An accident can change the rest of your life in an instant, so why let the person who was negligent or careless get away with not being held responsible?
All those medical bills and the long recovery from your injuries, if they are recoverable at all, can be causing you mental anguish. This can also place a burden on you financially and you may also lose the ability to work and provide for yourself and the ones you love. To add insult to injury, you may also face the possibility of unpaid insurance claims or denied claims which will only add to your worries.
At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., we know just how destructive a personal injury can be to your physical and mental health and what it can mean to our Lakeland clients’ outlook on their futures. That’s why we’re here to help you understand all of your options (because you do have options) and we are also here to help you ascertain what steps you should take to get the compensation and justice that you deserve. If you’ve been injured in or have had a family member injured or killed as a result of an accident, call the Lakeland personal injury law experts for help.
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Time is always the enemy when it comes personal injury. Memories get hazy and crime scenes can be quickly washed away. Evidence of the crime against you must be preserved to support your claim and proper procedures must be followed to guarantee your rights are protected. No matter the case we are a no win no fee firm so there is absolutely no cost to you unless we recover damages on your behalf. Initial consultations are always free so don’t delay, call us today!
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The initial consultation with our firm is free of charge and we are not a credit card company so there a never any hidden fees. If you’ve suffered a personal injury, don’t hesitate to contact us 24/7 to schedule your free case evaluation with an experienced Lakeland accident attorney. Please contact us at (863) 888-0000.
OUR PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE AREAS
Our Lakeland personal injury law firm has expert lawyers who have trained in a large range of practice areas. The attorneys at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., experience includes but is not limited to the following areas.
Auto accidents: Car accidents are among the majority for personal injury claims. But they are also a challenge because establishing fault is not always easy. So it’s important to have an experienced auto accident attorney guide you through your case. If you have been injured in a wreck, don’t delay, call today!
Motorcycle accidents: As more motorcyclists take to the road, the greater the chance that motorcycle accidents will occur on Lakeland roads. The risk of permanent injury or death is greater in motorcyclists and as such, you may not be able to recover from what might be a horrendous accident. If you have been a victim of a motorcycle accident, call one of our attorneys today for a free consultation.
Medical malpractice: An expert medical malpractice attorney can help you navigate the complex legal processes that come with challenging medical professionals and institutions, and their insurance companies. Medical malpractice can have devastating lifelong ramifications, including birth defects and sterility. Doctors are not God and they should be held to the same standards as anyone else when they make a life-changing mistake.
Construction accidents: Accidents are an unfortunate reality on construction sites. From improper equipment, to lose nails and even broken equipment, construction sites are dangerous places if not properly maintained. Please consider using the services of one of our competent construction accident lawyers because navigating the world of OSHA is a tricky task.
Brain injuries: A brain injury sustained in an accident can be devastating. With brain damage and other long-term health issues, a brain injury patient will sometimes need very expensive long-term care. The Lakeland personal injury experts at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., have successfully administered thousands of catastrophic injury claims for our clients. Don’t wait until you are drowning in debt from nursing home bills, call one of our lawyer for a no-obligation consultation today.
Nursing home abuse: We as a collective firm of dedicated and heartfelt human beings are dedicated to protecting the elderly and other vulnerable people. We will hold negligent parties accountable when your loved one has been abused, raped or neglected in a nursing home facility. Nursing facilities must be a place of safety. If you suspect abuse of a loved one then call us today, we will go into battle with you and for your loved one.
Truck accidents: Determining responsibility when a truck accident has occurred can be very difficult: The difficulty comes when there is more than one party involved, or the truck is owned by someone other than the driver, not to mention the owner’s company status. LLC’s make the situation even worse. The guidance of a seasoned trucking lawyer is paramount when looking for a positive outcome for you the victim.
Product liability: As with truck accident liability, product liability can also be difficult to assign blame to. With the division of labor, it can be difficult to source the problem that caused the injury or death or you or your loved one. So it’s important to hire an experienced product liability lawyer to help you fight the case.
