If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect for damages as a result of the accident. Even if you were partly at fault, you may still be entitled to financial compensation to pay for expenses that result from your injuries and the damage to your vehicle. If you are unable to work for a while or suffer some sort of permanent disability, the amount you may be able to collect increases. Should it be determined that the auto accident was caused by negligence or reckless behavior, such as in cases of driving under the influence, you may be able to receive punitive damages.
The experienced Florida car accident lawyers at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. have helped countless Floridians with auto accident claims, and we can help you, too. With over 25 years’ experience, our legal team has the knowledge and resources necessary to fight these cases and win. Insurance companies do not make it easy to collect the compensation you deserve. Our job is to work diligently to get you the fair compensation you deserve so that you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal.
Florida Auto Accident Damages
While each auto accident claim varies, there are some basic damages for which we typically recover compensation for our clients. Generally, damages are defined as the amount of money sought to compensate someone injured by the negligence of another. Since Florida is a “no fault” state, payment of the first $10,000.00 of your medical bills and/or lost wages must come from your own insurance company. This comes under the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage portion of your automobile policy.
Once your own $10,000.00 of PIP coverage is used up, the person who caused the accident is responsible for any additional reasonable and necessary medical expenses and documented lost wages.
Economic and Non-Economic Auto Accident Damages
There are two types of damages that people can claim: economic and non-economic, or financial and non-financial. Economic damages include:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss of income
- Loss of appraised fair market value of real property
- Cost of construction repairs, including labor, overhead and profit
- Replacement value of lost personal property
- Any other financial loss that would not have occurred but for the injury
If the judge or jury finds that you sustained either a permanent injury or significant permanent scarring or disfigurement, you may also be entitled to non-economic damages such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disability and disfigurement
If you live in or around Orlando and have questions about filing a claim after an auto accident, please contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Best Law Firm Florida P.A. today to schedule a confidential, no-cost obligation.