Call a Trusted Orlando Auto Accident Attorney
There are many reasons for auto accidents and collisions but rarely are they truly an unavoidable “accident”. Negligent drivers are prone to a variety of dangerous distractions from simply daydreaming, to texting or intoxication. The results are unfortunately the same, you have now been forced to suffer because of someone else not being responsible while driving an automobile. In these cases, it is crucial that you consult immediately with a qualified Orlando personal injury attorney to protect your rights and well being in such unfortunate circumstances.
I have had the privilege of successfully representing individuals who have been
injured as the result of another driver’s negligence for over 35 years. As an
experienced personal injury lawyer serving Orlando and all of Central Florida, I provide detailed and reliable results and formidable representation even in the most difficult cases. Insurance companies will attempt to minimize the cost of liability payments by pressuring injured parties to accept compensation that is sadly inappropriate. Before you agree to an amount, speak with a premier Orlando accident attorney to determine the maximum fair settlement.
You have many rights in regard to any automobile accident:
- Medical Treatment
Under the Florida No-Fault law, your own automobile insurance will initially cover at least a portion of your expenses. The actual amount that your own insurance company will vary with the policy you purchased. I will be glad to review your policy and explain what you are entitled to receive and make suggestions on how you may improve your coverage. Remember that Florida has very weak laws in regard to mandatory automobile insurance and you need to protect yourself.
Any unpaid medical bills will be the responsibility of the driver that injured you. Many times an injured person is worried about running up a medical bill or unable to pay medical bills as they go through treatment. I am many times able to find a doctor to provide treatment and who will wait until the conclusion of the case to be paid so that you
will not need to pay as you go and still get the medical treatment you need and deserve.
Any unpaid medical expenses are the responsibility of the negligent driver. These range from the amount above the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) to all medical expenses if you did not carry PIP insurance.
- Lost Wages
If you are forced to miss work as you recover from your injuries than you are entitled to a reimbursement of your lost wages. PIP will pay 60% of your lost wages, and the negligent driver will be responsible for the balance. This same compensation is also due to any family members that are forced to miss work and stay home in order to assist with your care. If your injuries hold a substantial impact on your ability to work in the long term, then you need a dependable Orlando personal injury lawyer to reliably calculate your maximum fair compensation.
- Pain and Suffering and Other Intangible Claims
Personal injury claims often involve more than just your initial expenses. Severe accidents and injuries can lead to disfigurement, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and a myriad of other symptoms that are difficult to diagnose, yet no less serious. The side effects of whiplash and concussion, to name a few, can drastically impact your well-being for the rest of your life and require years of chronic attention. If your injuries continue you will be entitled to recover for your other injuries, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience and other changes in your life due to the injuries you suffered in the accident.
- Miscellaneous Expenses
You are entitled to recover for any other expenses that you incur as a result of the collision, these are items such as prescriptions, medical devices, and more. Any type of ongoing therapy is grounds for a compensation claim, and a knowledgeable Orlando personal injury lawyer will be sure to include this in your case. Never make the mistake of underestimating the true cost of your injury when the potential lifelong effects could prove costly for years.
- Damage to Your Vehicle
Property damage insurance in Florida is mandatory. You may also be entitled to recover for any diminished value to your vehicle as a result of being in a collision. The process of having your vehicle repaired is a simple one. You have the absolute right to have your vehicle repaired where you want, and no one else can tell you differently. Pick out the body shop that you want and have them do the repairs.
Many times the insurance company for the negligent driver will recommend, provide incentives, guarantees or in the extreme cases demand that you go to a shop of their choosing. However, do not go to any shop recommended to you by an insurance company. These shops have prior agreements with the insurance company. You will lose control of the repair of your vehicle and get a substandard repair as a result. Instead, use your choice for trusted repairs and overview the costs with your personal injury attorney in Orlando.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
The sooner you consult with an experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, the more substantial and definitive your claim will appear in court. In most cases, insurance companies will settle quickly out of court, but a professional case must be well established. Call today for your free consultation.