While no one ever expects to be injured in a vehicle accident, a serious crash or collision can turn your life upside down. The sad reality is that vehicle accident happens every day with many of these accidents leading to severe and even fatal injuries.
Whether you were hurt in an accident involving a car, truck, motorcycle, bus, boat or any other type of vehicle, you deserve to be compensated when the negligence of others is to blame.
Unfortunately, getting the money you deserve is rarely easy. Insurance companies are experts at making the process difficult for accident victims. They have powerful attorneys and claims adjusters on their side who will do what it takes to pay out as little money as possible when a vehicle accident occurs.
At The Florida Law Group, we know how insurance companies handle accident cases. Our Florida motor vehicle accident lawyers have more than 100 years of collective experience standing up to insurance companies and other big businesses.
We are very familiar with the tactics these corporations use to intimidate victims and we will launch an aggressive battle to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
We Handle All Types of Vehicle Crashes and Collisions
When most people hear that a vehicle accident has occurred, they immediately think of two cars crashing into one another. While many vehicle accidents do involve two passenger cars colliding with one another, accidents can involve all types vehicles ranging from cars and SUVs to buses, tractor trailers, boats, and trains.
Our car accident lawyers have earned a reputation for the relentless pursuit of arrogant insurance companies and their so-called “adjusters” and garnering maximum settlements for our clients in even the most challenging of cases. We provide individualized representation to each of our clients and are resolute to support you in every step of your claim.
Our efforts have allowed us to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, earning us membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®.
If you were involved in a serious auto accident, it won’t be long before an insurance adjuster comes knocking on your door. Their goal is to settle your claim as quickly as possible, for as little money as they can manage. When you are faced with costly medical expenses and time spent away from work, it may be tempting to accept the first settlement offer you receive. However, that could be a huge mistake.
What the insurance company won’t tell you is that you may be entitled to far more money than they are willing to offer. Unfortunately, some “adjusters” will try to take advantage of the fact that you are hurting—not only physically and emotionally, but financially. You can only settle your case once, so it is highly recommended that you discuss your options with a car accident attorney before you make any decisions.
No matter what the cause of your car accident was, our attorneys will aggressively pursue payment from those who are responsible.
Here are some of our vehicle accident areas of practice:
- Car Accidents
- Auto Product Liability
- Driver Distraction
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Fatigued Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Uninsured Motorists
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Uber/Lyft Accidents
What Types of Damages Can I Recover After a Car Accident?
Damages refer to the losses—financial, physical, and emotional—that a victim might incur as a result of an accident and resulting injury. Florida, like most states, broadly divides damages into two categories: compensatory and punitive damages, both of which are discussed below.
When a plaintiff prevails in a car accident lawsuit, the court generally only awards compensatory damages, which are meant to aid victims and their families in recovering losses that they incurred as a result of the accident and resulting injury. Compensatory damages sometimes confuse those who are not familiar with the law, because they include monetary awards for both economic and non-economic losses, some of which are intangible. Below we provide examples of each type:
Tangible losses that might be included in court-awarded compensatory damages include the following:
- Medical expenses, such as ambulance rides, emergency room visits, hospitalization, surgery, radiology, diagnostics, prescription medication, and more. Florida residents are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, so car accident victims must file a claim with their own carrier after an accident. PIP insurance, however, only covers 80 percent of medical expenses. Victims may seek damages beyond what PIP covers through a personal injury lawsuit.
- Rehabilitation costs, including physical therapy, assistive devices—like canes, walkers, and prosthetic limbs, and assistive technology to help those with severe and catastrophic injuries.
- Lost wages for car accident victims whose injuries force them to miss days, weeks, or even months from work. Recovering from a serious injury requires both physical and mental rest. Accident victims whose jobs require physical labor may have work restrictions that require even longer absences from their jobs.
Intangible losses, known in Florida as general damages, that a court might award a car accident victim include:
- Future medical expenses are usually involved in cases that settle before a victim fully recovers from his or her injuries or in those that involve lifelong injuries. Oftentimes, parties involved in a car accident settle the case prior to the victim’s full medical recovery, so experts estimate the value of his or her remaining cost of treatment. This might include projected rehabilitation costs, but it may also include future surgeries, treatments, and doctor visits until the victim makes a complete recovery. Unfortunately, not all car accident victims will make a complete recovery; some will suffer from long-term disabilities. Many of these lifelong conditions require long-term medical treatment or around-the-clock healthcare, all of which must be factored into damages as future medical expenses.
- Lost earning capacity is the more formal name for future lost wages. When car accident victims sustain severe or catastrophic injuries that prevent them from returning to work, damages awards include compensation for lost earning capacity and sometimes the value of lost employment benefits. This additional compensation is especially critical for child victims of car accidents who suffer permanent disabilities that prevent them from engaging in any kind of meaningful employment as adults, as well as for car accident victims who—prior to their accidents—provided the main source of income for their households.
- Pain and suffering involves compensation for both the physical and mental trauma associated with a car accident. In addition to the pain and the potential inability to perform some activities, victims might be humiliated, depressed, angry, fearful, or have other emotions as a result of the accident. According to Florida law, a victim must have a “permanent injury with a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement.”
- Scarring and disfigurement is a type of pain and suffering that Florida law treats separately when determining compensation. It often includes victims who suffer amputations or burns during a car accident. These injuries require extensive recovery and multiple surgeries, and victims are often saddled with a permanent disability or scars that cause mental anguish, humiliation, anger, and more.
- Loss of consortium refers to the loss of relations, sexual and otherwise, between a victim and his or her spouse after an injury. Severe injuries carry large amounts of physical, emotional, and financial stress, which can negatively impact marital and other familial relations.