Personal Injury Attorneys Proudly Serving Clients Throughout Florida
The Orlando personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright understand that 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.
At Colling Gilbert Wright, our personal injury lawyers are devoted to the folks we serve. We ensure that your rights are protected and all avenues of justice are explored with ethical, compassionate, and forthcoming representation. If you’ve been injured or a loved one has tragically passed due to someone else’s negligence, our attorneys will be by your side every step of the way in the pursuit of the compensation you deserve.
Call the personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright today at (407) 712-7300 or contact us online for a FREE consultation. We are proud to serve our neighbors in Orlando, throughout Florida, and across the U.S.
Our Orlando personal injury lawyers have extensive experience representing plaintiffs in a broad range of personal injury claims. We will listen to your story and build a compelling argument for your case. All the while remaining available to you, ready to answer any questions and concerns as we guide you through the legal process.
To understand what we do even better, we encourage you to peruse the following topics:
- Understanding Negligence & Personal Injury Law
- Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Attorneys Handle
- Common Injuries in Personal Injury Cases
- Types of Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case
- What Is the New Personal Injury Law in Florida 2023?
- Can You Sue for Pain and Suffering in Florida?
- How To Make the Most of Your Case
- How To Determine if You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
- What to Look For in an Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
- Why Choose Our Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys?
Understanding Negligence & Personal Injury Law
Navigating the complexities of personal injury law in Florida requires an understanding of negligence. At its core, negligence is the failure to act with the care that a reasonable person would exhibit under similar circumstances.
Negligence occurs when an individual breaches a duty of care, resulting in harm or injury to another. To establish negligence in a lawsuit, one must prove that:
- A duty of care existed
- The duty was breached
- The breach of duty directly caused an injury
This is a foundational concept in personal injury law, often determining liability in accidents. Orlando personal injury lawsuits hinge on proving that one party’s negligence led directly to the harm or injury of another.
A breach of duty can range from a distracted driver causing an accident or a property owner failing to address a known hazard to a medical professional’s oversight leading to patient harm and more.
Establishing negligence is pivotal in securing compensation, but it’s only one part of the legal process. Colling Gilbert Wright stands firm in its commitment to justice and guiding clients through the intricacies of the legal system utilizing our vast experience and wealth of knowledge.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Attorneys Handle
Considering the prohibitive costs of medical care and the potential for long-term complications associated with many injuries, it is essential to consult a lawyer with the skill and experience necessary to make sure you are properly compensated.
With decades of combined practice, our Orlando law firm has set itself apart with our genuine concern and respect for our clients. We commit to acting with empathy and integrity, with your best interests at the forefront of our minds at all times.
Our Florida personal injury attorneys handle diverse types of claims on our 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
- Slip & fall accidents
All personal injury claims are governed by statutes of limitations and other elements that can often get rather complex. Delay in obtaining supportive legal representation can be harmful to upholding your rights and your ability to recover damages. It’s vital that you contact an attorney as soon as possible following an accident that caused injuries or the loss of a loved one.
Common Injuries in Personal Injury Cases
When accidents happen, the aftermath can be devastating. The dedicated Orlando personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright have seen the broad spectrum of injuries that can change lives in an instant. Among the most prevalent are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI): Even a minor collision or slip can cause severe head trauma, leading to TBIs, which can range from concussions to more severe conditions.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Resulting often from vehicular accidents or falls in construction, these injuries can lead to paralysis and long-term disability.
- Broken Bones & Fractures: These are common in slips, trips, and falls, as well as in car accidents, often requiring surgical intervention.
- Burn Injuries: These can be a result of car accidents, defective products, or workplace incidents, causing not just physical but emotional trauma.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Sprains, strains, and tears often result from car accidents or slips, leading to pain and requiring rehabilitation.
It’s crucial to consult with an attorney after sustaining such injuries. They can help navigate a Orlando personal injury lawsuit, ensuring victims receive the compensation and justice they rightly deserve.
Types of Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case
Injuries and tragedies can come out of nowhere. And when they hurt you physically, emotionally, and financially, the pursuit of justice becomes paramount. In Florida, victims of personal injury have the right to seek various types of damages to compensate them for the losses they’ve suffered.
These refer to tangible financial losses resulting from the injury, including:
- Medical expenses (doctors bills, hospital costs, surgeries, etc.)
- Travel to & from medical appointments
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitation costs
- Counseling & therapy
- In-home care
- Modifications to home or vehicle
Often more elusive, these cover the intangible losses, including:
- Pain & suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
These are awarded in rare cases where the defendant’s conduct was particularly egregious or reckless. They’re designed to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar future misconduct.
Wrongful Death Damages
If personal injury results in death, family members may seek damages, including:
- Funeral & burial expenses
- Mental pain & suffering
- Loss of support & services
- Loss of companionship & protection
- Loss of parental companionship, guidance & instruction
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of accumulation of value of the estate
Our dedicated personal injury attorneys emphasize a meticulous yet compassionate approach to ensure every victim’s rights are upheld while respect and care are taken following their tragic loss.
