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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.
Looking for a Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer? Call our office today at 800-747-3733 for a free consultation and case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale. Let us get you the money you need and deserve.
If you live in Miami, Florida and need a personal injury lawyer, please visit our Miami personal injury page.
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How to recover compensation from a personal injury accident in Fort Lauderdale
Our goal is to recover the maximum compensation available after an injury in Fort Lauderdale for every client, based on the facts of their case. Central to this is our investigation into your accident, your injuries, and your damages. Our personal injury attorneys in Fort Lauderdale, FL 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.
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What are the most common types of peronsal injury related damages that you can recover 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.
Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys 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. Our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys 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. Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys 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, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm 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.
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What kind of evidence is needed to prove negligence?
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.
- 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.
What are the most common personal injury accidents we deal with?
- 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. A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help you understand the time limits that apply to your case, and how they may affect your payout.
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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.
Broward County Personal Injury Lawyer
If the negligence or recklessness of another person or company has caused your injury, you may have questions. How can I prove he was responsible for my injury? Can I recover compensation for my losses? What if I contributed to my injuries? A personal injury lawyer in Broward County at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can answer any questions you might have and help you with every step of the process.
What types of cases do you handle?
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we have helped Broward County victims and their families hold people and businesses accountable for all types of injuries resulting from:
- Motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, pedestrian, boat)
- Slip and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Swimming pool accidents
We are in your corner at every stage of your case.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine and its team of investigators and medical and financial experts pursue your claim in its entirety. You can expect our help throughout the following stages of your case:
- Initial intake/investigation. Our team will interview you and any eyewitnesses, review documents, and file a claim on your behalf.
- Settlement negotiations. Once the other side has looked over your claim, it will likely offer a settlement. In most cases, this settlement is much too low. We will stand up for you and negotiate until the settlement covers the entirety of your losses.
- Lawsuit. If the other party refuses to cooperate or give you a reasonable settlement, we will file a lawsuit.
- Written discovery. We will formally request important information from the other party to give you the answers you have been looking for. We will also help you respond to any questions or requests directed at you.
- Depositions. We will prepare you to give testimony under oath and formally question the other party and witnesses as needed.
- Mediation. If ordered by the court, we will negotiate with the other party or insurance company during mediation.
- Trial: Though not every case goes through every stage, we are prepared to go the distance for you, including trial.
We can help you prove your case.
You cannot just accuse another party of negligence and recover the compensation you need. We need to prove it. To establish the other party is liable for your injuries, we will work to prove the following:
The first element of a personal injury claim is establishing that the person who hurt you owed you a legal duty of care. For example, all property owners owe visitors a duty to keep the property free from hazards. All drivers owe other road users a duty to drive safely.
If the other party has violated a statute, this can establish negligence per se. Negligence per se means that you can establish the first two elements of your claim (i.e., both duty and breach) at the same time.
A conviction by a court can sometimes prove the other party violated a statute. For example, if the other party in your accident case received a DUI conviction, we can use that to prove a breach of duty. The burden of proof is much higher in a criminal (or traffic) proceeding than it is in a civil case, however. Just because a third party did not convict the wrongdoer does not mean you should not pursue a civil claim.
Expert or “forensic” evidence may be necessary to establish a breach if the other side is denying responsibility. We have relationships with experts who can help us establish responsibility for your injuries.
Even if you have established duty and breach, there may be a question of whether the other side was solely responsible for the harm, or whether you contributed to (or could have minimized) the harm.
In Florida, being partially responsible does not prevent you from recovering for your injuries; however, you may need an expert to reconstruct the accident to determine what percentage of the fault and injuries to attribute to the other party.
Even if there is no dispute as to who is 100 percent responsible, the legal system requires that you prove “proximate cause.” What this means is that only those damages that occurred “but for” the other party’s wrongful act or omission are compensable.
For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, we must prove that your injuries would not have occurred but for the broken handrail on the defendant’s property.
Once we have proven the other party was liable for your accident, we must prove that you sustained injuries in that accident. Some damages may seem obvious. If you have a broken leg, ambulance bill, a surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, and physical therapy, tabulating your medical expenses may seem straightforward. Other damages, however, are not readily apparent.
Pain and suffering is a subjective and often disputed factor in personal injury cases. Pain does not affect the body alone: it affects the whole person, including emotions.
Not being able to carry out your normal daily activities or enjoy hobbies has a monetary value. If someone’s negligence deprived you of life’s meaningful moments, that person should compensate you.
You may have injuries that require further or permanent ongoing medical attention. Placing a value on these types of damages requires expert testimony.
If you have missed time from work, you may have also missed the benefits of employer-matched 401(k) contributions, or some other economic benefit. Determining the amount of potential contributions can be almost impossible without the help of a financial expert.
You will likely also need a financial expert if you are self-employed and need to prove loss of income.
As you can see, proving damages (as well as the other elements of your claim) requires the skill of a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Broward County. Our team of medical and financial experts can help you establish the total value of your claim.
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As you can see, there can be much more to recovering compensation for your injuries than what meets the eye. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, there are no upfront fees and it will cost nothing for you to learn more about the strategy that we might take to get you a result. Call 800-747-3733 to get started today.