Dog bites: Being bitten by a dog can cause a lifelong trauma and aversion dogs who are usually gentle creatures if care for properly. Finding blame in the state of Florida is fairly easy as dog owners are automatically held liable for any and all injuries that their animal causes. With our experienced lawyers at your side, we know how to put these laws to work for you.
Pedestrian accidents: Being clipped or hit by a car is very common and it is all too often due to the driver’s negligence. If you have experienced an injury or permanent disability as the cause of a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one due to such an accident, we will fight for you and get you the justice that you deserve!
Mesothelioma claims: A diagnosis of mesothelioma or cancer related to the exposure you suffered at the hands of asbestos can be soul destroying. Imagine working your whole life in a dangerously toxic environment to feed your family only to be faced with a terminal illness as thanks for your 30 years with the company. Please do not delay in calling us as there is a statute of limitations on filing claims set by the state of Florida.
Wrongful death: Losing a loved one at the hands of negligence is never easy no is it right, it can be especially devastating for survivors and can cause lifelong psychological trauma and trust issues. Our wrongful death attorneys will not stop until they have the full compensation that you deserve. We are here for you and we won’t back down!
PERSONAL INJURY CASE FAQ
Q: What should I look for when selecting a personal injury lawyer?
A: When choosing a lawyer you need to look for one that is as trustworthy as they are experienced. Don’t be afraid to ask for references or to even google the potential lawyer. Make sure they have the skills needed for the type of lawyer you need. There is no point hiring a tax lawyer for a motorcycle accident. Reviews are always a great resource and we publish fair and honest ones to our site. To see what Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., clients have to say, review our testimonials. You may also view some of the personal injury settlements we have recovered for our clients.
Q: What are the costs associated if I pick you to represent me in my personal injury case?
A: Quite simply, if you don’t win, then we don’t get paid, this has always been our promise to our clients.
Q: How quickly can you settle my case/bring it to court?
A: You are unique, as is your case. So whilst we cannot give you a timeframe please know that we will work tirelessly to get you results as quickly as we can and you will receive the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Q: What is negligence?
A: In short, negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, which then results in an injury or damage to another person. There are several standard elements to a negligence case including the duty of care between the injured party and the negligent party, when the duty of care is breached, an injury caused by the breach of duty and the resulting injury.
Q: How much money am I entitled to receive?
A: The amount of compensation you receive is based on many different factors and agreements between you and the defendant. Sometimes you might be offered a sum greater than you were pursuing to settle the matter quickly. There are no hard and fast rules but our Lakeland personal injury attorneys are experts at calculating a fair and accurate compensation amount.
Q: What factors affect compensation amounts?
A: Factors may be economic and/or non-economic. Examples of economic damages include:
- A loss of earning capacity—Income you will be unable to earn in the future as a result of your injuries
- Future medical costs—The medical expenses you will have for future medical care, therapies, rehabilitation, etc.
- Property repair or replacement—You may be able to recover the fair market value of items damaged in an accident
- Lost wages—Paychecks you were unable to collect due to the injuries you sustained in your accident
- Pain and suffering—This can include compensation for mental/emotional anguish or distress, physical pain, a loss of enjoyment of life, and more
- Expenses related to medical care—Medical bills you’ve accrued for treatment of your injuries
- A loss of consortium—Spouses who suffer a loss of affection, comfort, companionship and other elements of married life due to a personal injury accident may be able to recover damages for those losses
Q: I’m not sure I should file a personal injury claim, can I wait?
A: The short answer is no. It is never in your best interests to wait as memories become hazy and there are some cases that are subject to a statute of limitations. For a more in-depth discussion of your potential case, please call one of our lawyers today.
Q: Will you take my case to trail?
A: A great deal of our client’s cases are resolved out of court through settlement, but we are prepared to represent you in a trial. Our talented and experienced team of trial lawyers will not hesitate to fight for an appropriate compensation amount you deserve.
Q: Do I have to go to court?
A: The prospect of going to court is dependant on the insurance company more often than not. If they do not agree to pay what our personal injury attorneys believe you are entitled to, we will proceed to litigation to secure your deserved compensation amount. If you do choose to settle on an appropriate amount, your case would not need to go to court.
Q: Insurance company representatives are calling me. What should I do?
