After a serious injury, you may find yourself unable to work, with no way to pay your bills or get the medical treatment you need. Instead of getting well, you can only worry about how to take care of your family and keep a roof over your head.
The best way to ease your worries is to hold the person or business responsible for your injury accountable for the harm they caused. The personal injury lawyers in Pinellas County at Goldman Wetzel can help you get the money you need. We will take care of your injury claim and protect your legal rights, so you can focus on getting better.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation: 727-828-3900.
What Qualifies as a Personal Injury Claim in Pinellas County?
When the actions (or inactions) of another person or business cause an accident, the victim can pursue a personal injury claim.
Any of the following accidents may qualify if we can prove another party caused them:
- Car crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Dog bites
- Slip and falls
- Defective product accidents
- Construction accidents
- Swimming pool-related injuries
- Medical malpractice
Personal injury accidents range from mild to severe, often including one or more of these types of injuries.
- Cuts and scrapes
- Joint dislocations
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Birth injuries
The victims of serious personal injury accidents require extensive medical treatment, now and in the future. Without the financial ability to pay for doctor bills, many victims do not get the care they need.
Filing an injury accident claim can provide the resources you need to get treatment, pay your bills, and get your life back on track. Not only will a financial settlement cover your current medical bills, but it can also give you peace of mind for the future.
Why Should I Have a Personal Injury Lawyer Take Care of My Claim?
Legally, you do not have to have a lawyer to pursue a claim. But, when you let a personal injury law team like Goldman Wetzel handle your case, you will have a wealth of knowledge and resources at your disposal.
At Goldman Wetzel, our personal injury attorneys work as a team, to assemble evidence and build a strong case on your behalf. By having two attorneys work on your case, you will not need to deal with an overwhelmed lawyer drowning in too many cases. You can be sure that our team is always on top of things.
We also spring right into action. We know there is no time to waste when you are suffering from a serious injury and will ensure that you get the treatment you need to protect your health and establish a link between your injury and the accident.
We will talk to doctors and medical experts, interview witnesses, obtain photographs, accident reports, and any other evidence we need to substantiate your claim.
Once we submit your claim, our personal injury lawyers will work together to push it through the process. We communicate with you every step of the way, answering your questions and ensuring you stay up-to-date on our progress.
Most importantly, we protect your legal rights at all times.
The Goldman Wetzel team will deal with the insurance company and its attorneys for you. We are fierce negotiators and we will not rest until we believe you have a fair offer for settlement.
In the unlikely event that the insurance company will not make a reasonable settlement offer, we may recommend taking your case to court, to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve. As we are trial attorneys with years of experience, you can trust that your case will be ready whenever we need to take it to court.
What Is the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?
To determine what your claim is worth, the personal injury lawyers of Goldman Wetzel will need to evaluate your injuries and obtain testimony from medical experts to determine your future needs.
We will explore every possible expense to date and project your future damages and losses.
Although your claim will depend on the specific injuries and damages you suffered, we ensure your settlement includes all of the following, so long as they are applicable:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Lost income
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Projected cost of future treatment and care
- Rehab and therapy costs
- Projected future lost income
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Long-term or permanent disability
The Goldman Wetzel team will utilize our network of resources to obtain testimony or sworn statements from medical experts and others who can support your claim. We will talk to your family members and friends, to establish how your injuries have affected your life — and theirs.
Once we submit your claim, we will ensure that the insurance company and their lawyers give it the serious consideration it deserves.
How Do We Prove Fault and Liability?
As a part of the claims process, we will prove the four legal elements of negligence in your case. Although the specific details will vary depending on the nature of your accident and injuries, the basis of these elements are universal to all personal injury claims.
Duty of Care
The individual or business who is at fault for your injuries owed you a duty of care. For example, doctors owe a duty of care to their patients to provide a reasonable standard of care. Truck drivers owe the public a duty of care to obey the law and drive safely. Store owners owe the public a duty of care to maintain a reasonably safe environment for those who visit their property.
Breach of Duty
The person or business at fault for your injuries violated its duty of care to you. For example, a doctor may have failed to diagnose a serious illness or a nurse may have given a patient the wrong medication. A truck driver may have failed to obey speed limit signs or drove while impaired. A store owner may have failed to address a trip hazard or provide handrails at their stairs.
An accident occurred due to the at-fault party’s breach of duty. For example, the truck driver rear-ended your car while he was speeding, or you fell down the store’s stairs because there was no handrail. And, as a result of the accident, you sustained serious injuries.
The accident caused by the party at fault caused you to sustain verifiable damages. Lawyers use doctor bills, car repair invoices, prior wage statements, and similar documents to prove actual damages.
Why Is Goldman Wetzel the Right Personal Injury Law Firm for Me?
In Pinellas County, the personal injury lawyers at Goldman Wetzel provide professional, compassionate legal representation to injury accident victims.
Our unique team approach allows us to focus on providing comprehensive service to our clients. We are committed to protecting their rights and we will work diligently to build a strong case on your behalf.
Let us put our background and experience to work for you today. We provide complimentary consultations and you pay nothing until your case settles. Contact Goldman Wetzel to schedule an appointment or to speak directly with a personal injury lawyer in Pinellas County: 727-828-3900.