Wellington Personal Injury Attorneys

When it comes to managing finances, you can plan for going to college, getting married, and retiring from your profession, but no one ever plans on getting hurt in some kind of accident. Unfortunately, treating catastrophic injuries and then living with their ramifications can cost as much—or more—than some of life’s greatest expenses.

If you were hurt in a preventable accident, you should not have to pay the resultant expenses out of your own pocket. By filing a claim against the parties who were liable for the incident, you may be able to recover compensation for everything from healthcare expenses and lost income to scarring and emotional distress.

To start building your case, contact the Wellington personal injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston. Our knowledgeable and experienced legal team will help you determine the most strategic way to proceed and then guide you expertly through the claims process from start to finish.

Along the way, we will prevent you from making critical mistakes that might compromise your case, and we will make sure the insurance adjuster doesn’t intimidate you into accepting anything less than what you deserve. Call 561-299-3999 to schedule a free consultation.

Damages Recoverable in Florida Personal Injury Claims

In the state of Florida, there are two kinds of damages that may be awarded to an accident victim who files a successful personal injury claim. “Compensatory damages” are designed to reimburse or compensate claimants for costs and intangible losses incurred as a result of the incident, while “punitive damages” punish the offender for intentionally inflicting harm or committing gross negligence.

Compensatory damages include both direct and indirect expenses associated with treating your injuries, as well as other economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include objectively quantifiable costs like medical bills, lost income, loss of earning capacity, and vehicle repairs.

Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are intangible. They can be harder to calculate, but the accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston will ensure your claim includes all damages you are owed. Examples of non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering;

  • Loss of enjoyment of life;

  • Disfigurement or physical impairment;

  • Emotional distress; and

  • Loss of consortium.


Since punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant, they do not actually compensate the plaintiff for any particular expenses; however, a judge can order a negligent party to cover additional expenses related to the case, such as court costs and attorney fees, as a punitive measure.

How to Strengthen Your Personal Injury Claim

Compelling evidence is the key to building a strong personal injury claim. In most cases, it’s best to start gathering evidence immediately after the injury. Capturing photos of property damage, calling the police to get an official report, recording the contact details of eyewitnesses, and taking note of any surveillance cameras may improve your chances of recovering a fair settlement.

The insurance company will review the available evidence and perform an investigation to determine whether your claim should be approved and, if so, how much to offer in a settlement. The stronger your evidence, the less likely the insurer will be to dispute your claim.

In addition to gathering evidence at the scene, the following steps may put you in a more favorable position to file a successful claim:

  • Writing down everything you remember about the accident right away;

  • Visiting a doctor immediately for a medical evaluation;

  • Following your doctor’s orders;

  • Keeping a personal injury journal in which you write daily entries about the recovery process;

  • Staying off social media or, at the very least, not discussing your case, accident, or injury online;

  • Calling a personal injury attorney as soon as your condition stabilizes; and

  • Directing any phone calls and emails from the opposing party to your lawyer.

What Sets Donaldson & Weston Apart From Other Law Firms in Wellington?

Unlike general practice firms, we only handle tort cases. That means we’re very familiar with the relevant case law and statutes, and we have extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death claims of varying complexity.

We’ve encountered and overcome just about every type of complication that can arise during the proceedings, which means we can anticipate and avoid disputes and delays. We can also tailor our strategies to the unique facts of your particular case.

Getting our clients the results they deserve is our top priority, but we also strive to make the proceedings as stress free as possible. We will return your phone calls quickly and provide regular updates on the progress of your case. We can also help you determine the best way to get the medical care you need while your claim is pending.

Our attentive and personalized approach to representation reassures our clients that we’re devoting the time and resources needed to give their case the best chance of success. We intentionally limit our caseload so we can thoroughly investigate every claim. No matter how strong your case seems, we will consider all eventualities and prepare for settlement negotiations as if we’re going to trial.

We’re not afraid to take your case to court if the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement. Our trial lawyers are seasoned litigators who have won substantial verdicts. Our goal will be to get you fairly compensated without having to go to trial, but we won’t hesitate to take your case to court if it’s in your best interests to do so. Fortunately, our reputation as tough litigators is well known to insurance companies in Florida, which often gives them more incentive to settle.