Personal Injury Attorney Jacksonville
Personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville provide valuable legal services for victims damaged by another person’s negligence, careless behavior or unreasonable acts.
At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys have been helping clients with the details of documenting, preparing and representing injury lawsuits for years. If you or a loved one was injured in an auto accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, work accident or received personal damages from nursing home abuse, our lawyers stand ready to provide advice about the strength of your case with a no cost, no obligation case consultation. When you need an accident attorney in Jacksonville, Florida, we can help. Give us a call today at 904-251-1111 or toll-free 1-800-251-1111 to speak privately with an experienced attorney.
When you choose Harrell & Harrell, P.A., you put your trust in one of Jacksonville’s largest and oldest personal injury law firms with a fine staff of experienced accident attorneys and personal injury lawyers. We have experienced accident lawyers helping victims of all types of accidental injuries from airplane crashes to defective airbags, our lawyers have the trial experience to win your family’s personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
We’re With You When You Need It Most.
In the hours after an accident, there can be a lot of questions about what to do next. The insurance company will be pressing you for a response.
Do you know who you would trust?
You don’t have to walk through this alone.
At Harrell and Harrell, we understand your number one priority is getting better as quickly as possible. And while you’re healing, our attorneys and paralegals work tirelessly to take care of everything else.
The legal system can be intimidating. Our team will be by your side, every step of the process to answer questions and champion for your rights.
We communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf and are with you every step of the way.
Helping Where It Counts
We Are a Law Firm That Gets Results
Motorcycle, Car Collision$9,400,000
Our client, an off-duty law enforcement officer, was riding his motorcycle on a rural two-lane county road when a young woman driving a car made a sudden left-hand turn across his path. Our client sustained a burst fracture at T-12...Read More
A twice-convicted sexual predator moved from New York and applied for a maintenance position at a Florida trailer park. The management staff failed to perform an adequate background check on the pedophile, and he was left to roam around the...Read More
Dump Truck Accident$6,500,000
Our client was a young man driving his small pickup truck over the Shand's Bridge when a dump truck driver collided with him head-on, resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury. This was the largest verdict in Clay County's history.Read More
Railroad Conductor Injured in Crossing Collision$6,220,000
A railroad conductor riding the leading edge of a train was pinched between the train and a dump truck when the truck driver failed to yield the right of way. This Tampa Conductor lost one leg and lost use of...Read More
Our client, a 49-year-old mortgage broker, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when the defendant failed to yield the right of way at an intersection and broadsided our client's car.Read More
Male driver was involved in a head-on collision. Defendant denied liability based on alleged syncope by employee driving their vehicle. Client had three orthopedic surgeries followed by several weeks of in-patient rehab. Outstanding verdict was awarded for expenses, wage claim...Read More
Garbage Truck Accident$3,000,000
A 75,000 pound (4.5 tons overweight) garbage truck, at an estimated speed of 65 mph, swerved out of its lane hitting our clients' vehicle head-on. The accident caused the death of a young mother and injury to her teenage daughter.Read More
At the home of her babysitter, a three-year-old girl was left unattended and was mauled by three dogs. Although she miraculously survived, she was left with devastating injuries. The mobile home community claimed that it did not have any knowledge...Read More
Defective Parking Arm$3,000,000
A middle-aged business executive was returning to her vehicle from a concert when an automatic parking arm fell and hit her head, neck, shoulders, and back. While our client never lost consciousness, this accident caused a traumatic brain injury that...Read More
Railroad Conductor Injured Shoulder Throwing a Railroad Switch$2,200,000
A Miami conductor was injured when the switch he was operating hung up during the course of switching. The jury found the railroad liable for violating numerous federal regulations of switch & track maintenance. An injured rotator cuff and torn...Read More
Our client hit his head in a collision with another child while playing a game of "Capture the Flag" in the dark during a weekend school field trip. The school supervisors failed to seek treatment for our client's head injury...Read More
Bridge Tender Attacked on Bradenton Bridge$1,953,000
female bridge tender operating a drawbridge over the Manatee river was attacked when she showed up for work. The poor lighting and the poor security provided by the railroad led to the attack and injuries to the face, head, knee...Read More
While traveling to work in the early morning, a truck driver ran into our client's vehicle; she never lost consciousness. Our client, who had experienced a previous psychiatric illness, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury from the collision, leaving her...Read More
