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St. Lucie County Personal Injury Attorneys | Accident Lawyers

August 22, 2019

by Donaldson & Weston

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A serious injury can be a life-changing event, resulting in physical pain, emotional trauma, and economic uncertainty. Depending on the circumstances, the outcome of your personal injury claim may be the difference between maintaining your financial security and having to file for bankruptcy. With your future at stake, it’s important that you find a personal injury attorney in St. Lucie County who has the experience and strategies to help you pursue the highest compensation possible.

The lawyers at Donaldson & Weston have many decades of combined experience helping accident victims and their families navigate the legal system. Our track record of success includes many six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts, but we treat each client as our most important client no matter the potential value of their claim. We will make ourselves available after office hours and on weekends to answer your questions, and we will devote the time and resources needed to fight for the best possible outcome.

The initial consultation is free, and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Dial 772-266-5555 to speak with one of our attorneys.

Types of Cases Our St. Lucie County Personal Injury Attorneys Handle

  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Car Crashes
  • Bike Accidents
  • DUI Crashes
  • Errors at Pharmacies
  • Paralysis
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Elder Abuse and Neglect
  • Brain Injuries
  • Civil Assault
  • Burn Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injuries

What Should I Bring to My Free Initial Consultation?

During the initial consultation, your St. Lucie County personal injury lawer will assess the evidence you’ve gathered and perhaps your insurance policies and other documentation to determine if you have grounds for a claim and how best to proceed. The consultation is also an opportunity for you to get answers to your legal questions, which can greatly reduce any stress you are feeling about the proceedings.

To get the most value out of this consultation, there are certain items you should bring if you already have them in your possession; however, you should not delay your first meeting with a lawyer just so you can gather evidence. The insurance company will likely want a statement within days of the accident, and important evidence might be time-sensitive, so even if you haven’t been able to adequately prepare for the consultation, you should still speak with an attorney right away.

Below are a few items you should bring to the consultation:

  • The police and/or incident report;
  • Photos and videos of injuries, property damage, and the accident scene;
  • A description of everything you remember about the accident;
  • The contact and insurance information of the at-fault party;
  • The contact information of eyewitnesses;
  • The contact information of your healthcare providers;
  • Any correspondence you’ve had with the insurance company or at-fault party;
  • Any relevant insurance policies such as your personal injury protection policy;
  • Medical documents and bills; and
  • Financial documents to prove lost income.

What Questions Will I Have to Answer During the Initial Consultation?

Your attorney will ask questions to find out if your case has merit, to identify any weaknesses in your claim, and to determine the most strategic way to proceed with the subsequent investigation. It’s a good idea to consider—and perhaps even write down—your answers to the questions below so your attorney has the information that he or she will need to assess your situation:

  • When and where did the accident happen?
  • What were you doing just before the accident?
  • Do you think the opposing party might say that your own negligence contributed to the accident?
  • Did police officers attend the scene? Were any chemical tests performed? Were any arrests made?
  • What evidence did you gather at the scene? Did you take photos or videos of injuries and property damage? Did you write down the contact information of eyewitnesses?
  • Have you already undergone a medical evaluation? What are your diagnosis and prognosis? What kinds of treatment have you received?
  • Have you been contacted by the at-fault party or the insurance company? Have you provided a statement? What did you say?
  • Are you active on social media? Have you mentioned your accident or injury online?
  • Have you deviated from your healthcare provider’s instructions in any way?
  • Has the injury prevented you from working?

Do I Have to Visit a Doctor to Recover Damages for My Injuries?

Yes. In fact, it’s wise to visit a clinic or hospital immediately after suffering an injury, even if you don’t think medical intervention is necessary. Without official documentation of your diagnosis, symptoms, and prognosis, the insurance company almost certainly will not approve your bodily injury claim.

If you haven’t visited a doctor yet, it’s important that you do so right away. Otherwise, the insurance company might argue that your injuries couldn’t be that serious since they didn’t require immediate medical care. The insurer might even say that your injuries were caused by something else. Even if there’s strong evidence to tie your injuries to the accident, the insurer might say that your negligent decision to put off medical care has aggravated your condition, leading to a more severe prognosis or a lengthier recovery. This may constitute a failure to mitigate damages, which could lead to a reduction of your damages award.

Fortunately, even if you waited several days to visit a doctor, a skilled personal injury lawyer in St. Lucie County may still be able to help you recover compensation for 100 percent of your damages. For example, if you suffered an injury that did not manifest symptoms for several days, it may be determined that your decision to put off medical care was not negligent and, therefore, does not constitute a failure to mitigate damages. At Donaldson & Weston, we have encountered and overcome just about every kind of dispute that can arise during personal injury proceedings, so you can count on our team to provide tactful representation from the moment you call our office to the day your case is resolved.

Dial 772-266-5555 for a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer in St. Lucie County

To discuss your case in a free, no-obligation consultation, call our office today at 772-266-5555. You can also reach us online via our Contact Form.