Lakeland Personal Injury Lawyers

Why Do You Need a Lakeland Personal Injury Attorney?

Navigating the complexities of personal injury law can be a daunting task, especially when you're dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens that accompany an injury. Our mission is to alleviate your burdens by providing unparalleled legal representation and support.

Whether you’ve been injured in a car crash, slip and fall accident, medical malpractice incident, or any other personal injury situation, the Lakeland injury attorneys at Osborne & Francis are here to empower you to make informed decisions about your case.

Our experienced team is well-versed in the intricate web of personal injury laws in Florida and Lakeland. We have a proven track record of obtaining favorable settlements and verdicts for our clients, ensuring they receive the compensation they deserve. You can trust us to be your dedicated advocates, working tirelessly to protect your rights and pursue justice on your behalf.

When you're faced with a personal injury, it's vital to have a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney by your side. Contact our Lakeland offices at (561) 293-2600 for a free, comprehensive consultation on your personal injury case. Remember, you're not alone. Our team is here to provide you with the legal support and guidance necessary to help you get back to living your life. 

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Hear what kind of work a personal injury lawyer from Osborne & Francis does for your case.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Lakeland Injury Attorney Help You Secure?

A personal injury attorney can help you secure a variety of settlements or compensation in the event that you've been injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. 

Here are some common types of settlements that a personal injury attorney can assist you in obtaining:

  • Medical expenses: A personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for all past and future medical expenses related to your injury. This may include hospital bills, surgeries, doctor visits, medication, rehabilitation, and any necessary medical equipment.
  • Lost wages: If your injury has caused you to miss work or has reduced your earning capacity, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages. Your attorney will work to ensure that you are reimbursed for the income you've lost due to the injury.
  • Pain and suffering: Compensation for pain and suffering is meant to account for the physical and emotional distress caused by the injury. This can be a significant part of the settlement, and your attorney will help you determine an appropriate amount.
  • Punitive damages: In some cases, where the defendant's actions were particularly reckless or malicious, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future.
  • Wrongful death expenses: In wrongful death cases, if a loved one has lost their life due to someone else's negligence, your attorney can help you recover funeral and burial expenses as well as compensation for the loss of financial support.

A personal injury attorney's role is to evaluate your case, gather evidence, negotiate with the responsible party or their insurance company, and, if necessary, take your case to court to secure the best possible settlement that covers your losses and damages. Continue reading for more details on the specific legal services we offer.

Osborne & Francis — Personal Injury Case Results

Our proven results for personal injury cases at Osborne & Francis include:

  • $1 billion against the Stryker medical technology company for defective metal-on-metal hip implants.
  • $26.7 million verdict for women harmed by vaginal mesh from Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle
  • $1 million for a client who suffered a slip and fall injury due to water left on the floor of a Florida nightclub

Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 to discuss your injury and what you need to recover.

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What Types of Accidents Can a Lakeland Injury Law Firm Handle?

A personal injury law firm can handle a wide range of accidents and incidents where individuals have been harmed due to the negligence or wrongdoing of others. 

Some of the common types of accidents and cases that a personal injury law firm can handle include:

  • Car, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents: These encompass accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other motor vehicles. Attorneys assist victims of negligent drivers, defective vehicles, or poor road conditions. Accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians are often caused by negligent drivers, inadequate road infrastructure, or unsafe conditions.
  • Medical malpractice: A medical malpractice or hospital negligence type of case deals with injuries or harm caused by the negligence of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, and hospitals.
  • Workplace injuries or construction accidents: Attorneys can help individuals injured on the job, pursuing workers' compensation claims or third-party lawsuits against responsible parties. Injuries or fatalities that occur on construction sites, often due to unsafe working conditions or defective equipment.
  • Product liability: These are cases involving defective or dangerous products, including recalls, injuries caused by malfunctioning consumer goods, or dangerous pharmaceuticals.
  • Premises liability: Premises liability covers accidents occurring on someone else's property due to unsafe conditions. This includes injuries at stores, restaurants, or private residences. Hazardous conditions such as slippery floors, uneven sidewalks, or inadequate maintenance can cause harmful falls. Swimming pool accidents can also be litigated under premises liability laws.
  • Boating and maritime accidents: Lawyers handle injuries and accidents occurring on water, including recreational boating accidents, cruise ship incidents, and personal watercraft injuries.

The personal injury law firm of Osborne & Francis has experienced attorneys who distinguish themselves in various areas of personal injury law. Specific types of injuries such as brain, spinal cord, and burn injuries caused by negligence are handled by our knowledgeable attorneys as well. We will file the appropriate demands or lawsuits based on your specific circumstances.

What Does a Lakeland Injury Lawyer Do For Your Case?

A personal injury lawyer plays a critical role in helping you navigate the complex legal process and secure the best possible outcome for your case. 