Rear End Collision$1,630,000
A Navy serviceman was rear-ended at an intersection by a driver traveling 66 mph. The impact pushed his truck across the intersection into a utility pole. The serviceman lost consciousness and was hospitalized. Diagnostics confirmed a herniated disc requiring permanent...Read More
Commercial Vehicle Accident$1,625,000
On a four-lane road, our client was side-swiped by a commercial truck driver. Her vehicle crashed into a ditch where she hit a tree, leaving her with a traumatic brain injury and blindness in both eyes.Read More
Ambulance Worker Accident$1,600,000
An EMT was injure in the back of an ambulance when thrown into shelves during an accident. Two low-back surgeries and the implantation of a pain stimulator device were required. Case settled during second day of the trial.Read More
Truck with Trailer Collision$1,500,000
A 78 year old retired, white male was knocked off of the road when a pickup truck with trailer carrying logs jacked knifed and hit his car. He suffered a compression fracture at T-12, a right knee hematoma, and subsequently...Read More
Tractor Trailer Collision$1,500,000
Our client had stopped behind a school bus when a tractor trailer slammed into him going approximately 40 mph. The force of the collision caused our client to suffer a traumatic brain injury with impairment of cognitive brain function.Read More
The defendant driver stopped in the middle of a road at 3:00 a.m. with no lights. The vehicle carrying our seven-week-old client collided with the defendant's vehicle. The newborn baby suffered a linear skull fracture and a traumatic brain injury...Read More
Woman broke her left wrist due to slippery hardwood floor in a local restaurant. Defendant refused to acknowledge responsibility for the accident. Almost half of the jury's award was for pain & suffering damages.Read More
Backhoe Operator Struck by Mail Truck$1,056,000
A CSX backhoe operating northbound on Highway 301 was struck from behind by a speeding mail carrier. The backhoe operator suffered a broken collarbone, severe lacerations to his forearm and post traumatic stress disorder. (Last offer from the insurance company...Read More
Medical malpractice claim due to gauze pads left in the client's scrotum during a vasectomy reversal procedure. Jury awarded verdict.Read More
Minor DUI Accident$1,000,000
Our client, a sixteen year old girl, was a front seat passenger in a vehicle when the driver lost control of his car and hit a telephone pole. The driver was a minor and under the influence of alcohol at...Read More
An elderly man suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was beaten with a case by his roommate in an assisted living facility. Numerous reports were made pertaining to the violent behavior of our client's roommate prior to the incident.Read More
Drunk Driver Accident$1,000,000
When walking home from work, a registered nurse at Shands Hospital was hit by a drunk driver whose blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit. Earlier in the day, the defendant sat at a bar where a bartender continuously...Read More
Nursing Home Neglect$700,000
An elderly lady suffered from multiple bedsores due to lack of turning and repositioning and improper wound care by nursing home staff. She also endured multiple falls resulting in bruising and fractures from lack of restraint and supervision. The Department...Read More
Wrongful Death Claim$694,000
Deceased's was killed in an apartment fire. The rental unit had bars over the windows which prevented the departed from escaping the fire. Zero dollars offered prior to jury verdict.Read More
Nursing Home Neglect$655,000
Nursing staff performed an improper urinary catheterization while caring for an elderly gentleman. This failure in standard care and subsequent failure to identify and seek treatment led to a urinary tract infection, sepsis and death. The children were not informed...Read More
Interstate Auto Accident$454,000
Army recruiter for close to 18 years was rear-ended on I-10 with injuries requiring shoulder surgery. The injury prevented him from passing mandatory physical causing his medical release prior to his full 20 years. After we were able to prove...Read More
Nursing Home Neglect$450,000
An elderly gentleman who was living independently was admitted to this nursing home for rehabilitation for a fractured hip. The nursing home failed to provide any turning and repositioning of this gentleman which resulted in a large bedsore to his...Read More
Pest Control Vehicle Accident$450,000
Military serviceman's vehicle was rear-ended by a commercial pest-control vehicle. Client was medically discharged from the military due to his injuries. The insurance carrier settled prior to the trial.Read More
Tractor Trailer Accident$350,000
Female driver was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on I-95. The client underwent an arthroscopic shoulder surgery with pain management treatments for her neck and lower back. Trucking company lawyers argued that the client had pre-existing conditions. Settlement reached after...Read More
Truck Rear-End Collision$225,000
A young single mother was stopped in traffic when a truck rear-ended her. The significant force of the collision caused a permanent herniated disc in the woman's neck. To help reduce the pain, doctors recommended periodic cervical epidural injections over...Read More
Rear-End Auto Collision$176,000
An 18-year old woman developed neck and back pains following a rear-end collision. After two-years of treatment (medical bills totaled less than $20,000), a Clay County jury awarded compensation for chiropractic care for the rest of her lifeRead More
