If you got hurt in a car accident in Clay County, Florida, the car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you go after the compensation you deserve. We can investigate the accident, collect the evidence, and deal directly with the insurance company on your behalf.
You can call us at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. After our car accident lawyers in Clay County, FL talk to you and investigate your claim, we can let you know if you might be eligible for compensation for your injuries. We do not charge to provide this valuable service.
How Much Your Car Accident Injury Case in Clay County, FL Is Worth
The damages in every car accident claim will be different because the facts of each case are unique. Two people riding in the same car can have vastly different settlements or awards because their injuries can differ from each other.
We need to talk with you and investigate your car accident and medical information before we can tell you the value of your injury claim. Some of the common types of damages that people can recover for an accident in Clay County, Florida include:
- Medical expenses for the treatment you needed for your injuries, including things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, diagnostic procedures, prescription drugs, and physical therapy.
- Lost wages, for the money you missed in your paycheck because of the accident and your recuperation time. This category can include wages, salary, self-employment, and other income.
- Rehabilitation center, if you suffered devastating injuries that required extended care at a specialized facility, like spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury center.
- Reduced earning potential, if you are not likely to make as much money after the collision because of your injuries.
- Long-term care, if catastrophic injuries require you to need assistance with daily medical treatment and personal care.
- Disability, if you cannot maintain employment to support yourself because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering, for your physical discomfort and mental distress from the accident.
- Other intangible losses, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, and your spouse’s claim for loss of consortium.
Three Things You Should Do After a Collision
Every case is different, and the actions you should take after a car accident will vary, depending on the facts of your situation. In general, it can benefit your health and protect your claim to compensation if you do these three things after an accident:
Get medical attention. You should go for medical care right after a car accident. If you can detect injuries, getting prompt treatment can maximize your chances for the best possible healing. Even if you are not yet aware that you have suffered harm, you should get a professional physical examination at once after a significant collision. Some injuries do not always exhibit immediate symptoms.
Your medical records will be vital evidence in your injury claim. The documents will link your injuries to the accident. If you wait for several days before seeking medical care, the at-fault driver’s insurance company can claim that some other event caused your injuries and not the car accident.
Get legal help. You should talk to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. You can bet that the insurance company will jump on the claim and try to resolve it for as little money as possible. If you do not want to feel pushed around by a huge corporation, you should get a lawyer to help you go after the compensation you deserve.
Florida law does not force you to have a lawyer handle your injury claim, but it can be a wise decision to do so. The insurance company will have investigators, claims adjusters, and a team of lawyers working to defend against your claim aggressively.
Once you get an attorney, the insurance company is not supposed to bother you. The company will have to go through your lawyer. A side benefit of this situation is that when we take care of your legal matters for you, you can focus on your health and well-being.
Finish your prescribed treatment plan. We understand that it can be inconvenient to have to go to multiple doctor appointments and repeated physical therapy sessions. If you do not follow your doctor’s orders, the defendant can claim that any residual loss of function you have from your injuries was because you did not finish the treatments.
How to Prove Fault in a Car Accident
Some people think that after a car accident, you simply sue the other drivers for your losses. In reality, we have to show whose carelessness caused your injuries. We have to establish all three of these factors to hold someone responsible for damages:
Duty of care. The defendant must have owed you a legal duty of care. For example, everyone who operates a motor vehicle on the roads has a legal obligation to drive with caution and to obey the law.
Breach of the duty of care. It is negligence when someone fails to live up to the standard of a legal duty of care. Let’s say that the at-fault driver ran into the back of your car because he was tailgating. Following too closely is negligence because it is not driving with caution and it violates Florida law.
Causation. The negligence must be the factor that caused the accident and your injuries. If the defendant caused the collision in which you got hurt because he was tailgating, the facts satisfy all three elements for liability in a car accident.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Clay County, FL Car Accident Injury Claim
With a car accident lawyer in Clay County, FL on your side, you can avoid some of the pitfalls that can lower the value of injury claims. For example, many people settle their cases too soon and for far less money than they deserve. We can calculate the fair amount of your damages so that you know when you are getting a good offer.
Insurance adjusters often call injured people and ask them to give a recorded statement. The purpose of the recorded statement is not to help you get the money that you deserve for your injuries. Instead, the insurance company can twist your words and take them out of context to try to pay you less money than they should.
The insurance company is not supposed to contact you once you have a car accident lawyer in Clay County, FL on board. If the adjuster asks you to give a recorded statement, tell her to talk to your lawyer.
You should not settle your case before you complete all of your medical treatment and know if you will have any residual problems. For example, if it turns out that you need additional surgery after you settle your case, the insurance company will not pay any of those medical bills. You could end up with a stack of medical bills that you cannot afford to pay.
You can call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733, to get a free consultation.