Pasco County Personal Injury Lawyers
Most people involved in an accident are unsure how the process works, when a claim is filed, how one is filed, what happens when a claim is filed, and how long it takes for a claim to resolve. Frankly, the entire process can be very confusing and intimidating. Generally speaking, the personal injury process in Florida consists primarily of filing an insurance claim, negotiating a settlement, litigation (i.e. filing a lawsuit), and trial or alternative dispute resolution (ADR), if a favorable settlement offer is not forthcoming from the insurance company.
If you or someone you love has sustained personal injuries as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you need experienced legal counsel on your side. A Pasco County personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the personal injury process and can help bring your case to a favorable resolution, via settlement, trial, or alternative dispute resolution. Below you will find a brief summary of certain aspects of the personal injury process.
Filing a Claim with the Insurance Company
Prior to filing suit in a personal injury case, the injured accident victim, in most cases, must first file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. This puts the insurance company on notice of a potential lawsuit.
Settlement Demand Packages
Once an injured plaintiff has finished treatment with medical providers, a Pasco County personal injury lawyer can assemble a settlement demand package and send it to the claims adjuster handling the case for the at-fault party’s insurance company. The demand package will include a letter which makes an initial settlement demand and explains why the at-fault party is responsible for the accident, the severity of the victim’s injuries, and why the demanded amount is justified. This package will also typically include copies of all pertinent medical bills, medical records, and lost wage documentation.
Once the insurance company’s adjuster reviews the injured plaintiff’s settlement demand package and assuming the insurance company accepts liability (or fault) for the accident, the adjuster will typically place an initial settlement offer on the table which usually is much less than what the case is actually worth. Following this initial settlement offer, the injured person’s attorney may make a counter-demand. The negotiation process can take as little as one week or as long as several months.
Filing Suit and Litigating a Florida Personal Injury Case
If the insurance company and the injured person cannot agree on an acceptable settlement amount, the case will be litigated through the Florida court system. The litigation process begins by filing a lawsuit in court against the defendant(s).
The case will then proceed through the court system. However, just because a lawsuit is filed does not necessarily mean that the case will go to trial. Approximately 90 to 95 percent of Florida personal injury cases are resolved via settlement at some point along the line and are not tried.
Personal Injury Jury Trials
Florida personal injury jury trials can be long and tedious and typically consist of the following components:
- Jury selection (also called voir dire)
- Opening Statements
- Plaintiff’s case-in-chief
- Defendant’s case-in-chief
- Jury Instructions
- Closing Arguments
- Jury Deliberations
- Verdict (the decision by the jury)
A Pasco County personal injury lawyer can help an injured plaintiff through the entire process and help him or her decide whether to settle a case, pursue alternative dispute resolution (such as mediation or arbitration), or go to trial.
Contact a Pasco County Personal Injury Attorney at Slater | Grant
If you have suffered serious personal injuries and damages as a result of someone else’s negligence, a knowledgeable Pasco County personal injury lawyer may be able to help. You should feel free to contact the attorneys at Slater | Grant at any time, via telephone or online, for a free initial consultation and case evaluation.
Slater | Grant represents individuals and families who have suffered serious injuries, death, or financial loss as a result of another’s negligence or improper conduct, including in personal injury cases.