Injuries sustained in an accident can upend your life and leave you with long-term or permanent disabilities. Your injuries may prohibit you from returning to work, causing both medical bills and household expenses to pile up.
If your injuries occurred due to another person’s negligence, that person has the legal obligation to compensate you for the injuries and damages you suffer. While you are entitled to this compensation, it is often difficult to obtain. Call on personal injury lawyers in Bradenton for help.
The injury team at Goldman Wetzel understands how challenging this time can be. Contact us today at 941-405-5193 for a free consultation.
What Types of Personal Injury Claims Can You File?
You can pursue a financial settlement any time someone’s negligence resulted in a serious or life-threatening injury. The at-fault party could be one or more individuals or a company or entity.
At Goldman Wetzel, we regularly help clients pursue personal injury claims as the result of:
- Defective product injuries
- Car crashes
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Construction accidents
- Workplace injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bites
- Slips and falls
This is not an expansive list. Call us to discuss your situation. We can let you know if you might have a valid injury case.
What Will the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim Be?
To determine what your personal injury claim is worth, the Goldman Wetzel team must evaluate all the facts and evidence related to your case. The law allows you to request a sum that essentially makes you whole, or returns you to where you were before the incident.
We will include all your costs to date, including doctor and hospital bills, x-rays, and other imaging tests, medication, ambulance trips, etc. Next, we will add in the value of any income or wages you lost due to your accident and any out-of-pocket or miscellaneous expenses you incurred.
If your injuries will prevent you from returning to work in the future, we will calculate the amount of future income your injury cost you.
We will use testimony from doctors and other medical experts to estimate your future care and treatment needs. If your injuries left you with any long-term or permanent damage, we will include the legal value of your disability and loss.
If you sustained emotional trauma, you have the right to compensation for that, just as you do for your physical damages. If applicable, we will add the value of your pain and suffering and lost life enjoyment to your total claim as well.
When you come in to talk to us about your case, we can give you a better idea of the value of your personal injury claim once we have all the relevant information.
What Are Some Common Types of Personal Injuries?
You can pursue financial compensation for virtually any type of injury, as long as it resulted from someone’s negligence. However, there are certain injuries that are more traumatic and often garner larger settlements.
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured and dislocated bones
- Neck and spinal damage (e.g., para- and quadriplegia)
- Internal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Wrongful death
These types of serious injury can prevent you from working for months or years, leaving you unable to provide for yourself and your family. Holding the at-fault party accountable for its negligence is likely the only way you can ensure that you will get the care and treatment you need, and have the ability to meet your future needs.
To prevail in your claim, however, the Goldman Wetzel team of personal injury lawyers must demonstrate the at-fault party’s liability for your injuries.
How Will Goldman Wetzel Prove Liability in Your Personal Injury Claim?
Proving liability for a personal injury claim requires that we prove the at-fault party’s negligence. Proving negligence requires establishing the following four elements:
Duty of Care
We must prove the at-fault party owed you a duty of care. For example, a property owner or manager owes the public a duty of care to maintain a reasonably safe environment.
How we prove this depends on how the injury occurred. If your doctor injured you, we would use your medical records to establish your doctor-patient relationship. If you slipped and fell on someone else’s property, we would simply need to prove the property owner invited you onto the property.
Breach of Duty
Next, we must prove that the at-fault party violated or breached its duty of care to you. For example, if you fell in a retail store due to a puddle of water or a trip hazard blocking an aisle, the store’s owner or manager may have violated her duty of care if she knew, or should have known, about the unsafe condition but did nothing to remedy it.
To prove the at-fault party breached its duty, we would gather evidence such as surveillance video, witness testimony, and photos of the scene.
To prove causation, we must demonstrate that the at-fault party’s breach of duty caused your accident and the resulting injuries. If you tripped and fell over a broken floor tile in a store, and subsequently broke your leg, we must provide information or testimony to verify that the broken tile caused your fall and your fall caused your bone fracture.
Finally, once we have demonstrated the first three elements of negligence, we must prove you suffered damages. Damages include medical bills (both current and future), lost wages (we demonstrate this with wage statements and W-2s), and pain and suffering.
To establish current medical expenses, we simply provide your medical bills. To establish future medical expenses, we discuss your case with medical experts to determine what future care you might need.
Talk to the Goldman Wetzel Personal Injury Lawyers for No Cost
The Goldman Wetzel team understands that recovering compensation for an injury is an uphill battle. That is why we use an innovative team approach for building your personal injury claim.
We work diligently to ensure the protection of your legal rights. We have a wealth of resources available to us, allowing us to build a strong claim for you. After submitting your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company, we will aggressively negotiate to come to an equitable settlement agreement.
If the insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement, we can file legal action and pursue your claim in court.
If you would like to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Bradenton, Goldman Wetzel will offer you a free consultation and case review. This no-obligation consultation can help you understand the process and help you make informed decisions for your future.
Contact us today at 941-405-5193 to speak to our personal injury team in Bradenton.