Here are the key functions and responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer:

  • Investigation: Attorneys conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances of your injury. This includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and obtaining relevant documents to build a strong case.
  • Negotiation: Personal injury lawyers negotiate with insurance companies and the opposing party to reach a fair settlement. We have experience in dealing with insurance adjusters and understand the tactics used to minimize payouts.
  • Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, your attorney will file a lawsuit and represent you in court. We will prepare legal documents, present your case, and advocate on your behalf during a trial.

By handling the legal complexities of your case, advocating for your rights, and maximizing your compensation, a personal injury lawyer serves as your ally and advocate. We will guide you throughout the legal process, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Proudly Representing Lakeland Residents

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C. Smith

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“I am so thankful for EVERYONE, the entire staff at Osborne & Francis Law, for mentoring me through the mediation process with my hip replacement failures. I didn't realize how MUCH pressure they relieved me of by helping me deal with the reality of this traumatic time in my life, as it was OVER so quickly with a positive result. My family is grateful to have their mom HAPPY & FOCUSED on the future, rather than worrying over what happened in the past! FAST FORWARD, we are LIVING LIFE to the fullest once again!”

Alfred

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Quick and fair resolution to a unique case. On advice of my own attorney, I engaged Joseph Osborne of Osborne & Francis of Boca Raton, FL. Mr. Osborne had considerable experience in cases such as mine and the results showed that. Mr. Osborne and his staff were very helpful, kept me up to date, and listened to my input. The settlement was very fair as far as I am concerned.

Erica F.

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"Best personal injury attorney around, I could not be happier! I was seriously injured in a car accident and Osborne and Francis helped me through the entire process. I was blown away by how knowledgeable the staff and attorneys are at this incredible law firm. I would not hesitate to recommend this law firm to friends and family!"

T. Andrews

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“Attorneys Greg Francis and Ryan Fletcher at Osborne & Francis Law Firm represented me in my personal injury case.The defendant drew a line in the sand and was adamant on a settlement amount I was almost willing to accept. After the dust settled and the smoke cleared, we settled for 3 times that amount!!! When they say ‘Real Tough Lawyers,’ they mean it.”

E. Holland

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Dennis and the other Osborne & Francis staff were amazing! Our case was HUGE and required tender loving care. Everyone on our case did their part by putting all the puzzle pieces together. We were given step by step updates and put at ease when our nerves got the best of us. For every inquiry we made we received a timely response...You are appreciated!

J. Davis

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“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer/ firm — everything was done professionally exactly how I wanted. Due to COVID my personal attorney Mr. Garcia was still able to make things work in a timely manner and he never made me feel like he wasn’t working. Overall I’m happy with how my case turned out and I would recommend him and this law firm to anyone. 100% satisfied.”

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Contact an Experienced Lakeland Personal Injury Law Firm

If you've been injured due to the negligence of others in the state of Florida, having a trusted local personal injury attorney by your side can make all the difference. At Osborne & Francis, our team is committed to providing you with the knowledge, experience, and support necessary to navigate the complexities of personal injury law. 

Why Hire Osborne & Francis

We have years of experience in helping individuals across Florida secure the compensation they deserve. With a deep understanding of Florida’s unique legal landscape, we're well-equipped to handle a wide range of personal injury cases, from auto accidents, to slip and falls, to medical malpractice. We understand that every case is as unique as the individual it represents, and we tailor our approach accordingly.

Your well-being is our top priority, and your peace of mind is our ultimate reward. If you've been injured, don't go through this challenging time alone. Reach out to Osborne & Francis at our Lakeland offices by calling (561) 293-2600 today — let us be the beacon of hope in your pursuit of justice and fair compensation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Lakeland Personal Injury Lawsuit FAQs

Should I speak to the insurance company without an attorney?

It's generally advisable to consult with an attorney before speaking to the insurance company. Insurance adjusters may try to minimize your claim. They may offer an insufficient settlement amount before you’ve had time for a complete medical and legal evaluation of your losses. Having an attorney can help protect your rights and ensure you don't inadvertently say or sign something that could harm your case.

Can I file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of my child or elderly parent?

Yes, you can file a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of your child or elderly parent under certain circumstances. Cases involving injuries to children may include accidents at schools, daycare centers, or due to dangerous toys. Elders may need your help for cases of medical fraud, malpractice, or nursing home abuse.

How can I afford a personal injury attorney?

At Osborne & Francis, our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if you win your case. This fee arrangement is designed to make legal representation more accessible to individuals with personal injury claims. If we do not secure a recovery on your behalf, you owe us nothing.

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida?‍

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is generally four years from the date of the injury or accident. However, there are exceptions, and it's crucial to consult with an attorney to understand the specific timeline for your case. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 for an accurate timeline to make your legal decisions.