Car Accident Attorney in Winter Park
Have you been in a car accident recently, and are wondering if you are entitled to collecting damages in a personal injury case? If you have suffered injuries that have caused financial burdens to you, you may be able to work with a car accident attorney to collect damages for your medical bills, lost wages, and other factors. Contact us today to discuss your options for a settlement or a lawsuit to pursue these damages, and read more below about how a car accident claims process or personal injury lawsuit works.
What To Do After a Car Accident
If you were in a car accident and the other driver was at fault, you may be able to file a claim that covers more than your property damage against their insurance company. Before you contact their insurance company, speak with a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with car accidents in Florida. When you are dealing with an insurance company, they will make you an initial offer that will not cover nearly everything that you are entitled to following your personal injuries, but will additionally try to get you to sign an agreement that you will not file any additional claims against their client.
They will make it seem as if it is the best offer you will get, but do not be tricked! We have a history of experience with personal injuries, and a professional understanding of how insurance companies do business. We will deal directly with the insurance company, negotiate on your behalf to recover what we truly believe you deserve, and will work on a court case if we are unable to reach an agreement.
It is also important that you file a police report, collect any eyewitness accounts, and seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you wait to get medical attention, the insurance company may try to claim that your injuries were not a result of the car accident, but that they were pre-existing or unrelated. In addition, you must be aware of the statute of limitation for personal injury claims — if you wait longer than two years, you will be unable to file a claim at all.
How Much Can I Collect in Damages From My Car Accident?
There are a lot of different factors that we will consider when determining the full amount of what we think you are owed. Since each car accident is different, there are more or less factors than the ones listed below, but here is a basic idea of some general things we will consider:
Medical bills are a primary factor in the amount we will seek from either the insurance company or the other driver. If you have medical insurance, then most (if not all) of the damages collected for this portion will go back to your insurance company, up until the amount that fully repays them. After they are paid, you will be able to potentially pay yourself back for copays, deductibles, or other incidentals from your medical treatments.
After an accident, you may have medical procedures and recovery time that will keep you from being able to work and earn income as you normally would. We will factor this into the amount that we will seek, in order to compensate you for the disruption to your normal life and expected income.
In addition to medical bills like procedures, surgeries, and physical therapy, there may be additional expenses that you pay out of pocket that go towards your recovery. This could be things like over-the-counter pain medicine or other tools to aid in your recovery, which we will compile the receipts for and include in the amount we are seeking.
Diminished Earning Capacity
If, unfortunately, your injuries from the accident are such that you are unable to return to work in the same capacity as before your crash, then we will work to determine if your lifetime earning capacity was affected, and if so, will work to quantify these future losses. You should not need to shoulder the burdens following an accident that you were not at fault for.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering is harder to quantify than lost wages or medical bills, which generally requires just tabulating the amounts on your bills and determining the wages you have missed based on your earning history. However, just because it is not a purely economic issue, your pain and suffering is very real, and deserving of compensation. Quantifying these non-economic factors are one important reason for working with an experienced personal injury attorney in Florida.
Loss of Enjoyment
In addition to pain and suffering, there are many other non-economic factors that can, and should, be included in the amount you seek for compensation. Loss of enjoyment is another, and refers to the overall loss of your ability to enjoy your life and leisure activities like you once could. This is just one more example of the factors we will consider when fighting for what you are truly owed following your car crash.
There are no damage caps in Florida for non-economic damages, but we will need to work to be sure that the requested amounts are fair and reasonable. No damage caps does not mean we can simply sue for any amount of money, only that you will not be stuck paying for any overages or stuck with unnecessary burdens because of arbitrary limits. When you are represented by an experienced attorney, you can be sure that we are working on your behalf to maximize your compensation.
Contact Us Today
Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation regarding your accident, injuries, and the possibility of filing a claim for compensation. We will work with the insurance companies, and the Florida courts if necessary, to fight for the amount you are truly owed for your situation. When you are working with Abercrombie, P.A., you can be confident that we are focusing on your financial recovery while you are focusing on getting your life back on track.