Is my Injury Worth Contacting a Lawyer?

Thousands of people are injured each year at work, on the road, and while shopping or visiting friends. You can’t absolutely rely on your insurance company – or the other person’s insurance carrier – to cover the cost of medical care and lost wages. That’s why you should always contact a lawyer if you’ve sustained an injury.

What you may not know is that some injuries may not be immediately obvious and complications can develop down the road. If you’ve been injured, it’s imperative that you seek the services of a physician. He/she will know the appropriate tests to conduct or can refer you to a specialist if needed. A doctor should clear you of all injuries and potential complications. If he/she can’t do that, hire an attorney.

There are some instances and circumstances in which the services of an attorney are absolutely necessary. One of those is if your insurance company or that of the other party is refusing to cover expenses or otherwise being uncooperative. Another is if someone died as a result of an accident.

If there’s any dispute over who was at fault, you’re definitely going to need to hire a lawyer. Other situations when a lawyer is essential include if multiple people were injured. Obtain a copy of the accident report to ensure it’s accurate. Any discrepancies are a sure sign that contacting an attorney is the right course of action.

Broken bones, internal injuries, long hospital stays, and loss of income should always be addressed by a lawyer, as should any medical-related treatment that will cost a minimum of $2,000. You’ll also need a lawyer for non-economic losses encompassing loss of companionship, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. A lawyer can help you determine if an injury is such that you’ll need his/her unique expertise.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

Florida Divorce: How Property is Divided

Divorce is seldom an amicable process and the second most contentious issue is the division of property. In Florida, the courts recognize two types of property – marital and non-marital. They’re divided differently than in other states, since there’s no community property law in Florida.

Marital property encompasses assets obtained during the marriage. Non-marital property includes assets that each individual had prior to the marriage. During a divorce, the court has the final say about what marital property goes to each individual. The division won’t necessarily be a 50-50 split, but it will be a division the court views as equitable.

Marital Property

Determining what is marital and non-marital property is a highly complex process. Property can’t be protected simply by maintaining it in one of the spouse’s name. If one spouse purchases something for themselves with their own money during the marriage, it’s still viewed as marital property.

Appreciation of an asset or business is also considered, along with joint funds that may have been used toward an individual’s pre-marriage property. Gifts are considered marital property and the court will typically divide the value equally, but it may mean the recipient won’t be able to retain ownership. Certain retirement benefits are also subject to division as marital property.

Non-Marital Property

Property acquired prior to a marriage is considered non-marital property, not viewed as part of the marital estate, and remains with the purchaser. Gifts and inheritances can be tricky territory, but they’re generally considered non-marital property, even if they were acquired during the marriage. Couples can also exclude property and assets by mutual agreement when a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement is in force.

Difficult Decisions

It’s essential to have the representation of a lawyer experienced in divorce proceedings. In many situations, marital and non-marital assets have been combined or otherwise comingled such as bank accounts and bill paying, which can make divisions more complicated.

During a divorce, the court will also consider and divide any liabilities and debts the couple owes. It’s critical to have an experienced lawyer from the beginning. Once the court has rendered its decision, it will be almost impossible to have any aspect changed or modified.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

Car Accident Overwhelm? Hire a Lawyer

A serious car accident can easily overwhelm an individual, and not just in terms of injuries, property damage or financial liability. Those that have been in an accident may also suffer from emotional issues, be looking at loss of income, and need to deal with what may seem like an insurmountable mountain of forms and phone calls from insurance company and HR representatives.

The solution is hiring a lawyer experienced in accident claims. He/she will be an advocate, spokesperson, and help individuals successfully navigate every step of the claims process. An attorney can assist with litigation should difficulties be encountered with insurance companies. Never cash or deposit a check from any insurance company until a lawyer has been consulted. Doing so could rob you of future benefits.

It’s extremely difficult to deal with paperwork and other details when an individual is experiencing pain and the potential for life-changing injuries. There will be a certain amount of shock, worry about medical bills, and even concern about retaining employment if the individual will need to be off work for a significant amount of time. A lawyer can also help in the event that a client is permanently disabled.

One of the things that a lawyer will do is obtain all the pertinent documentation required to deal with insurance adjusters, the settlement process, and the court system if litigation is required. One of the most valuable services a lawyer provides is alleviating stress, allowing clients to focus on healing and regaining their health.

Even with auto and health insurance, individuals often encounter difficulties in terms of paying for medical costs resulting from an accident. Some insurance companies will try to shift the financial responsibility, causing an additional level of anxiety on a client that has already suffered. A lawyer will minimize anxiety, deal with entities on a client’s behalf, and help ensure they receive all the benefits to which they’re entitled.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

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