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Located in Charlotte County, on the southwest coast of Florida, Punta Gorda has a population of about 17,000, according to the most recent U.S. census. Punta Gorda made national -- indeed, international -- headlines as a result of the massive destruction the community sustained as a result of Hurricane Charley in 2004.
Although Hurricane Charley was a cataclysmic event, each and every day people in and around Punta Gorda sustain personal injuries because of the negligence of someone else. These include injuries sustained in auto accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents.
How can a lawyer assist an injured person following an accident?
The reality is that a qualified, experienced attorney can assist a person injured as the result of the negligence of someone else in a variety of different ways. In fact, retaining the services of a personal injury attorney in the aftermath of an accident oftentimes means the different between obtaining the compensation to which a person is entitled or falling far, far short of that objective. Examples of how a lawyer can assist a person following an accident include:
Perhaps one of the most fundamental types of assistance provided by a lawyer on behalf of an injured person is dealing with an insurance company in an attempt to obtain an appropriate settlement of a claim. Insurance companies have a primary objective, and it is not so spend money on settling claims. The primary objective of an insurance company is to maximize profit for shareholders (or members in the case of mutual insurance companies). This objective cannot be accomplished unless these large companies minimize the amount of money they pay out for claims. A law firm like Shapiro, Goldman,
Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh understands these tactics and knows how to take on insurance companies when it comes to properly settling a claim for a client.
Failing to reach an appropriate settlement of a claim for personal injuries, a law firm like Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh has the experience necessary to aggressively pursue a lawsuit against the negligent party. Indeed, in the case of a law firm like our firm, many insurance companies work more diligently to settle a claim because they know the solid reputation of these attorneys for pursuing and prevailing in lawsuits.
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What is the process of an injury claim case?
The process of a personal injury case -- including a case involving an auto accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident -- begins with the timely filing of a claim with an insurance company. In the case of some type of motor vehicle accident, claims may actually end up pending at both the injured person's insurance company and with the insurance company of the person who causes the accident in the first instance.
An injured person must keep in mind that there are very specific deadlines for the filing of accident related claims. The failure to meet these deadlines can result in a person being precluded from pursuing a claim for compensation. These deadline related issues underscore the advisability of engaging the professional services of a law firm that represents people in personal injury cases, Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh being an example of such a firm.
If a settlement of a claim directly with an insurance company proves impossible -- although our firm does have a high success rate in settling cases without the need for litigation -- our firm then prepare and file a personal injury lawsuit. As is the case with filing a claim, there is a specific deadline established by state law for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This is known as the statute of limitations. If that deadline is missed, an injured person very well may be forever precluded from pursuing a lawsuit for compensation.
As an aside, even though a lawsuit may need to be filed, in many cases our firm ends up settling a case on behalf of a client. Insurance companies understand our commitment to fight hard in court for our clients and they eventually come to the table with a reasonable settlement proposal.
How will your firm prove my case?
The experiences lawyers on the team at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh have pursued successfully a significant number of personal injury cases on behalf of clients. From a legal standpoint, our attorneys must demonstrate that an accident occurred caused by the negligence of another person. We must show that the accident caused certain injuries to a client (and damages to that client's property). We must also prove the extent of those damages.
We accomplish these legal objectives in part through the extensive experience of out lawyers. The attorneys at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh understand how the judicial system works and are well versed in the niceties of personal injury law. In addition, Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh has access to the most reputable, highly regarded experts who we can call upon to support our clients in personal injury cases. Our firm has a full spectrum of resources available to assist our clients in pursuing successfully a personal injury case, resources that simply are not available at many law firms in Punta Gorda, Florida, and the surrounding area.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Compensation for personal injuries must be calculated on a case by case basis. Insurance companies (and even some attorneys) rely on certain formulas to determine compensation -- insurance companies using a formula that reduces the amount of compensation, lawyers using a formula that maximizes.
Ultimately, however, when determining what is appropriate compensation in a particular case, our firm considers factors like current and future medical bills, current and future lost wages, extent of property damage and current and future pain and suffering. We also include any permanent disability into the calculation.
As part of the compensation calculation, our firm may seek what are called punitive damages on behalf of a client. Punitive damages represent an additional level of compensation awarded in a lawsuit when a negligent person's conduct was particularly egregious or reckless. For example, if an auto accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident occurred because the negligent driver was highly intoxicated, an award of punitive damages may be in order.
Frequent Accidents that can result in personal injury lawsuit
A wide array of different types of accidents result in personal injury lawsuits. Common examples include auto accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents and slip and fall cases. Ultimately, any time a person sustains personal injuries because of the negligence of someone else, a personal injury lawsuit is a possibility.
What types of injuries warrant seeking legal assistance?
In the final analysis, any type of accident that involves anything beyond minor injuries and property damage warrants representation by skilled, experienced lawyers like those on the team at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh. Keep in mind that our firm provides a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to an injured person. Through this consultation, we are able to provide a general evaluation of a case and provide information about the strategies we can employ to obtain suitable compensation. In addition, our firm charges no fee whatsoever unless and until we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment for a client.
How Much Will Your Legal Representation Cost Me?
It costs you nothing for more than 100 years of combined years of personal injury law experience in Venice and throughout Florida.
If you have suffered an injury, Florida laws enacted recently have reduced the time available to file your case in some situations. Do not wait, contact an attorney today and learn your rights.
Punta Gorda Injury Attorneys
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh have over 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases.