Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Personal injury claims may be complex and confusing. Many injury victims are not familiar with the legal process or how Burnetti, P.A. helps clients, and may be wondering:
What should I do if I have been injured?

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, the actions you take immediately after the incident could potentially affect your life in the future. While each incident is different, there are general considerations. You should first seek medical attention. If the incident involves something like medical malpractice, calling 911 may not be an option. If calling 911 is not appropriate, you should take every step to document the negligence that has occurred either to family members or through other doctors. This documentation may include requesting any witness names (and their contact information) and incident reports. If possible, you should also take photos of the scene – even if you only have a cell phone camera.

You should also seek competent professional advice as soon as possible to help determine if you have a personal injury claim. Burnetti, P.A. has extensive experience in investigating personal injury claims, and can help determine if you have a valid claim, and if you do, who is the responsible party and what compensation may be available to you.

Why is it important to seek advice promptly?

The insurance company of the negligent party often has an advantage over the injury victim, and is able to start their investigation right away. Contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible will help start the process of evaluating your potential claim. It will also help ensure that all relevant evidence is preserved and that important deadlines and statutes of limitations are met.

Do I have a case?

Oftentimes it is not clear whether or not you have a personal injury case. If you are not sure, ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I injured either physically or emotionally?
  • Was I injured as a result of someone else’s mistake or negligence?

If you answered “Yes” to both of these questions, contact Burnetti, P.A. as soon as possible so that we can help you determine whether there is a case.

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Burnetti, P.A. holds all communications in the strictest of confidence. We will never contact your employer without your specific permission. If you discuss your case with us and decide not to have us represent you, any information or material you gave us for review will also be held in the strictest of confidence.

Information that May Help Your Case Evaluation

To help evaluate the incident, you may want to gather information so that you can convey it to Burnetti, P.A. when you contact us. If you cannot collect this information quickly, our personal injury lawyers oftentimes can obtain the information for you.

The identity of the negligent person or corporation.

The insurance information of the negligent person or corporation.

The location of any physical evidence that may have been involved such as a vehicle, a defective product, a defective prescription drug, a defective medical device, any photographs, any statements, and any video surveillance.
Your complete medical history including health care providers seen before and after the date of the incident.

Any information about any prior injuries that you may have suffered.

Even if you don’t have all of the information listed, contact Burnetti, P.A. so that a determination can be made quickly about whether or not you have a case.

What are the fees & cost?

Lawyers Fee: At Burnetti, P.A., Personal Injury Clients Don’t Owe a Penny Until Compensation is Obtained.

Lawyer’s fees and costs vary depending on each case. Burnetti, P.A. is proud to be able to handle personal injury and wrongful death cases across Florida that are based on a contingent fee, including auto accidents, medical malpractice, slip and fall, and other injury cases. A contingent fee is based on the amount of recovery obtained so that you do not pay any fees if you do not recover from the negligent parties.

Burnetti, P.A. follows the guidelines for fees and costs as set forth by the Florida Bar Association.

You Pay Costs for Pursing the Claim From Your Recovery at the End of the Case. If There is No Recovery, You Do Not Pay Any Fees.

Costs are payable from the recovery. Costs include any money expended by Burnetti, P.A. in pursuing the personal injury case. For example, Burnetti, P.A. will have to pay to obtain medical records, radiographic films, accident reports, investigator fees, copy charges, phone charges, etc. Furthermore, if a lawsuit is filed, a filing fee will have to be paid; deposition fees, expert fees, further investigation fees, process server fees, trial exhibit fees, video services fees, and various other fees may be incurred.

Unfortunately, incurring these kinds of expenses is necessary to further a case. Burnetti, P.A. is fortunate to have the financial strength and ability to pay all of these expenses up front so that the cases can be pursued until recovery is obtained.

Contingency Fees Help Eliminate the Worry About How to Pay to Recover Damages.

Both attorney’s fees and costs are contingent through Burnetti, P.A. Essentially, that means if there is no recovery, clients do not owe Burnetti, P.A. one penny. Any costs and expenses incurred by Burnetti, P.A. will be completely written off.

Burnetti, P.A. is proud to be able to provide this contingent fee/cost service so that our personal injury clients do not have to worry about paying to pursue cases out of their own money. Burnetti, P.A. believes that this type of fee arrangement helps make the court systems of the United States even more accessible to those who have been wronged.

