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Stuart Personal Injury Attorneys | Accident Lawyers

August 18, 2019

by Donaldson & Weston

personal injury lawyer

Unintentional accidents are a leading cause of serious injury and death in Florida. Victims and their families often struggle to cope with the pain, emotional distress, and financial uncertainty that follow such a traumatic event. If you were harmed due to another party’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys in Stuart can evaluate your case for free, determine if you have grounds for a claim, and help you identify the most strategic path forward.

We have won numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and trial verdicts in personal injury and wrongful death cases. With many decades of combined experience, our lawyers have the skills and resources to help you pursue the highest compensation possible.

We can come to you if you are unable to come to us. For a free consultation, call 772-266-5555.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Stuart, Florida

  • Car Accidents
  • Pharmacy Errors
  • Drunk Driving Accidents
  • Elder Abuse
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  • Motorbike Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Boating Accidents
  • Civil Assault
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injuries

What Kinds of Damages Can Personal Injury Claimants Pursue in Florida?

In the state of Florida, personal injury victims have the right to pursue compensatory and punitive damages, but the specific kinds of damages available and their value can vary from one case to the next. “Compensatory damages” include economic and non-economic damages such as:

  • Healthcare expenses
  • Loss of income and benefits
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Other objectively verifiable losses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of enjoyment in life

Punitive damages are only recoverable in cases that involve a defendant who acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Intentional misconduct means the defendant knew that his or her behavior was wrongful and had a high probability of causing injury or damage, yet the defendant intentionally engaged in that behavior despite having such knowledge. Gross negligence means the defendant’s behavior constituted a conscious disregard or indifference to the rights, life, or safety of others.

Under some circumstances, the spouse of a person who suffered a tortious injury can bring a loss of consortium claim. This action seeks to recover non-economic damages suffered by the spouse of the injured party such as loss of comfort, affection, solace, fellowship, affection, society, and sexual relationship.

At Donaldson & Weston, we can review your case for free to determine the kinds of damages you might be able to pursue. It’s not uncommon for accident victims to overlook or undervalue certain kinds of damages, and the insurance company won’t be of much assistance since they have incentive to pay out as little as possible. Our personal injury lawyers in Stuart can help you account for all potentially recoverable losses. If the opposing party refuses to pay a fair settlement, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.

Will I Have to Go to Trial?

When you’re coping with the physical, emotional, and financial consequences of a serious injury, the last thing you want to do is worry about entering a lengthy legal battle. Fortunately, more than 90 percent of the personal injury cases we handle are resolved out of court. Reaching a settlement is often in the best interests of all parties involved; however, the importance of having a skilled trial lawyer by your side cannot be overstated.

Our personal injury attorneys in Stuart have won substantial verdicts for personal injury victims and their families. Although reaching a fair settlement will be our primary goal, we will relish the opportunity to go to trial if the insurance company refuses to cooperate.

Whether or not your case proceeds to court will depend on a variety of factors such as:

  • The strength of the available evidence to prove liability and damages;
  • Whether any statements you’ve provided to the insurance company have brought liability or the severity of your injuries into question;
  • Whether you’ve posted any content on social media that can be used to dispute your claim; and
  • Whether you’ve made any other mistakes that lead to disputes.

As you can see, your statements and actions can have a major impact on how your case unfolds. Our Stuart personal injury lawyers can help you avoid critical mistakes that would lead to disputes regarding liability or damages.

How Much Is My Case Worth?

If you’re facing an uncertain financial future, it’s only natural to wonder how much money you might recover if your claim is successful. Unfortunately, there’s no way to approximate a fair settlement amount before we have evaluated your case and performed an investigation. There are all sorts of factors that might influence the settlement calculations. Examples include:

  • The cost of your medical care;
  • Whether you will need ongoing medical care;
  • The amount of income you lost due to your injuries;
  • The value of any other economic damages such as domestic help and alternative transportation;
  • Whether the injuries have caused pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment in life;
  • Your own percentage of fault for the accident that caused your injuries;
  • Whether your spouse has suffered a loss of consortium; and
  • Whether the defendant acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence.

No attorney who practices with honesty and integrity would ever promise to secure a specific settlement amount; however, our skilled personal injury lawyers in Stuart can help you take the necessary steps to maximize the potential value of your claim. Such steps may include:

  • Following the instructions of your healthcare team;
  • Tracking any injury- and accident-related expenses;
  • Keeping a personal injury journal in which you track your symptoms, their severity, and their frequency;
  • Staying off social media; and
  • Not providing any statements to the insurance company.

Discuss Your Claim with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Stuart

At Donaldson & Weston, we offer free consultations to accident victims and their families. You won’t have to pay anything to get the advice you need to make informed decisions. A member of our team can come to you if you are unable to come to us. Call 772-266-5555 or send us a message to schedule a free case review.