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Fuentes Berrio Schutt is a Florida personal injury law firm that offers a unique and highly personalized service. Each attorney works closely with their clients to ensure they receive justice and compensation from those who caused their injuries or the death of loved ones. Our firm represents injury victims and families of wrongful death incidents that transpire in all types of accidents. We offer our legal services on a contingency-free basis. This means it costs you nothing upfront to retain our firm, and we are only paid a portion of the compensation that we recover on your behalf.
The following is a shortlist of the types of personal injury cases we handle.
Why Choose Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Handle Your Personal Injury Case?
The reason why injury victims and families of fatal injury victims retain a personal injury attorney is to exercise the legal rights under Florida law. In the State of Florida, special “Personal Injury Laws” were created by the Florida Legislature to protect the legal rights of injury and death victims who are harmed by the negligent actions of others. These legal rights assure that there is a legal path for victims to receive justice and compensation. These cases are rigorously defended by defendants and defendants’ attorneys.
At Fuentes Berrio Schutt, our personal injury lawyers level the playing field with the car accident insurance companies. Our legal professionals are experienced and seasoned litigators and negotiators. We have handled 100s of complex injury and wrongful death actions throughout the State of Florida. Our attorneys are available to meet with you at your home, hospital, place of employment, or place that is comfortable for you and your family. We also offer virtual consultations to answer your questions and discuss your case.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or if a loved one has been fatally injured, call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110 for your free case review and consultation. Protect your rights today. Nosotros hablamos español.
Why Choose Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Handle Your Car Accident Case?
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is a Florida auto accident law firm that provides extremely personalized service. Our attorneys work closely with their clients to make sure that they receive legal justice and financial compensation from those who acted negligently, resulting in injuries or the fatal injuries of loved ones. We also offer legal services on a contingency-free basis, meaning it costs you nothing our firm, and we are only paid a part of the economic compensation that we recover for you.
The Deerfield Car Accident Lawyers Fuentes Berrio Schutt work intimately with every client, and we work very hard to surpass their expectations by recovering full monetary compensation. Our legal professionals help our clients focus on healing. At the same time, we handle their cases, ensure their vehicles are repaired properly, arrange rental cars, find the best medical providers, and work hard to ensure that our clients receive more money in their pockets. Our accident injury attorneys also go the extra mile. Fuentes Berrio Schutt has obtained millions of dollars in economic compensation for our clients, and our attorneys are ready to work hard for you.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or if a loved one has been fatally injured, call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110 for your free case review and consultation. Nosotros hablamos español.
Why Choose Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Represent You in Your Truck Accident Injury Case?
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is a Florida truck accident law firm that focuses on providing personalized service and results. Our attorneys fight hard with their clients to ensure that they receive both legal justice and total financial compensation from those who acted negligently, causing your injuries or the fatal injuries of your loved one. Our law firm also offers our legal services on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay nothing up-front, and our firm is only paid when we recover compensation for you.
The Deerfield Beach Truck Accident Lawyers at Fuentes Berrio Schutt work closely with our clients, and we strive to surpass their expectations by recovering complete monetary compensation in their claims. Our team of legal professionals takes care of the details so that our clients focus on healing. We handle their cases, deal with the insurance company representative, arrange rental cars, ensure their vehicles are properly repaired, find the best medical professionals, and make sure our clients receive more monetary compensation in their pockets. Our 18-wheeler Truck Accident Attorneys work hard and go the extra mile for every client. Fuentes Berrio Schutt has recovered millions of dollars in economic compensation for our clients, and our lawyers are here and ready to work hard for you and your truck accident claim.
If you or a member of your family were harmed in a truck accident, call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110 to receive your free consultation. Nosotros hablamos español.
Why Select Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Handle Your Motorcycle Accident Injury Case?
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is a motorcycle accident law firm that concentrates on rendering personalized service and great results. Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys work hard to ensure that they receive both full financial compensation and legal justice from those who caused the injuries or the fatal injuries of your loved one. Our law firm also offers our legal services on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you pay nothing up-front, and our law firm is only paid after we recover compensation for you.