Confidential SettlementFLSA Class Action
Our Firm represented a class of individuals against their employer for failure to pay overtime wages as required by Federal Law. The lawsuit settled shortly after certification of the class.Read More
Our client, a mother with two children while heading home from work was crashed into when a negligent driver ran a red light. Our client was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries where she underwent numerous surgeries for internal...Read More
What Our Clients Have to Say
"Harrell and Harrell was with us all the way, Renee right there... They really want to make sure that you're comfortable and that you do have the hope that something is going to work out properly at the end of it ... that you're going to actually be alright and get through the situation that you're in." -Stephen, Jacksonville
"...after speaking to Harrell & Harrell, the team, it just gave me a lot of hope. Instead of worrying so much about my healing, I just had something better and I knew the bills were going to be paid and we were going to be taken care of.... I just needed to worry about getting better. They were just absolutely wonderful from the minute we started... I mean I never had to call once to see what was going on. They were constantly in contact with me, getting more information from me and letting me know every piece of information they got." -Carolyn, Jacksonville
"...I'm the victim of an accident, an auto accident, and I called Harrell & Harrell and they were every bit of a life coach as one could be, and they helped put the pieces of my life together as best as they could be." -Teria, Orange Park
"I'd just like to thank the Harrells -- the whole family and the whole company. ... I put my family in their hands and their family took care of mine. And that's something that I can never thank them enough for..." -Karen, Jacksonville
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your hard work… You helped to change my life..." -Jack, Jacksonville
"I wanted to take a moment to express how much I appreciate you and your team for representing myself..." -The Hammer Family
"...Ms. Aleman made my journey through this as smooth as possible. She is punctual, spent the necessary time in providing me the information I needed (to provide them details in return) and a thorough professional person..." -Virender, Jacksonville
"Thank you for your amazing service..." -Freddy, Jacksonville
"...my most sincere thanks in all you did in representing me for my disability hearing." -Michelle, Jacksonville
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I simply cannot say enough good things about David R. Black. I would recommend him to anyone and he will be the only personal injury lawyer I would ever use in North Florida again.
"I will recommend others to your Law Offices because I have had great experience and I find Nancy to be a great asset to your staff." -Deverra, Jacksonville
"We will recommend Harrell and Harrell to all of our friends and family in the event your services are needed." -John, Jacksonville
"Thank you for your diligent and conscientious work regarding my case. You were always pleasant, helpful and polite. That was greatly appreciated." -Cynthia, Jacksonville
"David & I appreciate all the time and effort you spent on my accident case. It was really nice to feel that we had someone truly on our side going to bat for us." -Patti, Jacksonville
"Undoubtedly, I made the right decision in selecting Harrell & Harrell to represent me... I want to thank you for all the hard work you put into my case." -Mary, Jacksonville
"I would like to thank you so very much for helping me settle my case... With your help and the help of your wonderful team I felt like I was part of the family and I had unconditional support." -Valerie, Jacksonville
"I am so grateful to your firm for your help in receiving a settlement following an auto accident..." -JoAnne, Jacksonville
"I would like to thank you for all of your assistance and persistence in bringing our case to a satisfactory closure. The professionalism and caring manner with which you dealt with us throughout the fifteen month period was very much appreciated." -Joan, Jacksonville
"I want to express my deep appreciation for your assistance in my legal matter... You people are always nice and you achieved the just result which greatly helped in my time of difficulty." -Roy, Jacksonville
"Just a note to say thank you for your hard work on my file. I appreciate it." -Eileen, Jacksonville
"Thank you very much for successfully completing my case. I will refer my friends and family." -Brindle, Jacksonville
"I would really like to thank you for all you've done for me and my husband as well as my kids... I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer to recommend for fighting for one's family." -Rachel, Jacksonville
Jerry & Kathy
"Jerry and I both would like to thank you for everything you have done for us. Your hard work at keeping up with our case and in touch with us at all times." -Jerry & Kathy, Jacksonville
"Rosanna, I wanted to thank you for all that you're doing for me! Thank you for offering to help me through a difficult time in my life. I appreciate you and I'm thankful for your guidance." -Elisa, Jacksonville
"Thank you for your hard work, and attention to my case. Just wanted to let you know how much you're appreciated." -David, Jacksonville
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I was very fortunate to have Diane work my case. Our personalities clicked and we had a very pleasurable client attorney relationship, throughout the 2 year period. I am proud to say that We Won!
