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While there is no question that the world is a chaotic place in which accidents can (and do) happen, becoming injured on account of someone else’s negligence can be an expensive, complicated, and time-consuming process that no individual should have to deal with alone.

If you or someone you love has been injured in Florida or Daytona Beach due to someone else’s carelessness, then your first course of action should be to seek the help of a professional. The personal injury attorneys at Zimmet & Zimmet have over 30 years of combined experience in getting people the legal help they need to recover from injuries due to the carelessness of others.

Pursuing compensation for injuries, lost wages, and ongoing medical care is a complex process that we have been helping Florida citizens navigate for three decades. For us, it’s more than just a practice. It’s a tradition.

The Startling Cost of an Unexpected Injury

Getting hurt can be debilitatingly expensive. Even well-insured individuals can face a lifetime of out-of-pocket medical bills. This is on top of the lost wages, lost opportunities, and in some cases, lost lives that come as the cost to someone else’s carelessness.

If you are one of the unfortunate people that have suffered an injury that wasn’t your fault, then you probably have a lot of questions on your mind. Chief among them is who to trust. In the wake of an accident, insurance companies are simply not going to have your best interests in mind.

Pursuing the damages that you need to get your life back on track is going to take more than just the good faith of the institutions around you. It is going to take a team of dedicated professionals who are truly in your corner, and there to give you the personal attention that no insurance agent could ever come close to.

Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

Suffering an unexpected accident can be disorienting, to say the least. Worrying about whether or not you are taking the right steps can be a threat to your physical recovery, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to providing our clients with counsel that is accurate, up-to-date, and in line with the values of the local community.

If you have sustained injuries for any of the following accidents, then it’s time to get in touch with our personal injury attorney office in Daytona Beach:

If you are unsure whether or not your injury falls under one of the categories listed here, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our personal injury attorneys can help you understand whether or not you are entitled to personal damages.

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid the hassle of an unexpected injury is by training yourself to be aware of the most common forms of a debilitating accident. As a courtesy to our clients as well as the community, our experts have compiled the free guide Personal Injury Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents.

After all, At Zimmet & Zimmet P.L. we’d much rather see that no one has to suffer an injury in the first place.

How the Personal Injury Claim Process Begins

Once an individual has decided to pursue compensation for a personal injury accident, time is of the essence. The claim process begins with a meeting with one of our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers. Our team is comprised of experienced, client-centered professionals to walk you through the process.

First, your attorney will take the time to understand the details of your situation. This review will include all of the facts and circumstances surrounding the injury to determine if a viable lawsuit should be filed. This free consultation is available to all of our potential clients, and it is the first step in getting you the compensation that you need to recover properly.

Demand Letter

Depending on the case, the lawyer will start by sending a demand letter to the defendant, as well as their insurance company. The defendant is the person responsible for causing the injuries. This letter will clearly state:

  • What happened
  • Why the defendant is responsible or legally liable
  • What injuries were sustained
  • The nature and cost of medical treatments
  • Lost income related to the injury
  • Other requested damages

Upon receipt of the demand letter, the defendant has the option of paying the amount suggested, counter with an offer of a different dollar amount, or refusing to pay the demand all together. If both the lawyer and client find the response unsatisfactory, they proceed to the next step in the process.

Complaint

If the case is not resolved with the demand letter, or if the personal injury attorney believes a demand letter is not suitable for the case, a complaint is then filed. The word “complaint” simply refers to the legal document a lawyer files with the court, which lists the parties involved, legal claims, facts that support the claim, and a demand for judgment that details the amount of money.

Zimmet & Zimmet is a personal injury law firm in Daytona Beach, Florida. We handle cases ranging from personal injury and nursing home abuse to medical malpractice and wrongful death. Call us today (386) 255-6400 for a free consultation. Once the complaint is filed, the defendant must respond within a certain amount of time.

Discovery

Discovery is when both parties exchange information about the case. There are specific rules that govern:

  • How discovery is requested
  • What must be disclosed in discovery
  • When it must be disclosed
  • How to handle disagreements between the lawyers

During discovery, the evidence is reviewed, witnesses are interviewed, facts are investigated and people are deposed. A deposition refers to a process where the personal injury attorney for one side questions a witness from the other side. This takes place with the witness under oath, and both attorneys present.

We recognize that depositions tend to be one of the most anxiety-inducing stages of the process, especially for those who are recovering from an injury. We believe that the key to reducing this anxiety for our clients, as well as the key to an effective discovery process in general, is thorough preparation.

Our personal injury attorneys are trained to make sure that you are never entering a situation without all the tools and confidence you need to get the damages you deserve.

Negotiations

Once all of this information has been reviewed, both lawyers will enter into negotiations to try and settle the case. While lawyers are not required to settle cases short of trial, most do. There are several good reasons to consider settlement:

  • Settlements provide certainty in the result for both parties
  • Settlements are final, and unlike trials, are generally not appealable
  • Witnesses are not required to testify
  • Both parties save on the time and money required for trial preparation

When cases resolve in a negotiated settlement, our Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers discuss terms, which must ultimately be approved by their clients. Once a settlement offer has been made, it’s a lawyer’s legal responsibility to inform their client about the benefits and risks of settlement versus trial.

If we think that a settlement is going to be in your best interest considering the circumstances, then we will let you know. We will also walk you through the realities of what a trial would look like and what the chances are that you will be rewarded the full damages that you deserve.

While some personal injury attorneys will take the first settlement offer as a matter of policy, we won’t rest until we believe that you are getting the best offer possible to help you with the damages.

At the end of the day, however, our client is the one who decides whether or not to take the settlement or proceed to trial. Either way, we’ll be there to guide you until the end.

Trial

When cases cannot be resolved, a trial takes place. Trials can take place in front of a judge directly, or to a jury. In the trial, each lawyer makes opening statements, witnesses are interviewed and subject to cross examination, the evidence is introduced through testimony and exhibits, and the lawyers give closing arguments. The judge or jury then makes a decision about whether to award damages and if so, in what amount. This decision is appealable by either side. Appealing a decision can extend the length of a case by months or even years.

Contact Our Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyers Today

If you have been injured, contact the Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyers at Zimmet & Zimmet at (386) 255-6400 for a free consultation. You can also visit the Resources section of our website for quick answers to any of the questions you have about moving forward with legal action.

We always put our clients first and would be happy to meet with you to discuss the specifics surrounding your injury, as well as other options that might be available to you.

 

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