The car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help if you were injured in a collision in Daytona Beach, Florida. With a lawyer on your side, you will not have to tackle the insurance company by yourself. Our firm delivers responsive legal care to our clients.
You can focus on getting well while we take care of the rest. Call our personal injury firm today at 1-800-747-3733 for a free consultation. There is no obligation.
How a Daytona Beach Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
The law does not require you to work with a lawyer on your Daytona Beach car accident case, but at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we want you to get every dollar that you deserve.
We will investigate your accident and build your case for compensation. We will evaluate the liability issues and calculate the amount of your financial damages.
You will not have to deal directly with the insurance company because we will take care of that task for you. We collect the evidence, like the police report and your medical bills, so that we can go after the recovery of your losses.
What We Have to Prove for Liability in a Daytona Beach Car Crash
We cannot sue every driver who was in the crash. We have to determine whose carelessness caused the accident. Here is how we evaluate the question of liability:
- Duty of care. The defendant must have owed you a duty of care. All drivers have a legal responsibility to be sober and not impaired by alcohol or drugs when they operate their motor vehicles.
- Breach of duty. When someone fails to measure up to a legal duty, it is negligence. Let’s say that one of the drivers in your collision was over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Driving while impaired violates the driver’s duty of care.
- Causation. The carelessness of the driver must be the cause of the accident and your injuries. If the crash happened because the drunk driver did not operate his car safely as a result of the impairment, the negligence caused the accident.
- Measurable damages. You must suffer quantifiable losses as a result of the defendant’s carelessness. Physical injuries satisfy this requirement. On the other hand, if you were in an accident with a drunk driver but escaped injury, you cannot sue the impaired driver because you have no measurable damages.
We have to prove all four elements to hold the defendant liable for your losses.
Damages in Car Accident Injury Claims
We cannot give a number that represents how much compensation people collect in Daytona Beach car accident cases. Every case is unique. The amount of your financial damages will depend on the facts of your situation.
Some of the common categories of damages in car accident injury claims include:
- Medical bills. You can recover the reasonable amount of the medical treatment you needed for your injuries. These losses can consist of things like the ambulance, x-rays, emergency room, blood tests, surgery, doctors, hospital, and physical therapy.
- Lost wages. If you missed time from work without pay because of your injuries, you can get compensation for your lost wages, salary, regular tips, self-employment, and other types of income.
- Rehabilitation center. People who sustain catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage often have to go to a specialized medical treatment facility for extended care.
- Decreased earning potential or disability. Sometimes severe injuries make it impossible for a person to earn as much money as before the accident. That situation is diminished earning capacity. If you cannot work at all to support yourself, you have a disability.
- Pain and suffering. The physical discomfort and emotional distress you endured do not come with a price tag, but these unpleasant experiences are compensable in a car accident injury claim.
- Other noneconomic damages. Some examples of other recoverable damages that can be a challenge to measure include disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and loss of consortium.
We will calculate the amount of your damages after we investigate your claim and gather the evidence, like your medical records and the law enforcement accident report.
Beware These Pitfalls
We can help you avoid some of the most common mistakes that people without lawyers make in these injury claims. If you fall into any of these traps, it can cost you.
Florida gives you very little time to file a lawsuit seeking financial damages for your injuries. If you miss the deadline, the defendant will not have to pay you any compensation for your losses.
If you do not have a lawyer, the claims adjuster will probably ask you to give a recorded statement. If you have an attorney, the insurer is not supposed to contact you directly, so you can tell the adjuster to talk to your lawyer.
Recorded statements usually happen over the phone. The adjuster will ask a series of questions and record your responses. You do not get a transcript of this recording, but the adjuster can pluck snippets out of the statement to try to devalue your claim. A recorded statement does not help your case, but it can decrease the amount of money the insurer pays you.
Getting Legal Help from a Daytona Beach Car Accident Lawyer
You can get help with your Daytona Beach car accident claim. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine for lawyers who will go the extra mile. We will work tirelessly to get you all the compensation that you deserve for the harm you suffered at the hands of a careless person. You have four years to take legal action and recover damages.
You will not have to pay upfront legal fees. Our firm takes car accident cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we get paid out of the settlement or award at the end of the case. Call us today at 1-800-747-3733 for a complimentary consultation with a Daytona Beach car accident lawyer. There is no obligation.