A: Delay talking to any insurance company’s adjuster, lawyer, or other representative until you have spoken to an accident lawyer. Anything you say to them without us present could damage your chances at a settlement or compensation. You can quickly reach our Lakeland personal injury lawyers by calling (863) 888-0000
Q: How do I begin the journey of a personal injury case?
A: Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., offers a free initial consultation, by which we will interview and let you know if you have a legitimate and possible case.
For an in-depth overview of the steps necessary to file a case please see the informative video below and if you still have questions, then don’t be shy in reaching out to one of our competent lawyers:
WHY YOU NEED A LAKELAND PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
We know all too well the stress that can be placed on you after being injured in an accident. Wirth the bills mounting and stress piling up, we know you might be in a position of having more questions than answers. When you are feeling down and hopeless please consider letting a Lakeland accident attorney into your life to be on your side. A personal injury suit can be long and lonely without a good law firm like ours.Our attorneys will work around the clock to make sure the responsible persons are held accountable for their negligence actions and we will seek out every last penny that is owed to you, that is your right and our responsibility. Furthermore, we work for free until you win and that is a great deal and a load off your mind. We don’t care if you are rich or poor, we here at Lakeland will work for you for free until it’s over!
When you are represented by the Lakeland personal injury experts at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., you can rest assured that:
- We will put your interests first: You deserved to be put first in this matter, after all, you were the one who was hurt.
- We will accurately calculate the compensation you have a right to: We have a great many years of experience in the field and we are versed in every avenue needed to pursue the maximum compensation owed to you.
- We will prepare a strong case: From expertise in proving fault, our Lakeland personal injury lawyers prepare the strongest possible cases, no matter the outcome, you can rest easy in the knowledge that our case was strong and you got the money you were entitled to.
PERSONAL INJURY CHECKLIST
Law enforcement and ambulatory services should be called first and foremost. Then once everyone is stabilized you should follow these steps in order to ensure a sound case.
Photograph the scene:
- Take as many photos as possible as soon as possible. Any camera or smartphone will suffice.
- Capture images of all the vehicles involved from several angles
- Take photos of all persons involved so no one can claim they were not there.
- Photograph the entire scene and from different angles, showing any and all road signage.
- Photograph all injuries received as a result of the wreck
- Document any property damage.
- Write down the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in the accident.
- Ascertain who owns the vehicle in question.
- Exchange insurance details
- Ask the officer where and when you can obtain a copy of the police report they will file.
- Should the officer indicate that a report will not be written, ask for his or her credentials to be used as contact information.
Get contact details from witnesses:
- Try to get contact information from everyone at the scene but don’t ask them for a statement. Your lawyer will handle that.
- If there were no witnesses in close proximity to the accident, make note of any nearby businesses or homes and provide this information to your attorney.
After the accident:
- If you received any medical treatment, get your discharge papers and names of everyone who treated you, or had any contact with you post accident.
- Make sure to keep all of your documents in a safe place and ready for review by your lawyer
WHAT DOES A PERSONAL INJURY CASE TIMELINE LOOK LIKE?
No case is the same and neither is the injury or injured person, but there are some steps that are typically taken. Your case may include but is not limited to the following steps.
Your recovery period: The recovery period could be long, short or you may never recover from the injuries sustained. If a doctor is telling you that you may not walk again, then it is time to call us.
Submission of documents: This is the point at which documents are submitted to the insurance company for review and acceptance or denial of the claim made.
The negotiation period: After the documents have been received the insurance company makes a settlement offer. If you choose to take the offer the process is over, if you don’t, you can ask for a counter offer to be made.
Litigation: If you and the insurance company cannot find a settlement then the case will go to trial. Most personal injury cases never see the inside of a courtroom and it is also a lot easier to settle out of court.
WE SPECIALIZE IN PERSONAL INJURY IN LAKELAND
We have one exclusive focus at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A.: helping personal injury victims at their time of greatest need. No matter the accident or who was involved, we will always provide you with the highest level of legal expertise and service. Each of the personal injury lawyers on our team brings deep experience to your case, and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you need to put your life back together.