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]

How is Injury Claim Amounts Determined?

Determining the monetary amount of an injury claim in Florida isn’t an easy task. Courts will look at multiple factors, including the amount of “fault” that can be attributed to each party. Assignment of fault will significantly impact any monetary compensation.

A variety of websites offer calculators designed to help people determine their potential financial award, but without knowledge of the law, they’re not much help. The legal process is highly complicated and the only true way to get an idea of what a monetary injury claim might yield is by consulting with a lawyer.

A multiplier method is typically used to ascertain monetary award amounts. Economic damages are multiplied by a number ranging from 1-5. The amount is commiserate with the severity of the injury and level of fault. Further complicating the award process are the types of damages that could be recovered, depending upon the circumstances. They include:

  • Non-economic damages such as inconvenience, loss of companionship of a wife, husband or companion, inconvenience, and pain and suffering
  • Economic damages can include lost earnings, out of pocket expenses, the cost of any medical treatment both current and future, the loss of future earnings, and property damage
  • Punitive damages is the punishment aspect

Florida has a highly complex range of elements that are taken into account when determining a monetary award. Those elements encompass predictable items such as marriage in the case of pain and suffering, but determinations can even vary according to the county where an accident and/or injury occurred.

There are also very specific deadlines for filing a claim, though in some circumstances the deadline might be shorter or be extended. Florida law also sets caps on damages that can be claimed. Those are just some of the reasons why consulting with a lawyer is always in an individual’s best interest if they’ve been injured.

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]

Personal Injury Lawyer

A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who provides legal services to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence of another person, company, government agency or any entity. Personal injury lawyers primarily practice in the area of law known as tort law. Examples of common personal injury claims include injuries from slip and fall accidents, traffic collisions, defective products, workplace injuries, and professional malpractice.

The term “trial lawyers” is used to refer to personal injury lawyers, even though many other types of lawyers, including defense lawyers and criminal prosecutors, also appear in trials and even though most personal injury claims are settled without going to trial.

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At The Law Offices of Theodore H Enfield P.A. our personal injury lawyers must qualify to practice law in the jurisdiction in which the lawyer practices. In many states, they must also pass a written ethics examination.

Lawyers may take continuing legal education or (CLE) classes in order to learn about developments in the law or to learn about new practice areas. In states that require personal injury lawyers or lawyers in general to attend CLE, personal injury lawyers may take CLE courses relevant to personal injury law but are not required to do so.

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Certain bar associations and attorney organizations offer certifications, including certification of lawyers in the field of personal injury. Certification is not required to practice personal injury law but may help a lawyer demonstrate knowledge in the field to potential clients. Within the U.S., not all state bars offer certification for personal injury law. Some states, such as New Jersey allow lawyers to become Certified Trial Attorneys, a credential that is available to both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Some states, such as Arizona, restrict the use of the words “specialist” or “specialize” to lawyers who have obtained a certification from the State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in a specific field of law, with one such certification being in the area of personal injury law.

Personal Injury Lawyer Practices

Lawyers may concentrate their practice to specific areas of law, including personal injury law. Some lawyers may further specialize in a specific area of personal injury, such as medical malpractice law. By limiting the range of cases they handle, personal injury lawyers are able to acquire specialized knowledge and experience.

Personal Injury Lawyer and Client Relations

Before accepting a new case, a personal injury lawyer typically interviews a prospective client and evaluates the client’s case to determine the basic facts and potential legal claims that might be made, identifies possible defendants, and evaluates the strength of the case. A lawyer may decline to accept a case if the lawyer believes that the legal claims will not succeed in court or if the cost of litigation is expected to exceed the amount that can reasonably be recovered from the defendants as compensation for the client’s injury.

The Law Offices Of Theodore H. Enfield P.A.

Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. provides full legal services in the areas of Personal Injury Law, Workers Compensation, Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence, and Consumer Protection. We believe that everyone is entitled to an understanding and reliable attorney when facing a legal matter.  Our firm provides legal representation in matters concerning:

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Whether you need a Personal Injury Lawyer, Divorce Lawyer, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Workers Compensation 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.

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