Sustaining a serious injury in an accident can completely throw life off kilter. Long hospital stays, physical injuries, emotional distress, and taking extended time off of work affect everyone involved, including the victim and his or her family. Injury-related medical bills and other expenses, combined with temporary or permanent disability, can also mean financial disaster for the victim.
Fortunately, victims may be able to collect compensation for their injuries from the party who caused the accident. To determine if you qualify for recompense, call the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine. Our firm helps individuals and families throughout Florida pursue maximum compensation for their cases. Contact us today at 800-747-3733 to schedule a free case analysis with a personal injury lawyer in Tamarac.
What kinds of accidents and injuries justify a personal injury claim?
“Personal injury” is a legal term that refers to injuries to your person—including your body and emotions—as opposed to harm to your property. Any time you sustain a personal injury resulting from another party’s negligence, carelessness, or misconduct, you might be eligible for compensation for your losses. To collect compensation, we can file a personal injury claim on your behalf against the responsible party.
Our lawyers have years of experience assisting people in Tamarac with their personal injury cases. We handle car crashes, truck accidents, premises liability issues, freak industrial accidents, medical mistakes, and more. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims we have come across include:
- Boating accidents;
- Auto accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Child injuries;
- Defective product injuries;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect; and
- Swimming pool accidents.
Do I have a valid personal injury claim?
If we can trace the cause of your injuries back to the direct behavior of another person, business, or entity, chances are fairly high that you are eligible for damages. There are four fundamental elements that we must establish to file your personal injury claim.
We must first prove that the other party, or defendant, owed you a duty of care. This means they had a legal responsibility to act in a reasonably safe manner so as not to cause you harm. For example, doctors owe their patients a duty of care, drivers owe other road users a duty of care, and product manufacturers owe consumers a duty of care.
Breach of duty
Next, we must show that the defendant breached their duty by acting in a negligent, reckless, or malicious manner. A doctor, for instance, may breach his duty of care by failing to follow standard diagnostic protocols or by overlooking blatant signs of a disease that he should have noticed.
We must then show that the defendant’s actions were the direct cause of your injuries. If you suffered an injury in a car accident, for example, we will need to prove that the other driver caused the accident.
Lastly, using valid evidence, we must prove that you sustained actual, compensable damages, such as medical expenses, loss of income, and emotional harm. We can prove these losses using your medical bills, employment records, and testimony from experts who can estimate the future costs relating to your injury.
To see if you have a valid claim, call 800-747-3733 and speak to one of our attorneys about your accident. Once we understand the details of your case, we will be able to determine if you qualify to file a claim and explain the next steps in the process.
What kinds of damages can I collect?
You can pursue compensation for all of your current and future losses that result from the accident. This includes damages for physical, financial, and psychological harm, such as:
- Medical bills, including emergency care, hospital stay, follow-ups, prescriptions, assistive devices, and rehab;
- Loss of wages and lost earning capacity;
- Household services;
- Loss of fringe benefits, job perks, and promotions;
- Cost of hiring in-home help;
- Cost of renovating your home or car to accommodate a disability;
- Mental health care treatments; and
- Emotional injuries or pain and suffering.
Our skilled attorneys can professionally assess your claim and evaluate the entire scope of your damages. We can work with economic experts, comb through your case, and estimate the full financial value all of your losses. With a thorough assessment, we will demand adequate compensation from the at-fault party to provide for you and your family.
Is there a time limit for my personal injury claim?
Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a) sets the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits at four years. This means you have four years from the date of your accident to file a suit in court.
Generally, we file a claim against the at-fault party’s insurer before considering taking our clients’ cases to court. However, if we are unable to come to an agreement with the insurance company on a fair settlement, we need to retain the ability to file a suit against them for damages.
That is why you should not wait until the last minute to take action. Investigating causation, collecting evidence, and preparing a claim all take time. You do not want to run into any snags that could delay your case. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will disappear and the involved parties’ memories will fade, making it more difficult to prove your claim.
To protect your best interests, contact us as soon as possible so we can begin gathering evidence to support your claim.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our dedicated attorneys have the passion, experience, skills, and resources necessary to take on even the most challenging personal injury cases. We do not let insurance companies shortchange victims or pin undue blame onto them. We ensure the negligent parties pay for the harm they cause.
As both competent negotiators and litigators, our lawyers have secured substantial settlements and verdicts for victims throughout Florida. We may be able to achieve similar successful results for you. Contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine at 800-747-3733 today and request a free consultation.