Is my Injury Worth Contacting a Lawyer?

Thousands of people are injured each year at work, on the road, and while shopping or visiting friends. You can’t absolutely rely on your insurance company – or the other person’s insurance carrier – to cover the cost of medical care and lost wages. That’s why you should always contact a lawyer if you’ve sustained an injury.

What you may not know is that some injuries may not be immediately obvious and complications can develop down the road. If you’ve been injured, it’s imperative that you seek the services of a physician. He/she will know the appropriate tests to conduct or can refer you to a specialist if needed. A doctor should clear you of all injuries and potential complications. If he/she can’t do that, hire an attorney.

There are some instances and circumstances in which the services of an attorney are absolutely necessary. One of those is if your insurance company or that of the other party is refusing to cover expenses or otherwise being uncooperative. Another is if someone died as a result of an accident.

If there’s any dispute over who was at fault, you’re definitely going to need to hire a lawyer. Other situations when a lawyer is essential include if multiple people were injured. Obtain a copy of the accident report to ensure it’s accurate. Any discrepancies are a sure sign that contacting an attorney is the right course of action.

Broken bones, internal injuries, long hospital stays, and loss of income should always be addressed by a lawyer, as should any medical-related treatment that will cost a minimum of $2,000. You’ll also need a lawyer for non-economic losses encompassing loss of companionship, emotional trauma, and pain and suffering. A lawyer can help you determine if an injury is such that you’ll need his/her unique expertise.

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]

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