Lakeland Personal Injury Lawyer
A serious injury can impact your ability to support yourself and your family. If you were hurt in an accident and are facing a difficult recovery, contact a Lakeland injury lawyer for help obtaining the compensation you deserve.
Having to focus on recovering from a serious injury while you still have household responsibilities, such as your mortgage, utilities, car payments, and groceries, can be a daunting task. If you have steadily increasing medicals bills to match the severity of your injuries, this could become all the more challenging.
But you don’t have to work through this difficult time alone. Speak with an experienced Lakeland personal injury attorney at Lopez & Humphries, PA for help regaining control of your life.
Accidents That Warrant a Lakeland Personal Injury Claim
Many types of accidents could render an injury victim eligible for compensation through a personal injury claim in Lakeland. The most frequent types of accidents that our clients have been involved in include the following:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Here, a motorcycle, automobile, tractor-trailer, bus, or other vehicle collides with another vehicle, often causing serious injuries like traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, amputation, broken bones, and organ failure.
- Premises Liability – In a premises liability claim, a property owner has failed to ensure the safety of his or her invited guests. A good example could be a homeowner who didn’t take proper measures to clean up a spilled liquid before inviting people over. A guest slips on the puddle and breaks a hip or suffers a back injury, and a premises liability case is born.
- Dog Bites – Florida adheres to strict liability laws for dog bite injuries. This means that, when a dog bites someone, the owner of the dog will be held responsible for the incurred damages, no matter what the behavior of the dog was like prior to the attack.
- Medical Malpractice – For medical malpractice to occur, a medical professional involved in the treatment or care of a patient will have made an error in the care of the patient that another qualified professional would not have made. Examples include misdiagnosing an illness, failing to treat a condition, giving an improper dose of medication, and the like.
- Defective Products – Commonly known as product liability claims, defective product claims occur when an item purchased by a consumer malfunctions and causes injuries. These types of accidents often make headlines due to the massive recalls that affect everyone who purchased the same product.
Finding Fault for Your Lakeland Accident
Once we have established that your accident warrants personal injury compensation, we begin the process of investigating the specifics of your case. This largely involves determining which individual or entity is liable for your injuries. As you can imagine, this party can vary widely, depending on the type of accident you’ve been hurt in.
For instance, in motor vehicle accidents, it isn’t uncommon for the driver of the vehicle who hit you, parts manufacturers, and the state road authority to hold some of the blame. In a medical malpractice case, surgeons, physicians, nurses, home health aides, and even the hospital or doctor’s office can be sued.
After liability has been determined, we can move forward in calculating the value of your Lakeland personal injury claim. This is the amount of compensation we will request from the at-fault party or his or her insurer.
Full Compensation for Your Damages
Figuring out how much your claim should be worth is usually a two-step process. We need to consider both the economic and non-economic damages that you’ve endured.
It’s fairly easy to establish what your financial expenses (economic damages) have been. They generally will include your lost wages, the impact on your future earning potential (regular income, bonuses, raises, and retirement savings), and medical expenses.
It will be important that we ensure you are reimbursed fully for your medical expenses, especially considering that the cost of healthcare in the United States is so high. You should be covered for your hospital stay, prescription medications, medical equipment, adjustments to your home to accommodate medical equipment (wheelchair ramps, hospital beds, or railings), and copays.
In addition to your economic expenses, your non-economic losses are equally as impactful and should be considered when computing the total value of your claim. It can be a challenge to put a monetary value on pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life. Although these damages are harder to quantify, they still warrant fair compensation.
There are also instances in which a judge can decide to award you punitive damages. These are usually awarded to set an example against behavior or decisions that are particularly egregious or malicious in nature and are meant as a form of punishment for the liable party. Having punitive damages added to your award can drastically increase the amount the defendant will be required to pay you.
The purpose of seeking compensation for your losses is making you “whole” again. The idea is to recover all of the expenses you’ve endured, as well as a form of retribution for the non-economic damages that have had a devastating impact on your life. It will be your Lakeland accident injury lawyer’s job to make sure the negligent party is held accountable for the damage he or she has caused you.
Lakeland Personal Injury FAQ
Because so many different types of accidents can be considered grounds for a Lakeland personal injury claim, the details can often get lost in the confusion. For this reason, we’ve provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the personal injury claims process.
If I file a claim, does that mean I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. It’s very possible that we will be able to avoid going to court if we are successful in our negotiations with the insurance company or negligent party. You should be prepared, however, to bring your case in front of a judge if the insurer makes you an insultingly low offer or if we are unable to come to a reasonable settlement agreement.
Should I give a statement to the insurance adjuster?
It is often not a good idea to make a statement to the insurance company. This is because insurers are infamous for using claimants’ words against them. They do this in an attempt to increase the percentage of blame you hold so the amount they are required to settle for will decrease, protecting their profits.
My accident happened a couple of years ago. Can I still file a claim?
In Florida, you have four years from the date the accident occurred or the injury was diagnosed to file a personal injury claim—except in the case of a medical malpractice claim. These claims have a statute of limitations of only two years.
Consult with a Lakeland Personal Injury Attorney
Few people are prepared to deal with the consequences of a serious injury, and even fewer know how to move forward if their injury is someone else’s fault. If you need help obtaining appropriate compensation for the losses you’ve been forced to endure, contact a qualified attorney at Lopez & Humphries, PA.
Our team of dedicated attorneys is passionate about helping injury victims reclaim their lives. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Lakeland personal injury lawyer, simply fill out the online contact form below or give us a call at (863) 774-3573.