Orlando Personal Injury Lawyer
Whether you’re visiting central Florida for vacation or you live in the Orlando area, you could quickly find yourself injured through no fault of your own, in many ways. A car accident on our crowded roads or slipping and falling at a theme park can leave you struggling with a serious injury, unable to work or to enjoy your favorite activities, and contending with a mounting pile of medical bills.
When you or a loved one experiences the trauma of an unexpected injury or loss, it helps to know you’re not alone. Working with a compassionate Orlando personal injury lawyer gives you the best chance to recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries from the parties who harmed you. Contact the Law Office of Michael T. Gibson today to learn how we can help.
Overview of Personal Injury Causes and Types
There are countless ways you could find yourself injured. By far, the most likely cause of an unexpected injury (statistically speaking) is a car accident. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles put together 2017 statistics showing over 40 percent of all car accidents in Florida resulted in injury.
Of course, car accidents aren’t the only incidents leading to injury and loss.
Other causes of personal injury include:
- Airplane accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boat accidents
- Car accidents
- Dog bites
- Insurance Disputes
- Medical malpractice
- Motorcycle accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Slip and fall
- Truck accidents
- Uninsured and underinsured motorists
- Whistleblower claims
- Workers’ compensation
- Wrongful death
Even airbags, which are supposed to keep you safe, can cause serious injuries if defective.
Depending on the cause of your injury, we see victims with injuries ranging from mild to severe. These include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Broken bones
- Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
At The Law Office of Michael T. Gibson, clients come to us after all sorts of incidents leave them injured or grieving the loss of a loved one. If you’ve been injured by any of these situations, you deserve to have an aggressive personal injury lawyer guiding you through the process of seeking compensation. There is never any guarantee that a claim will succeed, but our clients can rest assured they have a lawyer on their side who will leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of justice. Read more here about what our clients have to say about our services.
Determining Fault for Personal Injuries
When we meet with new clients, our first priority is to listen to their stories and give them our initial impression of what legal rights they may have to compensation. If we agree to work together, then we typically conduct a thorough investigation of their accident and injuries, then advise our client about what we think is the most legally-sound path to recovering damages from those who did them harm.
One of the critical components of choosing a legal strategy is figuring out who may have legal liability to our client; in other words, who is “at fault.” Determining fault isn’t always straightforward. Depending on the circumstances surrounding an accident or incident that injured our client, more than one person or entity may bear legal liability. Determining which of those at fault parties to pursue for compensation requires close legal and factual analysis.
What helps us reach a conclusion is you. We’ve been helping clients just like you for many years. We understand the legal complexities around personal injury claims and we know how to maximize your recovery. Our goal is to make sure you get the compensation you need to make a full complete recovery.
Long Term Impacts
Your injuries could have long-term impacts on your life. The attorney you choose can make the difference in your recovery. Working with us gives you peace of mind knowing that your personal injury claim is being handled by seasoned Orlando personal injury lawyer. You have many things to worry about:
- Your time off work and resulting loss of income
- Your inability to return to work because of your injuries
- Medical bills and recurring care costs
- Chronic pain
- Life enjoyment
Dealing with insurance companies, police reports, investigations, and filing legal documents should be the last thing on your mind. The only legal issue you should worry about is finding the best personal injury lawyer you can. After you do, let Michael T. Gibson, P.A., take it from there. We work with your medical providers to lower your bills. We negotiate with insurance companies to get you reasonable compensation for your injuries. If needed, we represent you at trial. We are here for you all the way through.
Steps to Take After Your Personal Injury
The moments immediately following your personal injury are critical to making sure your recovery is a smooth process. After your accident, take these steps:
- Call 911. If your injuries are not severe, this may seem like an extreme step. In reality, it’s important regardless of your injuries. Calling the police helps to protect and preserve the accident record. The police will create a report that documents what happened in your accident. While the police report may not assign fault, it will allow the insurance company and your personal injury attorney to determine who was at fault.
- Get medical attention. Calling the police will also give you the opportunity to receive prompt medical attention. Have a medical professional document your injuries as soon as possible after your accident. A record of your injuries will give your Orlando personal injury lawyer a better chance to get you the full value of your claim to make sure you don’t have to pay out of pocket for any of your recovery.
