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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. Because we know that unforeseen injuries can be extremely difficult experiences 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.

We do this by supplying clients 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. Because 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 to obtain.

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 over 60 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.

Because 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.

We Have Recovered Over $85 Million for Our Clients

  • $4,356,000 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    Client was rear-ended with great force by an employee of Mercedes Benz of Melbourne on a rural highway in South Florida. The collision was so powerful that three cars were totally destroyed and the client was rendered unconscious. The Client sustained multiple fractures to her arm and ribs, damage to her shoulder and she sustained brain damage. The jury deliberated almost four hours at the conclusion of a six day trial in Brevard County, Florida.
  • $2,700,000 Verdict for Truck Accident Victim
    After a six day trial, a Pasco County Jury awarded our clients $2,161,000.00 for wife and $631,900.00 for husband. The wife sustained a head injury and had a spine surgery. The husband injured his hands, shoulder and knee.
  • $1,450,000 Settlement for Injured Pedestrian
    Roman & Gaynor sued our client's car insurance company when they refused to take her fractured pelvis seriously. After being pinned between 2 cars in a parking lot, she could not walk normally or return to work. This jury verdict is more than 10 times the amount of the policy she sought, and her insurance company refused to pay, after her injury. State Farm later settled her bad faith claim and Roman & Gaynor collected the excess judgment.
  • $1,175,000.00 Verdict for Traumatic Brain Injury Victim
    $1,175,000.00: A New Port Richey man was injured in a motor vehicle collision when his work van was hit and flipped over, causing him to be ejected from his vehicle, crushing his skull. Roman & Gaynor's investigation revealed that the work van was not equipped with operable seatbelts. A lawsuit against his employer, who was responsible for the maintenance of the work van, resulted in a $1,175,000.00 settlement.
  • $850,000.00 Settlement for Husband & Wife
    A Pasco County couple were seriously injured in a rear end collision in Pasco County. After spinal surgeries, Roman & Gaynor successfully negotiated a global settlement in the amount of $850,000 which assisted this couple in rebuilding their lives.
  • $836,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    Our clients, a 56 and 58 year old couple from Pasco County, were stopped for a red light in Tampa when they were rear ended by a distracted driver. Both husband and wife suffered herniated discs as a result of this accident which resulted in 4 spinal surgeries. The at fault party’s insurance carrier asserted a low impact defense, and asserted that our client suffered from these injuries prior to the accident. After protracted litigation, and just 2 months prior to trial, Roman & Gaynor secured a $836,000 settlement in favor of this couple.
  • $820,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision
    After a year of litigating a case the Defendant never took seriously, Roman & Gaynor negotiated this settlement just to days before trial for a young lady with a spine injury. In this case, a relatively low impact collision led to more than one spinal surgery, including fusion.
  • $600,000.00 Jury Verdict for Accident Victim
    A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 for multiple injuries sustained in a car accident including a broken pelvis. We received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. The Defendant was the driver of a truck who ran a red light.
  • $572,000.00 Settlement in Rear End Collision

    In 2017, a middle-aged man was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed on the highway. He sustained head, neck and back injuries but did not get any surgeries. We were able to obtain a tender of the policy limits of the at-fault driver but had to file a lawsuit for the underinsured motorist coverage. Seven months later, in 2019, we reached a settlement. We were able to recover a total of $572,000 for this client and his family from the insurance carriers to help them move forward.

  • $550,000.00 $550,000 Recovery for our Client

    A phantom vehicle made a left turn in the direct path of our client’s path of traveling causing him to take evasive action, causing him to strike a concrete utility pole. The force of the impact caused both airbags to deploy and the car engine came through the firewall and into our client’s dashboard and legs. Our client sustained serious lower extremity injuries, neck, and back injuries necessitating hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. Because the at fault driver fled the scene of the accident, we presented 2 uninsured motorists claims to our client’s uninsured motorist carriers. Demand for tender of the first uninsured motorist policy in the amount of $250,000 was made by our firm and was paid promptly. Second demand for the second Underinsured Motorist policy in the amount of $300,000 was made by our firm. This second insurance carrier denied coverage, based upon a UM rejection form signed by our client. Our firm determined that the UM selection form was fraudulently signed by our client’s car insurance agent. Our firm then filed a Civil Remedy Notice asserting fraud, and the insurance carrier promptly paid its $300,000 UM policy limit within the 60 day time period provided under the Civil Remedy Notice. This resulted in a total recovery of $550,000.00 for our client. A total victory for our client! Not all law firms check the validity of client signatures on UM selection forms. Our clients can be assured of this attention to detail for each and every case.

A Firm That Stands Out

  • Over 60 Years of Combined Experience
  • Two Attorneys Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Over $85 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • 24 Hour Availability
  • Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
  • No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

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