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Kurzman Law Group, P.A., Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Advocating for the Rights of Victims

In mere moments, an accident can change your life as you know it. Unfortunately, due to someone else's careless and negligent actions, you could be looking at a lengthy recovery, weeks of painful therapy, lost time and productivity at your job, and hefty medical bills. When faced with these challenges, the advice and support of a knowledgeable, caring law firm can be invaluable. Our lawyers at Kurzman Law Group, P.A. are ready to help you regain financial stability after your personal injury so that you can feel confident about your future. Call us today to schedule your free initial consultation: 954-466-3220.

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What Should You Do if Contacted by an Insurance Adjuster?

An insurance adjuster will likely call you in the days or weeks following your accident. While they may seem friendly and concerned about your well-being, it is essential to remember that they are not working for your best interests. Their job is to gather information about your claim and get you to accept the lowest possible settlement for your injuries. Although they are not on your side, you should be courteous in your conversations with them. Remember that you are in charge of the conversation. At any point, you can politely tell them that you would like to stop the interview and consult with your lawyer before continuing.

Other recommendations for speaking with insurance adjusters include the following:

  • Collect their name and contact information.
  • Inform them upfront that you will not be providing in-depth information about your injuries, the accident, and any non-necessary personal information while the accident investigation is ongoing.
  • Write down notes about your conversation, including the questions you were asked and how you answered.
  • Never accept a settlement offer without discussing it with your lawyer.
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How Can You Best Take Advantage of a Free Initial Consultation?

After experiencing injuries in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you likely have many questions about your legal rights and options for moving forward. Kurzman Law Group, P.A. provides a free case evaluation where you can speak with a lawyer about the details of your case. To make the most of this meeting, you should be prepared to give an honest account of the accident and any relevant details so they can accurately assess the situation. Conversations between a lawyer and a client, including free consultations, are always confidential.

Choosing the right lawyer can be critical to the outcome of your case. Some useful questions you can ask to learn more about your prospective lawyer and how they can help you include:

  • Do you have experience with cases like mine? Did they go to trial, and if so, what were their outcomes?
  • What is a typical settlement for claims similar to mine?
  • What legal fees would I be responsible for?
  • How do you communicate with clients?
  • What is your honest opinion on my case?
Meet Your Attorney
Yana Kurzman
Personal Injury Protection

Attorney Yana Kurzman is a founder of Kurzman Law Group, P.A. Mrs. Kurzman concentrates exclusively on Personal Injury law and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claims and collections. Mrs. Kurzman dedicated her professional career to serving injured people and their families, as well as representing medical providers for unpaid medical benefits required under Florida law.

"Mrs. Kurzman handled hundreds of cases from the preparation stage to negotiation, settlement, and litigation."

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What Compensation Can You Recover in a Personal Injury Case?

Every accident has the potential to cause significant disruption and distress for you and your family. On top of the pain, emotional suffering, and physical challenges caused by an injury, you may find yourself in a financial crisis due to lost wages and high medical bills. Personal injury claims allow victims to seek fair compensation from those responsible for these losses. The types of damages personal injury lawyers may secure for victims include:

  • Economic damages: These cover financial losses that occurred as a result of your accident. They include medical expenses, lost wages, property replacement or repair, rehabilitation costs, hospital bills, loss of future earning capacity, and more.
  • Non-economic damages: You may also have non-monetary damages caused by your injuries, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and the loss of life's enjoyment.
  • Punitive damages: If the other party caused your injuries through an intentional or malicious act, the court might award punitive damages as part of your personal injury lawsuit settlement to punish them for their behavior.

Why Choose Us

  • Extensive experience: Yana Kurzman, the founder and CEO of Kurzman Law Group, P.A., has been practicing law since 1994 and holds two Juris Doctorate Degrees and a Post-Doctorate Degree in Law. Our clients benefit significantly from her wide-ranging legal experience and unparalleled grasp of personal injury law.
  • Ready to take on complex cases and major insurance companies for injury victims: Our personal injury law firm knows the value of diplomatic negotiation when handling claims, but we are also willing to take cases to court when necessary to get our clients the results they are entitled to.
  • Multilingual staff: Clear communication and understanding are crucial to the success of every personal injury case. Our helpful and compassionate legal team is proud to offer native-language services to clients who speak Russian, Spanish, and Creole. Reach out to our office today to learn how we can serve you.
  • No fees unless we recover compensation for you: Our lawyers take personal injury cases on a contingency basis. This means no upfront fees and no payments unless we win your case. We also provide free help with property damage claims as a courtesy to our clients.
  • We love what we do: We don't believe in a one-size-fits-all strategy for personal injury cases. We understand that our clients are often going through one of the most difficult periods of their lives when they meet us. We take the time to learn about every client and their specific situation and needs. Then we craft a unique strategy to achieve the best possible outcome for their case.
  • Convenient and free initial consultation: Getting an opinion on your personal injury case is easy and risk-free. Call our office at (954) 466-3220 to schedule a free initial case evaluation. Or make an appointment to visit us at our Fort Lauderdale offices. Our law firm is located 10 minutes away from Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, 6 minutes from George English Park, and approximately a 19-minute drive from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Are There Time Limits on Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?

