Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
How much compensation you could get in your motor vehicle accident claim or other personal injury case is based on damages. Damages are the losses you experienced because of the accident. They may include payment for:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity in the future
- Pain and suffering for physical pain and emotional suffering
- Punitive damages are meant to punish liable parties for gross negligence.
We can advise you about possible compensation and damages in your unique case.
Personal Injury FAQs
Our Plantation Personal Injury Attorney Answers Common Questions
Here are answers to frequent questions our firm receives about personal injury claims. For answers tailored to your accident and injury situation, arrange a consultation to speak directly with our Plantation personal injury attorney.
What Types of Accidents Can Lead to Personal Injury Claims?
Car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other accidents can lead to a personal injury claim if your injuries are significant and permanent as described under Florida law.
Florida is a no-fault insurance state, which means your personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance pays for your medical expenses. To get payment for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses, you must have significant and permanent injuries. Our Plantation personal injury attorney can counsel you about your options for a legal claim based on your injuries.
Who Can Be Held Liable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
People or entities whose negligence leads to an accident can be held liable in a personal injury lawsuit. Other drivers who caused the motor vehicle accident can be held liable in a personal injury claim.
Sometimes trucking companies and other employers of individuals who are driving for work and cause crashes may be named in personal injury claims. Manufacturers of motor vehicle parts may be held liable if a part malfunctions and causes a crash or if safety protections such as airbags, for example, fail in accidents. Agencies and construction companies charged with designing and maintaining roads may be responsible for accidents that injure motor vehicle occupants and pedestrians.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
You generally have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit, as described in the Florida Statute of Limitations. If someone died because of an accident, the deadline for filing a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of death.
If you are considering a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, you should pay attention to these deadlines, or you could lose your right to bring a suit. However, there are exceptions to filing deadlines in some situations, so always speak with a personal injury lawyer to understand the specific deadline for your case.
What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit is like a personal injury suit except rather than suing for injuries, a claim is brought to get compensation for the death. In Florida, the personal representative of the deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate and survivors.
Wrongful death lawsuits may be filed for negligent accidents, such as motor vehicle crashes.. Potential damages include funeral costs, medical expenses, lost earnings, loss of companionship and support, and more.
Do I Have to Hire an Attorney to File a Personal Injury Claim?
You do not have to hire an attorney to file a personal injury claim, but the chance of getting the compensation you need may be greatly increased if you do. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how Florida insurance companies operate and knows how to negotiate with them on their level. Most individuals who suffer accidental injuries do not have this experience. And if your case goes to trial, a Plantation personal injury lawyer with experience litigating in the Florida courts can effectively represent you throughout that complex process.
How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take?
It could take just a few months or a year or longer depending on the facts of the case. Cases with multiple parties involved, catastrophic injuries, or unclear evidence as to fault will typically take more time to be resolved than less complex cases with strong evidence of liability. Claims that can be negotiated outside of court also generally take less time to conclude than those that go to trial.
When personal injury attorney Carlos M. Amor handles your claim, he will work to resolve it in as efficient and effective a way as possible based on the circumstances.
What to Do After an Injury Accident
After suffering an injury in an accident caused by another party, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Some cases, like fender-bender car crashes, can seem like they are minor, but you may feel your injury in the next few days. Getting medical care sooner rather than later can create a stronger link between the injury and the accident and potentially result in better compensation.
In addition to getting medical care, you should contact a Plantation personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can gain access to police reports and talk to medical staff and witnesses to gather information related to all the details of your case.
Get Help from a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney Today
Carlos M. Amor Will Work Hard for You
Injuries caused by sudden and frightening accidents can be very costly financially and drastically change your life physically and mentally. Having a skilled and diligent Florida attorney by your side to fight for the compensation you deserve will reduce your stress and allow you the opportunity to focus on healing.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact our law firm or call us at (954) 453-7200. Attorney Amor offers free consultations, by phone, via video meeting, or in person. Reach out today to get help from a knowledgeable Plantation personal injury lawyer, and to get the representation you need at this challenging time.