When you sustain an injury caused by another party, Florida affords you the right to pursue financial compensation from that at-fault party via a personal injury claim. To have a successful claim and recover fair compensation for your losses, you must adhere closely to the claims process and gather ample evidence to substantiate your claim.
Our personal injury lawyers in Clearwater can help. We can assist with paperwork, investigation, evidence, and negotiating with the insurer so you can get the money you deserve. Contact Goldman Wetzel today at 727-828-3900 for a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims Goldman Wetzel Accepts
Goldman Wetzel accepts all types of injury cases in Florida, from auto accidents to slip and fall accidents. Common cases include:
- Car, truck, and bus accidents
- Motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
- Industrial and construction accidents
- Defective products and dangerous drugs
- Dog bite injuries
- Slip and falls and other premises liability cases
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Medical malpractice
- Boating accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Injuries caused by negligent security
Determining the Validity of Your Personal Injury Case
For the insurer or court to consider a personal injury claim as valid, you must be able to establish the following four elements:
1. Duty of Care
The other party must have owed you a duty to behave in a certain way to avoid causing you undue harm. For instance, all drivers owe other road users a duty to drive safely, manufacturers owe consumers a duty to only release safe products, and doctors owe their patients a duty to treat them to the best of their ability.
2. Breach of Duty
The defendant somehow failed to uphold his duty of care and acted in a way that caused an unreasonable risk of harm. Defendants can breach their duty of care with negligence, carelessness, and willful misconduct. For instance, driving under the influence constitutes a breach of duty, as does a manufacturer distributing a defective product.
Next, you must be able to show that the defendant’s breach of duty caused your injuries. In other words, if it were not for the defendant’s behavior, you would not have sustained injuries, e.g., had the defendant not drove while intoxicated, the crash and your resulting injuries would not have occurred.
Finally, you must be able to establish damages. In other words, you must be able to prove (using receipts, medical reports, and other data) that you sustained losses resulting from the accident, such as medical bills, loss of wages, and pain and suffering.
Goldman Wetzel can help you determine if you have a valid claim worth pursuing. Call 727-828-3900 for a free case evaluation with one of our personal injury lawyers in Clearwater.
Estimating the Value of Your Claim
Florida law allows injury victims to recover various damages, both monetary and intangible. This includes both current and future losses related to your injuries. The value of your claim depends on the nature and severity of your injuries and the degree to which your injuries will impact your life.
Our personal injury legal team can help estimate the value of your claim and ensure it accounts for the totality of your losses. Below are just some of the damages we can collect on your behalf:
You may be entitled to compensation for any of the following:
- Medical bills (both current and future)
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Miscellaneous expenses
- The costs of hiring help for services you completed before your injury (e.g., childcare, yard work, etc.)
Noneconomic damages do not have a specific dollar value. They can include:
- Current and future pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Lost enjoyment of life
If your loved one died due to their injuries, call us: 727-828-3900. We can determine whether you might be able to recover damages from a wrongful death claim.
Ways the Goldman Wetzel Injury Lawyers Can Help
Injured victims unfamiliar with the claims process can easily make costly mistakes. Our injury attorneys can help with all the legal aspects of your claim, placing the burden on our shoulders and letting you focus on recuperating and getting your life back on track.
When you work with Goldman Wetzel on your injury case, we will:
- Investigate the accident, collect evidence, and identify liable parties;
- Explain what you can expect from every stage of the claims process;
- File all pertinent paperwork;
- Ensure we meet all deadlines, including the statute of limitations;
- Calculate the full value of your case and submit a thorough valuation of damages to the insurer;
- Speak to eyewitnesses, expert witnesses, and other involved parties to support your claim;
- Aggressively negotiate with the insurer if it offers too low a settlement;
- Protect your rights if the defendant or insurer tries to take advantage of you;
- Update you on your case or settlement offers;
- Fight your claim in court if we cannot reach a fair agreement.
Do Not Jeopardize Your Right to Compensation, Get Started Today
You have only four years to file a lawsuit and recover compensation for a Clearwater injury. In this time, evidence can disappear, witnesses can move away, and memories can fade. Do not risk jeopardizing your case or losing your right to recover compensation. Discuss your case with our Clearwater injury attorneys today.
Free Consultation with Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Clearwater
At Goldman Wetzel, we care deeply about our clients and work hard to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. Our attorneys work together on each case and make ourselves to answer any questions you may have about your personal injury claim.
We serve clients in Clearwater and throughout Florida, and we offer our personal injury legal services on a contingency basis. This allows you the legal help you need without you having to worry about paying anything out of pocket. Contact us today at 727-828-3900 for a free consultation to discuss your case.