A car accident attorney can help with vehicle accident injury compensation. If your injuries and losses occurred as a result of someone else’s carelessness or negligence a personal injury lawyer can help ensure sure you recover the money you’ve spent on doctor and hospital bills. In addition, an attorney will factor into any settlement the money you would need to cover any future medical expenses that may arise from the accident. If you’ve been injured, see a doctor, then talk to an attorney.
In Florida, a “no-fault” car insurance state, every driver is required to have $10,000 in personal injury protection or PIP insurance. The term “no-fault” refers to the fact that every driver’s own coverage pays for medical costs incurred by the insured regardless of who caused the accident. If you are seriously injured and your losses are going to exceed PIP coverage, you can file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident and try to get compensation from their insurance company.
There are generally two types of compensation claims for damages, economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include immediate expenses like medical bills, lost wages for missed days at work – and if an injury results in a permanent disability that limits or prevents the ability to work. It also includes property damage to cover the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle for example.
Non-economic damages can be awarded to compensate for a diminished qaulity of life, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma, including from disfigurement or loss of a limb. Non-economic damages can also include loss of intimacy or impaired quality of a marital relationship that resulted from the accident.
Punitive Damages in Vehicle Accident Injury Claims
Florida law also allows for punitive damage awards in cases where the person who caused the accident “was personally guilty of intentional misconduct or gross negligence.” In most cases, punitive damages are capped at $500,000 or triple the amount of the compensatory damages. Punitive damages aren’t generally granted in vehicle accident injury awards except in cases of drunk driving accidents becasue the law holds that drunk driving is intentional, grossly negligent misconduct.
Vehicle Accident Injury Settlements
A vehicle accident injury can result in pain, suffering, and financial loss. An aggressive and experienced car accident lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. The Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi will fight the insurance companies on your behalf for a fair settlement.
Before you talk to the insurance provider for the other party, talk to a personal injury auto accident lawyer. Don’t sign anything until you do. Insurance companies often ignore the long-term effects of car accident injuries, and you might wind up short of a fair settlement. Call 866-730-1367 for a FREE CONSULTATION with an attorney at the Martinez Manglardi personal injury law firm in Orlando. Offices throughout Central Florida.