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This page was written and legally reviewed by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath’s team of Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyers.

If you suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, our team is ready to help you get the justice you deserve. Whether we negotiate a fair settlement with an insurance company or win an award in court, we won’t rest until you receive total compensation.

Call (561) 655-1990 to schedule a free consultation with our skilled South Florida personal injury lawyers.

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Our personal injury practice areas

When you choose a South Florida personal injury lawyer with Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, you’ll be working with a true professional who will know how to help you obtain maximum compensation. Our firm has more than 30 years of experience working with clients in a wide range of practice areas, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Elder abuse
  • Product liability
  • Slip-and-fall
  • Wrongful death
  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

What steps should I take after being hurt?

When people are hurt in an incident, they often describe the experience as being in a sort of “fog,” and they’re not sure what to do. Keeping a clear head is essential, not only for your health but also for your potential personal injury case.

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

If a piece of equipment malfunctions at work, go to the first aid center for treatment. If you were in a car crash, try to move your vehicle to a safe spot. This could be a parking lot close by or the shoulder of a highway.

2. Perform a self-evaluation

Do you have a broken arm or leg? Can you think clearly? The more information you can provide your emergency medical team, the better job they’ll be able to do of getting you stabilized for the trip to the hospital.

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

The responding police officer will investigate the accident scene and prepare a report. Tell them how the accident occurred as best you can recollect. While it’s important to be honest, don’t admit even the slightest amount of blame. Admitting fault, even unintentionally, could seriously damage your case.

4. Take notes and photos of the scene

The more evidence you collect, the stronger your case. Take photos and videos of the scene. You should also take pictures of your injuries as soon as possible – this will help prove the severity of your injuries.

5. Collect contact information from witnesses

If there are witnesses, ask them if they’d be willing to share their account of how the accident took place. You don’t need to interview them – that is a job for your South Florida personal injury lawyer. Just get their names, phone numbers, and email addresses, and let them know that you or your attorney will be in contact with them later.

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6. Keep a written or digital record of your experience in the minutes, hours, and days after the accident

Writing down everything you’re going through could help your case because it will help support the amount of compensation (or damages) you’re seeking. Your damages include pain and suffering and emotional trauma. The more you can share about your suffering, the better your chances of getting every dollar you deserve.

7. Visit your primary care physician or specialist

You might feel fine after the incident, but this is usually because of adrenaline. See a doctor even if you think you’re okay. If you don’t, whatever injuries you have could quickly become much worse, and the damage those injuries cause might be irreversible.

8. Speak with an attorney

Your health is the first priority, but speaking with a South Florida personal injury lawyer is a close second. You’ll need to get legal help as soon as possible. Your attorney will need to begin their investigation into the accident quickly. The longer the investigation takes, the higher the likelihood that critical evidence will disappear.

Don’t miss the deadline to file your personal injury claim

Every state has what’s known as a personal injury “statute of limitations”– this is essentially a deadline. If you let the deadline pass, you won’t be able to take any sort of legal action against those who are to blame for the accident. Florida’s statute of limitations is two years.

What are possible damages you can claim?

We mentioned the term “damages” earlier — these are the losses incurred by accident victims in a personal injury case. The two main categories of damages are economic and non-economic.

Economic damages

Your lost wages and medical expenses are examples of economic damages. They get their name from the fact that they’re tangible and can be traced with bills, invoices, and receipts.

Non-economic damages

Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, and emotional distress. Because non-economic damages are subjective and intangible, you’ll need to work with a South Florida personal injury lawyer to prove that you should receive compensation for these damages.

We’ll fight the insurance company to get you the maximum compensation

During your research into personal injury law firms, find out what kind of track record they have in cases like yours. You’ll likely be going up against a deep-pocketed insurance corporation, so you need an attorney who isn’t intimidated. That’s precisely what you’ll get when you choose Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

Parties who may be liable for your injury

Many times, personal injury cases can be very complex because there can be multiple liable parties. In a truck crash, for example, the truck driver is usually to blame. However, the company that loaded the cargo may have played a role, as may the trucking company itself. The manufacturer of a faulty component could have contributed as well.

The best way to identify who is responsible for the incident is to work with a skilled South Florida personal injury lawyer.

How can our injury attorneys prove liability?

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we’re experts at investigating accidents. We’ll quickly get to the bottom of why the accident that hurt you occurred, and we will identify all of the parties that contributed to your injury.

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What is the personal injury lawsuit process?

The following is a very brief look at some of the steps of a personal injury lawsuit. However, this isn’t an exhaustive list of the process.

1. Legal consultation

Think of this as the “get to know your lawyer” meeting. You’ll explain the details of the incident, and the attorney will discuss your case’s strengths and potential challenges.

2. Accident investigation

Once you and your South Florida personal injury lawyer agree to work together, your attorney will investigate the accident. Again, the sooner that investigation begins, the better the chances they’ll be able to gather solid evidence to support your case.

3. File demand for compensation

The investigation leads to the distribution of “demand letters.” Your lawyer will send them to all the liable parties and their insurance companies. As the name implies, the letters will demand compensation from everyone who played a role in causing the accident.

4. Negotiation

Once they receive the demand letters, the insurers will negotiate a fair settlement with your attorney.

5. Take the case to trial

The majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. But if yours doesn’t, your attorney will be ready to take the issue to trial.

Why it’s essential to visit the doctor

Earlier, we mentioned that you need to get medical help as soon as possible to protect your health. But it’s also important for your case. If you don’t see a doctor, you’ll have a hard time convincing anyone that you’re hurt, making it almost impossible to obtain compensation.

What is the cost of hiring a South Florida personal injury lawyer?

There’s no upfront cost when you work with our law firm. We work on a contingency basis, and our ability to receive money is contingent on winning your case. If we don’t win, you won’t pay a dime.

Why hire Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath

Our skilled and dedicated attorneys have helped our clients obtain hundreds of millions of dollars over the years. Not only do we not intimidate big insurance companies, but we also defeat them on a regular basis. We’ll be ready to do the same for you.

Our South Florida personal injury lawyers are here to help

Contact Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath online or call (561) 655-1990 for a free consultation.

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