Personal Injury Lawsuits

Eight Steps to a Personal Injury Case – Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus

Every Case is Different but this is a General Guide

Fort Lauderdale and Weston Personal Injury Lawsuit and Settlement Options

You wake up every day with plans to get things accomplished and make life better for you and your family. Sometimes there is a bump in the road and sometimes there are serious setbacks. Injuries caused by accidents are something we don’t expect but they happen more often than you may think.

When people are hurt due to someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or malpractice, they do have options. The key is to have someone to help you navigate the system, protect your rights, and heal physically, emotionally, and financially. This is what experienced personal injury attorneys do.

Our primary goals for every client are to (1) expedite the process so victims can move forward as soon as possible and (2) obtain the highest possible financial settlement or award so there are no issues regarding medical care or other expenses related to the injuries.

Here are 8 steps we are prepared to initiate to benefit our client’s cases. They are in no particular order and they may not be necessary, but it is good to understand the process.

Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury CasesGet the Facts – We will obtain all necessary reports and details so we understand the who, what, when, where, and how for each incident.

Gather Evidence – We want to win for you so we spare no effort in getting everything we need to prove your case. Physical evidence, photographs, witness testimony, and more.

Demand Letters – Often we can quickly settle a case with a very effective demand letter. We are tenacious dealing with insurance companies and they know we are serious about getting results.

File a Lawsuit – Lawsuits are sometimes necessary when a reasonable settlement is not possible. Once again, we plan and prepare to win every case and our reputation for complete and thorough lawsuits is well-known.

Settlement – Our experience has taught us when to settle and when to press on for more. Settlements sometimes happen literally hours before the start of a trial. We make sure your best interests are completely covered. Please remember that it’s generally not a good idea to sign a settlement without at least a consultation with your own legal advisor.

Mediation – This is often a preferred way to achieve a reasonable conclusion to a personal injury lawsuit. An impartial mediator helps settle issues in a manner that is acceptable to everyone.

Trial – When there is no way to settle or mediate a case, we are prepared to go all the way to a trial by judge or jury.

Appeal – In some rare cases lawsuits don’t go the way we hoped or expected. A careful appeal can reverse a previous decision and bring out the truth so justice is done.

Every option for every case is considered and we take the time to explain every step we take. As a small firm we are happy to spend time with every client so they never feel they’re on the outside of the process.

We’re available seven days a week at (954) 356-0006 for questions about your situation.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus

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South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

Time is of the Essence – The Importance of Timing in Personal Injury Cases

South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

The phrase “time is of the esssence” is often included in legal contracts and it basically means that participants in the agreement must adhere to the deadlines for performance of specific duties. For example, if you sign a document to purchase a house there will likely be a date for closing and you will have to deliver the money for the purchase by that date. If you don’t you may lose your deposit and possibly be sued for the full purchase price.

When you buy insurance for your vehicle and a policy is issued you should read it baecause there are likely several references to timing and they should not be ignored. For example this is from an actual auto insurance policy: “Benefits will be paid only while the insured person is alive and only if the disability commences within 20 days of the accident and…..”

After an auto, motorcycle, or truck accident many injury victims are anxious to settle and recover monetary damages as soon as possible. They may be in a financial bind due to their inability to work or because of medical bills and there is an urge to rush into a settlement. In cases like this it’s often best to seek legal advice and remain patient.

Insurance companies will sometimes reach out to an injured person and offer a check but a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can guide people to a conclusion that may, in the end, be far more substantial.

These are guidelines to consider after being involved in an accident:

  • Dont communicate with any insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
  • Do not accept an offer or sign documents without asking advice from an attorney.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company or anyone else.
  • Don’t post things on social media about your accident.

It’s also important to be aware of several Statutes of Limitations regarding personal injury and medical malpractice cases. An attorney can make sure these important laws are adhered to.

Remember that personal injury attorneys usually do not charge anything until your case is concluded. We work hard to protect your legal rights and always do everything possible to make sure you receive the maximum monetary compensation for your injuries, property damages, and pain and suffering.

Questions? We are available to speak with victimes of accidents 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.