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Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Accident Attorneys

Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorney 

If you were injured as a result of the negligent acts of others, a Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorney can be the best asset that you have on your side. The accident injuries caused by the wrongful acts of others can wreak havoc on your life, causing financial, emotional, and physical devastation to your family. When you trust a Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm, they can get you the best possible outcomes for your specific case, helping you get the compensation that you deserve. This article will show you just how a Fort Lauderdale accident attorney can help you during your time of need after an accident.

Types of Accident Cases

Personal injury firms cover a wide range of accident cases where people are injured due to the negligence of another party. If you or a loved one was injured or even died, as a result of an accident that was someone else’s fault, you do have rights. A reputable Fort Lauderdale accident attorney like the team at The Injury Firm can help you through these complex cases in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for your specific accident case.

The Injury Firm deals with a wide array of personal injury accident cases, including:

Auto accidents are common, but if you are injured as a result of someone else’s negligence while driving, you are entitled to compensation including medical costs and damages to your car.

Typically, when a bicycle accident occurs it’s because the driver of the car is distracted or just driving carelessly. These can cause significant injuries, which you are entitled to compensation for.

Birth injuries can be particularly devastating, causing long-term emotional and financial damages to families on what should be the happiest day of their lives. Whether there was a failure caused by the doctor during your prenatal care or a mistake that they made in the delivery room, a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney can help.

When driving a boat, you need to be as careful as driving a car. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. You can recover damages if the other boat driver was careless, distracted, or otherwise negligent when driving the boat.

Brain injuries can be very devastating and can impact the quality of life for someone for as long as they live. You can be entitled to money to cover long-term care that may be necessary for you or a loved one, depending on the severity of the injuries.

When you are at sea on a cruise ship, you need a lawyer that has experience in these complicated cases to help you recover damages for your injuries while on a cruise.

Unfortunately, sometimes manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors aren’t as careful in quality control as they should be which leads to products that are defective. This can then lead to injuries that can significantly impact your life. They are legally obligated to ensure the safety of their products, so if you use a product properly and get injured, you can receive compensation for your injuries.

Dog bites can mostly be minor injuries, but sometimes these can be significant injuries that can cause serious and potentially disfiguring injuries. These can not only be painful and life-altering, but it can also be a very traumatic experience.

Any medical professional that treats patients has to be reasonably competent in the care that they provide patients. A doctor that misdiagnoses you/fails to properly diagnose you, a hospital with lax policies or some careless mistakes are different examples of what medical malpractice is.

Your doctor may prescribe you medications that have surprise side effects or that ended up being a lot more dangerous than the manufacturer may have disclosed. If you suffer from complications due to these side effects, you are entitled to compensation.

The roads can be very dangerous for motorcyclists, especially when drivers in cars fail/don’t know how to properly share the road with them. Unfortunately, these accidents can be potentially very serious or even fatal.

Pedestrian accidents can also be potentially fatal, as you have no physical protection if you get hit by a car while walking. If you were walking appropriately and were hit by a car while a driver was careless or distracted, you can receive compensation for any damages.

These types of accidents can occur on private property, retail locations, and various other establishments. In most of these types of cases, the property owner or other manager/supervisor did not remedy hazards in a reasonable amount of time. If that’s the case, you can be entitled to receive compensation.

  • Social Security Disability

You are entitled to receive disability from the Social Security Administration if you are suffering from a long-term disability. Unfortunately, the problem is that there is an incredibly high denial rate for those trying to get these benefits. With a Fort Lauderdale attorney, you can appeal this denial and prove your right to these benefits.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries could lead to partial or full paralysis, which can sometimes be permanent. The costs of this type of injury can really add up over time, leaving you both physically and financially devastated.

It can be even more complicated to file a claim about a truck accident than it is with a typical car accident. This is because sometimes there is more than just one defendant that you can receive compensation from. An attorney can make sure that every party that is responsible for this accident will be held accountable.

Worker’s compensation is supposed to cover you should you get injured while at work. However, if your benefits are denied or you don’t get the rightful amount of money for your injuries, you can get a lawyer to help.

Wrongful death can apply to those who were killed either by someone else’s negligence or intentionally. The family of the loved one can file a wrongful death claim against any party responsible for the death of their loved one.

These are just some of the types of personal injury accident cases that you can get help with when you work with The Injury Firm in Fort Lauderdale.

What is Negligence?

Whenever you are talking about a personal injury accident claim, you need to be able to prove that another party was at fault and whether or not they were negligent. Proving negligence is essential if you are going to win your case for recovering compensation for any damages or injuries that were caused as a result of the accident. When you have an experienced Fort Lauderdale accident attorney on your side, they can help you take a look through your evidence and determine if you have a valid claim against another party. From there, they can work to prove their negligence led to your injuries.

The concept of comparative negligence is important to these types of accident claims. If you share any blame for the accident, this will impact how much compensation you can collect. Comparative negligence will assign blame to whatever parties share responsibility for the accident. In order for the other party to be fully at fault for the accident, they must be solely responsible due to carelessness or negligence for the accident. If you broke any laws or the same laws that they did, then you would both share negligence and your claim for compensation will likely be denied.

