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Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Personal injury lawsuits can arise out of a wide array of situations. If you have suffered injury and believe someone else was at fault, you may wonder whether or not you should consult with a personal injury attorney. Having an experienced lawyer handling your case can greatly benefit you in a number of ways. Below is some information to consider if you are wondering how an attorney can help you.

Types of personal injury cases

The following are events that often lead to a personal injury case:

  • Auto accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Plane crashes
  • Bus accidents
  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Falls down stairs
  • Falls from heights
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Construction site accidents
  • Workplace injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Dog bites
  • Drowning accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Burns
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Defective products

If you have suffered injury due to one of the above events or more, you should always contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Case evaluation

Not every injured person has a viable legal claim, as certain elements must be proven in order to recover. An attorney can listen to your version of the events that led to your injuries and can advise you on whether the other party’s behavior rose to the level of negligence required to prove your claim. Careful evaluation of your case can help you avoid frivolous lawsuits that will simply be dismissed by the court.


In order to present evidence of negligence to the court, you must first gather that evidence. An experienced legal team will have the knowledge and means necessary to gather quality evidence for your case, which may include accident reconstruction, expert testimony, and more.

Settlement negotiations

The majority of personal injury cases do not go to trial; instead, the parties reach a settlement agreement outside of court. A lawyer will know how to negotiate with the other party in order to try to get you the settlement you deserve without having to go through trial.

Alternative dispute resolution

If negotiations do not result in a favorable settlement agreement, an attorney may explore other options of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) that may be appropriate in your case. Common ADR options include mediation [1] and arbitration, [2] and these methods of resolving your claim can save you time and money.


If none of the above results in a fair and just settlement, a personal injury lawyer will represent you in court at trial. Jury trials have very specific rules regarding evidence and procedure and an experienced litigator will have a thorough understanding of the trial process. It is always extremely important to have a capable litigator handling your trial in order for the jury to find in your favor and award you the recovery you deserve.

Contact a Clearwater personal injury lawyer today to schedule a free consultation

Individuals who have been injured in a preventable accident should discuss their options with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Retaining a lawyer can help ensure that your rights are protected and that your receive the full value of your case. Common examples of the types of losses that are recovered in a Florida personal injury case are damage to property, lost income, medical expenses, and physical and emotional pain and suffering. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call The Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA today at (727) 451-6900.

Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756

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