Unfortunately, people are injured in shootings every day. In most cases, the shooter is held criminally responsible for the shooting. In some cases, the owner of the property where the shooting occurred is held liable in civil proceedings for failing to provide adequate security. How? In Florida, property owners and property managers are required to protect individuals on their property from foreseeable third-party crime. That being said, if a property owner or property manager fails to warn you about potential third-party crime, or if they fail to protect you from third party crime, and you are shot, then you should speak to an attorney at The Law Office of Matthew C. Williams about your situation. There is a good chance Attorney Williams can recover money for your injuries.
The exact amount of money that you receive after being injured in a shooting depends on a few factors. The extent of your injuries, your medical bills and the property owner’s insurance policy limits are the three most important components in determining how much money you’ll receive (in most cases businesses have a commercial general liability policy with a $1 million policy limit). Future medical costs, pain and suffering, and how much time you missed from work will also be considered in determining the amount of compensation you’re eligible for. Some people question why the property owner is responsible for a shooting committed by someone else, but the property owner had a legal duty to protect you from the shooting. Also, the purpose of receiving money after a shooting is to “make you whole” again, or to put you back in the position you were in before the shooting. In most cases, making you “whole” is nearly impossible, so the money you receive is supposed to get you back to a place of normalcy like the shooting never happened.
The extent of your injuries is always a major factor in evaluating a negligent security claim, but the exact value of injuries can be difficult to calculate since everyone’s injuries are valued differently. For example, a shooting involving a young Olympic athlete who remains in the hospital for 2 months and can never walk again without assistance will be valued differently than a shooting involving a young man who is grazed in the arm and does not have permanent injuries. That is true because the Olympic athlete’s earning capacity will be diminished much greater than the other young man’s earning capacity. It is also true because the Olympic athlete’s past and future medical costs will be higher, and because the Olympic athlete had to endure much more pain and suffering. Obviously, the young man who was grazed would still receive compensation for his injuries, but the Olympic athlete would likely be able to recover far more for his or her damages given the differences in their injuries.
Medical bills are objective and can be easily calculated, but damages for pain and suffering are extremely subjective. Using our example above, the Olympic athlete and the other young man man will likely recover different amounts of compensation for damages arising out of pain and suffering at the time of the accident since they experienced vastly different injuries. They also had and will have different experiences with how long the pain lasted, how much they continue to suffer and how much they plan to rehabilitate their injuries. The Olympic athlete in our example may require multiple surgeries and physical therapy in the future as he or she attempts to learn to walk/run again, while the young man who was grazed may decide to never seek any follow up treatment. Even when injuries are similar in nature, damages for pain and suffering or future medical costs may be drastically different.
The Law Office of Matthew C. Williams has recovered millions of dollars for clients injured in shootings, and we can help you recover a significant amount of money if you were injured in a shooting as well. If you have been injured in a shooting or some other situation, then you should contact The Law Office of Matthew C. Williams to determine how much compensation you can receive for your injuries. Insurance companies will oftentimes dispute liability, argue your injuries are not as bad as they seem, or they will delay their case until you are willing to settle for less than your case is worth, but with the help of Attorney Williams, you will have the same resources, financial backing and experience that the insurance companies have.
The Law Office of Matthew C. Williams focuses primarily on negligent security matters and we take pride in having a personal relationship with their clients. Attorney Williams treats his clients like family because he knows what they are dealing with is always more than just a case, and he refuses to let adjusters, defense lawyers, or big insurance stand in the way of getting his clients what they deserve. He obtains results for his clients and he’ll do the same for you, so give The Law Office of Matthew C. Williams a call to find out what your case is worth today.
Slip and falls are usually unexpected, embarrassing and painful. The last thing anyone wants to do after falling is continue reliving the incident, but here are some steps you should take immediately after falling that may be helpful for you and your attorney in the future.
One of the most important things you need to do is seek medical treatment for your injuries. Oftentimes, the pain you experience immediately after a slip and fall is minimal, but in most cases the pain increases over time. Despite how you initially feel, seeking immediate medical treatment for your injuries is important because it prevents defense lawyers and insurance companies from later arguing that your injuries are superficial or exaggerated. It also documents the fact that you actually have injuries and helps prevent the value of your case from decreasing. You also need to follow any recommendations you receive from your medical provider. If you don’t follow recommendations and/or complete follow up treatment then the value of your case will decline, so make sure you seek medical treatment and follow all of the recommendations that you receive from medical professionals.
If you do not go to the emergency room via ambulance, then you also need to do everything you can to document the incident with the landlord, property owner or store manager before you leave the property. Even if you are taken to the emergency room via ambulance, you should report the incident to the landlord, property owner or store manager over the phone as soon as possible. You also need to make sure the person who you report the incident to documents your slip and fall on some sort of incident report form. Also, do everything you can to get a copy of the incident report or the accident report after the incident is reported. Insurance companies do everything they can to avoid paying out a claim, and taking steps to report the incident can prevent defense lawyers or the insurance company from denying the incident ever happened.
In addition, you should take as many pictures as you can of the area where you fell. You should take pictures from different angles and you should obtain video footage if you can. Your attorney may not be able to obtain surveillance from the store or business, so the photographs and footage that you record may end up being the only visually documentation of the incident that anybody has. Without photos of a wet floor, unsecure floor mat or other dangerous condition, the insurance company will oftentimes deny that there was any substance on the floor in the first place. That being said, take as many phots as you can before the conditions change.
Furthermore, you should try to find out how long the dangerous condition that you slipped on was on the ground. The longer the condition was there the stronger your claim is against the landowner or businessowner. Along those same lines, if the dangerous condition was not there long and the landowner or businessowner was not aware of the dangerous condition then they may not be liable for your injuries, so finding out how long the dangerous condition was present can be helpful as well.
Also, obtain witness information if there are other witnesses present. These witnesses can help verify the fact that you fell, the fact that there was a dangerous condition on the ground and the fact that you did not fall on your own. If you don’t obtain contact information for witnesses who are present then your lawyer may never be able to contact them again.
Last but not least, contact your lawyer. While you don’t always have to call a lawyer the same day you are injured, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so your lawyer can take steps to preserve evidence and document your injuries before that information is no longer available. You also want to avoid running into an issue with the statute of limitations as it applies to your slip and fall. The statute of limitations puts a limit on the amount of time that you have to file a lawsuit arising out of your slip and fall. In Florida, if you are injured in a slip and fall then you have four years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit. If the lawsuit is not filed within that four-year period then you will not be able to move forward with your lawsuit.
If you have been injured in a slip and fall or trip and fall, then call the Law Office of Matthew C. Williams today. We can represent you in your slip and fall claim and we can answer any questions you have about the process of filing a personal injury claim in Florida. We can also talk to you about the value of your case. Attorney Williams treats his clients like family because he knows what they are dealing with is always more than just a case, and he refuses to let adjusters, defense lawyers, or big insurance stand in the way of getting his clients what they deserve. He obtains results for his clients and he’ll do the same for you for you, so give The Law Office of Matthew Williams a call to find out what your case is worth today.
You should always contact a lawyer after you’ve been injured in a car accident. Even if you don’t think you are seriously injured, you should still call an attorney to discuss the accident, your injuries and your rights when dealing with insurance companies.
The first benefit of having a lawyer is the actual relationship you have with your lawyer. When you meet with a lawyer, your lawyer should go over the facts of your case. They should take the time to explain the process of pursuing a personal injury claim. They should answer any questions you have about pursuing your claim. The relationship you have with your lawyer is significant. Once you establish that relationship, there is a good chance that you will feel more confident and comfortable pursuing your personal injury claim.
The second benefit is the experience and knowledge your attorney brings to the table. Your insurance company has adjusters and lawyers who begin working on your case immediately. Their adjusters and lawyers are trained by the insurance company, and they work hard to minimize your claim and any potential money they owe you. They have years of experience handling car accident claims, and they’ll be able to take advantage of your lack of training when negotiating a resolution to your case.
The insurance company will often reach out to you and offer you a small payment for your injuries in the days immediately following the car accident. In most cases, if you accept the payment, you will waive your right to pursue any further claim. You need to speak to a lawyer before you accept any payments or settlements from an insurance company. Having a lawyer levels the playing field. In almost every case, having a lawyer increases the compensation you are offered by the insurance company.
Suppose your medical bills exceed the coverage limits of your policy. In that case, you may be required to seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. Their adjusters and lawyers are also well trained. Having an attorney to represent you through the bodily injury claim process in Florida can help you receive a higher settlement and protect you from costly mistakes and help obtain a faster payout. An attorney can help with the accident investigation. They can help with your records’ organization for presentation to the insurance company, and your attorney can use their expertise to help determine your case’s value. Your attorney’s understanding of negotiations and experience with the rules of evidence, courtroom procedures, and the local jury pool’s characteristics can also play a major factor in the amount of compensation the insurance company is willing to offer you.
There are many more benefits to retaining a lawyer after your car accident. Still, it’s not just important to choose any lawyer; it’s essential for you to choose the right lawyer. The Law Office of Matthew Williams, in Tallahassee, Florida, focuses primarily on personal injury matters in the North Florida area. They take pride in having a personal relationship with their clients. Attorney Williams treats his clients like family because he knows what they are dealing with is always more than just a case, and he refuses to let adjusters, defense lawyers, or big insurance stand in the way of getting his clients what they deserve. He obtains results for his clients, and he’ll do the same for you, so give The Law Office of Matthew Williams a call to find out what your case is worth today.