Question: What should I do if I have been injured?
Answer: 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.
Question: Why is it important to seek advice promptly?
Answer: 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.
Question: What should I do if an insurance company contacts me?
Answer: 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.
Question: Will there be a cost to evaluate my claim?
Answer: No. At Burnetti, P.A., we will meet with you to discuss your potential claim free of charge.
Question: How does Burnetti, P.A. get paid?
Answer: 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.
Question: Will I have to go to court?
Answer: 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.
Question: Can I make a claim at any time after an incident?
Answer: 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.
Question: What cities and areas do your attorneys take cases from?
Answer: 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.
Question: How Can I Contact Burnetti, P.A.?
Answer: If you have additional questions about personal injury law, or a potential personal injury claim, you may contact Burnetti, P.A. by filling out the free case evaluation form or calling 1-888-BURNETTI. Calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.