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If you have been injured in an accident, your choice of legal representation matters. Not only do you need a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer who has significant experience handling your type of case, but you also need a lawyer who is familiar with the city and who can use his or her local knowledge to help you recover maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
At Searcy Denney, we are committed to fighting for Tallahassee residents who have been harmed by others’ negligence. Located in the historic Towle House on Calhoun Street, our local attorneys bring decades of experience to fighting for victims of vehicle collisions, slips and falls, and other accidents. We also have a nationwide reputation for providing effective representation in medical malpractice and product liability litigation, and we have a long and established track record of securing just compensation for our client’s losses.
Our personal injury practice is devoted to representing individuals who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of others. Our attorneys offer skilled, compassionate, and effective legal representation, and we rely on our firm’s substantial resources to aggressively pursue maximum financial compensation for our clients. While we have a strong and deeply-rooted commitment to Tallahassee, we also have other Florida offices as well, and we are able to leverage our firm’s statewide presence to our client’s advantage.
So, how can a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer help you? Our attorneys are available to represent Tallahassee residents in cases including:
As part of the analysis in determining fault, your lawyer will need to determine whether the other party was negligent. Negligence occurs when the other party fails to act in a reasonably prudent manner that would prevent injury to others. Proving that the other party was negligent in your case can be much more complicated than you may think.
Negligence is unintentional, so you need to focus on the facts that would suggest the other party was careless. For example:
Which facts are important will depend on the nature of your case. An experienced Tallahassee personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine whether you can pursue a claim against the other party.
In some cases, the other party may have intended to cause you harm. In that situation, your attorney does not need to prove that they were negligent. Instead, they need to be able to prove that the other party intended to harm you. This requires a very different analysis from a negligence case but can be just as challenging.
Intentional tort cases often involve criminal charges, such as assault and battery. If the other party has been charged with a crime, it’s important to remember that you can still pursue a civil claim against them for compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been seriously injured, your priority should be your recovery. Follow your doctor’s orders, get the rest you need, and take whatever steps you need to regain your health. It can be incredibly overwhelming to focus on your recovery and attempt to pursue a claim for your injuries simultaneously. The paperwork, the phone calls, and collecting evidence can simply be too much when you’re recovering from a severe injury.
Even if you don’t plan to go to court, there are many ways that a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer can help:
Most non-lawyers struggle to gather the documentation they need to prove their claim and wind up settling for far less than what their claim is worth. An experienced Tallahassee personal injury lawyer can help you get fair compensation for your claim.
Almost every personal injury lawyer offers a free initial consultation. You should use this meeting as an opportunity to decide whether this attorney would be a good fit for you and whether you are confident that they have the knowledge and experience to handle your case and obtain a fair result. Here are some questions that you should consider:
Every attorney is different – they will have different personalities with different styles of communication. And while you should expect that they meet the highest professional and ethical standards, you should give some thought to the level of service you need or want.
Many clients aren’t sure what to expect when they hire a lawyer. While we can’t speak for other firms, here is what you should expect when you work with a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer from our firm:
According to data published by the CDC, over 4.7 million dog bites happen each year in the United States. Children aged 4-9 years of age are most at risk when it comes to dog bite injuries. Whatever the age of the individual bitten by a dog, the CDC estimates that 1 in 5 dog bite injury victims will require emergency medical care.
Under Florida Statute Ch. 767.04 titled “Dog owner’s liability for damages to persons bitten,” the owner of a dog will be liable for the damages caused by a bite injury when:
This means that as long as a person was not trespassing and breaking the law, the dog owner will be liable for the damages of the bite.
However, when it comes to children, the situation is different. Children are not considered rational actors by the court, as they do not have the reasoning ability to understand the consequences of their actions. This is why both dog owners and property owners, as we’ll discuss below, must take extra care to keep children safe from hazards.
If you are a property owner and have a pool on the premises, it is essential that you have access-controlled fences around the pool. To ensure that a child does not accidentally wander into the pool area if the gate is left unlocked, it is best to have gates open outwards with an automatic latch on the inside to keep it shut when it closes.
When a child is injured or dies in a pool as a result of non-present or insufficient security measures on behalf of the property owner, they could be liable for the damages. As a property owner, securing the pool is common sense, as it keeps your children, pets, and any persons with mental disabilities from accidentally falling into the pool.
Has your child been injured at a pool? Discussing your case with a personal injury lawyer is helpful to determine if the unique facts and circumstances of the injury provide the basis for a personal injury claim to collect on your costs and damages.
A child is not capable of filing an insurance claim or a lawsuit to collect compensation for the costs and damages linked to their injuries. However, the child’s parents or guardians can, as they will ultimately be responsible for the financial and emotional burden associated with the injury.
If your child has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone or something else, you should reach out to a Tallahassee personal injury lawyer, as you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. For example, a pool owner has a duty to secure the pool so it is not a risk to wandering children. If the property owner breaches their duty to secure the pool, causing an accident, and that accident results in damages, that property owner is negligent and may be held legally responsible for the associated damages.
A dog bite injury is a personal injury, and a personal injury claim is worth what the evidence can prove the related costs and damages will be. Generally, the main parts of a personal injury claim are medical expenses, lost wages while recovering, lost earnings potential due to any lingering disability, lost enjoyment of life, and potentially pain and suffering.
Your medical costs are measured through first the emergency room bills, then through follow-up opinions to measure and predict the future medical costs associated with your injuries. This includes any ongoing treatment, rehabilitation, surgeries, medications, and other medical necessities from the time of your injury through the remainder of your life.
The purpose of collecting damages for your dog bite injury or other personal injury is to be put in as close a position as possible as though the accident has not happened. When your finances change due to medical costs and an impact on your ability to work, compensation is meant to make up for that. If your injuries will lead to a loss of enjoyment in life and ongoing pain and suffering, you can also collect compensation for those negative changes in your life.
Your personal injury handles your entire claim, which begins with collecting evidence to accurately and completely measure the costs and damages linked to your injury. To collect, it must be proven that the other party was negligent. Your attorney will collect evidence in support of your case and carefully assess the unique facts and circumstances that led to your injury to identify the liable party.
Your initial consultation is risk-free and cost-free, and we only get paid if we win on your case. You’ll pay nothing up-front, and nothing out-of-pocket, ever. This is because we take personal injury cases on contingency, which means that we only get paid if we win, out of a portion of the earnings that we’ll agree upon before getting started.
During your free initial case assessment, we’ll collect some basic information about your injuries and the accident that caused them. From there we’ll be able to determine if we can take your case. If we can, we’ll discuss how our attorney-client relationship works, answer any questions you might have, and when we are in agreement we’ll get moving on your case. Working with a personal injury attorney helps to ensure that you collect the amount of compensation to which you are entitled while removing the stress of the complex and time-consuming claims process from your day-to-day life.
If you have questions about your legal rights after an accident in Tallahassee, we encourage you to get in touch. Our injury attorneys can explain everything you need to know. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation as soon as possible, give us a call at 888-549-7011 or tell us how we can help online today.