Personal Injury Lawyers In Melbourne, Florida
Have You Suffered a Car Accident Injury? We Are Your Advocates with the Insurance Company.
Most people who suffer an injury are looking to recover enough money to pay medical expenses and compensate for lost wages. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely pay out enough compensation to cover the cost of a serious injury or a wrongful death. Accepting a settlement without consulting a lawyer may mean losing the opportunity to collect sufficient damages.
At Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole, our attorneys help clients determine the past and future cost of their losses. After an automobile or truck accident, you need legal, medical and economic professionals to calculate the amount of compensation you and your family will need in the years to come. We will take care of this for you and relentlessly fight for damages from the negligent party. When negotiations are not sufficient, we are prepared to take the case to trial.
Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency fee basis. If we accept your case, you pay no fees unless we recover damages for you.
Representing Central Florida Auto Accident Injury Victims and Their Families
Our personal injury practice includes:
- Motor vehicle accident injuries, including car accidents, truck accidents, bicycles and pedestrians
- Motorcycle accidents
- Insurance claims disputes
- Catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fractures, amputations, burns, and back and neck injuries
- Wrongful death
We aggressively pursue compensation to cover your medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. In wrongful death cases, you may also be entitled to funeral expenses and compensation for emotional distress and the loss of future income for dependents. Depending on the details of the case, punitive damages may also be levied against the negligent party.
How do I know if I have a case?
The burden is quite high for a personal injury claim. You and your attorney must prove that the perpetrator acted with negligence or recklessness. You must also prove that this contributed to your injury and resulted in damages. If all three elements are present for you, though, then you might have an actionable case.
What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit?
In Florida, you must file a lawsuit within four years of the date that you had your accident. If you do not, you forfeit your right to seek monetary compensation for your damages.
Should I accept a settlement?
Settling a claim is often an excellent way to save time and legal expenses. However, you should never accept any offer until you have had a lawyer review it first. Insurance providers usually offer initial settlements that are much lower than what you deserve.
What if I was partially at fault?
Florida has a legal concept called comparative negligence. This means that if you contributed a percentage of fault to an accident, your compensation can be reduced correspondingly. For example, say that the other driver was 80% at fault and you were 20% at fault. As a result, your settlement or award can be lowered by 20%.
Should I talk to the insurance adjuster?
No! Insurance representatives have ways of getting you to admit fault, even if you did not do anything. Then, the insurance company tries to offer you much less compensation than you deserve. You should not give a statement to any insurance company employees until you have a lawyer on your side.
Do I really need an attorney?
It is always wise to have an attorney who can advocate for your rights and help you navigate the legal process. The insurance company already has its own team of lawyers. Having one of your own levels the playing field and prevents anyone from taking advantage of you.