Serious injuries devastate victims and their families physically, emotionally, and financially. If you cannot work, you may lack the resources to pay your medical bills, not to mention your rent or mortgage, car payment, and other household expenses.
Fortunately, Florida law provides a way to recover the money you need. You can hold the party that caused your injuries responsible for your damages. The personal injury lawyers in St. Petersburg at Goldman Wetzel can help. We protect your legal rights and handle every aspect of your injury claim. Call us today to schedule a free consultation: 727-828-3900.
What Types of Accidents Qualify for Personal Injury Claims?
Personal injuries can occur any time, in any location, when someone behaves irresponsibly. In St. Petersburg, personal injury claims frequently involve one or more of the following scenarios:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Boating accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Slip and fall incidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog bites
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Swimming pool accidents
These accidents can lead to any of the following:
- Broken bones
- Internal injuries
- Head/traumatic brain injury
- Nerve injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Wrongful death
Depending on the severity of your injury, you might require months or even years of medical care. Some injured people need to take a lesser-paying job or are unable to work at all. Pursuing a legal claim for injuries and damages is, for many injured people and their families, the only way to secure their future.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer to Handle My Claim?
Florida law does not require that you have an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim. However, without a lawyer, you may struggle to build a case for compensation.
The personal injury lawyers at Goldman Wetzel have the knowledge and resources to investigate your accident and gather important evidence to substantiate your claim. And, because time is of the essence for filing your claim, our attorneys will work diligently to build your case as quickly as possible. Our lawyers can help ensure that you receive the treatment you need for your injuries and gather statements and testimony from medical experts to support your legal claim.
Of course, we will help ensure the protection of your legal rights throughout the process. This often means protecting you from an aggressive insurance company that hopes to avoid paying out on your claim.
After gathering evidence and submitting your personal injury claim, our team who works together on each case we take on will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. And, if negotiations fail to produce an acceptable settlement offer, we can take your case to court and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Throughout the process, attorneys Goldman and Wetzel will provide compassionate counsel to help you understand your options and make the right decisions for your future.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Lawsuit Worth?
The value of your personal injury claim depends on the nature and extent of your injuries and your prognosis for recovery. It also depends on the circumstances of your accident.
To determine the value of your claim, our team will investigate these and other expenses and losses:
- Medical and care costs to date
- Lost wages to date
- Other losses and damages
- Estimated costs for future care
- Estimated loss of future income
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Legal value of permanent injuries or disabilities
To support the claim’s value, we may use statements or testimony from doctors or medical experts, accident reconstruction professionals, safety experts, and others, depending on the nature of your injury accident.
In many cases, the insurance company may offer a low settlement in hopes of convincing you to sign away your rights to future legal action. In that case, we will help you make the best choices for your future.
How Will Goldman Wetzel Prove Negligence and Liability?
The success of your claim, whether negotiated with the insurance company or presented in court, will require the personal injury attorneys at Goldman Wetzel to prove negligence and liability.
To demonstrate liability, our attorneys will establish the four legal elements of negligence:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party owed you a duty of care in its conduct. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to all road users. Medical practitioners owe a duty to their patients to provide reasonable care. Property owners have a duty to provide a reasonably safe environment for those who visit their location.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault party breached its duty in some significant way. For example, a motorist who gets behind the wheel after having too much to drink or a property owner who fails to repair or block off a badly broken sideway has breached a duty.
- Causation: An injury accident occurs due to the at-fault party’s breach of care. For example, a drunk driver swerves into your lane, running you off the road and causing a rollover accident.
- Damages: The accident caused by the at-fault party led to damages (e.g., medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, etc.)
We will gather your medical records, eyewitness testimony, medical bills, paystubs, W-2s, and testimony from friends and family to get a better idea how your accident has affected you. And because we work together on every case, we have twice as much manpower to get things done more efficiently.
Why Should I Choose Goldman Wetzel as My Personal Injury Lawyers?
The personal injury lawyers at Goldman Wetzel in St. Petersburg use an efficient and focused team approach to help you with your case. This approach gives us two different viewpoints and allows us to brainstorm different ways to handle your case.
We offer a complimentary consultation and case review, to answer your questions and help you understand your options. And you pay nothing until your case settles.
Contact Goldman Wetzel today to schedule a consultation or to speak to a personal injury lawyer in St. Petersburg: 727-828-3900.