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Accidents happen. They can leave you physically, emotionally, and financially devastated. But we can help you recover.

At Rue & Ziffra, we understand the hardship you are going through. Let us take care of the legal process while you focus on your recovery. Our priority is to get you the financial relief you deserve. Insurance companies want to settle for the lowest amount possible, but we will not allow that. Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers always comes to the table prepared to win the full amount of your damages. 

You may feel overwhelmed at this time, but we hear you, we support you, and we will fight for you. Contact Rue & Ziffra to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case with our Lake Mary personal injury lawyers.

Living, Working, and Playing in Seminole County, Florida

Seminole County boasts an array of outdoor activities, attractions, dining options, and shopping experiences. Depending on which part of Seminole County you’re in, Orlando’s theme parks are never more than 30 minutes away. Visitors flock to the area as there are upscale hotels with rates almost one-third less than the Orlando resorts. For those looking for natural attractions, Seminole County offers fishing, boating, kayaking, airboat riding, ziplining, mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, and so much more.  

For residents, Seminole County is a great place to call home. Not only does it have natural beauty, but also state-of-the-art sports facilities, an “A” rated school district, access to major transportation, a growing economy, and planned communities. 

At Rue & Ziffra, we invest in our community through our RZ Cares program and partnership with local charities. Our service to Seminole County, including Lake Mary and Sanford, has contributed to our status in the community as reputable Seminole County personal injury lawyers. 

Lake Mary, FL

Lake Mary continues to be one of the fastest-growing areas in Central Florida. As stated on the city’s website, “Lake Mary has all the conveniences of Orlando without the traffic!” The city is committed to attaining a high standard of quality living. Lake Mary achieves this through its well-planned residential communities, excellent school systems, low crime rate, prominent businesses, and upscale entertainment.

Conveniently located off of Interstate 4, Lake Mary attracts residents and tourists alike. Maybe you want to book a tee time at the Timacuan Golf and Country Club, which has been named one of Florida’s best golf courses. If experiencing miles of pristine nature and wildlife is more your vibe, walk along the Florida Scenic Trail or The Cross Seminole Trail. For the thrill-seekers, Planet Obstacle, the “Largest Indoor Obstacle Park in the World,” offers towering rock-climbing walls, ninja warrior courses, thrilling zipline, ropes courses, and much more. There is truly something for everyone in Lake Mary. 

Between the parks, museums, farmers markets, shopping, entertainment, dining, and exquisite accommodations, it’s no wonder tourists want to visit and residents want to live in Lake Mary!

Sanford, FL

Sanford, Florida, is another growing city in Central Florida that our firm actively serves. This waterfront community sits on the south end of Lake Monroe and is situated halfway between the Orlando attractions and the beaches. Historic downtown Sanford is quaint, walkable, and perfectly balances the old-Florida charm with a modern flair. This part of town has globally inspired restaurants, art galleries, craft breweries, boutique shopping, and, of course, rich history.

Home to the Orlando Sanford International Airport and Amtrak Auto Train, Sanford also offers a free trolley service throughout its downtown. Visitors and residents can enjoy Florida’s natural springs at Wekiva Island, the exotic animals and nature at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and one of the largest malls in Central Florida, The Seminole Town Center. 

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Seminole County Accident Statistics

Despite all the beauty and benefits of Lake Mary, Sanford, and Seminole County as a whole, visitors and residents are continually victims of accidents. Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported in its 2019 Crash Dashboard 7,236 total crashes, 36 fatalities, and 4,804 injuries in Seminole County. The report includes a combination of bike accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian crashes, hit-and-run crashes, and other motor vehicle accidents.

Below are some alarming statistics for common accident types: 

  • 124 bike crashes with two fatalities
  • 153 motorcycle accidents with seven fatalities
  • 148 pedestrian crashes with six fatalities
  • 1,570 hit-and-run crashes with one fatality and 397 injuries

An accident can happen anywhere, anytime, and to anyone. At Rue & Ziffra, a Lake Mary or Sanford, FL personal injury lawyer is always available to speak with you. Call us 24/7 at 1-800-JUSTICE or contact us online to learn how we can serve you. 

