The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. focuses in part on the legal practice area surrounding personal injury. These include personal injuries from various accidents, like those sustained in a Florida automobile accident. In each state, the personal injury laws surrounding car accidents differ slightly. Read on to learn about how such legal matters are treated in the state of Florida:
Auto Accident Cases in Florida
Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date of an accident. This means that the victim of a car accident would have four years to file a personal injury claim. If they wait over four years, they forfeit their right to seek compensation. Although the state of Florida gives victims four years, it is advantageous for victims to seek compensation as soon as possible once they know the extent of the injuries they have sustained.
The Purpose of Seeking Compensation after a Car Accident
Seeking compensation through a personal injury suit isn’t simply a means to get rich. The financial support a victim seeks is compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, and future lost wages or future medical bills due to their injury. In some cases, a person’s injury will heal and they will go on to live a normal life. In other situations, their ability to earn a living is forever altered. If the car accident that caused their injury wasn’t their fault or if the other driver was negligent, then they have the right to seek compensation that will support them throughout their recovery and beyond.
Personal Injury Claims Can Garner Compensation for the Following in Florida
If you were injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident you may be able to collect compensation for:
- Compensation for property that was damaged during the accident.
- Compensation for a disability or permanent disfigurement.
- Compensation for lost wages.
- Compensation for past medical expenses as well as estimated future costs of medical care or rehabilitation.
- Compensation for pain and suffering.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Accidents
After exhausting PIP coverage, if the other driver has no other insurance or an amount of coverage that is insufficient to cover the costs related to your injury, your uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage may be able to cover the damage caused by the negligent party.
Attempting to collect compensation through your uninsured motorist coverage can be complicated and will likely require the assistance of an attorney. Your insurance company may try to limit your payout, based on their own investigation of the accident and how much they believe your claim is worth. If you receive an amount that you believe does not properly cover your losses, your attorney may be able to file a lawsuit against your insurance company in an attempt to recover additional compensation.
Next Step to Take
If you or someone you love have been injured in a Florida auto accident, call us at The Law Offices of Theodore H. Enfield, P.A. We are ready to work for you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today to learn if you have the makings of a successful personal injury case.