If you experience an injury as a result of a third party, whether it was due to malicious intent or a careless accident, then you should speak with a personal injury lawyer in Stuart as soon as possible. An experienced attorney could help you receive fair compensation for your injury, either through an insurance claim or through a personal injury lawsuit filed against the party responsible.
Here at The Law Offices of Gloria Seidule, we have over 25 years of experience dealing with personal injury cases throughout Stuart, FL, and the surrounding areas. Not only can we help you obtain the compensation you deserve, we will not shy away from taking your case to court. In fact, Gloria Seidule has built a strong reputation over the years as a successful trial lawyer and was even named to the The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 by a country-wide organization that only invites the best attorneys from each state.
When you contact The Law Offices of Gloria Seidule, we will review your case and inform you in regards to what your legal options are through a free consultation with no obligations.
If you've been injured, then there are a number of steps that you should take to help ensure that you have the strongest possible personal injury case once you contact our law offices. The following are the steps that you should take:
The very first thing you should do is worry about having your injury treated. Medical treatment will ensure that your injury doesn't grow worse and can help to shorten the healing period, not to mention prevent additional physical problems from developing as a result of the injury in the future. There are several hospitals that you can go to in the Stuart area if you've been injured. The Martin Health System includes the Martin Medical Center and Martin Hospital South, both of which serve Stuart and the surrounding areas.
Besides visiting the hospital to treat your injuries and hopefully help to improve your long-term prognosis, going to the hospital right after you've been injured is important because it documents the existence of your injury. Without documentation that the injury occurred and that you needed medical attention as a result, it may be difficult to prove that your injury was serious, which could hurt your case.
After you've been treated by a medical professional, request copies of your medical records, which document your stay at the hospital, your injury and the treatment you received. These documents will be critical to your insurance claim or your personal injury claim.
It's worth noting that you should seek medical attention if you've been in a vehicle-related accident even if you don't think you were seriously injured. Some injuries, especially back-related injuries, may not be obvious right away. Not only should you make sure that your injuries aren't serious, but if they turn out to be, you'll want to make sure that you have documentation showing that you sought medical attention right away.
Some personal injuries may occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident. If you were injured in a vehicle accident, such as one that involved commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers or large trucks, then there should be a police report or accident report available.
According to Florida law, police are required to submit an accident report within ten days of the time that the accident's investigation is completed. You should be able to request a copy of the accident report from the local Stuart Police Department. If you're in a vehicle-related accident but you're not seriously injured or you don't think that you're injured, then you should still contact the police to make sure a report is filed for insurance purposes. Not to mention that accident-related injuries aren't always obvious right away. In some cases, you may not begin experiencing pain or symptoms of an injury until days after the accident.
If you were injured in a slip and fall incident on public or private property, then you should be able to receive a copy of the accident report from the property manager as long as you reported the incident.
If you were injured in an incident that is covered by insurance, such as a car accident, then you should file an insurance claim as soon as you can. Insurance companies often have a time limit as to when you can file a claim following an accident.
The purpose of your initial claim is mostly to provide the insurer with the basic facts about your injury and the accident. When filing your claim, don't try to quantify how much pain you're in or how bad your injuries are. This can be determined by your medical records, and you won't want your insurer to use what you say against you if it is contradicted by those records.
Avoid providing any kind of opinions about the matter to your insurer and stick to the facts. If they ask for a recorded statement, wait until you consult with a personal injury lawyer before doing so. An experienced attorney will help make sure that you don't end up incriminating yourself or providing information or opinions that could hurt your chances of getting a fair settlement.
The sooner that you speak with an attorney about your personal injury case, the better. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to inform you about what your legal options are during a basic consultation. If you decide to hire the attorney, then they will help guide you through the process and help make sure that you don't make any errors that could hurt your ability to receive fair compensation. Additionally, the legal process can be quite complicated, so you'll want to work with someone who is familiar with it.
You might think that your case is open and shut, but you'll still want to speak with a personal injury lawyer. An attorney will make sure that you're fully informed about your legal rights and options as well help guide you through the legal process. Working with a lawyer will also allow you to focus on your recovery and also helps relieve some of the stress that comes with the burden of all of the paperwork involved with personal injury claims and insurance claims.
There are many people that decide to file an insurance claim on their own because they don't think that they can afford a personal injury lawyer. What you may not realize is that good personal injury lawyers tend to work on contingency. This means that if we take your case, you won't have to pay a flat fee or an hourly rate. Instead, the cost of our services will be taken out of whatever compensation we are able to obtain for you. This is usually in the form of an agreed-upon percentage. If we are unable to help you obtain compensation for your injuries, you won't pay anything.
Gloria Seidule has over 30 years of experience handling all types of personal injury claims. Some of the different types of cases that she has handled in the past include:
During our free consultation, we will determine whether you have a valid claim. If you do have a valid claim and you decide to work with us, we will take the following steps to build and strengthen your personal injury case, thereby putting you in the best possible position to earn the compensation you deserve:
Our goal is to build your case in order to reach a reasonable resolution with an insurance company or the party responsible for your injuries so that you can receive the compensation you deserve. If we cannot agree on a settlement, we will take your case to trial.
As far as damages go in the state of Florida, there is no limit to how much you can recover via settlement or award.
It's worth noting that here at The Law Offices of Gloria Seidule, we have won several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a $1.5 million verdict for a personal injury case against Walmart in 2013.
There are two types of damages that we can help you obtain as part of your compensation - economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover the financial losses that you have sustained or will sustain as a result of your injury. These include:
Non-economic damages refer to the physical and emotional toll caused by your injuries. These types of damages are more difficult to quantify since they do not have a designated value attached to them. However, these types of damages tend to cover pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of consortium, lost opportunity, loss of quality of life, and mental anguish.
In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages, which is a form of compensation provided to punish the defendant for their conduct as well as to serve as a deterrent to others.
Florida has a pure comparative fault standard, which means that your compensation can be limited based on what your percentage of fault for the accident that caused your injuries is deemed to be. So if the court decides you are ten percent at fault, your compensation will be ten percent less. A good personal injury lawyer will work hard to convince the court to minimize your fault as much as possible.
It's important to understand that Florida has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims. For most personal injuries, you have to file a claim within four years from the date of your injury. For medical malpractice and wrongful deaths, it's two years. Because of this, it's important that you get the legal process rolling as quickly as possible by speaking with a personal injury lawyer that can help you file a claim.
If you've experienced an injury caused by a third party, then be sure to speak to a reputable personal injury lawyer in Stuart, FL for professional legal guidance by contacting us at The Law Offices of Gloria Seidule for a free consultation today. We want to be your Personal Injury Lawyer.