A large settlement has been reached for a trucker who was involved in an accident approximately three years ago. According to a local Florida newspaper article, the accident occurred in a parking lot of a well-known ice cream establishment in 2011. Apparently, a truck driver slammed into the back of another truck that was parked in the lot. The truck that was struck was holding the driver who was sleeping in the back of his truck. Unfortunately, the resting driver was thrown from his bunk and experienced severe injuries to his leg and back. These injuries resulted in the need for surgery.
The injured truck driver hired an attorney to sue the truck driver who hit him and the truck driver’s employer. The injured driver claimed that the driver and company did not follow appropriate safety standards when the trucker struck the resting truck. Instead of going to trial, the parties were able to reach a settlement of $750,000.
Reaching Settlements in Personal Injury Cases in Florida
After a serious vehicle accident, many people believe that the only way to recover anything for their injuries and other damages is through a lengthy trial. However, many cases do not ever reach that stage for multiple reasons. One reason is that there is not enough merit to the case, or the elements of negligence cannot be established. Another reason is because the parties are able to reach a settlement before heading to trial.
Settlement negotiations can often be the better path when determining how to pursue a case. They not only result in faster results, but they negate the need for a lengthy, emotional, and costly trial. During settlement negotiations, the parties’ attorneys will work together, through negotiation, to determine the amount of money that the plaintiff should be compensated. This can be a time-consuming and detailed process that requires a significant amount of preparation and strategic planning. An attorney’s assistance during the settlement phase of a lawsuit is indispensable. They will be able to come to an agreement regarding the fault of the parties and come to an agreement regarding the plaintiff’s enumerated damages and how much compensation should be due.
Have You Been Injured Because of the Negligence of Another?
If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of someone else, you may consider bringing a personal injury action against the wrongdoer. As mentioned above, an attorney is an invaluable asset during these proceedings. Not only can an attorney assist you during trial but, even more importantly, before a trial is even necessary. Settlement negotiations are often less time consuming and emotionally draining. As a result, you may be entitled to your monetary compensation faster than you would be otherwise. This compensation includes payment for your past medical bills, future medical expenses, and in some instances damages for your pain and suffering. If you have been hurt, contact one of our experienced and dedicated attorneys today at 352-387-8700 to schedule your free initial consultation.
More Blog Posts:
Florida Helicopter Crash Results in $16 Million Verdict, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published October 3, 2014.
Florida Police Patrol Car Gets into Accident with SUV, Ocala Injury Lawyers Blog, published December 13, 2014.