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        “Excellent experience!”

        Excellent experience with very good results, I am very happy and satisfied with the Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz law firm I, especially Mr. Christopher Smith who at all times during the process of my case was very honest, correct and efficient. I highly recommend this firm and this attorney because they really made a big difference to the results in my case.

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        Attorney Purtz and the entire staff have been wonderful. They went above and beyond. Highly recommended!

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        “This law firm is awesome!”

        This law firm is awesome. They were very thorough and attention to detail. If you have any issues that need quick results this is the one. Please always think of them for all your lawyer needs.

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        “Accident Case”

        Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz, PA was the only law firm who would take our car accident case. Andrea Pleimling Smith was very thorough, explained everything in a very detailed fashion, and was easy to reach when questions arose. She kept us informed every step of the way. Without her, we would have suffered a severe financial loss due to an accident which was not our fault. Florida’s No Fault law is terrible and very unfair. Andrea and her team were very helpful in recouping all of the money we were required to spend!

        Karen and David B.

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        “Thank you again for everything”

        Thank you again for everything you did for me. Your compassion and concern was greatly appreciated. I have all the faith in the world with you by my side. If ever I know someone who needs an attorney, I will recommend your office. Everyone I had dealings with was very professional. Good job.

        Terri D.

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        “Great Service”

        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

        Nick A.

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        7 Mistakes to Avoid During Your Personal Injury Case

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        Florida sees far too many bicycle accidents happen because drivers are careless. It is very upsetting to see the amount of these happen regularly simply because drivers do not pay close enough attention.

        Odds are you have been seriously hurt while on your bicycle if you are here reading this page. The pain you may be suffering could be debilitating. The treatment that you may need to get better can be expensive. It could be killing you to not be able to work. You are likely worried about your finances. The stress you are feeling right now is justified.

        Our Southwest Florida bicycle accident lawyers are here to help. You can get free legal guidance from us when you call today.

        Getting our help is free. You can call us as soon as you are ready to get a free consultation. You will also never have to pay anything out of pocket. We don’t get paid unless we win your case.

        When you read this page, you are going to learn about the basic information about your bicycle accident claim. You will also learn what mistakes to avoid. Then you will read about a former client of ours whose story can help you learn more about bike accident cases. Be sure to read all the way to the end to get a clear understanding of these types of cases.

        Avoid These Common Bicycle Accident Claim Mistakes

        There are several things that you need to know before you make a mistake that could ruin your case. Please give these a careful read so you can avoid the consequences of these unfortunate mistakes.

        Not Seeing a Doctor

        The adrenaline that that pumps through your body after you are hit on your bicycle can mask a lot of your pain. You may feel sore or seemingly insignificant pain afterward. That does not mean you are okay. Adrenaline can make major injuries feel minor immediately following the accident.

        Do not attempt to “power through the pain”. Do not try to act like you are fine when you know you probably are not. This mentality could be detrimental to your health if you decide not to see a doctor.

        This is foolish. Not only is this a mistake because you should be taking care of yourself physically, but it is also a mistake because the insurance company looks to your medical records as proof of your injury. Without proof your case becomes very challenging.

        Ignoring the Doctor’s Advice

        People often think that they can pick and choose what to listen to from their doctor. Truth is, if they give you a specific set of instructions, you should follow all of it. They give you advice to aid in your recovery. They could tell you to do a variety of different things following the first visit. You should do your best to follow all of the doctors’ orders. 

        If you do not follow their advice, the insurance company will grow suspicious of you. They will try to say that you are not as hurt as you claim to be.

        Always make time to prioritize your medical recovery. This is not just for the success of your case. This is so you can get better as soon as possible.

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        Providing a Recorded Statement for the Insurance Company

        Very shortly after you are involved in the bicycle accident, you are likely to get a phone call from the insurance company who represents the liable party. The insurance company representative is going to ask to get a statement from you about the accident.

