The once “hidden” island of Perdido Key is now one of the Gulf Coast’s best-kept secrets in terms of natural beauty. However, the paradise of Perdido can sometimes be shattered by an unfortunate incident. Car accidents, boating accidents, slip and falls, hotel property injuries, and a number of other regrettable events can leave individuals in Perdido Key injured, with nowhere to turn to pay their bills.
Our personal injury attorneys in Perdido explore every legal option available to accident victims. And because we are one of the largest law firms in the Gulf Coast area, we have the strength to handle even the toughest, most serious cases. We don’t receive a single penny unless your case is won. And the consultation is free.
So whether you are visiting Perdido Key or have lived here for years, know that there is a local personal injury team ready to serve your interests in your time of need.
Why Choose Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon?
At Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon, we’re here to provide experienced legal protection to injury victims. For over 100 years, we’ve served the surrounding Pensacola area. We specifically opened our offices on Perdido Key to better serve the local community. These offices can provide a Perdido Key personal injury lawyer to represent the interests of injured clients against insurance companies and other defendants.
The attorneys at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon have decades of combined experience practicing personal injury law in Florida. We are ready to work hard to maximize your recovery.
Cases We Handle
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon has experience handling a wide variety of Perdido Key accident cases.
Automobile accidents are common in the state of Florida and often involve injury, death, or property damage. The attorneys at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon are ready to represent you in many common types of vehicle accidents including:
- Car Accidents;
- Bus accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Boating accidents; and
- Airplane accidents.
No matter what type of vehicle accident you were in, our law firm is here for you.
Even in a place as pristine as Perdido Key, slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries. Property owners may be liable for injuries caused by poorly maintained facilities or unsafe building conditions. The Perdido personal injury attorneys at Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon are familiar with Florida premises liability and can help you recover for injuries you suffered on negligently maintained private property.
If you sustained an injury on the job, you deserve adequate compensation for missed wages and medical bills. You may think that your workers’ compensation insurance carrier is on your side. Unfortunately, insurers are often out to save the insurance company as much money as possible by reducing your compensation.
Workers’ compensation laws include strict deadlines for reporting accidents and filing claims. If you were hurt at work, you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible to help ensure that you meet the Florida deadlines.
Other Personal Injury Cases
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon also handles:
- Industrial injuries;
- Dog bite injuries;
- Product liability claims;
- Wrongful death claims; and
- Social security disability cases.
Call our office today if you are not sure what category best fits your personal injury case.
When to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
A personal injury attorney can help you recover damages if you were injured in an accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence. Negligence includes a wide range of acts and omissions such as driving over the speed limit and allowing hazardous conditions to exist on private property. If you were injured as a result of negligence, you should hire a Perdido personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you delay in hiring an attorney, you could miss filing deadlines or the opportunity to access certain evidence that supports your claim.
When You Don’t Need a Personal Injury Attorney
t may not make sense for you to hire a personal injury attorney after your accident. If an accident does not result in any injuries, it may not be worth hiring a lawyer. Before deciding that you have not been injured in an accident, you should get an opinion from a medical professional. Sometimes injuries are not apparent immediately after a crash or slip and fall incident.
Hiring an attorney is not always cost-effective. If your medical bills or other damages were very low, it might not make sense to get a lawyer. After you pay the attorney fee out of a small settlement sum, the remaining amount may not justify the time and energy spent on the claim.
What You Should and Should Not Do After an Accident
From car accidents to slip and falls, there are some things you should and should not do after an accident if you want to file a personal injury claim.
What Should You Do?
You should seek medical attention for any injuries as soon as possible. A medical professional can help you detect injuries you might not have noticed right away. A doctor will also document your injuries and treatment, providing useful evidence in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Most importantly, immediate treatment can prevent minor injuries from turning into bigger problems.
You should also collect information after an accident. The information that will be useful to you varies by accident type, but may include:
- The names and contact information of witnesses to the accident;
- The time, date and location of the accident; and
- Personal information for any other parties involved in the accident.
It is important to your claim that you remember as much about your accident as possible. Writing out a description of the accident shortly after it occurs can help if you forget details over time.
You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can if you were injured in an accident. A Perdido personal injury lawyer can help you initiate the process of filing a claim.
What Shouldn’t I Do?
Avoid speaking to the opposing side’s insurance company or lawyer without your own lawyer. The other driver’s insurance company may ask you for a statement shortly after the accident when you are not yet fully aware of your injuries. This statement can then be used to lower the value of your claim. It is a good idea to talk to a Perdido personal injury attorney before discussing your accident with anyone else.
You also should not talk or post about your accident on social media. An insurance company or opposing side lawyer can take your posts out of context in order to make your injuries seem minor and decrease your recovery.
Fault in Florida
Florida uses a pure comparative negligence system to award damages based on fault. Under this system, each party is awarded damages based on their percentage of fault regardless of which party is mostly responsible for the accident. For example, if a driver is 90% at-fault for a car accident, they can still recover 10% of the awarded damages.
Get Your Accident and Injury Questions Answered
Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon have knowledgeable answers to your questions about all types of Florida personal injury cases.
How Much Do Personal Injury Lawyers Cost?
Most personal injury attorneys receive contingency fees. This means that you will pay your attorney a percentage of any damages award that you receive. Personal injury lawyers usually do not cost anything up-front.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
There is a four-year statute of limitations on Florida personal injury claims. This means that you must file a claim within four years of the accident date. The court will most likely dismiss your claim if you miss the filing deadline, so talk to an attorney as soon as possible if you want to seek compensation through a lawsuit.
What Kind of Damages Can I Receive?
In a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover lost income if you missed work as a result of your injuries. Your damages award or settlement may also include compensation for your medical bills. Under Florida law, you can sometimes recover damages for pain and suffering that you endured during or after the accident.
Contact Us Today
The law firm of Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is available to answer all of these questions and more. Contact our office today to talk to a passionate Perdido personal injury lawyer about your accident.
Address: 14508 Perdido Key Drive Pensacola, FL 32507