NEED A FLORIDA ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?
When you have been injured in an accident, whether that accident involved a vehicle or not, the situation can quickly feel out of your control. Dealing with insurance companies, medical bills, lost income from missed work, and the worry about what might be coming can be simply overwhelming.
When you’ve suffered from an accident, you may be able to recover some of your expenses–but you’ll be more likely to do that if you have an experienced accident attorney on your side. The team of accident lawyers at Pazos Law Group can help you work through your claim and can fight to get you the damages that you deserve.
TYPES OF ACCIDENTS
Though you might expect the opposite with safety technology becoming more and more impressive, more people than ever are dying and being injured on the road. In fact, the number of people who have died in car accidents has increased nearly 15% over the past two years.
In 2017, more than 40,000 people died in car accidents and in 2016 more than 4.6 million people were injured. These kinds of car accidents could range from massive multi-car pileups on the highway or bumper-to-bumper crashes in your neighborhood. Serious injury and death can happen anywhere, and car accidents can lead to devastating consequences for you and your family.
SLIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS
The term “slip and fall” can cover a lot of accidents and situations where injury can occur. Anytime someone loses their footing, falls, and is injured on someone else’s property, the accident is classified a slip-and-fall accident. These accidents can include tripping or stepping in holes or low spots on the property. It may not seem like these falls are a big deal, but they are one of the most common causes of fatal and non-fatal injuries for senior citizens in the United States.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and you’re not sure if you have a case, contact our experienced accident attorneys to discuss your options.
WHY DO I NEED A FLORIDA CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER?
Dealing with the car insurance industry can be a challenge if you don’t have experience with them, especially when you have a claim that includes both damage to a vehicle and medical expenses. When the person responsible is underinsured, getting compensation for your medical bills and lost income can be even more complicated. Having an experienced accident attorney can help you get what you deserve, even when the circumstances are challenging.
CAN I GET MY MEDICAL EXPENSES FROM A CAR ACCIDENT PAID?
We all know that car accidents can cause a great deal of damage, ranging from minor property damage or vehicle issues to serious injury or death.
Injuries from car accidents can range from whiplash and minor cuts to severe and lifelong spinal damage or paralysis. Accident victims might experience some of the following injuries:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal damage
- Broken bones
Depending on how severe the injuries from your car accident were, treatment can range from a quick trip to the emergency room to years of complicated treatment involving specialists. Some people, who suffer from catastrophic injuries, never recover.
Most people who are looking for compensation from their car accident are just looking for a way to pay for their medical bills, not just for now but for the future as well. A severe spinal injury, for example, could end up costing more than 4 million dollars in medical bills, therapy, assisted living costs, and lost wages.
Our goal at Pazos Law Group is to get you the damages you deserve in order to cover your medical expenses so that you family doesn’t bear the burden of treatment.
WHAT IF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE IS UNDERINSURED?
Insurance is the way most people plan to cover the costs of a car accident, especially if they are at fault. To help with this, each state has its own minimum requirement for liability coverage, which is what covers an accident when you are liable (or responsible). Florida’s minimum requirement is $10,000 in personal injury protection (or PIP) and $10,000 for property damage liability.
If you’ve seen medical bills lately, though, you might realize that this level of coverage won’t go very far. A three-day hospital stay, for example, will cost upwards of $30,000 and the cost to fix one uncomplicated leg break is nearly $8,000.
If you’re trying to navigate the claims process yourself, you might find things getting very complicated when one or both of the people involved in a car accident are underinsured. If the driver involved is uninsured, the process can be even more complicated.
This is one of many reasons why you want an experienced accident attorney on your side. We can help you identify what compensation is available to you and help you fight for it.
WHAT TYPE OF ACCIDENT DAMAGES CAN I GET?
Obviously, every case is different. But when we are considering damages, we break them down into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are the kind that are easy to add up–lost wages, medical expenses, future medical expenses, and even loss of earning capacity because of an injury. Non-economic damages are harder to put a number on, but are still important. These types of damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, the loss of companionship with a spouse or parent who has been catastrophically injured or killed, and punitive damage to punish the person involved in your car accident.
WHEN DO I NEED A FLORIDA SLIP-AND-FALL ACCIDENT LAWYER?
PROVING THAT YOU HAVE A CLAIM
One of the biggest challenges in a slip-and-fall case is proving that you have a case to begin with. In order to win your claim, you’ll have to prove that the property owner or business owed you a “duty of care.” Essentially, you’ll have to prove that you had a reasonable expectation that you wouldn’t find the conditions that you found and that led to your injury. For example, you are reasonable to expect that you won’t find a patch of melted ice in the middle of a grocery store aisle. The store is responsible for making sure that all spills and other potential hazards are cleaned or marked as dangerous so that people avoid the spot.
You’ll also have to prove that the business or person didn’t use reasonable care in maintaining their property. If the company left the melted ice in the aisle for hours, that’s not reasonable caution.
Finally, you’ll have to figure out who is actually responsible for your injury. The grocery store in our example might be owned and operated by one person, or it might be a national chain. In some cases, you may have fallen because of a defective part in use at a property. Several people could beat fault and could share the responsibility for your damages.
In Florida, the court will use comparative negligence to decide who owes you damages. This means that the court will compare the actions of the injured person with those of the owner of the property to decide who was most at fault. For example, if you ignored a caution sign and walked on a wet section of a grocery store floor, you would be considered partially, if not fully, at fault for your accident.
All of this is nearly impossible to do on your own. You need an experienced slip-and-fall lawyer to handle your case. They’ll know what questions to ask and what evidence to gather, and can advise you about what your best way forward will be.
WHAT KIND OF DAMAGES CAN I GET FROM MY SLIP-AND-FALL CASE?
The court will decide your compensation for your injuries. You may receive payment for some of all of the following:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages, both current and future
- Permanent disability
- Emotional distress
- Other costs directly related to your injury
LET US DISCUSS YOUR CASE IN A CONSULTATION
If you were injured as a result of a person’s negligence, contact an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. At Pazos Law Group, we will do our best to ensure we minimize your stress during this difficult time. While we focus on your legal case, you can focus on healing from your ordeal. Our attorneys have the skill, resources, and experience to handle your accident case, no matter how complex. Let us provide the guidance, care, and attention you need to resolve your personal injury case. We want you to move forward with strength, comfort, and peace of mind.
We help people in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Coral Gables, and across Florida. We focus on a few areas of specialty, meaning we are extremely familiar with the laws and regulations of Florida personal injury statutes. Let our skilled advocates see what they can do for your case.
Contact us at (954) 951-2405 or fill out our online form to book a consultation today.