Gould Cooksey Fennell

Personal Injury FAQ

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?
Gould Cooksey Fennell has adopted the Contingency Fee Contract approved by the Florida Bar. We do not collect a fee unless we make a recovery on your case. It is free to have one of our attorneys meet with you to review your personal injury case.

Should I talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company?
It is best to speak with an attorney before you speak with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Calls with the insurance company are often recorded.  Victims of negligence may unknowingly cause harm to their case by saying something that is later taken out of context.  Once you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney, your lawyer will advise you how to handle future calls.

What is the value of my case?
There is no formula to determine exactly how much a case is worth. The value depends on the severity of your injuries, the details of the case, insurance limits, and the defendant’s identity. A personal injury jury verdict is determined by factoring in the total cost of medical expenses, future medical care needs, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Our experienced litigators will review your claim with you and discuss potential recovery based on the factors in your case.

How long will my personal Injury lawsuit take?
Because each case is unique, it is difficult to determine how long it will take to resolve a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit may settle in a few months without the need for a trial, while others, particularly cases that go to trial, can take several years to complete.

What role does insurance play in a personal injury lawsuit?
Insurance plays a role in virtually every personal injury lawsuit. Though not required, in Florida, most responsible drivers will carry bodily injury insurance (BI). BI insurance covers claims of the at-fault individual or company as well as the owner of the at-fault vehicle, and pays for the medical bills and pain and suffering of the injured party. While most lawsuits seek monetary damages that will be paid by the at-fault party’s insurance company, a lawsuit generally does not name the insurance company as a defendant. However, the insurance company hires and pays the lawyer representing the at-fault party.
Many people wisely purchase additional protection in the event that a negligent driver has limited or no insurance coverage at all. This form of protection is called uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance (UM).  UM insurance coverage will help compensate an injured party if the at-fault party’s BI coverage is insufficient.