Personal Injury

Legal Guidance for Accident Victims in Stuart and the Surrounding Areas

Personal Injury FormA car wreck, a slip and fall accident, or a wrongful death can wreak havoc on the health, emotional stability, and financial wellbeing of a family. It can take weeks, months, or even years before a sense of order returns to the household, especially when bills are piling up and no money is coming in. Based in Stuart, the personal injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help victims of car accidents in and around Stuart and Port St. Lucie assert their rights against the parties who have harmed them. You may have legal options if you have been hurt because of the negligence of a person, business, or governmental entity.

Holding a Negligent Defendant Accountable for Damages

Personal injury cases are most often based on a theory of negligence. The basic idea is that we are each expected to conduct ourselves in a reasonable and prudent manner. If someone fails to meet this standard, that person or entity may be legally liable for the harm inflicted on others. While the standard of care varies according to the relationship between the parties, it is often defined as what a reasonable, prudent person would have done in the same circumstances.

Negligence cases have four basic parts. The plaintiff must first show that the defendant owed a duty to him or her. This can be done through statutory law, administrative law, or case law. Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached the duty that was owed. An eyewitness may testify regarding the breach, an expert may render an opinion, or physical evidence may be introduced. Step three involves a causal link between the injuries that the plaintiff suffered and the duty that was breached by the defendant. Finally, there must be proof of actual damages to the plaintiff. These can account for both economic and non-economic forms of harm.

In slip and fall cases brought under a premises liability theory, a plaintiff generally will also need to establish that he or she was lawfully on the defendant’s property as either an invitee or a licensee. This is because the duty owed in a premises liability action is dependent upon the victim’s status, with the highest duty owed to invitees. These are customers or patrons of a business, while licensees are broadly defined as social guests.

Once a plaintiff has finished his or her medical treatment, or, in cases of permanent disability, reached a point of maximum medical improvement, an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney can make a determination of the approximate value of the case, taking into consideration the plaintiff’s medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and the possibility of punitive damages in cases of reckless conduct or wanton and willful behavior by the defendant. If settlement negotiations do not result in an agreement, the case may proceed to trial.

Attorneys Helping You Seek Compensation for Your Injuries in Stuart and Beyond

People who have been harmed or lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence in the Stuart area should seek legal advice. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are available to help victims and their families pursue justice and compensation. To set up a free appointment with our office, call us at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online. We represent injured individuals from our offices in Stuart and West Palm Beach, as well as throughout Martin County, Palm Beach County, and St. Lucie County. Our Stuart personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we receive a percentage of any settlement or judgment when the case is concluded. No legal fees are required upfront, and none are due if we do not secure a settlement or judgment on your behalf.

Testimonials
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“The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston helped me get an amazing result on my case. Obviously I’ve been through a lot physically but I feel better now and the money really helped my family. When I was riding my bicycle I was hit by a truck that wasn't paying attention. I am not the suing type, but I would definitely hire this firm again.”
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“After my accident, i felt like I was being pulled in a bunch of different directions. I really didn't know what to do and all I wanted was someone to shoot me straight. The lawyers at the firm were so honest and definitely pointed me in the right direction. The staff was professional. I think it’s great that only attorneys work on my case, it definitely made me feel comfortable”
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“After my accident happened I waited to hear back from the insurance company for about 6 months. I just felt like they kept jerking me around. They even told me not to hire an attorney because it would mean less money in my pocket. I couldn't wait any longer because my bills were out of hand. I hired this firm and they were solid. I got a great result without having to go to court.”
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