When another person’s careless or negligent actions cause you to suffer serious injuries and cost you thousands of dollars, you have a legal right to file a claim for compensation to cover your losses.
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of personal injury claims. Call us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule your free case analysis and learn more about your legal options for compensation.
What types of accidents may lead to a personal injury claim?
Personal injuries occur in a number of ways and include injuries caused by another person’s negligence. Some of the most common types of personal injury accident claims include:
- Brain Injuries
- Defective Products
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Defective product injuries
- Pool accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
- Premises liability issues
- Boat accidents
- Dog bites
If you or a loved one suffered an injury and you believe someone else is to blame, a personal injury lawyer at our firm can help you determine the strength of your case, collect the necessary evidence, and file for the compensation you deserve.
How can I recover compensation after a personal injury in Jacksonville?
The most common way to settle personal injury case is to file an insurance claim with the at-fault party’s auto, homeowner’s, or business insurance policy. Before we can do this, we will need to collect evidence to prove the other person or company:
- Owed you a legal duty of care;
- Failed to uphold this duty, causing your injuries; and
- You suffered physical, emotional, and/or financial damages.
A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the claims process from start to finish. If we cannot reach a fair settlement with the insurance company, we will file a lawsuit to pursue the full value of your claim in court.
The insurance company says I am partially at fault. How does this affect my personal injury claim?
Under Florida’s comparative negligence law, the amount of compensation you can collect decreases based on your role in causing your accident. So, minimizing your percentage of fault will increase the compensation we may be able to recover for you.
For example, imagine you slipped and fell in a Jacksonville restaurant. You stepped in a spilled drink, dropped by a server. However, the restaurant’s insurance company tried to blame your fall on the fact that you were texting while walking through the restaurant, and thus not paying attention to your surroundings. This could reduce the amount of compensation you can collect. Thus, our attorneys would look at all the evidence to refute this allegation (e.g., surveillance video that shows you were not texting when you slipped and fell) or minimizes any percentage of fault assigned to you.
How does Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law affect car accident claims?
Car crashes are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. But Florida’s no-fault auto insurance law means these cases proceed in a different way than other personal injury claims. Under this law, all drivers must carry a personal injury protection (PIP) policy that covers their injuries after an accident. This means the first place we turn for compensation after a car accident is your own auto insurance coverage.
Only if your injuries meet certain criteria can you file a claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability insurance. Some of the types of injuries that meet the serious threshold include:
- Loss of a significant bodily function;
- Many permanent injuries; and
- Significant scarring or disfigurement.
Imagine you suffered a major spinal injury in a Jacksonville car accident. The injury left you permanently paralyzed and requiring ongoing care. We would first file a claim based on your PIP coverage to collect compensation up to the policy maximum, but this likely would not come close to covering your expenses. So we would then pursue a liability claim based with the at-fault driver’s policy to collect compensation for your full damages.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
Section 95.11 of Florida’s state statutes gives you four years to file a lawsuit for compensation based on your personal injury accident. The clock begins ticking the day of the accident. Thus, file your claim as soon as possible so we have adequate time to build your case and negotiate a settlement before the clock expires, at which point you may be unable to pursue a lawsuit.
What kind of damages can I recover in personal injury claim?
Personal injury accidents can lead to a number of physical, emotional, and financial damages. By filing an insurance claim against the negligent party, you can recover all of your accident-related losses as well as additional compensation for pain and suffering. To do this, your lawyer will collect evidence to prove your damages and the associated costs. Often, your lawyer can recover compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Future medical care;
- Therapy or rehabilitation costs;
- Ongoing care costs, such as home healthcare;
- Current and future lost wages;
- Property damage;
- Costs associated with making your home or vehicle accessible;
- Emotional distress; and
- Other accident-related damages.
Speak with a Jacksonville Personal Injury Attorney at the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine
If you suffered injuries in a Jacksonville accident, work with a trusted attorney to help you navigate the claims process and recover the compensation you deserve. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, our personal injury lawyers can protect your rights while fighting for the maximum payout you deserve.
Call us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency basis so you pay nothing until we negotiate a settlement in your claim.