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Suffering an injury can lead to expensive bills and a loss of income. It can prevent you from working and force you to undergo multiple medical procedures. As these costs begin to add up, it is important that you seek the compensation that you deserve under the law.
We have personal injury attorneys in Vero Beach ready to listen to your side of the story and fight for what you deserve. Find out how we can help you with your personal injury case. Let us get you the compensation you need to make the fullest possible recovery.
What Type of Claims Our Personal Injury Lawyers Represent
When choosing a lawyer, you need to know what kinds of cases they take. At our Vero Beach office, we take the following kinds of personal injury cases:
- Car accidents
- Uber/Lyft accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and fall
- Truck accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
If you have another kind of personal injury case, contact us anyway. We may be able to refer you to another one of our offices that does handle your kind of case. It never hurts to ask us.
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How a Lawyer Can Help You Win Your Personal Injury Case
When someone else injures you in a car accident or another scenario that was caused by their negligence, you are eligible to receive money to cover the costs of that injury. We will fight to make sure you get a fair settlement.
Insurance handles many injury claims, but they don’t pay out nearly as much as they should. That’s where our Vero Beach personal injury lawyers come in. When you come to us, here’s what we do to help you win your case. It all starts with the consultation:
Complimentary Consultation in Person or at Our Vero Beach Office
Because every personal injury case is different, it is important that we get to know you and the details of your case. The complimentary and confidential consultation gives us the opportunity to learn more about your case and for you to ask questions and get to know us.
If we believe you have a case and you believe we can work well together, we then move on to the next steps. It takes time to build a case, so the next step is gathering information.
Gather Evidence of Fault
It is important that we seek owed compensation from the responsible party. This means that we must determine who is at fault for the injuries. Our next task is to establish the four important elements of personal injury cases.We do this by collecting documentation including:
- Police report
- Witness statements
- Medical records
- Income statements
- Expert witness statements
If you have some of these when you come in for your consultation, it will be much quicker for us to judge your case. We can also give you a better estimate of how much you should be getting. Photos of your injuries and the accident scene are a huge help.
Negotiate Settlement Offers
Settlement offers are common in personal injury cases because they reduce the time spent in court and the legal fees for everyone involved. We can negotiate settlements on your behalf, while you focus on your health.
If a settlement offer does not fully cover your costs, our team of Vero Beach personal injury lawyers is ready to take your case to trial. Having a lawyer on your side lets insurance companies know you mean business. Settlements can grow 40% or more just by having a lawyer.
Keep the Process Moving
We understand the immediate need for compensation to cover household and medical costs. We can assist you in filing your lawsuit in a timely manner while also ensuring that the responsible party pays within the legal timeline.
Settlements can take time, and trials can drag out, but many creditors are happy to negotiate with you if they know you have a lawyer working on your case. We can offer advice on how to handle creditors while your case is in process.
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Florida’s Four Elements of Personal Injury
We must prove that you have a case before we go to the insurance company or the court. Every personal injury case in the state of Florida must include the following four elements:
- Duty of care: We must show that the defendant held a legal duty of care to the injured party.
- Breach of duty: We must show that the defendant breached that duty of care, whether intentionally or through negligence.
- Causation: We must also show that the breach of duty caused your injuries.
- Damages: We must also provide evidence that your injuries have a cost to you. These are the costs that we can seek compensation for.
Our team of personal injury lawyers in Vero Beach will collect the evidence to determine these four elements of personal injury are present. The insurance company, on the other hand, will try to disprove or reduce our claims.
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What Damages Could I Receive in My Personal Injury Case?
Damages are the costs of your injury. Medical and household costs can get expensive following a personal injury. An injury might also prevent you from earning your expected wages. Florida allows for the following types of recoverable damages:
- Current medical costs
- Emergency transportation
- Future medical needs
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Required household renovations
- Daily household costs
- Property damage costs
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
Your lawyer will study your case and determine what you may be eligible for. Some damages are easy to prove, like a hospital bill. Others, like pain and suffering, are harder to prove, but there are legal methods to do so.
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What if I’m Partially to Blame for My Accident?
Florida operates under a pure comparative negligence law. This means that although you can seek compensation for an accident that you are partially to blame for, the courts may reduce the amount by the percentage that you are at fault.
This is a common way for defendants to reduce the amount they’ll pay you, and one of the big reasons to have a personal injury lawyer in Vero Beach fight for you. Sometimes the other side will claim strange things as fault just to get their payout lower.
Florida’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
It is also important that we bring your personal injury lawsuit within Florida’s statute of limitations. Florida requires that we file all personal injury cases within four years from the date of the accident.
Some special circumstances including legal incapacitation or wrongful death could extend this time limit. Fatal crashes in Vero Beach aren’t common, but they do happen. However, these exceptions are often rare.
If you wait too long to file, you risk the court dismissing your case and deeming you ineligible for compensation. Also, it’s difficult to gather evidence to establish fault too long after the accident. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
A Personal Injury Lawyer in Vero Beach, FL Can Help
Working with a personal injury lawyer in Vero Beach can help you navigate the legal process and get you the compensation that you deserve. It can also allow you to focus on what is most important: your health.
It’s easy to contact Chalik & Chalik for your free consultation. Just click the contact button at the top of the page, or call us directly. We’ll have an answer back to you within 24 hours with a time for your consultation. If you cannot travel to us, we can travel to you.
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