When people are injured through the actions of the negligence of another person or entity they have a right, under the law, to be compensated for their injury. These injuries don’t have to be serious, permanently disabling or significant to cause both physical as well as emotional distress.
When anyone is injured through the actions or negligence of another person, it is important to talk to a personal injury attorney. In St. Petersburg, FL, always choose an attorney with expertise in personal injury. This will provide you with the legal representation to not only evaluate the case but to also settle the case in your best interests.
The First Meeting
At the first meeting, which is typically a consultation and not a meeting that the client will be charged for, the personal injury attorney will ask a lot of questions about the injury, the environment where it happened, what else was going on at the time and what did the other parties to the accident say or do.
It is important to bring pictures, any written communication or any other relevant documents to this meeting. This allows the attorney to determine if, in fact, there is a case.
Evaluating the Case
Despite what people would like to believe, not every accident or injury that occurs is a result of the negligence of another person. Sometimes the actions of the person that was injured, or their lack of attention to their surroundings, may be a limiting factor as to the liability of the other party.
For example, if a business puts up the required signs and warnings on a wet floor and a customer walks on the floor and slips and falls, the business may not be responsible for the injury. If the business had failed to put up signs they would be responsible for not warning the customer.
Talking to a personal injury attorney will help you to understand your legal case as well as any potential challenges. Of course, you can also consult with another St. Petersburg, FL attorney if you want a second opinion on the evaluation.