The car accident lawyers in Duval County, FL from the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you go after compensation for your injuries from an accident in Duval County, FL. We can evaluate your claim, gather the evidence to prove your damages, and negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
To get a free case review, call us at 1-800-747-3733. We do not charge upfront legal fees because we handle car accident cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that our legal fees come out of the settlement or award.
First Steps After a Car Accident in Duval County, Florida
The actions that you take after a collision can affect how much compensation you can collect. Every case is different, and you should do what makes sense in your situation. Here are some suggestions of things to do after a crash:
Get medical attention. You should get medical treatment right away after a car accident. If you have visible injuries, a delay in treatment can lead to complications. If you do not have obvious injuries, but you were in a significant crash, a professional medical exam can uncover harm like internal bleeding, or neck or back injuries that do not always have immediate symptoms.
Also, if you wait to get medical treatment, the careless driver’s insurance company will likely argue that the car crash did not cause your injuries. It can be harder to prove that the car accident led to the harm you suffered if you do not seek medical care right away. We will use your medical records to link your injuries to the collision.
Talk with a car accident lawyer. Although Florida law does not force you to get a lawyer to help you with an injury claim from a car crash, it can be to your benefit to talk with an attorney as soon as possible. The insurance company will assign an adjuster to investigate and handle your injury claim.
Claims adjusters are professionals whose job is to pay people as little as they can for their injuries. Having a professional on your side, a car accident lawyer, can even the playing field.
Florida law only gives you a short amount of time to file a lawsuit seeking damages for your losses. You should talk with an attorney right away so that you do not miss this deadline. Once the time limit passes, you cannot go after compensation for your injuries.
Finish your medical treatment. We know that it can be inconvenient to make repeated trips to your doctor’s office or physical therapy, but it is vital that you complete the treatment that your doctor prescribed. If you do not follow the doctor’s orders, the insurance company might say that any residual problems you have are because you did not complete the treatment.
How We Establish Liability in Car Accidents
A car accident lawyer in Duval County, FL must prove all three of these elements to hold the at-fault person responsible for your losses:
Duty of care. The person whose carelessness caused your injuries must have owed you a legal duty of care. If another driver caused the wreck, it will be a simple matter to establish the legal duty of care. Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on the roads has a legal duty to drive carefully and within the law.
Breach of the duty of care. When someone fails to live up to the standards of a legal duty of care, it is negligence. Let’s say that the at-fault driver struck your vehicle because she did not notice the light had changed at the intersection. She was groggy because of prescription medication and should not have been driving in that condition. Driving in a groggy state while under the influence of a controlled substance is negligence.
Causation. The negligence must be the thing that caused the accident and your injuries. The at-fault driver’s carelessness caused to the crash that harmed you, which satisfies all three elements for liability in car accidents.
How Much Your Duval County, Florida Car Accident is Worth
We cannot state a dollar amount for the compensation you will receive without talking with you and investigating your crash. Every case is different because the facts are unique for each person.
Here are some types of damages in car accident claims:
- Lost wages. You can get compensation for the income you missed out on because of the accident and your recuperation time, including wages, salary, self-employment, and other income.
- Diminished earning potential, if your injuries cause you to be incapable of making as much money as you could before the wreck.
- Disability, if you cannot maintain gainful employment to support yourself because of your injuries.
- Medical expenses, the reasonable cost of treatment you needed for your injuries, including things like the ambulance, emergency room, hospital, surgery, doctors, x-rays, blood work, physical therapy, and prescription drugs.
- Long-term care, if you need daily assistance with medical treatment and personal care because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering, for the physical discomfort and emotional distress you experienced.
- Other intangible losses, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, loss of enjoyment of life, and a spousal claim for loss of consortium.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help with Your Duval County, FL Car Accident Case
Soon after the crash, a claims adjuster from the insurance company might contact you and ask you to give a recorded statement. If you have a lawyer on board, you can tell the adjuster to talk to your lawyer. Your attorney can provide the adjuster the information he needs.
You should not give a recorded statement without running it by your lawyer first. The insurance company can twist your words into something that you did not mean to say. They do this to devalue your claim.
Another tactic that insurance companies use is to offer you a quick, lowball settlement. They do not explain that all your medical bills must come out of this check, so it is not “free money.”
We can stand between you and the insurance company to protect you from their strategies. We deal directly with the insurance companies on behalf of our clients, so that they can focus on their health.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733, for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in Duval County, FL. There is no obligation.