Regardless of the extent of your personal injury case, if you have been injured because of the unreasonable acts or negligence of someone else, you deserve expert legal representation. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we prosecute all cases with the same dedicated and vigorous approach because we understand the serious effects, both short- and long-term, that even a seemingly minor accident can have on your physical, mental, and economic well being, and on your family.
Our team includes accident lawyers who are specialists in helping clients from every walk of life who have been injured in all types of personal injury accidents, including these and more:
Many of these types of accidents are increasing in frequency. Whether the cause is the steady increase of distractions or just that there are more people and vehicles on our roads and waterways than ever before, our accident attorneys will thoroughly analyze the circumstances of your personal injury case. We then document, calculate, and present dollar amounts for your losses.
In personal injury law, most damages are compensatory. This means that awards for damages are intended to compensate the injured person for what he or she lost as a result of the injury or accident. Some types of damages are economic, and calculating dollar amounts for such losses are usually straightforward. Other losses may be considered non-economic, and determining an accurate dollar amount for these requires a skilled and experienced accident lawyer. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we retain the services of medical experts for analyses and testimony; financial experts who can calculate your monetary losses; and vocational rehabilitation professionals who can determine all of the costs that may be associated with occupational retaining.
These are the most common types of damages we help our personal injury clients recover when they’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence:
The amount calculated for medical costs usually includes all of the costs for your care associated with your accident, including treatment you received at the scene of the accident, other emergency medical treatment and transport, hospitalizations, care provided by physicians and other medical professionals, medications, assistive devices, and more. Our accident attorneys and expert support team will also determine a dollar amount for the estimated medical costs you will need in the future as a result of your accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and lost time at work, you may be entitled to recover compensation for lost salary and wages. As with potential medical costs that you may face in the future, your potential loss of future earning capacity—or the wages or salary you would have been able to earn had you not had the accident—may also be included in an amount sought related to income.
If your accident involved damage to or the loss of property, including vehicles, you may be able to be reimbursed for the costs of repairs or replacement of the items you lost at the fair market value.
For many of our clients, the injuries they received in an accident prevent them from returning to the daily activities they enjoyed before the accident, such as hobbies or other recreational pursuits. You may be entitled to receive compensation for this non-economic loss.
This is a common term, but not everyone understands what this type of loss includes. Pain and suffering can be mental and/or physical: Serious injuries sustained in an accident may, for example, may leave the victim to deal not only with physical pain, but also with depression, insomnia, and other issues. Such pain and suffering can become so severe that the victim is unable to work even when his or her physical recovery is progressing well. If your injuries are having effects such as these on your life, your accident attorney may recommend pursuing compensation for pain and suffering.
It’s understandable that you may have a lot of questions about filing a claim or working with a personal injury attorney. Below are some of the questions we hear most often, but if you have any questions we haven’t answered here, please feel free to contact us.
A: We offer some examples of verdicts and settlements we’ve resolved for our clients, but in truth,, every case is completely unique. If you speak with an accident attorney who offers a firm compensation amount in your first consultation, you should consider speaking with another firm. No two accidents have the same set of circumstances, and no two clients have the same type and severity of injuries or the same needs for future medical care. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we have a team of experts and professionals who will work together on your behalf to investigate your claim and build your individual case based on your personal circumstances and needs. To help you make an initial determination of the strength of your case, we offer free, no-obligation consultations.
A: In most accident cases, you should consult an attorney in order to ensure your rights are protected and that you receive the fair compensation and treatment you deserve. Keep in mind that no matter the size of your claim, insurance companies are in business to make a profit, and one way they do that is by offering to pay as little as possible. At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we make our legal services more accessible to all accident victims by offering free initial consultations and by working on a contingency basis.
A: The definition of negligence is a “failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” In other words, a defendant may be found negligent if the average individual in the same circumstances as the defendant would have known that his or her actions (or failure to act) could cause someone to be injured. Examples of negligence on the part of another person or entity that resulted in an injury to someone include being tripped in a retail establishment by a floor that was not repaired after being damaged, being injured by a product that had defects that posed an unexpected danger, and being injured by a reckless driver. In many cases, proving negligence is very challenging, so it’s prudent to have an experienced accident attorney on your side.
A: Some injuries, such as concussions and soft-tissue injuries, don’t cause symptoms right away, or cause only minor symptoms at first. Because more serious problems may take time to become evident, it’s always best to consult an accident attorney as soon after your accident as you can.
A: At Harrell & Harrell, P.A., we work on a contingency fee basis, as many personal injury law firms do. This means that we do not get paid unless we recover compensation on your behalf. When we do recover compensation, the fees for our services will come from that amount.
A: Every prospective client has different needs, but there are common qualities a reputable attorney should have. These include:
A: This question cannot be answered when an attorney first takes on your case. Most cases are settled without having to go to trial, but if it becomes apparent as your case progresses that a settlement cannot be reached any other way, the accident lawyers at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., are fully prepared to represent you in a trial.
A: There are two reasons to act promptly to file a claim: (1) Evidence and witness statements can change or be lost over time, and these are essential to building a strong case, and (2) Florida has a statute of limitations on personal injury claims, which must be filed within four years of the date the accident occurred. In the case of a wrongful death, survivors have only two years to complete the claim filing process.
A: A great many factors influence the length of time needed to settle a claim, including how well negotiations with insurance companies proceed. Each case is different: one may take only six months, while others can go beyond a year or two. Your case may proceed faster if you are willing to settle for less money, or take a relatively long time if there are problems with your case. As with the determination of compensation amounts to seek, this is not a question that can be answered at the outset.
In the aftermath of an accident—especially one in which you or a loved one has been injured—it’s not easy to think clearly about immediate or next steps, especially those that may have longer-term effects on a personal injury claim. Here are a few steps to take after an accident that may help you and your accident lawyer develop your case and ensure your rights are protected.
1. Stay at the scene, regardless of whether you were at fault.
2. Collect as much photo and video evidence as you can. If you’ve had a car accident, for example, get images of the vehicles, property damage, and the surrounding scene. If you’ve had a slip and fall accident, get images of the spot where it happened, the surrounding scene, and any obstacles or other conditions that may have contributed to your fall. Also get photos of all injuries.
3. Obtain names and contact information of all witnesses and the responding law enforcement officer.
4. Obtain insurance information on others who are involved in the accident.
5. Make note of the location, date and exact time of the accident.
6. Do not make any statements concerning fault, either your own or someone else’s.
7. Do not refuse medical attention; records of your injuries will be important later on.
8. Contact your insurance company to report the accident.
9. Promptly schedule an appointment with a physician or medical professional even if you have no signs of injuries at the moment.
10. Before agreeing to or signing anything, consult a qualified accident attorney who is experienced in personal injury cases.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, truck accident or any other type of accident, don’t hesitate to contact Harrell & Harrell, P.A., online or call us at 904-251-1111 or 800-251-1111 now to schedule an initial free consultation. We have accident attorneys standing by to take your call anytime of day or night.
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