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Port Salerno Personal Injury Attorneys | Accident Lawyers

August 18, 2019

by ogkdev

If you’ve been seriously injured, you may be losing sleep over concerns that the medical bills and lost income will lead to financial ruin. Even a minor injury can put a person out of work and cause them to fall behind on essential bills. But if another party’s negligence was responsible for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for any economic and non-economic damages you’ve incurred. Our personal injury attorneys in Port Salerno can help you fight for the highest settlement possible.

We know what it takes to win substantial recoveries for our clients in even the most complex cases. We have the experience and resources to take on the largest insurance companies, corporations, and government entities. With a reputation as tough litigators, our seasoned trial attorneys will relish the opportunity to take your case to court if the opposing party refuses to settle.

We accept cases on contingency fee contracts, so there’s no upfront cost, and you won’t owe any attorney’s fees unless we win. To speak with one of our legal professionals, call 772-266-5555 for a free consultation.

Personal Injury Claims We Handle in Port Salerno

  • Car Accidents
  • Boating Injuries
  • Cycling Accidents
  • DUI Crashes
  • Motorbike Collisions
  • Pharmacy Errors
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Elder Neglect
  • Civil Assault
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injuries

What If I Was Unable to Collect Evidence at the Scene?

The process of filing a successful personal injury claim begins at the scene of the accident. Unfortunately, those who are injured are often unable to gather evidence and take statements from eyewitnesses. If this applies to you, it is especially important that you contact a Port Salerno personal injury lawyer right away.

Immediately after your free consultation at Donaldson & Weston, we will begin investigating the cause of your accident and compiling evidence to prove liability and damages. Depending on the circumstances, much of this evidence may be altered or destroyed within just a few days of your injury. For instance, if you were hurt in a motor-vehicle collision, any dashcam footage might be overwritten. If you were injured in a slip and fall, the property owner might fix the hazard that caused your fall before it can be documented.

Our attorneys will get to work right away to compile any evidence that might contribute to your claim. The more evidence we are able to gather and the stronger it is, the less likely the opposing party may be to dispute your claim. If necessary, we can file subpoenas to obtain evidence that is being withheld—for example, evidence that is in the possession of the defendant. We can also bring in medical and financial experts to assist with the settlement calculations and possibly to provide deposition and testimony.

In other words, just because you weren’t able to compile evidence at the scene doesn’t mean you won’t be able to recover a fair settlement; however, it is important that you turn to a law firm that understands the importance of conducting an immediate investigation—and that’s exactly what you can expect as a client of Donaldson & Weston.

What If the Opposing Party Blames Me for the Accident?

The at-fault party and insurance company will take advantage of any opportunities to dispute your claim. If they have a reason to blame you for the accident, they almost certainly will. Even if you were only partially liable, you could still face a significant reduction in your financial recovery.

In the state of Florida, an award of damages in a personal injury case can be reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. This is one reason why hiring a skilled personal injury attorney is so critical. A well-credentialed lawyer will be able to anticipate liability disputes before they arise and take the necessary steps to avoid, overcome, or mitigate them.

Just because the defendant or insurance company blames you for the accident doesn’t mean you were actually liable. At the end of the day, the outcome of your case will hinge on the strength of the available evidence. If the evidence shows that the opposing party was entirely liable for the accident, it should be possible for you to pursue compensation for 100 percent of your resulting damages.

If you were in fact partially liable for the accident, our Port Salerno personal injury attorneys can take steps to minimize the percentage of fault assigned to you. Depending on the circumstances, even a small reduction in your liability could translate into a significant difference in your financial recovery.

What Should I Write in My Personal Injury Journal?

Although our legal team will take over the logistics of your case, there are steps you can take to strengthen your claim. One step is to create a personal injury journal in which you write daily entries about your injuries and how they are affecting your life.

Your first entry should be a written description of everything you remember about the accident: where it happened, who was involved, whether there were eyewitnesses, a description of the weather conditions (if applicable), how the accident happened, a description of injuries and property damage, what you did at the scene, and what you did after leaving the scene. Be sure to bring this description with you to your consultation with a Port Salerno personal injury lawyer.

After this initial entry, you should write in your journal every day about the symptoms you’re experiencing and the frequency and severity of those symptoms. You can also describe any medication side effects, social events you’ve had to miss due to your injuries, how the injuries are affecting your family, and how the injuries are impacting you psychologically.

Schedule a Free Case Review with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Port Salerno

Winning a fair settlement in a personal injury or wrongful death case is rarely straightforward—especially when the damages are substantial. At Donaldson & Weston, we can help you navigate the legal system and fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. Send us a message online or dial 772-266-5555 to set up a free case assessment.