        You may be inclined to cooperate with them if you have this idea that they are just there to help you. The marketing they do positions them as the good guy.

        They are not the good guys. They are only out there to save themselves money.

        It would be a huge mistake to allow the insurance company to get a recorded statement from you. These mistakes often happen before someone gets the chance to meet with a lawyer. We don’t want this to happen to you.

        The representatives for these insurance companies have special training that is intended to get the right information out of you. Their friendly demeanor will make you think you can trust them. You might actually believe them when they tell you this will help you by talking to them. Remember that they are only trying to minimize the money they owe you.

        All you need to do when they call and ask for a statement is say no. You can hang up the phone. There is no legal obligation for you to talk to them. There is no reason you should ever give them a statement.

        Not Hiring a Lawyer Soon Enough

        A huge mistake that we unfortunately see a lot of is when potential clients wait too long to reach out to us. You might not even know that there is a deadline to filing a claim. If you did not reach out to lawyer for several years after your accident, you may not be able to file a claim at all.

        Even waiting a short period of time to call our office could result in evidence and/or witnesses disappearing. This would mean that we are starting your case in a very tough spot. It also means you have plenty of time to make other mistakes that could ruin your case.

        Picking the Wrong Lawyer

        Perhaps the worst thing you could do is hire the wrong lawyer to represent you.

        Similar to other types of professions, not everyone in the legal field has the same quality of representation to offer. Some lawyers are not going to be able to provide the same results as other, more qualified and experienced lawyers.

        If you were looking for someone to perform your root canal, you are going to pick the person who has been performing them really well on a regular basis for years. You wouldn’t choose someone who only does a root canal every now and again.

        This rational applies to your bicycle accident case as well. You do not want to pick a lawyer who typically does divorce law but sometimes takes on a personal injury case. You wouldn’t want the lawyer who usually just deals with traffic violations to try to tackle your bicycle accident claim. These are obvious mistakes. You want to pick someone who is going to give you the best possible results. This person should have a proven track record of success.

        This lawyer should be someone who has dedicated their career to helping people through injury cases.

        Not only that, they should be a lawyer who is prepared to go to trial if need be. You want someone who is going to prepare your case from the beginning as if it is going to end up going to trial. Cases usually settle before trial, but you should never feel unprepared if it ends up that you need to go to trial.

        The most successful cases are those that are handled by personal injury trial lawyers.

        The insurance companies are going to be familiar with trial lawyers. Because of that, it means that you are more likely to have them come to you with a fair offer. This is because they know how hard trial lawyers fight. Insurance companies do not want to go to trial if they can avoid it. A judge and jury are not going to help the insurance company save money. They are going to determine due justice.

        Florida Bicycle Accident Client Story

        To protect the identity of our client, names and circumstances have been changed.

        We want to share our client’s story to help you learn about how these cases work. You can get to know the case process. Read all the way to the end to get some of your most burning questions answered. After you learn about the bicycle accident claims process, we would love to hear from you to set up a free consultation.

        After getting out of work early, Brian decided to go for a bicycle ride with his friends. They were enjoying the longest day of the year. The evening was winding down when everyone decided it was time to head home for dinner. Brian said goodbye to his friends and parted ways. During his ride home, someone on the road who was driving home from happy hour was not paying close enough attention. In an instant, his life changed forever. The driver crashed into Brian.

        In the street, Brian laid there scared to look down at his knee. It felt strange. There was not a whole lot of pain but he knew something was wrong. He could not get himself off the ground. A crowd gathered. He heard people talking around him. They described the blood. One woman exclaimed that she was going to faint. He knew it wasn’t good.

        The worry crept in. Was he going to be able to walk again? He was scared of the time he was going to have to miss at work. As the ambulance arrived, he knew this was going to be expensive.

        After three nights in the hospital, one surgery later, and a lot of follow up care to look forward to, the worries about the costs was mounting.

