Answers To Your FAQs About Serious Injury Claims
Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. has built a reputation for taking on the serious personal injury cases many others avoid. We routinely recover full and fair compensation for catastrophic, life-altering injuries like traumatic brain injury, paralysis and organ failure, as well as wrongful death. Building such claims requires extensive resources and enough capital to ensure that the case can be taken all the way to appeal, if necessary. Our firm possesses both.
Because of our record of success in recovering significant verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients, many people seek out our Coral Gables-based law firm for answers. Here is a brief overview of some of the most frequent questions we get, but feel free to schedule your own free consultation with one of our attorneys if you have further questions.
How much will pursuing a claim cost me?
Most personal injury firms, including ours, handle claims on a contingency fee basis. That means the firm’s payment depends on whether it wins the case for you. If you win your case, any attorney fees, fees for expert witnesses, accident reconstruction costs and other expenses are deducted from the final amount of the settlement or jury verdict.
This means there are no upfront costs to you. Some firms aim to settle cases quickly so they get paid faster, resulting in less overall compensation for clients. Our firm does not employ such tactics. We have the capital and commitment to invest in our clients. We seek to ensure that their victories not only cover the costs of litigation, but also put them on sound financial footing that lasts far into the future.
What does compensation cover?
Unlike minor injuries, the types of serious injury cases we routinely represent often require long-term or even lifelong care. In addition to seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages, we pursue compensation for ongoing expenses such as:
- Additional medical procedures and rehabilitation costs associated with the injury/incident
- Vocational retraining costs
- Adaptive equipment like prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and other accessibility tools
- Home modifications and in-home nursing care (if warranted)
- Family therapy to deal with the trauma of disability, terminal illness or wrongful death
- Emotional pain and suffering associated with the accident/injury
Those who have lost loved ones prematurely may also seek compensation for funeral costs, lingering medical bills for life-saving procedures and the loss of companionship these tragedies represent.
How long will the case take?
In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim against the negligent individual or entity. For those dealing with serious trauma, this can be important since sometimes the full effect of an accident isn’t known for months or maybe even a few years. If you suspect negligence played a role in the trauma your family is facing, it might be time to talk with a lawyer about your case now, even before all the chips have fallen.
Building a claim that can stand up to court scrutiny and possibly an appeal takes time. Resolution also depends on the court’s schedule if a settlement cannot be reached. Rest assured that with our firm, we won’t take the swift, easy option that minimizes your recovery. Many of our successes have resulted in precedent-setting legislative changes that uphold victims’ rights. That means we will do what it takes to maximize the compensation you deserve.