St. Lucie County Personal Injury
A serious injury can affect every aspect of your life—from your career to your day-to-day wellbeing to your financial security. If you were severely injured or lost a loved one due to another person’s negligence, contact Donaldson & Weston to discuss your options for pursuing justice and compensation.
Our St. Lucie County personal injury attorneys will guide you through every step of the settlement process and will tirelessly fight to get you fairly compensated as quickly as possible. Call 561-299-3999 today to arrange a free consultation.Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in St. Lucie County?
Victims of personal injury and wrongful death often wonder if they should hire a lawyer to represent their interests. Although you can represent yourself, the claims process is riddled with legal hurdles that can be difficult to overcome without the help of an experienced injury attorney.
To win your case, you will need strong evidence to prove negligence, liability, and the value of your damages. Gathering this evidence—or even knowing what types of evidence will be needed to prove your claim—can be challenging without a seasoned legal ally by your side.
The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston will get to work immediately to gather the evidence needed to prove your claim. We can also arrange testimony from accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, and financial experts.
Besides gathering evidence, our lawyers will handle all dialogue with the insurance company so you aren’t coerced into making a statement that can be used against you. We know the tactics used by insurance companies to dispute claims, and we will help you avoid mistakes that would jeopardize your case.
We will also make sure your claim includes all potentially recoverable damages. In addition to your healthcare expenses and lost wages, you might be entitled to compensation for loss of earning capacity, future medical bills, home modifications, and property repairs. You may also be able to recover non-economic damages including loss of consortium, pain and suffering, emotional distress, physical impairment and disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment. Exemplary damages, or “punitive damages,” may also be recoverable if the defendant acted with gross negligence or intentional misconduct.
Perhaps most important, having a seasoned litigator by your side tells the insurance company that you would be willing to take your case to court if they refuse to offer a fair settlement. This may translate into a fair settlement early in the proceedings.How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
Our St. Lucie County personal injury attorneys understand the physical, emotional, and financial stress that a serious accident can place on victims and their loved ones. We also understand how securing a payout as quickly as possible can relieve a considerable amount of this stress.
Recovering compensation not only can alleviate the financial burden but also can make it possible to obtain the best medical care, thereby reducing the physical and emotional toll of the injuries. For this reason, we do everything in our power to avoid unnecessary delays. At the end of the day, though, there are certain factors that are out of our control. Although most personal injury cases are resolved without going to trial, it’s impossible to predict the total duration of a case from day one because legal proceedings are complicated.
Factors that may affect the duration of your case include:
- The Extent of Your Injuries: It’s usually best to reach maximum medical improvement before commencing settlement negotiations. Otherwise, the resulting payout might not be enough to cover complications that might arise in the future.
- The Strength of Any Evidence: Evidence of both liability and damages must be strong. If it is not, the opposing party is likely to challenge your claim. A liability or damages dispute could delay your case considerably and add an excessive amount of stress to an already tense situation.
- Each Party’s Willingness to Cooperate: If the insurance adjuster is uncooperative and you have no choice but to take the case to trial, this would extend the proceedings. Once you file a formal lawsuit, the timeline is essentially up to the court.
- The Number of Liable Parties: Depending on the circumstances of the accident that caused your injuries, multiple parties may be liable. Although there are potential advantages of naming multiple parties in your claim—access to more insurance coverage, for example—doing so could lead to more disputes because there are more defendants.
Our St. Lucie County personal injury lawyers are equipped to represent clients who have sustained severe, life-altering injuries. Cases involving catastrophic injuries are inherently complicated, but we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to see them through to the end. We can handle cases involving:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Even moderate TBIs can have devastating consequences. Although securing a payout will not undo any lasting damage, it may provide the resources needed to manage your condition and any complications that might arise.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Since an SCI can result in permanent paralysis, the damages associated with a spinal cord injury are often exorbitant. In addition to ongoing medical bills, injured parties may incur a lifetime of lost wages and benefits. These claims can also include compensation for home and vehicle modifications and certain technologies that allow the victim to live the fullest life possible.
- Serious Burn Injuries: Depending on their location, burn injuries can lead to all kinds of disabilities. They can also cause severe scarring and disfigurement, which can be included in a claim as non-economic damages.
The attorneys at Donaldson & Weston understand the tremendous emotional, physical, and financial impact of a serious and unexpected injury. We will represent you and your family with the utmost compassion. We will give your case the individual attention that it deserves and will aggressively fight for the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today at 772-266-5555 or Contact Us Online to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in St. Lucie County.