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Trust a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer at Searcy Denney
When an accident disrupts your life, you deserve help putting the pieces back together. As you attempt to move on, you will discover more and more ways that your injuries impact your life, and you may discover that certain things will never be the same. If someone else, a company or a defective product is responsible for your injuries, the law entitles you to compensation; but, to ensure that you maximize your recovery, you need experience on your side.
At Searcy Denney, we bring decades of experience to representing accident victims. Our Florida personal injury attorneys are skilled negotiators and aggressive litigators who approach every case with a willingness to go to trial. We understand your situation, and we appreciate that you need us to win your case as quickly as possible. When you choose us to represent you, you have our promise that we will work tirelessly to win the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Your Florida Personal Injury Claim
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, your injuries could impact your life for years to come. Some accident victims may even face a lifetime of suffering and financial loss. Along with medical bills and loss of income, many accident victims suffer from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, and scarring and disabling injuries can prevent accident victims from spending meaningful time with their spouses, children and other loved ones.
All of these are losses for which financial compensation is available. If someone else was at fault in the accident, you are entitled to receive just compensation for your current and future losses. This includes not only financial losses (like medical bills and loss of income), but non-financial losses (like pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life) as well.
How Your Florida Personal Injury Lawyers Will Help
Most personal injury claims have three primary stages: (i) investigating the claim, (ii) preparing the claim, and (iii) negotiating a settlement. However, if the at-fault party’s insurance company refuses to settle, then there may be additional stages involved as well – including taking your claim to court. Here is an introduction to what you can expect along the way when you work with one of our Florida personal injury lawyers:
1. Preparing Your Claim
In many respects, preparing your claim is the most important stage of the process. Preparation involves gathering all of the documentation needed to convince the insurance company to settle (such as medical and employment records) and determining the total amount that you are entitled to recover.
When filing an insurance claim, you only get one chance to make a first impression, and if you do not have the evidence to support your claim or you ask for less than you deserve, then you are going to give the insurance company the upper hand.
2. Negotiating with the Insurance Company
Once our attorneys thoroughly prepare your claim, we will submit a demand for payment to the at-fault party’s insurance company. This will start the negotiation process, which will involve our attorneys going back and forth with an insurance adjuster to try to arrive at a mutually-agreeable settlement amount. If the insurance company makes a fair settlement offer, we will calculate exactly how much you will take home so that you can make an informed decision about resolving your claim.
3. Filing a Lawsuit
If the insurance company does not make a fair settlement offer during these negotiations, then our attorneys will file a lawsuit in court. While this will result in a trial date being set, settlement negotiations will continue, and there is still a good chance that your claim will settle before trial.
4. Pursuing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
In some cases, pursuing a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation or arbitration, may provide the most-efficient means of securing a favorable result. If this is a viable option in your case, our attorneys will represent you throughout the process.
5. Going to Trial
Finally, if the insurance company simply refuses to offer a fair settlement, then our attorneys will take your case to trial. Our personal injury lawyers will present all of the relevant evidence in court, and we will hire expert witnesses to paint a clear picture of exactly what happened. At the end of trial, the judge or jury will render a decision. If you are satisfied with the decision, your case will likely be over. If you are not, our attorneys can determine if you have grounds to file an appeal.
No Recovery, You Owe Us Nothing
At Searcy Denney, all personal injury clients receive Our Fee Promise. Simply put, if we do not help you secure a financial recovery, you owe us nothing. You do not owe us any legal fees. You do not have to reimburse us for the costs we incur (such as court fees, witnesses’ expenses and travel costs) while pursuing your claim. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Why Choose Searcy Denney for Your Florida Personal Injury Claim?
With so many personal injury law firms in the Tallahassee and West Palm Beach areas, it can be difficult to choose the firm you want to entrust with your case.