jacksonville, FL, you get to collect a compensation award even if you are 99% at fault. If you are 100% at fault, you will not receive compensation. When you are deemed 1-99% at fault, your compensation will be reduced to account for your role in the accident. For example, if you are deemed to be 30% at fault for the accident, and have been awarded $100,000 for your injuries, then you are going to be allowed to collect $70,000.

Important Steps to Take After Your Accident

Number one most important thing you can do is get medical attention. If the ambulance shows up, get on it and head to the emergency room. You can worry about everything else later once you know you are stabilized and on the way to recovery. If you are not in critical condition and are able to stay on the scene and collect evidence, then make sure you get to an urgent care, emergency room, or primary physician as soon as you can. You do not want to wait to seek medical attention because the liable party’s insurance company will try to claim you were not seriously injured if you waited to see a doctor. Or they will say that your injuries came from something else that happened after your motorcycle accident with their insured.

After you have taken care of your medical needs, you can worry about collecting evidence. That would include taking photos of all of the vehicles involved, the scene around it, debris, your injuries, tire marks on the read, and anything you think may be significant to your accident. You will also want to get contact information from any and all witnesses as well as insurance information from the other driver(s). On the scene, be sure you do not say this accident was your fault. You do not want to tell anyone that it was your fault. You may think it was, and then later find out more details that show that you were not responsible.

Do Not Talk to the Other Party’s Insurance Company

The worst thing you can do for your case is give the other party’s insurance company a recorded statement. They will be reaching out to you shortly after the accident and will want to ask you a few questions about the accident. You have no legal obligation to give them anything. What you should do is have your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL take over all communication.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Do After a Motorcycle Accident?

 We care about you getting help as soon as you can, and that’s going to come in the form of medical help, initially. Once you get that initial medical treatment, what I would tell you is to always follow your doctor’s recommendations.

The next thing to do after you get treatment, and this is what we tell anybody, is you need a lawyer. Motorcycle accidents are different than other types of accidents. Your injuries from a motorcycle accident tend to be more severe because you don’t have the protection that a car would provide you. You need to get somebody that knows what they’re doing, that’s tried cases, and that can navigate the complexities that these motorcycle accidents can cause.

There’s a difference with our firm. Our firm is a trial firm. We look at every case as if it’s going to trial. Other firms may not do that, but it works to your benefit as a potential consumer because we look at every aspect of your case like we’re going to present it to a jury. If we don’t look at it that way, then we won’t be ready when it’s time for the case to go to jury trial. Your case may settle before trial, it may not. If it doesn’t, you need to have Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL that knows what they’re doing, who has been to court, and can navigate the court room and everything that entails.

How Do I Choose Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

One of the most important things is consistency. One thing that sets our firm apart from other firms is you’re with the same Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL from start to finish, all the way through trial, if necessary.

There is no shifting responsibility to other attorneys or different paralegals. You’re with the same team, and that gives you consistency and builds a relationship. One thing that is so important is for your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to get to know you so ultimately, if you have to go to trial, that attorney is able to tell your story. Creating a relationship for that length of time is highly important and it makes for a very successful and effective case.

What Common Mistakes Should I Avoid After a Motorcycle Accident?

 Some of the common mistakes that we see prior to us being retained as Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL is people giving a recorded statement to the insurance company of the individual who hit them. There is no duty for you to give a recorded statement to the other side. In fact, many times, it’s used against you, and therefore we advise clients not to do that.

Another thing that we see is not immediately getting medical treatment and following up afterwards. We strongly encourage our clients to comply with all doctor requests because that’s always documented, and that becomes an easier thing for us to work through when we’re negotiating with the other side. The other thing we see a lot, especially in these types of cases, is that people delay getting treatment. Therefore, the other side tries to use that as a tool saying that you obviously weren’t injured because if you were, you would’ve gone to the hospital. We always advise right after the accident to go seek treatment.

Another thing that I advise clients immediately after the accident is to not post anything related to the accident on social media. Don’t post photos of you doing any sort of physical activity on Twitter or Facebook because the other side’s attorneys and insurance adjusters are very well-versed on social media, and if they can find things that show that you were doing very active things after an accident, they can use that to drastically lower the value of your case.

 How is a Motorcycle Accident Claim Different from a Car Accident?

 From the onset, what I tell people is the injuries tend to be more severe. Unlike when you’re in a car, you are exposed to the elements in a motorcycle. When you get a car or a truck hitting somebody on a motorcycle, those are very significant injuries.

Another difference is a lot of the injuries you’ll see with motorcycle accidents come with road rash. That can cause nerve damage and loss of sensation, which is unique to a motorcycle case because you’ll never get that in a car accident case. From the injuries and the medical treatment, and the prognosis moving forward, that’s how motorcycle accident cases are different.

Motorcycle Accident Recorded Statement

 Oftentimes people will ask me, after they’ve been in a motorcycle accident, if it’s okay for them to give a recorded statement to the insurance company that represents the driver that hit them. In those types of scenarios, I always advise them that it is not smart to give a recorded statement to that insurance company. The insurance adjusters have much more experience in dealing with these types of claims than you do.

The insurance company is going to look out for their own interest, and in order to do that they will ask you questions that try to get you to commit to a position that could hurt you later. That’s why it is imperative to speak to a lawyer, sooner rather than later, who can help you deal with these questions. You should have Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL present with you and actually on the phone call when an at-fault person’s insurance company wants to take your recorded statement.

Can a Passenger Injured on a Motorcycle Make a Claim?

The  answer is 100% yes. We have had cases with that exact same scenario —  a husband is driving the motorcycle with his wife on the back and they get into an accident. Both the husband and the wife have a claim. If you are a passenger on the motorcycle, you have a claim just like the driver of that motorcycle. You will have a claim against the person that hit you, and more importantly, hopefully the person that hit you has insurance and you have a claim against that insurance company as well.

How Long Does a Motorcycle Accident Case Take to Settle?

 As I always tell my clients, it all depends on your injuries and your treatment. I never want to prematurely settle your case if you haven’t completed treatment. I have had cases in the past where there could be an injury pop up that we did not know about, and if I had settled your case early on, I wouldn’t be able to get the full compensation for your case.

As far as time period, it really depends on your injuries and the amount of time it takes for you to reach maximum medical improvement. At that point, it’s our cue to then start negotiating with the other side.

