Car accidents happen every day. Many of them involve serious injuries or death. Most victims are never prepared for the experience of a car crash—or for the severe and catastrophic injuries that can occur as a result of one.
Often, car crashes result from the negligence of another motorist. Drunk or distracted drivers, tired drivers, and aggression behind the wheel are just a few of the most common causes of Florida car accidents. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may face months or years of medical treatment or even the possibility of a permanent disability.
If your injuries were the fault of a negligent driver, you deserve fair compensation. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we can protect your rights under the law. We can ensure that you understand your legal options throughout the claims process. We will build a solid case to help you obtain financial compensation, so you can focus exclusively on recovering from your injuries.
How can I hold another driver responsible for my car accident?
In order for us to hold another motorist liable for your damages, we need to establish that they behaved negligently behind the wheel. Negligence is a legal concept that requires us to prove four things:
- The other party in your crash had a duty to behave responsibly and avoid injuring others while driving;
- They failed to uphold that duty;
- That failure caused your crash and injury;
- That injury has cost you real damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional distress.
If the other driver behaved recklessly and caused your crash, we will likely be able to prove their negligence. Some examples of negligent driving behavior include:
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Engaging in distracted behavior behind the wheel, such as textingor talking on a cell phone;
- Driving the wrong way;
- Passing improperly;
- Failing to signal;
- Driving aggressively; and
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals.
How can I prove fault in my car accident claim?
In most cases, the negligent driver and their insurance company will deny fault for the accident as well as your injuries. We can assemble the necessary evidence to support your claim and establish fault.
We will gather the important information necessary for supporting your claim including:
- Photos of the accident scene;
- Police reports;
- Surveillance video from nearby businesses;
- Eyewitness statements; and
- Medical records showing the cause of your injuries.
If police issued a citation to the at-fault driver on the scene of the accident, this can help establish fault. However, we may need to call on expert witnesses and accident scene reconstruction experts to provide additional support.
We must also submit proof of your actual damages. In addition to your medical bills and related costs, this may include damage estimates for your vehicle and past pay stubs to verify your lost wages. We will also turn to medical experts for estimates of your future care needs.
Our lawyers will not stop until you receive a fair amount of compensation for the suffering you have endured.
What is my claim worth?
To determine the amount of your injury claim, we will evaluate all of the factors that are specific to your case. You may be eligible for compensation for a variety of losses, including:
- Current medical bills;
- Current lost wages;
- Car repairs or vehicle replacement;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Property damage.
Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, we will also calculate the expected or future costs of the following items:
- Future medical costs;
- Future rehabilitation costs;
- Future long-term care costs;
- Loss of potential future income; and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
The ultimate value of your claim will depend on the details of your accident and your specific injuries. Victims who suffer a severe injury, such as damage to their brain or spinal cord, will probably face expensive medical treatment and astronomical future care costs. Since these victims will incur extensive medical costs to care for their injuries, their compensation claims will be higher.
We begin the negotiation process when we file your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. If the insurance company ultimately refuses to agree to an appropriate settlement, we can file a lawsuit and take your case to court.
Do I need a lawyer?
Without legal representation, the insurance company may try to take advantage of you. Often, insurance companies will pressure you to make a statement regarding the accident and then use your words to undermine your case. Sadly, your insurance company is as likely to try this as the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
The insurance company is also likely to offer you a very low settlement in the early stage of negotiation. Their hope is that you will accept a low offer in exchange for an early resolution. However, this offer is rarely enough to compensate accident victims for the damages they have already sustained, let alone their future cost of care and lost income. If you accept a low claim too early in the process, you will lose the right to ask for additional compensation later on.
Call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine for help with your car crash claim.
With the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we will protect your legal rights throughout every step of the claims process. We will handle the details of gathering evidence, compiling your claim, and negotiating with the insurance company, while you focus on your health and recovery.
We offer complimentary consultations and case reviews, so you can better understand the implications of your claim. If you are immobile due to your injuries, we will gladly come to your home or hospital room.
Contact us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule your consultation or to speak directly with a car accident lawyer about your claim.