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        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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        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!

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        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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        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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        Southwest Florida Construction Accident Lawyers

        Serving Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Lee County, Naples, Collier County,  Port Charlotte, and Charlotte County, FL

        Construction accidents are all too common, whether from unsafe conditions, faulty equipment, or reckless behavior. The dangerous equipment and settings involved give them the potential for catastrophic injury. The often-preventable nature of these accidents makes them particularly tragic.

        If you’re reading this, you may have been injured in a Southwest Florida construction accident. You may be experiencing a lot of pain. You may be out of work, causing financial strain and worry. You are probably stressed over finding the right person to help you with your construction accident claim.

        We want to help. We offer free legal guidance. Call our Southwest Florida construction accident lawyers today.

        You don’t have to worry about having the money to pay us upfront for answers to your claim questions. Give us a call and schedule your free legal consultation any time.

        The information on this page will give you a general idea of the basic aspects of construction accident claims. We’ll start with some of the most common mistakes we see people make in Southwest Florida construction accidents. Then, we’ll use a story to relate additional aspects of these claims that are helpful to know. Be sure to read to the end to get as much benefit as possible from the information.

        Common Construction Accident Claim Mistakes

        When it comes to construction accident claim mistakes, there are several we see often that can be detrimental to the value of your claim. Please read through each of them to prevent making these same missteps in your own claim.

        Not Getting Medical Care

        If you are in a construction accident, it’s important to get yourself examined by medical professionals, even if you can’t tell whether you are injured. The adrenaline that floods your system during a traumatic event can hamper your ability to feel pain, making it more difficult to gauge how injured you really are.

        This phenomenon may have been helpful to our ancestors who needed to run away from predators. Today, it only serves to give injured people the false impression that they are not hurt when they should be seeking medical help. The best thing to do is to get checked.

        Failing to get a medical evaluation will not only put your physical health at risk, but also jeopardize your construction accident claim. The insurance company responsible for paying damages will be looking for ways to reduce the cost of your claim. If they discover that you didn’t get checked, or you waited a few days before getting checked, they can try and suggest that you weren’t injured as badly as you claim — if at all. Don’t risk the value of your claim. Seek medical attention as soon as possible after a construction accident. Doing so will establish a record of your injuries and create a timeline that proves your injuries coincide with the accident event.

        Failing to Follow Your Doctor’s Plan for Treatment

         Another mistake that can put your claim at risk is failing to follow the treatment plan your doctor has laid out for you. This can take many forms, including things like stretching, applying cold or heat, taking medications properly, physical therapy, or any number of other treatments.

        Whether or not you think a treatment plan is doing you any good, it’s important to stick to it. Not doing so may put your recovery at risk and will definitely jeopardize the strength of your claim.

        The insurance company will use any means they can find to try and prove that you weren’t injured as badly as you claim. After all, if you’re “well enough” to skip out on your physical therapy or chiropractic appointments, you mustn’t be all that injured, right?

        Similarly, taking on more than your doctor advises too soon will also give the insurance company grounds to fight your claim. If you’re driving around with your surf boards on the roof of your car, they may suggest that you’re in better shape than you say you are. Adhering to what the doctor tells you not to do can be just as important as sticking to treatments you are asked to do.

        Conversely, if your recovery hits significant snags and the insurance company finds out you aren’t following doctor’s orders, they can suggest that your difficulty recovering is your own fault.

        Don’t give the insurance company the opening to tear holes in your claim. Be diligent about following your doctor’s treatment plan. Keeping chiropractic or physical therapy appointments, for example, will again create a helpful record to prove you are doing your part.

        Giving a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

        When you are injured in an accident, it’s standard procedure for the insurance company responsible to call and try to get you to provide a recorded statement. What many people don’t realize is that they don’t have to take this call. You are well within your rights to politely decline and hang up.

        Remembering this is important, because the insurance company may suggest that speaking to them will move your case along faster. Don’t fall for this. The only one who benefits from you giving a recorded statement to the insurance company is the insurance company.

        Insurance adjusters are thoroughly trained in the art of getting information that will help the company devalue your claim. The more you say, the more likely they are to be able to find ways to lower your compensation. Preserve the value of your claim by passing all communications with the insurance company to your Southwest Florida construction accident lawyers.

        Waiting Too Long to Hire a Lawyer

        Too many people put off filing their claim because the statute of limitations gives them “plenty of time” to get around to it.

        No matter how much time it appears you have to file your claim, don’t forget that the longer you wait, the less likely you are to find both evidence and witnesses. Accident scenes get cleaned up, evidence gets misplaced — unintentionally or otherwise.