 How Much is My Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

 There are several components when we’re valuing the case. Your injuries are probably the top, along with your medical bills. Those are the numbers that we take to the other side to show what the value of the injuries are. We also take into account your pain and suffering – what type of medical treatment, how extensive and painful it was, and how it’s affected your daily life. We take all that into account as we negotiate the value of your case with the other side.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

It is difficult to place a loved one in a nursing home when the time comes for that. Oftentimes, there is resistance from them and a feeling of guilt on your part. It is not an easy thing to go through, but it is especially hard to deal with if you suspect nursing home abuse. It is very upsetting when your loved one is mistreated when you thought you could trust the facility that you chose for them. When these awful things happen, you may be able to pursue a claim. Our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers are here to guide you through this legal process step by step to get you a successful outcome. After you read a little bit about your nursing home abuse case, please call us today to set up a free case evaluation.

How Nursing Home Abuse Compensation Works

As your team of Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers, there are several things that we would be able to recover for you in terms of your damages and injuries when we pursue compensation from the facility your loved one was in. These include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Medical treatment
  • Pain and suffering
  • Change in living arrangements
  • Punitive damages

Often, the liable party will be able to offer you a fast settlement offer to victims of nursing home abuse to try to get the case over with fast and with low impact to them financially. We do not suggest taking that offer because it is almost always a lowball settlement offer. We urge you to consult with a lawyer before deciding to take any settlement offer. One of our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers will be able to review the details of your case and help you to decide whether or not you should take this offer.

Common Signs and Injuries to Look For

Sometimes the only way to know your loved one is being neglected or abused is to see the signs for them. There are several types of abuse that you should look for including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and healthcare fraud. Each of these types have several signs that you should look for to be able to detect nursing home abuse.

The signs of physical abuse include bruising, broken bones, and welts. Emotional abuse would have your loved one showing signs of dementia, nervousness, or being threatened by a caregiver in your presence. Sexual abuse would include torn or bloody underwear, or unexplained STDs. You would be able to see financial exploitation if you notice unexplained withdrawals from their account, names added to credit cards, or cash missing from their room. Lastly, if there is healthcare fraud, look out for your loved one getting the wrong dosage of medications, not enough staff to care for them, or duplicate bills for one service. All of these things would warrant a call to a Jacksonville, FL nursing home abuse lawyer.

Important First Steps for a Successful Case

Now that you know the signs of this neglect, the first step is to get evidence of it. That would include collecting medical records, taking photos of obvious injuries, and talking to the caregivers to get more information. When you have this information and know that there is a chance they are being abused, your next step is to contact our experienced lawyer to investigate the case thoroughly. We will be able to collect evidence and protect it from disappearing as well as uncover more evidence that you may not have been aware of. We will make sure your case is strong and that you are going to be ready to bring it to civil court.

Jacksonville, FL Nursing Home Abuse Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you have to bring your claim to receive compensation for injuries and damages. You should know that in rare circumstances, there may be extensions available to you to prolong your statute of limitations. Generally speaking, however, you will have two years from the day you discover or should have discovered the nursing home abuse to bring your claim. If you are late to bring your claim, there is nothing we can do to help you. Once you suspect abuse, you should not wait to call a lawyer because these cases take time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Find the Best Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

Nursing home abuse cases are considered complex, and I’m regularly asked by my clients why they should come to me. The reason they should come to an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer is because the nursing home industry, as with hospitals and doctors, has gone to the legislature repeatedly over the last few decades and gotten a number of protective statutes passed that create impediments to lawsuits that don’t exist in any other field. If you don’t get a properly trained nursing home lawyer, fatal mistakes can occur that can kill the case right at the very beginning. There are pre-suit processes and procedures that must be complied with or else the case can’t be brought.

In investigating who you want to hire, there are a number of resources you can look to. The Florida Bar has information on their website that talks about things you should look at in hiring a lawyer. On our website you’re going to find that we’ve prosecuted lots of nursing home cases, including numerous million and multi-million-dollar results in front of juries. The experience a lawyer has in a given field tells you their ability to represent your interests. More importantly, it tells the insurance defense lawyer and the insurance companies that defend these people whether or not that lawyer is willing to take the case to jury, if necessary. That’s going to force them to come to the table with reasonable value, hopefully without a trial.

There are a number of things you can look to in addition to board certification. Board certification means a lawyer has had a number of trials that they’ve documented for a committee of the Bar. That committee then interviews judges and lawyers that have been up against them. The lawyer will also have to pass a written test. Board certification in this area is the civil trial certification for the state of Florida. There are also benchmarks that mean a person has even surpassed those achievements, and they are national recognitions such as Best Lawyers in America. You also want to look for national organizations that are considered select organizations, such as International Academy of Trial Lawyers, ABOTA, American College of Trial Lawyers and International Barristers. Membership in those organizations means a person is considered one of the elite trial lawyers in their state and they are someone who has been recognized by judges and lawyers on both sides as being top tier.

When you look at the Best Lawyers in America, you’ll also find that they rank law firms and lawyers in tiers. That means that they are considered elite lawyers in their field. You’ll see tier one ratings for our firm in both personal injury and medical malpractice, which are the areas that cover nursing home abuse and medical malpractice.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

The mistakes that we see with nursing home negligence cases is waiting too long after problems are seen. You want to be tolerant and you want to understand that nursing home personnel have tough jobs, and you always want to be respectful in dealing with nursing home employees, but you need to firmly and politely insist on getting good care for your loved ones. If you’re coming to visit your loved one and you’re seeing that they are not getting the care that they need and deserve, you need to bring it up with people such as the nursing supervisor, administrator of the home, or the doctor that’s assigned to your loved one.

One of the problems that you run into in many nursing homes is that there are a limited number of doctors that will actually come to the nursing home. If your loved one isn’t being moved regularly, if they’re not getting their meals, if they’re not getting help eating their meals, if they’re not being provided repositioning, if they’re not being cleaned, if you’re coming in and finding them soiled, those are problems that need to be addressed. If you think there have been medication errors, if they’re not being taken to therapy or they’re not being given something as basic as water, those are red flags that you need to talk to someone in control and you need to then start monitoring what’s going on.

The additional thing you need to do is only be tolerant to a point. If you find that problems are not being fixed, then you need to start thinking about moving your loved one. If you see any red flags, the most important thing you can do is ensure that you and other loved ones visit regularly. Don’t get trapped into visiting at a specific time every day. I understand people work and you may not have the leeway to go by except at lunch or after work. Enlist loved ones, someone from your family member’s church, synagogue, or other religious affiliation. Get friends and tell them there’s a problem going on and enlist their help.

Having someone that goes and visits the loved one on a regular but infrequent basis, meaning going by multiple times a week but at different times of the day, keeps the staff on their toes and ensures that the loved one is being checked during multiple shifts. If you are seeing problems, then you need to react to it by talking to administrative personnel.

