Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims

What is my personal injury or wrongful death claim worth?

This depends on a number of factors including, past and future lost wages, past and future pain and suffering, and the loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life and other factors.

Should I talk to or give a recorded statement to the adjuster for the insurance company for the people who caused my injuries?

No. You should talk to an attorney before you make any statements. Anything that you say will be used against you in your case if it helps the other side. Adjusters are trained professionals. Their job is to get out of paying claims altogether or to pay as little as possible.

The police wrote me a ticket. Do I still have any claims for my injuries?

In certain cases yes. The police rarely see the accident so they rely on the witnesses to write tickets. They can reach the wrong conclusions based on biased reports from the person who is rally at fault.

Should I pay the traffic ticket given to me in an accident?

If you decide to pay the ticket rather than fight it, you can pay the ticket but make sure you plead “no contest” or “nolo contendere”. If you plead guilty the insurance company for the other side will use this against you.

The person that hit me was drunk or on drugs, are there additional damages for being a drunk driver?

Absolutely. If you can prove that the driver of the at- fault vehicle was drunk or on drugs you may be able to recover punitive damages to punish the driver for their wrongdoing.

What is no-fault insurance in Florida?

To discourage lawsuits Florida has a no-fault law that pays your lost wages and medical bills regardless of fault up to a certain amount, usually $10,000.00 from personal injury protection insurance you have on your own car, the insurance on a car of another member in your household and in some cases from the party that hurt you with their car insurance.

Can I recover damages from the at-fault party in Florida for my pain and suffering?

Yes if you have an injury or disease which consists in whole or in part a significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function, permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability or disfigurement, or significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement or death.