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What should I do if an insurance company contacts me?

Insurance companies are in the business of dealing with claims. Insurance adjusters are experienced and handle claims day in and day out. The injured individual does not. If an insurance adjuster calls you and asks for a recorded statement, never agree to this recorded statement without consulting with a lawyer first.

These experienced adjusters are in the business of taking statements and can utilize questioning procedures to get an injured individual to say something that is not helpful to their case, when in fact an appropriate wording of the information would have avoided the negative impact on the case. In addition, do not sign any papers or agree to a settlement, as this might affect your right to pursue a claim. Always consult with an attorney first. At Burnetti, P.A., there is no charge for this consultation.

Will there be a cost to evaluate my claim?

No. At Burnetti, P.A., we will meet with you to discuss your potential claim free of charge.

How does Burnetti, P.A. get paid?

Burnetti, P.A. handles personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. If you do not receive any compensation, then you do not pay any fees or costs. If there is recovery, the legal fee is a percentage of the amount recovered, and there are no fees due until money is collected for you.

Will I have to go to court?

Burnetti, P.A. aggressively represents clients, and fights for maximum recovery. While in some cases compensation may be achieved with a settlement offer, it may not be attainable for all cases. At Burnetti, P.A., the focus of the firm requires that our attorneys are ready and willing to regularly try our client’s cases.

Can I make a claim at any time after an incident?

No. Statutes of limitations set a maximum time after an event that legal proceedings (based on that event) may be brought against the negligent party or company. Contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an incident can help meet important dates and deadlines. If would like to discuss the statutes of limitations for your potential claim, contact Burnetti, P.A. at 1-888-BURNETTI.

What cities and areas do your attorneys take cases from?

Practicing from offices in Orlando, Tampa, and Lakeland, Burnetti, P.A. represents clients across the state of Florida. In some personal injury cases, Burnetti, P.A. also represents clients nationwide.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence can have devastating effects, including physical and emotional pain, lost wages, and high medical bills. Often, victims who are not familiar with how accident claims work will attempt to deal with the insurance companies on their own. This may cause additional stress to the injured victim, and distract from the healing process.

Insurance Companies Handle Accident Claims Every Day

Until a victim retains an attorney, the profit motivated insurance company representing the negligent party generally knows that the injured victim is not prepared to take their case to court; therefore, many insurance companies may try to take advantage of the injured victim. Insurance companies handle accident claims every day, and have an economic incentive not to offer fair compensation. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help ease the stress of the injured victim, and level the playing field against insurance companies.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Understand How Claims and Lawsuits Work

When hiring an attorney, it is important that they are experienced in your needed practice area. This will help improve your chances of receiving maximum compensation. At Burnetti, P.A., all lawyers and support staff are thoroughly schooled and experienced in handling injury or death related cases. By concentrating the focus in this area of the law, Burnetti, P.A. consistently performs on a higher level for clients.

Burnetti, P.A. is Ready and Willing To Go to Trial

Potential clients are often concerned that their lawyer may not be willing to go to a trial in their case. That is because many lawyers simply just do not try cases. In fact, about 95% of cases are settled before trial. At Burnetti, P.A., the focus of the firm requires that attorneys are ready and willing to regularly try clients’ cases.

No Fees and No Cost to You If There is No Recovery

Burnetti, P.A. handles cases based on a contingent fee. A contingency fee means:

The client does not pay any fees if they do not receive compensation from the negligent party.
If the client does receive compensation, then the fees are based on the amount of compensation obtained
The client does not have to pay any upfront expenses to help pursue the case (these expenses may be paid out of the recovery at the end of the case).

Burnetti, P.A. is proud to be able to provide this contingent fee service to clients so that they do not have to worry about paying to pursue the case out of their own money. At Burnetti, P.A., if there is no recovery, the client does not owe one penny.

What is Product Liability?

Product liability is an area of the law that allows consumers, injured by defective products, to be compensated for their injuries or illness. A defective product can cause injuries when it fails, is improperly designed, improperly labeled, or made of shoddy materials. The liability can extend to the manufacturer, supplier, and retailer or distributor of the product.

The experienced trial lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. help victims injured by someone else’s negligence understand personal injury law, and welcome any questions current or prospective clients may have.

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