Florence Personal Injury Attorney
Mistakes are part of the human experience, but what happens when someone else’s mistake becomes your nightmare? With the help of a Florence personal injury attorney from Hodges Trial Lawyers, you can pursue a personal injury claim now. Call 256-539-3110 to schedule a consultation right away.
You Deserve an Aggressive Advocate After Your Injury
You’ve been injured and you want fair compensation, but the other party’s insurance company is making you feel like you’re the one in the wrong. They’re telling you that your injury isn’t that serious, that you contributed to the accident, or that you are intentionally playing up your injury to get more money out of them. Instead of getting the support you deserve after an injury, you feel like you’re being put on trial.
That’s one of the main reasons you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. Insurance companies are very good at making victims feel like their complaints are overblown and negotiating them down to an embarrassingly low settlement.
An attorney can protect you from all of this. When an insurance company knows that you’ve retained an attorney, they know that they can’t use the same tricks they usually employ. They are forced to deal with you fairly and in good faith, which makes it far more likely that you’ll get what you truly deserve.
Why You Need an Attorney With Trial Experience
It’s not just about choosing any Florence personal injury lawyer. It’s about choosing the right attorney. When you have a personal injury claim, it’s important to select an attorney with trial experience. Why?
Most personal injury claims don’t go to court, so it might seem unnecessary to choose a lawyer that has gone to trial. Look at it from the insurance adjuster’s point of view. They do not want to go to court, because they stand to lose a lot more than they can lose in a settlement. But if the threat of going to court doesn’t seem real, they have no real reason to negotiate in good faith. If you work with a lawyer who talks a big game about going to court but has never actually taken a case to court, the insurance company knows that they can probably apply a little pressure and get what they want.
But if you choose a lawyer that has taken many cases to court, like the team at Hodges Trial Lawyers, the insurance company gets nervous. They know that if they fail to come up with a fair settlement offer, your lawyer is more than ready to head down to the courthouse and file the appropriate paperwork. This keeps them in line when they start feeling the need to push back against your requests and offers.
Cases We Take at Hodges Trial Lawyers
Our history in personal injury law shows a commitment to what is best for our clients. Some of the cases we accept include:
- Traffic accidents. Involved in an accident on busy Florence roads like Helton Drive or Darby Drive? We know that Florence’s busy roads can be difficult to navigate. We’re here to investigate your claim and push for what you’re owed.
- Pedestrian and bike accidents. If you’ve been hit while riding around the Shoal Creek Preserve or heading to the trail at Deibert Park, let us hold the negligent party accountable.
- Slips and falls. Whether you’ve fallen at someone’s private home or in a business, you could be entitled to money for your medical bills and other expenses.
- Dog bites. If you are bitten by an off-leash dog out in public or attacked by a dangerous dog at North Woof Community Dog Park, it’s likely that you’re entitled to compensation for your injuries and trauma.
- Defective products. When products are poorly designed, manufactured, or marketed, those who are injured by them can recoup their losses with a personal injury claim.
Compensation for a Personal Injury Claim
There are many types of compensation available to accident victims. Much depends on how well you document your injuries, the accident that caused them, and how they have affected your life. That’s one reason we recommend talking to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can after an accident. Starting a personal injury claim makes it easier to gather evidence, build a claim, and push for fair compensation right away. With a strong claim, you can push for compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future income opportunities
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental trauma
Part of proving that you’re owed compensation is demonstrating liability. To prove that the other party is actually liable for your injuries, you have to show that:
- They had a duty of care to you.
- They breached that duty.
- The breach of duty caused an accident.
- The accident led to your injuries.
Establishing liability looks slightly different for each type of claim. For example, consider a defective product. The manufacturer of a product has a duty of care to consumers. They are expected to take reasonable steps to minimize or eliminate injuries. If they release a product with defects that should have been caught in testing, they have breached their duty of care. Imagine that the product is a baby toy with detachable parts. While a baby is chewing on it, the part detaches and gets lodged in their throat. Had the manufacturer not breached their duty, the accident would not have happened. The baby subsequently required emergency care to recover.
Your attorney will assist you through every step of this process, ensuring that you have plenty of time to rest and recover.
Schedule Your Consultation With Hodges Trial Lawyers Now
If you’re ready to start your personal injury claim in Florence, let’s set up a time to talk and make a plan. Call Hodges Trial Lawyers at 256-539-3110 or reach out to us online to get started.