FAQs

FAQs

Get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, that is, when you do something that a reasonably careful person wouldn’t do under the circumstances. Reasonable care on the part of a professional, like a doctor or lawyer, is recognized as acceptable if it follows the standards of practice in that profession. If you or a loved one has sustained personal injury from the negligence actions of another, call the personal injury attorneys at Kinney, Fernandez, and Boire.

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What should I look for when choosing a personal injury lawyer?

When choosing a personal injury lawyer experience matters. An auto accident attorney may promote themself as a personal injury lawyer, yet the practice of personal injury law may actually make up only a small portion of their experience. It takes years of consistent practice in the area of personal injury to become fully knowledgeable in this area of law.

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How much does hiring a personal injury lawyer cost?

A personal injury lawyer should only work on a contingency fee basis. This means no attorney’s fees are paid up front by the client and no attorney’s fees are paid at all unless a settlement or successful trial verdict is reached.

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What is 'PIP' Insurance?

“PIP” stands for Personal Injury Protection insurance. Florida law requires each owner of a motor vehicle to carry “PIP”on their car as a condition of having a valid registration. The minimum coverage that must be carried to comply with the law is $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection and $10,000 of property damage liability. Personal Injury Protection insurance will pay you a portion of your lost wages and medical bills if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of who caused the accident. That is why this law is sometimes referred to as the no fault law.

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What should I expect from my personal injury lawyer?

A client should expect professionalism, knowledge, experience, compassion and understanding. The client should expect their accident lawyer to have the financial resources necessary to handle the case for as long as it takes.

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Are we going to court right away?

Typically a personal injury case does not go to court right away. If there is a reasonable chance to negotiate a settlement without having to file a lawsuit then that is often the preferred choice of clients. The more extensive the injuries or wrongful death, the longer it may take to resolve and negotiate a fair monetary value for the case.

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Is there a difference between a car accident lawyer, motorcycle accident lawyer, truck accident lawyer, slip and fall lawyer and wrongful death lawyer?

A truly experienced attorney in the field of personal injury law should have the knowledge, skills, demeanor and strength to handle any type of personal injury case involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, or pedestrians. Not all car accident attorneys prefer to handle slip and fall accident cases, but a dedicated personal injury lawyer should have the resources to take on these cases and fight against the property owners responsible for the slip and fall accident.

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Is it too late to hire a personal injury lawyer?

The timing of hiring a personal injury attorney is important. Too long of a delay can cause irreparable harm to a personal injury accident case and prevent an attorney from taking on a case. However, don’t assume that too much time has passed before consulting with an experienced lawyer. A personal injury attorney should always take your call, ask relevant questions and make an honest assessment of your case so that you can have confidence in the advice you receive.

Do I need a lawyer for a car accident settlement?

No. There is no legal requirement to have a car accident lawyer in order to obtain a settlement, you have the constitutional right to represent yourself. However, doing so might not be the best course of action. A car accident lawyer can help you determine the amount of insurance benefits available to you and let you know if a settlement offer is fair given the circumstances.

What is Negligence?

Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care, that is, when you do something that a reasonably careful person wouldn’t do under the circumstances. Reasonable care on the part of a professional, like a doctor or lawyer, is recognized as acceptable if it follows the standards of practice in that profession. If you or a loved one has sustained personal injury from the negligence actions of another, call the personal injury attorneys at Kinney, Fernandez, and Boire.

For more information about related topics, please choose one of the topics below:

What should I look for when choosing a personal injury lawyer?

When choosing a personal injury lawyer experience matters. An auto accident attorney may promote themself as a personal injury lawyer, yet the practice of personal injury law may actually make up only a small portion of their experience. It takes years of consistent practice in the area of personal injury to become fully knowledgeable in this area of law.

For more information, please click here.

What is 'PIP' Insurance?

“PIP” stands for Personal Injury Protection insurance. Florida law requires each owner of a motor vehicle to carry “PIP”on their car as a condition of having a valid registration. The minimum coverage that must be carried to comply with the law is $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection and $10,000 of property damage liability. Personal Injury Protection insurance will pay you a portion of your lost wages and medical bills if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, regardless of who caused the accident. That is why this law is sometimes referred to as the no fault law.

For more information, please click here.

What should I expect from my personal injury lawyer?

A client should expect professionalism, knowledge, experience, compassion and understanding. The client should expect their accident lawyer to have the financial resources necessary to handle the case for as long as it takes.

For more information, please click here.

Are we going to court right away?

Typically a personal injury case does not go to court right away. If there is a reasonable chance to negotiate a settlement without having to file a lawsuit then that is often the preferred choice of clients. The more extensive the injuries or wrongful death, the longer it may take to resolve and negotiate a fair monetary value for the case.

For more information, please click here.

Is there a difference between a car accident lawyer, motorcycle accident lawyer, truck accident lawyer, slip and fall lawyer and wrongful death lawyer?

A truly experienced attorney in the field of personal injury law should have the knowledge, skills, demeanor and strength to handle any type of personal injury case involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, or pedestrians. Not all car accident attorneys prefer to handle slip and fall accident cases, but a dedicated personal injury lawyer should have the resources to take on these cases and fight against the property owners responsible for the slip and fall accident.

For more information, please click here.

Is it too late to hire a personal injury lawyer?

The timing of hiring a personal injury attorney is important. Too long of a delay can cause irreparable harm to a personal injury accident case and prevent an attorney from taking on a case. However, don’t assume that too much time has passed before consulting with an experienced lawyer. A personal injury attorney should always take your call, ask relevant questions and make an honest assessment of your case so that you can have confidence in the advice you receive.

Do I need a lawyer for a car accident settlement?

No. There is no legal requirement to have a car accident lawyer in order to obtain a settlement, you have the constitutional right to represent yourself. However, doing so might not be the best course of action. A car accident lawyer can help you determine the amount of insurance benefits available to you and let you know if a settlement offer is fair given the circumstances.

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