If you experience an accident, the personal injury lawyers here at Sokoloff & Weinstein in West Palm Beach and Vero Beach, Florida are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys can help you navigate the process and ensure you get what is due to you in the event of an accident on the road, at home, or at work. We are client-focused and dedicated to giving you the best representation available.

There are different types of compensation that a personal injury attorney can help you receive. Economic damages, which include measurable expenses such as medical bills and lost wages, are the simplest damages to claim. Non-economic damages are more difficult to define and quantify, including pain and suffering, mental anguish, worsening, aggravation and/or activation of previous injuries, and more.

Before you accept any offer from an insurance company, consult with a personal injury attorney here at Sokoloff & Weinstein first. Insurance companies typically offer a settlement that is less than what you deserve, and our attorneys can help you determine the best course of action.

The most common types of injuries reported in West Palm Beach and Vero Beach are slip or trip-and-fall incidents and road accidents, which range in severity from minor to fatal. Regardless of the cause, compensation must be appropriate to the severity of the injury.

Our attorneys at Sokoloff & Weinstein have decades of combined experience in the personal injury claim industry and we have established ourselves as a firm that works tirelessly to get clients the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers will keep you up to date with all the developments of your personal injury claim and fight for justice. Your life shouldn’t be inconvenienced because of the negligence of another party.

We are a “no-win, no-fee” practice with locations in West Palm Beach and Vero Beach, FL, meaning that we will not charge any fees until your case is successfully concluded. That means no payments upfront. When your case is closed successfully, we will then be paid a percentage from the sum that is awarded to you. It also means that, if you do not win the case, we charge you absolutely nothing.

If you would like to learn more about us and find out why we should be your first choice for lodging your personal injury claim in West Palm Beach, Vero Beach, or in the surrounding areas, contact Sokoloff & Weinstein today. Our team of personal injury lawyers will happily provide you with all the information you will need to make informed decisions regarding your personal injury claim.

For almost 30 years, Sokoloff and Weinstein, P.A. has helped people like you recover damages from: 

  • Auto accident injuries 
  • Motorcycle accidents 
  • Bus accidents 
  • Medical malpractice 
  • Workplace injuries 
  • Slip and fall accidents 
  • Wrongful death 

If you have been injured because of someone else’s actions, personal injury law provides the opportunity for you to claim for past and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. 

Is it Worth Consulting a Personal Injury Attorney? 

Pivotal to your case is demonstrating that a person caused harm either by accident or through their reckless behavior. In a personal injury lawsuit, you, the plaintiff, have the burden of proving negligence. This involves confirming that the defendant owed you a duty of care. Then you will need to argue that they breached that duty. Furthermore, you must show that the breach of duty caused you harm. Finally, proof of damages because of the harm is needed. 

That all entails a lot of work for you when you are at your lowest. Even if you gather sufficient evidence, insurance companies and big corporations are armed with a bevy of attorneys ready to slash your claim to a pittance. Even worse, they could trip you up with the slightest mistake and have your case thrown out. 

On the flip side, injured parties who have attorney representation receive an average of 3.5 times higher settlements than those without. Moreover, 85% of all insurance companies pay-outs for bodily injury claims are paid to plaintiffs represented by a lawyer. 

What Does a Personal Injury Case Involve?

Because there are two sides to a personal injury lawsuit, your personal injury lawyer will use a two-pronged approach to win your case.

  1. Proving that the defendant was negligent. First by verifying that they had a duty to prevent harm to you. Second, that they breached their duty by not foreseeing risks that should be obvious to a reasonable person with the same duty of care and/or mitigating those risks from becoming a reality. Third, that you were injured because of that person who owed a duty and failed to do so. Finally, fourth, by demonstrating that your injuries were a direct and proximate result of the above.
  2. Proving that the plaintiff (you) has been injured or harmed (physical, psychological, or financial loss) and establishing the amount of damages required to overcome the loss you have endured from the accident.

