Accidents are all too common in Delray Beach. Whether you were injured walking down Atlantic Ave. or driving down a side street, a Delray Beach personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
Call our firm today for a free consultation. You should be focused on your recovery, not on affording legal assistance. Our Delray Beach car accident lawyers handle all cases on a contingency-fee basis. You pay nothing unless we recover compensation for your injuries.
We Handle All Types of Car Accident Cases
Our personal injury attorneys accept all types of car accidents including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- Accidents caused by reckless driving and speeding
- Accidents involving drunk drivers
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
No matter how your accident occurred, we want to help you. Call today to see how a Delray Beach car accident attorney can assist with your case.
If you lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, please accept our sincere condolences. Our auto accident lawyers can file a wrongful death claim on your behalf, seeking justice and compensation for you and your family.
We Gather All Necessary Evidence in Your Case
When we handle your case, we proceed with a specific process. Our investigators will look into your case and gather the necessary evidence we need to establish fault. Evidence might include:
- The accident report from Delray Beach Police
- Photos and videos from the accident scene
- Witness statements
- Testimony from experts establishing how your injuries have and will continue to affect you
- Medical records
We Prove the At-Fault Driver Caused Your Accident
To recover compensation for your auto accident, we must prove negligence. There are four elements we must demonstrate to do so:
- Duty of Care: The driver must have owed you a duty of care. All drivers have a duty of care to other road users to prevent undue harm. For example, a driver must focus entirely on their surroundings, drive the speed limit, and yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Breach of Care: The driver must have acted negligently and breached that duty. For example, the driver in your accident was texting.
- Causation: The driver’s negligence must have caused or contributed to the accident. The driver was texting, did not see you stopped at the light, and rear-ended you.
- Damages: You must have suffered financial, physical, or emotional damages. Damages can include things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Damages to Which You May Be Entitled
Every accident and injury is different. The damages to which you are entitled depend on several factors including the severity of your injuries, how long you will need to take off work, and more. After we investigate your case, we can determine what you might be entitled to. However, some damages that are common to car accidents that include:
Your medical expenses could include:
- Hospitalization costs
- Ambulance fees
- Surgical costs
- Prescription drugs
Establishing medical expenses is straightforward. We simply need to provide your medical bills. If you need future medical care, we can discuss your case with expert witnesses to determine those potential costs. We may need to predict future medical care costs if you have a catastrophic or permanent injury.
If your injuries or doctor’s appointments keep you out of work, you deserve compensation for those lost wages.
To demonstrate your lost wages, we can consult your pay stubs and W-2s.
Lost Earning Capacity
You can also recover compensation for future lost wages, known as lost earning capacity. If your injuries are going to keep you out of work, require you take a lesser-paying job or work fewer hours, or cause you to lose your ability to work entirely, you can recover compensation for that loss.
To establish your lost earning capacity, we can talk with a vocational expert.
Miscellaneous expenses can include anything from having to hire someone to do yard work to the costs of renovating your home or vehicle to accommodate your disability.
In this case, we would use receipts to establish these expenses.
Non-economic damages include things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, lost enjoyment of life, and the development of mental illnesses due to the crash.
Non-economic damages are less straightforward to establish. To demonstrate these damages, we might use testimony from you, your friends, and your family or a pain journal.
Three Things You Can Do to Protect Your Right to Compensation
Our team will handle the legal aspects of your case. However, there are three things you can do that will protect your claim.
Get Medical Care As Soon As Possible
If you did not receive medical treatment at the scene, we recommend you go to the emergency room or make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Accident injuries can take hours or even days to appear. For example, you may later find that the soreness you thought was a simple bruise is really a broken rib.
If you fail to get medical attention immediately after your accident, you run the risk of your injuries worsening — and of the insurance company claiming that your injuries are not related to the accident.
Once you have received medical care, follow all your doctor’s orders, even if you feel fine. If you ignore your doctor’s orders or you skip appointments, the insurer will likely use this to claim that your injuries are not as severe as you allege or that you are contributing to them by failing to abide by your doctor’s recommendations.
Avoid Giving a Recorded Statement
An insurance adjuster will likely call soon after the accident and request a recorded statement. Do not agree to this statement before speaking with an attorney. The insurance adjuster is not your friend. They want you to give this statement so they can poke holes in your story and reduce or deny your claim entirely.
Our team can sit in on this call with you or handle the statement on your behalf.
Avoid Social Media Until Your Case Has Concluded
Social media can compromise your claim. For example, say you suffered a debilitating back injury in your accident, but then you post a picture holding your niece. The insurer can use this to claim you are exaggerating your injuries.
Act Quickly or Risk Recovering Nothing
Florida law limits how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Per Florida Statute 95.11, you have only two years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit. If you fail to do so within that time, you lose all leverage in negotiations. The insurance company can offer you whatever it wants because you have no power in negotiations.
Let the Anidjar & Levine Team Handle Your Delray Beach Car Accident Case
You should not be worrying about a car accident claim, gathering evidence, and establish damages. You should be focused on recovering from your injuries and rebuilding your life. Let a Delray Beach car accident lawyer take this burden off your shoulders. We will handle your case from start to finish.
Give us a call today to get started with a free consultation.
We can help.
We Can Help.