Let Us Answer Your Questions About Car Crashes
After being injured in a serious auto accident, you probably have many questions about your legal rights and the process of obtaining compensation. South Florida Trial Lawyers, A Private Law Firm, provides this FAQ page as a starting point. For more detailed information, please contact our Davie office.
How much is my car accident worth in damages?
There are many factors that contribute to the total damages a plaintiff may experience. First, there are direct economic damages like medical bills, the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle and the wages you lost while you were recovering from your injuries. Then, there are prospective future damages, like wages you expect to lose in the coming months or years and the cost of further treatment or home health care. Finally, there are your pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages; things that are harder to put a dollar figure to, but are equally real and compensable harms.
How does PIP affect my car accident case?
In Florida, personal injury protection (PIP) insurance cover injuries sustained in crashes regardless of who is at fault. Often, PIP disputes arise between doctors and insurers, who may not agree on the extent to which the doctor should be reimbursed for services provided.
What if the insurance company’s offer is too low?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for the insurance company adjuster to make you a lowball settlement offer after a serious collision. They are in business to make money, not help people when they need it. You do not have to accept the initial offer. Instead, your attorney will negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit to protect your rights.
Will my case go to trial?
Probably not. However, from the first moment, we begin preparing like it will in case the insurance company will not negotiate in good faith. Most personal injury claims are settled out of court because insurers and defendants tend to get nervous about the risk of letting a jury decide how much they must pay.
Do I really need a lawyer?
Dealing with the insurance company and everything else that comes with sustaining a serious auto accident injury can be very confusing and difficult, especially while you are still in pain. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is a worthwhile investment in your health and your right to financial recovery.
How much time do I have to file a car accident claim?
Immediate action is encouraged after a car crash. However, people are often left struggling following a serious accident and the first priority is always getting good medical care. In some cases, the full extent of the injuries may not even reveal itself until some time has passed. Thankfully, the law acknowledges that immediate action is not always possible. In Florida, you must file your claim within four years of the date of the accident. If you miss this deadline, you miss out on your right to seek compensation.
What costs should a car accident settlement cover?
You may have several damages for which a settlement can pay, including:
- Hospital bills
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Prescriptions related to the accident
- Lost wages
- Auto repairs
These are only a few examples. Every case is unique and may have different damages.