A personal injury can be a devastating experience. Missed work days, lost wages, mounting medical bills and other expenses related to an injury can add up quickly. The situation is only made worse if your injuries are the result of another person or company’s negligence and could have been avoided.
The Davie personal injury lawyers at Gordon & Doner know the effects of an unexpected injury. We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of the injured and working to help them get the maximum compensation they need to put their lives back together and recover from an injury. Through a free, no obligation consultation, we will review your claim and immediately get to work building a strong case on your behalf. We work on a contingency fee basis and will not charge any fees unless you recover compensation.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle
With more than 200 years of combined legal experience, our Davie personal injury lawyers have handled a variety of personal injury cases, including:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Boating collisions
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Construction accidents
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective medical devices
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Slip and fall accidents
- Truck accidents
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
We are committed to helping injury victims obtain the compensation they need to recover from their injuries or the death of a loved one. Throughout our more than two decades of experience in South Florida, our team of injury attorneys has recovered millions in verdicts and settlements.
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Injuries Caused by Negligence
Most personal injuries are caused by another person’s negligence or carelessness. Whether another motorist ran a red light and caused your car accident in Davie, or if a doctor failed to diagnose a debilitating medical condition, your injuries could have been avoided had the individual provided an acceptable standard of care.
In order to seek financial compensation for your injuries and losses, you will first have to demonstrate that the at-fault party’s negligence caused your injuries. To do this, you must prove that:
- The defendant had a duty to keep you safe from harm.
- The defendant breached that duty by acting, or failing to act, in a certain way.
- The defendant’s actions, or inaction, were a direct cause of your injuries.
Through a free consultation, our Davie personal injury lawyers will investigate your claim to determine if you have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.
How Comparative Fault Affects Your Case
In some situations, a victim will be partially to blame for his or her injuries. For instance, if a victim was speeding at the time of a car accident, he or she may be partially liable for the accident and resulting injuries.
Fortunately Florida’s comparative fault law allows a victim to recover compensation if he or she is partly to blame for his or her injuries. However, the compensation award will be reduced by the percentage of fault the victim had in contributing to the accident.
For example, if you were speeding at the time of the accident and were found to be 20 percent liable for causing the collision, your compensation award will be reduced by 20 percent. If you were asking for $10,000, you will only be able to recover $8,000.
It is not uncommon for both parties to attempt to place blame on the other. Insurance companies and the defendant will likely try to place as much blame on the victim as possible to limit their payout.
Our Davie personal injury lawyers will make sure you are not blamed for more than your percentage of fault in causing the accident. We will reconstruct the accident, gather all evidence and build a strong claim that proves the defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. We are committed to helping you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
Getting Compensation for Your Injury Claim
The compensation you may be entitled to will vary depending on the circumstances of your claim. We will thoroughly investigate every detail of your incident to determine exactly what your case is worth. You may be able to recover a variety of types of compensation, such as:
Reimbursement for Medical Expenses
This type of compensation will repay you for reasonable medical expenses you have incurred related to your injuries, as well as those that may come up in the future. This includes ambulance transportation, hospital stays, doctors’ appointments, specialty doctors’ appointments like chiropractors, prescription medications, medical equipment, lab test, MRIs, and other tests and exams.
If your injuries caused you to miss work, it may be possible to recover compensation for the wages you lost. We must be able to verify your normal rate of pay before your injury and how many days and hours you missed.
Lost Earning Capacity
If your injuries limit your ability to return to work and earn income in the future, we may be able to recover compensation that can help make up for the income you will lose.
Many accident cases, especially car accidents, involve damage to personal property. It may be possible to recover compensation to pay for the cost to repair your damaged property.
Pain and Suffering
Injuries can leave you suffering from physical pain and discomfort as well as emotional distress. You may be able to recover compensation for the physical effects of your injuries and any necessary surgeries, rehabilitation, and medical treatment and medications, as well as the psychological effects, which could include anxiety, depression, nightmares and insomnia.
Loss of Enjoyment of Life
Severe injuries will greatly impact a victim’s life. It may be possible to recover compensation for the loss of the ability to enjoy everyday activities, including hobbies and the company of friends that you enjoyed before.
Effects on Your Relationships
Also known as loss of consortium, this provides compensation for the effects your injuries have on your relationships with family members, such as loss of comfort, love, companionship, support and affection.
Wrongful Death Damages
This type of compensation attempts to put a monetary value on the damages associated with losing a loved one and can include compensation for funeral and burial expenses, lost income, and lost benefits, as well as noneconomic damages, such as loss of companionship, emotional support and more.
