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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 Attorney 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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Our attorneys will review the details of your case at no costs or obligation to you. In most cases, injury lawsuits are settled outside the courtroom in negotiations with the insurance carrier. However, our accident attorneys have the trial experience and legal expertise to represent your case in negotiation, arbitration, mediation or litigation.

If you have received personal injuries or have been financially damaged as the result of an accident involving someone else’s negligence or unreasonable acts, call Harrell & Harrell, P.A., today at 904-251-1111 or 1-800-251-1111 to personally speak with a lawyer to determine your best course of legal action.



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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