Florida Car Accident Damages
If you were in a Florida car accident, whether it be Sarasota or Bradenton, Port Charlotte or Venice, you know that personal suffering and high medical bills can follow. When another is negligent, it is important to make a claim for these damages so you can move forward with your healing and the rest of your life. With this claim, it is possible you will be eligible for both economic and non-economic damages.
Some help is guaranteed, such as Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which helps with bills after a car collision. PIP coverage is a requirement for Florida drivers. Some choose to carry liability insurance and uninsured motorist insurance as well; others opt not to. Unlike PIP, these sources of insurance are not guaranteed.
When you are facing extensive medical bills after a traumatic event like an accident, discuss your situation with a Sarasota car accident lawyer. It is possible that a seasoned attorney can secure the results you want, either through a lawsuit or negotiations with an insurance company.
Economic Damages Are Typically Measurable
Economic damages are damages that are easily tallied. For example, bills and invoices incurred as a result of medical treatment from an accident. The following are verifiable figures that would fall under economic damages:
- Wages lost
- Future income loss
- Costs of medications
- Emergency room visit bills
- Expenses from hospital stays
- Out-of-pocket health insurance fees
- Invoices for medical tests or therapies
There are even examples of when doctor testimony can be used to total up ongoing or future medical needs. A lawyer knows how to total up economic damages and secure that damage amount from insurance companies.
For example, future income loss might not look like a tangible number. With expert testimony, it is possible to put a number on potential future earnings, including wage growth and promotion possibilities, and come up with a final number.
Non-economic damages such as the pain from the loss of a loved one cannot be tallied like a medical bill. There are times when legal action cannot be avoided because the insurance company does not tally up mental pain and suffering enough. Severe situations such as death or injuries that have resulted in disfigurement easily become lawsuits, for example. Non-economic damages in Florida are only allowed with a showing of permanency.
Whenever a car accident occurs, everyone hopes the issue will be minor. But, unfortunately, serious car wrecks do happen. Non-economic damages, such as the following, could be connected to these cases:
- Pain and suffering
- Coping with disability or disfigurement
- Mental health issues
- Emotional instability or PTSD
Complex claims can follow Florida car accidents. Often these claims carry a variety of compensation needs. You need a legal professional on your side to untangle all of your compensation options. A Sarasota car accident lawyer can do all of the legal work for you while you and your family focus on healing from the injuries sustained in the wreck. If you were involved in an injurious event, fight for fair compensation.
Tell the Insurance Companies, You’re Going to Hale
Do you or do you think you have a list of damages, both economic and non-economic, following a Florida crash? Talk to the experienced Sarasota car accident attorneys at Hale Law. Some car wrecks lead to complex insurance negotiations. Our experienced attorneys will work to secure the maximum compensation amount with the facts given. Because our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, there are no fees or costs if we are unable to recover compensation. For a free consultation, call us anytime, day or night, at 941-735-4529.