Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando
What is a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando? You’ll find that the job of a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando is a very general concept. As a general rule, a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando has two basic hats: (a) Defense, or (b) Plaintiff. In other words, the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando either defends personal injury lawsuits or he files for the plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit. Consider some other general definitions of the job of a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando. First, try to Google “Personal Injury Lawyer.” Or check out the Wikipedia page on Personal Injury Lawyers. Also try a more specific Google search for Orlando: Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando
As you can see “Personal Injury” and the role of a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando are broad concepts covering multiple areas, multiple accidents, multiple fields, with one specific idea in mind: Personal Injury. In other words, when you talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando, the primary focus is going to be whether you are injured, who injured you, how they injured you, were you responsible for the injury in any significant way, and how injured you are.
In order to recover in a personal injury lawsuit, the personal injury lawyer Orlando for the plaintiff must show that there was (a) an injury, (b) that was caused by the fault of another (either intentional or negligent behavior). When you talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando, the first question is probably going to be “what is your injury?” Without an injury there is no personal injury lawsuit. For example, if you fall down in the grocery store because of water negligently left on the floor by a cleaning crew….and that fall causes you to break your kneecap and you have to go to the emergency room, you can’t work for months, you require multiple surgeries….then you likely have a good personal injury case and you should immediately call a Personal Injury Law Orlando.
However, if you fall down in that same example because of the water negligently left on the floor by the cleaning crew….and that fall causes you to suffer a minor bruise with no lasting injury other than a day of soreness….your case is probably not as good. However, just because it is not as good that doesn’t mean that you can’t recover, always talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando. Accordingly, while you can recover for a minor bruise and the injury, you have to ask yourself, “What did the damage cost me?” Maybe a bruise and minor soreness for a day is worth a few hundred dollars. But is that worth the cost of litigation? If however, you believe that you should be compensated for the bruise, you still have some options. For example, you could contact a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando and ask to file a demand letter. Essentially this is a pre-litigation tactic often used by parties who don’t want to shell out the large sums of money required to file lawsuits. It’s more of a feeler and allows the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando to feel out the position by the store. Sometimes these feeler letters are successful and money is obtained relatively quickly. However, if these letters are unsuccessful, the next step is filing a lawsuit with a personal injury lawyer Orlando.
Where damages are light, such as a bruised hip, an experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando would likely help you for an hourly fee in drafting small claims paperwork for your own civil lawsuit. However, if you want to go after the Defendant for larger sums of money, and you feel you were harmed or injured in a significant way, you will be able to go forward with a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando with litigation. There are three traditional ways of moving forward with a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando:
- Contingency Fee: If the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando feels strongly about your case, and feels strongly about recovering a LARGE monetary sum you will likely be offered a contingency fee agreement. That fee agreement basically says that you owe nothing until a settlement agreement is reached. A straight contingency doesn’t have a cap or a floor. In other words, it’s up to the injured party to accept the settlement fee. If it’s an incredibly high amount, the personal injury lawyer Orlando MUST present the fee agreement to you prior to him settling. If you reject, then the lawsuit moves forward without settlement.
- Contingency Fee w/ pre-authorized floor: If the Personal Injury lawyer Orlando feels strongly about your case, but there is a large disagreement about what the lawsuit is worth (i.e. client may think lawsuit is a 1 million dollar lawsuit and lawyer thinks it’s a 30k lawsuit) then the lawyer may accept the case on contingency but require that the injured party set a floor on what he would accept. In other words, he gives pre-authorization for the lawyer to accept a specific monetary amount. This protects the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando from unreasonable plaintiffs who are overvaluing their lawsuit. For example, a lawyer without this sort of floor in the contract could spend months arguing for 30k and he finally gets it, which is about the most the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando thinks the case is worth. BUT the client wants a million and refuses to settle. The Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando knows the case will never be worth a million dollars. The personal injury lawyer Orlando would essentially be stuck with a case where he cannot win, because there is a client with unreasonable expectations. Hence, this language is sometimes necessary where the client has unrealistic expectations going into a case.
- Hourly: If the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando is DEFENDING a civil lawsuit or he is for the PLAINTIFF but is uncertain of recovery he will charge hourly. This protects the personal injury lawyer Orlando for his time put into the case. This is basically the same as a Flat Rate, but hourly is more often used when you’re dealing with a corporate client who you are not concerned with invoice billing and actually receiving compensation for work performed. A modification of this can be used for non corporate clients where a retainer is used, client billed in advance.
- Flat Rate: This is a lot like Hourly. If the Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando is DEFENDING a civil lawsuit or he is for the PLAINTIFF but is uncertain of recovery he will charge a flat rate. This protects the lawyer for his time put into the case. This is basically the same as a Hourly, but just a different variation.
It is always important to talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando in the very beginning to preserve your rights. If you believe that you were harmed or injured because of the fault of another, please contact the Smith & Eulo Law Firm at (407) 930-8912 and ask to talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer Orlando.