Frequently Asked Questions
Let an Experienced Stuart Personal Injury Attorney Fight for You
With millions of dollars in damage awards won for our clients, we know what it takes to help you build a strong case for the compensation you need following a serious injury. If you recently suffered an accident caused by someone else who was negligent, you may be feeling confused about what to do next. At Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, our Stuart personal injury attorneys are on your side. Let us help you get what you need to recover from the damages and get back to your life as much as possible.
Below, we have posted some of the questions our clients regularly ask us. This information can help you better understand how personal injury lawsuits work. If you cannot find an answer to your question here, call our firm and schedule a free consultation. We are happy to discuss your situation and feel more confident about how to proceed.
Should I take a settlement offered by the other driver’s insurance company?
In most cases, no. If the insurance company wants to immediately settle with you following a car accident, it is because they likely realize the severity of your injuries and want to close the case before they are on the hook for more money. You should always consult with a personal injury attorney before even speaking with an insurance company.
How should I explain what happened to the insurance company?
One word: don’t. Let an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney take care of the insurance company. In many cases, claims adjusters are looking for you to make statements that will hurt your outcome. Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates can speak with the other party to negotiate the optimal outcome for your situation.
My accident left me injured and my car totaled. What do I do now?
This is the type of situation where you need help from a personal injury attorney. When an attorney is involved, insurance claims can be handled more easily, and you are more likely to get all the compensation you are actually due. Unfortunately, people with a lack of legal experience are often unable to receive the compensation they deserve.
What should I do after an accident?
This is an important question, as many people have created problems for themselves by not understanding some simple steps about personal injury proceedings.
After any car accident these steps should be taken:
- Pull over to the side of the road where it is safe to do so
- Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries
- Call the police to obtain documentation of the accident scene and your immediate injuries
- Write down names, addresses, and phone numbers of all possible witnesses
- Get the other driver’s insurance information
- Do not accept any money as a claim settlement from the at-fault driver
- Remain calm and polite, answer questions, and call your insurance company as soon as is possible
I slipped and fell on someone’s property. Whose fault is it?
Personal injury liability is determined by which party was negligent in their duty. For example, if the walkway leading up to a storefront was full of uneven surfaces and jagged corners that caused you to slip and fall, the fault would likely lie with the property owner.
You must be able to prove that:
- The property knew about the dangerous condition
- They could have fixed it but chose not to
- The dangerous condition led to your injury
- Your injury is real
In Florida, the state’s comparative negligence laws mean that your settlement will be reduced if you are found to have contributed to your accident. So, if the property owner had signage warning about the uneven surfaces and had handrails installed to provide assistance, your fall will likely be considered at least partly your fault.
Insurance companies want the best for me, right?
In almost all cases, the answer is no. Insurance carriers are in business to make money. They draft insurance coverage plans based on the likelihood of there being an accident, and they have legal experts whose sole job is to show how they are not liable for damages. You need a legal professional on your side, too. Our firm can help.
What will Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates do for me?
The attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates are skilled, qualified, and determined to assist our clients in any type of personal injury case. We have won millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we have decades of outstanding case results. While there are plenty of personal injury attorneys out there, we have a proven track record of success that you can count on to work for you.
Our firm offers free consultations, and we do not charge any fees up front. You only pay us if we are able to obtain a settlement in your favor, so you have nothing to lose by calling us right away to determine the future of your case.