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What a Personal Injury lawyer can do for you

If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, a personal injury attorney can help you receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. Although it's possible to receive some compensation without legal representation, if you don't have a personal injury attorney there's an increased chance that the insurance company will try to take advantage of you and give you less than you deserve."

When should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

Personal injury attorneys typically focus on one type of personal injury claim, such as car accident injuries or medical malpractice. They also have experience in tort law, which involves civil litigation to recover financial damages in a settlement. The following are a few scenarios where you might consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you:

  • The insurance company refuses to pay for your injuries.
  • You've suffered a long-term or permanently disabling injury.
  • You've suffered a severe short-term injury that resulted in significant medical costs.
  • You suffered an injury or illness as a result of negligence by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care provider. In this case you would hire a medical malpractice attorney.
  • You were exposed to a toxic substance as a result of negligent contamination of air, water, or food.
  • You've experienced psychological trauma or illness as a result of another's negligence.
  • You're being sued by someone claiming negligence on your part.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

A personal injury lawyer provides legal representation to anyone involved in a personal injury claim, whether you’re being sued (defendant) or suing (plaintiff). A lawyer can:

  • Decide if it is in your best interest to pursue a lawsuit.
  • Make sure you receive the maximum damages possible for your case.
  • Negotiate your claim.
  • Tell you the best circumstances under which to accept a settlement.
  • Fill out forms, obtain records, and perform administrative work.
  • File motions on your behalf so you can receive information throughout the trial process.
  • Convey the seriousness of your claim to insurers, medical providers, and defendants.

Will your insurance company help with my personal injury case?

Your insurance company won’t provide you with a lawyer or give legal advice regarding your personal injury but they may cover parts of the medical bill if you have been injured. The two of you have very different goals. An insurance company's goal in an accident is to pay out as little as possible if you’re involved in a personal injury, and your goal is to get as much of your injury and damage costs covered. If you have a case which is specific to insurance, consider hiring an insurance lawyer instead.

How are personal injury lawyers paid?

Most personal injury lawyers take cases on contingency. This means that instead of charging a fee directly, the attorney takes a portion of the damages received from a successful case. That portion will usually be about 33% of the total settlement money.

However, the percentage a lawyer charges will often depend on how complex the case is. Lawyers will often require higher percentages as a case goes further through the court system. The final percentage may end up being as high as 60% in especially challenging cases.

In the event that you win your case, the settlement check is typically sent to your lawyer. Your lawyer will deduct their fee, and then send the remaining amount to you.

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?

The cost of a personal injury lawyer depends on many factors, including your state and the kind of case you have. However, the biggest factor is how long it takes to resolve your case. There are 3 general stages at which a personal injury lawsuit can be resolved:

  • Settlement before a case goes to trial
  • Settlement during a trial
  • Settlement determined by trial

The further along in the process you go, the more likely it is that you’ll pay your lawyer more. This is because each stage in the process requires more work on the part of your lawyer. Do your part to read related articles, talk to your attorney, and learn about the different pricing options that exist. Remember that a local personal injury attorney may have a different price than what you see online.

Top 5 questions to ask a personal injury lawyer

Before you hire a personal injury attorney, you'll want to meet for an initial consultation. Many attorneys will offer this consultation for free, as the meeting helps them decide whether you have a viable case. Here are a few questions you'll want to ask during the consultation:

  1. Have you handled cases like mine before, and what were the outcomes? Find out if your attorney has dealt with the type of accident or incident that caused your injury. For instance, an attorney who specializes in motorcycle accidents may turn down your case if it should go to a trucking accidents attorney.
  2. How long would I have to wait before I received a settlement or judgment? A personal injury lawyer should be able to give you a general estimate of how long the process will take.
  3. Do you bill on a contingent fee basis? Find out how your attorney will charge you and when.
  4. How many personal injury cases have you taken to trial? Ask whether your attorney and their law firm has practical litigation experience with personal injury claims and what the outcomes of those trials were.
  5. Do you have past clients who would be willing to speak to me? Talking to past clients is the most reliable way to gauge an attorney's response to concerns or questions. While no one settlement can truly alleviate all discomfort for either party in a personal injury case, an attorney can help you reach the best outcome regardless of who is responsible.

Did you know?

Nearly 96% of personal injury cases are settled pretrial, and an overwhelming 90% of the cases that do go to trial lose. Either way, don't risk your chances at recovering a settlement--hire a personal injury lawyer as early in the process as possible.
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Christopher Thomas Hersem
Christopher Thomas Hersem

1550 W. Cleveland St. Suite 9, Tampa, FL 33606

Bar #17846(FL)     License for 2005 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | DUI and DWI | Personal injury | Speeding and traffic ticket
Lee Michael Pearlman
Lee Michael Pearlman

520 2nd Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701

Bar #53551(FL)     License for 2008 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Personal injury
Angie Lee Smith
Angie Lee Smith

1548 The Greens Way Suite 4, Jacksonville, FL 32250

Bar #64072(FL)     License for 2009 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice | Tax | Wrongful death
Michael T Mackhanlall
Michael T Mackhanlall

37 N. Orange Ave. Suite 509, Orlando, FL 32801

Bar #98005(FL)     License for 2012 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Adoption | Child custody | Child support | Criminal defense | Divorce and separation | Family | Personal injury
Matthew W Shafran
Matthew W Shafran

515 North Flagler Drive Suite P-300, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Bar #98774(FL)     License for 2012 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Expungement | Juvenile law | Sex crime | Slip and fall accident | Violent crime
Michael Maz Raheb
Michael Maz Raheb

2423 1st St, Fort Myers, FL 339012905

Bar #133752(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Divorce and separation | DUI and DWI | Family | Immigration | Medical malpractice | Personal injury | Wrongful death
Timi D Tucker
Timi D Tucker

5425 Village Dr Ste 105, Rockledge, FL 32955-6532

Bar #144894(FL)     License for 1998 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Alimony | Family | Litigation | Mediation | Personal injury
Antonio L. Viera
Antonio L. Viera

2002 West Cleveland Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Bar #183880(FL)     License for 1999 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Accidents | Administrative law | Brain injury | Mediation | Personal injury | Social security | Workers compensation
Alan Harold Landman
Alan Harold Landman

7195 Murrell Rd Ste 102, Melbourne, FL 32940-8259

Bar #745472(FL)     License for 1988 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Criminal defense | Divorce and separation | Domestic violence | DUI and DWI | Family | Personal injury
David Alan Wolf
David Alan Wolf

1702 Emerson St #2A, Jacksonville, FL 32207

Bar #857157(FL)     License for 1990 years

Practice Areas: Animal and dog bites | Brain injury | Estate planning | Medical malpractice | Motorcycle accident | Trucking accident
Matthew Mayne Donaldson
Matthew Mayne Donaldson

31 S. Main Street, Brooksville, FL 34601

Bar #974226(FL)     License for 1993 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Brain injury | Personal injury | Social security
Evan Michael Ostfeld
Evan Michael Ostfeld

5421 N. University Dr., #102 Coral Springs Prof. Campus, Coral Springs, FL 33067-4638

Bar #992232(FL)     License for 1993 years Member in Good Standing

Practice Areas: Admiralty and maritime | Defective and dangerous products | General practice | Personal injury | Social security | Workers compensation | Wrongful death

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