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    What is a proposal for settlement?

    A proposal for settlement is a litigation tool utilized to put pressure on parties to settle lawsuits before trial. The authority for a proposal for settlement comes from Florida Statute Section 768.79 and Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.442. It involves awarding attorneys fees and costs to a prevailing party if the party to whom the proposal is served fails to timely accept it. Under the rule, a party to whom a proposal for settlement is served must accept the offer within thirty (30) days, otherwise it is deemed rejected by law.

    What is a deposition and how do I prepare for it?

    A deposition is the taking of an oral statement while under oath before trial. It is taken in the presence of a court reporter who transcribes the testimony word for word. A deposition does not take place in court. It is usually conducted at the office of a court reporter or attorney. A deposition has several purposes including to find out what the witness knows and to solidify what the witness will testify to at trial. I meet with all of my clients for at least one hour prior to their deposition to review their case and make sure the understand the deposition process.

    Are gaps in treatment bad for my case?

    It is critically important to follow your doctor’s treatment plan. If you do have to miss a scheduled doctor appointment to deal with other issues, explain that to your doctor when you return for your next visit so that can be added to your medical chart. Of course, long gaps in treatment are often viewed by the insurance company as meaning you are no longer injured and that can greatly diminish the value of your case. Until your case is settled, try to avoid any long gaps in treatment. Although at some point during your case, you may resume your normal life activities, make sure you share with your medical provider any pain or difficulties you have

    What is Mediation?

    Mediation is a process where an individual (Mediator) is selected by both parties to help facilitate a settlement of your case. A mediator is a neutral third party and has no authority to decide your case. The decision to settle at mediation is solely in the discretion of the parties. Mediation can be a good opportunity to settle your case, provided the insurance company attends in good faith and offers reasonable compensation. What is said at mediation is confidential, so you don’t have to worry about something you may have said at mediation being used against you later in your case. The mediator will encourage the parties to talk about their case openly in the hopes of reaching a settlement. I meet with all of my clients face to face for at least one hour prior to mediation to go over your case and explain the mediation process in detail.

    How long has Mr. Spinner been practicing law?

    Mr. Spinner first began practicing law in New York in 1997, and then two years later in 1999, after passing the Florida Bar Examination, he was admitted to practice law in the State of Florida and has actively been doing so in both states since then. His practice is 100% devoted to representing victims of automobile crashes and all other accidents resulting in serious and life altering injury or death. Mr. Spinner is AV rated and is recognized at the highest level of professional excellence for legal ability and ethics.

    What is no fault insurance?

    If you have an accident in a no fault state such as Florida your own insurance company will pay the first $10,000 worth of your medical expenses from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Of course, the at fault party is liable for your damages above that, including any unpaid medical expenses, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. For more information about Florida no fault insurance, contact our firm.

    What is my case worth?

    There is no easy answer to this question. There are many factors to consider in determining the fair settlement value of your claim. First and foremost, the value of your case is determined by your injuries and the treatment you receive. We consider the type of treatment you receive, the length of treatment, the diagnosis of any permanent injury, need for future treatment, and the effects of the injury on your employment and activities of daily living. We also consider the circumstances of the accident, the amount of property damage sustained in the accident, whether there are any recoverable medical bills and recoverable wage loss. We will compare your claim to similar cases we have handled, as well as cases in the same jurisdiction in which your case arises. We will seek every category of damages that applies to your case and will find ways to support those damages with evidence. Be wary of any lawyer who promises you a particular result as their goal may be to lure you into hiring them, only to be disappointed later when things don’t work out as promised. For a comprehensive and straight forward evaluation of the value of your case, call Spinner Law Firm.

    How long will it take to resolve my personal injury case?

    There is no definitive period of time that determines when a case should be settled. Every case has its own unique set of practical and legal circumstances. However, as soon as you have completed your medical treatment, we present the claim as quickly as possible with the ultimate goal of resolving your case for the maximum amount of money we can recover. We take great care to diligently manage every aspect of your case to eliminate any unnecessary delays. We stay in regular contact with our clients so that you know what is happening with your case and can rest assured that we are working hard for you.

    How to determine who is at fault for a car accident?

    Following your accident, make sure the police are called to the scene of the accident. The responding officer will conduct an investigation, which generally includes interviewing all drivers involved in the accident and any witnesses to it. The responding officer will generally also record and document any physical evidence at the scene, like skid marks and vehicle damage. The insurance companies for the drivers involved in the accident will conduct their own investigation, as will your attorney. Initially, it will be up to the other driver’s insurance company to accept or deny fault for the accident. Should your claim be denied by the other driver’s insurance company, it may become necessary for you to file a lawsuit to prove liability and recover for your damages. With the passage of time, it becomes more difficult to gather necessary evidence and information to determine fault. That is why it is important to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney right away after a crash.

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