Accidents can happen in a variety of situations. Through no fault of your own, you could end up suffering serious and potentially life-threatening personal injuries that prevent you from working and providing for yourself and loved ones, both now and in the years to come. At GED Lawyers, we help you pursue the compensation you deserve from those responsible for your injuries through a personal injury claim.
Our Florida lawyers have decades of experience representing people throughout our community, providing the knowledgeable legal guidance and aggressive representation you need. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and our goal is to ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in your case.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Personal injuries can occur when driving to or from work, while you are out running errands, or when engaged in your favorite hobbies and activities. Even in cases involving seemingly minor accidents, personal injuries you suffer can impact every area of your life, both now and in the years to come.
At GED Lawyers, our legal team provides the aggressive legal representation you need to get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim. Our attorneys serve clients who have experienced the following common injuries:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
While road, traffic, and weather conditions may be contributing factors in car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that reckless driving behavior on the part of others is generally to blame. This includes:
- Fatigued driving
- Distracted driving
- Speeding or driving too fast for the road conditions
- Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol
- Failing to check a blind spot
- Failing to change lanes or merge properly
Slip and Fall Accidents/Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability is a type of personal injury case involving injuries that occur on another’s property. They can happen at places such as grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, resorts, medical facilities, office buildings, or even in other people’s homes.
When slips and falls happen, or you suffer injuries due to being struck by or against objects, it is often the negligent actions or inaction of the property owner that is ultimately to blame. As experienced attorneys, we hold property owners and managers accountable for failing to warn you of potential dangers and for failing to address the following types of safety issues:
- Wet, slippery floors
- Cluttered aisles and walkways
- Torn carpeting and loose flooring tiles
- Overstocked shelves and loose fixtures
- Lack of proper lighting or landscaping
- Lack of hand or guardrails on stairs and at heights
When injuries occur as a result of any of the above or other causes, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Defective or Dangerous Products
The Consumer Public Safety Commission (CPSC) issues thousands of product recalls each year due to dangerous and defective products. Unfortunately, thousands more of these products end up going unreported and can end up causing users serious personal injuries. At GED Lawyers, we hold manufacturers and distributors accountable in personal injury cases involving the following:
- Failure to provide proper instructions for product use
- Failure to provide warning labels on packaging
- Failure to ensure that products conform to safety regulations
- Failure to act on reports of problems and pull dangerous or defective products from the market
Sports or Recreation Accidents
Personal injuries suffered while engaged in sporting activities are common and are often due to negligence on the part of team administrators, coaches, and staff in failing to provide proper instruction or the appropriate safety equipment.
Recreational accidents, such as when personal injuries occur while boating, swimming, or other hobbies, can happen due to a lack of experience or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances.
In these types of cases, as well as in cases involving dog bites and other common causes of personal injuries, GED Lawyers is here to help you seek the compensation you need to recover in a claim.
How Our Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Will Go to Bat for You
Managing a legal case after suffering injuries in an accident might be the farthest thing from your mind, and that’s okay. The team at GED Lawyers can handle every aspect of your case while you recover. Tasks we can assume on your behalf include:
Gathering Different Forms of Evidence to Prove the Other Party’s Negligence
Evidence acts as the backbone of every personal injury case, as it shows that the accident was a direct cause of your injuries, expenses, and other losses. Common forms of evidence we collect in personal injury cases include:
- Photographs capturing the incident scene and your injuries
- Traffic camera footage or video surveillance
- The official incident or accident report
- Eyewitness accounts
- Expert testimony
- Your medical records
This documentation can enable us to tell the story of what happened to you. In doing so, we will utilize the theory of negligence, which comprises:
- Duty of care: The other party was obligated to exercise a legal duty of care, behaving as any other reasonable person would under the same circumstances.
- Breach of duty: They breached this duty to exercise due care by acting carelessly.
- Causation: This carelessness triggered an accident and your injuries.
- Damages: You have endured financial and non-financial losses.
We must satisfy each of these elements to recover compensation.
Communicating With the Other Parties
When you’re trying to recuperate from your injuries, the last thing you want to do is talk on the phone with adjusters from big insurance companies and see an inbox flooded with emails.
The first time the adjuster calls you, direct them to your lawyer right away, and they can take it from there. Not only can they help take this weight off your shoulders, but they can also protect you from their bad faith tactics.
Insurance companies are well aware that you might not be too familiar with the claims process and may use that to their advantage. In other words, they could attempt to downplay your injuries and convince you to settle for less than you deserve. However, when you have one of our personal injury attorneys on your side, we can work to ensure your claim is treated fairly.
Negotiating a Sufficient Settlement
Our Boca Raton injury lawyer will evaluate your damages and request that amount from the insurance company. Most of the time, they come back with a lower number that doesn’t suffice, which prompts us to enter into negotiations.
We will go back and forth with them until we come to a fair agreement. However, if that’s not possible, we can continue the fight in a trial before a jury.
Affording a Florida Attorney With GED Lawyers
Don’t worry about forking over thousands of dollars in legal and retainer fees when you hire GED Lawyers to represent you. At our firm, we take personal injury cases based on contingency, so you don’t pay a dime unless and until our team recovers a settlement or court award on your behalf.
It also means that we finance every case-related matter from start to finish.
Types of Damages We Can Recover in a Florida Personal Injury Case
You may be entitled to collect damages in an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. In traffic accident cases specifically, you may have to recover damages in an uninsured/underinsured motorist claim. This optional policy is good to consider purchasing, as many drivers in Florida don’t have any or enough insurance. That way, you won’t have to worry about paying certain things out of pocket.
Whatever you qualify for will depend on these factors:
- The type of accident in which you were involved
- The type and nature of your injuries
- The intensity and duration of your medical care
- Whether you’ve had to miss work for extended periods
- How your mental and emotional health has been affected
From here, we may determine that you are eligible for damages, like:
- Medical care costs
- Lost income
- Reduced loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage expenses
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Wrongful death damages
The Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Cases in Florida
If you and your lawyer decide that suing the other party is the best move for your case, you must know about certain timelines the state imposes on lawsuits. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, most personal claimants have two years to take legal action.
The court may extend the deadline based on the circumstances of your case, but they still strictly enforce it. If you don’t abide by the corresponding time frame, you’ll run out of options for compensation, leaving you to pay out your accident-related expenses out of pocket.
However, if you involve one of our personal injury lawyers soon, we can help you comply with the deadline.
Start Working With a Florida Lawyer on Our Team Today
While you heal from your injuries from an accident, leave the legwork of your legal case to our GED Lawyers. Call us today to find out more in a free consultation.
Our Attorneys Can Help
At Ged Lawyers, LLP, we act as a strong legal advocate on your side, helping you hold those at fault for your losses accountable. Common types of cases we handle include: