Personal Injury Lawyer in Hialeah
Hialeah Personal Injury Lawyer and Bodily Injury Law Firm
Hialeah accidents causing personal injuries can result in serious damages to victims and their families. Not only do personal injury accidents cause pain and suffering, damage to a person’s body, and emotional injuries, but serious accidents can also have overwhelming financial repercussions for a family such as high medical bills, lost wages, and lost future earnings. Victims and their families may find themselves unsure of how they will pay these bills with an injured loved one and increased expenses but decreased income. However, in times of great uncertainty victims and their families can rely on the Hialeah personal injury lawyer at Schlacter Law. Our experienced lawyer and award-winning law firm help Floridians injured in Hialeah accidents such as motor vehicle wrecks, slip and falls, medical malpractice, construction site accidents, boating wrecks, and other types of personal injury accidents. Our compassionate team helps families get back on track while we fight for their rights.
At Schlacter Law, our injury claim lawyer stands up to some of the largest insurance companies in the United States who try to discredit victims and underpay their claims. We aggressively fight for our clients’ rights against negligent individuals, businesses, or government entities (federal, state, and local) who have caused catastrophic personal injuries to innocent people. Our Hialeah personal injury lawyer has recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims throughout Florida, especially for Hialeah residents. We do not let insurance companies protect dangerous drivers, reckless property owners, careless doctors, or any other negligent individuals or businesses. If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or if a loved one was wrongfully killed by the negligence of another, call our injury claim lawyer for a FREE consultation to learn how our Hialeah lawyer can protect your rights to compensation.
What Kind of Services We Provide
Our experienced personal injury law firm handles any type of serious accident resulting in debilitating, permanent, or catastrophic personal injuries occurring here in Hialeah. This includes the following types of accidents:
- Car crashes
- Trucking Wrecks
- Premises liability cases including slip and falls or trip and falls
- Medical malpractice, including birth injuries or failure to diagnose
- Construction site accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Bicycle collisions
- Workplace accidents
- Animal attacks or dog bites
- Boating, cruise ship, jet ski, or other watercraft incidents
- Intentional torts
- Fatal accidents
- Criminal offenses such as assault and battery or sexual offenses such as rape
- Swimming pool accidents
- Negligent security cases
- Pedestrian knockdowns or hit by a car
- Any other incidents causing a personal injury that our Hialeah lawyer may accept your case after a FREE case evaluation
What May I Recover in a Personal Injury Negligence Lawsuit Under Florida Law?
Victims of a serious personal injury are entitled to recover “damages.” Under Florida law, “damages” are defined as the relief that a party may recover in a lawsuit. This includes monetary compensation for injuries caused by a negligent accident. A victim does not need a lawyer to recover monetary damages, but having an experienced lawyer ensures that a victim can recover the compensation he or she deserves. Victims may recover the following types of monetary compensation in Florida:
- Past pain and suffering from the date of the accident to the date of payment (either a settlement or a court award from a judge or jury)
- Future pain and suffering from the date of the payment for the rest of the victim’s estimated life expectancy
- Medical bills, including from EMS/ambulance, the hospital emergency department, specialist appointments, surgeries, follow-up visits, medications, physical therapy, and any other medical expenses
- Future medical expenses that are reasonably provable, including for future surgeries, medications, physical/occupational therapy, and other related medical expenses
- Lost wages from being unable to work due to the accident, medical treatment, or doctor appointments
- Future lost earnings if unable to return to the same job due to the accident, victims may be entitled to the difference in salary between the pre-accident job and the post-accident job, multiplied by the number of years
- Medication costs for the past and future
- Home, vehicle, and apartment modifications, including ramps, lifts, handles, special beds, and other necessary equipment or structural changes
- Nursing care at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or rehabilitation center for those who have been catastrophically injured or for those who are unable to care for themselves when they get older due to the accident
- Loss of consortium and services, including relations with spouses, enjoyment with family, and protection or guidance with family members including children
- Mobility assistance devices including wheelchairs, canes, braces, and other ambulatory devices
- Therapy costs including for physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, emotional therapy, and other related and necessary therapy
- Property damage
- Wrongful death damages, including for burial costs, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, loss of protection, loss of guidance, and other related damages
- Punitive damages in truly egregious and morally reprehensible cases
- Other damages related to your personal injury accident that our Hialeah lawyer may be able to recover for you in a settlement or court award
Common Injuries in Florida
Accidents can cause a wide range of damages and injuries. Our lawyer knows that oftentimes this means surgery, including placement of painful hardware such as rods, plates, pins, screws, and other devices. Some victims may require multiple surgeries, especially for catastrophic injuries, burn damage (skin grafts), removal of hardware or readjustment, scopes of a joint, and other critical surgeries. Sometimes victims may even have complications such as infections or sepsis.
