Have you been injured in an accident? Has another party caused you serious harm due to negligence, carelessness or recklessness? If so, you need the assistance of Rodney G. Gregory, an experienced Jacksonville, FL, personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys help injury victims seek compensation for their injuries. When you have been injured, you want a trusted attorney at your side.
Combining Knowledge and Experience
The attorneys of The Gregory Law Firm combine knowledge of law with their experience in the area of personal injury to aggressively represent their clients both inside and outside of the courtroom. Victims suffer physical, emotional and financial damages due to the negligence of another party. Consulting an attorney as soon as possible following an accident increases the likelihood that you will receive fair compensation for your damages.
Understanding Personal Injury Law
Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of issues when one has been physically or emotionally injured, and/or personal property has been damaged. In legal circles, personal injury law is also known as “tort” law, the French word for “wrong.” Personal injury or “tort” law is the body of law that allows one to be compensated in the event that someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or intentional misconduct injures or damages you or your personal belongings. Automobile accidents are classic examples of the types of events covered by tort law. If someone hits the back of your car while you are stopped at a red light, that person commits a tort, and is referred to as the “tortfeasor” (French for “wrongdoer”). In America, that person is generally referred to as the “defendant” once a lawsuit is filed, and the person harmed is called a “plaintiff” or “claimant.”
State Law vs Federal Law
State law usually governs personal injury lawsuits, but federal law may apply in certain circumstances. For example, an injury suffered on federal property may be covered by the Federal Tort Claims Act, or liability for injuries suffered in an airplane crash may be governed by international treaties. A claim for personal injury must be accompanied by an injury that can be compensated. In other words, one must prove an injury in order to seek monetary damages. For example, if you were to slip and fall due to someone else’s fault or negligence, you could not recover damages if you were not injured in some way. The law is concerned with determining who may be responsible (who is “liable,” or has “liability”) for causing injury and how much the responsible party should be required to pay for any damages resulting from the injury.
You deserve to receive compensation for your injuries but you also deserve to see that justice is accomplished. We are ready to see that you receive both.
Fighting for You, Against Insurance Companies
The most important reason to hire an attorney is to level the playing field. When you are injured, the insurance company for the responsible party has a huge incentive to work as hard as possible to decrease the amount it must pay for your claim. To that end, insurance companies have hired a team of professionals including attorneys, adjusters and investigators who begin working on your claim almost immediately after an accident. They are all working against your best interest regardless of what they may tell you in order to gain your trust.
In order to level the playing field, you need an attorney on your side to fight the insurance companies and their agents and representatives. Adjusters will often approach a victim soon after the accident to request a recorded statement or signed medical release. Both of these tactics are used to gain information that may be used against you later in the claims process. The adjusters want to reach you before you have the chance to speak with an attorney.
Your attorney will tell you not to provide a written or recorded statement and not to sign any documents without the attorney first reviewing the document. It is important to have an advocate on your side that has your best interest at heart. It is also very important to have this advocate as soon as possible after the accident.
A Local and Trusted Law Firm
The Gregory Law Firm is a local firm that is part of your community rather than part of a national chain of law firms. We give you the personal attention you need as you work to recover from your injuries and we work to help you through the claims process. You will never be another file in our cabinet or another number on a folder.
If you are unsure about contacting an attorney, let us put your reservations to rest. The at-fault party should be held accountable for his or her negligent actions that resulted in the accident that caused your injuries. You are entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses and pain and suffering. If this requires filing a lawsuit, we will be ready to take your case to trial; however, if we can settle the case for a just and reasonable amount, we will do so only if it is in your best interest.
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“It All Begins with the Client”
At The Gregory Law Firm, our clients are our top priority. We have been representing personal injury victims since 1979. Our trial experience and strong negotiating skills help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We are committed to working diligently to ensure that your rights are protected.
Call our office at 904-722-2222 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney. If you are unable to come to our office, we will meet you at your home, nursing home or hospital room. Our commitment to our clients begins from the first meeting and continues beyond the end of the case.