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After you are in a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, you can pursue a claim to recover costs for your damages. But how exactly do you demonstrate liability? What types of damages can you recoup if you can build a successful case? How can you determine what a fair settlement looks like? These are just a couple of the questions victims of accidents have. There are many moving parts and legal complexities to building a claim and working through the process before a settlement is reached.
When you have injuries, need medical treatment and therapy, are unable to work and are missing out on wages, have property damages, and have pain and suffering you must obtain the highest amount of compensation possible. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to reduce or eliminate the amount of money they have to pay to victims. They play a tough game, and for someone not well versed in the law or knowledgeable of their legal rights, it is easy to walk away with much less than you deserve.
The way to ensure that you have everything you need to build a strong claim for the most compensation is to team up with an experienced and talented Florida personal injury attorney. One of these legal professionals will guide you through the entire personal injury claim process, answering all of your questions along the way, and putting together the necessary documentation to walk away with the compensation you have a right to.
Personal Injury Claims In Florida
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, in 2017 there were over 400,000 crashes in the state. When you have been victimized by a reckless driver you must prove that the other party was the cause of the accident and that the accident was the source of your injuries. If you are successful you can pursue damages including:
- Ambulance and transportation costs
- Medical expenses for procedures, tests, equipment like crutches, and medications done at the hospital after your accident.
- Costs of continued medical treatment and therapies to manage your injuries
- Payment for long-term care for injuries that are severe and permanent
- Payment for medical equipment expenses and modifications to your home as well as your mode of transportation should you be unable to function daily without these adjustments such as in the cases of being confined to a wheelchair and needing a wheelchair accessible homes and cars.
- Lost wages from an inability to work due to injury.
- Lost earning potential if you are unable to return to work and earn the amount you used to before the accident.
- In the event of death, final expenses, lost wages, loss of consortium, loss of income if you had dependants who you supported. This would then be a wrongful death claim.
- Property damages to your vehicle, rental car costs while your vehicle is being repaired, car seat replacement, as well as replacing other valuable items that suffered damages in the accident.
Who Is Responsible For Paying Out Compensation In Florida?
It depends on who is liable for the accident you were in and the injuries you suffered as a result. If you have some responsibility for the accident you may still be able to recover compensation but at a reduced rate. If the other party was completely liable they must cover the costs. Depending on the circumstances, these parties can include:
- The other driver
- The driver’s employer if the driver is on company time in a company vehicle
- Bars or restaurants who over-served an individual
- Vehicle manufacturer if there was a defect that affected the car’s ability to function properly.
In the state of Florida, you have four years to file a personal injury suit and the time starts ticking on the day of the accident in most cases. The effective Tampa auto accident attorneys at Fulgencio Law understand the responsibilities and the challenges that a victim has when they are trying to both heal from injuries and obtain compensation. We will help you by building a strong case on your behalf and fighting the insurance companies for you.
Call Fulgencio Law at (813) 463-0123 to set up a free consultation with a Tampa serious injury attorney today.