Cases We Handle

If you’ve been injured in an accident, we can help. Our injury lawyers in Seminole County handle any type of personal injury claim that comes through the door. We can assist with the following cases:

  • Car accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Aviation accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Dog bites 
  • Premises liability 
  • Burn injuries and explosions
  • Workplace accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Defective products

If your accident is not listed above, we can still help! Call 1-800-JUSTICE or contact us online to discuss the details of the incident.

Why Choose Rue & Ziffra?

It may be tempting to negotiate with the insurance company or the party at fault on your own. While you are entitled to do that, you have a greater chance at success if you hire a lawyer. A survey revealed that personal injury victims with legal representation on average won settlements three times higher than those without an attorney. So why choose Rue & Ziffra over other personal injury firms? 

We Communicate

From our first conversation with you to the last, we will walk through each part of the process and ensure you understand what we are doing and why. Our attorneys and staff know how to explain the legalities of your claim in plain language so that you feel confident every step of the way. We are also a multilingual firm and can communicate with you in English, Spanish, or Russian. 

At Rue & Ziffra, we always keep open a line of communication. You will never be left in the dark wondering about the status of your case. 

We Are Compassionate

We see you as a person, not just another case. An accident can be incredibly traumatic for you and your family. Our attorneys are skilled at navigating the filing process and negotiating a claim while being aware of the emotional toll everything can have. 

Unlike large firms, our team of nine attorneys can provide you with the personal attention you deserve. At Rue & Ziffra, we take the time to listen and communicate with you to develop the best strategy for your case. 

We Have the Experience

Since 1976, the attorneys at Rue & Ziffra have been practicing personal injury law—and that’s it! Our entire practice is dedicated to helping victims recover from injuries suffered at the hands of another. Our group of nine attorneys has almost 200 years of combined experience representing injured persons. We use a collaborative approach and bring our entire team together to fight to get you the financial compensation you deserve.

We Are Reputable

Since 1995, we have been a Better Business Bureau accredited firm and hold an A+ rating. Martindale-Hubbell has recognized us for our exceptional level of service and named Rue & Ziffra an “AV Preeminent” law firm. Year after year, we also win their gold “Client Champion” designation. Our clients continue to refer us to their friends and family. Read what our clients say about us!

We Have the Resources

At Rue & Ziffra, our job is to handle the legal process, and your job is to recover. We take care of everything from communicating on your behalf with the insurance company to gathering information to support your claim to court filings. We achieve all this through our network of professionals and other resources within the legal community. Our team of personal injury specialists includes subject matter experts, investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and whomever else we need to bolster your case. 

We Do Not Charge You Unless You Win

You pay no legal fees whatsoever until we recover financial compensation for you. Your initial consultation with our personal injury lawyers is free, and we pay all legal fees while we represent you. Unless and until you win your case, you do not owe anything. 

We Achieve Great Success

Over the last 45 years, our firm has resolved nearly 30,000 cases. To date, we have recovered more than $438,000,000 for our clients. Remember, the outcome of your case depends on the details of the incident, but this number shows our stellar track record. 

We are fearless both at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. If we cannot reach a fair settlement, our experienced trial attorneys embrace the opportunity to litigate your claim. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions that you may have at this time. To discuss them further, contact one of our Lake Mary or Sanford, FL personal injury lawyers today! 

What Is the Process to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Each personal injury case is different. From the facts and details to our strategy, no two cases are the same. However, there is a general process that we follow.

Initial consultation

While the evidence is still fresh, you want to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation with our personal injury attorneys. If you cannot come to one of our offices, we will meet you at your home or hospital room. At the initial consultation, you will walk us through what happened. We will gather as much information as possible, discuss your legal options, and start your journey to financial recovery. 

