Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers
Serious personal injury or death can occur in an infinite number of ways. Car and truck accidents, an accident at work, a construction accident, a slip and fall, transportation accidents, boating accidents or defective products are among just a few. The number of ways an accident can cause personal injuries is virtually limitless. The injured person or the family of the deceased should not be forced to simply live with the consequences of avoidable accidents.and common sense require that those who cause harm through negligent conduct should be held accountable for the damages they cause.
The law protects us from the negligence of others by giving everyone the right to prosecute a civil case against who negligently harmed someone. This is a protection that has helped make our roads safer and manufactured products safer as well.
Experience, courage, creativity, respect
At Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices, our personal injury and wrongful death lawyers practice in a variety of areas:
- Auto Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Premises Liability
- Wrongful Death
When faced with catastrophic injury (such as quadriplegia, paraplegia, brain injury, burn injury, amputation, complex regional pain syndrome, blindness, etc.) or the wrongful death of a loved one, an injured person’s limited knowledge of the law coupled with stressful circumstances makes seeking legal advice soon after an accident a wise decision. You should have an experienced, courageous, creative and respected lawyer to help you through the legal maze. Special knowledge of physics, medicine, engineering and economics are all a part of the arsenal of a good personal injury lawyer. The personal injury lawyers at Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices know how to find and talk to experts in various fields, and how to interpret their records, reports, and opinions. We also know how to effectively discredit the experts hired by insurance defense lawyers.
Retain a personal injury lawyer you trust
Less experienced lawyers sometimes miss claims that might not be obvious at first or that might take some research. They also may lack the creativity or resources necessary to investigate and pursue all available claims. At Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices, we look at all avenues for recovery. For instance, while on-the- job injuries are usually covered by workers compensation, if someone other than a co-employee or your employer contributes to the cause of the injury, then a lawsuit against that "third party" for additional recovery might be appropriate. In many cases, there might be multiple parties responsible for causing a serious injury or death. For example, while a driver of another car might be at fault for an accident, other contributing factors—like a poorly designed or maintained roadway or a defect in one of the vehicles involved—might give rise to liability against additional defendants. We work hard to make sure that all parties responsible for an injury or death are held accountable.
Even when the defendant does not have insurance (or not enough insurance) to compensate you for your injuries, the lawyers at Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices have solutions. For example, in an automobile accident, truck accident or motorcycle accident, if the party that caused the injury or death does not have enough insurance coverage, you may have an additional claim under your own automobile “uninsured” or “underinsured” motorist coverage. This may even be available if you were a pedestrian or a passenger in someone else’s vehicle. An open-minded, experienced and creative personal injury attorney, like those at Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices, will find the best methods and sources of recovery for you.
Damages & Recovery
Every case has three major parts – liability (proving the defendant’s fault in negligence of a legal duty), causation (proving the link between the defendant’s conduct and your damages) and damages (proving the fair and reasonable value of your losses). A good and reputable trial lawyer can make a sizable difference not only in being able to win your case, but also in maximizing the type and amount of damages you ultimately recover. Please see our Resources page for information on how to obtain accident reports, government agencies to report to, medical information and insurance and consumer information. These resources can be quite helpful in making sure you have the information we need to best evaluate your case.
Timing is a critical factor in any case. Early assistance and preparation are the keys to obtaining successful results. Critical evidence must be preserved and witnesses must be located and contacted as soon as possible. Doctors in appropriate specialties must also be consulted. Evaluation by experts in fields such as medicine, engineering, product design, an accident reconstruction might be critical to the eventual outcome of your case as well. Once you are represented by an attorney, your opponent’s insurance company or their attorney can no longer contact you directly, which they often will do to obtain a statement that they will attempt to use against you later in your case. Protect yourself and your case by securing an attorney right away.
Filing a claim
Questions naturally arise about how, when and where claims must be filed. Failure to timely file certain claims with the proper agencies or courts may result in complete forfeiture of your case. For example, in Florida, most lawsuits against a private person or entity must be filed within two years of the accident or the claim will be barred by the statute of limitations. Claims against public entities, such as cities, counties, the state or a public agency, must be filed within six months of the accident. If the claim falls under federal law, different rules may apply. These and other factors critical to successfully pursuing your right to recovery are reasons why you should contact an attorney at Jeff T. Gorman Law Offices immediately.