Personal Injury FAQ
Answers from a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, a
slip and fall accident on another's property,
at work or in any other type of accident, you need to know the facts about your rights and how you can recover your damages. By answering the most frequently asked questions we receive from clients just beginning to explore their legal options, we hope to provide the local injured residents of Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding communities with the information they can use to protect their rights to fair compensation and begin the personal injury claim process.
What is a personal injury claim?
Personal injury, as a legal concept, is used to describe any type of damage that a victim suffers as the result of another's negligence, carelessness or wrongful act. These damages may be in the form of physical and / or emotional injuries, which can also result in financial damages. Personal injury claims are essentially civil lawsuits filed against the party responsible for causing harm to a victim. When successful, responsible parties can be held liable for compensating victims.
What is liability?
Liability is a legal terms that describes a legal and financial obligation. Once a person or party has been found liable for a victim's injuries, they will be required to compensate that victim for the damages they suffered.
How will compensation be awarded?
Courts generally award compensation in the form of economic damages, noneconomic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages can include medical expenses resulting from an injury, funeral expenses, and lost work wages and future earnings. Noneconomic damages are emotional injuries that may include psychological trauma, grief, and emotional distress. In some cases, particularly those that involve acts of gross negligence, courts can also award victims punitive damage to further punish wrongdoers.
Will I have to go to court?
If the insurance company agrees to pay what we have deemed your case is worth, then you do not have to go to court. If the insurance company refuses to pay the acceptable amount, then we will proceed in court. Unlike some other personal injury lawyers who may try to settle your claims quickly and avoid trial, we will go the distance to win your case. Our experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys will help you determine the potential merits of your claim and can help see to it that you are duly compensated for your injuries and losses.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
The duration of cases will always depend on a number of unique circumstances. A large factor that can influence the length of your case is whether or not an insurance company will contest the claim. Generally, however, car accident and slip and fall claims can be resolved in roughly six to eighteen months. More technical cases, such as medical malpractice or product liability claims, may take as long as two to three years. Our legal team is motivated to move your case as rapidly as possible so that you can recover the compensation you require.
Do I need a lawyer?
While there are no legal requirements that you obtain a lawyer during these legal proceedings, having legal guidance can make the difference between recovering maximum compensation and receiving unfair or no compensation for your damages. Rife with technical legal information and prone to complications and aggressive contestation from defendants, claims are complex legal matters that require sharp and experienced legal minds. When you are depending on the compensation at stake with these claims, it is best to have an attorney by your side.
Do you have more questions? Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A.
If you have any additional questions about the personal injury claim process, or if you wish to ask questions about your personal situation, do not hesitate to reach out to a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer from our firm. With an emphasis on remaining available 24 / 7 to injured local residents in need, our firm is truly here to help you through these difficult times. Contact Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. today.