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Personal injury lawyers & accident 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, 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.

Personal Injury Lawyer FAQs

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

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. A personal injury attorney will work hard to negotiate compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?

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 will have a thorough understanding of how much your case is worth so that he can effectively negotiate.

Should I get a lawyer after an accident?

Regardless of the accident, it’s in your best interest to have a lawyer 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:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Car accidents
  • Injuries sustained on business property
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Nursing home neglect
How do I choose a personal injury lawyer?

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., we 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.

To narrow down your choices, check with friends, family members and colleagues 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.

How much does a personal injury attorney charge?

Before you hire an attorney, you should understand how they will charge you. Most personal injury law firms, 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.

How long after a car accident can I claim injury?

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 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.

What areas of practice does a personal injury attorney handle?

A personal injury attorney specializes in representing those who have been injured as a result of negligence by another person, company, or entity. The attorney will seek compensation on behalf of the injured, or their family, to cover damages, medical costs, pain & suffering, and more. The specialization of personal injury law includes many categories, or areas of practice, some of the most common are:

  • Car Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Premises Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Product Liability
How do I know if I have a personal injury case?

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:

  1. The person responsible for the accident was careless or negligent
  2. The negligence from the responsible person caused the injury
  3. 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 an experienced personal injury attorney is the most reliable way to know the chances of a successful lawsuit.

If my injuries aren't severe, will I still need a personal injury attorney?

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, it’s important to still seek medical attention, then consult with a personal injury attorney. 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.

Will my personal injury attorney take my case to trial?

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 attorneys will work hard to get our clients the compensation they deserve, and are fully prepared to represent their case in a trial.

How often should I plan to meet with my attorney?

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.

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What Types of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers 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 for any personal injury case to include 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.

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 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-being are 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 Lawyer

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 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.

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, 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 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%.

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.

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The second experience I had with Harrell & Harrell was due to a personal injury. I was hurt and frustrated, going around with a concussion. Mr. Schlax and his legal secretary Lauralee were always available to me during my frustrations, pain and insecurities along with many legal dynamic questions. They arranged for my medical care the same day and followed through with treatment to maximum medical improvement. We obtained a settlement that was appropriate for the condition and circumstances of the injury.Nothing can make up for being sick, hurt or injured, it changes your life. It does help to get support during and as a result of the incident. I would recommend Harrell & Harrell to anyone for consultation and see what they may do to help if they can. I would use them again if anything else happened in my life that fit into their specialty areas.
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