When someone else’s careless or reckless behavior causes you to suffer injuries, Florida law allows you to hold them financially responsible for the damages they caused. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we will fight to recover the full compensation due to you after a personal injury accident.
Compensation in a Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Case
Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation available for every client, based on the facts of their case. Central to this is our investigation into your accident, your injuries, and your damages. We collect bills, receipts, and other documentation of your expenses, and identify all possible losses. It is easy to overlook damages and leave a lot of money on the table when you go into negotiations. Our experience with personal injury cases allows us to see the full scope of your accident-related losses.
While each case varies, some of the most common types of damages we recover include compensation for:
- Medical care;
- Ongoing and future care;
- Home health care or treatment at long-term care facilities;
- Wheelchairs, walkers, lifts, and other related products;
- Home renovation for accessibility;
- Lost wages;
- Future lost income;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Other accident-related costs.
We recommend keeping records of all your expenses and losses related to your accident in one file. This makes it easier to remember all of your costs, and helps to ensure we calculate a fair value for your personal injury claim.
How an Attorney Can Help You Get the Most From Your Claim
You could pursue compensation for your accident on your own, but we see often people recover far more with the help of an attorney. We can ensure your rights remain protected and keep the insurance company from attempting to take advantage of you. When an injury has you feeling frustrated, angry, and stressed out, the last thing you need to deal with is an insurer’s efforts to reduce the value of your claim.
When most people call us, they are not sure how to get the money they need—or if they even can. If you have questions or concerns, or need help recovering the compensation you deserve, do not hesitate to call us. We can answer your questions and help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to help you get back on your feet.
In most cases, we can recover the compensation you deserve without having to file a lawsuit or go in front of a judge. Most of our personal injury cases settle before we reach that step. After investigating your accident and building a strong case on your behalf, we file a third-party liability insurance claim against the at-fault party. Depending on the case, we could base this claim on their:
- Business liability insurance;
- Homeowner’s insurance;
- Auto liability insurance; or
- Another policy, such as one that covers a boat or an all-terrain vehicle.
After we file your claim and present evidence, we can usually negotiate a fair settlement. We avoid court when possible to make the process faster and keep costs low for you.
Rarely, the insurance company will deny our claim or refuse to offer a fair settlement. When this occurs, we will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party and their insurance company. Sometimes, the insurer will respond with a better offer and we are still able to settle out of court. In other cases, we take your case in front of a judge and ask the court to award you a fair payout.
How Negligence Affects Personal Injury Claims
Most personal injury claims require us to provide evidence that the at-fault party acted negligently. Only if we prove negligence can we hold them liable and recover the compensation you need. To prove negligence, we must show:
- The other party had a certain duty to keep you from unreasonable danger;
- They failed to uphold this duty;
- Their failure caused your accident and injuries; and
- You suffered financial damages in the accident.
The evidence we collect depends heavily on how your injuries happened. The proof in a slip and fall case is much different from the evidence in a boat collision, for example. However, we know how to gather the most effective evidence in any case. This may include:
- Police, first responder, or business accident reports;
- Eyewitness testimony;
- Surveillance video;
- Smartphone photos of the scene; and
- Your medical records.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents and Injuries
Personal injury accidents can occur in a number of ways. Almost any accident that occurs because of someone else’s carelessness or reckless behavior can fall into this category. We will be glad to review your case, no matter how your injuries occurred. Some of the most common personal injury accidents we deal with include:
- Slips, trips, and other falls;
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Truck crashes;
- Bus accidents;
- Accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists;
- Premises liability incidents;
- Pool accidents, drownings, and near drownings;
- Boat collisions and other accidents;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect;
- Defective product accidents; and
- Dog bites.
Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits
Florida law gives you four years to file most personal injury lawsuits. While this statute refers only to litigating the case and not pursuing an insurance claim, we need to act quickly to ensure you retain the right to take the case to court. Knowing you could file a lawsuit provides an important incentive for the insurance company to offer a fair settlement during negotiations. If we let this deadline pass, the insurer will have little motivation to offer you the compensation you deserve.
Some incidents have much shorter deadlines. When a government agency or on-the-clock employee caused your injuries, for example, you may have only a few months to take action. We can help you understand the time limits that apply to your case, and how they may affect your payout.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale Today.
If you suffered injuries in a Fort Lauderdale personal injury accident, the team from the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you hold the negligent party liable for your damages. We will help you recover maximum compensation based on the facts of your case, getting you money to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Call us today at 800-747-3733 for your free case evaluation.