Brandon Personal Injury Lawyer
When someone else’s negligence leaves you hurt and financially struggling, you deserve compensation. A Brandon injury lawyer at our firm can provide the help you need.
Accidents can happen any time, and they can leave you with bills, pain, and the trauma that often comes with a major injury. Unfortunately, it’s possible that another person’s actions might have left you in this spot—injured and struggling to get by.
If you’re having trouble after a major accident, give a Brandon personal injury lawyer a call. We can walk you through your case so you know exactly what you need and what we’ll do to win the compensation you deserve.
At Lopez & Humphries, PA, we want to see your claim succeed. Our lawyers will fight to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve.
What Is a Personal Injury?
Injuries are always difficult, but they don’t always warrant personal injury claims. How do you know the difference?
Typically, a personal injury happens when another person is careless—intentionally or unintentionally—and that lack of care causes you harm. A personal injury claim can also cover many types of injuries. As broad as the term is, there’s a good chance we can cover your case type if you were injured by another person in Brandon.
Below is just a small sample of the types of personal injury claims we cover at our firm:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Commercial truck crashes
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
Investigating Your Brandon Injury Accident
In order to win the compensation you need, a case must be put together. Insurance companies don’t want to hand over money unless they know that you would win in court. That means that you will need to have solid evidence against the party that hurt you. Evidence can be things such as the following:
- Photo and video evidence
- Witness statements
- Expert opinions
- Medical evidence
- Records of your losses
- Physical evidence
All of this evidence must be gathered and put together. Your Brandon personal injury lawyer will then need to file the claim paperwork with the involved insurance company. It’s imperative that your lawyer prove the fault of the party that injured you and prove the severity of your injuries.
Recovering Compensation Through a Brandon Personal Injury Claim
Although a personal injury suit can provide a sense of justice during a difficult time in your life, what we’ll need to fight hardest for is the compensation you’re owed for your injuries. If you’ve suffered because of another person’s negligence, you deserve compensation to help you get back on your feet.
Typically, you’ll be looking at two types of damages: economic and non-economic. These will cover the financial side of your injuries and the mental and emotional sides of them, respectively. Economic damages will cover your finances, so these are usually relatively easy to calculate. Property damage, medical bills, and any monetary losses you’ve suffered because of your injury should be included here.
On the other hand, you’ve also suffered trauma, pain, and reduced quality of life. These should be financially accounted for, but they’re a little harder to calculate than economic damages. After all, how do you put a price tag on the pain you’ve experienced?
Fortunately, a personal injury lawyer in Brandon can help you do that. We’ll discuss the severity of your pain and the impact on your life, which will make it easier to determine how much your settlement is truly worth.
Types of Serious Injuries and How They Affect Your Claim
Just as you can be hurt in a wide array of accident types, your injuries can also vary greatly. The severity of your injury could range from mild or moderate to quite severe. Your injury’s seriousness will affect the amount of compensation you can receive when filing an injury claim.
If you have a mild injury that will heal quickly and causes you limited pain, you will likely be owed less compensation than if you have a debilitating injury that will limit your mobility for life and cause tremendous pain. Listed below are some injuries that are common in personal injury claims:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – Head injuries are considered very serious injuries, but they can range in the level of severity. When you’ve suffered a head injury, it can greatly impact your life.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Devastating injuries, spinal cord damage can negatively affect your mobility. In some cases, a spinal injury can lead to permanent paralysis.
- Severe Burns – Serious burns can cause disfiguring scarring and significant pain. In addition, burn injuries can cause significant damage to muscles, nerves, and skin tissue.
- Broken Bones – A broken bone can be a very painful injury that can put you out of commission for a time. Depending on the type of break, you could be dealing with a permanent injury.
- Amputations – The loss of a limb is a traumatic injury and can change the course of your life. You could require mobility devices, the pain can negatively impact your life happiness, and this type of injury could cause depression and self-confidence issues.
- Internal Injuries – Damage to your organs can be life-changing. Your health can be significantly reduced depending on the seriousness of your injuries.
Which Florida Laws Will Affect My Case?
You’ll also be dealing with state law as you fight for the compensation you deserve. If you’re not careful, Florida laws may harm your case, leaving you with less or no compensation, despite the pain and expenses you’ve suffered.
Although this doesn’t cover every law your lawyer might discuss with you, you’ll need to watch for the statute of limitations and negligence laws. These will affect your case, and they’ll be the ones to watch most closely.
You’ll need to file your Brandon personal injury claim within four years of your injury. If you don’t, you’ll be barred from recovery, so you’ll need to make that decision quickly.
Additionally, you’ll need to do what you can to avoid accusations of negligence. In Florida, you may be found guilty of a certain percentage of fault, and that percentage will be deducted from your compensation.
Let’s say your compensation should have been $100,000, but you were found at fault for 30 percent of the accident. That will leave you with $70,000 to cover all of your expenses and needs after the injury.
The Injury Claim Process From Start to Finish
Many people have questions about the claims process. How does the process work and what are the steps my lawyer will take? Here are the main steps to the claim process, which your Brandon injury accident attorney will follow:
- Investigate your accident
- Gather evidence to prove fault and prove the extent of your injuries
- Develop your case
- Submit claim paperwork to the insurance companies, or to the court if filing a lawsuit
- Negotiate compensation with the insurance company
- Receive a settlement check or attend court
Consult a Brandon Personal Injury Attorney
Getting the compensation you need to overcome your injuries isn’t easy. One misstep could mean losing much of the compensation you deserve, which lets the at-fault party get away with the pain he or she caused you.
That’s why an attorney from Lopez & Humphries, PA can change your case. Winning the compensation you deserve isn’t easy, but our lawyers are ready and willing to fight for you. If you’re concerned about your compensation or have questions about your case, give us a call. We can set up a free consultation so you can find out exactly what we can offer you.
To speak with a Brandon personal injury lawyer, reach out to us today. Call us at 863-709-8500 or fill out the online contact form below.