What Are the First Steps of a Case?

We had a client call us that said that another resident’s family told them they suspected their loved one was being abused. That is something that cannot be ignored and cannot be delayed. When you call Edwards & Ragatz, we have the resources to start investigating immediately, but there’s other steps you need to do. You need to protect the safety of your loved one. If there are visible wounds or injuries, you need to take pictures. You need to immediately notify the administrator or nursing home director of the issues, and immediately call Edwards & Ragatz and we’ll help you navigate through the other issues that will come once you suspect abuse or neglect of your loved one.

Should I Report the Abuse?

When our clients suspect nursing home abuse of their loved one, they’ll ask us if there’s anything else they can do. The first thing we would say is to call us and we can give you our advice, but there are also hotlines in the state of Florida, through the agency of healthcare administration, to call and report nursing home abuse.

When that is done, that triggers an investigation within a very short time frame where they will take your statement, the statements of the nursing home employees and the administrator, and they will investigate. What we’d say is there are methods to report it. I think the best advice would be to call us first, so we can navigate that together.

How Much is My Case Worth?

We’re often asked how a client would determine the value of a nursing home abuse case. To do your job correctly as a trial lawyer, it is almost impossible to answer that question, particularly at the first meeting. You need to understand the injuries and how that affected your loved one.

You need to understand if this was a systemic problem of the nursing home that they had known about for years. The Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL needs to understand the nature of the liability, the nature of the injuries and the human impact that is had on the family members, and that often takes investigation and knowing your client well beyond the first meeting.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

We recommend that our clients not talk to risk managers, insurance adjusters, or insurance defense lawyers for the other side until they’ve talked to us first. We tell every client to always tell the truth and that’s a fundamental responsibility of any lawyer. We also believe that it’s very important that we prepare the client before they’re interviewed by someone for the other side. Risk managers, insurance adjusters, and insurance defense lawyers are trained to try ask questions that will garner incriminating statements. What we want to do is give our clients proper training in how to respond to questions so that they’re alert to tricks of the trade that the defense may use to try to put them in an unfavorable light. We recommend that you always talk to us first before being interviewed by someone from the other side.

Should I Take a Settlement Offer?

We had a client in a nursing home negligence case where they found that their loved one had been abused and injured. There was a quick offer made to our clients because the insurance company knew that the CNA in charge of our client’s loved one had made a grave mistake. When we heard what the offer was, it was insulting. It was extremely low. It didn’t touch the real value of the case. Oftentimes, that’s what happens when an initial offer is made. What we would say is if there’s an initial offer made to you, to take the name and number of who made that offer, the date it was made, and call Edwards & Ragatz and we’ll help you maximize the value of your claim.

How Long Will This Case Take?

Clients always come into initial meetings in nursing home abuse cases wanting to know how long their case is going to take. No lawyer can tell you if they’re going to be able to settle your case quickly or not, at least not a responsible lawyer. The average complex personal injury case in the state of Florida takes between three and three-and-a-half years from the time the lawsuit is filed. There has to be an investigation period before filing a lawsuit.

Our law firm, because of our experience level, has success in settling cases early because most of the adjusters in the field know us. However, if they don’t come to the table with what we and the client think is a reasonable amount of money, the case is not going to settle and we’re going to take it to trial. To bring a complex case to trial takes time. In the nursing home field, there’s a lengthy pre-suit process which prevents us from even going into court until certain things are done. We have to gather all medical records, hire experts, and then analyze the case.

In the nursing home arena, we have to start the pre-suit process by giving the defense, meaning the nursing home, an outline of everything that we think was done wrong in the case, which we typically don’t do until we’ve interviewed our experts. We then lay that out for the nursing home, and they’re given a 75-day investigation period before we’re even allowed to file a lawsuit. We can’t start that period until all the records have been gathered and analyzed.

Once that period concludes, there’s an imperative time in which we have to file a lawsuit, and the defense has the right to ask for a mediation, which can again delay the lawsuit. Once it goes into a lawsuit, the lawsuit takes a long period of time because nursing home cases are typically considered complex. The recommended standards for personal injury cases in the state of Florida are that judges should strive to conclude cases within 18 months of filing, but those time standards recognize that complex cases can take longer. The current statistics are that nursing home cases average state-wide three to three-and-a-half years. Our goal is to move every case as quickly as we can, but we can never guarantee that any individual case is going to move within any given specific time frame.

Contact Our Jacksonville, FL Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Today

If you are dealing with the upsetting suspicion that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville nursing home abuse lawyers today to set up your free consultation. We will be there for you right from the beginning and support you to the end where we will aim to get you the best possible result for your case. Call us today to learn how we can help you.

Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Walking is very good for your health and for the environment, but not every stroll turns out to be relaxing. If you have made your way to this page, you may have been severely injured in a pedestrian accident. Our team of Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers understand how horrible it is to be hurt due to someone else’s negligence. You are probably swamped with medical bills, missing time at work, and maybe you’re unable to pay for these medical bills because of that.

Most Common Types of Pedestrian Accident Injuries

Pedestrian accidents can cause very serious injuries and even worse compared to accidents that happen in vehicles with protective metal frames, airbags, and seatbelts. When a pedestrian is hit, they have no protection from the impact of the vehicle. Your body takes the full hit from not only the vehicle, but the ground as a secondary impact. The most common types of pedestrian accident injuries include:

  • Concussion or contusion
  • Neck injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Internal organ damage
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Road burn
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Nerve, tendon, or muscle damage

The most important thing you can do for yourself or for your case is to seek immediate medical attention. You don’t want to risk worsening your condition by waiting to talk to a doctor. It is not uncommon for these accidents to put someone on the back of an ambulance and whisked off the emergency room. If you do wait to seek medical attention, you run the risk of not only making your injuries worse, but also having the insurance company claim you were not injured badly enough to deserve compensation.

Jacksonville, FL Statute of Limitations

From the date of your accident, Jacksonville, FL statute of limitations allow four years for you to bring your case in civil court. You should seek out an Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL right away to help you stay on track to complete everything that needs to be done in the time that is allotted. Four years may seem like a long time, but you should not wait to get the ball rolling on your case. There is evidence at the scene that needs to be collected right away and there are witnesses that need to be talked to before they forget the minute details that may help your case. If you wait until there are mere days left to call an attorney, that evidence will be gone and your witnesses may be impossible to track down. It is always encouraged to act quickly.

