All serious personal injuries have catastrophic consequences for victims and their families. In addition to the physical pain and suffering and the mental anguish of the victim, the economic cost to a family can be devastating. Mounting medical bills, loss of household income, and resulting debt can send a family reeling into financial ruin.
The law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter is dedicated to protecting the rights of injured victims through professional and ethical representation. If you or a loved one has been hurt as a result of someone else’s negligence, our attorneys can pursue the compensation you deserve.
Schedule a FREE consultation with one of our lawyers in Orlando today at (407) 712-7300. We proudly serve clients in the Orlando, Florida area and nationwide.
Our attorneys have extensive experience representing plaintiffs in a broad range of personal injury claims, and we can build a compelling argument for your case. Some of the aspects of this type of lawsuit to keep in mind include:
- How to Determine if You Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit
- How to Make the Most of Your Case
- Personal Injury Cases We Represent
- What to Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer
- Questions About Personal Injury Law
- Why Choose Our Orlando Attorneys?
How to Determine if You Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Personal injury cases encompass a wide range of events from auto accidents to medical malpractice to premises liability. These claims can involve any incident that was caused by the negligence or error of another individual, company or manufacturer and must prove that this negligence or error led directly to the victim’s injuries. Injuries from these accidents can have far-reaching effects on the lives of those involved, and so, personal injury cases aim to recover damages for the physical, emotional and monetary losses suffered by victims and their families.
Essentially, as long as the injuries are severe and we can prove they were caused by negligence or error, you likely have a case. However, you may not have a personal injury lawsuit if:
- You’ve already agreed to a settlement with the individual or insurance company involved.
- Your injuries were minor, and you have no medical bills or history of treatment for those injuries.
- The statute of limitations for your case has passed.
The best way to determine the viability of your case is to contact our attorneys in Orlando as soon as possible. If there were no injuries involved, but your vehicle or other property was damaged in the accident, you should be able to recover the cost of the necessary repairs at the very least.
How to Make the Most of Your Case
The amount of compensation we seek for you or your loved one will depend on the extent of your injuries and the available evidence and documentation. You can make the most of your case by:
- Documenting the scene through photographs.
- Saving any items involved with the accident such as a product in a liability case or the shoes you were wearing in a slip and fall accident.
- Writing down every detail of the accident you can recall.
- Compiling a list of witnesses to the incident.
- Taking detailed notes of your injuries and how they interfere with your everyday life such as difficulty walking, standing on your feet for long periods of time and the severity of your pain.
- Keeping a complete file of your medical expenses and visits to the doctor, physical therapist and other medical professionals you may see due to your injuries.
- Following your doctor’s advice precisely.
- Telling your doctor all of the symptoms and injuries you’re experiencing and how they impact your life.
- Keeping our lawyer informed about the medical care you’re receiving, job loss and any changes in your phone number and address.
- Making all of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) private and refraining from posting anything about your personal injury case.
Personal Injury Cases We Represent
Considering the prohibitive costs of medical care and the potential for long-term complications associated with many injuries, it is important to hire a lawyer with the skill and experience necessary to make sure you are properly compensated. Through decades of combined experience, our Orlando law firm has set itself apart through the diverse types of claims our personal injury lawyers are able to pursue on clients’ behalf.
These cases include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Auto accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Wrongful death
- Dog bite lawsuits
- Dangerous premises
- Construction accidents
- Boating accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Drowning accidents
- Premises liability/Slip and Fall Accidents
All personal injury claims are governed by statutes of limitations and other elements that are often very complex for the layperson. Delay in obtaining representation can be harmful to your legal rights and your attorney’s ability to recover damages for you and your family. It’s vital to your lawsuit that you contact our attorneys as soon as possible following the accident that caused your injuries or the death of a loved one.
What to Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are many lawyers advertising on television, radio, billboards, and the Internet, which makes it difficult to narrow down your search. With so many options available, how will you know what to look for? How will you be able to determine which lawyer is the right fit for your individual needs and the specifics of your case?
It is important to thoroughly research several potential candidates before deciding on your personal injury lawyer. The following tips will help you in your search:
- Look up the attorney’s record with The Florida Bar. Make sure he or she has a solid success rate in previous cases.
- Find out if your attorney is board certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar or by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. There are many competent lawyers who are not board certified, but board certification is one way of evaluating your attorney’s experience and qualifications, as recognized by his or her peers.
- Ask any potential attorney to provide you with references from previous clients. If the attorney is unwilling to supply references, you should continue your search.
- Make sure that the attorney has handled similar cases in the past. An attorney who specializes in medical malpractice might not be the best person to handle your auto accident claim.
- Find out if the lawyer will be personally handling your case from beginning to end, or if a team of paralegals will be doing most of the work. If so, ask about their qualifications to make sure your legal team can successfully handle your case.
- Ask about fees upfront. Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means that if you do not receive compensation for your damages, your lawyer will not get paid. Do not hire an attorney who does not work on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases. It is also important to find out the specifics of the contingency fee up front so that you know what percentage of your settlement you will have to pay to your lawyer.
- Look up your potential attorney’s ratings on directories such as Martindale-Hubbell or Avvo.com. These organizations will provide you with feedback from the lawyer’s peers that will help you evaluate his or her experience, skills and ethics.
It is important never to hire an attorney who contacts you before you have contacted them. This behavior is unethical and should be reported to The Florida Bar at once.
Why Choose Our Orlando Attorneys?
Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter has helped our injured clients recover tens of millions of dollars. Our attorneys have developed a reputation for our vigor and dedication to helping victims and their families find justice and resolution for the accident that forever changed their lives. Our successful verdicts and settlements speak for themselves.
Those who are at fault for your injuries can and should be held accountable. Our attorneys will evaluate your claim for FREE and represent you on a contingency fee basis—you pay no attorneys’ fees unless we recover compensation for your claim.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence or error, please contact our attorneys in Orlando today at (407) 712-7300 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter serves clients in Orlando and all of Florida.