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Heintz Law, we have the experience and knowledge needed to litigate your personal injury, wrongful death, or auto accident claim successfully. Our personal injury attorneys — serving Sarasota, Bradenton, and Florida clients — are available for a free consultation to review your case and advise whether you have a right to financial compensation for your injuries. Renowned for our impressive track record of verdicts and settlements, our attorneys will protect your rights as a victim and provide expert guidance throughout the legal process. If you have additional questions, contact the personal injury attorneys at our Bradenton, Florida, office to schedule a consultation and case review.

Q: What Counts as a Personal Injury?

When someone else is negligent or causes harm, an individual can suffer physical or mental injury, known as a Personal Injury (PI). Various situations, such as car accidents, medical malpractice, slips and falls, defective products, and workplace accidents, can cause this type of injury. In some cases, the injury may be intentional. Regardless of the cause, if someone else’s negligence or wrongful act has caused you harm, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.

Q: What Does "Negligence" Mean?

Negligence is a legal concept that refers to the failure of an individual or entity to use reasonable care to prevent harm to others. Negligence can take many forms, such as failing to do something that a reasonably careful person would have done in the same situation or acting in a way that a sufficiently careful person would not have acted. When someone is injured due to another's negligence, they may be entitled to compensation for their losses.

Q: What Are The Signs I Should Pursue a Personal Injury claim?

If you have been injured due to another person's negligence, you may be able to make a personal injury claim.

Q: What Are “Damages,” And Can I Seek Them In My Personal Injury claim?

Damages are a form of compensation that can be sought in a personal injury claim. They are intended to compensate for any losses or expenses incurred from an accident, such as physical and emotional injuries, loss of earning capacity, outstanding medical bills and out-of-pocket costs, lost wages, and property damage. Damages can also include pain and suffering, the physical and emotional distress caused by the injury.

Q: Will the Insurance Company Of The “At-Fault” Individual Pay For My Doctor Bills As They Occur?

When it comes to medical bills, the insurance company of the “at-fault” individual will not pay for them as they occur. Your insurance policy will cover the first $10,000 of damages under your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. However, any medical bills that exceed this amount must be handled by you. This is why filing a Personal Injury claim is so important; it allows you to be compensated for damages that exceed your PIP insurance.

Q: What Is “No-Fault” or “PIP” Insurance Coverage?

Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, is a type of insurance coverage required by law in the state of Florida. This type of insurance is known as “no-fault” because it covers individuals regardless of who was at fault for an accident. To comply with the law, every vehicle owner and driver must have $10,000 in PIP insurance coverage.

The individual's respective insurance company pays out PIP benefits if they are involved in an accident. The benefits cover 80% of medical bills and 60% of lost wages, but any additional expenses must be recovered from the at-fault party. Having PIP coverage ensures that individuals will receive some financial assistance after an accident, even if they were not responsible for causing it.

Q. How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

We work on a contingency basis for personal injury claims such as a fatal car accidents. A contingency fee basis means we do not charge you anything unless we win a settlement in or out of court. This fee structure ensures we work hard for your case and that you don't have even more out-of-pocket expenses during a stressful time. We also offer contingency fee schedules for other practice areas, such as:

Q. The Insurance Company Said I Don't Need An Attorney—Is That True?

When dealing with an insurance company, it is essential to remember that their interests are not necessarily the same as yours. While it may be tempting to take their advice at face value, it is illegal for a non-attorney, such as an insurance adjuster, to provide legal advice. It is always best to seek out the opinion of a personal injury lawyer who can provide you with an unbiased legal opinion regarding your case and your rights. That's just one more answer on our personal injury lawyer FAQs page.

Q. When Is The Right Time To Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or are involved in an accident at work, you must contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The statute of limitations, which refers to the period that legal action is allowed, may begin at the time of the injury in personal injury cases. This means that if you wait too long to contact a lawyer, you may not be able to pursue legal action. An experienced lawyer at Heintz can help you decide if your claim is valid and advise you on the best course of action.

Q. How Much is My Case Worth?

When determining how much your case is worth, it is essential to remember that no lawyer or law firm can give you an exact dollar value right away. This is because each case is unique and must be thoroughly investigated to determine the extent of injuries sustained, medical costs, lost wages, future expenses, and pain and suffering. Only after a thorough investigation can a lawyer accurately assess your case's potential value.

Q. Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If another party's recklessness, carelessness, or negligence has caused you to suffer a severe personal injury, you should contact a lawyer. Typically, victims who attempt to recoup compensation on their own receive smaller settlements than those who enlist the services of experienced personal injury attorneys.

At Heintz Law, our personal injury attorneys handle claims involving, among other things:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Victims of Drunk Drivers
  • Uninsured Motorists
  • Boating Accidents
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Bad Faith Insurance

Contact an injury lawyer at the Sarasota-area office of Heintz Law to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation. We will evaluate your claim and help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.

Q. Who Can I Sue for a Personal Injury?

Anyone who suffers a personal injury due to someone else's reckless or negligent actions may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Whether your injury was sustained in a motor vehicle or construction accident or as a result of a defective product or unsafe premises, you can bring a claim against the responsible party. Additionally, you may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim if you have lost a loved one.

Q. What Financial Compensation Can I Receive in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

One of the most common personal injury lawyer FAQs is about financials. There is no guarantee of compensatory damages that could be awarded during personal injury litigation since these types of cases can vary greatly. However, the following are some of the considerations when verdicts and settlements are awarded:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages or earning capacity
  • Pain and suffering
  • Long-term care costs
  • Property damage
  • Physical pain
  • Loss of mental capacity
  • Physical and mental anguish
  • Loss of life/companionship
  • Disfigurement

If you have any additional questions, contact the personal injury attorneys at the Sarasota-area firm of Heintz Law in Bradenton, Florida to schedule a consultation and case review.

Q. What Do Juries Not Know?

With decades of collective experience representing clients in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, each personal injury lawyer at Heintz Law has developed an intimate understanding of the American jury system. Many plaintiffs assume jurors are given more background information about their claims than they are. This is why we consider it our duty to make our clients as familiar with the legal system as possible and establish reasonable expectations of how a typical jury may influence their trials.

After each witness appears on the stand, jury members are permitted to submit written questions about the testimony presented before the court. Among the most common questions are which party involved in an accident received the citation, whether the defendant is insured, and, if so, for how much. Under the law, jury members are not entitled to any of this information, nor are they given access to official accident reports filed by the plaintiff and defendant at the scene of an accident. Indeed, most judges will take careful measures to ensure that jurors are shielded from such information to reduce the risk of a mistrial.

With too many plaintiffs, this information seems crucial to a favorable verdict from the jury. However, with a talented personal injury attorney from Heintz Law on the case, our clients can be sure that their juries will be presented with all of the information they are permitted to know in a manner so thorough and compelling that they can arrive at a just consensus. Our attorneys advise clients of instances in which it may be best to request that a judge, rather than a jury, decide the case.

If you live in the Sarasota or Bradenton area or elsewhere in Florida and believe you have a viable personal injury claim, contact a lawyer from Heintz Law today to schedule a case evaluation.

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You may be eligible for compensation if you have suffered a catastrophic personal injury because of another party's negligent actions. To discuss your case, contact our injury attorneys. Serving clients in Sarasota, Bradenton, and all of Florida, we can help you recoup damages for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering.


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