FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

Medical problems caused by an accident may not be fully recognized for months or even years after the accident. Losses from medical bills, decreased earning potential, and many other problems can pile up unexpectedly. Insurance adjustors have an incentive to settle claims for as little as possible, but an attorney with experience representing personal injury victims and negotiating with insurance companies can analyze your case and determine fair compensation for your losses. The consultation with our firm is free.

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How much is my case worth?

Compensation for your injuries depends on several factors, including the extent of your injuries, physical and mental pain and suffering, the amount and length of medical treatment, economic hardship or financial loss, decreased earning potential, and physical impairment and/or disfigurement. Our firm is skilled in evaluating injury claims and has been representing injured victims for over 30 years, give us a call for a free evaluation.

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Should I accept an insurance company's settlement offer?

Before accepting a settlement, it is always in your best interest to consult an attorney. Adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you. Their job is to settle the matter for the lowest possible cost to the company. An attorney will work for you and ensure that a settlement results in fair compensation for your injuries. You don't want to sign away your rights only to later discover that your injuries and losses were worse than you originally thought.

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Will I be able to recover money even if I am partly at fault?

Yes. In most cases accident victims can recover money even if they are partly to blame for the accident. Ask one of our attorneys to learn more about this complex issue.

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Will I have to go to court?

Many injury claims can be settled through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, without you having to go to court, but we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. At Anderson & Anderson, we can fight in court with the best of them — Timothy G. Anderson, Sr., has been Board Certified as an expert civil trial attorney by the Florida Bar for more than 30 years. But, litigation can be expensive, stressful and time-consuming. We only go to trial when it is necessary to protect your legal rights.

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When should I call an attorney?

You should consult an attorney as soon as possible after being injured. In most cases there are time limits for filing claims after an injury occurs, and if this deadline passes, your claim could be dismissed. In addition, finding witnesses and gathering evidence to support your case becomes more difficult the longer you wait. The call and consultation with us is free, let us help you as soon as possible.

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How do I choose an attorney?

It's imperative to find out how an attorney handled previous cases as many insurance companies will offer lower settlements to clients whose attorney they feel will not bring the case to trial. Florida Bar Board Certified Attorneys have proven that they have extensive trial experience, and our Attorney Timothy G. Anderson, Sr. has been Board Certified by the Florida Bar in civil trial law for more than 30 years. An attorney should be willing to thoroughly explain his or her qualifications and recommendations based on the specific details of your case.

Another very important factor is for you to feel comfortable with your attorney, and confident that your interests will be a top priority. Some law firms market themselves through a figurehead who may never meet with a client. For an injured victim it's important your lawyer is available for you and can directly help you and be by your side throughout the legal process. At Anderson & Anderson, home of 2TimsLaw.com, our slogan "professional experience you need with personal service you deserve" is a commitment to each and every client.

If you've been involved in an accident and are inquiring about various law firms and attorneys, it is important to make sure those you are considering specialize or have experience handling legal cases such as yours. Only a Board Certified Attorney by the Florida Bar can be identified as a "specialist" or "expert" in an area of law. Our Attorney Timothy G. Anderson, Sr. has been a Florida Bar Board Certified civil trial specialist for more than 30 consecutive years.

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Why should I retain your firm?

Some law firms market themselves through a figurehead who may never meet with a client, but our goal is for our lawyers to meet with each and every client. Our attorneys offer the professionalism, integrity and compassion clients deserve. At Anderson & Anderson, home of 2TimsLaw.com, our slogan "professional experience you need with personal service you deserve" is a commitment to each and every client.

Many insurance companies will offer lower settlements to clients whose attorney they feel will not bring the case to trial. Although many injury claims can be settled through negotiation, mediation or arbitration, without you having to go to court, we prepare every case as if it will go to trial. At Anderson & Anderson, we can fight in court with the best of them —Timothy G. Anderson, Sr., has been Board Certified as an expert civil trial attorney by the Florida Bar for more than 30 years.

Our founding partner Timothy G. Anderson, Sr. specializes in civil trial law, the area of law for personal injury claims. Only a Board Certified Attorney by the Florida Bar can be identified as a "specialist" or "expert" in an area of law. Timothy G. Anderson, Sr. has been Board Certified for more than 30 consecutive years- less than 1% percent of licensed Florida attorneys have held this distinction as long as Mr. Anderson. (link this to "Finding the Right Car accident lawyer page)

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How much will the legal process cost?

We provide you with a free, no obligation evaluation of your prospective personal injury claim. We take cases on a contingency fee basis- there are no fees or costs to you unless we win. Medical bills can mount quickly, and in many instances, the injured family member misses work because of the injuries, causing financial hardship on the family. A contingency fee arrangement allows you and your family to receive assistance at a time you need it most.

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How does mediation work?

The simple purpose of mediation is to provide a means whereby parties to a dispute and their attorneys can sit down and attempt to negotiate a reasonable settlement satisfactory to both parties. Mediation is a relatively straightforward process. A mediator, who is an impartial observer, meets with the parties and their attorneys in a relaxed setting in an effort to promote open communication and a spirit of cooperation. Generally, each party and their attorney will present to the other side and to the mediator their reasoning as to why they feel they should win and their chances of winning or losing. The mediator will then meet with the parties together and by questioning and discussion will assist the parties to fairly and properly evaluate their cases.

Oftentimes, a mediator will then meet with a party and his/her attorney in private to discuss both the good points and the bad points about their case. The mediator will likewise meet with the other side to discuss with them the good points and the bad points of their case.

By serving as a third party impartial participant in the process, a mediator attempts to get both sides to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement of the case without further time and attorney fee expense being incurred by the parties to the dispute.

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What insurance should I buy?

Under Florida law, drivers are only required to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance and $10,000 in property damage liability insurance. Bodily Injury insurance coverages for injuries caused to others are not required by Florida law, which is why we always recommend you buy uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages to protect you and your families from harm caused by others. The legally required minimal amount of coverage doesn't even begin to cover the costs of medical treatment, let alone the lost wages and pain and suffering injury victims experience after an accident.

Our staff and attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, home of 2TimsLaw.com, would be glad to discuss this with you in greater detail.

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How does a jury decide damages?

Elements of economic damage include past and future medical expenses, past lost earnings, lost working time, and loss of earning capacity.

Jurors also can compensate an injured party for bodily injury and any resulting pain and suffering, disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience, loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life experienced in the past or to be experienced in the future.

In regards to "pain and suffering" damages the standard Florida Jury Instructions for personal injury claims states, "There is no exact standard for measuring such damage. The amount should be fair and just in the light of the evidence."

The spouse of an injured victim may have a claim for loss of consortium and services.

Contact one of our experienced attorneys at Anderson & Anderson, home of 2TimsLaw.com, to discuss this with you in greater detail.

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