JACKSONVILLE PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
HARDESTY, TYDE, GREEN & ASHTON

You are here because you have questions or concerns related to a personal injury and you might be wondering what is going to happen next. First . . .

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Estimates in the U.S. reveal that every year:

A serious injury can turn your life upside-down and affect every area of your life: health, physical ability, career, emotional well-being, relationships, and more. Injured victims commonly wonder whether their lives will ever be normal and experience stress thinking about the total financial impact of the injury. During this stressful time, injured people need to become expert advocates in interpreting personal rights law to recuperate what has been lost.

TOP 7 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED:

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1. What constitutes a personal injury?

The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:

2. What is owed in compensation on a personal injury claim/case?

Compensation is a complex subject. If someone asked you for a total of your past medical bills, you might be able to calculate the answer, but try to answer this: What is the sum of your future medical care? Who should answer that question? Your insurer? In a personal injury situation, you are owed nothing less than:

3. Where do injured victims turn to get answers?

After an injury most people talk to doctors, a Human Resources representative, insurance agents or claims adjusters, and friends/family. Knowing your rights early in the process can help avoid mistakes that cost victims their compensation. Victims of an injury usually don’t have a reliable and knowledgeable resource with their best interest at heart.

Insurance companies have made a science of minimizing claim payouts. Their business is to practice tactics that alleviate their liability. Insurance settlements aren’t fair and insurance agents are biased. The same is true for any person or entity who may be liable in an injury case.

Make sure to talk to an attorney who represents your interests to thoroughly understand your case before you make any decisions or release any information about your injury.

4. What stops people from pursuing compensation? IMPORTANT

It’s common that personal injury victims feel uncomfortable talking to an attorney about compensation. For instance, in the medical malpractice arena, statistics estimate that nearly 200,000 people die each year due to medical negligence, yet the number of malpractice suits (including non-fatalities) totals approximately 18,000 or less than 10%.

There are several reasons that victims and their families never even pursue the compensation that is due to them according to civil law.

  1. The victim may not realize that the injury stems from a situation which can be construed as negligence—just lack of experience in personal injury law.
  2. The victim may have been convinced that they are not entitled to seek damages by the responsible party (a representative of the workplace) or a third party (a representative of an insurance company or an acquaintance).
  3. The responsible party is friendly in their compensation offering leading the victim to believe that the matter should be settled outside of the legal channel.
  4. The victim, having suffered a trauma, may feel undue guilt or depression interfering with the ability to act in their own best interest.
  5. The victim may be unfoundedly concerned with the time, energy, and cost of a legal process (personal injury attorneys do not charge up-front fees but are paid as a part of the settlement in a case.)

If you can relate to any of the obstacles above, remember IT PAYS TO CHECK. Good advice will come from an attorney who understands and has experience in personal injury law. Don’t wonder. Let an attorney tell you whether you have a case.

5. How are cases resolved?

Personal injury cases are handled in the civil court vs. the criminal court. Estimates reveal that 90% of personal injury cases are resolved in early settlement meaning that the parties come to an agreement without a trial. Some (though few) cases are resolved in mediation or by trial. Trials which are decided by a judge are generally more favorable to injured parties than trials by jury.

6. What are the risks of acting on one’s own behalf?

Every legal situation carries complexity and personal injury is no different. The biggest risk of acting alone is jeopardizing your rights to fair compensation. It’s easy to make a mistake. If a victim waits to seek medical attention; provides an insurance adjuster with information about injuries; or assumes that they are not entitled to more than the insurance face value; he can be jeopardizing his case.

7. Who pays for a personal injury attorney?

Personal injury attorney fees are paid in a “contingency fee agreement” which means that the attorney receives a percentage of any settlement. This removes the burden of payment from the victim allowing access to legal aid without added financial stress. The additional benefit is that if after the personal injury attorney has consulted on the case, he agrees to represent the injured party, the attorney believes there is a reasonable case for compensation.

Remember, it PAYS TO CHECK. One consultation will provide a world of comfort. Or call the hotline for confidential answers to your personal injury questions.

Why does JAX LEGAL provide a hotline instead of a chat?

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Many personal injury attorneys provide a live chat on a website, but the questions are not answered by a real, live attorney. Our hotline is confidential and staffed by our actual attorneys to provide in-depth, case-specific answers you seek. Feel free to join the conversation.

Why do more injury victims choose Jax Legal?

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For 25 years Jax Legal has been representing personal injury and medical malpractice victims. Our attorneys each have volumes of experience in a wide range of scenarios. Our track record of success may be the primary reason that more people choose us, but more important is the process we use when we take a case:

When people are injured, the case may cross categories such as Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, and Workers’ Compensation. Many firms specialize in only one area of practice but at Jax Legal, we are experts in handling cases in any (and all) of those. Plus, start to finish, your attorney represents you, communicates with you, is accessible to you and completes every step of the journey right alongside you—no hand-offs to other staff. We have a reputation for preparation, commitment, hard work and real trial experience.

Look to Jax Legal for a wide range of diverse services: Criminal Law, Family Law, Workers Compensation, Bankruptcy Law, Military Law and more.

LEGAL SERVICES IN JACKSONVILLE, FL

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MEET THE HARDESTY, TYDE, GREEN & ASHTON LEGAL TEAM


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W Marc Hardesty W. Marc Hardesty

Marc has received the AV rating which is the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell as well as being named as a Top Attorney by Jacksonville Magazine.


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Michael S Tyde Michael S. Tyde

Michael has worked for the State of Florida as both a public defender and prosecuting attorney, and has also been selected by his peers as a member of The Best Lawyers in America.


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Karl T Green Karl T. Green

Karl has litigated over 60 jury trials, was peer selected as a member of the Best Lawyers in America and named a 2013 Top Jacksonville Lawyer by Jacksonville Magazine.


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Frank A. Ashton Frank A. Ashton

Frank has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers and is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell.


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kevin w moore Kevin W. Moore

Kevin is an active member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville Justice Association, and served as a Staff Editor of the Law Review.

MEET THE HARDESTY, TYDE, GREEN & ASHTON LEGAL TEAM

W. Marc Hardesty

Marc has received the AV rating which is the highest rating by Martindale Hubbell as well as being named as a Top Attorney by Jacksonville Magazine.

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MICHAEL S. TYDE

Michael has worked for the State of Florida as both a public defender and prosecuting attorney, and has also been selected by his peers as a member of The Best Lawyers in America.

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KARL T. GREEN

Karl is AV rated by Martindale - Hubbell and has litigated over 60 jury trials, was peer selected as a member of the Best Lawyers in America and named a Top Jacksonville Lawyer by Jacksonville Magazine since 2013.

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FRANK A. ASHTON

Frank has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by National Trial Lawyers, is AV Preeminent Rated and is selected to Best Lawyers in America.

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KEVIN W. MOORE

Kevin is an active member of the Jacksonville Bar Association and the Jacksonville Justice Association, and served as a Staff Editor of the Law Review.

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Jacksonville, FL

4004 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
904-398-2212

320 1st St N Suite 703
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
904-398-2212