Port St. Lucie Personal Injury Attorneys | Accident Lawyers

December 09, 2019

by Donaldson & Weston

personal injury lawyer

Few experiences can disrupt a person’s life as suddenly and profoundly as a serious injury. You may have to follow a rigorous treatment program and remain sidelined from work for weeks or even months. As the medical bills mount, you might be ruminating over the worst-case scenario which, depending on the circumstances, might involve having to file for bankruptcy. Our personal injury attorneys in Port St. Lucie understand the adversity you are facing, and we are ready to help you fight for the compensation you need to get your life back.

Our legal team has won several multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for clients throughout Florida. Whether you’ve suffered minor injuries or a permanent disability, we will devote the time and resources needed to pursue the highest settlement or verdict possible. For a free consultation, call 772-266-5555.

Personal Injury Cases We Accept in Port St. Lucie

  • Car Crashes
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Alcohol-Related Auto Accidents
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Pharmacy Mistakes
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Boating Injuries
  • Civil Assault
  • Bike Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injuries

How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?

There’s no way to anticipate the likely duration of your case before we’ve performed a thorough investigation. And even if all the evidence seems to support your claim, it is still possible that the opposing party will refuse to cooperate.

Fortunately, there are several strategies our Port St. Lucie personal injury lawyers may be able to use to speed up the proceedings. Examples include:

  • Compiling All Available Evidence: No matter how strong your case appears to be, we will assume that the opposing party will try to challenge your claim at every turn. Any disputes have the potential to draw out the proceedings. The best way to prevent unnecessary complications is to gather all available evidence of liability and damages. While some of this evidence may be easy to access, it is not uncommon for certain evidence to be withheld. For example, if you slipped and fell at a grocery store, the property owner might not relinquish the surveillance footage voluntarily. In this scenario, our attorneys can file a subpoena to obtain the evidence. It is also possible that important evidence will be time-sensitive, which is why our lawyers are dedicated to performing immediate investigations. At the end of the day, the more evidence we have the support your claim and the stronger it is, the less likely the opposing party may be to dispute your claim.
  • Taking over Relevant Correspondence: Your very own statements to the defendant or the insurance company could lead to a dispute. The moment you hire our law firm for representation, we will take over this correspondence so you don’t say anything that might put your case in jeopardy. We know what to say and what not to say to the opposing party to minimize the chances of unnecessary complications.
  • Helping You Avoid Mistakes: Besides providing statements to the opposing party, there are many other mistakes you could make that have the potential to cause disputes and delays. We will help you understand these mistakes and explain what you can do to avoid them. For example, any posts you write on social media about your accident, injury, or case may be admissible as evidence in court. For this reason, it has become a common practice for insurance adjusters to monitor the accounts of personal injury claimants. To avoid a dispute, you can disable your social media profiles while your case is pending. Another mistake to avoid is failing to mitigate your damages. Our personal injury attorneys in Port St. Lucie will explain the importance of following your doctor’s orders and avoiding activities that have the potential to aggravate your condition.

What If the Liable Party Does Not Have Insurance?

In a perfect world, every individual, company, and organization would have liability insurance to pay for any injuries and property damage they cause. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and it is not uncommon for the liable party in a personal injury or wrongful death claim to be uninsured or underinsured. There are, however, several potential ways to pursue damages in this scenario. Examples include:

  • Identifying Other Defendants: Unlike many other states, Florida courts do not use the joint and several liability doctrine. Joint and several liability means a defendant can be held responsible for 100 percent of a plaintiff’s economic damages even if that defendant was less than 100 percent liable for the tortious injury. For example, if two parties are liable for a plaintiff’s damages but one party lacks the insurance and assets to pay for his or her percentage of the economic damages, the plaintiff can pursue the difference from the other defendant. Although this doctrine does not apply in Florida personal injury cases, there may still be advantages to identifying multiple defendants. For instance, if you were hit by a negligent driver who did not have insurance but it is determined that a defective auto part also contributed to the crash, you might be able to recover at least some damages from the auto part manufacturer. Our personal injury lawyers in Port St. Lucie can perform a detailed investigation to identify all parties who might be liable for your losses.
  • Suing the Liable Party Directly: If the liable party has sufficient assets or money to justify a lawsuit, this might be a viable course of action.
  • Bringing a Claim Against Your Own Insurance Policies: Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to recover damages from your own insurance provider. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you might be able to obtain compensation from your personal injury protection or your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If you bought collision insurance, that policy might help to cover the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle.

Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Port St. Lucie

There’s no charge for the consultation, and you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees unless we win your case. Send us a message or call 772-266-5555 to speak with one of our attorneys.