"A year ago I contacted Harrell and Harrell - where I was immediately contacted and had my case executed in lightning fast manner. Both Linn and you (Diane) listened and fought for me all the way. There is no way I could ever repay either you or Linn or Harrell and Harrell for that matter." -Conrad, Jacksonville
"Your lawyer Ms. Diane Cassaro & paralegal Ms. Linn Dew; these two remarkable individuals went beyond the call of duty and I am so grateful and appreciative of their efforts and time spent on my fully favorable decision by the judge. They truly cared!" -Patricia, Jacksonville
"Thank you so very much for all that you did for me and for your kindness throughout this whole process. You are such a wonderful person." -Ashley, Jacksonville
"Nicole was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely knowledgeable and kept us informed every step of the way. It was a long tedious, process for me ... but with Nicole's persistence she was able to settle without going to trial for the maximum amount. I can't begin to tell you how grateful me and my husband are with the outcome." -Kathy, Jacksonville
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Personal Injury Attorney FAQs
When an accident occurs due to someone else’s negligence, the injured person may be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawsuit is the legal action filed against the person, business, or entity responsible for the injury to obtain financial compensation. This is generally the next step after a personal injury claim, which is a formal request for compensation from the at-fault party, their insurance company, or the injured person’s insurance company. Most often, a personal injury claim is settled outside of court when both parties can come to an agreeable settlement. If the negotiations are not acceptable, the injured party can then file a lawsuit to take the at-fault party to court.
An accident can change a person’s life in the blink of an eye, leaving them with injuries that are temporary at best or they could be left with permanent disabilities. Here at Harrell & Harrell, our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys will work hard to negotiate compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
A personal injury lawyer will defend the rights of a person injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. With personal injury cases, the lawyer will negotiate with insurance companies or others on their clients’ behalf in an attempt to reach a fair settlement.
In most cases, it’s preferable to settle the case outside the court system. If neither party can agree on a compensation amount, the personal injury case will go to court where a judge will decide based on the strength of the case. An experienced attorney in Jacksonville will have a thorough understanding of how much your case is worth so that he can effectively negotiate.
Personal injury law exists to help relieve the financial burden placed upon the injured party after an accident due to someone else’s negligence. With mounting medical bills and lost income due to the inability to work, a Jacksonville personal injury attorney can help secure fair compensation to help you get your life back together.
Depending on each individual personal injury case, plaintiffs could receive compensation for:
-Past and future medical bills
-Lost wages and future loss of income
-Pain and suffering
Regardless of the accident, it’s in your best interest to contact a personal injury attorney to defend your rights. You want to receive fair treatment, and regardless of the situation, you want someone who has your best interests at heart. It is not in the insurance companies’ best interest to pay fair compensation in a prompt and reasonable fashion. What’s good for the insurance companies won’t be what’s best for you. Don’t try to reach a settlement on your own without consulting a personal injury attorney. You may want to consult a personal injury lawyer if you believe you have a case in one of these areas:
-Injuries sustained on business property
-Slip and fall accidents
-Nursing home neglect
Your choice of a personal injury lawyer is important, and your decision shouldn’t be rushed. The time you spend learning about the personal injury attorneys you’re considering can make all the difference when your and your family’s financial future is at stake.
Advertising certainly works to draw attention to certain personal injury firms, but it tells you only so much about the attorneys you would be working with. You also want to know that the firm specializes in personal injury law and doesn’t simply offer it as a sideline to other areas of practice. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our Jacksonville attorneys focus on personal injury cases because we understand the impact that an injury can have on our clients’ lives and we’ve dedicated our practice to ensuring that accident victims have experts on their side, protecting their rights and helping to secure their futures.
Experience matters when choosing a personal injury attorney. To narrow down your choices, check with friends, family members and colleagues in the Jacksonville area who may be able to recommend an attorney they’ve worked with in the past. Also check the personal injury law firm’s reputation by researching reviews made by past clients.
