If a vehicle fulfilling a food delivery order injures you in an accident, seeking compensation may not require the same course of action as traffic incidents involving private individuals.
You can work with a Clearwater food delivery car accident lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine to help you understand your next steps for pursuing compensation from those liable for your injuries.
What Our Car Accident Lawyers in Clearwater Can do for You
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, our lawyers will go the extra mile for you while you rest and recover after you got hurt in a delivery car accident. We will take on the following responsibilities:
- Obtain a copy of the police report
- Compile a file that consists of photos and video of the accident, your medical records, cell phone records, and witness testimony
- Determine who was liable for your injuries
- Assess and quantify your economic and non-economic damages
- Interact with the other party’s insurance company and legal representatives on your behalf
- Fight for a settlement on your behalf
- Follow all deadlines imposed by the state
- Dispute your case in court, if necessary
You can also expect us to provide responsive legal care. We will promptly respond to your emails and answer your questions, help you set up doctor’s appointments, and keep you in the loop about any updates in your case.
There Are No Hidden Fees When You Work with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
You will receive a free consultation with one of our team members upon your first call. In this meeting, we will discuss what happened during your accident and the legal actions you can take. If we decide that we are a good match, a lawyer with our law firm will take your case on contingency, meaning:
- They won’t take any upfront or hourly fees.
- You will agree on a percentage that they will take out of your compensatory award.
- If they don’t win a settlement or a court award for you, then you do not have to pay them anything.
With this payment structure, we will not add any more financial strain to your situation.
You Worry About Getting Better While We Take Care of Everything Else
We strive to get our accident clients the financial recovery they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers are available to you 24/7, so we are always at your disposal whenever you need us.
We have been in the legal field for years and have accumulated many clients over time. Here’s what some of them have had to say about our services:
- “I was very pleased with the service I received from the law firm of Anidjar and Levine. I was glad I picked this law firm to represent me. Shire was very attentive and worked hard to make sure all of my concerns were sufficiently addressed. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone!” – Viviana J.
- “I have nothing but good things to say about the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine. This is a very professional, courteous and caring group which work hard for their clients. I am very happy with how they handled my car accident case and with the results…” – Sonia G.
- I hired Anidjar and Levine for a car accident case, in the course of the case Anidjar & Levine protected my character, my future…went far and beyond what initially were hired for. As a conclusion they won my case and successfully managed to protect my character…” – Erika C.
Florida’s No-Fault Insurance Policy
When you suffer from injuries due to an auto accident, your first recourse may be to file a claim with your insurance company.
You likely have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, a requirement for all Florida motorists. Under Florida Statutes § 627.736, vehicle owners should carry a minimum of $10,000 in PIP coverage. Said limit would cover your medical expenses, lost earnings, and other damages resulting from the incident, regardless of whose fault it was.
If your total damages exceed your policy’s limit, the excess is no longer recoverable unless you consider other options. Your policy will not also pay for your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and similar non-economic losses. Accident attorneys with our firm can help you seek a fair settlement.
You May Have Other Options for Compensation
Fortunately, Florida recognizes the limitations of its no-fault insurance process. Should your injuries exceed your policy limits, you can pursue a claim against the at-fault party for additional compensation. You can request damages for:
- Past and future medical bills for any emergency care, surgery, hospitalizations, medication, medical devices, or doctor’s appointments that your injuries required
- Loss of wages for the time you couldn’t go to work because you had to attend to your injuries
- Decreased future earning capacity for the wages you will not acquire in the future because you couldn’t go back to work or were forced to accept a lower-paying position
- Property damage for the repair or replacement costs of your vehicle
- Pain and suffering for the physical pain, discomfort, and strain your body has to endure
- Lost quality of life for the lack of enjoyment you’re experiencing because you can’t participate in the activities you like
- Mental anguish for the mental and emotional turmoil the accident caused you
- Loss of consortium for the strain your injuries put on your relationship with your spouse
- Wrongful death damages for the funeral and burial costs, final medical bills, and loss of financial support if your loved one lost their life to the car accident
Bringing an insurance claim against the liable party’s policy may not be easy, as the insurance company may contest the amount sought or deny the claim for lack of merit. In that case, your next possible legal remedy is to file a lawsuit against those at fault, such as the driver, employer, or both.
A lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you identify your options for pursuing compensation after suffering injuries in a food delivery car accident in Clearwater.
The Length of Filing a Lawsuit Varies for Every Case
An accident claim does not have a definite timeline unless you filed one under your PIP coverage. But if you seek additional compensation, the process may end quickly or take long, given the circumstances. Moreover, there is no guarantee the legal proceedings will be expedited by filing a lawsuit.
If you choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit, you must be aware of Florida’s statute of limitations. Once the timeframe passes, the court may dismiss your case. Your lawyer will be aware of this deadline and can help you abide by it as long as you start your case soon enough.
Determining Fault in the Car Accident
Determining liability in a car accident case is not often straightforward. There may be a slight difference between who caused the accident and who is legally liable for it. Establishing who is liable has significant consequences, as they will be the ones to pay for the resulting damages.
You Must Prove Negligence to Collect Damages
Before you can hold a party liable for your injuries, there should be an underlying legal theory. Negligence is a common doctrine used and based on the idea that one’s unreasonable action has harmed another. So, if a food delivery person drove recklessly or violated traffic laws and led to your injuries, they should be accountable for related damages.
With accidents involving commercial vehicles, the fault may sometimes lie with the driver’s employer. Although the collision resulted from an employee’s carelessness, the company may have been partly responsible, especially if they hired the delivery person without due diligence or did not maintain their delivery vehicles.
A food delivery car accident lawyer from our Clearwater office will examine the facts surrounding the case and look at the evidence to identify the potentially liable parties.
Comparative Fault May Play a Role in Your Case
Even if you were partially at fault for causing your Pinellas County accident, you may still be able to recover compensation. Florida practices a comparative fault system in personal injury cases where being partially at fault for your accident does not bar you from recovering damages from other at-fault parties.
Instead, Florida Statutes § 768.81 reduces your final payout by your percentage of fault. For example, if you are 30% responsible for the accident, you may only receive the remaining 70% of the value of your damages.
Let an Injury Lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Help You
A lawyer with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine will guide you throughout the process to help you seek a fair settlement for damages sustained because of another’s negligence in a Clearwater food delivery car accident. If your case goes to trial, rest assured that we will represent your interests before a judge or jury.
Call us at 1-800-747-3733 today for a free case evaluation with one of our staff members.