The Deerfield Beach Motorcycle Accident Lawyers at Fuentes Berrio Schutt work closely with each of our clients. We try to exceed our clients’ expectations by recovering full monetary compensation in their claims. Our legal professionals take care of all the details on behalf of our clients so that they can focus on healing. We manage their claim, deal with the insurance company adjusters, arrange for rental cars, make sure that their vehicles are repaired correctly, find qualified medical professionals, and ensure that our clients obtain more compensation in their pockets. Our Motorcycle Accident Attorneys work vigorously and go the extra mile for all of our clients. Fuentes Berrio Schutt has also recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and our attorneys are here and ready to fight hard for you.
Why Choose Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Represent Your or Your Loved One in Bike Accident Injury Case?
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is an accident law firm based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that focuses on providing personalized service and superior results. Our Bicycle Accident Attorneys work very hard to make sure that our clients receive both full compensation and legal justice from those who caused their injuries or the fatal injuries of a loved one. Our law firm offers its legal services on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you do not pay anything up-front, and our law firm is only paid a portion of the compensation we recover for you or your loved one.
At Fuentes Berrio Schutt, our Deerfield Beach Bicycle Accident Lawyers work hard to ensure our clients receive close, personalized attention and superior case results. Our firm’s goal is to exceed our clients’ expectations by recovering complete monetary compensation in their personal injury claims. Our firm is unique because we handle all of the details for our clients so that they can focus on healing. Our legal professionals manage their claims, deal with the insurance company adjusters, arrange for property damage repairs or replacement, find qualified medical professionals to help our clients heal quickly, and make certain that our clients receive more compensation in their pockets. Our Florida Bicycle Accident Attorneys work quickly and go the extra mile for each and every one of our clients. Fuentes Berrio Schutt has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and our attorneys are ready to fight for you or your loved one.
Why Choose Fuentes Berrio Schutt to Represent You in Your Slip and Fall Injury Case?
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is a Florida personal injury law firm that focuses exclusively on personal injury law. Our legal professionals strive to provide the best, most personalized service for our clients. Our personal injury attorneys and support staff work hard to assure our clients receive legal justice and full financial compensation from those who acted negligently. Our law firm offers its legal services on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you pay nothing up-front, and our firm is paid a portion of the compensation we recover on your behalf.
Our South Florida Slip and Fall Injury Lawyers work closely with our clients, and we always strive to surpass our clients’ expectations by recovering complete financial compensation in their claims. Our legal professionals are ready to take care of all the details so that you or your injured loved one can focus on healing. Our Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys work hard and go the extra mile for each and every client.
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Generally speaking, personal injury cases settle around 9 to 18 months. However, every case has unique set of facts and circumstances that may effect how quickly a case will settle or resolve through the court system.
A victim of an accident is entitled to lost wages, medical bills and pain & suffering. All three typically include past and future losses.
In the State of Florida, a personal injury claimant generally has up to (4) four years to file their personal injury lawsuit with the courts to demand for monetary compensation.
Wrongful death claims must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accidental death.
Approximately 95% of all personal injury cases in Florida settle out of court.
The statute of limitations for making a claim against your UM/ UIM claim is 5 years for a Florida insurance policy.
What to do after you or a loved one sustains a Personal Injury in Florida?
The most important first step is to seek medical attention and have a thorough medical examination. When you and/or a loved one have been harmed in an accident, the first step is to call 911 and then call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110. Always seek medical attention to avoid causing more severe injuries and to protect your right to recover medical expenses that may arise a few days after the accident.