Be sure to schedule an initial consultation (which should always be offered at no charge to you) so that you can personally meet members of the firm. Ask about the firm’s success in managing cases that are similar to yours and also ask who will be personally assigned to your case. It’s customary for several people to be involved, so ask about who other than the main attorney will be working with you.
Lastly, a reputable personal injury lawyer will not pressure you to sign any retainer agreements in your initial meeting.
You should understand how a personal injury attorney will charge before you consider hiring them. Most personal injury law firms here in Jacksonville, Florida, including Harrell & Harrell, P.A., represent clients on a “contingency fee” basis. A contingency fee is a percentage of a successful verdict or settlement. This means that if you don’t receive compensation, we won’t get paid. We will only get paid if the case is won.
In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury claim is four years after the day the accident took place.
If you miss the statute of limitations on your case, it’s almost guaranteed that the opposing party will bring this up in court, and the court will dismiss the case as a result. The filing deadline can have a significant impact on the strength of your case. Because some injuries don’t cause symptoms right away and it may take time for more serious problems to become evident, it’s best to consult an attorney soon after your accident. Additionally, the sooner you contact a Jacksonville personal injury attorney, the sooner legal steps are taken to build the strongest case possible. There may also be complicated aspects of the accident, and with time the strength of the case start may begin to decline— evidence could get lost and witness’ memories get fuzzy.
It is true that, in certain circumstances, a pre-existing condition can make your case more complex, requiring a more nuanced approach. However, people who have been injured with pre-existing conditions have just as much as a right as anyone else to seek and received compensation from an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence.
You’ll want to know what to expect when meeting for the initial consultation. During these meetings, there should be no pressure or obligation. The attorney will collect paperwork and documentation, learn the details of your case, determine the strength of your case, and decide how to move forward with your claim.
This is also an ideal time to ask the attorney questions of your own such as: experience and knowledge with your type of case, if there’s a possibility your case could go to trial, anything regarding your injuries and medical bills, and any other specifics to your case.
Read our article on how to prepare for your consultation with a personal injury attorney.
Our Jacksonville personal injury attorney specializes in representing those who have been injured as a result of negligence by another person, company, or entity—seeking compensation on behalf of the injured, or their family, to cover damages, medical costs, pain & suffering, and more. This specialization of personal injury law includes many categories, or areas of practice, some of the most common are:
Nursing Home Abuse
If you’ve suffered injuries in an accident due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. The basic requirements for a personal injury claim are:
-The person responsible for the accident was careless or negligent
-The negligence from the responsible person caused the injury
-The injury resulted in damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and more
The most important question to ask is “How Strong is My Personal Injury Case?” There are several factors that go into consideration for the strength of a case, speaking with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville is the most reliable way to know the chances of a successful lawsuit.
Damages in a personal injury claim are intended to return the injured victim of an accident to their condition prior to the accident. These types of damages are generally either categorized as economic or monetary, or non-economic or non-monetary.
-Expenses for medical care
-Future medical costs
-Lost income or wages
-Loss of future earnings
-Replacement or repair of damaged property
-Pain and suffering
-Loss of companionship
Many times immediately after an accident, injuries aren’t apparent for days or even weeks later. Even if you think your injuries aren’t severe after an accident, consult with a personal injury attorney after seeking medical attention. If what you thought were “minor” injuries in the beginning turns into a life-altering situation, requiring ongoing medical attention or lost wages, you then have the foundation to build a personal injury case.
The vast majority of the time, a personal injury claim is settled through negotiations with insurance carriers outside the courtroom. On occasion, a mutual agreement is not met between the insurance company and our clients. The case is then forced to go to trial in order to progress. Our Jacksonville attorneys will work hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve, and are fully prepared to represent their case in a trial.
Here at Harrell & Harrell, we have a team of many people that work on our clients’ cases. This includes attorneys, paralegals, case managers, and more. As a client, be prepared to stay in contact with those on your team through email, phone conversations, and in-person meetings. The frequency of these interactions will vary depending on the complexity of your case. However, feel free to reach out to those on your team any time should you have questions or concerns about your case.
What Types of Cases Do Personal Injury Attorneys Take?
Personal injury lawyers manage what are known as tort cases. These focus on a failure to act or an action that was taken that resulted in harm to a person. Although most often known for handling car accident cases, personal injury attorneys are qualified to represent clients in a wide range of claims, such as product liability, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability, wrongful death, and more.