These types of damages are only awarded in rare cases involving gross negligence. They are meant as a punishment for the defendant and to discourage similar behavior from occurring again. In Florida, punitive damages are capped and cannot exceed $500,000 or three times the total recovery, whichever is larger.
Learn more about your legal options and how our Davie personal injury lawyers can help you recover the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact Gordon & Doner today for a free case review.
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How a Personal Injury Lawsuit Works
The process for recovering compensation after an injury can be complicated. In many cases, the process will begin with filing a claim with your insurance company or the insurer for the at-fault party.
It may be possible to quickly recover a settlement offer for the compensation you deserve. However, in most cases, our Davie personal injury lawyers will have to negotiate with the insurance company to obtain a fair amount.
In some situations, the insurance company will be unwilling to provide the amount you deserve. At this point, we will explore your legal options and may file a personal injury lawsuit against the insurance company or the at-fault party.
The Lawsuit Process
- The first step is for your accident lawyer to file a complaint with the court. This document will outline what the defendant has done wrong and how those wrongs can be corrected. In most cases, this will require the defendant paying a certain amount of damages.
- From here, attorneys on both sides will begin the discovery process and will exchange information, investigate the allegations and gather evidence to build their cases. This process can last several weeks or several months and can involve interviewing witnesses, obtaining medical records from your doctors, reviewing accident reports from the Davie Police Department Records Division, recreating the accident scene and analyzing other evidence.
- A settlement can be reached at any point before the trial. In most cases, a settlement will be reached out of court before the case goes to trial. Our Davie personal injury lawyers will ensure the settlement is for the amount you deserve. If it is not, we will negotiate a better offer or may have to take the case to trial. Throughout this process we will discuss with you the options that are in your best interest.
- If a settlement cannot be reached, both sides will present their case before a judge and jury where a verdict will be reached. If our case is successful and the judge rules in our favor, he or she will order the defendant to pay the victim a certain amount of money.
Our Davie personal injury attorneys will guide you throughout the lawsuit process and will answer any questions you may have. We will always work with your best interests in mind and will do everything we can to obtain a positive outcome in your case.
Deadlines for Filing a Claim
It is important to note that there are strict deadlines for filing personal injury lawsuits. These statutes of limitations, as defined in Florida Statutes Annotated section 95.11, require that all claims be filed within a certain amount of time after an accident. If this deadline passes, the victim will lose his or her opportunity to file a claim.
- For personal injury cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim.
- This is also the same deadline for filing a product liability case. However, the product liability deadline can be extended to begin on the date that you discovered your injury was caused by a defective product, but no more than 12 years from when it was purchased.
- Claims against the state, county or city government must be filed within three years from the date of the incident that caused your injury.
- Medical malpractice claims must be filed within two years of the injury or from when you first discovered the injury.
- Similarly, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years from the date of the death.
Experienced Davie Personal Injury Lawyers
Having represented the injured throughout South Florida for more than two decades, the attorneys at Gordon & Doner understand that recovering compensation for your injuries and losses can be critical for getting back on your feet and putting your life back together after an accident.
We will work quickly and diligently to resolve your claim as rapidly as possible, though we are not afraid to take a case to trial to recover fair compensation. We are experienced trial attorneys with the knowledge and resources necessary to take on insurance companies and other large corporations to fight for the best interests of our clients.
Under the leadership of partner Gary Paige, our personal injury lawyers in Davie have the skills and resources to fight for your rights. Paige and many members of our team are accomplished attorneys who have earned an AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest rating for legal ability. In 2016, one of Paige’s verdicts obtained in a case against big tobacco was named among Courtroom View Network’s top ten plaintiff’s verdicts for the year.
With a proud record of recovering favorable verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, our Davie personal injury lawyers are committed to working for the injured, not the powerful. We do not represent insurance companies or other large corporations, but instead are dedicated to working on behalf of the injured to help them recover what they are owed after an accident.
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We Do Not Get Paid Unless You Do
At Gordon & Doner, our accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means we cover the costs of investigating, building, negotiating and litigating your claim. We do not charge you anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf. If we do not win your claim, you will owe us nothing.
Our Davie personal injury lawyers also provide free consultations to review the details of your claim and determine if you have a case.
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If you or someone you love has been injured because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you need a reputable attorney by your side who is familiar with the laws and regulations in Florida.
Our Davie personal injury lawyers are well-versed in personal injury litigation and have been recognized by our peers for our achievements. Several our attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers and prestigious litigators for their accomplishments on behalf of our clients.
We have recovered favorable verdicts and settlements that were instrumental in helping our clients recover from their injuries or the loss of a loved one. Let us help you recover the maximum amount of compensation you deserve for your injuries.