What Is the New Personal Injury Law in Florida 2023?
A tort reform bill was signed into law in 2023. There were a few significant changes that came from these new laws that affect personal injury claims.
First, there has been a change in the statute of limitations on personal injury from 4 years to 2 years, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(a). This was already the case regarding medical malpractice and wrongful death.
Then, Florida adopted a modified comparative negligence standard. Under this rule, if both the defendant and the plaintiff are liable in an accident, the plaintiff can only recover damages if they are found 50% or less at fault (§ 768.81(6)). Furthermore, the amount of compensation they receive will be reduced according to their degree of responsibility in the incident.
Finally, there are stricter requirements to prove medical losses. The aim of this is to determine what the insurer and the victim actually paid for treatment as opposed to what the medical provider may have initially charged.
These legal ins and outs may be confusing, and when trying to heal, the last thing you want is to keep abreast of changes in the civil legal system. That is another reason to reach out to a knowledgeable Orlando personal injury attorney. It is our job to know how to protect your rights, and we do it with pride and integrity.
Can You Sue for Pain and Suffering in Florida?
Indeed, in Florida, victims who’ve suffered due to another’s negligence can seek compensation for pain and suffering. While medical bills are a clear financial loss in a personal injury claim, non-economic damages can also have a profound impact on your life. Pain and suffering is categorized under non-economic damages, addressing the emotional and physical distress a victim endures after an accident.
However, it’s crucial to note that in specific cases like auto accidents, Florida’s no-fault insurance system requires victims to first turn to their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. To step outside this system and file a lawsuit for pain and suffering, the victim’s injuries must meet a certain severity threshold, such as significant and permanent loss of a bodily function, permanent injury, significant scarring, disfigurement, or death.
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 the injuries and the available evidence and documentation. You can make the most of your case by:
- Documenting the scene with photographs.
- Saving any items involved in the accident, such as the 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 on your injuries and how they interfere with your everyday life. For instance, if you have difficulty walking or standing on your feet for long periods 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.
- Telling your doctor all of the symptoms and injuries you’re experiencing and how they impact your life.
- Following your doctor’s advice precisely.
- Keeping your lawyer informed about the medical care you’re receiving, job loss, and any changes in your phone number or address.
- Making all of your social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) private, and refraining from posting anything about your personal injury case.
How To Determine if You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury cases encompass a wide range of events, from auto accidents to medical malpractice to premises liability. Injuries from these accidents can have far-reaching effects on the lives of victims and their families. Personal injury claims aim to recover damages for the physical, emotional, and monetary losses suffered.
If you were injured or a loved one was lost due to the negligence or error of another, you may have a case for compensation. It is essential to consult with a distinguished Orlando personal injury lawyer to evaluate your claim and ensure you are pursuing all avenues for just recompense.
Unfortunately, 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 an attorney at Colling Gilbert Wright as soon as possible.
What to Look For in an Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
There are many personal injury attorneys in Florida, which makes it challenging to narrow down your search. With so many options available, how will you know what to look for? How can you determine which lawyer is the right fit for your individual needs and the specifics of your case?
It is important to thoroughly research potential candidates before deciding on your personal injury lawyer. We recommend that you:
- Look up the attorney’s record with The Florida Bar, and make sure they have a solid success rate in previous cases.
- Find out if the attorney is board-certified in civil trial law by The Florida Bar or the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Many competent lawyers are not board-certified, but board certification is one way of evaluating your attorney’s experience and qualifications as recognized by their peers.
- Ask any potential attorney to provide you with references from previous clients and check them. 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 practiced in medical malpractice might not be the best person to handle your car 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 they can’t promise to be by your side throughout your case, keep looking.
- Ask about fees up front. 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 critical to find out the specifics of the contingency fee beforehand 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 feedback from the lawyer’s peers that will help you evaluate their experience, skills, and ethics.
It is crucial 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 Personal Injury Attorneys?
Colling Gilbert Wright has helped injured clients recover tens of millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements. More importantly, our attorneys have developed a reputation for our care and dedication, helping victims and their families find justice and a modicum of peace and hope after terrible accidents that have forever changed their lives.
We are dedicated to serving our neighbors in Florida and beyond, and we strive to represent them with empathy and integrity. It’s not enough for us to just do the right thing for our clients. We must do the exceptional thing.
Those who are at fault for your losses need to be held accountable. Our attorneys will evaluate your claim for FREE and represent you on a contingency fee basis—that means you won’t pay us until we recover compensation.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to another’s negligence or error, please contact the Orlando personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright. Call us today at (407) 712-7300, contact us online, or fill out the form on this page to schedule your FREE case evaluation. We look forward to helping you pursue the justice you deserve.