        Not only was it going to cost Brian a lot of money for these medical bills, he was losing a lot in his personal life. Gone were the spontaneous bike rides after work. It was going to be a long time before he could drive himself to work again. Life was looking pretty miserable.

        The first night home, Brian opened his phone and began searching for Florida bicycle accident lawyers. It brought him to our page. After a phone call, he was set up with a free consultation.

        We really felt for Brian. He was a young guy with a lot of life in him. We wanted to see that we did right by him.

        We were happy to answer three big questions for him.

        1. How much is this going to cost me?
        2. How long will this case take to resolve?
        3. How much will my case be worth?

        You are likely looking for these same answers. Keep reading to learn more about how these bicycle accident claims work.

        How much is this going to cost me?

        Brian came to us at a time when he was still looking at a lot of follow-up care before he could return to normal. He had an estimate of another three months from his doctor which turned out to be true. He was worried that hiring us meant he was going to have to budget for our service as well as his continued medical care.

        You could see the fear in his expression when he asked us, “How much is this going to cost me?”

        It was a pleasure to watch the relief flood in when we said to him, “We never charge upfront costs for our representation.”

        He learned that our Southwest Florida bicycle accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. That means that only when we won his case would we be paid. We explained to Brian that, “All expenses of your case are absorbed by the law firm throughout the course of your case. Our payment is not taken out until your case is won.”   

        Money was so tight for Brian that this was a great thing for him to hear. We were glad to ease one of his biggest stressors. He could move forward with his case without having to fear the costs of it.

        How long will this case take to resolve?

        Brian was itching to get results. He had already spent a week barely walking. He was a little restless.

        This is normal. The waiting is never easy.

        We wanted to reassure him that his patience would be worth it.

        When Brian asked, “How long will it take for my case to end?” we were able to help him set his expectations.

        The amount of time these cases take are heavily influenced by two things: how much damage you suffered and how reasonable the insurance company is.

        We explained to Brian that we will not settle a case before we know what his medical recovery will look like. We did not yet know how much he suffered in damages.

        We told him, “Settling a case too soon almost always means you end up with a result that is not full.”

        He did not want that.

        We continued to explain to him, “If the insurance company is reasonable, this can resolved fairly quickly. If not, you need to be patient while we fight for every penny for you.”

        This seemed to calm him. He nodded at us and looked ready for us to fight for him.

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        How much will my case be worth?

        Before Brian left, he asked if we could estimate how much money he would see from the final results.

        It is hard to leap into a case without a promise of a dollar figure but it was important for Brian to know that we could not accurately tell him what his case was worth just yet.

        We reassured Brian that this is normal in personal injury cases.

        The case value is going to be based on the details of the case which, at the time, we had not yet investigated.

        We explained that we would begin this process right away. We would start by gathering as much evidence as we could get our hands on. We would also get statements we needed from any witnesses to the accident.

        We told Brian that his number one priority would be his recovery. It was almost like an assignment for him. “Get yourself as healthy as you can”, we told him.

        Brian was informed during this free consultation that the value of his case was based on him reaching maximum medical improvement. This means is that the doctors are able to tell you if you have more recovery to go through before you are as good as you can be again.

        When this point is reached, we will know if you need any more medical care. We will be able to more confidently calculate the damages.

        Brian was encouraged to be able to picture the day his doctor congratulated him on his recovery. He was looking forward to the day that we told him what his case was worth.

        That day did come and we fought hard to hold the insurance company responsible for all of it.

        Call Our Southwest Florida Bicycle Accident Lawyers Today

        We hope that you have learned about how your bicycle accident claim might go. Of course everyone’s case will look a little different. Rest assured that we are ready to take on whatever challenge is presented to us. Please call us right away if you are looking for more information about your case. We can make this process easy for you. Set up your free consultation today.

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        We have used Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice & Purtz in the past and presently and they always provide great customer service. They are very knowledgeable and thorough in their representation and always go the extra mile to make sure we’re represented fairly. Highly recommend!

        Nick A.

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