When you contact our firm, our legal professionals can rush to the accident scene and begin processing the crucial information, witness statements, and photographs. We can also make sure that your legal rights are protected in the accident report written by law enforcement officers at the accident scene. Our attorneys can also protect you from making statements to insurance company representatives that may damage your case.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, do not discuss the details of the accident, apologize or admit fault to those involved in the accident. Always remember that anything you say may be used to diminish or deny your accident injury claim. It is also advisable to stop posting on social media platforms. All of the photos and comments that you post or receive from others can harm your case. It is always best to put your social media life on hold during an accident injury case.
If you or someone with you is able, take photos of the accident scene from different angles. Note the time, weather, road conditions, and other important information about the accident. Obtain the license and insurance information from those involved in the accident. When speaking to law enforcement at the accident scene, do not embellish or exaggerate the facts to the officer. Never lie, and always think before you speak.
How to Prove a Florida Personal Injury Case
In order to receive justice and compensation as an injured accident victim, you are required to prove that the at-fault party acted negligently, and those actions caused the accident, injuries, and damages. The theory of negligence is made up of 3 parts:
Duty of Care
In Florida, drivers owe other motorists an obligation or “Duty of Care” to driver safety and to avoid injuring other people. In personal injury cases, the question is, “how much care was reasonably expected?”
For example, all drivers are required to have a driver’s license, drive responsibly, and drive sober. In other words, drivers must exercise reasonable measures to avoid an accident. If the at-fault driver was found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they would have breached their Duty of Care. Accident victims harmed by the negligent actions of another need an attorney to prove that the at-fault driver acted in an unreasonable way leading to the accident.
Breach of Duty
After your personal injury attorney has established that the at-fault party had a Duty of Care toward you or your loved one, the next phase of providing negligence is proving the at-fault party breached that duty. In other words, the at-fault party did not fulfill their obligations. When the at-fault party breaches that duty of care, they may be shown to have been negligent. One example is failing to repair a rotted wood balcony railing at an apartment building for several months. Florida courts call this failure to properly maintain a safety railing, “negligence.” The courts will also determine if the defendant caused a dangerous circumstance and how long the dangerous circumstance was allowed to continue.
After your personal injury attorney has demonstrated that the at-fault party had a Duty of Care and that the individual or individuals breached that Duty of Care, your lawyer must prove the Breach of Duty caused the accident, injury, and/or death.
For example, the at-fault driver had a duty to drive sober. The driver failed to drive sober, as determined by law enforcement. The driver was not able to control and operate their vehicle, causing the driver to rear-end the victim at a high rate of speed, causing an accident and accident-related injuries.
Proving causation is critical in a personal injury case. However, proving negligence does not mean the negligence caused your injuries. There are several ways accident insurance defense attorneys attack the victim’s case. For example, the accident victim may have pre-existing medical conditions. The insurance defense attorneys may argue that the accident didn’t cause the injury, but the injury was simply “aggravated,” an existing injury.
Understanding the personal injury claims process and retaining an aggressive Florida personal injury attorney increases your chances of winning your case and receiving just compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one have been hurt or if a loved one has been fatally injured, call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110 for your free case review and consultation. Protect your rights today. Nosotros hablamos español.
What Kind of Damages Could You Receive in a Florida Personal Injury Case
Damages are defined as the economic and non-economic costs that are suffered by one person and caused by another. An example of non-economic damages is known as “pain and suffering.” Economic damages would include medical bills related to the accident.
Personal injury victims seek damages by filing a legal claim and/or by filing a personal injury lawsuit. The legal action demands a specified amount of compensation that the injured party or “Plaintiff” wants in order to be “made whole” through Florida’s civil court system.
It is important to understand that every case is unique, and Florida law outlines which damages a claimant may pursue.
Florida personal injury cases generally seek the following compensatory damages:
- Medical Expenses: Medical expenses include medical care, diagnostic tests, therapy, surgical costs, medications, and medical equipment.
- Future Medical Care: Future medical care and treatment is typically an estimation of all future medical expenses such as therapy, medications, surgeries, and equipment.
- Property Damage: Property damage typically includes all types of property damage such as car repairs, house repairs, sign repairs, electronic repairs, and other types of property damaged in an accident.
