Bradenton Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury law deals with holding responsible parties accountable for the harm they have caused through their negligence. Personal injury claims can be brought against negligent drivers who cause car, truck or motorcycle accidents or who run into bicyclists, pedestrians, or moped or scooter riders. A boating accident caused by a careless or reckless boater likely creates a personal injury claim, as does a dog bite or a slip and fall on another’s dangerously unsafe property. Even intentional assaults can form the basis of a personal injury claim against the assailant or the owner of the property where the attack occurred. In all of these situations, responsible parties can be held liable for the victim’s legal damages, which can include present and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
While Florida law allows injury victims to recover compensation from the responsible parties, holding those actors accountable and securing the right amount of compensation is not a simple or easy matter. Negligent drivers and property owners are represented by their insurance companies, which are the ones most likely to pay any settlement or court judgment against the negligent party. Insurers employ professionals trained in ways to avoid or minimize liability so they pay out as little as possible. It takes a lot of time and effort to prepare a case and convince the insurance company of their insured’s liability and the extent of the harm they have caused.
Bradenton personal injury lawyer Don Cahall has the experience, passion, and energy needed to hold negligent actors accountable to the people they have harmed and secure a reasonable amount of compensation that reflects the damage done to them. Call The Cahall Law Firm after any personal injury in Bradenton to discuss your claim with a driven and dedicated Bradenton personal injury lawyer. Come get justice. Call Cahall.
What Is “Negligence?”
In the context of Florida personal injury law, negligence means that a person (or business, product manufacturer, etc.) breached a duty of care they owed to another. Failure to drive safely or maintain a premises free of slipping hazards are examples of negligence. A successful personal injury or negligence claim will have to prove 1) the existence of a duty of care, 2) the breach of that duty (negligence), 3) the breach caused an accident to occur, and 4) the accident resulted in injury.
What Damages Are Available for a Personal Injury Claim in Bradenton?
A monetary award in a personal injury settlement or judgment is referred to as damages. Damages can include compensation for all medical expenses that have been incurred or will be incurred because of the accident, such as hospital bills, doctor bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, wheelchairs, and travel to and from the doctor or pharmacy. Damages can also include lost income for the time the injury victim missed work to recuperate or if the victim became disabled and can no longer work. Florida law also recognizes so-called “non-economic” damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment in life that can come from a debilitating or disfiguring injury. Finally, punitive damages are available in cases of gross negligence or intentional misconduct. Punitive damages are meant to punish the wrongdoer and can be very sizable, but they must be proven by a higher standard than other damages. The Cahall Law Firm is ready to go the extra mile to recover punitive damages in appropriate cases.
What if the Insurance Company Says the Accident Was My Fault?
This is a common tactic to try and get you to give up on your claim or accept a low settlement offer that might not be in your best interests. The insurance company is only giving their opinion to try and convince you that you are to blame. If the case went to trial, a jury would decide who was responsible or whether both parties shared some of the blame. Even if you are considered partially at fault, all this will do is reduce the amount of compensation you can recover from the other party; they must still pay in proportion to their share of fault. Don’t take the insurance company’s word for it, and don’t let your fears that you may have been partially at fault keep you from talking to an attorney. At The Cahall Law Firm, we offer a free consultation, so it won’t cost you anything to let us hear about your case and give you our opinion about how it might play out.
What Is a Contingency Fee?
When we say contingency fee, we mean that our legal fees to represent you are contingent on (depend on) our success. The more we win for you, the greater our fee, but if we don’t win anything for you, we don’t charge anything, no matter how much time and work we have put into your case. This arrangement gives us a vested interest in securing the maximum amount of compensation we can get for you, and it allows you to afford high-quality legal representation without having to pay upfront. Some law firms don’t take cases they don’t think are economically worthwhile, while others settle cases cheaply because they work on volume. At The Cahall Law Firm, your case is important to us because you are important to us. We take an interest in you and your success and strive to deliver great results for happy clients every time.
Get the Legal Help You Need After a Personal Injury in Bradenton
If you have been injured in a traffic accident or other personal injury, call The Cahall Law Firm to discuss your case with a passionate and aggressive Bradenton personal injury attorney devoted to your well-being and your physical, emotional and financial recovery.