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Have you or a loved one been physically or mentally harmed by the negligence or wrongful act of another? Are you ready to get justice for your suffering and financial losses? If so, you need a Florida personal injury lawyer right away. 

A Florida personal injury lawyer can help you claim the compensation you’re entitled to. Personal injury cases are intricate and complex, so we can help you figure out the best legal road to take to get justice for your damages.

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We’ll help you claim compensation for all of the damages you’ve incurred from the accident, including medical expenses, lost wages, personal property damages, pain and suffering, wrongful death, and more.

Personal injury cases we handle

Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have the experience, success, and accolades to win justice on your behalf. We can help you prove the negligence or wrongful actions of the liable party who caused your injury or even the death of a loved one. Check out some of our successful case results.

What steps should you take after being hurt?

Understandably, it might be hard to think clearly after being injured in an accident. But if you can keep the following in mind, you can help ensure not only your health but also the strength of your case.

1. Find a safe place away from the source of injury

If you can get away from the scene of the accident, that will help to keep you as safe as possible. For example, move your car to the shoulder of the highway or a nearby parking lot if it’s safe to move it. If you were in a boating accident, get your vessel to the nearest dock or other mooring spot if possible. If you were hurt on someone’s property, move away from the danger or hazard if it could cause further injury.

2. Perform a self-evaluation

Evaluate yourself to determine if you have any immediately apparent injuries. Try moving your arms and legs, and check to see if you’re bleeding. See if you can breathe without any pain. The more information you can give to medical personnel, the faster they can address your injuries.

3. Call 911 and ask for an ambulance and the police

Call 911 right away. If there were other people involved in the accident, tell that to the 911 dispatcher so they can send enough ambulances, even if you’re unsure if anyone is injured. Even if you don’t think your injury is terrible, get medical attention at the scene anyway. You may have so much adrenaline flowing that you don’t realize you need immediate help.

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4. Take notes and photos of the scene

Use your phone to get pictures and videos. If you were in a vehicle accident, get photos of the damage to all of the cars or trucks involved. If a slip and fall caused your injury, take pictures of whatever it was that caused you to lose your balance, whether that’s a spill, an obstruction, or anything else.

5. Collect contact information from witnesses

More than likely, at least one person saw what happened. There were probably multiple witnesses. Don’t worry about interviewing them – that will be the responsibility of your personal injury lawyer in Florida. Just get their essential contact information, such as their names, phone numbers, and email addresses.

6. Keep a written or digital record of your experience after the accident

Write down everything you can pertaining to the aftermath of your accident. Make notes or recordings of how you feel and what kind of treatment you’re receiving. If you can take pictures of your injuries, do so. The more evidence you have of your injury, the stronger your case will be.

7. Visit your primary care physician or specialist

Don’t hesitate to see your doctor, even if you think nothing’s wrong. There are lots of soft tissue and other injuries that don’t show symptoms for a long time. If you don’t get treatment, your injury could worsen substantially. 

8. Speak with a Florida personal injury attorney

It’s just as vital that you talk to a personal injury lawyer in Florida right away. The earlier you speak to a Florida personal injury lawyer with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, the earlier they can begin their investigation to collect the evidence that will be vital to proving your case.

Don’t miss the deadline to file your claim.

You might be surprised to know that you likely have two years from the date of your accident to take legal action. That’s Florida’s statute of limitations in personal injury cases that are based on negligence. However, you can’t afford to wait to file a claim. Please don’t put it off because every day that passes lessens your chances of obtaining the compensation you deserve.

What are possible damages you can claim?

The primary reasons to file a personal injury claim are to hold the liable parties accountable and to recover your accident-related losses, which are called “damages.” The two primary forms of damages are economic and non-economic. 

Economic damages

Your medical bills, lost wages, prescriptions, and other tangible expenses are known as economic damages. They’re tangible because you can obtain documents to prove them, such as pay stubs, invoices, and more. 

Non-economic damages

While any personal injury lawyer in Florida can prove economic damages, it takes a seasoned attorney to prove non-economic damages because they’re subjective and complex to calculate. They include emotional trauma, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering, and others.

