Palm City Car Accident
In less than a second, a serious car accident can turn your life upside down, causing severe injuries and putting your financial future in jeopardy. Beyond the pain and inconvenience of being injured, you may be experiencing tremendous stress and emotional anguish. The Palm City car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston understand what you are going through, and we are here to help you fight for justice and the compensation you deserve.
With decades of combined experience and refined legal strategies, our attorneys have helped victims of wrongful death and personal injury recover multimillion-dollar payouts in complex, high-stakes cases. We will treat you as if you are our only client, giving your case personalized attention from the day you contact our office to the day your case is finalized. Call us today at 772-266-5555 for a free initial consultation.Important Elements to Prove in a Palm City Car Accident Claim
Like any other personal injury or wrongful death case, the outcome of your claim will hinge on the strength of your evidence. You will need to prove the following:
- The accident resulted from the negligence of the at-fault driver or another entity;
- The accident caused your injury or your loved one’s death; and
- The value of your damages.
A dispute can arise at any point during your proceedings. For instance, a liability dispute could arise if you give the insurance company or defendant a reason to argue that you were partially or entirely at fault for the crash. Even if you are able to prove liability, you may still face a dispute related to the damages you have incurred and their value.
The Palm City auto accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston may be able to help you avoid these disputes by:
- Gathering evidence of negligence, liability, and damages;
- Handling correspondence with the insurance company and defendant so you don’t make a statement that would compromise your case; and
- Arranging testimony from medical experts, vocational experts, economics experts, accident reconstruction experts, and other expert witnesses.
Our goal is not only to get you fairly compensated but also to resolve your case as quickly as possible so you can move on with life with the compensation you need to pay for medical bills, lost income, and other damages. We will apply our proven legal strategies and comprehensive knowledge of Florida personal injury law to give your case the best possible chance of resulting in a fair settlement early in the proceedings.Damages That Might Be Recoverable in Florida Car Accident Claims
If your claim is successful, the amount of compensation you might recover will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of your injuries, whether you were partially at fault, and how your injuries have affected your life. Florida law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical Expenses: Car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for all medical expenses associated with treating their injuries. Your claim can account for any ambulance fees, hospital bills, copays for follow-up visits, and prescription medication costs you incur. It can also include expenses for ongoing care like physical therapy, as well as anticipated procedures that might be necessary down the road.
- Lost Income: Personal injury claimants can pursue compensation for any income lost while recovering. If you’re unable to return to work at all, even after reaching maximum medical improvement, you may also be able to recover funds for lost benefits and loss of earning capacity.
- Property Damage: If your property was damaged in the accident, the cost of repairing or replacing it can be included in your claim.
- Other Verifiable Costs: It’s not uncommon for victims of personal injury to need assistance when it comes to running their household or taking care of their kids. Fortunately, your claim can account for domestic help, childcare, and other reasonable and necessary expenses. Other covered costs might include transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and home and/or vehicle modifications.
- Pain and Suffering: The pain and suffering that car accident victims endure can be debilitating. At Donaldson & Weston, we can help you determine how much compensation to pursue for pain and suffering, and we can gather the evidence needed to demonstrate the intangible ways your injuries have affected your life.
- Emotional Distress: The emotional impact of getting hurt in a motor-vehicle collision can be just as devastating as the physical pain and suffering. For this reason, emotional distress is a potentially recoverable damage in Florida car accident claims.
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If you’re unable to participate in favorite pastimes following the accident because of your injuries, you may be able to hold the liable party financially accountable for loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of Consortium: Loss of consortium refers to damages that the spouse of the injured party incurs. If the accident victim is unable to have normal marital relations while recovering—or permanently—because of the injuries he or she sustained, the spouse may be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium.
- Punitive Damages: Although most car accident claims do not warrant punitive damages, there are scenarios in which they are awarded. In the state of Florida, a claimant may be entitled to punitive damages if the liable party’s conduct constituted intentional malice or gross negligence. Examples of car accident cases that might yield punitive damages include those involving hit-and-run collisions and drunk driving. Purposely striking a pedestrian or cyclist would also be considered intentional malice and would therefore warrant a punitive award.
Time is of the essence after any car wreck. Our Palm City auto accident lawyers are ready to perform an investigation into your case, gather evidence, calculate your damages, and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Our car accident attorneys offer aggressive legal representation to victims of wrongful death and personal injury throughout the state of Florida. Contact us online or call 772-266-5555 to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation with an injury lawyer at our law firm.