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If you got hurt in a car crash, slip and fall, or another incident in Jacksonville, you could have a legal claim and collect damages such as wage loss, healthcare costs, pain and suffering, and others.
We frequently see the challenges injured individuals face, such as physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial chaos. Morgan & Morgan understands your pain and frustration when you have to fight for what you deserve instead of receiving an adequate settlement promptly. However, you are not alone. When you get the largest personal injury firm in America on your side, we can put our resources, expertise, and tenacity to work for you.
Our personal injury lawyers in Jacksonville are committed to helping you receive what you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation to determine whether you have a case.
Personal Injury Facts and Figures
The expenses of injuries to individuals and the nation are staggering. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the 2019 cost of all injuries in the US amounted to $4.2 trillion. The figure includes expenses for health care, lost work time, reduced life quality, and fatalities.
Those suffering an injury due to another’s carelessness, recklessness, or deliberate actions, are usually able to pursue compensation from the at-fault party. According to personal injury law, individuals, corporations, and other entities generally have a duty of care toward others. Personal injury claims can arise in many different circumstances, such as:
- Dangerous consumer products
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Medical errors
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Dog bites
- Deliberate assaults and attacks
- Boating and aviation accidents
Types of Personal Injury Cases in Jacksonville
It is crucial to note that not all injured individuals automatically have a personal injury claim. The injury and monetary damages must have occurred as the direct result of the carelessness of another. Examples of personal injury claims we see in our Jacksonville office include the following:
You could qualify for compensation if you suffered significant injuries due to another driver’s recklessness or carelessness. Our personal injury lawyers in Jacksonville can help you get what you deserve after all traffic accidents, such as car, truck, pedestrian, motorcycle, and other crashes.
Premises Liability Claims
Premises liability laws in Florida determine that property owners and other responsible parties must ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for visitors. Responsibilities include ensuring that a property is well-maintained and free from slipping and tripping hazards. Property owners must also implement adequate security measures, especially in high-crime areas.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are a type of premises liability claim that occurs if an individual is harmed in a fall due to a dangerous condition, such as:
- Missing or inadequate lighting
- Wet and slippery floors
- Broken stairs
- Missing handrails
- Uneven or broken flooring
- Cracks in sidewalks
- Loose mats
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a fall on private or public property, you could be entitled to compensation. A personal injury lawyer at Morgan & Morgan can advise you on your next best steps.
Property owners who do not install adequate security measures potentially subject their visitors and guests to an unreasonably high risk of becoming victims of crimes such as sexual assault, violent robbery, shootings, and others. While appropriate security measures can vary depending on the type of property in question, general examples include:
- Locks on doors and gates
- Adequate barriers, such as fences
- Sufficient lighting in and outside of the property
- Security cameras
- Security guards when necessary (nightclubs, sports venues, etc.)
Our attorneys can assess your specific incident and clarify your legal options if you believe you have a negligent security claim.
Johns Hopkins Medicine says that a quarter of a million Americans die annually due to medical malpractice. However, if you were hurt due to an irresponsible or careless medical professional, the law is generally on your side. Examples of medical malpractice include, among others:
- Medication errors
- Surgery mistakes
- Early discharge
- Failing to monitor patients
- Birth injuries
Defective consumer products can cause debilitating injuries such as burns, organ damage, broken bones, and others. Product liability claims typically occur due to the following:
- Defective design
- Manufacturing mistake
- False marketing and labeling errors
Such faults can affect consumer products, including vehicles, household appliances, toys, medications, and many others. Dangerous product claims can be tough to win as you may have to stand up to a powerful corporation. However, Morgan & Morgan has the resources and knowledge to handle complex defective product claims.
These are just some examples of personal injury claims. If you suffered an injury and want to determine whether you have a case, it is best to speak to an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Proving a Personal Injury Claim
You might know that another is responsible for your injury. However, to win a personal injury case and receive compensation, you will have to prove the other party’s negligence with compelling evidence, such as photographs, accident reports, witness statements, and other material. The good news is that our personal injury lawyers can be by your side every step of the way and build a comprehensive case against the responsible party.
In personal injury lawsuits, a plaintiff (the person bringing the suit) and their attorney must prove the following elements:
- Duty of Care – The responsible party owed you a duty of care
- Breach of Duty – The at-fault party breached their duty, for example, by driving drunk.
- Causation – The breach of duty directly caused your accident and injury
- Damages – You must have damages, such as medical bills, to have a claim
You Could Be Entitled to Compensation
Injured individuals could be entitled to a range of damages, depending on the case’s facts, the extent of their injuries, and other factors.
Medical Treatment Costs
Your medical expenses could be astronomical if you were badly hurt. However, if you win your claim or lawsuit, you are generally entitled to all your medical expenses, including future expected costs. Examples of what you could receive include:
- Hospital stays
- Medical devices such as crutches
- Specialist appointments
- Diagnostic tests
- A home health aide
- Funds to adjust your vehicle and home to your needs
If an injury keeps you away from work for an extended period, you could be entitled to wage replacement compensation, such as:
- Income loss
- Loss of retirement contributions and other benefits
- Future loss of wages
Pain and Suffering
A significant injury typically involves physical pain and, in some cases, emotional distress. If someone else is liable for your accident and injury, you could seek non-economic damages, including:
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
Knowing what your damages are worth is essential for recovering adequate compensation. A personal injury lawyer from our firm can calculate your damages and determine the worth of your personal injury claim.
Morgan & Morgan Can Fight for What You Deserve
As America’s largest personal injury law firm, we can give our clients the best chance to receive the entire value of their claims.
Building a Powerful Case for You
After suffering a personal injury, you should focus on healing and not be burdened with fighting a potentially stressful personal injury claim. This is where Morgan & Morgan steps in. Our personal injury lawyers can handle all the critical legal elements of your case, allowing you to focus on recovering. To build a robust case, we can:
- Gather evidence to strengthen and prove your claim
- Draft and file the paperwork required
- Negotiate with the at-fault party or insurance company
- Retaining expert witnesses to testify on your behalf
- Preparing a lawsuit if a settlement is unlikely
- Fight tooth and nail for what you deserve in court
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Our dedicated personal injury lawyers boast over 28,000 five-star reviews. Glowing reviews from former clients show how hard we fight for justice and compensation. Our clients are like family to us, and family comes first.
Unlike other law firms, we never accept an insurer’s last bet offer when we know your claim is worth more. We want you to receive the total value of what you deserve, allowing you to rebuild your life after a significant injury.
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Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
Not all accidents and injuries qualify for a personal injury lawsuit. Sometimes, it can be challenging to understand whether someone else caused your injuries and financial losses. However, a personal injury lawyer can analyze the circumstances of your accident and determine whether you have legal recourse.
Since the time to file a claim is limited in Florida, it is critical to consult an attorney as soon as possible after you get hurt.
Who Could I Sue in a Personal Injury Case?
The injured individual would usually sue the person, corporation, or government entity that is responsible for the accident and injury. However, to have a case, the injured individual must show that the defendant breached their duty of care towards them. Examples of claims where the duty of care was violated include:
- Motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Grocery store management neglects to remove slipping hazards, such as wet floors, in a reasonable time
- Manufacturers supply products that are dangerous or defective
- Doctors fail to treat their patients with an acceptable standard of medical care
While these are just some examples of liability, you could have various defendants in your claim. The best way of finding out who you could sue is by speaking with a qualified personal injury lawyer who can assess your claim and identify all responsible parties.
Can I Afford a Jacksonville Attorney?
Many personal injury lawyers work on a “no-win-no-fee” basis, also called contingency. With a contingency agreement, you only pay attorney’s fees if and when you win and recover compensation.
However, some attorneys, despite working on a contingency basis, charge their clients upfront legal expenses, such as:
- Court filing expenses
- Costs for pulling official documents
- Transcription costs
- Expert witness fees
At Morgan & Morgan, we want excellent legal representation to be affordable to all injured individuals and not just those who have the financial ability to pay attorneys or legal costs upfront.
When we take your case, you don’t pay a dime upfront. We fight your case for free and pay for the legal expenses. If we win, we receive our fees and expenses as a percentage of your settlement. You have no out-of-pocket costs or unexpected fees when working with us.
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How Long Must I Wait for a Settlement Check?
Once you have agreed to a settlement or a court verdict was reached, you should receive your check in a reasonable timeframe, typically within a month. Your lawyer will receive the check first and collect their fee and any legal expenses from the settlement. You will then receive the remaining amount.
Occasionally, checks are delayed due to various reasons, such as:
- Postal delays or the payment getting lost in the mail
- The insurance company lost the check
- Insurance employees are off sick or on annual leave
- The release document was not signed correctly
If you have not heard anything or received your check within three weeks of signing the release form, contact your personal injury lawyer for help.
We Are Dedicated to Protect the Injured
If you or a loved one recently suffered a personal injury, we are here to take the weight off your shoulders and hold the responsible party accountable. Our personal injury lawyers know the burdens injured individuals face, such as astronomical medical bills, income loss, and emotional distress. We want you to get properly compensated for such damages.
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