Learn more about how our law firm handles a case from start to finish:
Not all personal injury cases are the same. Without listening first, there is a risk that issues get overlooked. That’s why our attorneys make listening the first step. We will take the necessary time to understand your issue, concerns, and questions.
One-on-one time speaking with your attorney is critical in order to properly represent you. This primary step is often overlooked by many personal injury law firms.
We strive to answer all of your questions and concerns. But we do more than just provide answers. If you were in a car accident, we will help to make sure your car is repaired correctly. If your car was totaled, we will help to make sure you are paid a fair value. We will help you navigate the insurance claim world. After you hire us, you will not have to talk directly to the insurance company. We will handle all communications so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Our investigation will include contacting witnesses and obtaining crash reports, photographs, and medical records. We will also research any unique legal issues your case might present. If necessary, we hire experts during the investigation stage.
After our investigation, we will then complete an evaluation of your case. This includes reviewing medical records, doctors’ reports, and other evidence we obtained. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your case with you and, together, formulate a strategy for attempting resolution and prosecuting your claim.
Generally, we will attempt resolution with the responsible insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit. We will use the materials that we discovered during the investigation stage in negotiating a settlement. Many cases are able to resolve at this stage without a lawsuit having to be filed. If your case is resolved, we will attempt to reduce your outstanding medical bills.
If the insurance company doesn’t do what they should do, the next step will be to file a lawsuit. Your involvement will include answering written questions called interrogatories. You will also have your deposition taken. A deposition involves the insurance company’s lawyer asking you questions about the incident, your injury, and your past medical history. A court reporter will record all the questions and answers. Eventually the parties will participate in mediation in attempt to resolve the case. Here, the attorneys select a neutral third-party mediator to assist in settlement discussions. Mediation generally last for half a day or a full day.
A lawsuit can be an intimidating process but your attorney will lead the way. We work hard to make sure you are prepared so that we can present a strong case together.
Most cases do not go to trial. However, if your case doesn’t resolve at mediation or any other stage, then the case will go to trial. Generally, a jury decides a personal injury case. In Florida, personal injury cases are decided by six jurors. A typical personal injury trial last about one week. However, more complex cases, such as medical malpractice claims, could be multiple weeks long.
Throughout each stage of your case, we strive to keep you well informed. This includes sending you copies of documents and letters as well as regular follow ups. Clients also have the option to sign up for our online client portal which allows you see the status of your case at any time.