Any type of personal injury caused in a Florida accident should be reviewed by a lawyer to ensure that your right to compensation is protected. At Schlacter Law, our Hialeah personal injury lawyer can handle the following types of injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – this is one of the most severe types of personal injury. The CDC defines a TBI “as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury” . Our lawyer knows that there are many different types of TBIs, which include concussions, diffuse axonal damage, coup-contrecoup damage, brain bleeds, penetrating brain injuries, contusions, hematomas, and other TBIs. Always ask the help of an experienced lawyer like ours at Schlacter Law for any type of TBI
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs) – paralysis caused by SCIs can result in a lifetime of permanent disability. Victims could suffer paraplegia, quadriplegia, or monoplegia which affect how a person moves, senses, and is able to control his or her body. However, personal injury accidents commonly cause serious SCI. According to statistics, approximately 92% of all SCIs are due to personal injury accidents . Always ask our Hialeah lawyer if you have suffered an SCI
- Amputations or loss of a limb, digit, or body part (such as an ear or nose)
- Broken bones or fractured bones
- Loss of vision, smell, hearing, taste, or sensation
- Burns caused by explosions, fires, electrocution, or chemical exposure
- Back or neck injuries, including lower back pain, sprains, strains, disc herniations, annular tears, and other damages
- Organ injuries, including irreparable harm to an organ which results in its removal or permanently decreased function
- Head or face damage
- Disfigurement, including massive scarring due to lacerations or burns
- Any other personal injury that was caused by the reckless, careless, or negligent conduct of another individual which our Hialeah personal injury lawyer may be able to help you with at Schlacter Law
What to Do After an Accident
Whether it is a motor vehicle crash, slip and fall, animal attack, or workplace accident, victims who are injured in a serious accident may suffer significant physical, emotional, and financial harm. Although no one plans to be in an accident, there are some steps that you may be able to take to protect your rights to compensation for your physical, emotional, or financial harm caused by the negligence of another. Our lawyer provides these important tips on what to do after any type of incident in Florida causing you personal injury:
- Call for help: Always call for help in any accident. In motor vehicle accidents, always call for the police. They can create an official report to document what happened, including identifying liability issues against a defendant for your injuries. In slip and falls or trip and falls, ask a store owner or a landlord for help. Many stores have incident reports that can be used to document what happened to you and your injuries. Calling the police is still a good option in a slip and fall. For medical malpractice cases, ask a nurse, technician, or even another doctor to evaluate you and document what happened. Even if it is just recording observations, having a notation in your chart will help corroborate your story
- Seek medical help, even if you do not think you suffered a serious injury: Whether you are in extreme pain or just have some discomfort, get medical treatment. Explain exactly what you are feeling including what hurts, what aches, and what possibly feels uncomfortable. Try to quantify pain and make sure medical providers check each potential injury. Not only is this important to document, but some injuries can be latent or hidden. No matter how slight the pain or how much of an inconvenience it may be, go examined by a healthcare provider to protect both your life and your claim
- Take photographs or video of the scene, your injuries, and the other parties: If you are physically able to do so, take photographs of the scene, your injuries, and the appearances of other parties. In motor vehicle wrecks, take photographs of the collision, damage to vehicles, the intersection, roadway markings, and other important things. Also get a photograph or video of the other party, especially if you believe the individual may be intoxicated. For animal attacks, take photographs of the property including for signs (or the lack of signs) at the home regarding the presence of animals. For premises liability cases such as slip and falls or trip and falls, take photographs of what caused you to fall, your injuries, and potential warning signs, cameras, or other factors that might help or hurt your case
- Acquire and exchange information: Make sure to get the other party’s insurance information, especially in car crashes and trucking wrecks. Ask business owners for their insurance adjuster or landowners for their insurance carrier. This includes getting the names, addresses, license plates, telephone numbers, and other contact information. Also, make sure to get full names and telephone numbers of witnesses who may have seen the incident or relevant information
