Lakeland Personal Injury
A “personal injury” is any physical injury a person suffers because of another’s negligence or wrongful conduct. The person or business entity responsible for causing the injury is liable to the victim for their “damages,” such as medical expenses, lost income, or pain and suffering. The problem is, people don’t want to admit it when they cause an accident or injury, and they certainly don’t want to pay for it. Insurance is often available to cover the costs, but insurance companies turn out to be even more reluctant than the parties themselves to pay what is owed. To make matters worse, the insurance companies hire adjusters and lawyers who are trained experts in avoiding liability or paying as little as possible to get out of a claim.
So, what do you do if another person’s negligence or misconduct causes you to endure a severe injury? In Lakeland, Florida, you call The Turnbull Firm for help. Lakeland personal injury attorney Sanga Turnbull has decades of legal experience representing insurance companies and injury victims across the spectrum of Florida personal injury law. He knows how insurance companies think and act, and this experience enables him to pursue claims aggressively against insurers and achieve a valuable result. Call The Turnbull Firm in Lakeland for help with a personal injury claim, including any of the following:
- Auto Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Catastrophic Injury
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Plant Accidents
- Slip & Fall
- Truck Accidents
- Warehouse Accidents
- Wrongful Death
How does The Turnbull Firm help after a Lakeland personal injury?
Florida law says that people are liable for injuries they cause through their negligence or other wrongful conduct. Nevertheless, the burden falls on you as the injured victim to pursue and prove your claim against the negligent party. Most often, the responsible party is represented by an insurance company staffed with experts who will challenge whether their customer is liable to you and how much they owe. They may claim your injury happened in some other way or that you are not seriously injured at all. They might even say your own negligence caused the accident. It’s up to you to present the evidence that proves the other party’s liability to you for the full extent of your legal damages. At The Turnbull Firm, we have achieved this result for countless injury victims like yourself over the years. We know the law and procedures and have experience working with insurance companies to obtain a favorable outcome that compensates you for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other legal damages the negligent party owes you.
Why do I need an attorney if the insurance company is offering to settle?
Sometimes insurance companies fight you on the issue of liability, but not always. Where liability is clear, for instance if it’s obvious another driver ran a red light or stop light and t-boned you when you were lawfully traveling through the intersection, then the insurer might be quick to offer a settlement that covers your damages. The problem is, you don’t even know yet what your damages are and what effect the accident will have on your life. The insurance adjuster may offer to pay your property damages and medical bills, but once you accept their check, you’ve released them from any further liability.
The settlement offers insurance carriers make to people without a lawyer are always much less than what an attorney can get, which is why insurers are often so quick with a check after an accident. By hiring an attorney from The Turnbull Firm, we’ll make sure that all your costs are included, and we won’t negotiate a settlement until we are reasonably certain you know what all your damages are. Having worked as insurance defense lawyers ourselves, we know how to work with the insurer to negotiate an effective settlement or aggressively pursue your claim when they challenge their liability or the amount of your damages.
We also have the trial experience needed if your case goes to court. When faced with our courtroom experience, most insurance companies will opt to settle rather than argue against us before a jury. If a trial is necessary, you’ll know you are in good hands. Most cases settle out of court, but the best settlements only occur after an experienced personal injury attorney has put in the hard work to build a strong case and achieve that result.
Florida Personal Injury FAQs
Below are answers to questions clients often ask when they visit with us about a potential personal injury claim. If you have other questions about a personal injury claim in Lakeland, Winter Haven or Orlando, call The Turnbull Firm for a no-cost consultation.
Q. Will It cost me anything to talk with a lawyer?
A. All consultations are free. You will never receive a bill from our office.
Q. I already have a lawyer. Can I fire that lawyer and hire you, and if I do, will I now have to pay two lawyers?
A. You can fire any lawyer at any time for any reason. If you fire your lawyer, our firm and your old lawyer will share any attorney fees recovered from a settlement or trial. Any costs your prior attorney paid will need to be reimbursed from your settlement.
Q. Will I have to go to court?
A. The vast majority of cases settle without clients ever visiting or seeing the courthouse. As your lawyer, we will handle all of the court-related activities so that you can concentrate on yourself or your loved one’s injuries.
Q. Will my personal injury case go to trial?
A. Most don’t. Most cases settle. Often the facts of the case and the issue of liability are agreed on, and it’s a matter of settling on damages. When facts are in dispute, the case is more likely to go a trial where a jury will decide what happened, who was at fault, as well as any damages.
We take the time to build and prepare your case for trial from the very start. In this way, we are more likely to get a settlement from an insurer that wants to avoid a trial, while at the same time, we will also be ready for trial if needed.
Q. How much is my personal injury case worth?
A. The value of your case depends primarily on your economic damages – medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, the cost or value of getting help around the house while you are disabled, etc. Your noneconomic damages (pain and suffering) are in large part determined by the extent of your economic damages. Other factors that can affect the value of your claim include the amount of insurance available, the defendant’s ability to pay a judgment, the quality of the evidence, and more.
Q. How long will my case take from start to finish?
A. We won’t try to settle your case until your doctor declares that you are medically stationary or have reached a point of maximum medical improvement. At this point, we will have a handle on your present and future medical costs, how the injury has impacted or will impact your life, etc. Your medical recovery may take a couple of months or more, depending on your injuries. From there, how long your case takes to resolve depends on whether the insurer disputes liability or damages. Costlier cases tend to take longer to settle. If your case requires a trial, it may take a year or more to resolve your claim, but this is rare.
Q. How will I pay for my medical bills until my check comes?
A. People often worry about how they will pay for their medical care while their case is pending. You likely have different sources of insurance available to help with the cost. Additionally, we work with a number of doctors who will treat you without billing you upfront and take their fee from your settlement. We can put you in touch with a doctor who will treat you on a lien basis or work with your regular physician to negotiate such an arrangement through a letter of protection or other agreement.
Q. How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
A. All personal injury attorneys in Florida are paid from a percentage of your recovery. The Florida Bar sets those percentages. If a case settles before a lawsuit is filed, the attorney’s fee is 33 and 1/3 %. If a lawsuit is filed, the percentage is 40%. In addition, the Bar rules also entitle us to recover any costs spent on preparing your case for trial.
Q. What if I lose my case? Will I owe the lawyer for all the money spent on my case?
A. No. The only way our firm ever gets paid is if we are able to recover a money settlement on your behalf.
Call The Turnbull Firm for Effective Assistance in a Lakeland Personal Injury
For help with personal injury in Lakeland, call The Turnbull Firm at 863-324-3500 for a free consultation. Our Lakeland personal injury attorney won’t charge you anything if we can’t recover compensation for you.