Frequently Asked Questions
Answers from a Legal Professional
When you have suffered a serious injury that has left you with costly medical expenses and no ability to work, it is normal to feel worried and anxious about the future. Most people who suffer a devastating personal injury have never gone through this experience before, and it is especially helpful to have the advice of someone who understands the legal process involved with recovering compensation. Here at The Florida Law Group, we understand what you are going through and we have over 100 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims on the behalf of people just like you. To help you understand your legal rights, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions and helpful answers below.
Should I contact an attorney after being injured in an accident?
Yes. First and foremost, however, you should seek medical attention for the injuries you have sustained. Even if they are relatively minor, it is still recommended that you go to the hospital, as you may have more serious injuries that will only be detectable by a medical professional. Once you have been treated, it is advised that you consult with a Tampa personal injury attorney who can assist you in seeking compensation for the damages associated with your accident.
Why do I need an attorney?
You will want someone representing you in your personal injury case, as you file a claim for compensation with the insurance company, or take legal action against those responsible in pursuit of the compensation you require. Insurance companies can be inherently difficult to deal with, and obtaining a fair settlement may prove much harder than originally anticipated. An attorney, familiar with the way insurance companies work, will be able to more effectively negotiate for compensation that is commensurate with your injuries. If legal action becomes necessary, they can argue your case in a court of law, in an effort to secure an outcome that is favorable to you.
Should my attorney choose my doctor?
Absolutely not. You have the right to choose your own doctor for your own medical care. You attorney should be able to assist you in selecting specialists, but the choice of your physician belongs to you, not the economic interests of your lawyer.
How long can I expect my personal injury lawsuit to last?
This depends solely on the specific factors surrounding your case, including the number of parties involved in the accident, the extent of the damage done to your property, and the severity of the injuries you have suffered. A resolution to your case can take weeks or months, or it can even take years. However, many cases do not require legal action of any kind, as the insurance company may be willing to offer equitable compensation immediately.
What kind of compensation could I be entitled to?
Again, this depends on the specifics of your case. You may be able to recover damages related to your medical expenses, potential future medical expenses, lost wages, lost profits, and physical and emotional pain and suffering and others.