St. Lucie County Car Accidents
No one ever plans on getting into a motor-vehicle collision—or incurring a massive financial burden as a result—but millions of Americans find themselves in this very predicament every single year. Even the safest and most experienced motorists are at risk of getting hurt in a devastating wreck because there are always drunk, distracted, and reckless drivers on the roads.
If you sustained serious injuries in a crash that was not your fault, turn to Donaldson & Weston. Our St. Lucie County car accident lawyers are committed to helping injured parties recover the compensation they need to make their lives whole again. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free case evaluation with a compassionate injury attorney on our team.We Handle Cases Involving Catastrophic Injuries
Motor-vehicle collisions can cause all kinds of catastrophic injuries. Depending on their severity, these injuries can have lasting repercussions and may even prevent you from returning to work or earning a living wage.
With the right legal team by your side, though, you may be able to recover compensation for all the losses that result including medical expenses, pain and suffering, scarring or disfigurement, disability, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life. At Donaldson & Weston, we have secured settlements to cover all these damages for clients who sustained various catastrophic injuries.
We handle cases involving:
- Brain Injuries: Motor-vehicle collisions are a leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Although people who sustain minor TBIs can make a full recovery, those with more extensive brain damage may have to cope with permanent disabilities.
- Burn Injuries: Fires are fairly uncommon in car wrecks, but when they do occur, they are typically catastrophic. Accident victims can also suffer thermal burns and deep tissue damage from external heat sources, such as hot metal, steam, and scalding fluids, when exiting the wreckage.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can cause permanent paralysis, making them one of the most devastating outcomes of any kind of accident. The lifetime costs of living with an SCI can easily amount to millions, and this figure does not even include indirect damages such as lost benefits or loss of earning capacity.
- Ruptured Organs: Sometimes the force of impact in a wreck is so great that one or more parties involved ruptures an organ. Suffering internal bleeding or rupturing the kidneys, liver, or spleen can cause life-threatening complications. Those who receive medical intervention quickly can survive such injuries, but they may face serious health issues as a result.
After a serious accident, the last thing you want to do is make an inadvertent mistake that puts your claim in jeopardy. Unfortunately, it’s very common for injury victims to say or do something that gives the insurance company a reason to dispute liability or damages.
At Donaldson & Weston, our primary goal is to get you fairly compensated without any unnecessary delays or complications. You can help us pursue that goal by avoiding these mistakes:
- Talking to the Claims Adjuster: The claims adjuster is tasked with investigating your case to determine if your claim should be approved and how much to pay in the settlement. As a representative of the insurance company, the adjuster will be scrutinizing every aspect of your case to find reasons to reduce the value of your claim or deny it outright. The claims adjuster will contact you shortly after the crash to get a statement, but it’s critical that you direct this call and any future correspondence to your St. Lucie County car accident lawyer.
- Failing to Fill Your Prescriptions: You might not feel comfortable taking prescription medications, but it’s important that you fill your prescriptions and follow your doctor’s instructions exactly. If you don’t take the necessary steps to facilitate the healing process, the insurance company might say that you’ve failed to mitigate your damages, which could reduce the value of your claim.
- Missing Doctor’s Appointments: This is another mistake that could lead to the insurance company arguing that your own negligence has contributed to the severity of your injuries. Attending all doctor’s appointments will demonstrate that you’re taking your healthcare seriously.
- Participating in Activities That Could Aggravate Your Injuries: Again, the insurance company might say that your own negligence has caused your condition to worsen if they find out that you’ve been participating in strenuous activities against your doctor’s orders.
- Discussing Your Case Online: Social media websites might help you keep friends and family informed about your recovery, but they also provide the claims adjuster with insight about your daily activities. There are all sorts of ways a photo, video, or text post could be misrepresented to challenge a claim, so it’s best to disable your social media accounts until your case has been resolved.
- Failing to Track Your Damages: In addition to hospital bills and lost wages, there are other damages you might be able to recover, but you’ll need evidence to prove them. You can prove economic damages—such as domestic help, vehicle modifications, and child care—by keeping receipts and invoices. Your car accident attorney might also use expert witness testimony to prove the value of your damages. Keeping a personal injury journal may also strengthen your claim by providing real-life examples of how your injuries are affecting your relationships and general wellbeing.
Our St. Lucie County car accident lawyers can help you avoid these mistakes and make sure you are treated fairly throughout the proceedings. Once you hire our law firm, you’ll have a knowledgeable legal advocate on-call to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions.Call 772-266-5555 to Speak with a Car Accident Attorney in St. Lucie County
If you were hurt in a collision with a reckless driver, turn to Donaldson & Weston as soon as possible for quality legal guidance during every stage of the claims process. Taking immediate action will allow our St. Lucie County personal injury attorneys to investigate your case thoroughly while all of the evidence is still available and unaltered. Call 772-266-5555 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.