- Take pictures. Documenting the accident scene is key to your financial recovery. That includes taking pictures of the accident scene and your injuries. This will help keep a record of the severity of your injuries and how they improve or potentially get worse.
- Don’t speak with the insurance company. After your accident, the insurance company will then call you. Don’t give them a statement until you’ve spoken with a trusted personal injury attorney. The insurance company will try to make you seem at fault for the accident so they don’t have to pay out your claim. Even saying something innocent like “I wasn’t watching where I was walking” could lead the insurance company to fight your claim tooth and nail making it more challenging for you to make a complete recovery.
- Call Michael T. Gibson, P.A. For many years, we’ve been helping clients just like you. We know the tactics insurance companies play. We know what you’re going through and we know you need financial help to get better. Our goal is to get you the compensation you deserve so you can make a full recovery and get back to the life you love.
Making sure you have trusted legal representation can go a long way to lifting the burden off your shoulders. You deserve peace of mind knowing your attorney has your best interests at heart.
Protecting You Against Insurance Company Tactics
The insurance company of the driver or property owner where you were injured will reach out to you shortly after your accident. They will offer you a settlement knowing that you are out of work and facing many medical bills piling up on your kitchen table. This is a low ball offer and you should not take it until you’ve spoken with a skilled and seasoned personal injury lawyer.
Your accident is potentially severe and it will cost lots of money in recovery bills. The insurance company knows you need quick cash and will offer you a settlement that won’t cover your future costs. It may cover those bills sitting on your kitchen table, but that is all.
When you have severe injuries, you need to be prepared to pay a lifetime of medical costs. But you shouldn’t be the one to pay for them. You didn’t cause the accident so you should play no part in paying the bills associated with your care and recovery.
We will help you create an accurate estimate of your future costs so you aren’t shortchanged. While your future medical costs may be hard to calculate, we’ve helped many clients just like you determine what they’ll need to continue living their life as best they can.
We will also work with the insurance company to get you a fair settlement offer. But we’ll never settle unless it’s right for you. While it’s true most personal injury cases settle out of court, if your case needs to go to trial, we are fully prepared and experienced to guide you through that process.
Damages You Can Recover
When you’re injured through no fault of your own, it can be extremely frustrating. Your sole focus should be on your recovery and not worrying about how your bills get paid. That’s where an experienced personal injury lawyer in Orlando can step in to help you. We are an aggressive firm who will work tirelessly to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
We’ll fight to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Lost earning potential
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation costs
Many clients don’t take into account their future needs. All they see are the bills piling up and are grateful when they get a settlement offer that covers those bills. Traffic accidents cost over $240 billion per year. The injuries people like you suffer from these and other types of accidents are tragic.
You will need an accurate estimate of your future needs. This will help you see how much you must get to cover all of your costs. If you didn’t cause your injuries, you should not have any responsibility for the costs to get better.
Your Claim Value May Vary
The value of your personal injury claim will depend on many factors. The more severe your injuries, generally, the more your claim is worth. However, that isn’t always true. No two accidents are ever the same. But certain factors can impact the value of your claim, including:
- The total cost of your medical bills
- Your future medical costs
- Your lost wages
- If your injuries prohibit you from living a full life
Our goal is to keep you informed and working together toward the best possible outcome for your accident claim. You’ve already suffered enough. This is why it’s important to speak with a trusted personal injury lawyer. We want to make sure your claim is given the attention it deserves.
Don’t Fear a Trial
While we will do everything we can to settle your case without going to trial, if an insurance company isn’t being reasonable with their settlement offers, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial.
A trial isn’t something to be afraid of and, in fact, can be what’s needed to maximize your recovery. When an insurance company only gives unreasonably low settlement offers, we won’t take them. We will only recommend the right offer for you. Because of that, it sometimes means we have to go to court to show the judge the full value of your claim and have the court tell the insurance company what they need to pay. Cases very rarely need to go to trial but, when they do, we have shown results.
Working with our law firm is easy. We meet with you and chart a course to maximize your recovery. Let us focus on the legal complexities of your personal injury case while you focus on what really matters—getting better.
Working with us gives you access to invaluable experience in negotiating with insurance companies and litigating against big firms. We can also help to make sure your medical providers know the money is coming and help you avoid collections.
Contact us online or by calling (407) 490-1271 today. We’re ready to aggressively fight for you so you can get back on your feet and completely recover from your accident.