This means that you need to prove their negligence in order to be entitled to full compensation. There are different aspects of negligence, such as:

  • Duty of Care

The concept of duty of care is that everyone has a responsibility to other people to not cause them injury or put them in danger. This may seem very straightforward; it can be a lot more complicated than you think. What this means is that the parties must take reasonable care to prevent injury. For instance, if a property owner doesn’t repair a cracked sidewalk in a reasonable amount of time and someone gets hurt as a result.

  • Breach of Duty

After it has been established that there was a duty of care, you then need to prove that there was a breach of this duty. This means that you need to prove that the person failed to take reasonable care to prevent the accident from happening. This is another tricky thing that you need to prove. The goal is to prove that the other party did not do enough to prevent an accident from happening.

  • Causation

Once both the duty of care and breach of duty has been proven, you need to prove that this breach of duty was what led to your injury. The first part of that is to determine what reasonable even means. For example, if someone spills something in a store and you immediately slip on it, the store isn’t responsible for the injury because there wasn’t enough time to reasonably remedy the situation. However, if the spill was there for a long time before you slipped on it, there was a reasonable amount of time for the spill to be cleaned up.

Now, if they put up a sign and you didn’t see it and then slipped on this mess, it can start to get a little messy. They may or may not have had enough time to clean up the mess, but they did put a sign warning others of the potential hazard and you didn’t pay attention to it. However, they may still be liable for your injuries because they didn’t properly block off the area.

Now that you understand the concept of negligence, you also need to be aware of damage caps. What this means is that there are limitations as to how much money you can recover for your injuries. The Fort Lauderdale accident attorney will clearly explain this to you so that you can understand what to reasonably expect for your claim.

Understand the Process of Filing a Personal Injury Accident Claim

What do you do when you were injured and want to file a personal injury accident claim? One of the first things that you need to do is to hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your case. They will start by looking over your case to determine whether or not you have a viable claim for injuries. Dealing with insurance companies on your own isn’t ideal for someone without experience because they can take advantage of you and walk away paying little to nothing for your injuries.

When the Fort Lauderdale accident attorney moves forward with the case, they will start by filing your claim. This will notify any potential defendants that you are going to be seeking compensation for your injuries. During this process, the lawyer will start compiling evidence to help prove your case in court.

The next step is that the attorney will start to negotiate a settlement. You may hear from the insurance company at this point in time, but you should direct them to your lawyer and not speak to them. This is important because anything that you say to the insurance company can be used against you. It’s especially important that you never say that you were in part responsible, as this can hurt your case. The negotiations process is one that requires a lot of back and forth in order to come to a reasonable settlement. The goal is to settle out of court as this can get you the most money since you won’t have to pay the additional costs of going to trial.

If the parties are unable to reach an agreement during the settlement phase of this process, the next step would be to file a lawsuit. Your Fort Lauderdale accident attorney will let you know whether or not this is the best approach for you or if you should stick to the settlement offer. The Injury Firm aims to get a reasonable settlement during negotiations, but they are ready and willing to go to court if needed for your accident case.

The final part of this is to actually try the accident case.  Using expert testimony and all of the information that they compiled, the lawyer will fight for you in order to get the best possible outcomes from your trial.

Damages You Can File a Personal Injury Accident Claim For

“Damages” is the term that is used for compensation as the plaintiff wants to be paid for any damages to their quality of life. Your accident lawyer will have a calculation to help determine what damages are reasonable for your claim.

Damages that you may be entitled to include:

  • Current and future medical costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Current and future lost wages
  • Loss of consortium (loss of relationships)
  • Property damage
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish

There are different types of damages that you may be awarded:

  • Compensatory Damages

For the most part, compensation in personal injury accident cases falls into this category of damages. These damages are awarded to the injured party for any losses that they may have suffered due to the accident. These include medical bills, property damages, and lost wages.

  • General Damages

These are damages that are sought out by the injured party in addition to compensatory damages. When talking about general damages, you are talking about more abstract concepts that can be more difficult to put a monetary value on. This includes things like loss of enjoyment, mental anguish, and pain and suffering. It can be hard to quantify these things, which is why there is such a wide range of money awarded to injured parties.

  • Punitive Damages

Punitive damages are compensation that is solely intended to punish the party who is responsible for the accident. This can be one of the most difficult types of compensation to collect because you need to prove that they were negligent or there was some other misconduct that may have caused the accident. There is a damages cap that needs to be considered when going for punitive damages, as you may not get everything as a result of this cap.

Your Fort Lauderdale accident attorney will carefully consider the facts of the case as part of their calculations as to what a reasonable amount of compensation will be. This includes the severity of your injuries and how much damage was caused to your property. This is a good starting point that can help you know what is a fair amount that you can collect for damages.

Contact us Today

The Injury Firm in Fort Lauderdale has years of experience in dealing with personal injury accident claims. This experience can prove beneficial to you as you try to receive the compensation that you are entitled to. We have your best interests at heart, fighting for a settlement that is fair for your accident injuries and ready to fight in court to get you the compensation that you deserve. We work with you every step of the way so that you know exactly what to expect and answer any questions that you have throughout this process. To learn more about how we can help you with your personal injury accident case, contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

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