Meet personal injury attorney Ronald Slonaker
Based in Ocala, FL (Marion County)
“A personal injury victim can benefit from a lawyer’s insurance defense experience.”
If you or a loved one were involved in an accident of any kind, you are likely facing numerous stressful challenges.
Whether you were injured in a car accident or a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, the consequences of such an event can be life-altering.
At a difficult time like this, you need someone on your side who will help guide you through the emotional and physical healing process, as well as help you get the justice you and your family deserve.
Types of Accidents:
An accident is almost always unexpected and can cause disastrous consequences. Some of the most common accidents that occur in the state of Florida include but are not limited to:
- Auto accidents
- Bicycle and golf cart accidents
- On the job accidents
- Slip & fall accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Dog bites
- Burn injuries
- Boating accidents
At the Slonaker Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you obtain the maximum amount of compensation available in your personal injury case.
We will exhaust every potential source of financial restitution and will passionately advocate for your best interests throughout every stage of your claim.
Types of Injuries:
The types of injuries that can occur in an unexpected accident can range from mild to severe. The most common types of injuries associated with accidents and personal injury claims include:
- Open and closed head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Broken bones and fractures
- Loss of limb
- Damage to soft tissue and internal organs
- Severe blood loss
- Crush injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
“No matter what type of injury you have sustained, we will do everything within our power to determine if another party can be held liable for the accident and to pursue the maximum amount of compensation available in your case.”
Medical Care & Expenses For Serious Injuries
The injured individual will likely require immediate and possibly long-term medical care, which may include surgery, medications, and physical therapy.
If the individual is employed, he or she may lose time from work and incur lost wages as a result and may even suffer from temporary or permanent disability.
If a loved one was the victim of a wrongful death, the surviving family members will be faced with funeral expenses, lost income, and loss of companionship.
Depending on the severity of the accident, medical expenses and property damage costs can easily exceed hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In order to recover money for a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove “Negligence.”
The law allows you to collect money as compensation for injuries received in an accident from the person who “negligently” caused the accident and those injuries.
The need to prove that the person causing the injuries was “negligent” applies in all accident cases in Florida, including: car crashes; truck accidents; motorcycle accidents; slip and fall accidents; premises liability accidents; and, other kinds of accidents.
“Negligence” is a legal concept. Simply defined, “negligence” is the actions or behavior of the person who caused an accident. For example, in a rear-end car accident, typically the person who rear-ends the car in front of them is negligent because they failed to stop their vehicle before it ran into the rear of another vehicle. In a “slip and fall” case, the person who is in possession of the property and who permitted a dangerous condition to exist on that property which caused another person to be injured may have acted negligently. It is the job of your attorney to prove for you that the person causing your accident was negligent.
Closely related to the concept of “negligence” is the concept of “comparative negligence.” In any accident case the percentage of fault applied to all of the persons that were in the accident must always equal one hundred percent (100%).
For example, in a typical car crash involving two vehicles, the fault of each driver when added together must equal one hundred percent (100%). Thus, each driver could have been partially at fault in causing the crash. It is not necessary to prove that the other party was entirely at fault in causing the accident, as a person who has partial fault, or who is said to be comparatively negligent, can also recover money for their injuries.
At Slonaker Law Firm, we will help you obtain all the information needed to build a strong personal injury case.
Legal Elements of Negligence:
In order for a personal injury claim to stand, there are several legal elements of negligence that must be proven:
The first element is that of “Duty.” The person who caused the accident is referred to as the Defendant and the injured person bringing the claim is referred to as the Plaintiff. The first thing that must be proven in a personal injury claim is that the Defendant owed some sort of legal duty to the Plaintiff.
For example, all drivers owe a duty of reasonable due care and caution in operating their motor vehicles. A driver may negligently cause an accident by doing something they should not have such as running a stop sign. Drivers should not drive in such a way as to damage another person’s car or injure another person. Once a duty of care has been proven, the Plaintiff must show that the duty had not been followed by the Defendant; or that the Defendant “Breached a Duty” owed to the person injured.
The next element of negligence that your attorney must prove for you is known as “Causation,” which means that the Plaintiff must prove that the Defendant’s breach of duty caused them either property damage or caused them to be injured; or, the Plaintiff must be able to show that the Defendant’s actions or lack of action directly resulted in the injury being claimed.
The final piece of proving negligence is showing that the accident and the injury being claimed to a person’s property or body resulted in actual Damages. In an accident case, those damages can be actual damages such as medical bills or lost wages. Damages can also consist of what is known as “intangible damages” which are such things as pain and suffering. Actual damages can be those bills for medical treatment already received but can also include the amount that a person will need to spend on medical treatment in the future, sometimes for life.
We will zealously pursue a resolution in your favor and will do everything we can to see to it that you receive adequate compensation for your injuries.
Don’t Take The First Settlement Offer:
Whether you were injured in a car accident or were hurt on the job, you will likely have to deal with an insurance company at some point. Frequently, insurance companies will first offer the lowest settlement possible in order to reduce their out-of-pocket costs.
Unfortunately, accepting the first settlement offer will likely shortchange you and leave you without the funds you need to cover all expenses related to the accident.
By working with an experienced attorney, you can properly evaluate all of the current and future expenses you will incur as a result of the accident and will fully be able to understand the minimum settlement you can accept. The veteran personal injury lawyers at Slonaker Law Firm can help you negotiate with insurance companies, and they can help you pursue litigation in the event that an adequate settlement offer is not reached.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer Today:
Regardless of what kind of accident you or a loved one were involved in, an injury lawyer in Florida can help you get through this difficult time step-by-step.
Ronald Slonaker is a skilled Florida personal injury attorney who has a solid track record of success in personal injury claims. He is committed to obtaining a positive outcome for you and your loved ones after a devastating incident.
Contact Slonaker Law Firm today to discuss the options you have available to you and to learn more about getting the compensation you deserve.