        In addition, if you’re fortunate enough to have any witnesses, their memories will be sharpest right after the accident. Remember that witnesses move, contact information changes, memories get fuzzy. Find the right attorney for your construction accident claim as soon as possible to help them build your strongest case.

        Hiring the Wrong Attorney

        When you hire a lawyer, don’t lose sight of how important it is to choose the right lawyer to take on your construction accident claim. Like doctors, lawyers specialize in certain practice areas. Would you see a neurosurgeon for a psychiatric problem? They both treat the brain, right? Well…

        When you look at it that way, you can see that choosing a lawyer that spends all their time and focus working on personal injury cases — including construction accidents— is your best bet. Taking it a step further, you need to make sure your lawyer is a trial lawyer with a successful track record in the courtroom and at the negotiating table.

        Not all construction accident claims go to trial, but if yours does, that’s not the time to find out if your lawyer has the experience necessary to win. In addition, reputation goes a long way, and insurance companies are often aware of who the best trial attorneys in the area are. Sometimes, just their being aware of who they’ll be up against in the courtroom is enough to bring the insurance company to the negotiating table. Never underestimate the importance of selecting the best attorney for your claim.

        Southwest Florida Construction Accident Client Story

        The story that follows is meant to give you more insight into your construction accident claim. Names and details have been changed to protect the privacy of our client. The value of the story remains, so be sure to read it through to the end to learn as much as possible. Once you’re done, consider giving us a call to take advantage of our offer of free legal advice for your specific claim.

        On a clear day in April a few years back, Jim Danner reported to the new house build his employer had assigned him to in Fort Meyers. He was facing a long day cutting lumber on a table saw.

        By the time Jim stopped for gas at 6:30 AM, Ron, the site’s foreman, had already called twice. The first call was to let Jim know that one of the panel saws had broken, which meant Jim would have to pick up the slack using one of the table saws. Far from ideal, but doable.

        The second call was to let Jim know that his shift for the rest of the week had been bumped from a 7:00 AM start time to 6:00 AM. Two guys on the crew were out sick on top of yesterday’s accident, when Dennis cut himself on “Bad Bessie” and ended up in the emergency room. Now they were behind and short-staffed.

        “Just keeps getting better,” Jim said to himself as he pulled out of the gas station.

        He arrived at the site and checked in with Ron. In a hurry and even more gruff than usual, the foreman croaked, “Walt’s already going at station one. You’ll be working from your list and taking the overflow from the panel saw station on Bad Bessie.”

        Jim blinked. “Is Bessie functional? That thing yesterday with Dennis, seemed like it could’ve been much worse. I heard the guard wasn’t working. What happened exactly?”

        Ron waved him off, “Dennis made a big deal out of a scratch. Any excuse to leave early. Ten-to-one it was operator error. Can you handle it, or not?”

        Charming as ever, Jim thought to himself. “Yeah, I’m on it,” he said turning to head to his station.

        Bad Bessie was infamous. She was the oldest table saw they had, but the guys swore by her accuracy and power. And was she ever loud. It wasn’t uncommon for the guys to flip a coin to see who got to put her through her paces. A “rite of passage” for the new guys, they called her.

        As Jim put his earplugs in and pulled on eye protection, he shook off a nagging dread. No one ever complained about getting assigned to the formidable saw, but Jim was a “by-the-book” kind of guy. To his mind, some things were lacking, safety-wise.

        For one thing, the stand wasn’t bolted down. Not a concern if it were built into a larger workbench but, given this saw had been brought to the worksite to be moved around as needed, she was freestanding, to say the least. He shook his head. Bessie was in such high demand on the site, he was surprised she wasn’t on wheels. The fact that the saw lacked a bench also meant his work surface was smaller than he’d have liked.

        Ron’s words floated back to him, “Can you handle it, or not?”

        “Moron,” Jim said under his breath unnecessarily— Walt was 10 yards away running the other table saw that was too new to have a name yet.

        Jim set up a sawhorse six feet back from the saw’s small platform to keep the longer planks level as he cut them. It worked okay, though the guard did seem a little jumpy. Or was that his imagination? He shook it off and doubled down on his concentration. Time to get to it.

        Things went smoothly through the morning. Jim burned through his own cut list by lunch and stopped to eat. He’d work through the list of overflow from the panel saw station in the afternoon.

        As he returned to Bessie after lunch, Jerry dropped off a palette of four-by-eight sheets of plywood. “Need you to rip these down to four-by-fours.”

        The station’s set up and tiny saw platform made cutting the panels awkward. Jim slowed down and took as much care as possible maintaining the balance of each sheet as he guided them into the screaming blade.

