Florida Personal Injury
Uman Law Firm handles all kinds of serious personal injury cases including, but not limited to the following:
“Personal Injury” means any type of injury that an individual can suffer. A personal injury can be a physical injury, a mental injury, or both. Personal injuries can range from minor whiplash injuries to catastrophic injuries such as spinal chord injuries, paralysis, brain damage, and post traumatic stress. The term “Personal Injury” is also commonly used to describe the body of law that addresses injuries suffered by individuals as a result of the negligence of another person, professional, corporation, or city, state, or other governmental agency. A person or entity is “negligent” when their actions are not reasonable or prudent. Negligence can be a simple mistake. If a person fails to stop at a red light or fails to yield the right of way, for example, that conduct is negligent. Other common examples of negligence include the failure to maintain proper following distance (which often results in a rear-end car accident), driving too fast for conditions, and making an inappropriate turn.If your personal injury was caused by the negligence of another, you are entitled to recover money damages for your past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage. In most instances, insurance companies are responsible to pay for the negligence of their insureds. Unfortunately, the insurance companies know and employ many, sometimes dirty, tactics to take advantage of numerous technicalities to avoid their responsibilities to the general public. That is, of course, the reason that the insurance industry is the single most profitable industry in the United States. Here are some examples of insurance company tricks:1. Arrival at the scene of the accident. Insurance companies like to advertise that they are the first on the scene. What they don’t tell you how they benefit, and how you suffer, from such a tactic. Insurance companies know the potential value of a case. They also know that the best time to take advantage of an accident victim is right after the accident, when you are in pain, in shock, confused, and vulnerable. The insurance companies will try to pay you off early, before you consult a doctor, before your injuries are properly diagnosed, and before you learn the true value of your case. Once you settle with the insurance company, you will be forever barred from recovering additional compensation, even if it is later determined that you require surgery. 2. Telling you to trust your own insurance company. Your insurance company is not on your side. Your insurance company only makes money when it denies or minimizes your claim. The fact that you have paid premiums for years does not matter to the insurance adjuster looking for a promotion by denying your claim. 3. Taking your statement. The best way to deny or minimize your claim is to use your words against you. That is why insurance companies like to take your recorded statement early, when you are in pain, confused, and vulnerable, before you have been properly diagnosed by a doctor and before you have consulted with an attorney. Many time, the insurance adjuster for the negligent party will tell you that you are obligated to give a statement. This is a lie. While your insurance policy may require a statement under limited circumstances, that may not be true depending upon the intended purpose of the statement. You should never give anyone a statement before consulting an attorney. 4. Sending a settlement and release. Once you sign a release, you are forever barred from suing the negligent party. Insurance companies like to disguise their releases when they send small settlement checks. Often times, the language of the release will be contained in the check itself. By cashing what you may believe to be a partial payment, you may be forever barring yourself from recovering from a negligent party that injured you. As a former insurance company attorney, Jon D. Uman is well aware of the tactics of those companies and knows how to defeat them. If you are injured in an accident, protect yourself by following a few simple rules: Do not be in a hurry to settle your claim. The statute of limitations in Florida for personal injury cases is four years. That is a long time to make informed decisions about your life. Do not give a statement or sign any papers. Call the Uman Law Firm for a free consultation. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury because of the negligence of another, contact the Uman Law Firm for a free consultation with Jon D. Uman. Home and hospital visits, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, are available if you are unable to travel to the main office in Gainesville. The Uman Law Firm represents clients located throughout north and central Florida, including the Gainesville, Florida area (Alachua County, Baker County, Bradford County, Union County, Levy County, Gilchrist County, Dixie County), Palatka, Florida area (Putnam County, St. Johns County), Ocala, Florida area (Marion County, Lake County), Tallahasse, Florida area (Leon County), Jacksonville, Florida area (Duval County) and the Orlando, Florida area (Orange County and Osceola County). Please see practice jurisdictions for a more complete list of representative jurisdictions.
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