Dear Spencer: I was recently involved in a car accident in West Palm Beach, Florida. How much is my case worth and do I really need to hire an attorney?
Florida Car Accident Injury Victim
Dear Florida Car Accident Injury Victim:
Thank you for contacting my Florida car accident injury law firm about your potential claim. I have been representing people who were injured and sadly killed in car crashes across the State of Florida for over twenty years. Your question is the most commonly asked and often the most difficult to answer.
The first issue is determining who is at fault for the crash. Sometimes it is very clear, like in the case of a rear-end truck accident. Other times, it is very complicated and requires an investigation utilizing expert accident re-constructionists and bio-mechanical engineers, and gathering statements from witnesses and police officers. Even then, it may require a judge or jury to determine who is at fault.
The second consideration is the cause of injuries. Some, like broken bones, scarring or even death, were clearly caused by impact. Other times, if there are soft tissue or muscle injuries, diagnostic testing and an expert evaluation by competent medical professionals are required.
The third consideration is the amount of medical bills presently incurred and those reasonably expected to be incurred in the future. Some accidents require little or no medical attention, while others can require years of care and treatment, surgeries and are permanently disabling. These variables directly affect the value of your potential claim.
The fourth consideration is lost wages. If the accident has impacted your ability to work, even for just a few days, weeks or months, you are entitled to compensation in Florida. We will need to know more about your injury and employment history in order to evaluate this element of your case’s value.
The fifth consideration is insurance coverage. Florida is one of the few states that does not require mandatory bodily injury coverage. In other words, if you are in an accident and the party causing the accident does not carry bodily injury insurance coverage or enough bodily injury insurance coverage, and you do not have uninsured motorist coverage or enough uninsured motorist coverage, even the most tragic accident may go uncompensated. Having adequate insurance coverage before you are ever in a Florida car wreck is the most important thing I can recommend as a Palm Beach car accident lawyer in order to ensure that you are adequately compensated in the event you are in a car wreck.
Our proven Florida auto accident lawyers can help you obtain the compensation you are entitled to. We will need to discuss the case with you, review the police report, visit the scene and obtain your medical records and bills. Once we have this evidence we can provide you with a more realistic estimate of the value of your Florida car wreck.
I appreciate you reaching out to us. If I can be of further assistance, please email me directly: [email protected] or call our office for a free consultation: 305-441-0440
Florida Car Accident Lawyer