Every day, accidents happen in and around the Jacksonville, Florida area that result in serious injuries and fatalities.
If you’re injured as the result of another person’s negligence, it’s critical to protect your legal rights while taking the steps necessary to obtain compensation.
With most of your attention on your health, well-being, and recovery, it’s challenging to find enough time to manage an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit.
Fortunately, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Terrell • Hogan are ready to help.
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.
While no two accidents are the same, there are some basic steps anyone can take:
Along with the above, consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. This reduces the likelihood of making a mistake that could cost you time and put your claim at risk.
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.
There is no shortage of benefits of hiring a personal injury law firm. These include but are not limited to:
With a free consultation, you can learn more about the benefits of hiring a personal injury law firm.
Personal injury damages are broken down into two primary groups:
Compensatory damages compensate the victim for losses associated with the accident and injuries.
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:
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 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.
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