Case investigation

With your approval, we will begin our investigation process into the accident. Our elite team of skilled experts, such as investigators, accident reconstruction specialists, and subject matter experts, will dissect every detail and collect useful evidence to support your case. If necessary, we may also gather information from other parties involved in the case by taking depositions and requesting documents. 

Documenting your claim

After we gather all the information we can, we start building your claim. Our attorneys know how to spot holes in the case and obtain additional information to ensure you have a solid and complete claim.

Make the demand

Once we document your claim, our lawyers will submit it to the at-fault party’s insurance company along with a demand letter. This letter explains the basis of your claim and makes the demand for what we believe to be an equitable settlement that compensates you for your losses. 

Settle or litigate your claim

After the insurance company reviews your claim and demands, we enter into the negotiation phase. With our aggressive negotiation skills, most of the time insurance companies will agree to a fair settlement. However, if the settlement offer does not fully compensate you, we will go to court.

As you can see from our process, we handle everything from start to finish. We strive to put your mind at ease, knowing we have you covered and are fighting for the best outcome. 

Do I Have a Valid Personal Injury Claim?

Depending on the details of your case, you may have a valid personal injury claim. The best way to determine whether your claim is viable is to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers. Generally, you will need to prove the following to have a successful claim:

  • You suffered damages,
  • The defendant was negligent (i.e., acted without reasonable care) or reckless, and
  • The defendant’s actions caused your damages.

Keep in mind that having a valid claim does not necessarily mean you will receive financial compensation. If the party at fault does not have insurance or other assets that could be used to compensate you, then you may have difficulty collecting what you are owed. Our injury lawyers in Lake Mary, FL, can evaluate your case to help determine this. 

Is There a Deadline to File a Claim?

You have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit against the person or company who caused you harm. This is known as the statute of limitations. Failure to file your claim within the statute of limitations will bar you from recovery. 

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases varies depending on the type of claim:

These are generalizations, and certain nuances and exceptions may apply to your case. Under some circumstances, you may be able to extend the statutory filing deadline. To ensure you preserve your legal right to file a claim and recover compensation, we recommend you contact a Lake Mary personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.

Will I Have to Go to Court?

Only about 5% of personal injury cases in the U.S. actually go to trial. This means 95% of cases are settled outside of court. Our goal is to settle for a fair amount as quickly as possible so that you can have the money in your pocket. We achieve this by presenting compelling, well-documented evidence and making strong demands to the insurance companies. However, if necessary, we will take your case to court and fight fiercely for you. We do not back down when your financial recovery is at stake. 

What Is the Average Settlement Amount in Seminole County?

We cannot give you an average personal injury settlement amount, as each case is different. However, the following factors impact the potential amount of your settlement:

  • The type and severity of your injuries
  • Whether your injuries are permanent or caused disability
  • The impact your injuries have on your ability to work
  • The type of medical treatment you will need in the future

It is best to consult our Seminole County personal injury lawyers to get a better idea of your potential settlement award. 

What Type of Compensation May I Receive?

Personal injury victims typically recover compensation for physical, emotional, and financial losses. To calculate your claim’s value, we consider all the damages you have suffered, which may include the following:

  • Emergency medical transportation
  • Hospital costs
  • Medical specialists’ bills
  • Prescription drugs and medical devices
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma

If the accident left you permanently disabled, we might also include the costs of future medical treatment and care, estimated loss of future earnings and benefits, and your diminished quality of life.

Why Shouldn’t I Settle with the Insurance Company on My Own?

Simply put, insurance companies do not care about you. They want to pay out as little as possible. Do not let them fool you with their sympathetic statements, as this is purely a tactic to settle your claim quickly and cheaply. Let us talk to them for you. We know what to say and what evidence to provide to win a favorable settlement for you. 

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

We understand the devastating toll that an accident can have on your and your family. But you are not alone. Let the Lake Mary personal injury lawyers from Rue & Ziffra help you on your road to recovery. Contact us to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation consultation. We can do this together.

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