When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be left wondering what to do next or whether contacting a personal injury attorney is a viable option in your situation. Knowing what is available to you and how to go about the process in an orderly way can help you find your way forward after a traumatic accident. When you are considering the many questions that are going through your mind, it’s best to do so with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
At the Law Offices of McCullough & Leboff, P.A., we take pride in standing alongside individuals and families who are seeking answers after suffering injuries due to the actions or negligence of others. We are ready to use our knowledge and insight to assess your situation, explain your legal options, and help you determine the best course of action for your specific circumstances. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or the surrounding areas of Davie, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Weston, Sunrise, or Plantation, contact us to schedule a consultation.
Common Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury cases cover a wide variety of claims. Some of the more common types of personal injury claims arise from incidents involving:
Car, truck, or motorcycle accidents
Premises liability accidents
Product liability accidents
Slip & fall accidents
Though the list above may be some of the most common, personal injury claims can result from many other incidents involving potential negligence on the part of one or more parties.
Knowing When You Should Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve already been in an accident and have suffered injury as a result, it is important to know when your situation calls for legal action to pursue a financial remedy. To determine whether your circumstances put you in a position to file a claim, you must consider a number of factors.
Fault State vs. No-Fault State
Personal injury claims and liability for accidents can be handled differently depending on which state you’re in. Whereas other states are in the “fault” category (in which specific parties involved in the accident can be held liable and be ordered to pay for damages to injured parties), the state of Florida falls under the “no-fault” category. This means, following a car accident, each party’s own personal insurance coverage will pay for medical costs and other losses.
Severity of Injury
Suffering from relatively minor injuries (bumps, bruises, aches, and pains) after an accident is one thing. Being seriously injured (fractured bones, lacerations, spinal or head injuries, etc.) will likely result in significant medical costs, along with the potential for lost income due to missing work or being completely incapacitated from a physical standpoint. If your injury is severe enough to put you in a difficult financial position, you have the right to seek compensation from the responsible party.
The Importance of Knowing Your Options
The legal landscape is a complicated and confusing place to navigate. Without the help of a trained legal professional, you can easily get lost. By working with a team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys, you can be made fully aware of your available legal options, allowing you to build a strong strategy and determine the best move.
Dealing With Insurance Providers
Insurance providers, while sometimes helpful when it comes to covering expenses and replacing or repairing damaged property, aren’t exactly known for looking out for individuals. Like any type of business, they have an eye on their bottom line. When dealing with insurance companies, it’s always in your best interest to have an experienced attorney by your side.
The Difficulty of Proving Negligence
Personal injury cases can be challenging in court due to the inherent difficulty of proving negligence. The responsible party will have a variety of potential defenses they could claim to avoid having to pay compensation to injury victims. Without the help of a skilled personal injury attorney, you will likely find it an insurmountable task to prove your case on your own.
Here to Answer Your Important Questions
It’s perfectly understandable to be overwhelmed and uncertain about where to turn after you’ve been injured in an accident. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to the fault of another party, you may have grounds to take legal action and pursue financial compensation that can help you pay your medical costs, offset the loss of income due to not being able to work, and cover repairs to damaged property.
If you have questions about whether your injury makes you eligible to seek a resolution through a personal injury claim, we are ready to help. Our team will work closely with you to learn the details of your accident, determine who was at fault, and help you make informed decisions regarding the legal process. Our priority is to put you on the right path to a more peaceful future. If you are in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area (or the surrounding cities of Plantation, Sunrise, Weston, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, or Davie), reach out to us at the Law Offices of McCullough & Leboff, P.A. to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.