We offer a no cost, no obligation consultation at our Jacksonville law office for any personal injury case, including the specialties listed below:
Auto Accident Attorney: There are hundreds of thousands of car accidents in Florida each year and more than a quarter of a million injuries resulting from those crashes, making these accidents the most common type of personal injury claims. And, with more vehicles on the road and more distracted drivers, accidents are on the rise. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, or an accident involving another type of motor vehicle, it’s critical to have an experienced legal team on your side. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we’ve helped our clients with more than $10 million in settlements in motor vehicle accidents.
Truck Accident Lawyer: These types of personal injury cases can be complex since there may be a number of parties involved, such as the driver of the truck, the owner of the truck, the owner of the freight or payload, and others. Another factor that can make these cases more complex is that trucking is heavily regulated in the U.S., with a long list of laws and rules that govern truck drivers’ behavior, recordkeeping and more. Our truck accident attorneys are well versed in the legal requirements for commercial trucking and have decades of experience handling truck company negligence cases.
Pedestrian Accident Attorney: The injuries sustained when a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a vehicle can be particularly severe. Because pedestrians have no protection in an accident, a crash with a careless or reckless driver can change a victim’s life forever. Our pedestrian accident lawyers will seek all of the damages to which you may be entitled, including loss of your present and future income, medical bills, therapy costs and more.
Slip and fall accidents: These types of personal injury cases must be carefully investigated, since the circumstances surrounding them aren’t always straightforward. Sustaining an injury on someone else’s property is not enough to make a premises liability claim since it may or may not involve negligence. These cases are also complicated by the involvement of multiple parties, such as a property manager and a property owner, and by the fact that some of the victim’s injuries may not be readily apparent in the immediate aftermath of the accident. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., our slip and fall accident lawyers can help you determine the strength of your case.
Medical Malpractice Attorney: Medical professionals are expected to adhere to a certain accepted standard of care. When they haven’t, and an injury to a patient results from negligent actions such as improper treatment or a failure to diagnose, victims may have a medical malpractice or medical negligence claim. There are a number of specific requirements that such a case must meet, so it’s essential to consult with a personal injury firm that has specialized experience in medical malpractice law.
Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer: Nursing home negligence cases are among the most devastating to families. When a nursing home that you’ve trusted with your loved one’s care fails to provide appropriate care, a nursing home abuse lawyer will fight for your loved one’s rights. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we have attorneys on our team who are experts in nursing home abuse and nursing home accident cases. Contact us for a free, private consultation with one of our experienced nursing home abuse lawyers.
How Much Does A Personal Injury Attorney Charge?
This is often one of the first questions we hear from prospective clients and it’s one of the most important. If you’ve never hired an attorney, you may be hesitant to call on one when you have a legal issue for fear that you won’t be able to afford representation. At our personal injury law firm in Jacksonville, we begin your injury or accident case without you having to pay any fees or costs. Instead, our fee comes from a percentage of your successful settlement or court-ordered judgement after a trial. That percentage, in accordance with a Supreme Court of Florida-approved standard, is 33-1/3% of any case settled or 40% of any award after a lawsuit is filed and litigation commenced. If we do not win your case, you owe no costs or fees to us. Our work on your case will not begin until you have had the opportunity to review and sign a contingency fee agreement.
What To Know About The Costs of Your Case
- Costs are separate from fees and are the expenses that are incurred to pursue and prepare your personal injury case from beginning to end.
- The costs that we will incur can vary greatly. Generally, the more severe the injury, the more costs there will be, and some injuries require more time for researching liability than others. Since personal injury attorneys advance these costs, it’s important to hire a firm such as Harrell & Harrell, P.A., that has the financial resources to cover any costs that are necessary, which may be tens of thousands of dollars.
- Examples of costs include fees for investigation, filing fees, locating witnesses, copies of accident reports or medical records, travel expenses, fees for consultants, and the cost of taking depositions and serving subpoenas. Costs to prepare transcripts and trial exhibits will also be included, as will administrative costs such as postage.
- Expert witnesses are often critical to the success of a personal injury case. His or her time to review and prepare a report on your case and testify at trial may represent a significant expense. The testimony of an expert witness can help a jury understand complex concepts, such as how the negligent actions of another person led to your injuries.
- Taxes are not generally paid on monies you receive from litigation. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we are obligated to work toward making any award or settlement as free from taxes as possible.
