Do You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?
Our law firm has served Jacksonville since 1974
For over four decades, we've been helping people who have suffered serious personal injuries due to someone else's negligence. We've long been handling catastrophic injury cases in Jacksonville and throughout Florida, helping people with long-term, disabling injuries recover the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. No one should have to go through a long, expensive recovery alone.
The Law Firm of Pajcic & Pajcic will investigate your accident, determine who needs to be held liable and pursue fair compensation for your injuries. We also handle wrongful death claims on behalf of families who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. If you’ve been harmed due to negligence, don’t go it alone. Schedule your free consultation with an experienced Jacksonville personal injury attorney.
A proven track record of success
Over the years, we've recovered over $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements in over 12,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases. We take great pride in our results for two reasons: Every cent we've recovered helped a deserving client or family move forward after an injury, and every case we've won sent a strong message to negligent parties that their conduct is not acceptable. The law exists to protect us from harm, and by fighting for accountability under the law for reckless and careless parties, we make our entire community safer.
How do we do it? We get to know our clients and understand how their injuries have affected their lives. We thoroughly investigate injury claims and take a hard line in negotiations with the insurance company. We put our resources and combined legal knowledge into every case we handle, and we get meaningful results.
What’s required for a personal injury case?
In general, to file a personal injury claim, you need to show that someone else was negligent; that is, they acted in a careless manner or did something a reasonably careful person would not have done, and their negligence caused your injury. There are four major elements of every personal injury claim:
- Duty of care: the at-fault party had a legal responsibility to act in a careful and safe manner.
- Breach: the at-fault party, through action or inaction, failed to meet that duty of care. In general, this is assessed based on what an average person would have done in the same situation.
- Causation: the at-fault party’s negligence led to your injury. It’s not enough to show that someone was negligent in the vicinity of the accident; their negligence had to actually cause or contribute to the accident.
- Damages: because of the accident, you suffered real harm. This is not limited to physical injury; emotional and psychological pain are damages, as well.
Different types of personal injury claims involve different duties of care. Slip and falls, for instance, are based on premises liability law, which concerns the responsibility property owners and managers have to keep their premises safe. Product liability claims are based on manufacturers’ responsibility to produce safe products and to provide appropriate warnings to consumers.
Work accidents fall into a unique category because you can’t sue your direct employer for an injury that happened at work. Such injuries are covered under workers’ compensation instead. However, if a third party (a person or organization other than your employer) caused your injury, then you can file a personal injury claim against that third party. This is particularly common in construction accidents where there are multiple contractors and subcontractors working on the same site.
What damages can you recover in a personal injury case?
An injury can affect numerous aspects of your life, and fair compensation for that injury should include all those losses. Depending on the extent of your injury and the effects it has had on your life, the damages (financial compensation) we can pursue on your behalf may include:
- Lost wages while recovering from an injury and unable to work
- Medical expenses, including the cost of long-term care if needed
- Modifications to homes or vehicles to accommodate reduced mobility or other disabilities
- Lost earning potential for clients who are unable to work
- Replacement services, such as childcare, housework and yard work
- Repair or replacement of property damaged in accidents
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress and other non-economic damages
In some cases, we’re also able to recover punitive damages for our clients. These are additional funds awarded to punish particularly reckless or intentional acts and send a strong message that such conduct will not be tolerated.
The full cost of a catastrophic injury can easily be in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, especially if you need a lifetime of medical care. A spinal cord injury can cause permanent paralysis, for instance, and a traumatic brain injury can affect your ability to work, your relationships, and your quality of life. Even a less severe injury, though, can have a dramatic impact on your life, especially if you have lingering symptoms or a long recovery period. We know how to build a case for the full amount of compensation you need.