How Pedestrian Accident Compensation Works

There are several things you will be compensated for. You will be compensated for your injuries, medical bills both past and future, pain and suffering, lost wages, and damages to any personal property. That may be your phone if it was smashed in the accident. The way you get compensation is through the insurance company of the liable party. Jacksonville, FL pure comparative negligence law has to do with shared fault and how much you can recover if you have any. For example, if you are deemed to be 10% at fault for your accident because you were on the phone when someone blew a red light and hit you, then your award would be reduced by 10%. You will only be able to receive compensation if you are 99% or less at fault. If you are the sole cause of your accident, you will be barred.

Do Not Talk to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company

The very worst thing you can do for your case is talk to the insurance company. An adjuster or representative will be contacting you shortly after your accident. They may even contact you while you are still possibly recovering in the hospital. Their goal is to get you to say something that will damage your case. They are trained to asked you questions that will guide you to answer in a way that will reduce their responsibility to your claim or be able to throw it out entirely. When they call you, what we suggest that you do is allow your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to take over the communication with the insurance company. They will be able to navigate the questions without impairing your case’s ability to be successful.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Do After an Accident?

If you’ve been injured by an automobile while you were walking, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately. You should also make sure that you have obtained the information of the driver that hit you, as well as any information of witnesses that might have seen the accident. It’s important to know that there may be insurance benefits available to you through the negligent driver’s automobile insurance policy.

Once you’ve gotten emergency medical treatment, make sure you contact a trial lawyer immediately. Look for somebody that has handled these types of pedestrian cases in the past and knows how to gather the evidence that’s important to support your case.

How Do I Find the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I was contacted by a potential client the other day who wanted to know how they should go about selecting the best Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to represent them in their pedestrian accident claim. I advised this person that you want to ensure you find a firm that has extensive experience in handling pedestrian-type claims. You want a firm that specifically focuses on pedestrian accidents and handles them on a regular basis. You don’t want to select a firm that does general practice. An attorney that handles contracts or criminal law on a regular basis is not going to be able to properly and adequately handle your pedestrian accident claim.

You also want to ensure that you select a trial firm so that the other side knows who they’re dealing with. If the insurance company offers a lowball amount, the firm you hire should be willing to take your case all the way through trial, if necessary.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

I was contacted the other day by a client who wanted to know what some of the common mistakes were that should be avoided after being injured in a pedestrian accident. I explained that one of the most common mistakes is failing to immediately obtain medical treatment. You want to ensure that you immediately seek medical attention so that later on an insurance company on the other side cannot say that you weren’t actually injured in this incident.

Another common mistake is people stopping treatment before it’s finished. Again, you want to ensure that you continue treating your injuries on a consistent basis and do not have any gaps in treatment because that might signify to the other side that your injuries are not as severe as they actually are.

Another mistake that people make is they don’t retain a trial firm. They might retain somebody who handles other types of claims on a regular basis, or works in a different area of law altogether, and those people are not properly equipped and do not have the proper experience to handle the claim, investigate it and, again, take it all the way through trial if necessary.

What If I’m Injured in a Hit and Run?

People who’ve been injured in a hit and run accident wonder if they have a claim for damages. In a case like this, it’s very important that you speak with an experienced trial lawyer. That lawyer will do everything that they can to preserve any evidence related to your case, and they may even be able to track down the at-fault party. In the event that the at-fault party is unable to be found, you may have coverage through your own uninsured motorist insurance.

What If I’m Partially at Fault?

Oftentimes, people injured in a pedestrian accident wonder if they can be partially at fault for the incident. If they’ve crossed the street where there was not a crosswalk or if they’ve crossed against a light, they may be at fault for a portion of their damages. It’s important to talk to an experienced trial Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL regarding these issues because even though a pedestrian may be partially at fault for their own damages, they still may be able to make a recovery against an at-fault party.

How Much is My Case Worth?

I was recently contacted by a client who had been involved in a pedestrian accident who wanted to know the best way to determine the value of his case. I advised this client that there are multiple factors that go into determining the value of your case. One of those is the severity and the permanency of your injuries. The more severe and permanent your injuries, the higher your medical bills are going to be and that is going to drive up the overall value of the case.

Another factor that is to be considered is the level of insurance coverage that the other side has. The higher the insurance coverage, the more likely they’re going to be willing to pay out a higher amount on the claim. Perhaps most importantly is ensuring that you retain a firm that is known as a trial firm, somebody that is going to investigate your claim and take it through trial if necessary.

How is My Case Different Than a Car Accident?

A pedestrian injury claim can differ from an automobile claim in several ways. First and foremost, if you’re injured as a pedestrian by an automobile, there’s a greater chance that your injuries will be much more severe. You will want to immediately seek medical attention. You’ll also want to make sure that you obtain the negligent driver’s insurance information at the scene of the crash site. Their automobile insurance may cover you for your injuries that you suffered as a pedestrian.

It’s important to contact legal assistance right away upon being injured because they will want to take great efforts to preserve any evidence at the scene of the accident, as well as on the automobile that struck you.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

After a pedestrian accident, a lot of people wonder if it is okay to talk to the insurance companies. They will generally try to lull you into a false sense of security and let you think that they are trying to help you with your case and your damages. Nothing can be farther from the truth. It’s very important not to offer a statement to an insurance company after you’ve been injured. You will want to contact an attorney, preferably a trial attorney with experience in these cases, and they will guide you through the process and make sure your legal rights are protected if and when you do give that statement.

Contact Our Jacksonville, FL Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Today

If you have been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be looking to find strong, confident, and experienced representation. Our Jacksonville pedestrian accident lawyers are here to guide you through every step of your case. We will protect your evidence, talk to your witnesses, and deal with the insurance company on your behalf. You deserve to have your case treated like a priority and we will do just that. Call us today to set up your free consultation where we will go over the details of your case and talk you through your legal options.

Slip and Fall Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

It can be embarrassing to fall when you’re at someone’s house or shopping in a store, but it can be downright frustrating when that fall leaves you injured, especially if it’s not your fault. Many times, when people are injured in a slip and fall accident, it is to no fault of their own. Our job is to protect your right to full and fair compensation. Whoever is liable for your slip and fall will be held accountable for your injuries. Once you read more about your slip and fall case, please do not hesitate to call the Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers at Edwards & Ragatz to get a free consultation.

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

You can slip and fall just about anywhere. While you may not have a case if you trip over your own mess in your house, you might have a claim if you trip over the broken sidewalk on your street. You might have gone to the grocery store and slipped in a puddle of something on the floor. You could have been in someone’s backyard and fell on their patio stairs. All of these scenarios typically warrant a slip and fall case.

