Injuries can happen at any time. From car accidents to slip and fall injuries, if an accident causes you harm, and another person is responsible, you may have cause to file a personal injury claim.
Filing a personal injury claim is difficult and requires an intimate knowledge of Florida personal injury law. Do not go at it alone. Call a personal injury lawyer in Davie at Coffey Trial Law for help: 954-541-3194.
What is a personal injury claim?
Personal injury claims are “legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm.”
Essentially, if someone causes you harm — and you can prove it — you will likely be entitled to recover compensation from that person.
The most common types of personal injury claims we see are:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Products Liability
- Pharmacy Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
How does the personal injury claim process work?
All personal injury cases follow the same basic format:
- Gathering evidence and filing a claim
- Negotiating with the insurer
- Accepting a settlement or filing a lawsuit
However, before you begin, you need to figure out with whom you will file. It all depends on how your accident occurred.
If you were injured in a car accident, you would file with the negligent driver’s insurance company. If you were injured due to a pharmacist’s negligence, you would likely file against the pharmacy’s malpractice insurer.
Once you have determined the liable party, you need to establish negligence. Proving negligence often requires investigation and knowledge of personal injury law and what evidence to gather. The attorneys at Coffey Trial Law have decades of experience working with investigators and experts to determine liability and prove negligence.
We also handle evidence gathering for our clients. We will make sure to collect all the proper evidence that supports your personal injury case. This can include:
- Medical reports of your injuries
- Video camera footage of the accident
- Police reports
- Eyewitness testimony
- Any information documentation (for injuries resulting from a product liability case)
- Expert witness testimony
- And much more
We can handle your entire case from start to finish, you just need to get your case to us as soon as possible. In Florida, accident victims have four years to file a lawsuit to recover compensation. While this may seem like a long time, accident claims can take months or even years to reach the negotiations stage.
If you do not file a case within four years, you will be unable to recover any compensation from a lawsuit.
Fortunately, the team at Coffey Trial Law prepares all cases as if they were heading to trial. This means that if the insurer refuses to offer you a fair settlement, we will be prepared to fight for your right to injury compensation in court.
What should I look for in a personal injury lawyer?
If you are searching for a great team of personal injury attorneys, there are a couple things to look for to make sure you have found the right one:
History of Success
Any new attorney can be good, but if you want a great team that will increase your chances of winning your case, look for a team with a successful track record.
Our results truly speak for themselves. We have handled countless cases and recovered tens of millions of dollars for our clients. We would love the opportunity to do the same for you.
Word of Mouth
While money does not lie, you should also see how potential lawyers treat their clients. Read a few testimonials to see how past clients felt working with the lawyer.
Does he respond quickly? Does he keep you informed on your case or does he leave you sitting in the dark? Will the firm treat you as a person or just another case?
Before hiring a firm, check out its testimonials.
What is my case worth?
One of the first things clients always ask is: “How much is my case worth?”
Unfortunately, there is not set answer for this question. Your case’s value depends on the type of accident, the severity of your injuries, and the financial or emotional damages you are dealing with.
However, the attorneys at Coffey Trial Law have years of experience valuing cases and can give you an estimated value at your first, free consultation.
Our attorneys will examine your case and determine how much you might be able to recover. We will examine aspects such as the following to get an idea of the value:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages (past and future)
- Lost business opportunities
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Can I afford an attorney?
Yes, you can. Most people believe that they cannot afford to hire a lawyer for their case; however, this is just not true. Our firm works on a contingency basis which means you do not owe us a dime until we win your case for you.
This allows you to focus on recovering, not how you will pay us.
Call a Davie Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
Filing a claim alone is difficult and we do not recommend it. It is very easy to make a mistake that could limit the amount of compensation you are eligible to recover, or bar you from recovering entirely.
Call the legal team at Coffey Trial Law to schedule a free consultation today: 954-541-3194.