Personal Injury, Hurricane Damage and Property Damage Attorneys in Fort Myers, FL
People are injured in the Fort Myers area every day, and some of those injuries are caused by the negligence of other people and businesses. Every person, whether they’re driving a car or mopping a floor in a grocery store, have a legal duty to their fellow people. This means not acting carelessly or doing things that have the potential to result in injury, disability and in some cases even the death of others.
Examples of this type of negligent or ‘careless’ behavior may be running a red light or speeding and causing a car crash, a mechanic failing to properly fix a customer’s brake pads, leading to an auto accident, or a grocery store employee failing to mop up a spill or put up a wet floor sign, leading to someone slipping and falling. In all of these situations, a person failed to uphold their legal duty to their fellow community members and can potentially be held liable for the monetary damages they cause in pain, suffering, lost wages and medical costs.
The attorneys at Kanner & Pintaluga’s Fort Myers office have extensive experience with all types of personal injury cases and will take the time necessary to thoroughly investigate your case and build the strongest argument for compensation possible. They will negotiate with the opposing insurance company to try to come to a fair settlement prior to trial, but if that fails, they won’t hesitate to go to court to win the money you need to recover.
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Hurricane Damage and Property Damage Cases
In addition to personal injury representation, Kanner & Pintaluga also helps Fort Myers residents get the insurance claim money they need to rebuild after a hurricane damages their home or business. These types of property damage cases are complex due to the many exclusions insurance companies sneak into your home or business insurance policy.
The insurance company may try to say certain types of damage aren’t covered, leaving many people who have their homes or businesses damaged or destroyed by hurricanes in situations where they can’t afford to repair or rebuild.
We understand how insurance companies operate and think. Many of our attorneys even have experience working on the other side of the table, giving us access to their defense playbook. We will work with independent claims adjusters and other professionals to analyze your insurance policy and prove that your claim should be honored so you can get the money you need to rebuild after a hurricane.
The Personal Injury Case Process
Resource Collection and Investigation
The most valuable tools in any personal injury case are the facts. If you were injured due to another person’s negligence, there is likely evidence of it. There should be accident photos and maybe even dashcam video or other documentation showing the accident. Accident scenes can be analyzed, and witnesses can be interviewed.
Medical reports and records can be gathered and your doctor’s opinions or the diagnosis of third-party medical professionals regarding the cause of your injury and recovery time can contribute to making the case and determining a fair settlement figure.
The more evidence that can be gathered the better it is for your case. This is also why it’s best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury. The fresher the event is the more evidence can be gathered and the better witness testimony will be.
Filing a Complaint, Discovery and Negotiation
The formal personal injury lawsuit process begins with your personal injury attorney filing an official complaint. This complaint will include information about the accident, who you claim caused it and the amount of damages your team believes to be reasonable compensation.
Once the complaint has been filed, discovery will begin. This is an exchange of evidence between both sides and gives the negligent party’s insurance company a chance to perform their own investigation.
Many cases end in this stage, as the opposing side’s attorneys will either recognize they won’t win at trial or decide that it’s more affordable to just settle rather than pay lawyers’ fees for a lengthy courtroom trial. They will negotiate with your attorneys to come up with a fair settlement offer.
Going to Trial
If the opposing side’s insurance company decides they don’t want to settle, you can rest assured your Kanner & Pintaluga attorneys in Fort Myers won’t back down from the fight. We will convincingly display all the evidence in court and explain step-by-step how the injury happened and how negligence led to the accident.