Experienced Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury is a legal term that includes any injury to the body or mind, including emotional suffering.
Each of us have a social responsibility to the people around us to not cause or inflict any harm or injury. When that social duty is breached, the injured party has a right to claim compensation for the harms inflicted. The injured party is entitled to recover damages for their medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering. When an injury results in death, then the surviving family members are entitled to recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one.
You Need A Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust
Each year, Wittmer & Linehan represent hundreds of clients and their families who were injured in an accident. We treat each case as though it will proceed to trial. This allows our attorneys and staff to properly evaluate and investigate your case from the beginning and maximize your ultimate recovery. In addition, we maintain a network of expert consultants in areas such as accident reconstruction, medical evaluation, medical care planning and damage calculation. In 2017, our experienced legal team obtained the largest reported personal injury verdict in the history of Sarasota or Manatee counties.
Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Personal Injury Claims
At Wittmer | Linehan, most of our personal injury clients arriving at our door are visiting a lawyer for the first time. The court system and the legal process are usually completely foreign to them, and they do not know what to expect. Listed below are some of the questions we get most often from our personal injury clients. If you or a loved one was injured in an accident and has questions beyond the ones mentioned below, call us at 941-263-8314, or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.
When should you contact a personal injury lawyer?
If you were injured in an accident caused by the negligence or careless act of another person, business or public entity and suffered injuries severe enough to affect your ability to earn an income, generate medical expenses or reduce your quality of life, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies employ lawyers to help them keep settlement offers as low as possible. Without your own legal representation, you are at a distinct disadvantage.
What are the benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer?
We deal with the insurance industry every day, and we know the kind of tactics they use to try to dodge responsibility and minimize your settlement. Our legal team has been working together for more than 15 years. By hiring us, you get the benefit of more than 50 years of combined experience practicing law. We work hard to make sure you get a settlement that is fair.
What should I expect from a personal injury lawyer?
The first things you should expect from a personal injury lawyer are compassion, personal attention and attentive listening. You should always feel that your lawyer is making your case a priority and giving your case the time and attention it deserves.
One thing to be aware of is that hiring a personal injury lawyer will involve a lot of involvement on your part. There are almost always differences between your account of events and the story presented by the defendant. You should expect your lawyer to ask you a lot of probing questions about the accident and your physical and mental health following your accident.
You should also expect your lawyer to represent you in all interactions with the insurance company as soon as you agree to representation. At that point, all requests and inquiries concerning your case go directly to the lawyer, not to you. This means you should also expect to be kept informed of all developments in your case. You should receive regular updates and always understand exactly where you are in the process.
What questions should I ask a personal injury lawyer?
The first question you should ask a personal injury lawyer is how much experience they have working on cases like yours. Your follow-up question should be to ask to see examples of the results they have delivered and ask to speak with clients they have helped in the past.
Ask your lawyer who will be working on your case. At Wittmer | Linehan, our lawyers work with personal injury clients every step of the way, but some firms will hand you off to a paralegal for extended periods of time.
Don’t be afraid to ask what your case is worth. Keep in mind that it is an estimate based on limited information, but they should be able to give you a ballpark figure with a few disclaimers. You should also ask if they believe your case will go to trial and what their success rate is.
What are the steps in a personal injury lawsuit?
A personal injury lawsuit begins by filing a complaint that states the compensation you are seeking, explains the facts of the case and provides a legal argument for why you deserve the compensation you are seeking. The person or entity that you are suing will file a response and the litigation will move on to the discovery phase.
Discovery is the process of exchanging information between the prosecution and the defense. This includes getting statements from people involved in the lawsuit, medical records and other documents, and interrogatories (lists of questions created by both sides that each side is required to respond to).
Once the discovery phase is complete, the trial is set. However, most personal injury claims never make it to trial. There are usually pretrial motions filed concerning use of evidence and negotiations go on throughout the process. A settlement can be reached at any time during the lawsuit, including during the trial before the judge renders a verdict.