As a personal injury victim, you do not want to lose your opportunity to recover compensation for the losses caused by your accident. Therefore, it's critical to be aware of Florida's statute of limitations for claims. Most personal injury claims, including those involving car crashes, slip and falls, and pedestrian accidents, must be filed within four years of the date of the accident. However, wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the individual's passing. Some exceptional circumstances may toll the claim and increase the time allowed for filing, but these cases are rare. It is generally in your best interests to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to begin the legal process and ensure that you meet all deadlines for filing. If you are wondering whether your claim is still within the statute of limitations, our lawyers are happy to provide a free consultation and answer your questions.

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What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do For Clients?

If you've been injured in any kind of accident caused by the negligence of others, a personal injury lawyer can act as your legal representative. Your personal injury lawyer will investigate your case and pursue compensation from those who caused your injuries while serving as a buffer between you and anyone who might interrupt your healing or cause you undue stress. Tasks your personal injury lawyer may do include:

  • Gathering evidence to determine liability, which may include interviewing witnesses, obtaining the police report, visiting the accident scene, consulting medical experts, and more.
  • Ensuring all necessary documents are filed on time.
  • Valuing your claim by determining the cost and extent of your losses, including non-economic damages such as emotional distress.
  • Negotiating a settlement agreement with the insurance company of the negligent party.
  • Engaging in litigation if the insurer is unwilling to agree to a settlement.
  • Coaching you on what to say during statements and making certain you do not harm your case.
  • Answering all questions and concerns you may have about the legal process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should I seek medical care if I only experienced minor injuries in an accident?

A: Yes. We recommend always getting a medical evaluation after any accident, even if you feel unhurt. A doctor's evaluation not only gives you peace of mind for your health but also provides a medical record of any damage you sustained in the accident, which can be vital to your claim. Some injuries, such as damage to the back and neck, can worsen over time as tissues swell. If you do not seek prompt medical treatment, the insurance company may attempt to argue that your injuries were not as bad as you claim or were unrelated to the accident.

Q: Can I file a personal injury claim if I was partially at fault for my accident?

A: Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that anyone involved in an accident can seek compensation for their damages if they were not 100% at fault for the incident. However, an individual's settlement will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to them. Having a lawyer on your side who can investigate the case and clearly prove who was at fault for the accident is crucial because it directly impacts the value of your compensation.

Q: What are catastrophic injuries?

A: In a legal sense, catastrophic injuries are severe injuries that leave a victim with damage that is likely to be permanent and cause an inability to perform gainful work. Usually, these injuries involve losing a bodily function or a body part. Examples include paralysis, blindness, widespread burns, amputation, and brain damage. Because these injuries require life-long care and treatment, getting full compensation that will provide for the victim's future is critical.

Q: How long do personal injury cases last?

A: Every case is unique, so, unfortunately, it is impossible to give an estimate without knowing the specifics. Cases may take anywhere from a few weeks to over a year. However, most claims can be negotiated without the need for a trial, which significantly shortens the timeline. In general, cases involving severe injuries, multiple at-fault parties, and high settlement amounts take longer to bring to a conclusion. At Kurzman Law Group, P.A., we frequently communicate with our clients to keep them up to date on the status of their claim.

Q: What is attorney-client privilege?

A: Attorney-client privilege refers to the privilege that allows attorneys and clients, including prospective clients, to keep their discussions confidential. In other words, your lawyer generally cannot be forced to divulge any information you've told them to a court. This allows clients to speak freely with their lawyers without fear of repercussions for their honest statements.

Q: Should I accept an initial settlement offer if I have medical bills to pay?

A: The stress of looming medical expenses can make victims feel as if they must accept the first settlement offer they receive from the insurance carrier. However, this can lead to problems later if you realize you have losses not covered by the compensation because you can no longer seek further damages after you've agreed to a settlement. The knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at Kurzman Law Group, P.A. can discuss options, such as medical liens, for handling your bills until you have the opportunity to recover the maximum settlement you deserve.

Q: Can I afford a personal injury attorney?

A: Most people seek the representation of a personal injury attorney because their accident injuries have caused them financial hardship. For this reason, many law firms, including Kurzman Law Group, P.A., provide free initial consultations to clients so they can understand their legal rights and options. We also take cases on a contingency basis, meaning you don't owe fees unless we secure a settlement. This makes quality legal services available to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

Q: How is legal advice different from legal information?

A: While legal information is widely available from the internet, books, and even well-meaning friends, only a licensed lawyer is qualified to provide legal advice regarding your case. Legal advice will be tailored to your situation and must be accurate and up to date with changes in state laws.