How to find the right Florida personal injury lawyer for your needs

Finding a good lawyer is going to be incredibly important, but you also need to find one who’s a good fit for you. You need legal help quickly, but you don’t want to rush into choosing an attorney. Get referrals from people you know who have worked with a personal injury lawyer in Florida.

If that’s not applicable, talk to three lawyers and choose the one who makes you feel the most comfortable and gives you the most confidence. Look online to see what others say about the attorneys you’re considering.

We’ll fight the insurance company to get you total compensation.

The attorneys with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath know how to battle the high-priced professionals that insurance companies hire. These professionals are going to do everything they can to deny you equitable compensation. We’ll use our decades of experience and knowledge of the legal system to fight for your rights at every turn and defeat this formidable opposition.

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What parties may be liable for your injury?

One of the many reasons personal injury cases are so challenging is that there can be multiple parties at fault for an accident. Ensuring that all liable parties are included in the lawsuit is imperative to ensure you receive maximum compensation.

For example, in a truck accident, the driver could face liability due to fatigue. The company that loaded the cargo could have been negligent and contributed to the truck’s loss of control.

How do our Florida attorneys prove liability?

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we conduct thorough investigations into our clients’ personal injury accidents. We go to the scene, interview witnesses, and do several other things to determine the cause of the accident and who may be liable. Our attorneys will work to produce the evidence necessary to give you the best chance of winning your case.

What is the personal injury lawsuit process?

You must hire an attorney who will explain what to expect throughout your case and keep you updated at all times. Here’s a quick idea of how your case will begin.

1. Legal consultation

This is where you speak with your attorney to determine if you want to hire them. The Florida personal injury lawyer will ask you questions to get an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. However, it would help if you asked your questions to find out how much experience the attorney has and their track record of success in cases similar to yours.

2. Accident investigation

If you choose to hire an attorney and they agree to accept your case, they’ll immediately investigate the accident that led to your injury. Since the investigation will be so essential to your success, it needs to begin as soon as possible before critical evidence disappears.

3. File the lawsuit

After your attorney has conducted their investigation, they’ll file the lawsuit or claim using the information they’ve gathered to support your claim for damages. Your lawsuit gets filed in the appropriate court and then gets served on all liable parties (the defendants). 

4. Discovery

Your lawyer and the defendants will conduct discovery to gather additional evidence that might not have been accessible prior to the lawsuit being filed. Discovery can include the following:

  • Depositions
  • Written questions or interrogatories
  • Requests for the production of documents and things
  • Subpoenas for records such as to the police department for their report, security cameras, and medical records

5. Settlement negotiations or trial

Although settlement negotiations can occur at any stage of your case, it’s expected that they occur after some discovery has been completed because both sides feel that they have enough information to make an informed offer or counter offer. Settlement offers can go back and forth more than once, so you must remain patient and trust your attorney. 

Suppose the defendant’s insurance company is being unreasonable. In that case, your Florida personal injury attorney may advise you that you need to take your case to trial in order to get the compensation you deserve. At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, our attorneys have extensive trial experience and know how to present your case to the judge and jury in order to have a successful outcome.

Why is it important to visit the doctor?

As stated earlier, getting medical help will be critical to your health and your case. If you don’t see a doctor, the insurance company will use that against you. They’ll claim your injury isn’t as severe as you’re claiming or that you’re actually not hurt at all. It’s going to be very difficult to fight that claim if you don’t have a record of receiving timely treatment.

Cost of hiring a Florida personal injury lawyer

The Florida personal injury attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath work on a contingency fee basis. We’ll pay for the investigation and everything else out of our pocket, not yours. We won’t receive a penny unless we successfully obtain total and fair compensation on your behalf.

If we are, we’ll get a percentage of your settlement or jury award. You have nothing to lose by hiring our highly experienced attorneys.

Why hire Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath

You won’t find a law firm as passionate about their clients as we are. Every attorney on our staff wants nothing more than to see that justice is served. While we can’t promise you’ll win, we can promise that we’ll do all we can to help you achieve a positive result in your case.

Get a free consultation with a Florida personal injury lawyer today

We’re ready to hear about your case and answer your questions. Call (561) 655-1990 or send us a message to get your free, no-obligation case evaluation and see how we can help you with your case now.

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