        The first three sheets went through okay. Then, everything went sideways.

        Jim was almost through the fourth cut when the wood caught in the blade, tearing the plywood and kicking it back into his gut. The force knocking the wind out of him and threw his torso forward like a rag doll. The table bucked and the guard popped up as Jim’s right hand raked across Bessie’s teeth like butter.

        He let out a scream so loud, not only did Walt hear it over the sound of his own saw, Ron came running out of the office trailer 30 yards away. They found Jim on the floor, holding his hand against his stomach. There was blood from his belt to his collar. Looking down in horror, Jim thought, “I must’ve been ripped open!”

        The smiling faces of Jim’s two kids flashed into his mind, then Beth, his wife. As he lost consciousness, he desperately tried to hold on to his family, all that he cared about in the world…

        The next thing Jim remembered was waking up in the hospital minus parts of three fingers. Walt had actually found one of them and taken it to the hospital, but reattachment had not been possible.

        During Jim’s stay in the hospital, Beth found our website and showed it to Jim. They decided to call us for a free consultation.

        Beth said their three main questions were how much it would cost to hire us, what Jim’s case might be worth, and how long a case like this would take.

        We arranged for the couple to stop in on their way home from the hospital, ten days after the accident.

        How much will it cost to hire a lawyer?

        As we sat around the conference table, Jim’s color slid from pale to greenish. “He’s on strong pain medication,” Beth explained, “so please forgive me as I jump right in and ask how much it would cost to hire your firm, so I can get the big guy here home as quickly as possible.”

        “I’m okay,” Jim said. “Just more walking than I’m used to. Just let me sit for a minute.”

        We brought Jim a ginger ale, and his color seemed to improve a bit. We explained that we work on a contingency fee basis, so there was no upfront charge. “We only get paid when we bring your case to a successful conclusion,” our lawyer said.

        “Well, that’s a relief. I’m looking at three months out of work here, at best,” Jim replied. “Need to provide for my wife and kids.”

        Beth gently patted her husband’s shoulder and murmured, “We’ll figure it out.”

        How much is my case worth?

        “So, can you give us an idea of what a case like this is worth?”

        We told the Danners that, unfortunately, case value is not easy to predict in the beginning.

        “We’d need to start with a thorough investigation, which we can begin immediately. We’d gather evidence and talk to witnesses, preparing your case from the start as if it were going all the way to trial.”

        “Your job right now, Jim, is to focus on your recovery. This means following your doctor’s treatment plan very closely over the next few months.”

        “We will need you to reach maximum medical improvement. This is the point at which your doctors would consider you either ‘back to normal,’ or, as that is not entirely possible, given your injuries, up to the level of recovery that will be your ‘new normal.’ It will be the point at which you are through with surgeries and we have a clear idea of what any future medical treatments for your injuries would entail.

        “When you reach the point of maximum medical recovery, we’ll be able to tell you the value of your case.”

        Jim and Beth understood, and they confirmed their commitment to adhere diligently to the doctor’s treatment plan.

        How long will my construction accident claim take?

        “How long does a case like this typically take?” Beth asked, watching her husband’s color closely. The doctor had warned that his medication was likely to upset his stomach.

        “Your case’s timeline is also difficult to predict at the start of a case,” our lawyer said. “It will depend on two things. The first is how long it will take Jim to reach maximum medical improvement. Once he’s there, we’ll send a demand letter to the insurance companies. From what we know so far, it looks like this claim will involve more than one insurance company.

        “The second factor is how the insurance companies respond to our demand letter. If their response is fair and reasonable, things will proceed smoothly and rather quickly.”

        “And if not?” Beth asked, unconsciously leaning against her husband’s shoulder.

        “Then we take them to court. But don’t let the possibility worry you. Our firm is comprised of experienced, successful trial attorneys. We bring cases before juries on a regular basis.”

        “We’re also well-known, which often works in our favor. It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to ask to settle when they realize who they’ll be up against in court.”

        “Either way we’ll be ready. That’s why no matter who you choose to represent your claim, we recommend you hire an experienced construction accident trial lawyer.”

        Jim and Beth were satisfied with the answers we provided them and retained our firm that day. Today, we can happily say that we got Jim eight times the amount the insurance companies initially offered.

        Call Our Southwest Florida Construction Accident Lawyers Today

        We hope this information helps you get a better understanding of your construction accident claim. Of course, every case is unique. Give us a call to get answers to the questions you have about your specific case in a free legal consultation. You don’t have to handle your claim by yourself. Contact us today and let us help.

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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!

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