Car Accident Overwhelm? Hire a Lawyer

A serious car accident can easily overwhelm an individual, and not just in terms of injuries, property damage or financial liability. Those that have been in an accident may also suffer from emotional issues, be looking at loss of income, and need to deal with what may seem like an insurmountable mountain of forms and phone calls from insurance company and HR representatives.

The solution is hiring a lawyer experienced in accident claims. He/she will be an advocate, spokesperson, and help individuals successfully navigate every step of the claims process. An attorney can assist with litigation should difficulties be encountered with insurance companies. Never cash or deposit a check from any insurance company until a lawyer has been consulted. Doing so could rob you of future benefits.

It’s extremely difficult to deal with paperwork and other details when an individual is experiencing pain and the potential for life-changing injuries. There will be a certain amount of shock, worry about medical bills, and even concern about retaining employment if the individual will need to be off work for a significant amount of time. A lawyer can also help in the event that a client is permanently disabled.

One of the things that a lawyer will do is obtain all the pertinent documentation required to deal with insurance adjusters, the settlement process, and the court system if litigation is required. One of the most valuable services a lawyer provides is alleviating stress, allowing clients to focus on healing and regaining their health.

Even with auto and health insurance, individuals often encounter difficulties in terms of paying for medical costs resulting from an accident. Some insurance companies will try to shift the financial responsibility, causing an additional level of anxiety on a client that has already suffered. A lawyer will minimize anxiety, deal with entities on a client’s behalf, and help ensure they receive all the benefits to which they’re entitled.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

How is Injury Claim Amounts Determined?

Determining the monetary amount of an injury claim in Florida isn’t an easy task. Courts will look at multiple factors, including the amount of “fault” that can be attributed to each party. Assignment of fault will significantly impact any monetary compensation.

A variety of websites offer calculators designed to help people determine their potential financial award, but without knowledge of the law, they’re not much help. The legal process is highly complicated and the only true way to get an idea of what a monetary injury claim might yield is by consulting with a lawyer.

A multiplier method is typically used to ascertain monetary award amounts. Economic damages are multiplied by a number ranging from 1-5. The amount is commiserate with the severity of the injury and level of fault. Further complicating the award process are the types of damages that could be recovered, depending upon the circumstances. They include:

  • Non-economic damages such as inconvenience, loss of companionship of a wife, husband or companion, inconvenience, and pain and suffering
  • Economic damages can include lost earnings, out of pocket expenses, the cost of any medical treatment both current and future, the loss of future earnings, and property damage
  • Punitive damages is the punishment aspect

Florida has a highly complex range of elements that are taken into account when determining a monetary award. Those elements encompass predictable items such as marriage in the case of pain and suffering, but determinations can even vary according to the county where an accident and/or injury occurred.

There are also very specific deadlines for filing a claim, though in some circumstances the deadline might be shorter or be extended. Florida law also sets caps on damages that can be claimed. Those are just some of the reasons why consulting with a lawyer is always in an individual’s best interest if they’ve been injured.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

Will I have to Pay Alimony?

Dozens of misconceptions about alimony have grown up around the concept. Alimony is a court-ordered monetary award to a spouse or former spouse when a divorce or separation occurs. The payments are designed to provide financial support for a variety of situations, but there’s no guarantee that individuals will receive, or have to pay, alimony in Florida.

Alimony falls under family law and can be a highly complex and complicated matter. In Florida, there are no hard and fast rules governing alimony and it’s left up to the judge to decide. Alimony can be awarded to male or female spouses and the state allows for five types of alimony.

Temporary – It’s awarded to the spouse at the beginning of divorce proceedings and ends when the final divorce decree is entered.

Rehabilitation – This is utilized for training or education that enables the ex-spouse to provide for his/her financial needs.

Bridge the Gap – It’s a temporary form of alimony that lasts for a maximum of two years to help the ex-spouse get back on their feet.

Durational – Depending on the length of the marriage, if bridge the gap alimony doesn’t provide sufficient support, durational alimony may be awarded for up to 10 years to help meet needs.

Permanent – This is ongoing alimony that only stops if the ex-spouse dies, the individual has a “supporting relationship,” or the court orders it terminated.

A judge will consider a wide range of factors that include the ex-spouse’s financial assets, earning capacity and employability. The court also considers the length of the marriage, standard of living, and if adultery has occurred, along with child support responsibilities, and any relationships that aid in helping the ex-spouse support themselves.

The court has an extensive amount of discretion and latitude when deciding whether to award alimony, how much, and for what duration. It’s a complicated process and divorcing couples should never assume they’ll be recipients or have to pay alimony.

Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A.

Whether you need a Divorce, are dealing with Custody or Child Support issues, or need representation in a Personal Injury matter, the Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield can confidently assist you.  To learn more about how we can help you or to discuss the facts of your case with our attorneys, call 954-983-1443 to schedule your free consultation.

3107 Stirling Road
Suite 105
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Fax: 954-983-1536

Email: [email protected]

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