Being injured in an accident is a physical, emotional and financial ordeal, which makes having proper medical care and the right attorney crucial. While you focus on recovering, a personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for past and future lost wages, medical expenses and other losses. Although there are thousands of practicing attorneys in Florida, when it comes to serving the community in Pensacola and Northwest Florida, Staples, Ellis + Associates, P.A. is the wise choice in personal injury claims.
What is a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit arises when an individual is injured in an accident/incident that was caused by the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another party. While injury claims are typically resolved through a settlement negotiation with an insurance company, insurers often deny or seek to settle claims for as little money as possible. If an insurer fails to make a fair and reasonable offer, our tenacious litigators are fully prepared to fight for you in court.
With over 70 years of combined experience in the law, and a proven history of achieving successful outcomes through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts, we handle a wide range of injury claims arising from:
- Automobile accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Gallbladder/bile duct surgery
- Pedestrian accidents
- Product liability
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
At Staples Ellis, we believe that no one should suffer due to the negligence or recklessness of others. Regardless of the size of your claim, we are committed to helping you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. In addition, we handle all injury claims on a contingency basis, which means that you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we win your case.
How do I know if I have a valid personal injury claim?
All Floridians have a legal obligation not to cause harm to others. This is referred to as a duty of care. To have a valid claim, you must be able to prove that the other party breached this duty and show that you sustained actual damages due to the accident (e.g. physical and emotional harm, lost wages, medical expenses, and/or property damage).
How much is my personal injury case worth?
While each case is unique, you may be entitled to compensation that includes economic and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are designed to cover your financial losses, such as lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and loss of earning capacity. Noneconomic damages will compensate you for pain and suffering, physical disabilities, and loss of enjoyment of life. If the responsible party’s conduct was particularly egregious, punitive damages may also be awarded; punitive damages are capped by state law.
You should also know that Florida is a comparative negligence state for purposes of personal injury claims. This means that if you were partially at fault for the accident, the amount of damages you can recover will be reduced by the percentage of fault that is assigned to you. As an example, if you suffer $10,000 in damages, but the court determines you were 20 percent at fault for the accident, the damages will be reduced to $8,000. Comparative negligence will also likely be a factor in settlement negotiations with an insurer.
As you can see, pursuing a personal injury claim can be confusing and complicated. You can rest assured that the capable attorneys at Staples, Ellis will guide you through the process and fight for your rights.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?
If you have been injured in an accident in Florida, a personal injury lawsuit must be filed within 4 years of the date of the accident or injury. If your claim is against a municipality or state government agency, a Notice of Claim must also be filed within 180 days of the date of the accident before you can pursue a civil lawsuit.
Personal Injury Attorney Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties
Staples Ellis is dedicated to serving the Pensacola community with integrity and distinction. Unlike other attorneys, we are a local law firm with trusted experience in large personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases. If you are concerned about finding the right doctors, covering your medical expenses, and getting back to your normal routine, we can help.
Our legal team will work tirelessly to make sure you receive the medical care you need and the compensation you deserve. We will handle all the details of your case, collect the necessary evidence, and represent you in all dealings with the insurance company. Although we prefer to reach negotiated settlements, we are comfortable pursuing cases in the Northwest Florida courts. Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, we fight to win. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact our office as soon as possible to set up a free consultation.