Are you suffering from a personal injury as a result of a third party's negligence or misconduct? If so, you shouldn't have to tend to your injuries without the adequate amount of compensation.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you could be eligible to receive compensation to properly care for your personal injury.
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Types of Personal Injury Accidents
There are many circumstances of negligence and misconduct that causes personal injury. It is crucial to find who was liable and prove that their negligence or reckless behavior caused the accident.
The types of accidents associated with personal injury include some of the following:
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability
- Workplace Injuries
Once you have been involved in an accident it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance company.
Typically, the insurance company's main focus is protecting the best interest of the company, as opposed to the personal needs of their clients. You may be short-handed in your compensation. Have an attorney look over your insurance company's settlement to determine if you have received the maximum amount of compensation for your personal injury.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
The amount you are entitled to in a settlement depends on several factors related to the severity of your accident.
You deserve to be compensated for your medical bills, including emergency care and any type of rehabilitative treatment you will require, such as chiropractic adjustments or physical therapy.
You can also claim compensation for the income you have lost and will lose in the future, both during your recovery and in the event that the injury has made it impossible for you to continue earning the same amount.
Additionally, you can claim damages for your pain and suffering, which can be difficult to compute.
I've already been offered a settlement. Should I take it?
An important thing to remember when dealing with insurance companies is that they are in business to make money, and are determined to avoid paying any more on a claim than necessary. They know that accident victims are usually anxious to receive a check, and they will typically make an offer in hopes of settling the claim quickly and cheaply.
Your injuries may be worth significantly more than you have been offered, and if you accept the check or sign any type of waiver, you will likely give up your right to pursue the compensation you deserve. Speak with us first so that we can inform you of your rights.
How do I prove negligence in a personal injury case?
Negligence in a personal injury lawsuit is determined according to the question of what a reasonable person would have done in the situation to avoid the accident. You must prove that the other party failed to take the actions which would be expected of a reasonable person to prevent your injuries.
In a drunk-driving accident, a reasonable person would not drive after consuming alcohol, and in a car accident you may point to the fact that a reasonable driver would not use a cell phone for texting.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
Following an accident, you will likely be dealing with your insurance company, your employer's insurance company and other third-party insurance companies, depending on the nature of your accident. Unfortunately, the insurance company is not on your side and will frequently offer you a lower compensation than you actually deserve. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and the less that they spend on you, the more they get to keep.
At Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., we are experienced personal injury lawyers who frequently deal with insurance companies so that our clients don't have to. The time surrounding an accident is stressful enough. The last thing that you want to deal with is added anxiety from your insurance company.
Our firm can help you file the necessary paperwork as well as collect the evidence that can get you the recovery that you deserve. Our team of attorneys can also help fight against liability that is wrongfully being shifted onto you. For example, if you were involved in a car accident, the other party involved may be attempting to claim that you were partially at-fault for the accident and therefore liable for some of the damages.
Our firm will fight to see that you aren't wrongfully blamed and that you secure maximum financial compensation for repair costs, lost wages, medical bills and any other ways in which your accident caused you to suffer.
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At Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A., we understand the immense stress of dealing with a personal injury as well as the complexities of dealing with insurance companies. That is why our Jacksonville lawyers are dedicated to assisting you every step of the way.
You should receive the best possible amount of compensation, depending on your loss of income and the severity of your injury. From your ambulance bills, medical expenses, and rehabilitation needs, proper compensation is vital to cope and tend to your injuries.
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