What to Know About Personal Injuries

Have you or a loved one been injured due to someone else’s negligence? Check out what to know about personal injuries in this article and call our Florida office for a free consultation.

What to Know About Personal Injuries Personal Injury Attorney Fees

It should not cost you anything to hire an attorney to represent you in an injury claim in Florida. All the lawyers that do injury work in the state of Florida work on what’s known as a contingency fee agreement. This means they take a percentage of what they collect for you from the at-fault party insurance company. Typically, these fees total 33⅓ percent of the gross recovery if the case is resolved pre-suit and 40 percent if litigation is necessary.

Personal Injury Case Value

There are a lot of factors that go into determining the value or the worth of a personal injury case in Florida. These factors can include how the accident occurred, the value of the policy limit that’s applicable and, most importantly, the injuries that you’ve sustained as a result of this accident. Whether you’ve got fractures, a spinal injury, a traumatic brain injury or a strain or sprain injury, your injuries will play an important role in determining the value of your personal injury case. Additionally, if you suffered lost wages in the past or will have a loss of earning capacity in the future, those economic damages will also play an important role in assessing and determining the value of your personal injury case.

Personal Injury Claim Fees

Normally, if you have a personal injury lawsuit, the attorney that’s representing you will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that he or she will get a percentage of whatever they collect for you. Normally, in Florida, the percentage totals a third of the gross recovery, if the case is resolved pre-suit, and 40 percent, if the case is resolved or tried to a verdict.

Personal Injury Claim Trial

That answer depends on a number of factors. A lot of times, cases will resolve without having to file a lawsuit and won’t even get to trial. The ones that ultimately do require a trial take longer, naturally, because it takes longer for the case to make its way through the system. There’s a lot of work that has to be done to get the case ready to be tried – depositions, medical examinations, mediation, and hearings. Timelines can also vary from county to county, with a case taking longer in one county and much less time in another. There’s no hard and fast timeline for cases that go to trial. The good news is that 75 to 80 percent of Florida cases will settle or resolve short of litigation.

Personal Injury Consultation

It is important to bring a number of things with you when you come to an attorney’s office for a consultation on a personal injury case. These include any insurance policies that might be applicable to the accident or the loss, as well as crash or incident reports. You will also want to bring any medical records that you might have or medical bills, along with any letters or correspondence from insurance companies that you might have been dealing with prior to the consultation. Lastly, if you have any photographs of the area where the accident occurred, the scene of the accident or of your injuries, bring those to your initial consultation with your attorney, as well.

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