When you slip and fall, your damages will be compensated. Sometimes that means more than your injuries. If, when you fell, your phone was broken, you may be able to be compensated for that. Most of the time, you will be seeking compensation for your injuries. The most common slip and fall injuries include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Contusions and concussions
  • Slipped discs
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Knee injuries
  • Neck or back injuries

Fortunately, some people are able to make a full recovery after their accident. Perhaps you will require physical therapy or be suggested to get regular massages or chiropractic care. There are some unfortunate cases where they will only be able to recover partially from their injuries. It might require surgery to get them back on their feet and even then, it could only be a partial recovery. All of these factors go into how much you will be compensated.

Jacksonville, FL Statutes of Limitation

In Jacksonville, FL, when you are hurt in a slip and fall, you will have exactly four years from the date of the accident to file a case in civil court. In that time, you should not be waiting to get the ball rolling on your case. Four years is a long time, but it is unwise to wait because when you are hurt, there is evidence that needs collecting, and there are witnesses who need to be tracked down and spoken to. These things cannot be done years later. The store you slipped in is going to clean up the spill after some time, and anyone who saw it will eventually forget the fine details. That is why we encourage people to hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL as soon as possible.

How Compensation Works

Jacksonville, FL pure comparative negligence law states that you can recover compensation even if you are deemed to be 99% at fault for the accident. The way pure comparative negligence works is, you are found to be at fault from a percentage of 0 to 100. If you are found to be 100% at fault for the accident, you will be barred from compensation. If you are found to be 0-99% at fault, you can collect an award, but it will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are found to be 30% at fault for your slip and fall, and you have been awarded $10,000 for your injuries, then you will be able to collect $7,000 of that award. We make it our job to prevent the insurance company from putting any fault on you for the slip and fall.

Avoid Talking to the Liable Party’s Insurance Company

The absolute worse thing you can do for your case is talk to the liable party’s insurance company. They will be reaching out to you very shortly after the slip and fall and they will ask to get a recorded statement from you. You are in no way legally obligated to give them any statement. You really should not say anything to them about the case if you want full and fair compensation. They will try to trick you into saying something that would reduce their responsibility for your injuries or allow them to throw out your case altogether.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Find the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I had a potential client call the other day asking what to look for when choosing Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL. One of the things I think is very important on these types of cases is that you select an attorney who is consistently with you from the start of the case to the end of the case. Creating that relationship allows us to effectively advocate for you. Those types of attorneys that really try to focus on that relationship is very important.

Another thing is how well your attorney knows slip and fall laws. The law here in Jacksonville, FL is very specific. Make sure that attorney knows all important aspects of the law as it pertains to your case. Also, to have an attorney that’s got investigators quickly at hand is very important. For you to quickly have investigators to be able to go out, talk to witnesses, survey the area, take photographs, and preserve the evidence is extremely important.

What Mistakes Should We Avoid Making?

I had a client call me asking what mistakes should be avoided after a slip and fall injury. One of the biggest things that we see with slip and fall cases is when someone has fallen and hasn’t notified the manager of the store or landlord where the accident took place. You need to give notice to the property owner that there was something there on the floor or leaking from the ceiling that caused your injury.

The second biggest thing was that they didn’t go and seek medical treatment as a result of their injuries. That lapse of going to the doctor after being injured gives a gap of time that the other side likes to negotiate and say, “Well, obviously, your client’s not injured. If they were really were significantly injured, they would have gone and sought medical treatment right away.” It’s something we can overcome, but it makes for a much more difficult case.

Another big thing that we see is once you get medical treatment that you fail to comply with what your doctor has told you to do. Once again, the other side is going to negotiate and say, “Obviously, your client’s not injured. Otherwise they would have done what the doctor told them to do.”

Another thing that we see as a mistake is not seeking the right type of an attorney. You need a trial attorney, like we have here at Edwards & Ragatz, that takes your case and works it from start to finish — from the time that you sign up to all the way to trial, if necessary. They are able to more effectively advocate for you because they have created a relationship, which you don’t see in other firms.

Can I Bring a Case for a Faulty Handrail?

We have had cases throughout the years where people have been either on commercial property, or residential property, and have fallen down a set of stairs due to a faulty handrail. Often, these are significant cases. The injuries can be severe. You have to get treatment immediately.

After you get that treatment, and following up on the advice of your physicians, what you need to do is contact a lawyer who has experience in handling these types of premises liability cases. You need an attorney to get an investigator out there to take pictures, to secure the scene, to protect the handrail, to determine why it was a faulty handrail. Was it a missing screw? Was it a missing nail? Based upon the condition of the property overall, your attorney may be able to see things immediately that will help him in the future if your case ever has to go to trial. That’s what we do at our firm. We look at every case as if it’s going to trial. That’s how we bring you value in your case.

Can I Bring a Case for Faulty Stairs?

Often, people will call me with a premises liability situation where they slipped and fell on a faulty step asking if they have a case. If it’s a faulty step that caused you to fall and get injured, you absolutely have a case. Quite frankly, most of these people have very significant cases because the injuries are often severe. In that type of a situation, I tell them it’s imperative that they get medical treatment. Usually, by the time they’ve contacted me, they already have.

You need an attorney to preserve the evidence that you’re going to need to try your case. The attorney will hire an investigator who will take pictures and measurements of the faulty step to determine what exactly went wrong.

You need that done immediately because that homeowner, or whoever owns the premises where you fell, are hiring their own people to do the exact same thing. They may be destroying things that you will need to prove your case. That is why it’s so important that you talk to an attorney sooner rather than later, especially in those faulty step type cases.

Does a Warning Sign Ruin My Case?

Many times, clients who have been injured in a slip and fall accident don’t think they have a claim because there was a warning sign nearby. Oftentimes, that is not the case. Just because there is a warning sign on the premises doesn’t mean that the warning sign is in the right place or has the right visibility. More importantly, the fact that there’s a warning sign doesn’t mean that there’s a condition on that property that the sign is not warning you of.

Just because there’s a warning sign in one spot doesn’t mean there could be another slipping hazard in a different area. How are you supposed to know there is a spill there? For instance, a grocery store has cameras monitoring every aisle. They know where the water is, but you don’t. Just because they had a warning sign in the front of their grocery store doesn’t mean that should impact your ability to recover for the injuries you sustained due to that premises’ negligence.

How Much is My Case Worth?

I had a client who was a slip and fall client call me the other day asking how much their case is worth. The components that I would look at in order to give a value to the case are the cost of medical bills, and how much potential future medical bills could be. We also have to look at what the pain and suffering was as a result of the injuries and medical treatment. Some medical treatment is highly invasive. It can be very painful. We put a value to that. We also look at the type of fall it was, how significant of a fall, and put a value to that, too.

