Compensation Available to You in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are various forms of compensation that may be available to you in a personal injury lawsuit, depending on the severity of your injuries and other details. Some of these damages include:
Economic: This most commonly includes current and future medical expenses, such as rehabilitation services or in-home care aides. This also can include lost wages from time out of work following your accident. If your injuries are severe enough, you may be entitled to compensation for your decreased earning potential. In this case, your attorney may consult an economic expert who can determine the value of your diminished or lost earning capacity over the course of your life. In the case of damaged property, economic damages may be awarded for the costs of repair, replacement, and loss of use.
Noneconomic: You may be entitled to damages for emotional suffering, mental anguish, and physical pain caused by the accident. If your injuries are severe enough, you may be awarded compensation for reduced quality of life, chronic pain, disfigurement, paralysis or amputation.
Punitive: In personal injury cases that involve reckless disregard for the safety of other, such as a case involving a drunk driver, punitive damages may be awarded to the victim of the accident. This form of compensation is designed to reform the defendant and deter the defendant and others from similar dangerous conduct in the future.
What Can You Expect When Contacting Us?
Our law firm strives to be connected with clients each step of the legal process. When you contact our Ocala office, you can expect the following:
Case Evaluation Interview: The first contact between you and our firm will be with one of our 300 case evaluation specialists at the Case Control Center available 24/7. One of our team members will take 15 to 30 minutes to ask some questions in order to get a better idea about your potential claim.
In-Person Interview: After this case evaluation interview, you will make an appointment for an in-person interview with one of our investigators, who will gather more information about your case and help you sign on as a client. We have more than 100 full-time field service investigators, so we’re able to work around your schedule. Typically, we are able to send an investigator out to the most convenient location for you in Ocala within 24 hours.
Meeting Your Attorney: Following the in-person interview, your case will be forwarded to the appropriate legal department at our Ocala office, and the attorney best suited to your case will be assigned to you. Usually, you can expect to be assigned an attorney, legal assistant, and paralegal within a week of initial contact.
Afterward, the staff assigned to you for your case will be able to provide you the help you need and answer any questions you may have.
The Step-by-Step Process of a Personal Injury Case
If you have never filed a personal injury lawsuit before, you may be a bit confused or unsure how the process works. All cases are unique, but a lawsuit can follow this basic step-by-step process:
Evaluating Your Claim: Before anything else, our attorneys in Ocala need to determine if your claim is viable. We will gather initial information from police reports, witnesses, and others to make the call on whether to begin the legal process or not.
Drafting a Complaint: If your claim is viable, your attorney will begin the legal process by drafting a document known as a “complaint.” This document, which is filed in court, establishes an allegation against the defendant and sets a course of action to correct the harm done, such as paying a certain amount in damages.
Pretrial: After the complaint is filed, your attorney will collect information to help make your case stronger. This may include collecting medical records, interviewing witnesses, and more. Your attorney may meet with the opposition in court. During this time, a settlement might be offered. However, if you believe the settlement is inadequate, our attorneys are prepared to take the case to trial.
Trial: Your attorneys will attempt to prove to a judge or jury that the defendant is responsible for your injuries or other damages by using evidence collected during pretrial proceedings. This evidence may include medical records, witness testimony, traffic reports, and more, and it will be used to argue your case to the judge or jury.
The Verdict: After both sides present their case to the judge or jury, a verdict is reached. If our attorneys prevail in winning your case, the judge will order the defendant to pay you a specific amount of financial compensation for your losses suffered.
How Much Does an Attorney in Ocala Cost?
We believe that all people should have access to quality legal representation, regardless of income. That’s why our attorneys in Ocala work on a contingency-fee basis. Simply put, we only get paid if you win.
Call Our Attorneys Today
If you or someone you love were hurt in an accident, had an insurance claim wrongfully denied, or have experienced any other type of injustice, our attorneys in Ocala may be able to help you recover compensation and get justice. Fill out our free, no-risk case evaluation form to see if you could be entitled to compensation today.