Jacksonville Personal Injury Lawyer

Every day of every year, someone is injured in an accident due the careless and negligent action of others. Accidents with injuries that range from minor scraps to death or dismemberment and every type of malady in between. Because these types of accidents are so pervasive, this is the number one most common legal discipline practiced by attorneys, many with skill sets and experience limited and short in duration.

Unfortunately, most personal injury cases brought, are complex in nature and difficult to resolve especially if they involve serious injuries. For this reason, many injury cases are settled prematurely without adequate compensation awarded, because the legal counsel hired is misinformed as to what a specific case is actually worth and the insurance provider, tries to minimize their expense and is anxious to avoid legal action.

As a, for-profit business, insurance companies routinely try and limit their exposure by underestimating the value of any claim presented against them. Your attorney’s job is to correctly access the value of damages done and set a fair price of compensation their client should seek.

At Terrell Hogan we have over 40 years of experience evaluating damages inflicted upon our clients by first establishing the other party’s negligence and therefore responsibility for those damages.

Types Of Compensation in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury damages are broken down into two primary groups:

  1. Compensatory damages- Compensatory damages compensate the victim for losses associated with the accident and injuries.
  2. Punitive damages- which are much more difficult to recover — are used as a means of punishing the negligent party. 

Examples of compensatory damages include but are not limited to:

  • Medical expensesEmergency room visits, hospital stays, medication, physical therapy, diagnostic tests, and more. Also includes future or ongoing medical expenses.
  • Lost wagesThis is reimbursement for any lost income resulting from your accident and injuries. For instance, if you were out of work for several months on bed rest, you’re entitled to the income you would have earned during that period.
  • Pain and suffering: This takes into consideration factors such as the type of injury, extent of the injury, length of recovery, and permanence. 

As for punitive damages, these only come into play in cases where the defendant’s conduct is intentional and/or malicious. 

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident and believe you have a legal case or an insurance claim, you need the counsel and advise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Since 1974, Terrell Hogan has been specializing in personal injury case law and has represented 1000’s of injured victims seeking fair and just compensation for their injuries. Our practice is exclusively dedicated to handling personal injury cases. We also have extensive trial experience and are always prepared to go to court if we can not reach a fair settlement for your injuries with the insurance carrier.

What Are Personal Injury Accidents?

A personal injury accident is any type of accident that results in a person being hurt due to the negligence of another party. 

These accidents can impact victims physically, emotionally, and financially both in the short and long term. 

Common examples of personal injury accidents in Jacksonville, FL include:

Each category contains multiple types of accidents. For example, a car accident could be the result of distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, drowsy driving, or reckless driving. 

Regardless of the circumstances, if you or a loved one was injured by another party, learn more about your legal rights. 

What To Do After An Accident in Jacksonville

First things first. If you have been injured in an accident, first and foremost seek the attention of a doctor or medical practitioner. Then you should immediately seek the advice of an experienced personal injury accident attorney from the law firm of Terrell Hogan. With most of your attention on your health, well-being, and recovery, it may be challenging to find enough time to manage an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, injured parties who hire an attorney to represent them, receive 2 to 3 times the settlement or awarded amount then those not represented by legal counsel.

Insurance Company’s Process

If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, the first thing that will occur is that the insurance company of the at-fault party will reach out to you and try to review the circumstances of the accident. It is not in your best interest to talk to anyone or disclose any details about the accident, especially an insurance company adjuster or representative. Any statements you make could harm your chances for receiving fair compensation for your damages and injuries. Your doctors and lawyer, on the other hand, need a full disclosure of the accident because they have your best interests at heart. Never accept any offer from an insurance company to resolve a claim. It is always in the insurance company’s best interest to “low ball” the value of your damages and injuries. Insurance companies will use whatever means they can in getting you to agree with a financial settlement that might not even cover your current or future expenses. It is critical to take specific steps necessary to obtain fair and just compensation by having competent legal counsel.

Fortunately, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Terrell • Hogan are ready to help. 

How Much is my Personal Injury Claim Worth?

Terrell Hogan’s Legal Process

Most injury victims want to know how much their case is worth. Unfortunately, no two accidents with injuries are the same. In determining how much your specific case is worth, the attorneys at Terrell Hogan will need to review the facts in your case. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will need to know the specific details of your accident, including how severe your injuries are and who was responsible for your accident. There are many factors that will be considered in determining the final settlement or verdict amount sought. 

If we believe we can help you obtain fair compensation, we’ll tell you. If not, we will suggest what your next best steps should be.

If we mutually decide to proceed with your claim, your personal injury lawyer will:

  • First, gather all pertinent evidence, such as an accident/police report, medical records, insurance policies, any eyewitness testimonies, video recordings and any photographic record.
  • We will then perform a thorough investigation of your accident.
  • Next, we will need all of the medical testimony and records.
  • Identify all possible sources of compensation available.
  • Determine the total amount of damages you should be entitled to.
  • File an insurance claim on your behalf.
  • Deal with the insurance company representatives and adjuster on your behalf.
  • If necessary, review statements and possibly take depositions from parties involved. Possibly hire a private investigator and/or expert witnesses, to support your case
  • Meet all case and legal deadlines.
  • Ensure that you are receiving the proper medical care you need and deserve.
  • If necessary, set up medical liens with medical providers.
  • Attempt a settlement negotiation.
  • Prepare for litigation which may involve your testimony, witnesses, records disclosure etc.
  • Last but not least. Litigate your personal injury lawsuit in court.

Once again. When you contact Terrell Hogan, you are never under any obligation to hire us. Our job is to evaluate your case and help you explore the legal options that are available. That case evaluation is Free, in fact there are no fees or cost associated with your case unless we recover money for you.

If you choose to have Terrell Hogan represent you, you can rest assured that an experienced and seasoned negotiator and tenacious litigator is in your corner, fighting for fair and just compensation for your injuries.

Do You Need a Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney?

While there’s no requirement to consult with a personal injury attorney, it’s generally best to do so. 

Should you attempt to personally manage your claim, you’re putting a lot of trust in the insurance company to pay what’s fair. Unfortunately, since the insurance company isn’t on your side, this can result in missing out on the compensation you deserve.

A personal injury attorney will protect your rights by communicating directly with the insurance company to secure you the best possible settlement. And if that doesn’t happen, they can file a lawsuit.

The insurance company will have its own team of lawyers, all of which are experienced using a variety of tactics to minimize their payout. The best way to combat this is by hiring a Jacksonville personal injury law firm to protect your rights. 

The Benefits of Hiring A Jacksonville Personal Injury Law Firm

There is no shortage of benefits of hiring a personal injury law firm. These include but are not limited to:

  • Professional guidance and adviceWith a team of professionals on your side, you don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting. They’ll manage your claim from start to finish. 
  • Answers to all your questionsYou’ll have a variety of questions, ranging from where to receive medical care to how much your claim is worth. Your attorney can provide you with timely and accurate answers to help put your mind at ease. 
  • Maximum compensationThe goal isn’t to settle your claim and move on. The goal is to receive maximum compensation for your injuries and other damages. 

With a free consultation, you can learn more about the benefits of hiring a personal injury law firm. 

Contact A Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, don’t hesitate to learn more about your legal rights, how to protect them, and how to obtain compensation for your injuries and related damages. 

At Terrell Hogan, we have the experience and knowledge needed to successfully manage your case from start to finish. Contact us online or via phone at (904) 632-2424 to set up a free consultation.


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