Once we take all those components together, we then come to a mutually agreeable number between us and our client. Then we negotiate with the other side, ask whether or not we can settle the case or whether we have to take it to trial.

Can I Bring a Case Against a City?

Oftentimes, we get people who have been injured after they fall or trip on a curb, sidewalk, or pothole asking if they can sue the city or county that owns the property. The answer is a resounding yes. If you are hurt due to that county or city’s negligence, you absolutely have the right to go after the city or the county government. There are special rules in these cases, which is why you need an attorney that understands these laws.

For instance, you can’t sue that city or county unless you give them proper statutory notice under the sovereign immunity rules. You need an attorney with experience in suing the county or government and how to navigate that system. Similarly, you need an attorney that can tell you what the caps are on what you are able to recover from that city or county. You need an attorney that can navigate the sovereign immunity. Absolutely, you can sue a city or a county for injuries at the hands of their negligence.
What If I Fall in Someone’s Home?

People who have slipped or fallen on someone’s residential property often call us asking what they should do. We always tell these individuals, the first thing — as in any personal injury case — is you want to get medical treatment immediately to make sure you’re okay. The second thing you need to do is get a lawyer. Your lawyer needs to start organizing things. We need to go to the scene. We need to take photographs. We need to preserve evidence, which is very important.

That homeowner, who owns the home where you were injured, may have already contacted their insurance company to conduct the same exact investigation as you. That homeowner already has the adjuster coming out, taking pictures of the residence, and trying to minimize the dangerous condition which caused your injury. That’s why you need to get an attorney immediately, to preserve evidence, to take pictures of the scenes, and to help you navigate that very difficult path of suing for an injury caused on residential property.

Should I Give the Insurance Company a Recorded Statement?

We often get calls from people who have just gotten seriously injured in a slip and fall asking if they should they talk to the insurance company that represents the premises where they slipped and fell. Our answer is always no. The reason for that is that insurance company wants to get you to commit on the record to saying something that could hurt you later.

They have much more experience dealing with these claims because they deal with it all the time. They will try to minimize what they have to pay you because of your fall. For that reason, they are looking to trick you. I would not give a recorded statement unless you already had an attorney, and that attorney either advised you, or was going to be on the phone with you, which is something we would always do with our clients.

How Long Will This Case Take?

Clients often ask how long their slip and fall case will take. The answer always depends. It depends on your injuries. It depends on your treatment. If you’re significantly injured, I’m going to wait to make sure we get to a point where I have more of a full grasp of what your injuries are, and what type of treatment you need, not only in the past, in the present, but also in the future. That all really depends on how quickly your case goes. I never want to settle your case, or even bring a value to it, unless I have the full picture of all your injuries and treatment. Once we have a better idea, that’s when we start to really negotiate hard with the other side as to whether we can settle your case, or ultimately if we have to take your case to trial.

Contact Our Jacksonville, FL Slip and Fall Lawyers Today

If you have been seriously injured in slip and fall case, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville slip and fall lawyers to get a free consultation. We will do everything to protect your rights to get full and fair compensation. Your case is important to us and we want to make sure the insurance company of the liable party is held accountable. Contact our office today to learn more about your case.

Truck Accident Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

Trucks are the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road in Jacksonville, FL. They are immensely heavy, are hard to stop quickly, and have huge blind spots. Because of these factors, truck accidents have the potential to cause massive damages and injuries and can even be fatal at times. Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL know how terrifying it must have been for you to be involved in this accident and we want you to feel supported as you journey through seeking full and fair compensation. Once you read and learn a bit about your truck accident case, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville truck accident attorneys today to set up your free case evaluation.

Jacksonville, FL Truck Accident Statutes of Limitation

As a general advisory, no matter how long your statute of limitations is, you should hire Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL as soon as you can. That might be the day of the accident or a couple days later after you’ve stabilized your condition at the hospital. Statute of limitations is the amount of time in which you can bring your claim in civil court. Jacksonville, FL allows for a considerable amount of time. Counting from the date of your truck accident, you will have four years to get your claim filed. Now, just because you are allotted this amount of time does not mean you should wait. In fact, you should do just the opposite. You should hire an attorney right away so that they have ample time to build a strong case for you. You have evidence that needs collecting, witness testimony that needs to be heard, and these things can disappear if you wait too long to hire an attorney to gather it all.

How Jacksonville, FL Compensation Works

Jacksonville, FL is one of the more lenient of states when it comes to collecting compensation if you have shared fault. When you start the process to determine how much compensation you will get there are two factors that go into determining that amount. The first is how severe your injuries are and what kind of treatments you have needed and will need in the future and how this will affect your life. The second is how much of the accident was your fault. It will be determined as a percentage. If you are 0% at fault, you will get the full amount of compensation awarded to you. If you are 100% at fault, you will be barred from receiving any compensation. From 1-99%, you will have reduced compensation. If you were 20% at fault for the accident, then your compensation award would be reduced by 20% making $100,000 into $80,000.

First Steps to Take After Your Truck Accident

The absolute most important step you can take is seeking medical attention. You should never wait to see a doctor for a few reasons. You may think that you have a minor injury that will solve itself but you risk it getting much worse if you don’t get it looked at. Also, for us to be able to prove to the insurance company that their insured caused you harm, we use your medical records and if they see that you waited to get medical care, they will either claim you were not that injured if you could wait or that your injuries came from something else. Make sure you are getting medical attention right away.

Another important step is collection of evidence, if you are able to stay on the scene. If you are swept off on an ambulance, you can have a friend, family member, or Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL go to the scene and collect this evidence for you. You will want to get the insurance information from the truck driver and any other drivers involved. You should get the contact information from any witnesses to the accident as their testimony may be extremely important to you later.

The next thing you should do, or rather should avoid doing is interacting with the insurance company for the truck driver and/or liable party. You will be contacted shortly after your accident by the insurance company adjuster and they will be asking to get a recorded statement from you. It is not legally necessary for you to give them a statement. You can have your Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL take over all communication with them to avoid them cornering you into saying something damaging to your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Do After My Accident?

Clients ask what they should do after they’ve been injured in a truck accident. First, make sure you receive proper medical treatment after the injury. Move out of the lane of traffic, if possible, and make sure you’re okay.

You’ll want to get pictures of your car, the other vehicles, skid marks and things of that nature. You do not want to talk to anybody about who is at fault about what happened. Don’t give an interview about who was at fault, who saw what, and who did what. You should talk to the police and give them an interview, unless they tell you that they’re instituting a criminal investigation, and then you need to ensure that you protect your rights and you have the right to a lawyer. In most automobile accident cases, they’re not going to tell you that, but if they start a criminal investigation, they should inform you.

