Personal Injury: Frequently Asked Questions
Q & A with a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer
Roman & Gaynor is a personal injury firm entirely about, for, and centered
on the needs of injured victims and their families. As we know that unforeseen
injuries can be difficult experience and because we are well aware that
many injured victims feel overwhelmed by convoluted legal procedures,
we make every effort to set our clients at ease by supplying them with
the information they need to understand their rights, the personal injury
claim process, and how they can secure a full and fair compensation. If
you or your loved one has recently suffered any damages at the hands of
others, the following frequently asked questions can help you become better
acquainted with what you can expect during your legal journey.
What does personal injury mean?
Personal injury, as a legal term, refers to any damages inflicted upon one person by another
individual or entity. Contrary to what many may believe, personal injury
does not refer to cuts and scrapes and visible damage alone. In the context
of a personal injury claim, personal injury may refer to any physical,
emotional, and/or financial damages suffered as the direct result of another's actions.
What is my claim worth?
The simple answer to this question is: it depends. There are numerous factors
and circumstances that will ultimately influence the amount of compensation
you may receive. As all cases are unique, we believe that the answer to
this question should only be based on a thorough case evaluation in which
we analyze the facts of your case and the compensation you are eligible
How is compensation awarded?
Depending on the circumstances involved, a jury may award victims compensation
to cover any physical, emotional, and/or financial damages. Financial
damages are typically those that are measurable and objective, including
the past and future costs of medical care, lost work wages and future
earnings, and funeral expenses when applicable. Emotional damages, on
the other hand, are much more difficult to put a price on. When determining
the amount of compensation to award a victim and their family for emotional
damages, a jury will consider pain and suffering, mental anguish, grief,
loss of companionship, and other factors. In certain cases, particularly
in those that involve extreme acts of negligence, courts may also award
victims compensation in the form of punitive damages.
Punitive damages are meant to punish wrongdoers and set an example that
deters others from committing similar acts. They are not awarded in every case.
DUI victims, for instance, are often eligible to pursue a recovery of punitive damages.
When applicable, our legal team works to secure the recovery of punitive
damages so as to maximize our clients' recovery.
Will my case go to trial?
Again, the answer to this question is dependent on the facts inherent to
the situation and case at hand. In short, not every case will go to trial.
In fact, most personal injury claims can be favorably resolved and settled
before they reach the trial phase. When defendants dispute claims or when
insurance companies offer unfair settlements that fail to meet the needs
of injured victims, then pursuing a verdict by way of a trial may become
a viable option. As both of our firm's
founding attorneys hold
board certifications as civil trial law experts by the Florida Bar, you can be more than confident knowing that if and when your case does
go to trial, you will have proven, seasoned trial experts on your side.
Do I need a lawyer to file a personal injury claim?
There is no legal mandate requiring you to have legal representation when
filing a personal injury claim. Although having legal representation may
not be a necessity, recovering your damages certainly is. By having an
experienced legal team on your side, especially one with nearly 50 years
of combined experience, you can equip yourself with the representation
needed to tackle any challenges that may arise and to swiftly navigate
the claim process. As our attorneys have the tools and resources to secure
the best possible resolution, you can also gain the sense of reassurance
that comes with knowing truly talented legal minds are fighting on your
behalf – and fighting toward the maximum compensation possible.
Meet with a Pinellas County Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have any additional questions about the personal injury claim process,
or if you wish to find specific answers that relate to your unique case,
then please do not hesitate to request a free
case evaluation. Our legal team is here to help, and we go the extra mile by offering
these free consultations
within 24 hours and in any location most convenient to you, including your home or the
hospital if necessary. We value the trust injured victims place in our
Pinellas County personal injury attorneys, and we do everything in our
power to help them through these difficult times.
Contact Roman & Gaynor to learn more about your case today.