- Gather and protect documents: Many personal injury cases are a battle of evidence. Make sure you collect as much information as you can, starting right from when the accident occurred. Protect that information and do not share it with anyone except for your lawyer, especially do not share it with any insurance company. This includes gathering and protecting incident reports, medical records, discharge summaries, consent forms, and other information regarding your case
- Keep a journal: Document your injuries, appointments, and difficulties after your personal injury accident. Having a journal can help you keep track of your injuries and appointments can help build your lawsuit and defend the claims of the defense lawyer. Our lawyer can help you set up a journal if you have questions
- Contact a lawyer: Although insurance companies want your first priority to always be notifying them of an incident, your first priority should be to contact our lawyer. This is because insurance adjusters are trained to ask questions which minimize your injuries and maximize your blame for an accident—even your own insurance carrier! Therefore, never give an insurance adjuster a recorded statement and do not sign any document, settlement, or check issued by them until you speak with a lawyer. Having an experienced lawyer like our Hialeah lawyer at Schlacter Law may ensure that your rights to compensation are protected
Fatal Personal Injury Accidents
Families who have lost a loved one in a Hialeah car crash, trucking wreck, slip and fall, medical malpractice case, boating accident, or any other type of incident caused by the reckless, careless, or negligent conduct of another should ask our lawyer at Schlacter Law how we can help. This is because families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another have a lawsuit under Florida law for the wrongful death of their loved ones. Families may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering of their loved one
- Medical expenses and bills
- Burial expenses
- Funeral costs
- Emotional harm or distress caused by the wrongful death
- Loss of financial support the family relied on from the loved one
- Property damage
- Loss of society, guidance, protection, and love of their lost family member
- Punitive damages in rare but egregious cases
- Other damages that our Hialeah lawyer could review and determine whether you may be entitled to compensation
What if I Was Partially At Fault?
Victims who may be partially at fault for causing a personal injury accident may still be entitled to recover compensation. This is because Florida is a comparative fault state. This means that a victim’s fault is taken into consideration but does not bar a lawsuit. A victim’s fault proportionally reduces his or her award. For instance, if a bodily injury lawyer recovers $200,000 but a victim was 10% at fault for his injuries, the total award may be reduced to $180,000.
Injured? Ask our Hialeah Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
If the reckless, careless, and downright negligent actions of another person, business, or government entity have caused your serious or catastrophic personal injuries, get Schlacter Law to fight back. Our experienced Hialeah personal injury lawyer will aggressively pursue your claim to ensure that you recover the compensation that you are entitled to under Florida law. Call for a FREE case evaluation to learn how we can start defending your rights today by calling (305) 999-1111.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a personal injury negligence lawsuitclaim in Florida?
Four years for most cases including motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls/trip and falls, workplace injuries, intentional torts, criminal offenses, dog bites, and other similar incidents. Medical malpractice cases are two years from the date that the medical malpractice was discovered or should have been discovered. Wrongful death cases are two years from the date of death. These time periods are known as the statute of limitations which functions as a time limit to file a lawsuit. It is important to timely file a lawsuit because untimely lawsuits may be dismissed by a court, even if the case is very strong. There are some mechanisms that extend the time to commence an action as well as some instances which shrink the time to commence an action. Therefore, it is imperative to always have an experienced Hialeah personal injury lawyer to help protect your rights by viewing your case as soon as possible.
Can I negotiate with the insurance company myself?
Yes, but you would be more likely to not recover the compensation that you deserve. This is because insurance adjusters are trained on how to minimize your claim. They use almost unethical tricks to get you to admit fault and minimize your injuries. Most insurance adjusters are also supported by a defense lawyer who is feeding them information on how to minimize your claim. Without your own lawyer, you are fighting an unfair battle against a trained insurance adjuster and an unknown number of defense attorneys. You have already been injured by the negligence of another, do not let an insurance company take advantage of you too.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Nothing upfront at Schlacter Law. Our experienced lawyer and award-winning law firm accept cases on a contingency fee arrangement which means that we receive only a percentage of what we recover for you in an action. We also do not get paid until you get paid. There is no risk to have our law firm begin representing you.