Once the crash scene is resolved and you’ve left the accident, it’s very important that you get medical help timely. When there’s a big gap in time in between an accident and an injury, the insurance carriers and the insurance defense lawyers always try to exploit that and say they couldn’t have been hurt very badly. Go get evaluated and don’t try to downplay your injuries.

The final thing I would say to you is it’s very important to get the advice of a lawyer right away. Without the advice of that lawyer, you can make mistakes in how your case is worked up. Evidence can disappear and, most importantly, you’re going to be approached by the other side and asked to be interviewed, and you don’t want to do that without expert legal advice.

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

One of the most important things people injured in truck accidents need to know is how to select their lawyer. You want to look at trial experience and how many successful cases that the attorney or firm has handled.

One important thing to look for is if the lawyer is board certified. Board certification is a state or national standard where a lawyer has to try a certain number of cases in a specific field, and then there’s a committee that interviews judges and lawyers that have been up against them to find out what their level of competence is. They then have to go through a written test. Board certification is a very important criteria to look for.

You should also look to see if the lawyer has been admitted into Best Lawyers in America, a national vetting organization. You also want to look at whether lawyers in that firm have achieved recognition as the top personal injury lawyer in their region and field, such as personal injury.

What Mistakes Should I Avoid Making?

A lot of times with our clients, we will see some common mistakes that they make in a truck accident case before they call us, and we would encourage you to avoid these pitfalls. Number one is that a truck accident is a different case than an automobile case. A lot of times these trucking companies are interstate or they cross lines. They have federal motor carrier regulations, and they have different dynamics and different components than a car accident.

Another mistake is sometimes people will maybe have their guard down and speak to a company representative or a supervisor, or give a statement to corporate. Also make sure to take care of your health and immediately call Edwards & Ragatz.

How Much is My Case Worth?

Clients in truck accident cases always want to know what their case is worth, but a responsible lawyer isn’t going to talk to you about value until they’ve had the opportunity to fully investigate the case, let you reach a stable medical position – meaning maximum medical improvement – gather your medical bills, know what liens are and know what insurance coverage is. Those type of things impact your ability to evaluate the case, and a responsible lawyer isn’t going to talk to you about true value until they’ve been able to do that type of investigation.

Once they’ve done that type of investigation, the things they’re going to look at are the strength of liability in the case – do you have some fault in the case? For example, in an intersectional collision or red light/green light type situation, do we have a strong set of liability factors where we’re going to be able to not only have you testifying, but hopefully witnesses supporting you? If it’s a rear-end collision, that’s typically, fairly clear liability. We have to assess the strength of the liability, the strength of witnesses, and if there are multiple people at fault.

We then need to know what insurance coverages are available and the ability of the defendant to pay, especially if there isn’t insurance coverage available. The most important thing that can impact the size of the damages is what your doctors are going to say your long-term consequences and injuries are going to be from this accident. Without the doctor’s support, we can’t give you good advice on what the total damages are going to be.

The components of a case are going to be the strength of the liability, the damages that are caused, and what we can prove. Once we have those pieces put together, we can give you the total values.

How is My Truck Case Different Than a Car Case?

We’re asked by our clients if a commercial trucking case is different than a collision by an automobile. The answer is yes. The firms that handle them correctly, like Edwards & Ragatz, know how to handle these cases differently. Trucking companies have different applicable laws, different requirements, and federal motor carrier regulations. They’re required to have certain evidence. like trucking laws, and a required amount of sleep and rest in between a certain number of hours and miles that they can drive. This is a completely different set of cases that needs to be treated differently from the very beginning.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement?

We had a client call who had been injured in a truck accident asking if they should speak to the other side’s insurance company. The answer is no. In Jacksonville, FL law, there are some circumstances where you need to speak to your own insurance company, and even then you’re allowed time to speak to us first so we can be by your side, but you’re not required to ever speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company. The answer is no, do not speak with them. Call Edwards & Ragatz and we’ll help you through this situation.

Should I Take a Settlement Offer?

People injured in truck accidents often want to know if they should accept the insurance company’s initial settlement offer. The answer is, almost always, that the first offer should not be accepted. You should not even make a response to the trucking company or insurance company who’s extending it. They are trying to take advantage of your inability to get professional counseling as to the true value of your case. What we would recommend is to call Edwards & Ragatz. We will take it from there and make sure you get paid full compensation for your injuries.

How Long Will This Case Take?

Many of my clients who have been injured in a truck accident ask me how long their case is going to take. That’s a very difficult question to answer because every case is different. There are some national standards which say that the average, simple personal injury case takes about 18 months, and more complex cases take an average of three-and-a-half years once they get into court. Truck accident cases are somewhere in between the average automobile accident case and a complex case, such as medical malpractice and products liability.

The things that can complicate a case include things like whether there are multiple parties and defendants involved. The truck accident cases can be impacted by a number of things. One of the most important things is we don’t ever want to take your case into court until your injuries have reached a stable point, and that’s generally called maximum medical improvement. In most instances, that takes six months to a year after the accident, so that is going to slow down starting a case, but it doesn’t mean we don’t need to get busy immediately.

In a truck accident case, it’s important to get investigators out to the scene right away. Even if the case is going to take three years to prosecute, we need to get going and get the investigation started right away by interviewing witnesses, getting photographs, and collecting evidence.

Contact Our Jacksonville, FL Truck Accident Attorneys

If you have been involved in a truck accident that left you terribly injured, know that you have legal options. Please call our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL as soon as possible to go over the details of your case during a free consultation and determine what would be the best next step for your case. We are dedicated to get our clients the compensation for their injuries and damages that they deserve. Please call us today to see how we can help you get the best possible result.

Wrongful Death Attorneys Jacksonville, FL

The grief of losing someone is intense. It is particularly hard to deal with when you lose someone due to another person’s negligence. If a loved one has passed away in an accident that could have been avoided, you may be able to bring a wrongful death case in the state of Florida. We know that this does not help with the grieving, but it can help you keep your head above water and support your family after unexpected losing someone. After you learn a little bit about your case and the factors that go into making it a successful one, please call one of our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers for a free case evaluation. We will protect your rights to full and fair compensation. We will not allow the liable party’s insurance company short you. We are dedicated to getting you the best possible result.