- Anytime you consult a Jacksonville personal injury lawyer, it’s important to ask whether costs will be deducted before or after the lawyer’s percentage fee is determined, since this will affect the total amount of fees and costs that you may pay. Also, be sure to ask about the firm’s contingency fee, which may be as much as 40%.
Is It Worth Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or harmed by another person’s recklessness or carelessness, a personal injury attorney can help you seek compensation for damages. Although there is no law that requires you to have an attorney handle your claim, a personal injury lawyer can guide you through every step of the complex claim process.
As with most personal injury law firms, the Jacksonville, Florida attorneys at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., work on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us any fees unless we win your case. We also offer free consultations to determine the strength of your case, so there is also no cost to meet with us for a case review.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are considering whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer, these are just some of the advantages of having an experienced attorney at your side:
- We handle the insurance companies: Insurance companies are powerful and have vast resources, including teams of attorneys. Without expert attorneys representing you, it’s easy to be taken advantage of and settling for less than you’re entitled to. We have decades of experience dealing with insurance companies and their lawyers and know just what to expect from them when one of our clients files a claim. They exist to protect their interests—we exist to protect yours.
- We put an entire team to work on your case: You won’t have only one lawyer on your case: You’ll have the support of our licensed accident investigators, vocational rehabilitation expert, our full-time staff of medical professionals, and others who help us build a comprehensive case.
- We know how to calculate the true costs of all of your losses: When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the effects can reach into every part of your and your family’s lives. Your current and future employment, unforeseen future medical costs, and the toll on your mental or emotional well-beingare just some of the factors that must be considered when determining the total damages involved in your case.
When to Consider Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
You may be able to benefit from having a personal injury law firm handle your case if:
- You’ve sustained injuries that have caused a permanent disability or that will require long-term treatment and care.
- Multiple parties were involved in your accident, which can complicate insurance claims.
- The insurance company will not offer a settlement or a fair one.
- You have severe injuries but the insurance company will not recognize the degree of severity, which can reduce the amount of compensation you rightfully deserve.
So how do you know if you need a personal injury lawyer? Your first step should be contacting an experienced personal injury law firm. At Harrell & Harrell, we offer free, no-obligation consultations at our Jacksonville office that can help you determine if working with a personal injury attorney is your best course of action. Keep in mind that Florida statutes of limitation may require you to promptly file a claim, so please don’t hesitate to schedule your consultation now.
What Questions Should I Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Your choice of a personal injury attorney to handle your case can be one of the most important factors in a successful outcome. No two personal injury law firms are the same, so you should take your time interviewing attorneys you are considering hiring. To help, here are questions you should ask an attorney:
1. What areas of practice do you specialize in?
Most firms focus on particular areas of law, such as corporate, tax, business litigation, or criminal defense. Some very large practices offer a wide range of services. If you’ve been injured in an accident, look for attorneys who specialize in personal injury law. They are likely to have more experience in personal injury, greater resources dedicated solely to personal injury cases (such as on-staff medical experts), and deep knowledge of your state’s personal injury statutes. When your financial future and well-being are at stake, you want specialists on your team.
2. Have you handled a personal injury case similar to mine?
Many types of cases can fall under personal injury law, from wrongful death and class actions, to truck accidents and nursing home abuse. Not all personal injury lawyers have experience in every area of practice, so it’s important to ask if the firm has specific experience in cases similar to yours.
3. What settlements and verdicts have you gotten for cases like mine?
A law firm’s record of success in helping personal injury clients is an important indicator of what it may be able to do for you. Ask for specific examples of the cases a personal injury lawyer has resolved by settlement or verdict, particularly in cases that have elements in common with yours.
4. How long will it take to resolve my case?
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows that every case is different, and each will take varying lengths of time to resolve. An attorney should be able to give you a general idea of how long it will take based on his or her experience with cases such as yours, but there are many factors that can and will affect the duration of your case.
5. How much will I get if I win?
As with the time frame question above, there is no single answer that can be given at an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer. If an attorney cites specific dollar amounts before thoroughly reviewing your case, they may not have your best interests in mind. The course of a personal injury case can change at any time, so look for a personal injury lawyer who will give you a realistic answer to this question and honest assessments along the way.
6. Do you have the financial resources to take my case?
Because most personal injury law firms work on a contingency basis—you don’t pay any fees unless the firm reaches a settlement or verdict on your behalf—the firm must bear the costs that are incurred as your case is being managed. Since these costs can run into the tens of thousands of dollars for just one case, a personal injury law firm must have the financial resources and stability to cover them.