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Category: Personal Injury

Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? What You Need to Know

Pedestrians who are struck by motor vehicles typically suffer severe injuries, and tragically, many of these accidents result in death. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation that surrounds these accidents, particularly as to whether the pedestrian was at fault. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the best thing you can do is speak with a Crestview personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can review your case and help you understand your rights.

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What to Expect at Your Free Consultation

The initial consultation is an important step in choosing the right lawyer for your case. As a result, it is important to come to the meeting prepared to ensure you make the most of the meeting. It is also important to have a sense of what you can expect - while every lawyer will of course hope that you will retain them, there is certain information that you can expect to receive about your case when meeting with a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer from our firm.

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Bitten by a Dog? What You Need to Know

Despite the media’s coverage of vicious dog attacks, people often fail to recognize just how serious dog bites can be. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable - children due to their size, the elderly because they are far more likely to be knocked down and suffer broken bones and other serious injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A Crestview personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.

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Why You Should Talk to a Fort Walton Personal Injury Lawyer if You Fell on Someone Else’s Property

Slip and fall accidents are often ridiculed but the reality is that they can result in serious injuries. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment and lead to lost income and other issues. In those situations, you may be entitled to compensation but, unfortunately, these cases can be much more difficult to pursue than many people expect. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the claim process so that you can get the compensation you need.

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Three Reasons Why People Think They Don’t Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you need to make a lot of decisions about how to move forward. One of those decisions is whether you should hire a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer to pursue a claim for compensation. Unfortunately, many people make the wrong decision based on the following false assumptions.

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Will I Have to Go to Court?

One of the most common questions that potential clients ask is whether they will have to go to court. Anxiety about court is completely understandable, but the good news is that court is rarely like anything you see on television or in the movies. Unless there is something unusual about your case, it is likely to be far less dramatic. That said, understanding why and when your case may have to go to court can be helpful in proceeding with your case. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can review your case and discuss the potential outcome you can expect.

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Understanding Comparative Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

After being injured in an accident, many people are shocked when the other party claims that the accident was at least partially their fault. This is often referred to as “contributory negligence,” meaning that the victim’s own negligence contributed to causing the accident or their injury. If the other party is saying that you are partially to blame for the accident, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t mean that you can’t pursue a claim. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can discuss your case with you and whether you are entitled to compensation.

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What Kind of Evidence Do You Need in a Personal Injury Case?

If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other losses. In order to be successful, however, you will need to prove your case even if you don’t plan to go to court. This can be overwhelming for people who are suffering from serious injuries, leaving them unsure how to even begin. A Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can help you gather the evidence you need to successfully pursue a claim.

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Florida is Still a “No-Fault” State - What This Means For You

You may have already heard that Governor DeSantis recently vetoed Senate Bill 54, legislation that would repeal the mandate that Florida drivers purchase “personal injury protection” insurance or “PIP.” While this is big news in our state, many drivers remain confused about how exactly Florida law applies when they are injured in a car accident. And even though Florida is still a “no-fault” state, a Fort Walton car accident lawyer can help you navigate the claim process so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

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Do You Have a Premises Liability Claim?

Property owners have a legal obligation to ensure that their property is safe for guests and visitors. As a result, you may have a claim for compensation if you are injured on another person’s property. Unfortunately, successfully proving your claim involves more than the fact that you were injured. If you were injured on another person’s property, a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.   

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If I Work With an Injury Lawyer, Will My Case Go to Trial?

Many people have reservations about hiring a lawyer after an accident. Among their concerns, many people believe that hiring a lawyer means that their case will go to trial. They are concerned that the process will be unnecessarily lengthy and expensive, and they think that they would rather “see what they can get” by dealing with the insurance companies on their own.

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Right of Way and Crosswalk Injuries in Florida

If you’ve been harmed in an accident due to another’s negligence, then Florida law entitles you to sue the defendant and obtain compensation for your losses.

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Personal Injury Damages Vary Depending on the Plaintiff

If you’ve been harmed in an accident due to another’s negligence, then Florida law entitles you to sue the defendant and obtain compensation for your losses.  But many would-be plaintiffs don’t understand how damages works — they may not understand why damages can be quite variable from plaintiff-to-plaintiff, or how they can maximize their own damage recovery.

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Senate Bill 54 and the Future of PIP in Florida

In Florida, the passage of Senate Bill 54 (SB54) has potentially changed insurance coverage for millions of drivers throughout the state and could have significant impacts on those drivers who are involved in car accidents.

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Understanding Wage Loss and Earning Capacity Damages

If you have been injured in an accident due to the fault of another party, then Florida law may entitle you to damages as compensation.  Comprehensive damage claims may involve several different “sub-categories” of damages, including wage loss and the loss of future earning capacity.

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Consequences of a No-Fault Repeal in Florida

The Florida Senate, with the support of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), has recently passed SB 54 in a party-line vote, which would replace no-fault insurance, also known as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), with Mandatory Bodily Injury (MBI) Insurance.

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How Do Attorney Contingency Fees Work?

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Florida, then you may have a right to sue and recover damages from the responsible parties.  Pursuing a lawsuit can be more challenging than you’d expect — as such, you’ll want to work with an experienced attorney who can navigate the dispute effectively and secure the maximum available compensation.

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Statute of Limitations and the Discovery Rule

If you’ve been injured due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another, then it’s important that you consult an attorney as soon as possible so that your claims can be pursued in a timely manner.

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Does It Matter That a Plaintiff is Fragile?

If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, then Florida law may entitle you to sue and recover damages to cover your losses.  In many cases, the defendant may be surprised by the total damages liability: after all, you — the plaintiff — may have suffered injuries that are substantially more severe than that of a “normal” person in the same situation.

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