If you were hurt in a collision, you might be entitled to compensation. The source of that compensation might not be immediately clear, depending on the type of insurance policies that cover the accident.
Navigating a personal injury case in Florida without guidance is difficult. In addition to dealing with insurance adjusters, you could face strict legal deadlines and aggressive attorneys working for the other side. Let a Florida car accident lawyer with GED Lawyers protect your rights and even the playing field.
How a Car Accident Attorney From Our Florida Firm Can Assist You
Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident on your own is hard enough, but throwing navigating the claims system into the mix can make it all the more overwhelming. That’s why it’s beneficial to hire a car accident lawyer from our firm. When you have us in your corner, we manage every part of your case so that you don’t have to.
Some of the many tasks we take on include:
- Obtaining a copy of the official accident report
- Gathering your medical records and available photos and video footage to present as evidence
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Establishing the negligent and liable parties
- Maintaining communication with the insurance companies
- Fighting for a settlement that covers your losses in negotiations
- Complying with state deadlines
- Going to mock trial or court, especially if we cannot come to a settlement agreement with the other side
On top of the legal aspects of your case, we pride ourselves on providing optimal client care. Expect one of our attorneys to call you whenever we have an update on your case. If you have a question about any part of the process, we want you to connect with us as soon as possible so you feel at ease and informed from start to finish.
We Strive to Reach a Favorable Outcome for All of Our Clients
You’ve been through a lot and deserve help to help you rebuild your life. We have this attitude with each of our clients, which has enabled us to achieve these case results:
- $1.4 million for a doctor who was hurt in a car crash
- $1 million in a T-bone collision
Our team provides free consultations to hear your story and find out how we can serve you.
How Much It Costs to Retain a Car Accident Attorney From GED Lawyers
It’’s easy to read through the list of services we offer and feel apprehensive about coming up with the money to pay us. Fortunately, that’s the last thing you have to worry about when you hire our firm for representation. We work on a contingency-fee arrangement, meaning there’s no upfront or hourly fee.
If and when we settle or win your case, we will deduct a previously agreed-upon percentage from the total compensation as our payment.
Types of Recoverable Compensation Available in a Florida Car Accident Case
You could be entitled to different categories of monetary compensation. Each of these types of damages could combine to form your final settlement amount. An attorney from our firm can advise you on the types of damages available to you and what your case might be worth.
You could be facing significant injuries following a car accident. These injuries could require medical care—now and in the future. Monetary compensation could be available to pay for these costs, which could include treatments like surgery, prescription drugs, and physical therapy.
Missing work due to a car accident injury can be a disruptive event. This time away from work could result in missed paychecks and unexpected financial strain. With the help of an attorney from our firm, you could recoup the wages you missed out on due to your injury.
Pain and Suffering
Physical pain is an unfortunate part of many car accidents. Because you only experience this pain due to the carelessness of the other driver, compensation for your pain could be available through your injury case.
Emotional trauma is common following major vehicle collisions. For some people, reliving the experience can haunt them even after their physical injuries have already healed. This mental anguish could result in a monetary award based on how it has impacted your life following the accident.
The damage to your personal property could also result in financial compensation. Just like with your own injuries, the extent of this damage will determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to recover. Often, this involves a monetary award that allows you to repair or replace your car.
The Time You Have to File a Lawsuit Following a Car Accident in Florida
Each state and jurisdiction places limits on the amount of time an injured party has to file a civil lawsuit. Florida is no exception, as state statutes apply this limit to car accident cases that occur within the state. The deadline that applies to your car accident injury case is commonly known as the statute of limitations. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you generally have two years to sue the other party for personal injury.
The statute of limitations is one of the most dangerous pitfalls facing a civil lawsuit. This deadline is strictly enforced, and the judge in your case is likely to dismiss your lawsuit with prejudice if you file after the deadline expires.
A dismissal with prejudice means that you forever lose the opportunity to file a lawsuit based on your injuries. This is true even if negligence in your case is undisputed. An attorney could help you avoid this pitfall by monitoring the statute of limitations in your case and ensuring your lawsuit is filed with time to spare.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage
It’s a good idea to purchase uninsured motorist coverage due to the amount of uninsured or underinsured drivers in Florida. This way, you can easily access the money you need for medical bills, lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If you file a claim through this policy, Florida Statutes § 95.11(2) sets the statute of limitations at five years in most cases.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), there were 391,715 in 2022. Negligence is the basis of virtually every car accident. In the legal realm, negligence means that the other party owed you a duty of care, neglected to uphold that duty, and caused an accident, as well as tangible and intangible losses.
Ways that the other party could have acted negligently in car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy driving
- Poor lane change or merge
- Failing to check their blind spot
- Allowing roadway defects
- Failing to check for faulty brakes
- Failing to adjust driving behaviors
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding or aggressive driving
These actions and inactions could all result in a head-on, rear-end, side-impact, or even rollover collision, which may lead to serious, sometimes life-threatening, injuries, like:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
- Back and shoulder injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Cuts and bruises
If you or a loved one suffered any of these injuries, our team can help you pursue compensation for your past, current, and future losses.
Let Our Firm Help You After a Car Accident in Florida
If you suffered injuries in a car crash, the team at GED Lawyers is ready to help you pursue justice. To learn how a Florida car accident lawyer at our firm could help, call right away for a free consultation. There is no risk or obligation involved.