- Lost Income: Lost income is another economic damage that may be pursued in many personal injury claims. Your attorney may calculate any missed work hours or sick days used in connection with the accident into the overall settlement or lawsuit demand. The calculation may also include any loss of job or income change caused by the necessity to change careers due to the accident. For example, if an electrician loses both of his hands in an accident, they would not continue their career as an electrician.
- Emotional Distress: People who have been harmed in an accident often suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other emotional and psychological injuries such as anxiety, fear, depression, and stress. In some personal injury cases, Emotional Stress is part of Pain and Suffering.
- Pain and Suffering: Seeking compensation for pain and suffering sustained in an accident can be very subjective and may depend upon the facts and circumstances in the case.
- Loss of Relationships: If the accident caused you to lose a loved one, you might be able to seek compensation. When someone loses a partner or spouse, this sort of damage is known as “Loss of Consortium.”
- Punitive Damages: Not every personal injury case in Florida will qualify to pursue Punitive Damages. “Punitive Damages” is a separate monetary award intended to punish the at-fault party so severely that they will not act similarly in the future.
HOW TO FILE A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM IN FLORIDA
A personal injury victim files their claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company before filing a lawsuit in Florida. Once the claimant files their personal injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, the insurance company is then put on notice of a potential personal injury lawsuit. After the injury claim is filed and the claimant has finished all of their medical treatment, the plaintiff’s lawyers will collect the medical bills and records from the plaintiff’s medical providers. Your Florida personal injury attorney will then submit a settlement demand package to the at-fault party’s insurance claims adjuster. The plaintiff’s personal injury attorney will send a letter of introduction, which includes a monetary demand for settlement.
Negotiating the Personal Injury Settlement
If the at-fault party’s insurance company agrees that their policyholder was at fault in a personal injury case, the insurance claim adjuster will review the plaintiff’s settlement demand package. At that time, the insurance company representative may extend an initial settlement offer to the claimant to start the process. The first offer is almost always a low-ball offer, and the first offer is never usually accepted by the claimant.
The claimant’s attorney then begins to negotiate on behalf of the claimant. The counter-demands go back and forth until the two parties reach a settlement agreement. Settlement negotiations last for several weeks to several months, depending on the circumstances of the case and the parties involved.
Filing and Litigating a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida
If the Plaintiff and Defendant cannot reach a settlement, the plaintiff may file and litigate a personal injury lawsuit with the Florida civil court system. Some injury cases are filed in local courts, while others are filed in Federal court. Most Florida personal injury cases never go to trial and are settled out of court. This is due to the cost of defending against a personal injury lawsuit and the risk of losing a personal injury lawsuit. In some cases, jury verdicts were substantially more money than the original settlement demand.
Florida Personal Injury Jury Trials
The decision to proceed with a jury trial is one of the most important decisions to make because Florida jury trials are often highly emotional, long-drawn, and tiresome. Our Florida personal injury attorneys always help our clients weigh the pros and cons of proceeding with a jury trial.
Florida civil jury trials consist of several steps, including:
- Pretrial motions,
- Witness depositions,
- Jury selection,
- Opening statements,
- The examination of witnesses,
- The cross-examination of witnesses,
- The recitation of jury instructions,
- Closing arguments,
- Jury deliberations, and
- The jury’s verdict.
Contact Our South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys for Your Free Consultation and Case Evaluation
Fuentes Berrio Schutt represents injury victims and families of fatal injury victims throughout the State of Florida. Our attorneys are available to meet you at your home, place of work, hospital, or any other place throughout Palm Beach County and Broward County and especially the cities of Deerfield Beach, Lake Worth, Pompano, Hillsboro, and Highland Beach.
Fuentes Berrio Schutt is here to help accident victims receive the financial compensation that they deserve for their claims. Call us 24/7 at 954-752-1110 for your free case review and consultation. Protect your rights today. Nosotros hablamos español.