Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve been in an auto accident. When should I contact an attorney?
Your health and well-being are most important. Seek immediate medical attention for your injuries, and then contact me. We will discuss the details of your accident, possibly visit the scene of the accident, and identify evidence that may be helpful to your case.
Why do I need an attorney for an auto accident?
Auto accidents happen for many reasons – the vehicle may have a part that was not functioning properly, the driver may have been impaired or, in many accidents that involve large trailer trucks, the driver may have been overly tired from putting in long hours on the road. Unfortunately, auto accidents can cause serious, life-altering injuries. I will demand justice for you and help you recover damages.
What kind of damages can I seek in an auto accident?
After reviewing the details of your individual case, I can provide a recommendation on the appropriate course of legal action. Although the type and level of damages vary, you may file for damages related to physical injuries, medical expenses, lost income due to time away from work, an injury that is irreversible, or medical pain and suffering.
Should I contact my own insurance company?
Yes, it is appropriate to notify your own insurance company about the accident. Do not speak with the insurance company of the other vehicle involved in the accident until you speak with me. I will explain your rights and protect your best interests.
Do I need an attorney for an accident involving a truck and, if so, does
it matter when I file for damages?
To reduce the compensation that is awarded, the trucking company may pressure you to accept a settlement that does not sufficiently cover your expenses or lost income. It is important to file for damages within a specified period of time to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
How are the laws different for someone who is riding a motorcycle?
Those who ride motorcycles in Florida are not required to carry personal injury protection, whereas those who drive cars are required to carry this protection. If someone is injured in a motorcycle accident, they don’t have to prove that they suffered permanent injuries in order to receive compensation for their damages.
PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH
How do I know if I have a personal injury or wrongful death case?
When you contact me, we will discuss your situation in detail. I will then investigate the circumstances surrounding your situation, determine if you have a strong case, and explain your rights to you.
Assuming I have a personal injury or wrongful death case, how much will
it cost me to pursue it?
If I take on your case, it will not cost you anything unless I am successful in recovering damages for you, at which time my firm would then be paid a percentage of the total recovery, including our costs. If I am unable to recover damages for you, my firm would not be paid and you would not be asked to repay any of the related costs.
What is mediation?
A mediator – who is often a retired lawyer or judge – meets with both parties and their lawyers prior to trial. Both sides of the case are heard, with the hope of resolving the case. If the mediation process is not successful, the case will then proceed to trial.
What is a brain injury and how is it caused?
When there is a sudden impact to the head – in the form of an intense blow to the head, whiplash or shaking – neurological damage can result in areas of the brain. Accidents involving vehicles, athletic or recreational activities, and the workplace are leading causes of brain injuries.
If the long-term effects of a brain injury cannot be reversed, should
I still seek legal counsel?
Long-term effects of traumatic brain injury are severe, irreversible and life-altering. They include paralysis, loss of intellectual ability and coordination. In less severe cases, signs of brain injury may be subtle initially but can surface and worsen over time. It is important to hold the person or business responsible for your accident accountable so that their carelessness does not harm someone else in the future. I will fight to recover damages from your medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
What kind of resources are available to those who have experienced a brain
When you contact me, we will review the details of your individual case. You or your loved one may be eligible for a personal injury claim, workers’ compensation or social security disability. Legal guardianship may also be appointed.
What is product liability and how would I prove that a product is defective?
Businesses are responsible for compensating consumers when their defective product results in physical injuries, loss of life, or damages to property. A defect can be a flaw in the design of the product, in the manufacturing of the product or in the marketing or labeling of the product. To prove that a product is defective, industry experts would evaluate the product’s design as well as the related industry and government standards for that type of product.
How do I know if I have a case?
If you had an accident that resulted in physical injuries and you suspect it was caused by a defective product, you may have a case. Call me and I will walk you through the legal process, explain your rights and demand fair compensation for you. There will be no fees or cost to you unless damages are recovered.
Is it too late to file a claim for an injury I received from an older
It doesn’t matter if the product is brand new or if it is 20 years old. In the case of defective products, you can file a claim within two years of when the accident and subsequent injury occurred.