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Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer

Sarasota, located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, offers pristine beaches and Mediterranean Revival architecture. However, life is unpredictable, and an accident can disrupt your life, affecting the stability of your health and finances. Whether you are facing an extended period away from work or adapting to a permanent disability, our team of personal injury lawyers at Kogan & DiSalvo understands the challenges you may be facing.

If you were hurt due to the negligence of another party, it’s crucial to remember that you have the right to compensation for your losses and damages.  We are ready to assist you in navigating the complexities of a personal injury claim. Schedule a free consultation. We can assess the viability of your case and explore the legal options available to you.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

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At Kogan & DiSalvo, our experienced and dedicated team is well-versed in handling a wide range of personal injury cases, including the following:

Please do not assume that the at-fault party or their insurance company will consider what’s best for you. For the most part, they are only interested in shifting blame and minimizing or avoiding payouts. Level the playing field with experienced legal counsel.

Steps to Take After Suffering a Personal Injury

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If you’ve been hurt in an accident, the aftermath is often overwhelming. However, taking the right steps can protect your health and your legal rights.

Steps to take after an accident include the following:

  1. File A Police Report: Call 911 to ensure prompt emergency medical assistance and to report the incident to law enforcement. You should also obtain a copy of the police report for your records. This document is crucial for potential legal proceedings.
  2. Obtain Information from all involved parties. Ensure you gather the name, address, phone number, license plate number, vehicle make and model, and insurance information (policy number and carrier) from anyone involved in the car accident.
  3. File an insurance claim. Notify your insurance company even if you are not at fault.
  4. Gather and Preserve Evidence: If your injuries do not require emergency medical attention, gather evidence at the accident scene. For example, obtain the contact information of witnesses. In addition, take pictures or videos of the accident scene, including damage to the vehicles, weather conditions, skid marks, and your injuries.
  5. Obtain medical treatment. This safeguards your health and legal rights, as the resulting documentation may prove invaluable in supporting your injury claim.

Finally, consulting with an attorney early in the process is crucial to building a solid case for compensation.

What Types of Compensation Can We Help You Recover?

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If you have been seriously injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover the following damages:

Economic Damages: These include everything that has an objective cost, including:

  • Bills from physicians, hospitals, therapists, and other medical service providers. 
  • Wages and salary that the accident victim is unable to earn while recuperating.
  • Transportation costs to appointments for medical services and therapy.
  • Damage to your property, e.g., your vehicle.
  • Expenses for medications, mobility assistance devices, and modifications to living spaces.

Non economic Damages: This component of your personal injury compensation includes:

  • Reimbursement for the pain and suffering you experienced from the accident and the recovery process.
  • Payments for permanent scarring, disfigurement, or disabilities.
  • Recognition of the value of the loss of enjoyment of your regular daily activities.
  • Impairment of your relationships with your spouse, family, and friends due to your injuries.
  • The lingering psychological effects of trauma resulting from your accident.

How The Personal Injury Lawyers of Kogan & DiSalvo Can Help You

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In the aftermath of an accident, the at-fault party and their insurance company often try to minimize or deny the seriousness of your injuries. They may offer compensation that falls short of what you deserve.  Because these cases are often resolved through settlement negotiations, you need an aggressive legal team advocating for your rights.

We thoroughly investigate your accident to present the most compelling case for damages. For example, in a car accident, we would obtain the following evidence: medical records, the official accident report from law enforcement, eyewitness testimony, testimony by expert witnesses like accident reconstructionists, photos from the crash scene, vehicle damage and debris, and video surveillance footage or dashcam footage.

The legal process is often overwhelming, and dealing with insurance companies can be daunting. These corporations have substantial resources, including legal teams of their own. To level the playing field, seek an experienced attorney who will handle every aspect of your case, vigorously fight for your rights, and guide you through this complex process.

Proving Negligence in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

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Proving negligence is crucial because Florida is now a modified comparative negligence jurisdiction. If the injured party or the plaintiff is found to be 51 percent or more at fault for the accident, they are barred from recovering compensation for their damages. However, if the plaintiff is found 50 percent or less at fault, their recovery is reduced proportionally to their fault.

For example, in a pedestrian accident, you may be found 20% liable because you were sending a text at the time of the accident. In that case, your award would be reduced by that amount.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Case in Sarasota?

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The time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit, known as the statute of limitations, varies depending on the jurisdiction. In Florida, it is generally two years from the accident date. Although there are some exceptions, it’s wise to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible because important evidence may be challenging to locate, e.g., most CCTV footage is erased regularly.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer Today

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You may have grounds for a personal injury claim if you or a loved one were injured due to another party’s negligence or reckless actions. The physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial stress can be overwhelming. However, we can help.

Our mission is to provide you with compassionate legal support in every step of the process and hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. At Kogan & DiSalvo, we have helped countless personal injury victims in Sarasota County and across Florida obtain justice and recover fair and reasonable compensation. Schedule a free consultation today. Since we work on a contingency fee basis, you will not pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for your injuries.

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