Under Florida law, you will need to meet certain criteria before you can sue someone personally after a car accident. FL § 627.736 requires you to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, and if you suffer only relatively minor injuries you will have to rely on this policy to pay for a portion of your medical care and a portion of your lost wages.
If you suffered more severe injuries though, you may qualify to hold the at-fault driver liable. To learn if you meet these criteria, call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free review of your case.
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Understanding the “Serious Injury” Threshold After a West Palm Beach Car Accident
If you sustained certain types of injuries in your West Palm Beach car accident, you qualify to file a fault-based claim and recover additional damages. This is the serious injury threshold. To pursue a third-party liability insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit, your car accident injuries will need to include:
- Permanent injury;
- Significant loss of bodily function;
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement; or
When we discuss your accident and injuries during your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys, we can give you a preliminary indication of whether we believe you may meet this threshold. We will confirm your eligibility by obtaining a copy of your relevant medical records.
Holding an At-Fault Driver Liable After a West Palm Beach Car Accident
Our attorneys can help you navigate the process to recover compensation after a car accident in West Palm Beach. In addition to filing your PIP claim, we can also build a case and pursue a fault-based claim. This may involve filing an insurance claim based on the negligent driver’s liability automobile insurance policy, suing that driver personally, or both.
We can often file a third-party liability insurance claim and negotiate an out-of-court settlement in car accident cases, avoiding filing a lawsuit, and taking the case to court.
When we handle a West Palm Beach fault-based claim for you, we will:
- Gather evidence to establish negligence, liability, and the value of your damages
- Demand a fair payout from the at-fault driver’s insurance company
- Aggressively pursue a just settlement through the settlement negotiation process
- Fight for a fair payout that compensates you for the damages you suffered
- Reach a settlement agreement that works for you or consider filing a lawsuit against the at-fault driver
While we can often avoid litigating West Palm Beach car accident cases by reaching a settlement agreement out of court, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit if necessary in your case. Our trial lawyers always go the extra mile for our clients, offering support and representation throughout the process of pursuing the payout they deserve.
You Have a Limited Time to File a Lawsuit After a West Palm Beach Car Accident
FL § 95.11 sets a time limit on how long we can wait to take legal action after a West Palm Beach car accident. In general, you have four years from the date of the accident to build a strong case, file an insurance claim, attempt an out-out-of-court settlement, and file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court. However, several factors can shorten or extend this deadline.
We can help you understand the deadlines that may apply in your case, but we need to get to work as soon as possible after your accident to ensure we have sufficient time to complete our investigation and take the steps necessary to pursue compensation on your behalf. Reach out to us as quickly as you can once your injuries stabilize.
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Talk to a West Palm Beach Car Accident Attorney
If you suffered injuries in a car accident in West Palm Beach, you may have several legal options to recover compensation for your accident-related expenses and losses. Let an attorney from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine review your case for free and help you understand your rights. Depending on the specific circumstances, you may be able to sue someone personally after a car accident in West Palm Beach.
Call 1-800-747-3733 now for your free case evaluation.