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Personal Injury

If you or your loved one has suffered from the negligence or intentional conduct of another, The Law Offices of Brett L. Schlacter, P.A. is here to protect your rights. We have built a reputation for honest, attentive and assertive legal representation. We were established to help individuals like you recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, vehicle repair and replacement, physical and mental pain and suffering, and emotional trauma caused by the negligence of others. This includes, but is not limited to, negligence by landlords, hotels, trucking companies, bars and clubs, landowners, employers, vehicle operators, airlines, property managers, and manufacturers. You can rest assured that The Law Offices of Brett L. Schlacter, P.A. will provide you with personalized attention and keep you informed and comfortable throughout the entire process. Our philosophy is to work diligently until we obtain the maximum compensation that you deserve. There are no out-of-pocket costs during your injury case. You pay only if we win your case. We offer a contingency fee basis for our skilled representation, which allows you to focus on what is most important: getting better from your accident. Contact us now for a free consultation.

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN YOU ARE INJURED.

1. DO NOT SPEAK TO ANYONE BUT YOUR ATTORNEY AND MEDICAL PROVIDERS:

Never give statements regarding your case without your lawyer’s permission. If anyone comes to you representing this firm, ask them to identify themselves. Do not hesitate to call our office for verification. Never speak to insurance adjusters without your lawyer’s permission. When making a claim with your insurance company, first speak to your attorney regarding reporting liability and damages.

2. TAKE NOTES AND PHOTOS:

After you are injured, make sure to take notes of all witnesses, dates, and times. If anyone approaches you with respect to the accident, record all you can about this interaction: the method of communication, names and addresses of all parties, and what was said. Do not answer any questions. All questions should be referred to your attorney. After an accident, immediately send us all photographs and videos that may pertain to your case (including photos of your injures). Make sure to take photos of your vehicle before it is repaired. Document all dates and times of your treatments, doctors’ names and appointments, lost wages, and how you are feeling each day.

3. MEDICAL EXPENSES:

Retain all medical and collection bills pertaining to your accident. This includes, but is not limited to, hospital bills, out of pocket expenses, doctors bills, prescriptions, therapy, and anything used to assist in your rehabilitation. Pay all out of pocket expenses with a check or money order, not cash.

4. MEDICAL TREATMENT:

It is very important to obtain the best medical care possible to remedy your injuries. You should visit your treatment physicians as often as necessary to make a full recovery and so the physicians can identify permanent impairments from your injuries. Please keep your lawyer informed if you ever switch physicians or if you are dissatisfied for any reason. You can still receive top quality medical treatment after an accident even if you do not have health insurance. In a motor vehicle accident you have PIP coverage and many commercial insurance policies have Med-Pay, which can compensate you for medical expenses after an injury. Doctors can treat your injuries under a Letter of Protection (“LOP”), a document that allows an individual to obtain medical care they otherwise cannot afford on credit in exchange for a promise to pay for the services directly out of a settlement or judgment.

5. TRAFFIC TICKET:

Never plead guilty to a traffic ticket without talking with your lawyer. We will ensure that you are adequately represented if you are cited.

6. LOST WAGES:

You are advised to obtain a written letter from your employer identifying time missed from work, your rate of pay, and any other pertinent details. If you are your own employer, please document any and all time missed from work and loss of earnings. Documentation evidencing a loss of earnings is vital to your case.

7. EVIDENCE:

Make sure to retain all pertinent evidence. Pertinent evidence can include footwear, clothing, defective products or machinery, and foreign substances. Our firm will send the necessary spoliation and preservation letters once retained.

8. PROGRESS AND VALUE:

It is very important to make sure you are continuing to see your medical professionals, if it is recommended, and as long as your injuries continue to bother you. Insurance companies will often view the failure to obtain medical treatment, or inconsistent treatment, as evidence of little or no injury, or of full recovery, and will use that against your case. Please be aware that it can take longer than eight (8) weeks to obtain a full evaluation and report from your treating doctors. The Law Offices of Brett L. Schlacter, P.A. understands the stress that you may be going through after an accident and will keep you informed at every stage of the process. In order for us to help you, it is important that you always keep us informed about contact information, medical treatment, termination of treatment, and lost wage information.

9. SOCIAL MEDIA:

If you belong to a social networking site, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram, The Law Offices of Brett L. Schlacter, P.A. recommends that you close your account until the resolution of your case. Whatever you post, or have posted, will likely become evidence against your case.

10. WHAT IS MY CASE WORTH?:

The value of your case is determined after our investigation is complete. This evaluation depends upon many variables including medical expenses, loss of earning capacity, lost wages, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and the possibility for exposure to punitive damages. Once our investigation has been completed and all necessary information, including medical records, have been obtained we will be able to evaluate your case for settlement. Our evaluation is made by comparing your case to similar cases handled by the firm with similar facts, insurance carriers, and defense attorneys.