Your Legal Rights in a Wrongful Death Case

There are many possible liable parties that could be responsible for your loved one’s passing. That can include one individual person, a company, or government entities. If they acted in a negligent or careless way that caused a fatality, then they can be held responsible for the death of your loved one. By law, the people who are permitted to bring a wrongful death claim and receive compensation are the spouses of the deceased, minor children of the deceased, or parents to minors who were lost in an accident. There are rare exceptions to these laws when needed. Those who bring a wrongful death claim will be receiving compensation for the following:

  • Any medical bills that are owed due to attempt at life-saving treatment
  • Expenses and costs for the funeral
  • Any lost wages or income that you would have gotten from the deceased throughout their lifetime to support the family before their untimely death
  • A loss of companionship for the surviving family members after losing this extremely important person in their life

It is very hard to determine how much compensation should be for a wrongful death because a lot of the damages are considered to be non-economic such as the loss of companionship. Many times, there has to be an expert come in and evaluate the case as determine the economical damages. They will determine the life expectancy of your loved one had this accident not killed them, and how much they might have made in their lifetime. One of our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers will be here to guide you through this process as it is complicated and should not be a weight on your shoulders.

Types of Wrongful Death Cases

Wrongful death happens when there is either a person or an entity who acts in a negligence or careless manner that results in the death of your loved one. Sometimes that means someone breached a legal obligation to keep your loved one safe. Sometimes it means that they did something that directly caused the death of your loved one. The common wrongful death cases arise from the following:

  • Auto accidents (such as car, trucks, buses, and motorcycles)
  • Slip and falls
  • Drownings in an unsafe facility
  • Medical malpractice
  • Construction accidents
  • Terrible dog attack
  • Defective products
  • Acts of violence

These all warrant you bringing a wrongful death claim and will allow you to directly bring a case against the individual or entity who is responsible for the death of your loved one. The way to win a case like this is to resolve it through negotiation outside of the court system with the help of our strong, experienced, and dedicated team of Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers.

How We Can Help You

Because wrongful death cases have the potential to be entirely complicated, it is so important to hire a competent Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL to help you. Our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers have handled many cases like yours and will be more than glad to take on yours. You deserve to have your case be a priority and we want to ensure that you are being taken care of.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Pick the Right Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL?

I was contacted recently by somebody who was contemplating bringing a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one, and she wanted to know the best way to go about selecting a firm to represent her in her wrongful death claim. I advised her that there are multiple factors involved, but some of the most important ones would be to ensure that you select a firm that has a tremendous amount of experience in handling wrongful death claims. You want a firm that handles wrongful death claims as a focus area. You don’t want to hire a firm that deals with family law or criminal law on a regular basis, but a firm that focuses on personal injury cases on a regular basis, including wrongful death.

You also want to ensure that you’ve got a trial firm. You don’t want to retain somebody who hasn’t been to trial or doesn’t go to trial on a regular basis because the insurance companies know that. If you have a trial firm on your side, the insurance company is much more likely that they’re going to take your claim seriously and you’re going to get the maximum value out of your case. At the end of the day, if necessary, if you have a trial firm on your side, they will take the case all the way through a jury verdict, if necessary, in order to ensure that you and your loved ones have the maximum amount of value out of your case.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Oftentimes people wonder who can file a wrongful death claim. In the state of Florida, a personal representative is the person that can bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of an estate or a survivor. If you are a parent that has lost a child or a spouse that has lost a husband or wife, you can bring a wrongful death claim through the personal representative.

The wrongful death statute is very complex in our state, and who can recover is even more complex. That’s why it’s important to seek counsel of an experienced trial firm that deals with wrongful death cases. If we can be of assistance, please contact us for a free consultation or any questions that you may have regarding pursuing a wrongful death claim.

Do I Need to Pay Attorney Fees?

Often, when people are faced with the tragedy of suffering a wrongful death in their family, they wonder about the cost of actually pursuing a claim for wrongful death damages. You can contact our office for a free consultation, and we can investigate your loved ones claim at no charge to you. Our office will fund the cost of the investigation and the litigation and we will only take a fee if we obtain a recovery for you. I encourage you to contact our office with any further questions about this type of claim.

How Much is My Case Worth?

I had a client contact me recently who had a wrongful death claim and wanted to know how to determine the value of her case. There are several factors to consider in that, and one of those is the strength of the case – how negligent or how clear was the negligence of the other side that led to the wrongful death of your loved one? You also want to consider the amount of insurance on the other side. The amount of the insurance, if it’s higher, might lead to the insurance company offering a reasonable, acceptable offer to resolve the case up front.

One of the biggest factors is the firm that you retain. If you retain a trial firm that is willing to take the case to trial, which the other side knows and respects, that’s going to maximize the value of your case because they’re going to know that if they don’t come to the table with something that is reasonable and that fairly compensates you for your wrongful death claim, the trial firm will go to trial and see the case through to a jury verdict.

How Do We Get Compensation?

If you’re wondering what benefits are available on a wrongful death claim, you’ve likely experienced a recent tragedy in the loss of a loved one. Our law firm is here to help. It’s important to contact an experienced trial Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL upon the wrongful death of a loved one. We will do our best in seeking all the damages that you are entitled to receive. Some of the damages that you may receive are for the loss of financial support from the decedent, as well as your own pain and suffering and the loss of consortium and society that you would receive from the decedent.

If you have any further questions, please contact our office. We would like to help you through this tough time.

How Does the Insurance Investigation Work?

Oftentimes, people wonder if they should speak to an insurance company regarding their wrongful death claim. My advice is to not speak to the insurance company regarding the wrongful death claim without counsel from an experienced trial lawyer. A trial lawyer is going to make sure that your interests are protected in any potential wrongful death claim that you have.

How Long Will This Case Take?

I was asked by a client the other day how long their wrongful death claim would take. I advised this client that there are multiple factors that go into how long it lasts, and one of those is how strong the case is. If the case has a lot of strength to it and the other side recognizes that, then they’re much more likely to come to the table with a reasonable offer up front. If they don’t recognize that or if the case is not strong, then they might be more likely to fight the case. If they do that, then that ends up making the case drag out longer and potentially going into suit.

Another factor that can determine how long a case lasts is if you have a trial firm retained. Again, if the other side recognizes that you have a respected trial firm representing you, then they might be more likely to come to the table up front with a reasonable, acceptable offer that fairly compensates you for your wrongful death claim.

Contact Our Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville, FL Today

While we understand that nothing can bring back your loved one after you lose them due to someone else’s negligence, we do know that seeking out a wrongful death claim can be beneficial for the surviving family members. We want to help you get by after this incident. If you have lost a loved one, please do not hesitate to call our dedicated and experienced Jacksonville, FL wrongful death attorneys. We will take over every bit of legal aspect of your case so that you don’t have to bear the weight of that and can tend to your family in this tragic event.