Personal Injury FAQs
New clients often have many questions about their accident claims. Our Weston, FL personal injury attorneys hope that these answers to the most commonly asked questions will help take some of the mystery out of the process.
How much will hiring a Weston, FL personal injury lawyer cost?
The first consultation with Lisa S. Levine, P.A. is free. After that, we work on a contingency basis. That means we don’t receive payment unless we win or favorably settle the case on your behalf. We are able to work that way because we believe in each case we handle. It’s that simple.
What is negligence and why does it matter in an accident claim?
In a Florida personal injury claim, our attorneys seek to prove that an injury occurred due to a lack of care on the part of the person responsible for the injury. Negligence is the term the courts use to define lack of care leading to an injury. As Weston accident attorneys, we set out to prove that the defendant failed to act in a reasonable manner and that this action -- or failure to act -- caused the plaintiff's injury.
Can I recover damages for my injury?
The extent to which an injury victim is compensated depends upon how much the other party contributed to the injury. Legally, this is referred to a “contributory negligence.” In awarding damages, the court looks at whether the defendant could have prevented the injury from occurring or directly caused it, and if they did anything to prevent it.
How much should I expect in damages or an award?
The amount of damages received in compensation for an injury depends very much on the facts of the case. Each case is different and tells a unique story. Was there a sign warning about a wet and slippery floor or was the floor recently mopped without any warning? Did a vehicle malfunction, rather than negligent driving, lead to the car accident?
These types of facts can alter the amount of compensation received for an injury. Our personal injury lawyers in Weston, Florida will carefully examine your case to determine the maximum amount of compensation that should be sought.
What kinds of damages can I expect if I have been injured?
The damages available will be compensatory and/or punitive damages, depending on the facts of the case. Compensatory damages cover actual and projected costs associated with the injury, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. If the injury affects future wages, a defendant may be asked to compensate for this, as well.
Punitive damages may be charged when the court wishes to punish a plaintiff for grossly negligent behavior that lead to an injury. Each state sets a limit on punitive damages, and the award varies according to the facts of the case and the reaction of the court.
What is a settlement?
A settlement is a cash award offered in a personal injury case where the defendant wishes to compensate the plaintiff without a trial. A settlement can be a good thing for an injury victim because it usually means quick resolution of the case and swift payment of damages.
However, it’s important that no settlement be accepted without consulting an accident lawyer who can determine whether the offered payment is fair and reasonable for the extent of damages sustained by the victim.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, contact Lisa S. Levine today for assistance from an experienced Florida injury lawyer.