Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers in Lakeland
As one of the largest personal injury law firms in the country, Morgan
& Morgan has helped thousands of people in Florida recover
financially after being hurt in accidents or by medical malpractice. Our
firm has filed cases against careless automobile drivers, negligent
medical professionals and reckless corporations, recovering millions on
behalf of our clients.
Every case is different. Although not every victim may be able to sue, our attorneys can evaluate the details of your accident to determine if you have a viable case. And if so, we can help you hold the person or entity responsible for your injuries accountable for what they have done.
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover
compensation for your losses, which may include costly medical bills and
lost wages. If you have questions about your legal rights or want to
find out if you can file a lawsuit, contact our Lakeland office today
for a free consultation.
Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Whether you can file a lawsuit will depend upon the specific details of
your accident. In general, you may have a case if:
Your injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless actions of
another person or entity, such as a motor vehicle driver. Under
Florida law, a person acts negligently if he or she fails to exercise
reasonable care to protect others from harm. For example, if a car that
was speeding and failed to stop at a stop sign hit you, the driver (or
his or her insurance company) may be held liable for your injuries
because he or she acted with a clear disregard for your safety.
You were a victim of medical malpractice. A doctor, nurse or
healthcare professional commits malpractice when he or she provides
medical care that does not adhere to the medical community’s accepted
standards of care. These standards are in place to ensure that patients
receive appropriate treatment. For example, assume your doctor failed to
correctly diagnosis heart disease and you suffered a heart attack. Your
doctor may have committed medical malpractice if a reasonably prudent
doctor would have ordered tests that could have detected your medical
condition and alerted him or her to prescribe appropriate treatment.
A company sold a defective product or failed to warn you of the side
effects of a prescription drug. Companies that manufacture consumer
products, medical devices and prescription drugs have a duty to ensure
their products are safe. Furthermore, these companies must warn
customers of any known risks or side effects associated with the
products they sell. Therefore, if you have been hurt by a defective
product or prescription drug, our attorneys may be able to file a
lawsuit on your behalf. Your suit may allege that the company sold a
defective product and should be held liable for the injuries you
What Happens in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you’ve been hurt in an accident, the attorneys in our Lakeland office
may be able to sue the person or entity responsible for your injuries.
To help prove your injuries were caused by the negligent or reckless
actions of another, we will collect and evaluate all available evidence
in your case. This may include interviewing witnesses, obtaining your
medical records and reviewing Lakeland police and accident reports.
To help recover compensation for your damages, we may draft a document
called a complaint and file it in court. A complaint is a legal
document that initiates a lawsuit and describes the facts and
circumstances of the accident. It will also state the losses (i.e.
medical bills, lost wages) you’ve suffered and who should be held
Usually in personal injury lawsuits, the perpetrator’s insurance company
may attempt to prevent the case from going to trial by offering a
settlement. If you receive a settlement offer from an insurance company,
your personal injury attorney will evaluate the terms of the offer and
may negotiate with the insurance company to help you receive the
compensation you need to move on from the incident.
If the insurance company fails to provide you with proper compensation
through negotiations, your attorney will take the next step and bring
your case to trial. At trial, he or she will have to prove to a judge or
jury that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another and
that you require compensation to heal. During trial, your attorney may
also interview witnesses and cross-examine the defendant’s or the
insurance company’s witnesses.
What Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
The amount and type of damages you can recover in a personal injury
lawsuit will depend on the specifics of your case. In a personal injury
lawsuit, a court may award damages to compensate you for the losses
caused by the accident. The purpose of damages is to restore you as best
as possible to the position you were in before the accident occurred. In
many lawsuits, the insurance company for the person who caused the
accident is responsible for paying financial damages.
By filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover
- Medical Expenses: Our Lakeland personal injury attorneys may be
able to help you obtain compensation for all medical expenses you have
incurred, or will incur in the future, as a result of the accident. We
work with the top medical experts in Florida who can help us evaluate
your injuries and, if necessary, explain to the judge or jury the
future medical treatment you will need to fully recover. Personal
injury victims are eligible to receive compensation for hospital
bills, doctors’ visits, prescription drugs, rehabilitation expenses
and the cost of in-home health aides.
- Lost Wages or Income: If you were unable to work and earn money
after the incident, you may be able to recover the value of your lost
wages or income. In addition, if can’t perform the required functions
of your job because of your injuries, you may be able to receive
compensation to combat your reduced earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: You may be able to recover compensation for
any physical pain and emotional suffering you experience after the
- Punitive Damages: If a personal injury lawsuit involves the
reckless behavior or the intentional disregard of the safety of
others, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages. Punitive
damages are large sums of money awarded to personal injury victims to
emphasize that the acts that injured them should never happen again.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only
receive a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for your
injuries. We do not charge any upfront fees, but instead receive a
percentage of any funds we are able to recover on your behalf.
To learn about how Morgan & Morgan’s Lakeland personal injury
attorneys may be able to help you, complete our free case review