Accidents happen all the time and when they result in injuries, they can affect the lives of victims and their families for the foreseeable future. From dog bites to traffic accidents to slips & falls, the situations can all be very different, but one thing remains the same. Those that have suffered damages and injuries due to the carelessness of another party have a right to be fully compensated.
If you or someone in your family has been injured in an accident in Pompano Beach, Florida, you will need the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer to make things right again. At the law offices of Englander Peebles, we have a team of personal injury lawyers with the skills and experience you need to make your claim for compensation.
Call (954) 231-1384 today and arrange a meeting with our experienced Pompano Beach personal injury lawyers today!
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What Should I Do After an Accident that Results in Injury?
Accidents happen all the time and for many reasons. In the wake of an accident, it is only natural to feel confused and distraught. But this is the time to think clearly and do what you can to preserve the integrity of your case. Here are some important pointers to keep in mind in the aftermath of an accident of any kind:
Get Medical Treatment
The first thing to do will be to have your injuries fully examined by a medical professional. It can be hard to ascertain the full extent of your injuries from a glance, and an experienced medical professional will be able to provide a full description of the injuries suffered as well as a plan for a full recovery.
Take Photos/Video If You Can
Video footage and pictures will form an important part of the claim and lawsuit. Make sure you get as many pictures of the scene of the accident and all relative elements.
Get Names and Numbers of Any Witnesses
Look around to see if there was anyone nearby who witnessed the events unfold and can provide testimony to your case. Make sure you get their names and contact information so that your lawyer can contact them in the future.
Report the Incident
Report the incident to the proper authorities. This could be a police officer if you were involved in a car accident, animal control services for a dog bite, and the property manager for injuries suffered while visiting a store.
Call a Pompano Beach Personal Injury Lawyer!
If you are serious about getting full compensation for your injuries, you will need the support and expertise of a qualified personal injury lawyer. There is nothing simple about personal injury law and a knowledgeable expert will be able to plot you a course through the legal process to the compensation you need.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
There may be cases when accidents are so small and damages minimal. In such a situation, it may be fine to work things out directly with the insurance providers. But if there were injuries involved, you will want to get the help of a personal injury lawyer who can be sure you are given the full measure of compensation the law allows.
Here are some of the advantages a personal injury lawyer can lend to your case:
Case Preparation / Filing a Lawsuit
There are many details involved in the preparation of a strong claim or lawsuit. The skill and attention to detail applied to the smallest details will ultimately decide the effectiveness and value of the case. Having a legal expert handle this will allow you to focus your mind on the task of making a recovery and getting your life back in order.
Negotiations with the insurance provider of the at-fault party can be intense. Your claim for compensation will be challenged by the shrewd insurance providers looking to protect their own interests. You will need a personal injury lawyer well-practiced in these negotiations to see through the chicanery of the insurance providers and defend your rights to full compensation.
Trial Preparation & Representation
Most often the case will be settled through negotiations. But if no resolution can be reached, it will be necessary to take the matter to court. Here is where a veteran courtroom lawyer can apply their experience in moving the wheels of justice in your favor.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover in a Florida Personal Injury Suit?
The exact damages that will be assigned to your case will depend on the specifics of the situation. Without examining the details, it is impossible to provide a general answer that fits all cases. Nevertheless, the state of Florida provides three different categories of damages to the victim of an accident.
These damages are the easiest to calculate as they can be summed up from bills, receipts, and financial documents. Economic damages cover the costs of medical treatments, medications, and therapies needed to make a recovery. They can also cover lost wages for the time spent off work and the loss of earning capacity if injuries prevent the victim from returning to their full professional capacity. Economic damages cover losses in the past, present, and future.
There will also be damages that are harder to attach to a fixed financial figure. For example, the pain and suffering inflicted by an injury can be difficult to quantify. Nevertheless, experts will be called in to set a value for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of capacity to live a normal life, mental anguish, and other non-economic damages.
If the negligence of the at-fault party was considered especially egregious, punitive damages may also be applied. The courts may choose to punish the at-fault party for especially flagrant public endangerment, reckless actions, or malicious intent. Punitive damages are applied to punish the at-fault party.
How Is Liability Determined in Florida?
Florida applies the concept of “pure comparative negligence” in deciding who is liable in a personal injury case. This means that just because the victim may have played a role in the accident, they are not denied their compensation. For example, if you were found 20% to blame for the accident that occurred you may still be eligible for 80% of the damages.
But this depends on the capacity of your personal injury lawyers to prove that the at-fault party acted negligently. The term “negligence” is best described as the failure to exercise the same reasonable caution expected of anyone in a similar situation.
Here are the four elements that must be established to prove fault in a Florida personal injury case:
- Duty of Care — the at-fault party had a duty to act with reasonable care for the well-being of the plaintiff.
- Breach of Duty of Care — the defendant failed their duty to the safety of the defendant.
- Causation — the breach of care on the part of the defendant resulted in an accident.
- Damages — the ensuing accident resulted in damages to the plaintiff and compensation is due.
How Much Will a Pompano Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
The law offices of Englander Peebles fully understand that these accidents can happen at the most inopportune times. It is not often that people have the cash on hand to pay the high costs of legal representation. For this reason, we work on a contingency fee arrangement.
We offer the gamut of our legal services and extensive resources at no upfront costs. We will not charge anything for our legal representation, meticulous case preparation, or resources invested in building a strong case. As a matter of fact, we will not charge you a thing, unless we win the case and you receive the compensation you need to make a full recovery.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
The deadline for most personal injury cases in Florida is four years. Medical malpractice claims and actions for wrongful death must be filed within two years.
You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Over time, witnesses’ memories can fade and evidence may become harder to obtain.
What Kind of Personal Injury Cases Does Englander Peebles Handle?
At Englander Peebles, we represent our clients’ interests in all kinds of personal injury cases. Here are some of the cases with which we have had extensive experience.
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Product Liability
- Dog Bites
Contact Us Today for a Free Consultation
Accidents can happen at any time and rarely happen without a cause and that cause is usually someone’s negligence. If your life has been impacted by an accident you will need compensation to address the injuries and get the full compensation you deserve. But first, you will have to face the complexities of personal injury law.
At Englander Peebles, we have a team of personal injury lawyers with extensive experience in helping victims of accidents receive the full compensation they need to get their life back in order. Call us today at (954) 231-1384 to arrange a FREE consultation with our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers in Pompano Beach, Florida! We will take the time to hear your story and examine all the details so that we can provide you with knowledgeable advice on what to do next.