There are all sorts of struggles you might face after suffering a serious injury. Besides dealing with severe and persistent pain, you might have to take addictive medications, attend regular doctor’s visits, take time off work, and live a sedentary lifestyle while you recover. The adversity can be especially difficult to manage if another person’s negligence is to blame. Our personal injury attorneys in Florida know what you’re going through, and we want to help you fight for the compensation you need to regain your financial security and independence.
We have many decades of combined experience helping accident victims take on some of the largest insurance companies in the state. We also handle claims against businesses and government entities. No matter the cause of your injury, we will evaluate your case for free, answer your questions, and help you make informed decisions.
You won’t have to pay anything to speak with a member of our team. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a case assessment.
What Kinds of Cases Does Donaldson & Weston Handle?
- Pharmacy Errors
- Boat Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Car Crashes
- Elder Abuse
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Civil Assault
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
- Burn Trauma
- Brain Injuries
- Motorbike Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
What Factors Could Influence the Outcome of My Case?
After suffering a traumatic injury, it’s only natural to wonder how your case might unfold. If your financial security is on the line, you may be ruminating over the worst-case scenario. What if my claim is denied? What if the settlement isn’t enough to cover my losses? What if I have to go to trial? What if I have to file for bankruptcy?
The outcome of your case will depend on a variety of factors. Each claim is unique, so there’s no way to anticipate how your case might unfold until we have reviewed the facts and evidence and performed a thorough investigation. To quench your curiosity for the time being, we’ve listed a few factors below that might influence the proceedings:
- The Strength of Your Evidence: The ideal outcome of any personal injury case—from the standpoint of the claimant—is to reach a fair settlement without any unnecessary delays or complications. Whether this outcome is achieved will largely depend on the strength of the evidence to prove liability and damages. The less evidence you have and the weaker it is, the higher the chance that the opposing party may dispute your claim, which could lead to alternative dispute resolution or trial. This is why our Florida personal injury lawyers conduct thorough investigations into every case they handle, and they begin those investigations as soon as possible. We can also bring in expert witnesses for deposition and file subpoenas for evidence that’s being withheld.
- The Value of Your Damages: The more extensive your injuries, lost income, and non-economic damages, the higher your potential recovery may be. But the more money that’s at stake, the more resources the opposing party will likely devote to challenging your claim. You can expect the insurance adjuster to vehemently search for weaknesses in your case and any evidence that can be used to dispute liability or damages.
- The Available Insurance Coverage: No matter how serious your injuries are, your financial recovery may be limited to the amount of insurance coverage available. For example, if you were hit by a negligent driver, your recovery might be limited to the auto insurance carried by yourself and that driver. There are, however, some scenarios when a personal injury defendant has the assets to justify filing a lawsuit against him or her directly. Our personal injury attorneys in Florida can help you identify all potential avenues for pursuing compensation.
- Whether You Were Partially Liable: Did your own negligence contribute to the accident that caused your injuries? If so, the opposing party will likely argue that you should be held at least partially liable for your damages. In the state of Florida, a personal injury claimant’s monetary recovery can be reduced by his or her own percentage of fault. If such a dispute arises, our lawyers can take the necessary steps to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to you.
- Whether You’ve Made Any Critical Mistakes: There are a number of mistakes a personal injury claimant can make that lead to a dispute. One such mistake is giving a recorded statement to the insurance company. If you’ve provided such a statement, there’s a chance that it will be used to dispute your claim, which could influence how your case unfolds. Another error is discussing your case online. Social media posts are usually admissible in court, so your digital content might be used to challenge your claim. Yet another common mistake is failing to mitigate the damages by returning to work or strenuous activities too early, or by ignoring doctor’s orders. If your own negligence has prolonged your recovery or aggravated your condition, it may be difficult to recover compensation for 100 percent of your damages.
- Whether the Opposing Party Is Willing to Cooperate: At the end of the day, there’s no way to force the opposing party to pay a fair settlement. Even if every piece of evidence seems to support your claim and the settlement offer is reasonable, the opposing party might still refuse to cooperate. This could ultimately lead to alternative dispute resolution or trial.
At Donaldson & Weston, we are well-versed in the case law, statutes, and procedures that pertain to personal injury and wrongful death claims in Florida. We can identify weaknesses in your case, gather all available evidence, and anticipate disputes before they arise. With one of our skilled trial attorneys by your side, you can rest assured that the opposing party won’t be able to take advantage of your vulnerable position.
Set up a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida
Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case review with a member of our team. You can also reach us online using our Contact Form. If you are unable to come to our office, we will come to you.