The damages you can collect for a Fort Lauderdale truck accident depend on your injuries and losses. You can generally seek economic damages, which account for your financial losses. You can also pursue non-economic damages, which account for your physical and emotional trauma, including pain and suffering.
Insurance companies don’t assign predetermined values to truck accident cases. The liable insurer will calculate your case’s value based on your missed time from work, medical expenses, emotional trauma, and other factors.
You Can Recover These Losses After a Florida Truck Accident
Compensable losses in your case may comprise:
- Lost income, tips, bonuses, and other employee-related benefits
- Lasting or permanent harm to your earning power
- The damage to your vehicle
- The cost of replacing your vehicle
- Rideshare costs
- Childcare expenses
- Medical expenses, including diagnostic procedures and treatment
- Pain and suffering, and inconvenience
You Could Collect These Losses if You have Lost a Loved One
We’re deeply sorry if you lost a loved one to a fatal truck accident. Our team will handle each of your case’s obligations while you grieve the loss of your loved one. In the meantime, we will seek:
- Loss of consortium, which accounts for the hardship of losing a spouse
- Your loved one’s final medical expenses, such as hospice or life support
- Funeral expenses, including burial and cremation
- Loss of parental guidance and household benefits
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
Can I Collect Punitive Damages After My Truck Accident?
Sometimes, the courts award punitive damages to injured claimants. This may happen if an extreme act of negligence injures you. For instance, the court may award you punitive damages if the at-fault driver was intoxicated. This isn’t to compensate you for your injuries. Rather, it’s to punish the at-fault party for their conduct.
When you partner with our legal team, we can explain whether you can seek punitive damages.
Your Case’s Facts Determine Your Damages’ Value
Every truck accident case is different, so each has its value. Your damages cost depends on:
- The severity of your condition
- Your estimated recovery period
- Whether you lost a loved one
- Whether you suffer a long-term disability
- The cost of your vehicle’s damage
- Your missed time from work
We will also use your injury-related invoices, receipts, and bills to determine what you deserve.
Your Role in the Accident Can Affect How Much You Can Recover
Florida is a no-fault state. So, you can seek compensation from your own insurer after an accident––regardless of who caused it. However, your role in the accident can affect how much you can recover if you file a claim against the other party.
In addition to being a no-fault state, Florida also operates on a pure comparative fault system.
This can affect how much money you can recover. Consider the following:
- You were involved in a truck accident
- It’s determined that you were 10 percent at fault, and the other party was 90 percent at fault
- Your damages total $100,000
- Because you were 10 percent at fault, you can recover $90,000
This makes determining fault for your accident crucial. After all, an unfair assignment of fault can affect how much money you can pursue. When you partner with a lawyer from our team, we can use your case’s evidence to prove your right to damages.
You Have a Limited Time to Seek Damages After a Truck Accident
Florida imposes a statute of limitations on all civil lawsuits. They are as follows:
- If you suffered harm in a collision, you generally have four years to file a lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3(a)
- If you lost a loved one, you generally have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d)
Some exceptions may apply, as explained by Florida Statutes § 95.051. For instance, if the at-fault driver fled the accident scene, this could temporarily pause the statutory deadline.
Our Legal Team Can File Your Insurance Claim or Lawsuit
Our truck accident lawyers will do everything possible to collect compensation for your injury-related losses, such as:
- Reviewing and collecting available evidence
- Speaking with witnesses who saw the accident
- Reconstructing your accident (possibly with help from accident reconstruction experts)
- Hiring other experts to testify on your behalf, including healthcare professionals
- Documenting your injuries and other losses
- Calculating the precise cost of your damages
- Filing any paperwork necessary to move your claim or lawsuit forward
- Negotiating a settlement
- Representing you in court
We can also protect you from unsavory tactics by insurance companies that want to minimize your case’s value.
Begin Your Free Case Review with the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we provide responsive legal care for truck accident claimants. We will go the extra mile to recoup what you deserve. We offer free case reviews where we can discuss your case’s potential value and outcome.
To connect with our team, dial 1-800-747-3733.
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