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Being seriously injured in an accident can have life-altering consequences. From your ability to work and pay your bills to your ability to enjoy your hobbies and develop lasting memories with your family, if you are recovering from a traumatic injury – or if you have suffered a permanent disability from which you will never fully recover – your injury can have far-reaching implications in all aspects of your life. When coping with the effects of a traumatic accident, it is important to discuss your legal rights with an experienced Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyer.
Our lawyers represent accident victims in Fort Walton Beach and throughout North Florida. Regardless of what happened, if you have any reason to suspect that a defective product or someone else’s negligence may be to blame, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Our personal injury practice encompasses all types of serious accidents occurring in Fort Walton Beach and the surrounding areas of North Florida. For more than 40 years, our lawyers have been helping clients recover just compensation in cases involving:
You are not legally required to hire an attorney to pursue a personal injury claim. You should be aware, however, that insurance companies work closely with their in-house lawyers and outside counsel in deciding how to handle claims. Without a lawyer, you may be at a distinct disadvantage. Also, non-lawyers tend to settle their claims for far less than what they are worth and wind up with uncovered losses.
The prospect of going to court is understandably intimidating for most clients. The good news is that most personal injury cases settle long before they go to court. That said, for cases that won’t settle, going to court is the only way to get the compensation you deserve. A Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyer will walk you through the process and make sure you are fully prepared.
Yes, many lawyers are expensive, billing for their services on an hourly basis. Depending on the type of lawyer you need, they could charge close to one thousand dollars per hour. That said, most, if not all personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not bill for their services up-front. Instead, they take a percentage of any compensation you receive as their fee. This allows their clients to get the legal help they need without having to go out of pocket.
Almost all personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation. This is the lawyer’s opportunity to review your case and determine whether you have a claim. However, it is also your opportunity to interview the lawyer and decide whether or not they are the right fit for you. They should be willing to answer any questions you may have and make you feel comfortable that they have the experience, skill, and knowledge to handle your case successfully.
You might be surprised at how quickly the insurance company offers to settle your claim - they may make an offer within a couple of days. They do this to limit their liability because you also waive any further or future claims if you accept the settlement. As a result, you risk having losses for which you cannot seek compensation. Whether or not you should take the offer depends on the particular circumstances of your case. We recommend speaking with a Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyer before accepting the offer to better understand your options.
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the following:
It isn’t always easy to know what your case will be worth at the outset. That will depend on the extent of your injuries and your expected recovery. Even then, recovery doesn’t always go according to plan, and complications can develop. As a result, the exact dollar amount will depend on the specific circumstances of your case.
As an accident victim in Fort Walton Beach, you have a number of fundamental legal rights. For example, you are entitled to the evidence you need in order to determine who (or what company) is to blame for your injuries, and you are entitled to recover just compensation for your injury-related losses. You are also entitled to be represented by an injury law firm at all stages of the process, from investigating the cause of the accident to negotiating with the insurance companies and, if necessary, seeking just compensation at trial.
At Searcy Denney, we handle all personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis. Your initial consultation with a lawyer is complimentary and completely risk-free; and, if you choose our firm to pursue your claim, you will not pay any out-of-pocket fees or costs. You won’t pay anything at all unless we win your case; and, if you accept a settlement or secure a judgment at trial, our fees will be calculated as a percentage of your award.
To find out if you are entitled to financial compensation for your accident, please contact a Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyer to schedule your free initial consultation. You can reach us 24/7, so call 800-780-8607 or tell us about your accident online now.