Personal Injury

How Do We Acquire a Personal Injury Settlement?2018-11-15T11:55:13-05:00

A personal injury settlement occurs when your attorney and opposing counsel come to an agreement on the damages you’ll get to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. Your actual settlement amount will vary depending on a host of circumstances, including your level of injury, the type of accident, your employment situation, and what sort of bills you’ve incurred as a result of someone else’s negligence. Your attorney will fight for you at no upfront cost with no hourly fees, but will take a reasonable fee from your final recovery.

The process isn’t instantaneous: Your attorney won’t take the first offer, but will instead go back and forth with opposing counsel to get a dollar amount that is suitable to your circumstances. Once the parties agree on an appropriate amount, it can take up to six weeks to get your money.

How Long Do I Typically Have To Make A Personal Injury Claim If I Was Hurt On Someone’s Property?2018-11-15T11:53:53-05:00

Florida law limits the time you can file a claim if you are injured on someone else’s property. Generally, you have 4 years from the date of the incident. However, the time could be shorter. For example, if the Defendant is a government entity, you may be required to send a specific statutory notice to them within 3 years or the claim could be barred. If the injury occurred at a nursing home, the time could be limited to 2 years. Every case is fact specific and it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible to see if you can bring a claim for your injuries.

Why File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?2018-11-15T11:47:16-05:00

Personal injury lawsuits serve a crucial role. When you suffer an injury that someone else caused, you could be left with massive medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses that shouldn’t be your responsibility.

The change to your life could range from an inconvenience to something you’re not sure you could crawl out from. Either way, that’s why personal injury lawsuits exist: You, the plaintiff, can hold the negligent person or business accountable and get the compensation you deserve and need.

Contact a contingency-fee attorney today if you’ve been injured and want to file a personal injury lawsuit to receive compensation.

Car Accidents

What’s the First Thing I Do After a Car Accident?2018-11-15T17:25:59-05:00

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Workers’ Compensation

How Do You Appeal a Workers’ Comp Denial?2018-11-15T11:56:52-05:00

An injured employee’s claim for benefits may be denied if the insurance company:

  • Denies that an injury occurred on the job;
  • Accuses the employee of fraud or misrepresentation of an injury; and/or
  • Blames a worker’s injury on a preexisting condition.

If a worker’s claim is denied, they have a right to appeal the denial of benefits. Once an employee receives the denial, they can file a petition with a workers’ compensation appeals board in their state.  The process varies by state. In Florida, for example, injured workers filed with the Division of Administrative Hearings, which assigns the case to a judge who will schedule a hearing within 40 days.

What Does a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?2018-11-15T11:55:52-05:00

Our attorneys at Zediker Law Firm help workers who were injured on the job and were denied their workers comp claims. Using our experience advocating for workers, we help them navigate the process of trying to recover the money they might rightfully be owed.

Our attorneys handle on-the-job injury claims involving, but not limited to, the following:

  • Muscular injuries, broken bones, torn ligaments, torn rotator cuffs, and herniated disks from lifting, pushing, or other actions;
  • Sickness from exposure to toxins, including occupational diseases like mesothelioma or Black Lung;
  • Head injuries like concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) from falling objects or falls;
  • Tendonitis or other repetitive motion injuries;
  • Construction accidents;
  • Hearing loss or damage;
  • Cold and heat stress or burn injuries from accidents like electrocution; and
  • Assorted injuries to the back, spinal cord, shoulder, eyes, knees, neck, hip, respiratory organs, ankles, wrists, feet, and hands.
  • Third-party claims: Although workers’ compensation is typically no-fault, employees injured on-the-job by products or machinery could sue the manufacturer of those items to obtain compensation in court (in addition to their filing a standard workers’ compensation claim).

These injuries may be the result of unavoidable accidents, dangerous working environments, inadequate training, or faulty machinery. Under workers’ compensation, however, employees are not required to prove the reason that their injury occurred, as workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that compensates injured workers without regard to negligence or fault.

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