Whether you were rear-ended by a distracted driver, forced off the road by a truck, or involved in a collision when a drunk driver ran a red light, if you were injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you are entitled to compensation.
The stress and hassle of filing an accident claim can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you suffer a serious injury. We will not let you go it alone. A car accident lawyer in Pembroke Pines at Coffey Trial Law can help you file a car accident claim against the driver at fault so that you can focus on rest, recovery, and spending time with your family.
Call us today: 954-541-3194.
Filing a Car Accident Claim in Florida
The process for filing a car accident claim in Florida may seem simple at first glance, but to ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled after an accident, speak with a Pembroke Pines car accident lawyer.
Under Florida law, you will need to establish that the other driver was negligent. In other words, you will need to prove that s/he was at fault for the accident. Common examples negligent behavior include:
- Failing to yield when you had right-of-way
- Being distracted by a cell phone or other mobile device
- Drinking and driving
- Speeding or violating other traffic laws
Proving negligence requires evidence, such as:
- Copies of the police report
- Photographs of the scene of the accident, including damage to the vehicles, surrounding structures, and tire tracks on the pavement
- Surveillance footage from traffic camera or security cameras from nearby stores
- Copies of your medical records and a doctor’s statement
We can help you gather any evidence you need to build your case.
What is the deadline to file a claim?
In the State of Florida, there is a four-year statute of limitations for car accident claims. Therefore, the latest you can file a claim for compensation is four years from the accident. If you try to file your claim after the four-year time period has expired, the court will throw your claim out.
Four years may sound like a long time, but keep in mind that it will take you and your attorney some time to prepare before you can file a proper claim for compensation. And you must settle — not just file — your claim in that time. Remember that it might also take a year or two to simply determine the severity of your injuries.
Every car accident is unique. This means that the amount of money you can expect to receive after a car accident can vary greatly from case to case. In general, it is possible to receive compensation for the following expenses:
Medical expenses: The driver at fault for your accident will be legally responsible for any accident-related expenses such as:
- Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription
- Doctor’s office visits
- Physical therapy sessions
- Surgeries and other medical treatments
- In-home care
Lost wages: If you must take time off of work while you are recovering from your injuries after a car accident, the driver at fault will be responsible for compensating you for your lost wages.
Similarly, if you must take a less physically straining job while you are recuperating, the other driver will be responsible for compensating you for any difference in pay. For example, if you normally work as a construction worker, but must work in the office at a desk job while you heal, the other driver will be responsible for the difference in pay between your normal construction worker pay and the desk job pay.
Pain and Suffering: You can also recover compensation for any pain and suffering or mental anguish associated with your accident.
Our team works with medical and financial experts to obtain an adequate value of the damages our clients face due to accidents and injuries.
Why should I hire a lawyer after a wreck?
It can be tempting to try to file a claim on your own after an accident. After all, insurance companies make it easy to file a claim over the phone. However, without the help of a knowledgeable car accident lawyer, you likely will not get the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
How will you know whether or not the settlement amount that an insurance company offers you is fair? What if the award only covers part of your medical expenses? Or what if the settlement amount that you receive is much less than others in your situation have received in the past?
When you hire us to represent you, there will be no issues with fair compensation. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping people after car accidents in Florida, so we know what fair compensation looks like.
If the insurance company refuses to settle for the full and fair amount of compensation, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf so that you get the money that you deserve.
Get Help in Pembroke Pines
After a serious car accident, contact the car accident lawyers at Coffey Trial Law. We have helped many car accident victims in Florida recover the compensation that they deserve. We can do the same for you. Call us today at 954-541-3194 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.