How to Negotiate a Settlement When You Are Injured in Florida

When you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, whether it be an auto accident or some other vehicular accident, medical malpractice, slip-and-fall or other injury due to an unsafe environment, or product malfunction, you have the right to compensation for your pain, suffering, and expenses. 

Never negotiate a settlement for injuries without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer! Insurance companies are motivated to save as much money as possible. Your personal injury attorney is motivated to win the highest level of compensation possible for you. As a personal injury lawyer in Florida, I am committed to “fighting for the little guy” against the highly lucrative businesses, insurance companies, and medical institutions that have the financial resources to squash your efforts to recover damages due to their negligent behavior or faulty products.

Grounds for a personal injury lawsuit

In order to sue for damages in a personal injury case, Florida law requires that you prove all four of the following:

  1.       The person or business who caused your injury owed you a duty of care
  2.       The person or business was negligent in that duty
  3.       You suffered injury or damage that was caused by the breach of duty
  4.       The injury or damage can be demonstrated legally 

What you can sue for

It is common for companies to seek a settlement because when cases go before a jury, companies often lose. But sometimes, negotiators don’t negotiate in good faith. In these situations, I have taken cases to court and won significant awards from juries. 

In personal injury cases, you can sue for:

  • Medical costs, current and future
  • Lost wages and future lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering
  • Other expenses caused by the accident, such as necessary changes to your home to accommodate your injuries
  • Loss of companionship in the case of serious permanent injury or death 

I leave no stone unturned to collect the most powerful evidence to create a rock-solid case. We will determine the extent of your injuries, the likely long-term effects, and future costs. We will also consult experts in various fields to nail down detailed examples of negligence. 

In some cases, you may be able to sue multiple negligent parties. For instance, in the case of a malfunctioning product, you may be able to sue the company that designed a faulty product as well as the manufacturer that should have tested the product for safety. This is something that I, as an experienced personal injury attorney, know how to root out, to maximize your compensation. 

Negotiate your settlement

Negotiation is an art that requires much practice. After negotiating many hundreds of personal injury settlements, I know the tactics companies and insurance companies use to try to minimize settlements and I prepare in advance to neutralize their impact.

We will come to the negotiation table with police reports, eyewitness testimonies, medical records, bills paid, and logs of visits to healthcare professionals. We will come with photographic and video evidence of your injuries, comparing your condition before and after the incident. We will demonstrate lost wages, any psychological effects, and any effects on your relationships.

We will also come with detailed evidence of negligence, specifics about how the negligence may have occurred if applicable (the product could have been designed in this way, or the manufacturer could have tested the product in this manner but didn’t), and expert witnesses to support our claims.

We will also come with a calculation of your future medical expenses and lost wages, as well as a calculated compensation estimate for pain, suffering, and damage to relationships due to your injuries.

Coming to the table with a tsunami of evidence and unquestionable calculations based on that evidence puts us in a position of strength, which forces a substantial settlement because the company will not want to go to trial before a jury. 

At times, if I believe the evidence is strong enough, I may recommend a trial, but usually, settlements can be quite significant and are much speedier and less stressful than a court case. 

As a Floridian myself, I am committed to helping Florida residents and those injured in Florida receive just compensation for their injuries. No matter the incident, contact me at (954) 448-7288, 24/7 for a free consultation to see how I can help you.

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