A personal injury claim seeks reimbursement for costs/damages incurred because of your injury:

    • Immediate and future medical bills
    • Lost earnings and/or loss of earning capacity
    • Pain and suffering associated with your injury and the required medical treatment
    • Emotional distress linked to your mental and emotional state post-accident
    • Loss of consortium (companionship) if the accident killed your partner or resulted in the termination of your relationship
    • Punitive damages to penalise particularly egregious defendants.

Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit Necessary?

Why should you have to suffer when you have become ill or been injured at work, on the road, or because of another’s actions or failure to act? Not only do you need and deserve damages, but by acting against the person, company, or entity responsible for your injury or illness, you are holding them accountable and hopefully also preventing further such occurrences. 

An experienced personal injury attorney can talk you through the legal jargon, advise you on your rights to compensation, and deal with intimidating insurance companies. Let the personal injury lawyers at Sokoloff & Weinstein take care of the legal legwork so that you are free to focus on healing. 

If you have been in an accident or experienced any injury resulting from someone else’s negligence, you may be left wondering what the next step should be. What should you do about your medical costs and lost wages? Who was to blame for the accident, and can you claim compensation from them? If so, how much? That’s when you need to consult a personal injury lawyer to help. While you are not legally obligated to get a lawyer in these cases and you can try to file a claim yourself, having the help of an experienced personal injury attorney will help ensure that you get the full compensation you are entitled to.

If you have had to miss work and lose any income after an accident, you can file a claim for the lost revenue. The claim is included in a larger personal injury case, which would also include claims for medical costs and other damages. 

Personal injury cases have many different causes. Road accidents are among the most common, but there is a wide variety of others, ranging from slip or trip-and-fall incidents to trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, biking, and pedestrian accidents, scooter accidents, slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, defective products, brain injuries, wrongful death, and any other incident resulting in a serious medical condition.  

After being involved in an accident, in an automobile crash, you should claim directly from your personal injury protection insurance (PIP), regardless of who is at fault (hence Florida a ‘no-fault’ state). That is typically the primary source of paying what health insurance would have otherwise paid in circumstance not involving a motor vehicle injury. You can also choose to seek additional compensation from an at-fault party. Such parties may include another road user, in the event of a car accident, the manufacturer of a defective product, diminished value of the vehicle after a crash, or perhaps your employer if your accident happens at work.

If your accident happens at work, it falls under the scope of workers’ compensation. You can’t typically sue your employer (unless there was a dangerous condition on the premises caused by an independent 3rd party, contractor, etc., which may involve a separate tort/personal injury claim), but you could be eligible for a workman’s compensation claim. This claim would cover the costs of your medical treatment and a portion of your lost wages.  

Timelines differ for personal injury cases. It depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the settlement. If you are claiming a significant amount, we find that the insurance company will likely delay settlement for as long as it takes to reduce the agreed amount and/or to make the payment. In the end, it depends on what you are up against and how much you are trying to claim, as well as how long it takes for the two sides to argue their respective cases. Another factor is whether the case is settled out of court or has to be submitted to a judge and jury. 

If you have had an accident and experienced injuries because of someone else’s negligence, you likely have a case. Many people hesitate to file a claim because they believe they don’t have a case or are tempted to accept whatever the insurance company offers them. The best way to know if you have a decent case is to consult a personal injury attorney.

The main criterion that determines whether you have a case is that you have experienced injuries and/or damages that have cost you money. It is quite possible that you could have injuries you are not even aware of. You could feel fine for a long time after the accident, only to find that you have whiplash or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Until a medical professional conducts a thorough examination, there is no way to know that you have injuries that would merit a personal injury claim.

If you have experienced a personal injury in West Palm Beach or Vero Beach, consult a lawyer at Sokoloff & Weinstein. We will examine your case and determine whether you have a strong claim. We can then fight on your behalf to get you the compensation that is due to you. For more information about our personal injury attorneys, contact us to book a consultation. 

Contact a personal injury lawyer at Sokoloff and Weinstein, P.A. today to discuss your claim.