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Southwest Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Southwest Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

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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. 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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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.

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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 Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

Serving Fort MyersCape CoralLehigh Acres, Lee County, Naples, Collier County,  Port Charlotte, and Charlotte County, FL

If you have been hit by a driver while you were walking, you understand the catastrophic nature of a pedestrian accident and you are entitled to justice. When people act carelessly or negligently on the road and they cause serious harm to others, they need to be held accountable for this. You deserve to get justice. Our Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyers know how to get it for you. When you reach out to us, we will fight with everything we have to provide you with the results that you deserve. Call us right away to set up a free, first consultation.

How a Claim Works

When you pursue justice for your case, it’s common for people to be confused about what you need to do to have a successful pedestrian accident claim. The easiest way for you to know that you are doing everything right is to have Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyers fighting by your side so you never are confused about the process. If you want to know more, however, you should understand that it all begins with the investigation to find out who the liable party is. Once we determine who is responsible for the accident, we can bring the claim against them. 

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    We find justice through the means of financial reward. This compensation award comes from the liable person’s insurance company. We understand that a lot of people might feel guilty about suing somebody because they don’t want to cause them financial hardship by fulfilling their compensation needs but please note that the insurance company is entirely financially responsible for your compensation and you should never feel guilty for getting the justice you deserve.

    Please also understand that the insurance companies tend to be greedy and they tend not to want to give you the results that you deserve because it means that they might lose money. You absolutely deserve to go up against the insurance company with a strong lawyer by your side who will protect your rights. The insurance companies are not looking out for your best interests, but we will be.

    Through insurance negotiations, your lawyers are going to fight for you and come up with a fair settlement agreement with the insurance company. If they continue to come to us with a settlement offer that we believe to be unfair and not nearly full enough, then we are going to take your case all the way to trial with your permission. We always prepare all of our cases as if they will end up going to trial, even though it’s not as common.

    We will be by your side throughout the entire process taking care of what needs to be taken care of in the proper timeline so that you never have to worry about what needs to happen next. We make sure that the insurance company is going to be held accountable for the damages and injuries that you have had to suffer. We do not put up with their tactics of withholding justice from you. If you would like this type of representation, please call our Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyers right away for a free, first consultation.

    Mistakes You Should Avoid Making 

    There are several things you might do after a personal injury, including a pedestrian accident, that could affect your case and that you need to be aware of. Number one is that you need to know that you should reach out to Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyers quickly after you have been injured. In Florida, you are held to a statute of limitations. You get four years from the date of your accident to bring your case against the liable party. That can seem like a quite long time, but when you think about it, if you let it slip from your list of priorities, those years can get away from you and put you in a tight spot trying to figure out how are you undo the damage that you might’ve done while you were waiting to talk to a lawyer. These cases are time-sensitive. Evidence will disappear and witnesses will forget what happened. The sooner that you reach out to a lawyer, the better off your case will likely be.

    Another thing that you need to anticipate is the obstacle that will be the insurance company representing the liable party. They are going to put in a lot of effort to reduce the money that they are supposed to give you because it can be expensive for them. They don’t want to have to end up paying you all of your damages. The way that we show them that they have no choice but to give you your damages is by giving them proof of what their liable party has done to you. Your medical records can be great proof for us to show just how damaged your body has become. If you get to a doctor immediately after your accident, you can start your treatment right away. You do need to prioritize your health. You do not want to end up with worse injuries because you waited to get treatment for them.

    Something you also need to keep in mind is that if you get blamed for a part of the accident, then the compensation that you receive can be diminished by the insurance company. In Florida, we follow the laws of pure comparative negligence. Pure comparative negligence will allow you to receive compensation even if you were partially or even mostly at fault for causing your pedestrian accident. For example, if you ran into the street during a green light and got hit by a car, you would probably be entirely at fault for this accident. That would leave you with zero compensation. If you were running across the road during a red light and somebody blew that light and hit you, you would likely be 0% at fault. If, however, you were crossing a crosswalk but you had headphones on, for example, and didn’t hear a car coming that had time to stop but didn’t, you could be partially at fault for this accident. If you were deemed, for example, 10% at fault for your accident and you were rewarded with $10,000 of compensation, you would only be able to collect 90% of that reward.

    The Value of Your Case 

    When we determine what the value of your case is going to be, there are several different factors that we look into. The two main categories of compensation that you receive are economic and non-economic damages.

    Economic damages are all of the ways in which you have lost money as a result of your accident. An economic damage could be financial loss through lost wages and benefits at your job if you’ve had to miss time to recover from your injuries. It can also be the medical bills that are piling up after you’ve received treatment for your injuries or if you will continue to do so for some time.

    Non-economic damages are more subjective. They have to do with the pain and suffering that you have had to go through since being involved in your pedestrian accident. Non-economic damages can also be mental anguish, anxiety or depression following your injuries. If you had an injury that left you with permanent brain damage, you will get non-economic damage compensation that covers you for the remainder of your life.

    The only way for us to know exactly how injured you were and how that’s going to affect your life is for us to get to know your medical condition. We need to know what your maximum medical recovery is going to be. You absolutely need to prioritize your health after this accident so you get better as soon as possible and also so we can get a clear idea of how much this is going to cost you in time and quality of life.

    If, for example, your doctor tells you during the course of your treatments that you are as good as you are ever going to be, then we will know that you have permanent injuries and you will permanently be suffering from this accident, which will increase the value of your case. If we rush into a result for your case, we might not be able to get all the compensation that you deserve because we won’t have a clear and full understanding of your medical recovery. It’s important for you to be patient and understand that if you are going to get full results you need to wait until we know everything about the way this has impacted your life.

    Call Our Southwest Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers

    If you’ve suffered a severe injury after being involved in a pedestrian accident where you were struck by a motor vehicle driver acting carelessly or negligently, we want to hear from you right away. Our Southwest Florida pedestrian accident lawyers are dedicated to helping the injured people of our community get the justice that they are entitled to by pushing the greedy insurance companies to provide fair results. If you are looking for representation that won’t give up on you and will treat you like family, please call to set up a 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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