Lake Mary Personal Injury Lawyer
Providing Trusted Legal Representation for Injured Floridians for over 30 Years
Hi, I’m David A. May. I’ve spent over three decades advocating for the rights of accident victims in Lake Mary and across Central Florida. I have great empathy for the challenges and hardships my clients face after suffering an injury through no fault of their own. While it’s true that I can’t take away the pain you’ve endured, I will work tirelessly to make sure you get the medical care and financial resources you need to be secure now, and in the future.
David May treats his clients like family, not case numbers. He prides himself on providing each client with the personal attention and attentiveness they deserve. You can expect him to handle your case personally and keep you fully informed at every stage of your case as well as making himself available to answer any questions you have along the way.
- Past and future medical care expenses
- Ambulance costs, emergency room visit, hospital stays, surgical procedures, diagnostic testing, specialist care
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Medical aids, like crutches and slings
- Transportation to and from doctor appointments
- Lost income — wages and all other earnings that were lost due to your inability to work for a period of time
- Loss of future earnings and earning capacity
- Job retraining
- Disability (temporary or permanent)
- Property damage — cost of repairs to your vehicle. If your vehicle was totaled, we can seek the amount that represents its fair market value
- Reimbursement for personal property damaged or destroyed in the accident such as cell phone, jewelry, laptop, etc.
- Funeral/burial costs
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
A statute of limitations is a law that sets forth the amount of time an accident victim has to file a personal injury claim. In Florida, the statute of limitations varies depending on the claim type.
The statute of limitations for motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and product liability cases is generally 2 years from the date of the accident with exceptions.
- The statute of limitations for a dog bite injury is two years from the date of the accident.
- The statute of limitations for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident,
- Neck Injuries: Neck injuries can result in nerve damage, disc damage, ruptured ligaments, and fractures of the vertebrae.
- Back Injuries: The most frequent types of back injuries are strains, sprains, herniated disks and fractures. Serious injuries could require surgery.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: Spinal cord injuries can result in a temporary (partial) or permanent (complete) loss of motor and/or sensory function.
- Head Injuries: Injuries to the head can range from concussions to traumatic brain injuries which can result in reduced cognitive functioning, memory loss, personality and mood changes, and balance issues.
- Broken Bones: Broken bones and fractures can be very painful and limit mobility.
- Soft Tissue Injuries: Injuries to the body’s connective tissue often involve sprains, strains, or tears of the ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
- Organ Damage: Internal organ injuries can disrupt your body’s ability to perform its normal functions and greatly impact your life.
David A. May strives to achieve the best possible outcomes for those who have suffered injuries in various types of accidents, including but not limited to:Motor Vehicle Accidents: If you were injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash, Attorney David May can assist you in seeking payment of medical bills and lost wages under your own personal injury protection (PIP) policy. If you have suffered a permanent injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
- Your total losses exceed the limits of your PIP policy;
- You have suffered a permanent bodily injury or the permanent loss of an important bodily function, permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Slip and Fall Accidents: If you were hurt on someone else’s property in a slip and fall accident, the property owner may be held liable if he/she failed to take reasonable action to prevent or remedy the hazardous condition that caused your injury.
Workers’ Compensation: If you were injured on-the-job or developed an occupational illness, you may be able to recover medical benefits, lost wages, and vocational rehabilitation services through the state’s workers’ compensation system. For permanent injuries, you may be able to collect permanent disability benefits and social security.
Dog Bites: Florida is almost a “strict liability” state which means if you were bitten or attacked by a dog in Florida, the dog’s owner will almost always be held liable regardless of whether or not the dog has a history of bad behavior. The only exceptions would be if the dog was provoked by cruelty or you trespassed on private property.
Product Liability: Manufacturers, distributors, and retailers in the supply chain are responsible for ensuring the products they put on the market are safe. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to a malfunctioning or defective product (medical device, unsafe prescription drug/pharmacy error, etc.) you may be able to collect damages.
Wrongful Death: David May helps families get justice and closure after losing a loved one in an accident that could have been prevented. Damages you may recover include loss of support and services, burial and funeral expenses, lost income, medical and hospital expenses, etc.
The actions you take after an accident can greatly impact the outcome of any potential personal injury claim or lawsuit you may later file. To increase the chances of receiving compensation for your injury, follow these steps…
The moments after an accident can be very scary and tense. You may be disoriented, confused and badly injured. Try to stay calm and don’t panic. Do not admit fault.
Involve the Police
Call your local police department. They will dispatch officers to the scene. A written police report is one of the best resources in providing an accurate account of the accident. Inform the police about any injuries you have suffered.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
If you or anyone else sustained injuries, call 911. Even if you do not believe you’ve suffered major trauma, it’s important to seek medical attention. It’s possible that your body may be running on adrenaline, disguising a more serious condition. It’s not uncommon for symptoms to appear days, even weeks after an accident.
Having a medical professional document your injury is key to proving that your injuries were caused by the accident and not from another event.
Write down the contact information of all involved parties. If you were in a car accident, ask to see the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license. Write down their license plate number.
- Take pictures of accident scene, any property damage, and your injuries
- Obtain a copy of the police report. If the injury occurred at a store or business, get a copy of the incident report.
- If you were in a motor vehicle crash, make sure to get the name, address and phone number of the other driver as well as their insurance information and car license plate number
- If you were injured by a defective product, keep the packaging, instructions and all product parts
- Keep a file documenting your medical records, keep receipts and invoices,
Call Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company but only provide the facts. It’s best to consult an attorney before providing further information.
Don’t Give a Recorded Statement: Following your accident, the insurance company may ask you to give a recorded statement. You have the right to decline and say you would like to speak to an attorney first. An insurance adjuster will most likely try to get you to say something to incriminate yourself or weaken your claim.
Don’t Sign a Medical Authorization Release Form: Do not sign any medical authorization forms from the at-fault insurance company. Doing so would give the insurance company access to your private medical records.
Don’t Accept an Early Settlement Offer: After sustaining an injury, there’s a good chance that the at-fault party’s insurance company will contact you and attempt to negotiate a settlement.
It’s important to realize that the insurance adjuster is not your friend. In fact, they care more about their bottom line, than your best interests. Insurance companies are driven to make a profit by settling accident claims as cheaply as they can. By minimizing their payout to you or rejecting your claim outright, they save more premium dollars for themselves.
If an insurance adjuster offers you a quick settlement – don’t take the bait! The amount offered will most likely not reflect the true value of your claim. Settling so soon after your accident is never a good idea because it doesn’t take into account the full extent of your injuries or factor in any medical care you may need in the future. If you agree to a settlement and sign the general release forms, you are essentially waiving your rights to pursue additional compensation.
Trying to stand up to an insurance company on your own puts you at a distinct disadvantage. Insurance companies have an entire team of experts working against you — their own lawyers, trained adjusters, investigators, and medical experts. The best way to level the playing field is to have a skilled personal injury attorney fighting to protect your interests.
When you involve David May, it sends a signal to the insurance company that you mean business. Mr. May began his career defending insurance companies. He knows how the other side handles claims and what tactics they may use to deny or devalue claims. He knows what evidence the adjuster needs to justify compensation, and as such will always prepare your case so it is at its maximum settlement potential. If for some reason, the insurance company is unwilling to negotiate fairly, Attorney May will not hesitate to use his litigation skills and fight for a favorable outcome in court.
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If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one due to someone else’s wrongful conduct, you may be entitled to recover financial damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today 407-647-0008 to schedule a free case evaluation with personal injury attorney David A. May.
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